Auditions Saturday for STARS Production of "101 Dalmatians"


On 02.27.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

STARS Foundation will be holding auditions on Saturday, March 1, for its next production, “101 Dalmatians.”

Auditions will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at STARS, 519 Main Street, Cabool.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


​STARS Foundation Receives Major Monetary Grant


On 02.10.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

by John Gauthier

The region’s STARS Foundation has been selected to receive a major monetary stipend from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks Lois & Dorothy Coover Regional Grant Program, it was announced January 29, 2014 in the requested amount of $6,740.00. The STARS Foundation is one of a number of community-focused organization to benefit from the Coover Grant program.

Rebecca Peterson, STARS Foundation Executive Director, and members of the STARS Board of Directors attended the award presentation in Springfield, Missouri on 6 February.

“The grant is significant and will permit the STARS Foundation to continue its work to promote community access to such fine arts programs as musical theatre, dance and music instrument instruction”, Mrs. Peterson said. It will provide the Foundation and its students with the financial flexibility to pursue a number of projects that are essential to the continuity and success of STARS’ community programs that serve the residents of the south central Missouri region.

The monies will be administered by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. It will be spent according to the grant proposal written by Ms. Peterson. It will assist in providing wall mirrors for the dance program, ballet bars, flooring in the upstairs and bathroom areas, the purchase of over 11 different instruments, annual storage rental for theatrical sets and costumes, and new brochures.
STARS was also a recipient, this past January, of a local Mountain Grove Area Community Foundation Grant in the amount of $1000 to help go towards the purchase of instruments. 

The STARS program is open to all area students and citizens. Currently, 300 students participate in the STARS program from six surrounding counties. The STARS Foundation is supported by donations from community businesses and individual citizens. You may visit our website at www.thestarsfoundation.org or www.thestarsfoundation.blogspot.com.


Suzie Berry of Cabool Elected to Head STARS Foundation Board


On 02.10.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

by John Gauthier

The board of directors for the community focused STARS Foundation has named Suzie Berry of Cabool as its chairperson at its January meeting. Ms. Berry succeeds Allison Cox whose term ended in December and was unable to serve another term. Dan Sheehan of Mountain View was elected Vice chairman, replacing Tiffany Taylor. Andrea Williams of Cabool returns as STARS Secretary.

Additional new appointments to the STARS Board include: Cindy Westlund Bobe of Houston and Lisa Phelan of Cabool to conduct fundraising and marketing activities and Erin Richardson of Mountain Grove as administrative assistant.

Also returning for an additional term of office are Sherry Miller of Cabool as Treasurer; Sheila Carroll of Cabool, as service committee chair; Louise Crosbie of Cabool, as historian; Joyce Jones of Cabool as scheduling committee chair; Vanetta Sponsler of Cabool as Thank you committee chair. Rebecca Peterson retains her active role as Executive Director of STARS and key instructor and director of its musical programs.

We would like to thank all of those who have graciously given their time and talents to this program and whom have served in different capacities. If anyone would like to be a part of these committees, please contact us at www.thestarsfoundation.org.

The STARS Foundation promotes and conducts instruction in the fine arts in the region from its studios in Cabool. At little or no cost (in return for service to the community), residents of the region, without regard to age, can participate in classes STARS conducts for musical instruments, art and dance studies.

STARS students have participated in a number of musical theater productions and concerts around the South Central Missouri region, including Cabool and Willow Springs. STARS’ most recent musical production was the A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Though the theatre and concert performances are sources of revenue for the Foundation, a number of student concerts are performed free of charge or in conjunction with a local community activity.


Disney's "101 Dalmatians" Opens Tonight


On 04.24.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

Tonight (Thursday) is the opening for the next musical presentation from the STARS Foundation: “101 Dalmatians.” The kids’ arrangement of the musical will be staged at Willow Springs Star Theatre for April 24-26 and May 1-2.

The cast has been in rehearsals since mid-March and includes many familiar faces from past STARS theatre programs.

Tickets are available by calling 254-3168. Box office will open at 6:00 p.m., an hour before the show. Reserved tickets are $5 and will be $6 at the door. You can also pick up tickets in Cabool at STARS Foundation. 

