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2023 Board Elections

Starlight Community Theater

Starlight Community Theater is holding an election via email for its membership from June 19-25, 2023. We will be voting on board officers (President, Vice-President and Secretary) as well as at-large members. The President and Vice President must have already served as at-large members of the board for at least one year. Secretary and at-large members are open to all applicants over the age of 18.

Ballots were sent to Starlight Members starting on June 19th, and must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 25th.

A member is someone who meets one of the following three criteria:

1. A person over the age of 18 who was a cast or crew member for a show in the most recent Starlight season (2022-2023). 

2. The parent or guardian of a minor (under the age of 18) cast or crew member for a show in the most recent Starlight season (2022-2023).

3. A person over the age of 18 who made a designated donation to Starlight in the last fiscal year (July 2022-June 2023). 

If you did not receive a ballot and feel this was in error, please email Abeth Spencer (elizabethkspencer@gmail.com) so we can correct our mistake.

Board Member duties include:

  • attending monthly board meetings

  • helping with big-picture planning, like fundraising or marketing

  • filling in "Front of House" coverage for shows, which means you get to see it for free!

  • Producing or co-producing a show during our season. This includes collecting bios for programs, making sure concessions are stocked, tracking production fees, and other duties that relate to running the theater (as opposed to duties that are tied to the specific show).

Secretary:

  • takes notes during meetings and supplies a record of the minutes within a timely manner

Vice President:

  • must have already served at least one year as an at-large board member

  • in charge of running yearly elections

  • serves as the board representative on the Season Selection Committee

  • supports the President, Artistic Director, and Managing Director as needed

President:

  • must have already served at least one year as an at-large board member

  • in charge of running meetings and setting the agenda

  • provides a annual report to the Starlight membership and community

  • supports the Artistic Director and Managing Director as needed

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

President

Cathy Merrill: Cathy Merrill is in her 3rd year on the Starlight Board, the last 2 have been spent in the role of President. She was elected to that role just as we started coming out of the pandemic and the last 2 years have been largely re-building after months and months will no ticket sales. Cathy has picked up more responsibility since the Managing Director of the Theater retired. She would like to continue in a 2nd term as President to help find a candidate to fill that Managing Director role and work more toward consistent practices for each production, making our procedures more duplicatable. She would also like to work toward creating a fundraising committee to help us improve many of the aspects at Starlight that would make us more competitive with our peer theaters.

Vice-President

Abeth Spencer: I have had the honor of serving on the Starlight Board since 2019. This has allowed me to establish myself as a strong leader and capable board member. As Vice-President, I have efficiently and effectively run the Season Selection Committee and the Announcement Cabaret for the last two years, handled board elections for the past three, and filled in numerous other roles and duties as needed. It would be my pleasure to continue serving this theater that I love so much. Thank you!

Secretary

Samantha Hartwell: I, Samantha Hartwell, am excited to announce my candidacy for re-election as the Secretary of the Board for Starlight Community Theater. With a proven track record and dedication to the organization, I am committed to serving and supporting our vibrant theater community. Together, let's continue to shine bright at Starlight!

At-large Member

Paula Beougher:  I would like to serve on the Starlight Board for several reasons.  Although I studied Chemistry in college and went on to become a pharmacist, my true passion is History and the arts. Secondly, as a parent, exploring community theatre with my child, I feel I could bring an added perspective to the board.  And finally, I truly enjoy working with Starlight, and would love to support and give back to a community that has given so much to my family.   Thank you for your consideration.

Cody Bro: I am thrilled to have the opportunity to run for the Starlight Community Theater Board. I have served on the board for a year, and am excited for the chance to continue to do so. Having been a part of this incredible theater family for several years, I have witnessed firsthand the magic and impact it brings to our community. As a board member, I will bring my passion for the arts, my dedication to supporting fellow actors, and my commitment to nurturing the growth of Starlight. Together, let's continue to create unforgettable moments on and off the stage.

Rhiannon Cummings: It has been an honor to currently serve on the board. The inclusive  and educational atmosphere at Starlight really resonates with me, and I’m proud to be a part of this theater on and off the stage. It would be a privilege to continue to be a voice for members of the community.

Nicole Thompson: I have been on-stage and backstage at Starlight since 2020 starting with good ol' Dracula. I have been involved with 7 productions here doing anything from Stage Managing, Sound Designing, Board Ops, Building, Directing, and Assistant Directing. I would love to be a part of Starlight's board since this is one of my home theatres. I would love to help directors like myself succeed in their shows and enhance my involvement with Starlight itself. Thank you!

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