Each year, the graduating class of The Theatre School has the opportunity to be a part of a unique organization called ST*RS (pronounced “stars”). This stands for Support Tomorrow’s Rising Stars. Each year the graduating BFA 4 and MFA 3 class in a variety of majors may choose to join this organization in the hopes of helping with the many costs of the transition into the professional world. The main objective of ST*RS is to raise money for all of the students involved to pay for costs related to flights to showcase, headshots, portfolios and more. As a graduating student, there are many of these costs to consider, and it can be quite overwhelming. By joining ST*RS, students can plan and facilitate events throughout the year, where the proceeds can then be collected and divided among it’s members at the end of the year. Our organization has created many different ways to earn some dough, from holding a pop up Café in the lobby, to dances, to Drag Shows, game tournaments and more. The goal has always been to host events, and, yes, collect the proceeds, while simultaneously creating unifying activities for our school, and a chance for students of all disciplines to come together and have fun. Having been in TTS for the past 3 years, I have been to many ST*RS events, but now have the chance to be a part of the action making these events become a reality for us.
Now that Fall is officially upon us, ST*RS kicked off the season with their first major event, Fall Ball. Fall Ball is fun night of dancing and socializing at TTS. A dance is held in our Healy Theatre
on campus, complete with lighting, décor, and a rockin’ DJ. Guests are invited to dress up, bring dates and friends, to dance the night away, enjoy delicious refreshments, and celebrate the start of a new year in style. As a junior I attended the Fall Ball of 2015 and had a truly wonderful night, and could not wait to be a part of it this year, this time as a member of ST*RS. On Friday evening, students and guests were greeted in the Lobby of the Theatre School, and directed to our versatile Healy Black Box Theatre, on the 4th floor. There they were met with harvest themed décor, a TTS Step and Repeat where they could pose for pictures taken by our student photographer, and refreshments out on the patio. Upon entering the theatre, attendees enjoyed fun playlists supplied by our DJ, and an open dance floor waiting to be torn up. The changing colored lights of the Healy set the mood for a lovely time, and pretty view overlooking Fullerton Ave. I know for myself as an acting major, I frequently spend most of my time in movement clothes, yoga pants and sneakers for my classes. So it was so enjoyable to get dressed up with my friends, and (with the risk of sounding dorky) have a night of good clean fun! While there were not as many people in attendance as the year before, I believe the students who attended had quite a fun evening. I know that ST*RS is looking forward to more fun events throughout the rest of Fall Quarter and the rest of the year - I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as well! Until then, the Fall Ball was a great way to usher in the Fall Season, to celebrate the new school year, and bring our school together in a fun and exciting way.