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Starlight Community Theater

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: Organize and promote local theater

Target demographics: bring Theater to all ages

Direct beneficiaries per year: Theater to the North Valley

Geographic areas served: Anthem and North Phoenix

Programs: Musical and Straight Plays for Adults and Youth, Improv Days, and Audition workshops

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family moved to the valley a couple of years ago, and I decided to do some research for a local theater where I could participate. I happened upon the Starlight website, and I am so happy that I did. We immediately began auditioning for shows and attending shows as a family. Everyone is very welcoming and supportive. The shows produced are incredible- the talent both on and off the stage is mind-blowing. We love Starlight Community Theater and hope to participate for many years to come.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was at the 2nd meeting and have been involved with Starlight for over 15years. I am on the board and direct shows there. I enjoy working with all ages of actors after 61 years as a high school theatre teacher.
Directing is a passion and Starlight gives me the opportunity to follow my passions.
Starlight does shows that include all ages and runs a successful summer camp for children and teens.
(Pictures: RUMERS, CURIOUS SAVAGE, MIME workshop and performance and our Christmas USO show.)
Starlight embraces the community to sing, act, dance or learn to tech the productions (sets, lights, sound and stage managing).

3

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Terrible experience. The kids there were very rude, and the whole experience was very biased! The director's children and the producer's children always get the best parts, even if there are better kids than them. The audition process was mind bogglingly long for a child. I was very disappointed in Starlight and will not be coming back there.

4 Lindsey26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It a wonderful place to be yourself. I have a Starlight Family it's the best. Also all the shows that are chosen are wonderful!!!! It's the best place to go.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great place for kids, teens and adults to develop acting and singing skills with great directors and volunteers. Great shows!!!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had many opportunities to work with Starlight over the last several years. When I got sick the beginning of this year, not only did Starlight encourage me, they still allowed me to be involved and helped support me every step of the way. Above and beyond what was required of them.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife is involved in Starlight and enjoys it very much. She has had many opportunities to work with actors as well as directors to work on developing her talent. I am thankful to Starlight for giving her the opportunity and to providing opportunities to our community to come together learn.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great family atmosphere. Very accepting of new people. I have seen Starlight encourage many young actors as well as adults to strive to be there best. Great place to get involved if you are new to theater.

4 Holly E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a newbie to musical theatre and acting I didn't know what to expect at first. Starlight welcomed me with open arms, took the time to get to know me, and appreciated my participation as well as my performance. They taught me the ins and outs of theatre and introduced me to new friends and a new passion. This theatre has the ability to put on outstanding performances and really being a community together. Love this theatre and will always be eager to attend a show or perform in one! Keep doing your thing Starlight!

3 Glenda4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have personally worked with Starlight Community Theatre for three years. They are a top-notch organization dedicated to bringing the Arts to the community. They offer opportunities to both youth and adult actors in various productions during each theater season. In this theater group the young actors get the opportunity to work with and learn from experienced adult actors. The youth are provided opportunities to not only perform, but to be involved in the technical aspects of the production from stage management to set design, costume design, and properties design. My daughter was offered the opportunity to stage manage her first show with Starlight when she was just fifteen years old. This opportunity changed her life course, and she is now pursuing a degree in technical theatre in college. I think Starlight is unique among many of the local community and youth theaters because they give children of all ages and experience levels the chance to shine. The Starlight Board and the production teams create a family friendly, safe environment for all participants to reach for the stars!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a regular in attendance to Starlight Theater events. I have attended childrens and adult plays and have always been in awe of the actors, the sets and the staff. I enjoyed my time volunteering and interacting with everyone. The acting team has all skill levels and the most talented young adults I have seen. I enjoy every play I attend and recommend EVERYONE come at least once and you will be hooked.

