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Directed by Patrick Klein

Musical Direction by Daniel Hughes

Choreographed by Meredith Charlson


Read the show guide for BRIGHT STAR, courtesy of, the leading online resource for theatre artists and fans.  Learn about the show’s context, authors, plot, and characters.



Performance dates: September 14 - September 29, 2019 (preview September 13)


Ticket Prices: $27-$57 (Discounts for Seniors, Educators, Patrons under 30, and Military available for all performances except Preview Night Friday, September 13)


Age Recommendation: Ages 12 and up. BRIGHT STAR contains some mature themes that may be more appropriate and relevant to pre-teens and older.


Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.


Parking Advisory: During BRIGHT STAR, the entire parking lot at the Lucie Stern Theater is under construction through early 2020. No spaces are currently available and you may need to us street parking. Hopkins Ave. and Middlefield Rd. entrances are all being used for construction traffic. Additionally, handicap accessible parking spaces at the Lucie Stern Community Center have been moved to slightly different locations. For patrons with mobility issues, we recommend using the drop-off area at the front of the Lucie Stern Community Center, at the corner of Middlefield Rd and Melville Ave. We advise allowing at least an extra 20 minutes to park and walk inside the theater. Our friendly neighbors at Walter Hayes Elementary School (1525 Middlefield Rd.) and Trinity Lutheran Church (1295 Middlefield Rd.) have kindly opened their parking lots to us, but you may need to use street parking. Please also consider carpooling and services like Lyft and Uber.


All performances are held at the:

Lucie Stern Theater

1305 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, CA 94301

In cooperation with the City of Palo Alto, Community Services Department, Division of Arts and Sciences


For more information including details about parking, wheelchair access, and listening devices, visit our Plan Your Visit Page. For more information about our 2019-20 season, please visit our 89th Season Page HERE.



Live Bluegrass Music
Friday, September 13 - Sunday, September 29

Every BRIGHT STAR performance includes live bluegrass music, starting 30 minutes before curtain. This treat is provided by our friends at the California Bluegrass Association, the Northern California Bluegrass Society, and the Santa Clara Fiddlers Association


Opening Night AfterGlow Party
Saturday, September 14

Enjoy a post-show champagne reception with drinks and appetizers while meeting the cast, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.


Post-Show Director/Cast Talkback

Thursday, September 19

Enjoy our Talkback series with Director Patrick Klein and members of the cast following the performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run.



Rise Together Education is dedicated to improving college graduation rates by mentoring, supporting and providing financial resources to low-income, high-achieving Palo Alto High School students and graduates. Donations made in the lobby during the run of BRIGHT STAR will benefit this worthy cause.



Alice: Elizabeth Santana
Jimmy Ray: Frankie Mulcahy
Billy: Brad Satterwhite
Daryl: Nick Kenrick
Margo: Michelle Skinner
Lucy: Samantha Arden
Daddy Murphy: Michael Mendelsohn
Mama Murphy: Juliet Green
Daddy Cane: Gary Giurbino
Mayor: Todd Wright
Stanford: John Ramirez-Ortiz
Max: Jomar Martinez
Florence: Rebecca Euchler
Edna: Katherine Bonn
Dr. Norquist: William Rhea
Clerk: Lydia Cuffman
Ensemble: Katherine Bonn, Lydia Cuffman, Cheril Ellingson, Rebecca Euchler, Justin Fan, Justin Kerekes, Jomar Martinez, John Ramirez-Ortiz, William Rhea



Director: Patrick Klein
Music Director: Daniel Hughes
Choreographer: Meredith Joelle Charlson
Scenic Designer: Patrick Klein
Lighting Designer: Chris Lundahl
Costume Designer: Pat Tyler
Wig and Makeup: Gwyneth Price Panos
Properties Designer: Scott Ludwig
Sound Designer & Supervisor: Jeff Grafton
Stage Manager: Kelly Weber
Master Electrician: Herb Evans
Technical Director & Production Manager: Scott Ludwig
Artistic Director: Patrick Klein


TERMS AND CONDITIONS Show times are at 7:30pm on Thursdays, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays. For ticket services, please call 650-329-0891. All sales are final; there are no exchanges or refunds. However, season subscribers are able to exchange at no charge when applicable. Ask our box office how you can become a season subscriber, and enjoy special perks like exchanges and discounted tickets. Will call ticket information: Tickets are available for pickup at the box office will call window one (1) hour prior to show time. U.S. mail ticket information: If requested, tickets are mailed via the U.S. Post Office First Class mail no later than seven (7) days prior to the show date; there is a fee for this service. Palo Alto Players has two (2) price levels on the seating chart: PRIME and VALUE. If you have accessible seating needs or simply need assistance, please call our box office at 650-329-0891. Thank you! Enjoy the show.