Friday, December 2, 2016

Gift Wrap Fundraiser

Volunteers needed! We will have a fun day of wrapping on the 10th but we need to know who can be there to help and when. Paper and ribbon will be provided. We are also selling cocoa and treats as well as photos with Santa. Please contact Cindy Bobe at 417-217-9430 or via messenger to sign up. 
This is a great opportunity to participate in a fundraiser for this semester if you haven't already! Remember participation in TWO fundraisers per school year is required as part of the program. As we all know, many hands make light work 

Christmas Parade

We would greatly appreciate as many participants as possible in the parade. Especially in our hometown, and the fact that they themed it "STARS". With us trying to build a new theater and do all of these exciting things for STARS, the community needs to see that there is a huge support and gathering for this cause. Please notify us as soon as possible how many of your family participants will be there so we can plan the floats.


For those who participated in the Moscow Russian ballet, you can go to their website at and follow the instructions below and look at your children's pictures and purchase packages if you are interested.

website: Home»All Photographs»2016 Children's Cast Photos»Springfield, MO

Monday, November 28, 2016



I will be driving a van to Springfield because our students need to be there by 1 o'clock for two dress rehearsals. They were given papers that have what to bring regarding clothing, make up, and food. Do not be concerned if there is a clothing article you do not have I have gone over the list and ordered all of those things for you.

Please come prepared, packed, and ready to leave the dance studio on Main Street at 11:15.

Those of you who are attending the performance, please let me know if you will be bringing your child home – we will not be expected home till late around 10:30-11:00.

Thank you

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Orchestra Students


Hope to see you at the Sunday Rehearsal 3-5

We have cancelled Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals in hope you can rest because we need you ready for the dress rehearsals :

Friday 7:00 at STARS
Saturday 6:00 at the Christian Church

PERFORMANCE Sunday - be there at 2:00 Christian Church dressed black and white with accents of red.


December 10 th 7:00 is the Springfield Symphony concert 

If you want FREE tickets let me know and we can take care of that for you!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016



Those of you who have completed solo pieces and have been invited to play in the fall recital – it will be at the Cabool Methodist church at 3 o'clock in the afternoon Sunday, December 11.

Monday, November 7, 2016



Everything will remain the same, except the location. Due to the fire at the Willow theater, we will be performing at the Grimes auditorium at the Willow Springs cafeteria.

Thank you

Saturday, November 5, 2016



Nov 10
Last Thursday practice combined 3:45
Then that night:
Variety Dress Rehearsal 7:15 
at the Willow Springs theater
Costume: wear black leggings, sweaters, hats and gloves-anything wintry.

Nov 12th, Saturday

Be there for run through at 12 pm
SHOWS at 3:00 & 7:00

Thank you for participating

Christmas Program

DECEMBER 4th at the 
Cabool Christian Church 3:00 pm

We invite anyone who would like to sing or play in the orchestra to join us in rehearsals starting Nov 6th 3:00 at the old Cabool Movie Theater on Hwy 181 each Sunday.

Dress Rehearsals are
December 2 at 7:00 theater 
December 3 at 6:00 Church

Questions, please call 417-254-3168


Happy news:

Foster's will have open dance on 11 and 18 November!  Lots of lines, two step, waltz, cha cha, and sometimes even some clogging.  ;)  Or you can come on out just to hang out, watch and visit.  :)  Doors open at 7 pm, $3/person, come on out and play with us!


Garden Update:
We are trying to collect 70 used metal fence posts to put up the temporary garden wall to help with the border of the garden until it is complete-

If you have access to pallets that would be helpful too. 


Ballet Students


Due to the Russian Nutcracker event,
We will not have Ballet class on November 29th- It will be November 30th. Mrs. Clause will combine the classes to put together a special Christmas routine for the students to demonstrate in the parent recital In December.

Classes as follows:
Wednesday Nov. 30th
3:45-4:45 ages 4-8
4:45-5:45 ages 9-and up

Costumes will be provided

Thank you

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Improv Students


We will be having a rehearsal Thursday, November 3, at 8 PM to 9 at the new building

Mark your Calendars:
Due to schedule conflict of theater......

