Surflight Theatre Arts Resource Schools (STARS)

2011 Summer Schedule

STARS is dedicated and pleased to bring professional Musical Theatre Training to the Jersey Shore. Classes are taught by professionals from the Surflight Company at the Theatre located at Beach and Engleside Avenues in Beach Haven.

Private lessons are available for all ages every day of the week. Private lessons are also available in all subjects listed below.
Private voice lessons are available for students over the age of 9 years.

Description of Classes

Theatre Song & Dance!

A perfect class for the little star in your family! Class activities incorporate acting & theatre games, singing, rhythm and movement.

Ballet - All Levels

Ballet classes concentrate on coordination, rhythm an creative expression through basic dance fundamentals and ballet terminology. Instruction progresses through basic barre and center work to combined technique and pointe work for the more accomplished dancer.

Acting & Theatre Games

Young performers will be introduced to the basic methods of acting. Theatre games, creative drama, improvisational exercises, movement and vocal techniques will foster communication skills as well as verbal and non-verbal expression.

Acting Techniques - All Levels

Students in Acting Technique classes will continue to develop basic acting skills through storytelling with the body, voice and imagination. Students will work with scripted materials, participate in improvisational exercises and strive for the development of truthful characters.

Creative Dramatics

Stories come to life as children go on dramatic adventures that excite the imagination, foster creativity and encourage their sense of play. Nursery rhymes, storybooks, props, costumes and puppets will inspire your young artist to create characters and explore amazing worlds.

Jazz & Tap - All Levels

Introductory classes teach basic techniques and terminology of Jazz and Tap. Instruction progresses through the basics to more challenging and complex material emphasizing technique and style.

Private Lessons - Acting, Voice, Dance & Various Instrumental

Private sessions are available to students of all levels in grades 3 and up. Private lessons are available in a variety of subjects and are catered to the individual student’s needs. Please inquire about our current instrumental offerings.

Pricing Information for Classes

All classes run July 5 - August 15

1 Hour Classes: $150 / six-week session

1 ½ Hour Classes: $225 / six-week session

Private Lessons
1 Hour Sessions: $60 / per session
½ Hour Sessions: $35 / per session

Fill out the STARS Registration Form today!
8:00am - 9:00am
Theatre Song & Dance! Grades 1-3
9:00am - 10:00am
Creative Dramatics Grades 1-3
9:00am - 10:00am
Theatre Song & Dance! Grades 4-8

8:30am - 9:30am
Beginner's Ballet Grades 1-3
8:30am - 10:00am
Acting & Theatre Games Grades 4-6

8:00am - 9:30am
Intermediate Ballet Grades 4 & Up
8:30am - 10:00am
Acting Techniques Grades 7 & 8

8:00am - 9:30am
Advanced Ballet Grades 4 & Up
9:00am - 10:30 am
Acting Techniques Grades 9 & Up

8:00am - 9:00am
Theatre Song & Dance! Grades Pre-K - K
9:00am - 10:00am
Creative Dramatics Grades Pre-K - K
8:00am - 9:30am
Intermediate Jazz & Tap Grades 4 & Up

8:30am - 9:30am
Beginner's Jazz & Tap Grades 1-3

8:30am - 10:00am
Advanced Jazz & Tap Grades 4 & Up
For more information, please call Erin Esposito at (609) 492-9477 x204 or email

Meet Shakespeare in Bicentennial Park

August 15 - 21

It’s Rage, Jealousy, Deceit & Murder!
It’s Love, Ambition, Magic & Humor!
Learn how to uncover the passion of Shakespeare in this exhilarating week-long summer camp. Includes a public performance in the park!

Grades 7 - 9

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Monday - Sunday

No Audition Required

Camp Fee: $275

The Mini Show Place Experience

The Mini Show Place Experience is back!

Children will rehearse for 5 days with the Show Place Waitri and then take over the parlour for two nights! Minis will be featured in duets, sing-alongs, finales and of course during our famous announcements!

June 22-June 28

5 Days of Rehearsal 10 am - 3 pm
2 Nights of Performing 5 pm - 10 pm

Camp Fee: $400

Audition Required
Students entering 3rd-8th grades call for audition info @
(609) 492-9477 x204 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What supplies and attire will I need for class?
You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes (no flip flops) to Acting and Voice classes and dancewear and dance shoes (jazz, ballet, or tap accordingly) to Dance class. Our dress code is very relaxed; however each teacher may have specific requests for the dress code of his/her students that he/she will discuss the first day of class. Your teacher will also instruct you on necessary supplies the first day of class.
Q: Where are classes held?
Most classes are held in the Showplace Parlour and on the Surflight Stage, however classes may be held in any space Surflight would regularly use for rehearsal, including the Surflight lobby, Grey House Common Room, Ariel Feldman Rehearsal Platform, Surflight Dressing Rooms, and The Show Place Dance Studio
Q: Do I need to register each semester?
Yes, you will need to register for each semester or session. You will receive a e-registration form from your teacher the second to last week of class. Please fill it out and return it the last week of class.
Q: How will I know if class is cancelled?
If there is inclement weather, you will receive a call from the program director canceling class. For any cancelled classes we will hold a make-up class at the end of the semester.
Q: Are S.T.A.R.S. students automatically cast in Surflight shows?
No. Anyone interested in performing at Surflight must attend our annual audition. 2011 auditions will be held in Beach Haven on April 16th and 17th for Interns (16 and up) and Apprentices (14-16 years old) and May 1st for Adults and Children under the age of 14.
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