Farmers Electric Cooperative Bright Star Children’s Theatre


Bright-Start-Touring-TheatreDuring the first week of each month, May through August, Bright Star Children’s Theatre will offer to plays for Children as part of the Downtown Entertainment Series thanks to Platinum Sponsor Farmer’s Electric Cooperative.  The morning play will be performed at the Jackson County Library at 10:00 am and the afternoon play will be performed in the new park on Front Street in downtown Newport, Arkansas (GPS 412 Front Street, Newport, AR 72112) at 3:30 pm (except for May which will be performed at 5:00 pm.  This nationally known theatre touring group will bring quality plays for young people right here at home.  The plays will be free to the public.  Bring a chair or blanket (no pop up tents please) and enjoy.  In case of rain or bad weather the afternoon plays will be in the Newport Business Resource Center, 201 Hazel Street, Newport, AR 72112.


2018 Bright Star Children’s Theatre Schedule

May 2nd

AM – Write On! A Literacy Adventure (Jackson County Library)

Jack loves stories, but there’s one problem – he just can’t write any! Luckily, with the help of his teacher, Mrs. Billingsworth, and a few surprise ghosts, Jack finds out how to tap into his imagination to create incredible stories. Formerly known as “Building Stories” this show was a hit with libraries and schools across the country in 2017. Kick your school’s literacy program into high gear with this high energy, fun and hilarious show!

PM – American Giants of Science (new park on Front Street)

Thomas Edison, Dian Fossey, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs and more all make their appearance in this fast-paced show. In a whirlwind tour through time, your young audience meets some of America’s most famous inventors and scientists. We feature audience volunteers onstage that help Ben Franklin fly his kite, work with Alexander Graham Bell on placing a phone call and so much more. This rollicking educational adventure is laugh-out-loud funny.

June 8th

AM – Upcycled Cinderella (Jackson County Library)

This imaginative production brings to life the story of Cinderella in a way that will surprise and delight audiences. The wacky duo, Dustmop and Binny, “accidentally” stumble upon an audience and decide to put on a play with what they have before them. Using household items, recycled objects and physical comedy, our performers create hilarious characters, inventive settings and lively scenes. Packed with character education lessons, Upcycled Cinderella will activate the imagination and encourage young audiences to use teamwork, friendship and creativity in their every day lives.

PM – Happily Ever After (new park on Front Street)

– Get ready to laugh out loud at our hilarious renditions of some of the best from the Grimm Brother’s iconic works. In this 45-minute (not-so-grim) adventure, our engaging performers transform into Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstilskin, and The Elves and the Shoemaker. This fairy tale inspired production is the perfect way to celebrate summer. Loaded with audience participation and endless stream of laughs, this show will leave your audiences shouting for more!

July 3rd 

AM – African Folk Tales (Jackson County Library)

Join two talented African griots (storytellers), Akili and Jabari, as they share stories that celebrate the vastness of the African landscape. As your students enter the performance space, the sounds of African instruments and a bustling market fill the air. Audience interaction abounds as our skilled performers bring to life Anansi, pourquoi and trickster tales. Sing-alongs, stories and humor help celebrate world cultures, language and oral tradition in this inventive and high energy production!

PM – Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History

This hit musical revue is one of our most sought after productions. Join our energetic actors in this entertaining musical revue of the history of Black Music! From the work songs of slavery (“Hoe Emma Hoe”) and the hymns of the Underground Railroad (“Follow the Drinking Gourd”) to the blues of Beale Street and the anthems of the Civil Rights Movement, music has always been an integral part of our nation’s past. In this production, our actor/singers tell the stories behind these famous and forgotten hymns, work songs and musical styles while sampling songs that spread across continents, genres and centuries.

August 10th

AM – Chicken Little: The Sky is Falling (Jackson County Library)

“The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” This twist on the classic fable of Chicken Little encourages students to think critically about the information they see. When something from the sky falls and causes uproar on the farm, watch as our friends Chicken Little, Goosey Loosey and Turkey Lurkey search for clues to decide weather the sky is really falling, or if it is just a trick! This tale takes on topics like fact vs. opinion, propaganda, and checking sources to help students navigate a world full of information, but not necessarily the truth. A fun and adaptable show sure to entertain your young audience!

PM – Alice in Wonderland (new park on Front Street)

The Lewis Carroll literary classic is magically brought to life in this 45 minute adventure. Join Alice on her journey into the rabbit hole, packed with some eccentric and fantastical characters who take your audience on an imaginative ride. Since 1865 this literary classic has been a favorite among young readers and we can’t wait to bring it to life. Join the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and Alice on this adventure in Wonderland.



Platinum Sponsors

Arkansas Steel Associates, ASU-Newport,

Farmers Electric Cooperative,

M&P Banking, Insurance and Investments,

Newport Economic Development Commission,

Unity Health Harris Medical Center


Gold Sponsors

Bad Boy Mowers, City of Newport, George Kell Motors,

George’s of Newport,

State Representative Michael John Gray,

Greenway Equipment, O’Connor Distributing

Silver Sponsors

All That I Am Books, C&C Distributors, Harris Ford,

Future Fuel Chemical Company, Jackson County Historical Society,

Jackson’s Funeral HomeMize Heating & Air Conditioning,

Newport Area Chamber of Commerce,  Newport Rotary Club, Riceland Foods, Ritter CommunicationsSouthwest Steel Processing,

WRMC Newport Complex

Bronze Sponsors

Charlie Watson and Diane Miller, David Couch, Entergy, Farmers Elevator,

Jackson County Council on Tourism,

Dr. Jabez and Pat Jackson, KASU Radio, Miller-Newell Engineers,

Moving Jackson County Forward, Newport Construction, Inc.Scott Wood Ram Truck CenterState Representative Dwight Tosh

Special Friend Sponsors

Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce, Boyce and Boyce PA, State Senator Ron Caldwell, Catfish Farmers of Arkansas,

CenterPoint Energy, Darling Pharmacy, Dillinger Funeral Home, Grady Auctions and Realty, H & V Leasing, IberiaBank,

Iron Mountain Regional Arts Council, Dr. Patti Mullins, DDS, Richard Peel Enterprises, LLC, St. Michael’s Place, Village Mall, Inc.

Friend Sponsors

Bratcher Real Estate, Dr. Kelly McKinney, DDS, Dr. Guilford and Retha Dudley,

Helena Agri-Enterprises, Jackson County Farm Bureau, John Minor Crop Insurance,

Newport Lions Club, Mark Manning Shelter Insurance