The STARS program is open to all area students and citizens. Currently, 300 students participate in the STARS program from six surrounding counties. The STARS Foundation is supported by donations from community businesses and individual citizens. You may visit the website at www.thestarsfoundation.blogspot.com.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


Disney's "101 Dalmatians" Set for April 24 Opening


On 04.17.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

By John Gauthier

Some have described life’s experiences as a “dog’s life.” For the past several weeks, humans have taken on the role of dog as preparations continue to bring the adventures of a gaggle of dogs to the musical stage. 

Rehearsals are already under way for the next musical presentation from the STARS Foundation: “101 Dalmatians.” The kids’ arrangement of the musical will be staged at Willow Springs Star Theatre for April 24-26 and May 1-2.

The Disney musical stage play about a woman and her effort to round many dogs for a fur coat and the dogs’ efforts to escape has been modified for presentation by local theatre groups. The cast has
been in rehearsals since mid-March and includes many familiar faces from past STARS theatre programs. While there will be 101 humans imitating dogs on stage, a number of the principal cast animal characters will be portrayed by young local residents. Come see how they do! 

Tickets are available by calling 254-3168. Box office will open at 6:00 p.m., an hour before the show. Reserved tickets are $5 and will be $6 at the door. You can also pick up tickets in Cabool at STARS Foundation.

The STARS program is open to all area students and citizens. Currently, 300 students participate in the STARS program from six surrounding counties. The STARS Foundation is supported by donations from community businesses and individual citizens. You may visit our website at www.thestarsfoundation.blogspot.com.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


STARS Studens Preparing "101 Dalmatians" for April 24 Opening


On 04.10.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

By John Gauthier

Rehearsals are already under way for the next musical presentation from the STARS Foundation, “101 Dalmatians.” The kids’ arrangement of the musical will be staged at the Willow Springs Star Theatre for April 24-26 and May 1-2.

The Disney musical stage play about a woman and her effort to round many dogs for a fur coat and the dogs’ efforts to escape has been modified for presentation by local theatre groups. The cast has
been in rehearsals since mid-March and includes many familiar faces from past STARS theatre programs.

Tickets are available by calling 254-3168. The box office will open at 6:00 p.m., an hour before the show. Reserved tickets are $5 and will be $6 at the door. You can also pick up tickets in Cabool at the STARS Foundation.

The STARS program is open to all area students and citizens. Currently, 300 students participate in the STARS program from six surrounding counties. The STARS Foundation is supported by donations from community businesses and individual citizens. You may visit our website at www.thestarsfoundation.org.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


Relay for Life Performances Friday, Saturday


On 05.15.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

Two special performances benefiting Relay For Life are planned by STARS Foundation students in Cabool this week.

On Friday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. there will be a dance concert at 7:00 p.m. in the old Cabool High School gym.

Saturday, May 17, an orchestra concert is planned at the old CHS gym, also at 7:00 p.m.

The community is invited to come and support these performances.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


Scenes from Downtown Cabool


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Celebrate Independence Day in Cabool this Friday


On 07.03.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

It’ll be Steve Montgomery day with morning park/lake dedication; Day’s activities to conclude with free community fireworks display downtown

You can celebrate our country’s independence in Cabool this July 4 with activities that strive to offer something for everyone.

Park & Lake Dedication
Independence Day will kick off at Piney River Recreational Area off South Cedar Avenue with two morning sports events and then the dedication of Montgomery Lake.

A 5K run is being coordinated by the Cabool branch of Ozarks Family YMCA, set to start at 8:00 a.m. A fun walk for all ages will follow at 9:00 a.m. Medals will be awarded in both events, and there will be giveaways for participants, while supplies last.

At 10:00 a.m. there will be a brief dedication ceremony that will officially open Piney River Recreational Area and name the lake after the late Steve Montgomery, street department superintendent for the City of Cabool. A proclamation designating the lake naming in Montgomery’s honor, as well as officially proclaiming this Friday as Steve Montgomery Day, appears on Page 5.

