Paper Mill Playhouse Expands its Theater for Everyone Offerings through Partnership with Shining Stars Network

Millburn Theater to Co-Produce Showcase for Young Artists with Disabilities on its Mainstage this August. Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stotts- Managing Director), recipient of the Tony Award for Regional Theatre, has joined forces with the Cranford, New Jersey based non-profit Shining Stars Network to co-produce a performance featuring young artists with disabilities entitled “An Evening of Shining […]

Shining Stars are Spectacular in “The Greatest Show”

For the second straight year, an audience of more than 1,000 packed the historic Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway for the annual “Evening of Shining Stars Spectacular” which features 40 special needs cast members and their buddy/mentors. This year’s theme — “The Greatest Show” — featured music from Broadway and movies, including several […]

Ambassadors and Cranford PBA Enjoy Basketball, Friendship

It was another night to remember, as the Shining Stars Ambassadors special needs basketball team and the Cranford PBA Local 52 played to a smiling crowd at the Cranford High School gym. With members of the boys varsity basketball team and  cheerleading squad on hand to cheer the teams on, the Ambassadors delighted the crowd […]

Ambassadors “Spread the Word” in New Providence

For the third straight year, the Shining Stars Ambassadors special needs basketball team traveled to New Providence High School to take part in their Spread the Word to End the Word night. The Ambassadors once again showed their basketball skills at halftime of the Gov. Livingston-New Providence boys varsity game — thrilling a crowd of […]

Cranford Rotary Club Golf Outing to Raise Funds for Shining Stars

Shining Stars Network has been named by the Cranford Rotary Club as the primary beneficiary of their annual golf fundraiser for 2019 to be held on Monday, May 20, 2019 at the Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield “We are honored that the Rotary Club of Cranford has selected our organization to be their main recipient […]

Ambassadors vs. Cranford PBA March 15

One of the most exciting basketball games of the season is coming to Cranford on Friday night, March 15th, when the Shining Stars Ambassadors special needs basketball team takes on the Cranford PBA in a charity fundraiser. The fun and excitement will begin at 7:00 pm at the Cranford High School lower gym. Suggested admission […]

Ambassadors and Oceanport PBA Enjoy Great Night

The Shining Stars Ambassadors —  a special needs traveling basketball team that plays area first responders were in town to play the Oceanport PBA — not only to have some fun on the court, but to build friendship and understanding. Presented by Shining Stars Network — a non profit dedicated to shining the light on the special needs community through the […]

3rd annual Camp Shine Set for August

Camp Shine — a performing arts special needs camp for ages 10 and up  — is set for August 19-30 at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church in Fanwood. Camp Shine is a theater camp for individuals with special needs which  increases self-confidence through the performing arts. It is a two week camp which shines a spotlight on […]

NJ Hawks Play at Rutgers

The New Jersey Hawks Special Olympics basketball team — representing the High Expectations organization — had the honor of playing at halftime of the Rutgers-Nebraska men’s basketball game at the Rutgers Athletic Center. The Hawks entertained the crowd and took photos with the Scarlet Knight mascot. It was a great “knight” for all!!