Monday Nov. 7  7:00-9
Thursday Nov. 10 7:15-9:30
Rehearsal run through in Willow Springs theater
Friday, Nov 11 show cancelled
Saturday, Nov 12 run through at 12:00
Performances at 3:00 & 7:00

Students need to send me bios and what object, if any, they want to auction by Thursday Nov. 3

Thank you

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Russian Ballet

Russian Ballet Participants:

The Moscow Ballet approved your contribution payments. Please have funds available to pay on Saturday, October 22, 2016
Final registration will be due as well

October 22, November 5, and November 19, will be in Springfield from 11:30-3 (we will leave the STARS foundation at 10 AM and return by 4:30 PM) please bring a sack lunch

Additional practices:
October 29 & November 12
If needed – will be at STARS on main street from 10am to 12pm

November 29, Tuesday-

Contact me if you were interested in the group tickets

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Music and movement

We will be adding a new class the first Thursday in October – it will be at building B – old movie theater, at 6:30 PM. It will be for preschool ages. It will introduce music and movement. It will be taught by Andrea Williams.

First class begins October 6

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Ballet Students

Ballet Students Only:

Just a reminder that October 4, Tuesday, Mrs. Claus is out of town and will not have class.

Thank you

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Updated Fall Class SCHEDULE!

For the most up-to-date class schedule information, visit:

Thank you!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Orchestra cancellation

Due to our dance camp going on this week- we will cancel orchestra for this Tuesday, August 2. Please let everyone know, thank you

Friday, July 29, 2016


CAST PICTURES will start at 1:00 pm tomorrow, Saturday. That means dressed and ready at 1:00, so be there at 12:00 pm. Tonight was another great performance - amazing job everyone!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Volunteer Schedule - James and the Giant Peach

Volunteer schedule for "James and the Giant Peach" - PLEASE REVIEW to make sure you know when/where you are supposed to be. Call or text me at 252-4290 or FB message me if there's an issue with your scheduled time. Thanks in advance for helping the production run smoothly!

Monday, July 25, 2016

James and the giant peach cast

Cast of James and the giant peach, please come to rehearsals with all black. Black pants and black shirts.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Jazz/Hip Hop Camp Schedule

Schedule for Friday's Jazz/Hip Hop Camp:

10:00-11:00 am, ages 4-5
11:00 am - 12:30 pm, ages 6-9
12:30-1:00 pm, Lunch break
1:00-3:00 pm, Ages 10 and up

Monday, June 20, 2016

Newsletter - June/July 2016

Summer newsletter is now posted! Click HERE to view June/July 2016 issue. Lots of information in here, including a 3-month calendar of events.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

New Facebook Group

Attention STARS Families and Students - we now have a closed Facebook group for student updates, information, and discussions. Search for "Stars Foundation Students" and click Join Group to be added. The STARS Foundation main page will be maintained as a public informational page only. PLEASE share the post and tell your STARS friends so we can reach everyone - thank you!

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Drumroll please...Presenting the summer schedule for 2016! We are so excited to offer several dance camps and an exciting theatre camp opportunity for kids 19 and under. More information about each camp will be posted very soon.

Glow in the Park Night Run

Night Run Fundraiser Committee meeting! If you are interested in helping with this upcoming event, there will be an informational meeting Tuesday, May 31st at 5:30 pm at Gigi's Salon in Houston. Cindy Bobé will also be organizing a committee to help with future fundraising efforts. Let's get out there and have some fun with the Glow in the Park 5K run!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

STARS Night Run - June 25th!

Tell your friends!


STARS parents, students, and instructors - on Thursday, May 26th, before the regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting, we will have an open session from 6:00-7:00 for questions, concerns, and discussion with our students and their families! We hope you are enjoying your summer break.

Monday, May 2, 2016

#GiveOzarks 2016 is here!

Give Ozarks 2016 is a 24-hour online fundraising marathon taking place on May 3, 2016. About 200 Ozarks nonprofit agencies are participating in this event to raise both money and awareness of philanthropy in our region. The STARS Foundation will raise funds for musical instruments, overhead expenses, instructor stipends, and renovation projects for our own theater. 

