StarStruck Musical Theater was created in 1995 by Lori Stokes a resident of Fremont, CA, who hoped to form a local theater for neighborhood children. It was originally named Kids On Broadway, and first performed at the Fremont Education Foundation’s Fundraiser luncheon at Castlewood Country Club, with twelve local children ranging in age from seven to twelve years old.
For the first 6 years, Kids On Broadway performed to sold out audiences at the local Broadway West Theatre Company. In the year 2000 it became a 501 [c] 3 non-profit theatre and changed its name to StarStruck Musical Theatre. It soon outgrew the Broadway West theatre. After performing a few shows at Mission San Jose High School, Lori Stokes took the big step and booked the Ohlone College Smith Center to produce her winter show. It was Honk!, and it had overwhelming success! Since then, she has gone on to produce and direct two shows each year. The winter show is indoors at the Jackson Theatre and the summer show is performed outdoors in the Amphitheatre. Her recent shows have included: CATS, Les Misérables, The Music Man, Wizard of Oz and Annie. This year in the summer 2011 season, she will be producing Guys and Dolls.
StarStruck has come a long way in the last sixteen years. The young performer’s range in age from seven to twenty-one. Star Struck has also produced twenty-one main stage musicals, five summer camp workshops, and offers the Theatre for the Schools program, where elementary students can see a matinee for a reduced
Lori Stokes, a graduate of San Diego State University, continues to produce and direct the theater’s musicals, along with a very talented Music director, choreographer, and professional costume designer, professional sets and lighting and very enthusiastic parents help Star Struck achieve professional quality shows.
StarStruck mixes a professional environment and training with the relaxed fun and enthusiasm of a kid’s community theater. It is this combination that attracts both the youngest, most inexperienced performer and the theatrical veteran alike, so that all can share in the magic that comes from creating a musical. All cast members receive intensive training in singing, dancing and acting, while learning about other aspects of theater as well.
StarStruck prides itself on the fact that it is the only year-round non-profit all-kids theater company in the Tri-City area. Actors cast in the Main stage productions are carefully selected through auditions that attract actors, singers and dancers from all over the tri-city area.
Star Struck’s young performers have continued their involvement with the performing arts – through other community theatres, colleges, and even professional theatre. Wherever Star Struck kids go, they carry with them not only the memories of the enormous fun they had together, but also the irreplaceable social and professional skills they acquired during their time with Star Struck.
If you would like to help StarStruck through sponsorship, volunteer work or any type of donation, please contact us.