a note from alise

Are you ready for an amazing summer? We are! With only a few weeks before camp starts, our specialty staff wanted to say hello and give you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the activities they have in store for you!

So, get ready to PERFORMDANCESINGACTCREATE…and so much more! Your camper is about to STAR in the leading role of a summer experience that entails learning new skills, having so much fun, and making friendships and memories that will last forever. Make sure to see the Important Reminders & Updates section I placed below the videos!

StarQuest Specialty Staff

Alise Robinson
Camp Director

Cherish Robinson
Voice Specialist

Bryan Douglas
Acting Specialist

Skylar Duvall
Dance Specialist

Linda Leonard
Performance Director & Choreographer

Isaac Leaverton
Music Director

Meet Our General Counselors

Cate Ginsberg just finished her first year of college at American University in DC studying musical theater. This will be her fourth year working at Camp StarQuest and she is so excited to be back! Camp StarQuest has been her happy place each summer. She always looks forward to it, and she can’t wait to share that same level of excitement with all the StarQuest campers. Her favorite part of camp is watching how quickly all of the campers grow, and she is thrilled to play a part in that again this summer!

Dalton Glenn is a rising Sophomore in the BFA Acting program at SMU and he’s very excited to be returning for his second year at Camp StarQuest! He has been working with the JCC and JPAS since the 2018 production of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. and was an Assistant Stage Manager for Wizard of Oz, Young Performers’ Edition! He has been acting since he was seven years old and loves to see kids get so excited about the incredible world of theater and hopes to become an acting teacher so that he can pass on his knowledge and his love for theater.

Grace Nobles is a rising sophomore in the musical theatre program at Manhattan School of Music. She is also a proud graduate of Idyllwild Arts Academy’s musical theatre program, where she made her directorial debut with “Piggy and the Cocktail Dress” and played Bebe Benzenheimer  in “A Chorus Line”. Other favorite roles include Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes” and Suzy Hendrix in “Wait Until Dark”. She loves tacos, running, and horseback riding. Even though she considers herself a New Yorker now, she’s thrilled to be back in her home state of Texas for an exciting summer with the JCC!

Rachel Smith is a soon-to-be junior in college, studying theatre and education. Recently she performed in The Addams Family and Footloose. Rachel also choreographed The Drowsy Chaperone, Curtains, and Once Upon A Mattress. She worked as dance captain for Fiddler on the Roof, Willy Wonka, Madagascar, and assistant-choreographed The Wizard of Oz. This is her third summer with Camp StarQuest and she is very excited to be back and can’t wait to have fun with her group (the best group at the JCC)!

Camp Schedule & Calendar

Important Reminders & Updates

  1. Camp starts on Tuesday, June 11. The J is closed on Thursday, July 4.
  2. Auditions will take place on the first day of camp in the afternoon. They do not need to prepare anything for auditions; just be prepared to have fun.
  3. Tech rehearsals will take place on Thursday, June 27, Friday, June 28, Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2.
    It is super important, campers DO NOT miss camp on these dates.
  4. Final Performance will be on Tuesday, July 2 at 6 pm – ALL MUST ATTEND.
  5. Please make sure you read the Guide Book.
  6. Camp StarQuest campers will sign-in and begin their day in the Big D room.
  7. If you filled out an authorization form for dispensing medicine, please bring the medicine and a copy of the form with you to the Big D room and personally hand it to your camper’s counselor.
  8. Bring a water bottle; it is important our stars stay hydrated.
  9. No open toe shoes or sandals. Please wear sneakers and if you would like bring dance/or jazz shoes.
  10. Wear clothing that is comfortable to move, dance, and rehearse in.
  11. The week of June 3 we will send an email letting you know who your camper’s counselor is.
  12. Please review our cell phone/iPad policy with your camper. Cell phones and iPads are not to be used by the campers during camp hours unless permitted by StarQuest staff.
  13. Please download and reference the Dallas J Summer app often for camp pictures and alerts such as inclement weather, carpool changes etc…you can also visit the J website during camp for all camp alerts regarding inclement weather and carpool changes as well.
  14. Before and Aftercare children are either dropped off or picked up in the lodge. Details in Guidebook.
  15. Carpool tags and car tags: if your camper(s) is carpooling (Carpool Tag) with other families please click here to fill out the form. Everyone else who will be entering the campus during camp will need to have a car tag and car tag number as well. Carpool and car tags (whichever scenario you are doing this summer) will be available for pick-up on Sunday, June 2. Click here to view procedures that may help answer any questions you have.
  16. If you are on Facebook, please become friends with J Performing Arts page and our JPAS Dallas Instagram page. We will be sure to post pictures throughout the day.
  17. Again, Musical Production Finale for Friends, Family and open to the community will be Tuesday, July 2 at 6 pm. More details to follow.
  18. Battle of the Stars: Two action-packed days of complete and utter fun (July 3 & 5). Please do not miss these days either. It is super fun and it’s important our campers have closure at the end of camp. After Battle of the Stars on the last day of camp we have our big song fest, where we’ll announce the winner and have an end-of-camp finale. That includes our final appreciate circle tradition which ends in hugs and often tears because we don’t want the summer to end.

Can’t wait to make memories that last a lifetime – see you on Tuesday, June 11!

Shine Bright,

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Alise Robinson
Director Camp StarQuest