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.

Spring Semester, 2020, begins on January 14, for 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Youth.  We will hold auditions on Tuesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 16.   The youth will be notified via email to parents, as well as the CL Hoover Opera House and Mr. Schwan’s Classroom, of the cast list for our spring musical, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Jr.  The kids will be given music and choreography to learn for their final audition on January 16th.   

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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.   Upon arrival the students will be provided a snack as they are very hungry after a day at school, then we begin with warmups, proceed with script work, critiques, and the day’s lesson as well as vocals and dance.






How to Enroll

Click on the ASTRA application enrollment form below

ASTRA is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the Middle School Youth. 

Our Directors are Melissa Ford and Mr. Matthew Schwan, in coordination with our new Assistant Director, Jackson Welsh. Chris Heldstab is our ASTRA Administrator.  You may contact her via email with any questions you might have concerning the program:

Enrollment for the spring semester will be limited to 25 – 30 students, as we will be performing the musical, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and this is the number necessary for the cast.  The fee is $100.00 for your student this spring semester.  NO PAYMENT IS DUE until we release the cast list.



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

 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.