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Join Broadway Professionals & Top High-School Talent From The Great Lakes Bay Region

Auditions took place Friday, APR 28, 2023. Thank you to everyone who participated! Check back later in the summer when we announce the 2024 Rising Stars Production.

Midland Center for the Arts is searching for the top talent in the Great Lakes Bay Region that is interested in gaining professional-level experience and training from a Broadway Creative Team for a summer production of FOOTLOOSE. This initiative is designed for Rising Stars, current High School students including current freshmen through graduating seniors, who will work through an intensive rehearsal process and star in this rockin' nostalgic musical. Rehearsals will include a professional-level schedule.

The Creative Team brings professional experience from the Great White Way, starring and working on Broadway productions.

Performances will run June 28 - 30, 2023. The audition packet is available here.

New This Summer: Step BEHIND THE CURTAIN in our Rising Stars Technical Track and learn and engage with industry professionals on how theatre lighting, sound, set design, and more work to produce a performance on stage! Click HERE to view the application. Applications due FRI, APR 28.

For more information, please reach out to Travis Kendrick, Manager of Produced Theatre & Education, at

A limited number of scholarships are available for programs like Rising Stars through the Art From the Heart Scholarship Program. Early application is strongly encouraged. Learn more and apply today at

Meet the Broadway Creative Team

Katharine Quinn

Director & Choreographer

Katharine is assisting Tony Winner Robert Horn on the book of the new musical, Shucked, on Broadway in Spring 2023. She assisted Chase Brock on Hercules at The Public Theater, served as SDCF Fellow to Denis Jones on the Broadway production of Tootsie, and has directed and choreographed award-winning regional productions across the country.
TikTok: @itskatharinequinn

Rachel Perlman

Associate Director & Associate Choreographer

Rachel’s National/International Tour and Cruise Ship credits include: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Directed and Choreographed by Andy Blankenbeuler), Super Why! LiveGrease: The Musical (Royal Caribbean), and Holland America – World Cruise.  She has served as an associate/assistant for such notable companies as Disney Cruise Line, Tuacahn, and Think Tank, NYC.

Curtis Reynolds

Music Director

Curtis has music directed the National Tour of Spamilton: An American Parody.  He has music directed for prominent regional theatres such as Arts Center Of Coastal Carolina, Main State Music Theatre, and New York Theatre Workshop.  He performed/played piano on a cruise ship in Billboard Onboard.  With his MFA in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy from Boston Conservatory of Berklee, he currently teaches at Fort Lewis College.

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JUN 28 - 30 / 8 PM
at the Outdoor Stage in front of the Center

Cut loose with this year’s Rising Star production of Footloose!  The explosive movie musical bursts onto the live stage with fierce songs and dazzling choreography from top teen talent in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Footloose celebrates the exhilaration of youth, the wisdom of listening to one another, and the power of forgiveness. Featuring hit songs like “Holding Out For A Hero,” “Almost Paradise,” and “Let’s Hear It For The Boy,” the Tony Award-nominated musical with Grammy and Academy Award-nominated score is sure to have you dancing in your seats!

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