Angie Edmiston

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a parent and a teacher, I have been thoroughly impressed at what this organization has done for children! This organization provides a safe place for children to be themselves and express themselves. They are able to come alive and be a part of a family that accepts them wholeheartedly. When I adopted my nephew for the year, our first thought was to get him involved in sports. However, he came to us with no background in sports of any kind. He could barely throw the ball, better yet catch it. A friend suggested we try putting him in a play through Starlight. Well, it turned out to be the best thing for him. Not only did it completely change his life to give him confidence, acceptance, and friends but it preoccupied him from missing his parents. He has continued to participate in three plays and is currently in one now. His face lights up anytime his "acting" career is discussed! We've never seen him so alive than when he's involved in the play productions. We are eternally grateful for this incredible organization.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Starlight Community Theater has been a big part of my family's life for many years. I became active in the theater as a parent first. Then I had the pleasure of acting with my son! Since then, my entire family has participated in many shows. The parents, volunteers and organization strives to give back to the community and provide an educational experience for all involved!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a Board Member for Starlight Community Theater three years ago after being involved with this organization for several years prior. My daughter, from the age of 4 (now 13), showed an interest in the Performing Arts and we have supported her love of theater by allowing her to take on several different acting projects with Theatre's all over the Valley over the years. However, we always seem to find our way back to Starlight.

Seeing first hand how welcoming and supportive this group is of its' youth participants has made an unbelievable impact on our family. Without many relatives in the area, I'm thankful that others feel the same about Starlight and have come back time and time again. The kids, teens, and adults that are involved in this organization have become our extended family. I've seen kids grow up and go off to college with confidence and talent not only in performing on stage, but also in their own personal lives. They are leaders among their peers, they know how to express themselves in all kinds of situations, they have an apprecitation for being part of a team and they have learned to adopt a work ethic and stick with a job even when times get tough and exhusting. We at Starlight work hard and play harder and it's so much fun!

As a Board Member, I always keep our mission of setting Starlight up to be a "teaching" theater in mind. I've seen first hand that our actor's, of all ages, do learn the fundamentals of singing, dancing, acting, and performing. But, it's what they learn over time at Starlight Community Theater about life, (and what I learn about life through knowing and watching them) that keeps me dedicated and working hard as a Board Member.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live here in Seattle, WA but I had witnessed how the Board of Directors have their regular meetings to share observations and make plans way ahead in advance. These are very dedicated , working parents who take time to make Starlight Community Theatre a means by which people of all ages can express their musical and acting talents and at the same time enjoy comaraderie with people of like talents and interests.

All of the shows are perfected with backdrops made by parent volunteers. Whoa! I've seen them work very hard and the dedication is priceless. Just this fact alone lay a good foundation for the young ones to share their talents and appreciate hard work. Starlight Community Theater builds character, multiply talents, strengthen community spirit. It deserves the moral and financial support of the Anthem community and beyond.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Starlight has impacted my life and my family in more than one way. As an actor and stage manager, I have grown as an individual but more importantly I have had the opportunity to watch others grow. I have watch some of our youth go from barely being able to move in an audition to taking over the stage a year later. The relationships my daughter and I have developed with the people in this theater will last a life time. It is not just a community but a family and one that makes sure it's members learn and grow from every experience. My daughter calls it her passion! If she isn't in a show, she wants to help backstage. We are very lucky to be part of this organization.

2 William40

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic Organization. I like that Starlight is friendly and quite enjoyable. I would recommend this theater to anyone interested in the arts.

2 Molly28

Client Served

Rating: 4

Great shows/ performances! Really enjoyed my time there!

2 Nena R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our family has been involved with Starlight Community Theater for several years. I have been impressed since day one at the real sense of Community that you experience as soon as you walk through the doors of Starlight.

Starlight provides acting opportunities for ages 5 up and each season has youth, teen, adult and all age shows. Many families come and act together in our shows making lifelong memories.

My son has been involved for several years and has grown as an actor. We particularly like the opportunity he has to work with different Directors and Production teams throughout the year.

2 Melanie29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter has done several shows with Starlight Community Theater and we have seen her self confidence blossom with this group. They really are all about nurturing everyone's individual talents and giving everyone their chance to shine on stage. We feel very blessed to be part of such an amazing organization with incredibly talented directors.