Produce excellent live theatre through ongoing education of actors and directors.
The award-winning Starlighters II Theatre celebrating its 50th season!
Starlighters II is dedicated to bringing the best of live theatre to Eastern Iowa.
It is a nonprofit theatre organization that produces a wide spectrum of entertainment for the entire family. Not only do we provide entertainment, we give educational theatre related classes throughout the year for patrons of all ages. We are most proud of our Jr. Starlighters Program that continues to grow more each year.
Starlighters II was founded in 1974 in Monticello, Iowa, when Ron Ketelsen, a Monticello high school student, saw a need for more opportunities for individuals to participate in live theatre in the Monticello area. He enlisted the support of Bob Furino, a student teacher at the elementary school where he was participating in a job shadowing project. The two teamed up, enlisted a third educator, Emil Prull, with a passion for the theatre, and Starlighters II Theatre was born. Their first production hit the boards in 1975.
In February of 1978, the Anamosa Community Theatre joined Starlighters II, and since that time our theatre has become more regional. Today it's active membership covers over a six county area.
The original Starlighters Board of Directors, from left, Emil Prull, Janeece (Olinger) Lasley, Nancy Stevens, Ron Ketelsen, Maxine Taylor Marek and Bev Hoag. Not pictured are Bob Furino and Betty Wagner