STAR Performances Begin July 20


Young actors sing, dance, mime, and perform Shakespeare on the Main Stage at Perseverance

 JUNEAU, AK– Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR), Perseverance Theatre’s five-week youth acting program, provides theatrical training and performance opportunities to students aged 10-18 who are excited about theatre. In addition to rehearsals, STAR participants take daily workshops on voice, movement and acting technique, culminating in three fully produced shows that are perfect summer entertainment for the whole family: Once on This Island Jr, As You Like It, and an original piece, Extreme Theatre! Performances run between July 20 and July 29.

The Plays:

Once on This Island Jr.

Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Music by Stephen Flaherty

This irresistible Caribbean fable inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid is about growing up and staying true to yourself. When peasant girl Ti Moune falls in love with a boy from the wealthy side of her island, the gods send her on a journey that will test the strength of love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred, and even death. Come dance and sing to the beat of the human heart, in a show whose full-length version on Broadway just won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.


July 20 at 7:30 p.m.

July 22 at 2:00 p.m.

July 27 at 7:30 p.m.

July 29 at 2:00 p.m.

As You Like It

By William Shakespeare, abridged by Donnie Gott

It’s a classic story of boy meets girl meets boy who is actually girl who teaches boy to woo girl while masquerading as a boy. It’s a tale full of wrestling, banishment, adventure, unrequited (and requited) love, sibling rivalry, music, and lions! This hilarious comedy travels from the court to the forest with beautiful and witty banter, including Jaques’ immortal “all the world’s a stage” speech, along with cases of mistaken identity that have characters scratching their heads and exposing their hearts to fantastic and wonderful ends.


July 21 at 2:00 p.m.

July 25 at 7:30 p.m.

July 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Extreme Theatre!

Back by popular demand, visionary Seattle theatre artist K. Brian Neel returns to STAR to direct another actor-devised variety show. Improvisation, physical theatre, and scene-writing combine with youthful sensibilities to create a bold, comedic, and exciting performance unlike anything you’ve seen.


July 21 at 7:30 p.m.

July 26 at 7:30 p.m.

July 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students, $12 general admission, and available online at or by calling the Perseverance box office at (907) 463-8497. Our theatre is located at 914 Third Street in Douglas.