Starshine is an emerging organization in Sisters, Oregon dedicated to empowering kids to perform on stage.
Starshine offers summer camps, after school programs, and partners with the Sisters Farmers Market to host community Talent Shows.
There are so many positive benefits to performing on stage from increased emotional regulation, sensory awareness, enhanced focus and concentration skills, as well as improved oral communication skills, and self-confidence. Theater-based programs can be a perfect place for eccentric and outgoing kids, as well as shy kids, since they provide a fun, inclusive learning environment for all.
About Director, Producer, and Educator Jennie Sharp
Jennie Sharp has been performing since she can remember. She has had countless parts in plays, dance and piano recitals, choir performances, home-made shows, and more recently producing shows at the Black Butte School in Camp Sherman. Theater and performing didn't always come naturally, but always have had a strong influence in her life.
After receiving her teaching license in 2007, Jennie, has had a variety of teaching roles, from teaching field science in Yosemite, to teaching core subjects like language arts and social studies in Oregon schools. She is now dedicated to producing shows with kids, which includes many hours of teaching basic theater skills, set design, playwriting, and of course rehearsals.
Since 2015, Jennie has directed the Black Butte School's annual winter performance, creating memorable and timeless experiences for the performers and their adoring audiences. You can read more about Black Butte School's 2018 performance, American Winter, in a Nugget News article linked here. After being approached by parents to offer summer camps a number of times, Jennie finally decided that 2019 was the year!