Our Mission is to inspire, educate and enrich our youth via the theater experience.

Using theater as a tool, we will help our students develop their soft skills as well as further their theater arts experience.




Program Goals

The 2019-2020 school year will mark the second year of the ASTRA program. This exciting after school program is offered to Junction City Middle School students.


The kick off for 2019 is August 27, for 7th and 8th Grade youth and August 28, for 6th Grade Youth. 


Spring Semester, 2020, begins on January 7, for 7th and 8th Grade Youth and January 8 for 6th Grade Youth.


This program is designed to not only be a fun experience, but also a life preparatory course.


Using the theater arts as a tool, the instructors will teach the following soft skills:

  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Teamwork
  • Punctuality
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Skills
  • Creativity
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Adaptability
  • Friendliness




What's in a Day?

The students will be transported by USD 475 from the Junction City Middle School to the Opera House at the end of the school day. 6th Graders on Wednesdays and 7th and 8th Graders on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


PARENTS/CAREGIVERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PICKING UP THEIR CHILDREN NO LATER THAN 5:15 p.m. for 6th Grade Students and 5:45 p.m. for  7th and 8th Grade Students.  Upon arrival the students will be provided a snack as they are very hungry after a day at school.  We will then do warm ups, proceed with script work, critiques, and the day’s lesson as well as vocals and dance.


How to Enroll

Click on your middle schooler's application enrollment form below. 


ASTRA is held on Wednesdays for 6th Grade Youth and  Tuesdays and Thursdays for 7th and 8th Grade youth. 


Our two Directors are Melissa Ford and Mr. Matt Schwan. Chris Heldstab is our ASTRA Administrator.  Enrollment for 6th Grade youth is limited to 15 – 20 youth and the 7th and 8th Grade is limited to 20-25 students.  The fee is $55.00 for 6th Grade Youth per semester, and $100 for 7th and 8th Grade Youth per semester.


Scholarships are available, as no student will be turned down due to inability to pay.  Please contact Chris Heldstab concerning a scholarship for your


PAYMENT: Please make all checks out to "The C.L. Hoover Opera House" with ASTRA denoted in the memo line of the check, as well as the youth's full name. PLEASE TAKE or MAIL YOUR CHECK/CASH to the CL Hoover Opera House Office. 


Hours of operation:  Tuesdays – Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m 


Mailing Address:


135 W 7th Street

 Junction City, KS  66441


Click on the link below to download the application OR applications are available for pick up at the C.L. Hoover Opera House.