You can support our effort by making a secure donation at any time from midnight to midnight on May 3, 2016. The STARS Foundation will have the opportunity to win cash prizes throughout the day. See how your dollars are spent by periodically visiting our website.

All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS and we welcome gifts of any amount. Give Ozarks is one of dozens of crowdsourced nonprofit online fundraising marathons being hosted by communication foundations across the nation on May 3, which is Give Local America Day.

FREE Orchestra Concert - May 14th!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


All clogging classes will resume on the first Monday due to concert rehearsals

Monday, April 25, 2016


Changes in schedule:

We will have rehearsal beginning  this Tuesday April 26, until the concert:

We have strings from 5-6
And full orchestra 6:30-8:30

Strings 6-7:00

Dress Rehearsals
Thursday May 12th STARS: 6:00-7:30
Friday May 13th 6:30-8:30 at old gym

Saturday may 14th 
Warm-up 5:30
Concert -7:30

Thursday, March 24, 2016


REMINDER: fundraiser

Tomorrow April26th is a bBake Sale at Houston Walmart

Cindy still needs some help baking so make sure you call to see what she needs 417-217-9430.

All those who have already been given a baking assignment -she needs your goodies Friday morning by 9 AM at Walmart. Thank you

Lessons are resumed this week with the exception of the Friday night ballroom class due to our Aladdin performances.

I will also need to cancel Thursday orchestra so our cast members can get to the theater early to be dressed and ready for the 7:00 pictures and dress rehearsal.

After this week everything will be back to its original schedule: sorry for any inconveniences.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Here is the finalized volunteer schedule for the 6 upcoming performances of Aladdin. Please take a look and MAKE SURE YOU ARE THERE for your duties! With everyone pitching in things should go smoothly. If you have any questions about what your job entails call/text Katie at 417-252-4290. Thank you!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Please be Aware

Of March 14th through March 18th- for production of Aladdin.

There will be no classes or lessons (it's ok- there are 5 weeks in March)

Please come see the show!

Sunday, March 6, 2016


Thank you!

To everyone who helped with the garden project! Many hands made light work!

Special thanks to:
Barbara Thomas
Danny Manness
David Bennet
Whetstine Excavating
Everyone who donated cardboard and time.

Stay tuned for the next work day coming up!



unfortunately the building coordinator allowed someone else to come in during our rehearsal this Saturday and she has asked us not to be there. So I will have to have extra practices this week that were not scheduled-I meet with their board of directors tomorrow evening concerning this matter.

Please add these rehearsals to your calendar:


Tuesday 8th 
7:30-8:30 ensemble 
8:30-9:15 scene 1-4

Thursday  10th 
main characters only for staging

Friday 11th
 6:00-8:00 Everyone!
 8:00-? Main characters

Saturday 12th

Sunday, February 28, 2016


Tickets are now available to purchase online for The STARS Foundation's upcoming performance of Disney's Aladdin Jr.! Purchase your tickets now and even choose your seats. Visit the website for more information and purchase your tickets today for the best selection and availability.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Symphony Info

Those of you who have reserve tickets for the symphony -when you get to Hammons Hall in Springfield, go to the ticket counter and let them know you are with the stars foundation and they will have your tickets at the window.Thank you.

Monday, February 15, 2016


DRUM ROLL...........

Cast Results for Aladdin Jr.
It was a fun audition day and look forward to spending time together. Please know that everyone who auditioned has a role- there are several parts that have not be decided until after the first rehearsal. With that said, to begin rehearsals we will try the following that have been given these parts and are always subject to change:

Aladdin........James Lange
Jasmine.......Kyleigh Peterson
Genie...........Forest Swisher
Iago..............Abigayle Peterson
Rug...............Honor Harrison

Several to go.................
We were so impressed with how our students are growing and getting more brave-we have  decided to have an extra play that will be for kids 
12 and under only as main characters! I love the growth in the theater program- we have such a talented bunch we need more plays to accommodate opportunities. 

