Saturday, September 5, 2009

Open House For New STARS Annex Sep 9

STARS is expanding!

STARS (Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios) and Soo Theatre have expanded across the street, now sharing space with Austin’s Oak. About three weeks ago the dividing wall went up and the work commenced. Dianna George, Soo Theatre founder and STARS Dance Director, and many dedicated volunteers have been putting in the hours and hours of work to make this new space a beautiful addition to the STARS studios. STARS has been expanding in student enrollment since its inception four years ago.

An Open House for the STARS annex Studio E will be on Wednesday, September 9th at 4:00 p.m. in the newly renovated studio space across the street from STARS and Soo Theatre Project.

More classes, more teachers, more fun! Joining STARS teaching staff are:

  • Martina Vollman, Ballroom;
  • Caroline Behling, Scottish Country Dance;
  • Kaley Darga, Modern, African Dance, Senior Adult Dance, and Tap;
  • Courtney Bailey, Tap, Lyrical/Jazz, Ballet, and Acrobatics; and
  • Lea Cilluffo, Hip Hop and Jazz.
Darga, Bailey, and Cilluffo are members of the LSSU Dance Company directed by Deb Choszczyk. Martina Vollman has been teaching ballroom for the past three years and Kaley Darga has been teaching at STARS for the past two years.

Not only are there more dance classes and teachers, other STARS classes have been added:
  • Lee Carlson has added chair yoga for adults to her yoga class list this fall;
  • Dianna George will be teaching Acting and Stagecraft;
  • Jillena Rose will be teaching Show and Tell: experiment with mixed visual media and writing.
Other classes that have been added are Daytime Dancing for Adults, Beginning Tap for Adults, Modern, Lyrical/Jazz, Scottish Country Dance, and Acrobatics.

Second Skin Dancewear from Marquette will be at STARS, Sunday, September 13 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Studio C. They will have shoes, tights, and leotards available for purchase. If you know what you want, order ahead by phone (1-800-906-7546) or visit their website at

STARS still offers 45 dance classes, 16 new, plus classes in Musical Theatre, Piano, Acting, Yoga, Tunes for Toddlers, Voice, and Creative Writing. Private lessons are offered in Violin, Cello, Harp, Voice, Woodwinds, and Brass. The performing groups include: the Recorder consort, Intermediate Youth Orchestra, Senior Youth Orchestra, Flute Choir, Not Quite Ready for Prime Time Players Adult Strings, and the Footlight Dance Theatre. You can find the STARS Fall 2009 Class Brochure and Student Registration Form on the web.

The Studio E Open House is Wednesday, September 9th at 4:00 p.m. at STARS Annex Studio E, 539 Ashmun Street in Sault Ste. Marie, MI across from the Soo Theatre Project. Further information please contact the Soo Theatre Project (906) 632-1930 and/or website Come, support, and join the Soo Theatre Project and STARS.

Soo Theatre Arts Resource Studios (STARS) is a community arts center offering instruction in music, dance, theater, visual arts and yoga for students of all ages. STARS is a program of the Soo Theatre Project, partially housed in the historic Soo Theatre complex.

*Also do not forget The Cast of Beatlemania coming to the Soo Theatre Project for one night only on Thursday, September 10th at 7:30 pm. Admission is $20.00. Broadway to Sault Ste. Marie, this Broadway cast has been touring the world for years. They sound and look just like the Beatles! This two-act performance will bring you back to the days of the frenzy known as “Beatlemania.” They will be performing such hits as "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "A Hard Day’s Night," "Sgt. Pepper," "Hey Jude," plus many more of your favorites. For more information, see our previous posting.

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