Combined Finale Number

For all finale members, attached below is sheet music and audio tracks for the combined finale number. Please listen and study this music.

Nicest Kids in Town Music

For all finale members singing backup for The Nicest Kids in Town, attached below is sheet music and audio tracks. Please check the finale cast list if you are unsure whether or not you are a part of this group. Please listen and study this music.

Huddled Masses Music

For all finale members, attached below is sheet music and audio tracks for Huddled Masses. Please listen and study this music.

Combined Finale Number

For all finale members, attached below is sheet music and audio tracks for the combined finale number. Please listen and study this music.

Finale Rehearsal

Thursday, Dec. 20, rm. G25, 4:15pm - 5:30pm

Important first rehearsal for the Rising Stars finale and Huddled Masses choir. If you cannot make it to this rehearsal please email as soon as possible with a reason why.

Finale Cast

  • Thank you to everyone who auditioned for a place in the Rising Stars Finale. Attached below is the list of our finale cast. You can be in more than one section.

  • If you are in the cast of Rising Stars and missed the chance to audition and want a spot in the finale please email ASAP

Make-Up Finale Auditions

Tuesday, Nov. 20, Rm. G25, 4:15-5:30

Anyone that auditioned to be in Rising Stars is eligible to attend make-up auditions to be in the Rising Stars Finale. If you attended the last audition date you do not have to come to the second day. If you are interested or have any questions please email

Contact/Playbill Form (Due Fri, Nov. 16)

  • The playbill form is an online form. Don't forget to hit the 'Submit' button at the end of the form!

  • IMPORTANT: If you are in multiple acts, please fill out a new form for each act you are in.

Contract (Due Fri, Nov. 16)

  • Please download the following contract. Please sign all components and place it in the envelope attached to the Rising Stars call board (next to room G45 in the basement).

  • Please do not print double-sided! ONLY HAND IN THE LAST PAGE!

Finale Auditions

Wednesday, Nov.14, Rm.G29, 4:15pm-6:15pm

  • By the end of the brief audition process you will receive one of the following verdicts: Ensemble Member, Ensemble Member with Solo Lines, or not in the finale. 

  • All cast members are welcome to audition for the finale, but please note that if you are featured in a Rising Stars act, it is unlikely you will receive solo lines, but you are more than welcome to audition. 

  • Please check the list linked below to see if you are signed up for a finale audition. If your name is not on the list, please email 

  • Please familiarize yourself with the following music.

  • You do not need to bring anything with you to the audition. 

Art Exhibit: Art Submissions

With help from the Art Department and the Rising Stars committee, we will be creating an art exhibit to accompany this year’s performance. This exhibit is meant to showcase the impressive talents of students whose art spans beyond the stage; all majors are welcome! For this exhibit, we need a plethora of submissions- 2 dimensional is preferred but not required. Please keep in mind art submissions should, in some way, fit this year’s theme- This Is Me: A Journey. To submit work, please fill out the form below by FRIDAY DECEMBER 7. Thank you for helping to make this show great!

Art Exhibit: Junior Curator Position

The Art Dept. is looking for 2 juniors to be a part of the curation team for the Rising Stars Art Show! If selected, you will work with the senior curators to review submissions, create a display, and hang work for what’s sure to be an amazing show! If you are interested in applying for this position, please fill out the form below by WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21. Interviews will be held the following Monday (the 26th) in the 7th floor art office. Good Luck! 

January Regent Exams

  • We need to know if you are taking a Regent in January as soon as possible. To find out if you are taking an exam in January, go to “Class Schedule” on PupilPath; all January Regents should be listed as your 14th period. You will then input this information into the Contact/Playbill form that is linked directly under "Announcements."

  • Please feel free to email me if you need any assistance (contact information at bottom of the website).

Required Cast Meeting

(Friday, Nov. 9, 4:15pm, Rm.G25)

  • Room G25 is located in the basement. 

  • Prior to the meeting, please decide whether or not your act would potentially utilize the House Band. Please also know if you will be taking a regents exam in January. 

  • Please make sure as many act members as possible attend.

  • If you are in the Sound of Music cast, you have been excused from this meeting, but if one of your group members is available, please have them attend so they can report back to the group.

Accepted Acts

  • Thank you to all the acts that auditioned for this year’s Rising Stars. There was a total of 186, remarkably talented acts that auditioned this year! The process was very competitive, and the decisions that had to be made were incredibly difficult.

  • Please note, all acts are subject to directorial changes (shortening the act, combining acts together, etc). This will be further clarified in the Rising Stars contract.

  • Please find the list of accepted acts below (also a list of all act numbers incase you forgot yours)...

List Of Acts For Auditions

  • Please check to make sure your act is in the correct audition slot. 

  • The acts are not in any particular order. On the day of your audition, the first to arrive will be the first to audition. 

