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RISING STAR PROGRAM

The Rising Star Theatre Attendance Program inspires a new generation of theatregoers by providing Bay Area high school students with a four play season subscription. As part of the TAP, students receive a pre-show lesson plan that includes theatre games/warm-ups, scene teasers and comprehension questions; the post-show lesson provides further enrichment with activities that draw on their experience as audience members.  Rising Stars also participate in an immediate post-show discussion with the cast and director. They then write a letter to their adult subscriber-sponsor describing their reactions to the performances. 

Our Rising Star Program now serves 600 youth from 19 local high schools. Approximately 50% have no formal drama program at their schools, 75% are economically disadvantaged, and 90% are minorities. In our recent end-of-the-season survey, 25% of students reported that they hadn’t seen a single play prior to attending a San Francisco Playhouse production, and another 50% had only seen one to two shows before participating in the Rising Star Program.

TESTIMONIALS AND LETTERS

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Along with seeing the performances, Rising Stars get:

The Star Treatment

Rising Stars get some of the best arts exposure around, and at no cost to them or their schools:

  • A pre-show lesson in the classroom
  • A post-show talkback with the artists
  • The chance to reflect in a letter to their sponsor

Join us at one of our Rising Star performances for a chance to meet your Rising Star and participate in a post-show talkback with the students and artists.

UPCOMING DATES FOR RISING STAR TALKBACKS

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Tuesday, December 6th
Wednesday, December 7th
Thursday, December 8th
Thursday, January 12th

Wednesday, February 8th
Thursday, February 9th
Wednesday, February 15th
Thursday, February 16th
Tuesday, February 28th



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Tuesday, March 28th
Wednesday, March 29th
Tuesday, April 18th
Wednesday, April 19th



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Tuesday, May 30th
Wednesday, May 31st
Thursday, June 1st
Tuesday, June 6th

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PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

Our Rising Star Program began in 2009 with 84  students and two schools. In three years, the program has grown to serve nearly 600 students in 16 different schools across the Bay Area.

Sixth Year Program Participant:

Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy – Oakland
Abraham Lincoln High School – San Francisco

Third Year Program Participant:

Castlemont High School – Oakland

Fifth Year Program Participant:

Balboa High School – San Francisco
Galileo Academy of Science & Technology – San Francisco
Ragged Wing Ensemble – Oakland

Second Year Program Participant:

Emery High School – Emeryville
Leadership High School – San Francisco
San Leandro High School – San Leandro
Hercules High School – Hercules
Metwest High School – Oakland

Fourth Year Program Participant:

Gritty City Repertory – Oakland
Skyline High School – Oakland

First Year Program Participant:

Mare Island Technology Academy – Vallejo
City Arts & Technology High School – San Francisco
Edgewood Center for Children and Families – San Francisco

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