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Stand UP & Speak OUT is returning to the theater in 2023!

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Coming to the Kate! in May 2023

The musical 13 made history with the first full teenage cast in a Broadway production. Dear Evan Hansen was a musical that touched audiences and brought up important social and mental health issues.

Now a new musical, written and composed by 4-time Emmy nominee Jill Nesi, brings both concepts together. Stand UP & Speak OUT features a young cast in a powerful show with an important message. The show tells the story of Stephanie, a girl who is relentlessly bullied at her high school. She is visited in her dream by her old friend Ian. Sadly, Ian also suffered from horrific bullying, with tragic consequences.

Stand UP & Speak OUT will debut at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in May of 2023.  After a pandemic inspired hiatus we are excited to return to the theater with this live production showcasing inspiring songs and dialogue addressing the topic of bullying and how kindness, empathy and acceptance can counteract poor behaviors.  The goal of this powerful musical showcase is to get both students of all ages and adults to recognize these situations and become "Up Standers" that STAND UP, SPEAK OUT, AND STOP BULLYING while creating a CHAIN REACTION of kindness!

This is sure to be an uplifting and educational event for the entire family!  Stay tuned by following us on Facebook for more information, ticket information and updates.  

PRODUCER: JILL NESI, 4 time Emmy Nominated Songwriter

DIRECTOR: NICK RAPUANO, Award Winning Writer, Director of stage and film

CHOREOGRAPHER: TRACY TOLISANO, Owner/Creative Director Limelite Dance Studio


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AUDITIONS:  If you or someone you know may be interested in auditioning for the cast of Stand UP & Speak OUT please contact us at for more information. 

  • Cast Auditions will be held on January 8, 2023,    Noon - 3 PM at Limelite Dance Studio, 168 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT.  For more information  please read the pdf below or email us at Signup for auditions HERE



      Cast Audition Flyer

  • Dancer Auditions will be held on January 14, 2023,     3 - 4:30 PM at Limelite Dance Studio, 168 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT.  For more information or to reserve an audition please text us at  (203) 314-0044 and include your name and age.


      Dancer Audition Flyer

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