Everyone is invited to come out for the July 4 morning’s events. “We want people to come out and enjoy the park,” Sharon Martin of the YMCA said.

History Museum Open
Cabool History Society will have the Bauch House museum open on Pine Avenue from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Persons are invited to drop by and view exhibits of local history, displayed in the historic home. Admission is free.

Fireworks & More Downtown
Activities in downtown Cabool will start at 4:00 p.m., coordinated by Cabool Park Board.

Between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Friday, a portion of Main Street will be blocked off and will house an area with booths, plus games for kids. Among the goodies available for purchase will be caramel apples, cotton candy, kettle corn, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream and even fried Oreos. Activities tentatively scheduled include a cake walk and bingo. Members of Ozarks Older Iron Club have been invited to bring tractors for display. Craft booths are also planned.

For $5.00 each, children will have unlimited access between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. to a bounce house, obstacle course and sprinklers.

Music will be provided by students of STARS Foundation in the pavilion at Gateway Park, corner of Main and Cedar.

Cabool Park Board will have grilled hamburgers for sale in front of El Imperial, with outside seating available.

The grand finale will be the free community fireworks display that will happen at dark, just south of Main Street.

Persons are encouraged to come out for all or a part of the activities and bring their lawn chairs for seating. 

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


​Auditions Saturday for Next STARS Production


On 08.14.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

Auditions are scheduled Saturday, August 6, for the next STARS Foundation production, “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr.”

Tryouts will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at STARS Foundation, 519 Main Street, Cabool. There are parts for ages 19 and under.

Practices will be held in Cabool on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. for six weeks. Dress rehearsals and performances will be at Star Theatre in Willow Springs.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


Old Tymes Day, Car Show Sat.


On 09.04.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

The streets of downtown Cabool will be the site for this Saturday, September 6, for Cabool Area Chamber of Commerce’s Old Tymes Day and the Southern Cruisers Car Club annual car and bike show.

Old Tymes Day
Old Tymes Day activities will be held on Main Street from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Live music, sponsored by local businesses, will be held throughout the day, including the Bill and Marti Golden Country Band, Backyard Bluegrass, and STARS Foundation students. Music will be at Gateway Park, and persons are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs for seating. A variety of craft booths are planned, and there will be several types of food for sale. Demonstrations of pottery making, basket weaving, and Dutch oven cooking are also in the works.

Contests planned include:
10:00 a.m. Hula hoop and sack races
11:00 a.m. Butter churning
12:00 p.m. Turtle race
1:00 p.m. Watermelon eating (open to the first 10 contestants to sign up)

For more information, contact the Cabool Area Chamber of Commerce office at 962-3002.

Car & Bike Show
Saturday will be the 9th annual car and bike show sponsored by Southern Cruisers Car Club. The event will be held on Spruce Avenue between Ozark Street and Main Street.

Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and judging will begin at 11:00. Categories include car, stock; car, modified; sports car; truck, stock; truck, modified; imports; and motorcycles. Special classes include best under construction, best rat rod, best original, best of show, participants’choice, special interest, age 21 and under, oldest participant, oldest vehicle, and most distance traveled to show.

For more information, call Danny Melton, 417-926-8352, or Billy Mason, 417-746-4613.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


Final Performances Tonight, Friday for "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"


On 10.23.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

STARS Foundation will be holding their final performances of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on Thursday and Friday, October 23 and 24. They will be performing at the Star Theater in Willow Springs located at 205 East Main Street. 

The play begins at 7:00 p.m. each night and tickets are $5.00 in advance and $6.00 at the door. For tickets, call 254-3168 or email matbec@centurytel.net.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


STARS Students to Present Messiah Christmas Concert


On 11.27.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

The annual Messiah Christmas concert presented by the STARS Foundation will be performed on Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. at Cabool High School in the old gym. The community is invited to attend this free event and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas with their 100 member choir/orchestra.

STARS Foundation is a non-profit, community wide, fine arts school. For more information about the Foundation, visit the website www.thestarsfoundation.org.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


Free Dance Concert December 6 at Old CHS Gymnasium


On 11.27.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

A free winter dance concert hosted by STARS Foundation will be performed on Saturday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Cabool High School old gym.

