Rising Stars’ Seeks Support

Submitted by Rising Stars Children’s Theatre

FULTON, NY – In an effort to keep its programs affordable for aspiring thespians, Rising Stars Children’s Theatre is seeking assistance from the public.

“We are working to seek support from the community for our summer programs,” explained Rising Stars’ co-founder Joe Clark.

Thus far this year, Rising Stars has hosted two theatre programs. The first was hosted in February when approximately 70 children from 6 to 16 years old took part in a week-long theatre camp during the mid-winter break from school. Rehearsals were held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day as the children prepared for three performances of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

The second theatre camp was hosted during the April break from school. For that program, approximately 50 young actors prepared for two performances of “Once on This Island.”

“Our theatre programs have been really popular so far,” Clark explained. “It is a great way for students to get involved in theatre during their school vacations. The best part is that they are having a great time singing, dancing and learning a show, rather than watching television.

“Overall, the costs to do that have been less than families would pay for a week of babysitting for the school vacation,” Clark noted.

As a not-for-profit organization, Rising Stars works to keep costs at a minimum so that money is not an obstacle for families that want their children to take part in the theatre camps.

“We really want every child to be able to take part in these theatre programs,” said Rising Stars co-founder Deb Pearson. “Money should never be the reason why a child can’t explore the world of theatre.”

At this time, the group is accepting registrations for a two-week summer theatre camp that will be held in the city of Fulton. The program is intended for children ages 6 to 18 and will wrap up with three performances of Seussical Jr. The program will run from July 21 to Aug. 1 at G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium.

The Fulton summer program is one of three two-week programs the theatre group is hosting this summer for young actors. Two others will be held in Syracuse.

Geared for children ages 6 to 10, the group will rehearse for a performance of “Mulan Jr.” from July 7 to July 18. Similar to the Fulton program, rehearsals will be held each weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The performance will be delivered at noon, July 19, at Syracuse Stage.

During the same two-week timeframe, actors ages 7 to 18 can take part in a program that will rehearse “Into the Woods Jr.” That performance will be delivered at 3 p.m., July 19 at Syracuse Stage.

“We are currently seeking donations to help us offset the costs of our programs,” Clark said. “There are several expenses we have to meet, such as the costs of space for our programs and other production costs. We are working to make sure that we don’t have to pass those costs along to families through our registration fees.”

Clark said that individuals, businesses and organizations are also able to make donations to a scholarship fund that will be used to sponsor children from low-income families who want to take part in the theatre programs.

“Any money donated to the scholarship fund would only be used to fund the registrations for families that might not otherwise be able to afford registration fees,” he said.

Those interested in additional information, advertising rates or making donations can contact Clark at 288-5052.