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Returning after an empty calendar of events in 2020, the Starlighters II Theatre has now set the schedule for the rest of 2021.

In addition to the previously announced dates, the rest of the three live shows have also been announced.

First time in at least a decade, the theatre has had a pair of musicals back-to-back. Following the virtual performance of “Tragedians Anonymous” April 23 at 7 p.m. and April 25 at 2 p.m., the previously announced “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” will signal the return of live shows June 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20, followed by “Calamity Jane” July 30 and 31, Aug. 1, 6, 7 and 8, “Driving Miss Daisy” Sept. 24, 25 and 26 and Oct. 1, 2 and 3 and rounding out with “Moonlight and Magnolias” Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12.

Though Starlighters has generally done just one musical recently, they used to have a spring and winter musical—but they’re not usually back-to-back like this year—the first time in at least a decade. “Driving Miss Daisy” was initially planned as a virtual show for May but was put back on as a regular show, but it made more sense to make that the fall show, given the setting, hence the two musicals scheduled in a row.

With the schedule set, the theatre is looking forward to offering its usual slate on a compressed timeline.

“It kind of makes it seem like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” Marketing Director Aimee Jones said after such a long period of uncertainty. “Now we have things to look forward to. We have things that we can be doing. The world is getting healthier, and because of that, we’re able to do the things that we enjoy like theatre.”

Jones, also the director of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” said that there was a good turnout for the auditions. That escape has been missing for many over the past year.

“I’ve been hearing a lot of people saying they’ve been missing having something to do; they’ve been missing the theatre. Whether that’s coming out and being in the show or watching a show, people want to have something to do. They’re tired of being at home. They’re tired of being restricted with the places they can go and the things that they can do,” Jones said.

To see the COVID-19 protocols in place for live shows or ticket information, head to starlighters.org. For the first set of shows, there will be limited audiences, but the exact cutoff is unknown at this time.

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