STARS Foundation is a non-profit, community wide, fine arts school. For more information about the Foundation, visit the website www.thestarsfoundation.org.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


Messiah Christmas Concert to be Sunday, December 7


On 11.13.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

The annual Messiah Christmas concert presented by the STARS Foundation will be performed Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. at Cabool High School in the old gym. The community is invited to attend this free event and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas with their 100 member choir/orchestra.

STARS Foundation is a non-profit, community wide, fine arts school. For more information about the Foundation, visit the website www.thestarsfoundation.org.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


STARS Dance Concert Dec. 6


On 11.13.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

A free winter dance concert hosted by STARS Foundation will be performed on Saturday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Cabool High School old gym.

STARS Foundation is a non-profit, community wide, fine arts school. For more information about the Foundation, visit the website www.thestarsfoundation.org.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


In Loving Memory...


On 11.06.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

The STARS Foundation family mourns the passing of our former board member, Gwendolyn “Jo” Burton.

Gwendolyn Carole “Jo” Chambers Burton, daughter of the late Hyacinth Bussey and Carl Chambers, was born on January 18, 1940 in Sikeston, Missouri, and departed this life on October 30, 2014 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Jo was united in marriage to David Harris Burton on September 13, 1957. To this union was born three sons, David, Jon, and Melvin.

Jo came to know the Lord at an early age and served Him faithfully for her lifetime. She was a homemaker, blessed with a voice to praise her Lord. She sang in many choirs, including the Missouri Music Makers in Jefferson City. She led many choirs, taught voice, and later learned sign language to include all in praising God. She was an accomplished musician, taught piano lessons, and played many instruments. Mission trips to Mexico were on her schedule for several years, one lasting five weeks, where she taught quilt making to the ladies of the region.

Jo was a gifted artist, painting portraits, landscapes, and many memories for all. She had art students at her church, First Baptist Church of Arnold in Arnold, Missouri, where she taught members and home schooled students. After moving to Cabool, Missouri, she taught music and art to friends and students in Cabool and Springfield, Missouri.

Jo served as a grandma at Cabool Elementary School in Anne Longwell’s first grade class. She so enjoyed the children and the opportunity to be a part of their lives. 

Jo was a supporter in the STARS organization in Cabool, serving on the board, and teaching classes as needed.

Jo was a member of the hand bell choir at First Baptist Church of Arnold. After much prayer, and with the help of very generous friends, she started a hand bell choir at her home church, First Baptist Church of Cabool. 

Her loving husband, David, her parents, and a sister, Betty Genderon, preceded Gwendolyn in death. 

Jo leaves three sons, David, of Eureka, Missouri, Jon and wife Linda of Naples, Florida, and Melvin and wife Anita of Ballwin, Missouri; a brother-in-law, Dan and wife Vi Burton of St. Clair, Missouri; Jimmy and wife Tessa, Cecilia and Mikaylah of St. Louis, Missouri, Matthew, and Nathan of Naples, Florida, and Katie, Emily, and Jack of St. Louis; great-grandchild Timothy of St. Louis; and a host of other family and friends.

Graveside services will be held at Jefferson Barracks Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 7, 2014, at 12:45 p.m. 

A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, November 9, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.

Obituary courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


Dance Students in Free Concert Saturday Night


On 12.04.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

A free winter dance concert hosted by STARS Foundation will be performed on Saturday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Cabool High School old gym.

STARS Foundation is a non-profit, community wide, fine arts school. For more information about the Foundation, visit the website www.thestarsfoundation.org.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise


Messiah Christmas Concert Sunday Afternoon at 3:00


On 12.04.14  |  by The STARS Foundation

The annual Messiah Christmas concert presented by the STARS Foundation will be performed on Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. at Cabool High School in the old gym. The community is invited to attend this free event and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas with their 100 member choir/orchestra.

STARS Foundation is a non-profit, community wide, fine arts school. For more information about the Foundation, visit the website www.thestarsfoundation.org.

Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise