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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 has served over 2000 students from 28 local high schools. Approximately 50% have no formal drama program at their schools, 75% are economically disadvantaged, and 90% are youth of color. 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.

RISING STAR TALKBACKS | DATES FOR ’19/20 SEASON

Dance Nation

• Tuesday, October 8, 2019
• Wednesday, October 9, 2019
• Tuesday, October 15, 2019
• Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Groundhog Day

• Tuesday, December 10, 2019
• Wednesday, December 11, 2019
• Tuesday, December 17, 2019
• Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Tiny Beautiful Things

• Tuesday, February 4, 2020
• Wednesday, February 5, 2020
• Tuesday, February 11, 2020
• Thursday, February 13, 2020

Real Women Have Curves

• Tuesday, March 24, 2020
• Thursday, March 26, 2020
• Tuesday, March 31, 2020
• Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Clean House (Optional)

• Tuesday, May 12, 2020
• Wednesday, May 13, 2020
• Tuesday, May 19, 2020
• Thursday, May 21, 2020