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Stars on Stage

A performance and learning opportunity for students with developmental disabilities.

Stars on Stage is a program using theatre as a way to collaborate in mixed-ability groups, acting as a bridge between children with special needs and others in their peer group to put on a fully staged theatre production. Everyone deserves access to the arts. We work to provide an environment that enables students with developmental disabilities and student peers to work together to develop trust and friendships. Together we create a community, brought together via the arts, to foster a culture of acceptance that lasts a lifetime.

For the second season, Stars On Stage is thrilled to present The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition by L. Frank Baum with Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, Feb. 9-10, 2024, at 7 p.m. and Feb. 11, 2024, at 2 p.m.

Who can participate? The program is seeking both young artists with disabilities and peer mentors.

Star Artists with Disabilities: students with disabilities grades 3-12 or who have graduated from Broken Arrow Public Schools up to the age of 22. There are no restrictions based on the level of cognitive ability, restriction of mobility, or lack of communication skills. Artists and their paired mentors need only a desire for artistic expression and a commitment to exploring their creative abilities.

Star Peers: dedicated youth without disabilities committed to learning and helping through collaboration. Must be dedicated to the process and have a bottomless capacity for adventure and fun.

Want to Volunteer? We are looking for volunteers to help with the check-in/checkout table for rehearsals and snack coordinators to help backstage during performances, makeup, costumes, props, stage crew, etc. Let us know if you want to serve in any of these capacities.

Looking to become a sponsor? Please call Kim Vento at 918-259-5723.

Frequently Ask Questions

Is there a fee to participate?

No. Participation is free for artists and mentors

When do rehearsals start?

Stars On Stage Schedule Link: https://rb.gy/yvxbe

Star Peer Training- For the Star Peer Trainings. Peers do not have to attend all three trainings; they will need to attend at least one before the Sept. 19 rehearsal. 

Rehearsals begin for everyone on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Rehearsals are held 1-3 times a week and then every night the week of the performances. Rehearsals will be held at The Kirkland Theatre, 808 E College, or the Broken Arrow PAC, 701 S. Main.

How do I find out more?

Live informational meetings:

Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, 701 S. Main on:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.

Please contact Kim Vento at kvento@baschools.org or Shannon Walsh at swalsh@baschools.org for questions about this program.