Audition Details

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are auditioning with a band please try and sign up for slots on Friday, October 19th or Saturday, October 20th from 2PM - 4PM. If you have a conflict this please email Rebecca Hurson.

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: Each act needs only 1 audition spot! When you select a spot, it will automatically assume you want 1 spot--don't change that please!

  • Each act must have a designated group leader. This person is responsible for distributing information to the people in their act as well as signing up the act for auditions and rehearsals. You can NOT be the group leader of more than 1 act. 

  • Acts must arrive at the START of their audition block. For example, if your act has signed up for the 10:00AM to 11:00AM audition slot you must arrive at 10:00AM.

  • Auditions will be located in the basement at school. There will be a member of stage management there to take down the information of the group leader and direct your act on where to go. 

  • Act Timings (your audition will be cut short if you exceed this time)

    • Up to 5 Act Members

      • 2 minutes

    • 5 to 9 Act Members

      • 3 minutes

    • 10 or more Act Members

      • 4 minutes

  • If you have recorded music, please bring it on a phone with a headphone jack.

  • If your act includes a film please bring it on a USB Flash drive.

Audition Schedule

Thursday, October 18, 2018

  • 4:15PM to 5:00PM

    • Audition Block #1

  • 5:00PM to 6:00PM

    • Audition Block #2

  • 6:00PM to 7:00PM

    • Audition Block #3

Friday, October 19, 2018

  • 4:15PM to 5:00PM

    • Audition Block #4

  • 5:00PM to 6:00PM

    • Audition Block #5

  • 6:00PM to 7:00PM

    • Audition Block #6

Saturday, October 20, 2018 (Priority to those in Sound of Music)

  • 9:00AM to 10:00AM

    • Audition Block #7

  • 10:00AM to 11:00AM

    • Audition Block #8

  • 11:00AM to 12:00PM

    • Audition Block #9

  • 12:00PM to 1:00PM

    • Audition Block #10

  • 2:00PM to 3:00PM

    • Audition Block #11

  • 3:00PM to 4:00PM

    • Audition Block #12

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

  • 4:15PM to 5:00PM

    • Audition Block #13

  • 5:00PM to 6:00PM

    • Audition Block #14

  • 6:00PM to 7:00PM

    • Audition Block #15


  • Bands are more than welcome to audition. It is recommended that you bring your own instruments, but if you send an email to ahead of time, we can try to accommodate. 

  • We have an amp and audio cables. 

Emcee Audition Information

Anyone interested in auditioning to be an Emcee for Rising Stars must prepare:

Three 1-1:30 minute skits establishing your through line but also setting up the shows theme. 

1st: Intro

2nd: Middle of arc

3rd: Wrap up to finale 

Audition Notes

  • The finale songs are This is Me from The Greatest Showman and You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen, so please do not audition with those songs.

  • Group numbers have a better chance of getting chosen — we want to see as many of you onstage as possible, and collaboration sparks some of the best art.

  • Start rehearsing AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Auditions are less than a month away! Unprepared acts rarely get chosen.

  • Interpret the theme however you want. Don’t stick to the obvious, but make sure the theme is present somewhere within your piece.


Music director

Anyone interested in being a Music Director email Rebecca Hurson at by Wednesday, September 26th.

This Is Me: A Journey

The theme of this year’s Rising Stars is This is Me: A Journey. 

Everyone at LaGuardia is unique; we are all artists and students, but our individuality goes deeper than that. Show us what makes you special! How did you find that out about yourself? How has art made you who you are? What did you have to go through to become who you truly are? How did you find confidence to be yourself without fear? How do you celebrate your differences?

Rising Stars continues to be a memorable and meaningful tradition and production because of the students who bring all of themselves to the audition and the process. Don’t be afraid to take risks and push the boundaries. We want to see talents and ideas unique to you. Show us who you are!


Q. How well does my act have to fit the theme? 
A. We encourage all acts to try to formulate pieces that pertain to the theme as well as possible, however, we do not wish to discourage you from auditioning if it does not correlate perfectly. 

Q. What is the maximum number of acts I can be in?
A. You can only be featured in up to two acts, but you can be in several large group acts. This will be considered during your audition.

Q. What is a group leader?
A. A group leader is simply the person who will distribute information to the rest of the group. This person is not "in charge" necessarily, but they must be responsible and check their email regularly. YOU CAN NOT BE THE GROUP LEADER OF MORE THAN 1 ACT; this is especially important during auditions.

Q. Once I'm in, am I in for good, no matter what?
A. No, there will be a check-in. This is simply to make sure all acts have progressed since the audition. We are not looking to cut acts! 

Q. How many days will I have to be at school for this? 
A. After the audition, groups are expected to attend a few after-school rehearsals, which they will be able to schedule for their own availability, Check-ins (TBD) as well as a few tech days over regents week in January and performances. Inability to attend any of these may result in the cutting of your act. 

please contact

Rebecca Hurson


with any questions or concerns