The Star Bright Players, jr.
Star Bright Players Jr. is a wonderful training ground for young performers. With over 60 children ages 5 to 14 in each production, SBPJ produces at least 2 full-scale musical productions each year in an effort to give younger actors the skills and opportunity to be on stage in leading rolls. Additionally, several Broadway style intensives/camps are offered each summer along with workshops & masterclasses throughout the year hosted by seasoned professionals in the performing arts industry.
Julia Nolan: Director
Julia Nolan has an extensive background in every aspect of the performing arts industry. Julia is thrilled to be back in Middle Tennessee to share her musical talents after traveling the world singing, recording and touring with different acts. Her talents can be heard on numerous recordings and soundtracks – she even had several number one hits in Japan. Julia has toured the world with different artists from Sony records, has performed alongside Lee Greenwood, Earth, Wind and Fire, performed in shows in Las Vegas, for Disney, on cruise ships and sung for numerous conventions and private parties. Growing up in South Florida brought opportunity in National commercials with the N.Y.Yankees, Kool- Aid, and Jordache jeans. She attended a performing arts high school in Memphis, Tennessee and on to a conservatory for musical theatre- Wagner College in New York City. Julia lived in Japan for almost 5 years recording and touring with some of the country’s top acts. After coming back to America, she recorded the Maybelline commercials- “Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline.” She toured the world with a new artist from Sony records named Rhona Bennett who now sings with the group ‘En Vogue’ and has her own radio show in Los Angeles. While living across the country, Julia created a non-profit 501(c)(3) children’s theatre- The Foundation for Performing Arts in Idaho Falls, Idaho with an enrollment of over 200 talented students from 2003-2007 and produced at least 5 productions a year. While acting as the artistic director, Julia organized several different successful fundraisers for the performing arts center, plus wrote and received grants for different arts projects locally. The foundation also received a large land grant from a local investor to build an entertainment complex, all while under Julia’s direction. Her love of directing and writing of revue shows has been seen in many different schools and theatre groups from Idaho, to the coast of Georgia, to middle Tennessee. When Julia is not performing, she’s still working within the industry coaching and consulting other talented people to help them achieve their dreams and she also judges pageants and talent contests.
Shana Purkey: Directing Assistant
Shana has over 20 years of dance, vocal, and theater training as well as a diverse performance background. She has performed locally and regionally since the age of 4 for audiences of 20 to 20,000. Her solo vocal and dance performances have earned her a number of regional and national titles as well as lead musical theater roles. Shana also has an extensive background in the world of pageantry where she placed 1st Runner up to Miss Georgia. Shana now uses her training and experience coaching pageant and talent competition contestants, working as a makeup artist for photoshoots, competitions, and runway shows, as well as image consulting.
Natalie’s musical theatre journey began at the age of 12, when she landed her first role as the rotten orphan, Duffy, in Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre’s production of “Annie.” From that point on, she was constantly performing in shows around town - at Chaffin’s, Pull-Tight Theatre, Missoula Children’s Theatre, Starbright Players, Act Too Players, and others. She has had many years of jazz, tap, and ballet as well as vocal training at Jan Williams School of Music, and she has had many years of experience as a professional demo and session singer in Nashville. Her theatre journey came full-circle when she got the opportunity to come back to Starbright as an adult to assistant direct the show that means so much to her - that very first show she ever performed in all those years ago, “Annie,” alongside Julia Nolan and Shana Purkey! She had such a blast working with them and with the talented young people of Williamson County, and she couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the exciting things to come with Starbright Jr.
Carmen Brandy: Ensemble Director (Ages 5 - 7)
I’m a Jesus follower, musician, writer, and friend. I’m always trying to spread love whether it be with my music or on my blog! I moved to Nashville when I was 15 and have had the incredible opportunity of writing and working with lovely people at Warner Chapel, Sony ATV, and Universal Music Group to name a few! I am now 19, in college figuring out what it means to extend myself grace daily, and work with relentless passion! Whether it be in song form, or my blog, my only wish is to make you feel joy.