See you Saturday, bring a sack lunch and water and lots of energy for a fun day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016



Barbara Thomas- one of the master gardeners for our botanical garden will be doing a special class on Amaryllis - care and special pointers. Her Amaryllis have been displayed and are breath taking - she will be at the STARS  building this Friday the 12th if anyone is interested. It is a free class and begins at 6 pm.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Attention STARS Families!

Would you like to experience Springfield's Symphony Orchestra for FREE? Now's your chance! STARS' ongoing relationship with the Symphony gives you the opportunity to attend any upcoming performance. Saturday, February 13, the Symphony will present Centennial Sinatra - Celebrating the Music of "Ole Blue Eyes." Call or text Rebecca to secure your seats to what will be an amazing performance!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


The new and improved STARS Newsletter contains information about upcoming events, fundraisers, important dates, and more!

Monday, February 1, 2016



Please Mark your calendar's. The schedule is out and I would like you to please make sure you are aware of the concerts and events so that later you are prepared -thank you



Students in the Kids and Adult clogging classes do not have class on the First Monday of the month. It is dancing at Foster's Outback in Willow Springs Family Night! Hope to see everyone there.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Introducing... The STARS Botanical Garden

We've shared a few pictures of The STARS Botanical Garden on Facebook. It is a work in progress, and we thought it would be fun for everyone to watch it grow!

Click the link below to check it out! (And don't forget to LIKE us on Facebook!)

The STARS Botanical Garden

Sunday, January 24, 2016



All classes and lessons will continue this week with the same 2015 schedule. 

The new 2016 spring schedule that has just been posted, will begin February 1. 

Anyone who would like to register for the new classes posted can contact Rebecca at 417-254-3168. And as always, please feel free to ask anytime.

Thursday, January 21, 2016



No School- no classes 
I miss everyone! Keep practicing! Have a great day.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Inclement weather cancellation

ALL STARS LESSONS AND CLASSES are cancelled for today, Wednesday, January 20, due to inclement weather.

Be safe, stay warm, and have a great day!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


I know I look forward to being with you in orchestra, however, I have had multiple calls cancelling their lessons and informing me they are unable to come. I am happy to teach my lessons today, but I am officially cancelling orchestra this evening Tuesday 19th for safety reasons. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Friday, January 15, 2016


Dear STARS Participants:

Thank you for your continued support of the STARS Foundation and its programs. We want to make sure that you are all kept informed of current events, including upcoming changes to the dance program. Instructor Malai Copling will be leaving the STARS Foundation at the end of the month to pursue other avenues.

The new dance class schedule will be posted very soon, but until then classes will continue as previously scheduled.

The Board of Directors extends its thanks for her services and wishes her the best in her future endeavors. We also look forward to continuing our partnership in sponsoring Peter Pan later this spring.


The STARS Foundation Board of Directors

Suzie Berry                             Sherry Miller
Cindy Westlund Bobé            Matt Peterson
Louise Crosbie                        Dan Sheehan
Joyce Jones                             Vanetta Sponsler
Cindy Lundberg                      Andrea Williams
Katie Montgomery



Dress up and go on a wonderful family outing to the Symphony!

Here is the link below:

Monday, January 11, 2016


Rebecca will be unable to teach her music classes during the week of January 11-14 as scheduled in her home. All Stars classes in the building will resume as scheduled.

Art will now be at 6-7:00 Mon.

Clogging will begin at 7:00 Mon.

Flute lessons will be held same times but at the STARS building just for the week of January 14.

I am very sorry for this huge inconvenience- as executive director there is a large portion of business and paperwork that must be done for the year that I do not have the extra time to accomplish while teaching. Keep practicing!

Monday, January 4, 2016


2016 change to be aware of:
All dance tuition will be given directly and written to Malai Copling. Thank you

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Celebration

All STARS students and families are invited to a New Year's celebration January 2nd from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., held at Foster's Outback, 2975 County Road 3780 in Willow Springs.

Bring a snack dish to pass if you'd like. We will have games, square dancing, and activities.