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Superstar Dreamz WHEN WE’RE YOUNG, most of us dream of becoming superstars. The glamorized lifestyle serves as inspiration for us to make it out of our current situation. Some people give up on those dreams. The ones who fight to make their dreams a reality despite hardships are the ones who make it. Superstar Dreamz: The Musical is about a group of teenagers destined for stardom.

Presented by Star House Entertainers and Wanda Smith, former radio co-host of V-103’s Frank & Wanda Morning Show, Superstar Dreamz is a musical about a group of teenagers who are determined to make their dreams a reality, while dealing with the difficulties of being an inner city teenager. The musical sheds light on common issues that teenagers go through, such as: bullying, peer pressure, and family conflicts. It also touches on poverty and crime. But in the midst of these issues, these teens push to live out their dreams, making this story an inspiration for anyone attending the show. The magic in this musical comes from the amazing cast. Superstar Dreamz is performed by a cast of Atlanta’s most talented youth, ranging from age 8-18. These young stars come from Star House Entertainers, a talent development company. Star House Entertainers is a one-stop shop for aspiring entertainers. The organization is ran by Tameko Star and Janice Paschal, who also wrote the screenplay for Superstar Dreamz. Star House Entertainers cultivates musicians, singers, actors and dancers into well-rounded entertainers. The expertise of Star and Paschal is shown in this musical through their students. “It is a magical experience,” said Wanda Smith. “I knew that I could take this cause to the next level. It was already good; I wanted it to be great!” Wanda was motivated to get behind the project after viewing it. She teamed up with her former manager Denise Howard, to fuel the marketing and promotions for this production, helping the musical to become a huge success. “There’s nothing else like it. When I first saw the musical, my heart started to beat faster. Finally, an outlet for African-American kids.” Superstar Dreamz gives a raw look into the dark side of a teenager’s rite of passage before adulthood. The emotionally charged scenes leave you understanding just how strong you have to be as a teenager in the 21st century. Smith, Paschal, Star and Henderson have a vested interest in propelling this work of art to the masses by pooling personal funds to see production through completion. Each of them identify with the fact that this production is bigger than just an informational after-school program. It’s about life, choices and growth. Statistics show that when youth have something relatable and inspiring within their grasp, it has an lasting impact and affects them positively. “Our goal is to go on a global tour. Our children need this. Today’s parents need this,” says Smith. Learn how to support, sponsor or inquire about Superstar Dreamz casting by visiting starhouseentertainers.net. You will also find information on upcoming dates and youth-geared workshops. - Spencer Greene

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