Dear STAR Families,
We bring this message to you today with heavy hearts. The safety and well-being of our actors, production staff, and audiences have always been a priority at STAR, and with so much uncertainty ahead of us this summer, the Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 season to Summer 2021.
Please know that we did not come to this decision lightly. There were many options and factors discussed, including but not limited to: virtual rehearsals, keeping rehearsals small, or live streaming the performance. Even with those potential safety measures in place, we do not feel we can provide our families with the workshop and performance experience they have come to expect and deserve.
We know so many of you were excited to participate in this summer’s season, and we want to make sure you still can in Summer 2021. The Board has agreed to increase the age limits of both the STAR Jr. and STAR YA workshops for 2021 to allow anyone who would have aged out of those workshops the opportunity to return to that group next year.
At this point, the shows that we planned to do in Summer 2020 will carry over to Summer 2021 which means that Prime Time Nursery Rhymes, James and the Giant Peach, Jr, and the area premiere of Be More Chill are still the shows STAR intends to offer next summer.
We are offering three options when it comes to this year’s tuition:
The thought of not having a summer season is as devastating to us as it is to our actors. Our goal is to find ways to keep them engaged over the summer, be it virtually or safely from a distance. Please tune in for our first virtual cabaret on May 17, and be prepared for several more this summer.
STAR may be down, but we are certainly not out, and we look forward to seeing all your lovely faces around town and on screen this summer.
Thank you for understanding how difficult a decision this has been for us, and how much we are looking forward to Summer 2021.
The Board of Directors
“STAR has been an integral part of my life for the last seven years. STAR has not only helped me to grow as a performer but as a person as well. While performing with STAR, they instilled a passion for performing, knowledge of design, and unmatched care for others that I carry with me to this day. As an employee for STAR, I try to instill those same values in my staff and workshop participants. There is no other place like STAR in Catonsville, Maryland, or beyond. STAR is a beautiful family of which I am proud to be a part of.”
“The STAR Ltd. program has provided my very different girls with gifts that are hard to put into words: confidence, inclusion, community, teamwork, patience, discovering talent, dealing with disappointment, along with the skills needed to become better musical actresses. I am forever grateful a friend recommended STAR to us seven years ago.”
“STAR has been a part of my life for nearly 10 years now. Not only do the directors always work hard to put on an amazing show, but also they truly care for the cast. As STAR has grown, I feel like I have grown with it. The people I have met have become some of my closest friends and mentors. I recommend STAR to anyone who wants to gain valuable theatre experience while having an amazing summer.”
“Our daughter absolutely loves STAR! She immediately felt like part of the group, and we have been thrilled with the friendships she has made! The shows are so entertaining, it’s hard to believe they do that in just 3 weeks!”
“STAR is like a second family to me. Everyone is supportive and caring of each other. The environment is great.”