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June 8, 2010 > StarStruck Theatre celebrates 15 Years

StarStruck Theatre celebrates 15 Years

In 1995, Fremont mother Lori Stokes searched for a local educational program in theater arts that could teach her three young children musical performing arts skills, help them develop communication skills, build confidence and boost self-esteem. Because no such program existed, Stokes recruited eight children to learn, rehearse and perform selections from musical theater at locations such as senior centers. After two years of performing under the name, Kids on Broadway, she produced her first full length show, "The Little Princess," and StarStruck Theatre was born.

In the intervening 15 years, the Fremont-based nonprofit community theater company has provided an outlet for local youth to showcase their talent, and at the same time entertained the local community with high-quality musical theater. StarStruck continues to give back to the Tri-City community with its annual fundraiser, June 12, to benefit youth and children in performing arts and introduce musical theater to local schools.

"It has been a tremendous privilege to work with so many talented youth throughout these past 15 years," said Lori Stokes, StarStruck's Artistic Director."And it's been personally and professionally gratifying to see StarStruck thrive and grow."

The June 12 fundraiser will offer "Snapshots" of 15 years of youth musical theater and will feature performances by alumni of past shows - including the first - and the cast of Les Miserables (School Edition), currently in production.

Proceeds, as in past years, will fund scholarships for young artist's production tuition, production costs for shows, and help underwrite matinee performances for local area schools. Last year's event raised more than $7000 which funded 27 scholarships and introduced 1600 students to musical theater, among other projects.

Musical Director Nancy Godfrey and Choreographer Jeanne Batacan-Harper will be on hand to help Stokes toast StarStruck's 15th anniversary. Guests are encouraged to "leave the pearls and cuff links at home" said Stokes, the better to enjoy dinner by the BBQ Boys, silent auction and raffle prizes.

For more details about this event and upcoming shows, and to purchase tickets, visit:

StarStruck Snapshot Fundraiser
Saturday, June 12
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Niles Veterans Hall
37154 Second St., Fremont

$60 per person when purchased before the event, $70 per person at the door.

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