Shooting Star Entertainments was created by Kate Maunder in 2007 together with a team of actors with similar interests, most of whom are still involved with the company.
We have a strong team ethic in which all performers, whether new or ‘old hands’, all have an input to the final production – we have found that our hugely talented professional actors enjoy being able to help shape every performance to make the most of their talents for the enjoyment of our audiences.
Over the last 11 years we have gone from strength to strength and have grown steadily from our Maidstone base to now offer our shows across England. Each year we entertain thousands of children in hundreds of venues and we are delighted that over 90% of our customers re-book from year to year.
Kate Maunder – Owner & Director
Kate’s love of theatre and performing began in Primary school with a show about Firework Safety. This led to a close involvement with the local Am-Dram company which continued for many years.
After formal drama education Kate toured with several theatre companies following which she was the lead entertainer with her own Cabaret spot at a large holiday park.
However, after her first child was born, mixing touring with family life became increasingly tricky – so Kate seized the opportunity to create Shooting Star Entertainments, initially focusing on the South East, so she could combine her love of entertaining through a family-friendly theatre company!
Kate is heavily involved with every aspect of the company. She loves working with a great team of professional actors and is very proud that she is able to spread the love of theatre to children, especially those who may not have many other opportunities to enjoy a live show.
Andrea Dalton – Tour Coordinator
Andrea joined Shooting Star Ents in 2011 as Technician for the first “Dick Whittington” tour, then moved straight into a TIE tour and has not been able to escape since! She tour manages and performs in many shows, writes the TIE scripts, directs productions, organises castings and any other admin, and most importantly, makes the tea!
Andrea trained as a Primary school teacher and holds an Associate Diploma in teaching Performing Arts, (Distinction). Alongside SSE work, she currently teaches at 2 theatre schools, chaperones for the BBC and other companies, produces an annual community pantomime and enjoys a wide variety of roles in local plays.
Andrea has always loved the theatre, performing, and working with children. Shooting Star Entertainments ticks all those boxes! SSE offers a wide range of experience, some huge challenges, and lots and lots of giggles!
Corinne Hewitt – Tour Coordinator
After many years of amateur dramatics and working in Nurseries, Corinne qualified for a BEd – Early Years Education with a minor in Performing Arts. Since qualifying, Corinne has taught in Preschool, Reception, and year one as well as a varied career teaching in an ASD specialty centre, teenagers in Pupil Referral Units and Secure Units and even adults with learning disabilities.
For the past seven years, while also working with Children and Young People in Care, Corinne has been working part time with Shooting Star Entertainments, touring with Santa and taking the bookings. She has now joined us full time to work in all areas of the Shooting Stars Team, with a particular focus on our Early Years shows. She is always looking for new show ideas or ways to make our shows even better. Get in touch with Corinne for all your ideas, feedback and questions about our range of shows for children 5 and under.
What Makes Us Special
We offer what we believe is an unequalled selection of shows for all ages. We offer traditional pantomimes with all the trappings, slapstick, songs, dancing and audience participation that you would expect from a theatre. We also offer new and ground-breaking productions related to topical aspects of the modern curriculum.
We pride ourselves on our flexibility and are happy to discuss tailoring any of our shows to meet your needs.
Our teams of professional, talented and enthusiastic actors and technicians will give you and your children a special and memorable experience.
We are now casting for our 2018 pantomime season and would love to meet you! We are looking for hard-working and bubbly Actor/Performer/ Entertainers who are great team players, like a challenge and enjoy working with children! For more information, please contact us.
2017 – Our Best Year Yet!
What a fantastic season. We put out a record-breaking number of shows and our re-booking rate is substantially higher than 2017 (which was also a record year). We are delighted to be able to return to so many venues where our shows have been enjoyed by thousands of happy children.
On The BBC
In late 2017 we were delighted to assist The One Show with a Panto Special.
We are excited to offer selected schools a FREE SHOW in support of their chosen charity – if you would like to nominate your school & charity please see our :-
Aladdin Performed for Kings College Hospital
As part of our ongoing support for charities we performed Aladdin for children and their parents.
Search for Santa Performed for Ronald McDonald House
This charity provides support for families with sick children – it is a very special place to perform!
We are delighted to now be Associate Members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance
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“All children were very engaged and loved it. Great sets and sound effects and costumes.”
Ashley Parr, Teacher, Kingsdown and Ringwould Primary School – Aladdin 2017