The History of Northern Starz in Ramsey goes back to 2010. We are a non-profit, educational and community theater of Ramsey, MN who's mission is to promote awareness, appreciation, and fundamentals of theater arts through education of, and performances by, students of all ages.
If you've wondered about Northern Starz in Ramsey, our roots are with an informal organization called Broadway on Site, which began in 1996. It was designed to bring the theater experience to young students in the north suburban area of the Twin Cities who had a desire to learn about theater (or who perhaps just wanted to be in a play). Broadway on Site continues to offer theater programs through local Anoka Hennepin School District’s Community Education programs. Starting in 2010, Broadway on Site added an “advanced, audition-only group” experience for students who have satisfactorily completed four previous Broadway on Site productions. In 2012 the informal organization producing the advanced shows was organized into what is now known as Northern Starz Theatre.
Since then Northern Starz has produced 13 shows, and is currently in rehearsals for it's 14th and 15th productions Night at the Wax Museum and the Magical Land of Oz respectively. Past productions include Hee Haw Hayride, Alice@Wonderland, The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Babes in Toyland, Kokonut Kapers, Flapper, A Christmas Carol, The Sound of Music, Cinderella, and The Snow Queen.
The mantra "you learn theater by doing theater" is a guiding principle for us - so we involve our students in nearly all aspects of theatrical production. Currently, students can participate as actors, stage managers, theatre technicians, and lighting design. In the future, we are hoping to expand these offerings to include playwriting and directing opportunities for students through our Education Program.
Northern Starz currently serves students and families in Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Andover, Blaine, Ham Lake, Becker, Zimmerman, Champlin, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Lino Lakes, White Bear Lake, Minneapolis and St. Paul. We partner closely with local schools and communities to ensure that anyone wishing to experience the theater arts can do so.
Northern Starz Theatre Company is a registered 510(c)(3) organization within the state of Minnesota existing as a formal non-profit since 2012.