Bright Star Theatre to perform in Washington

There’s a slew of talented folks involved with this touring educational theatre company, and they’re having some great success. Next week, Bright Star will perform at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Here’s all the news:

Bright Star Touring Theatre, a professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, will open the 2010-11 “Saturday Morning at the National” family theatre series at the National Theatre located just blocks from the White House in Washington, D.C. The company will perform their adaptation of The Ugly Duckling on Saturday, September 18. Bright Star Touring Theatre previously performed at the National in 2007.

“We are thrilled to return to the National Theatre,” said David Ostergaard, co-founder of Bright Star Touring Theatre. “It’s an incredible honor to be asked to open their Saturday series. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Malia and Sasha Obama will attend.” 

The National Theatre has been in existence for 175 years (President Andrew Jackson attended the inaugural performance on December 7, 1835), and virtually every major star of the American theatre has performed at the National at one time or another.

The Ugly Duckling is a heartfelt show based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale. Good judgment, friendship, kindness and acceptance are just a handful of the character traits that come to life in this endearing story of the ugliest duckling in the nest. When young Zoe Von Eggbert is outcast for her unusual appearance, she learns helpful anti-bullying tips from the other birds on the pond. When she undergoes a miraculous transformation into the most beautiful swan in the land, she realizes that she’s changed more than just her appearance. The Ugly Duckling stars Carin Metzger of Sylva and Erica Honeycutt of Atlanta.

“We pride ourselves on offering productions that are educational as well as entertaining. The production of The Ugly Duckling that will be performed at the National is the same as the one that we’d bring to a school or library,” added Ostergaard.

Bright Star Touring Theatre was co-founded by Asheville couple David and Karri Ostergaard. Since 2003, Bright Star Touring Theatre has been committed to providing professional theatre to young audiences at an affordable and all-inclusive rate. Bright Star Touring Theatre serves more than 650 audiences annually across 16 states with a variety of programs ranging from The Lady of Bullyburg to Heroes of the Underground Railroad. Information about all the shows touring this season is available online at


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