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Our President

Our current Starlight President is Dr. Nancy Knight, retired teacher and school administrator, mom and grandmom, from New Jersey.  

In 2011, Nancy was invited to join Starlight by club member, Pat Amato, who knew her from her performances at the NJ Club’s “Talent No Talent Shows.”  He asked her to do a show with him about the 50 states of America.  There were already several shows in the line-up for the group so Nancy took small parts and did behind the scenes work for those shows - Please Mr. Postman, and A Salute to Harry Warren.  

The show about the 50 states came the following year in 2014 when she was also elected president of the group.  She and another club member, Bob Muldoon, wrote the show, Route 66, which was presented for the first time at SeaBreeze Recreation center.  Nancy went on to do a website for the group and helped to produce the ensuing eight shows, The Great Pretenders, The Comic Strips Come to Broadway, The Grammys Come to the Villages,  “Into the Night,” “Soda Shoppe Memories,”  “Jukebox Musical,” and this week’s production of “Sentimental Journey.”  All of Starlight’s unique shows are written by the membership.  

Nancy is proud to call Starlight her theater “ family," and is especially proud of all the creative and passionate members who come from all walks of life - and now just want to have a little fun by performing for others.  Everyone who joins Starlight has a part in the shows.

Starlight Players Uses Music Hall Venue

Music Hall is a type of British theatrical entertainment popular between 1850 and 1960. It involved a mixture of popular songs, comedy, speciality acts and 
variety entertainment. The term is derived from a type of theatre or venue in which such entertainment took place. British music hall was similar to American vaudeville, featuring rousing songs and comic acts, while in the United Kingdom the term "vaudeville"' referred to more working-class types of entertainment that would have been termed "burlesque" in America.

Originating in saloon bars within public houses during the 1830s, music hall entertainment became increasingly popular with audiences, so much so, that during the 1850s, the public houses were demolished and music hall theaters developed in their place. These theaters were designed chiefly so people could consume food and alcohol and smoke tobacco in th
e auditorium while the entertainment took place. 

Music Hall did not adopt its own unique style. Instead all forms of entertainment were performed: male and female impersonators, lions comics, mime artists and impressionists, trampoline acts, and comic pianists.

The Starlight Players have decided to revive this form of entertainment for all of its shows each year. Round table seating will be provided where guests are welcome to bring refreshments to share. Each time, we will be making a contribution to charity. We hope you enjoy this form of entertainment, and encourage you to suggest themes for our future shows

Starlight Players uses  CELTX software!

"Celtx" is an acronym for Crew, Equipment, Location, Talent and XML. Celtx is media pre-production software, designed for creating and organizing media projects like screenplays, films, videos, stageplays, audio plays, documentaries, comics, games, and podcasts.  The cloud based version gives media creators a collaborative and non-linear approach to the pre-production work phase, providing support for industry standard scriptwriting, story development, storyboarding, script breakdowns, production scheduling, and reports. It also allows creators to integrate media into their projects and facilitates team-based project management.