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Poinsettia Center For The Arts/DBA Star Theatre Company

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Performing Arts Centers, Singing & Choral Groups, Theater

Mission: The Poinsettia Center for the Arts (DBA Star Theatre Company) is working to create a self-sustaining community center for the performing arts in North County San Diego. Our mission is to provide a quality education in the performing arts to children and adults, ages 6 – 99+, and to offer quality live community theatre and performing opportunities to the residents of San Diego County. This non-profit organization provides both children and adults a safe, creative environment for artistic expression. Under the guidance of experienced performing arts professionals, actors gain knowledge, confidence, and skills they will use the rest of their lives. We also provide a performance space for many local theatre groups, schools, and musical groups in San Diego County. Through our youth programs, we emphasize discovering talents and building self-confidence that carries over into all areas of life. Every child who auditions for one of our youth productions gets a part in our show and no one is turned away for financial reasons. We continue to develop talent as our younger performers mature into young adults. We offer additional education opportunities through workshops to develop and hone specific skills – dancing, acting, improv, stage craft, and performance. We also provide an opportunity for adults to perform in both musicals and smaller ensemble shows.

Results: • Our performers primarily come from all over San Diego County including Camp Pendleton Marine Base, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Encinitas, Chula Vista, DelMar, and MiraMesa. • We serve approximately 26,000/year of San Diegans in four groups: 1. Performers from age 6 – adult (approximately 600/year). 2. Students who enroll in our voice, dance, and drama workshops and academy programs. (Approximately 250/year). 3. Schools and other groups who rent our venue for their own productions. 4. Patrons who come to our performances.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Star Theatre is a real gem in downtown Oceanside. it has a wonderful welcoming youth theatre program and the adult shows are always top notch and entertaining .
I highly recommend !

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Star Theatre helped my child break out of her shell. She loves to sing and dance, and now had the confidence to do it on stage. The Star gives every child a chance to shine, and puts on fantastic performances for kids and adults. We love it here!

Charlene Goers Galovich Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love "The Star."
They do some amazing productions and are "The Best around Town"

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Star truly does shine its light around Oceanside and North County. The staff and production teams provide a positive, supportive environment for all ages and experience levels while giving high quality entertainment to the community. I grew up performing in several theatres in Ohio, and had a tight knit theatre family. Moving to San Diego six years ago, I never thought I could reestablish that sense of community and friendship in another theatre. But I have found that at the Star Theatre, and am so grateful for the opportunities they've provided me, and the friendships I've developed at this wonderful organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Star Theatre Company maybe a community nonprofit theatre, but the quality shows that the theatre puts out surpasses a lot of theater's out there. Star not only pays attention to detail but also really hones in on finding the best person suited for a particular role during auditions. That in itself makes the Star Theatre Co. shows top notch. I have seen some of these kids and adults start doing theatre and have watched them bloom and grow through the show. The staff makes everyone feel welcomed like family. On top of that the Star Theatre Co. reaches out to help other nonprofits by holding food/supply drives. I have seen a lot of theatres but never one quite like this.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has participated in 2 Star theatre productions so far. It is very well run and organized, and the shows they have put up are professionally done. The kids have a great time while learning and are welcoming and kind to each other. David, Sandra, April, Katie and the entire crew at Star theatre do a great job putting on quality productions in Oceanside.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Star Theatre is community theatre at it's finest and is a true family. I have been part of the star family for probably three years now and have enjoyed youth and adult productions alike. I say I am part of the family, and not just the audience, as that's what it feels like to be a regular at this theatre. Star does a fantastic job with it's performances and I am so happy to have made the discovery and added The Star experience to my life. They are truly developing stars on their stage and it's a great experience to see people living their dream and using their talents to bless the community.

Allison Joi B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This theatre is a star in our Oceanside/north county San Diego community. My child loves participating I the shows and we love watching! The actors and singers are too notch. This theatre is such a cornerstone of our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Star Theatre Company is a crown jewel in San Diego’s North County Arts Community.
It promotes community theatre in the truest sense of the word. There is brilliant talent on stage with an army of creative support and offstage help to produce top-quality entertainment. Recent productions of WEST SIDE STORY and THE ADDAMS FAMILY are examples of high production value and well organized use of local talent.
Bravo, Star Theatre Company!

Belinda M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Star Theatre is an extraordinary non-profit that truly merits generous support from our community.
The youth theater program, in particular, is a unique treasure. It attracts extremely talented actors who are among the best performers in the county. The shows are always of the highest quality, consistently surpassing our high expectations.
Just as importantly, and unlike nearly every other high quality theater program, the Star Theare distinguishes itself by ensuring that EVERY young person who auditions is offered a role, regardless of their financial situation, experience, or disabilities.
By contributing to this nonprofit, we can help the Star continue to provide scholarships so that no child is denied the opportunity to perform. Several of the most talented actors would not have had this opportunity to learn and perform without the generous scholarships.
The expert directors David Schultz & Sandra Kopitzky bring out very best in their performers using positive affirmation, encouragement, and humor. In doing so, they build confidence and tremendous skills in their actors.
On a personal level, I am deeply grateful to the Star Theatre for the impact it has had on my son Ben. His self-esteem, confidence, and happiness have soared through his experiences at the Star over the past six years and have had a profound impact on his life at school and home. Currently, he aspires to a professional career in musical theater, thanks to his experiences at the Star.
There are so few opportunities like this in our schools or community. For these reasons and more, I enthusiastically endorse this nonprofit and encourage everyone to support it, get involved, or simply come to enjoy a show.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Star Theatre Company is a local treasure in Oceanside. They provide wonderful theatre performances for the community in a beautiful historic venue. The musical programs for the kids are top notch and always welcoming and fun. We love the entire staff and can tell that they put their hearts into running a professional and ethical organization. Thank you Star for giving our families the gift of song and dance!

Board Member

Rating: 5

An amazing community theatre right in the heart of downtown Oceanside, CA. When you become part of this theatre you instantly feel at home and are treated like family... actually, sometimes even better than family lol.

The Star theatre is not only a fun place, but also a safe place for people of any and all ages. So blessed to have this theatre and all it's talents right in my backyard.

Holly S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This theatre opens its doors to young and old alike and instills in all, a genuine love of both theater and community.
Top notch performances, a sense of belonging, fostering a passion for the Arts. What more could you ask for?

Crystal P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter went to an audition at Star four years ago and it has been home ever since. My daughter had been performing for a few years but Star gave her the opportunity to reach her highest potential. She is now a seasoned performer and continually gets offered lead roles. Without David Schultz and Sandra Kopitzke our lives would not be the same.
Last year I became homeless and the my car caught on fire, all this as my daughter was in their production of Children of Eden. When they heard of our struggles they not only offered some financial relief, they sought out places for us to live and a new vehicle for us to use.
I owe so much to Star Theatre. What they do goes beyond theatre, they have built a loving community. They are so deserving of this award .