Live theatre is returning to Mill Mountain and the Roanoke Star with Starcropolis on Sunday, September 4!

This unique event, presented by Hollins University & Hollins Theatre Institute, the City of Roanoke, and Mill Mountain Theatre, will feature a collection of Star Stories, short stories and plays centered around the iconic Roanoke Star, which sits atop Mill Mountain and stands as a unique beacon of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

The name and location of the event are significant for two purposes.

The name is derived from the Greek word “acropolis,” the fortified part of a city built on a hill. Greeks would gather at the acropolis for art and theatre festivals as the performances and scenic backdrop would inspire creativity and community. 

In a similar fashion, the beauty of the Roanoke Star and Mill Mountain has inspired locals and visitors in Virginia’s Blue Ridge for years.

There is also a special legacy for live theatre on Mill Mountain, the former home of the Mill Mountain Playhouse. Many residents have special memories of summer nights spent on Mill Mountain enjoying a live show and amazing view.

Now, Starcropolis is bringing that experience back to the mountain!

The festival will include three stages and various other opportunities to enjoy poetry, dancing, improv, live music, and more.

You can also walk along The Star Trail between the Roanoke Star and Mill Mountain Zoo for a special theatre journey that features storytellers, ballet dancing, and other “Star Bursts.”

Acts will be performed by local high school theatre groups, local artists, and special guests who are traveling to Virginia’s Blue Ridge to take part in the celebration, including Dawn Wells, well-known for her work in Gilligan’s Island as Mary Ann Summers.

The night will be highlighted by the show Star Stories...If the Star Could Talk, which takes place at 8:30 p.m. on the Fishburn Main Stage. 

Inspired by the special moments and memories that are connected to the Roanoke Star, Star Stories will capture the comedy, drama, and emotion that has significance for so many.

Event Details

Date: Sunday, September 4 | This is a rain or shine event.
Parking: No parking is available on Mill Mountain. All parking for the event is at the Elmwood Park Garage on Williamson Road in Downtown Roanoke. Shuttle service on the Star Line Trolley begins at 5:00 p.m. and will depart every 15 minutes until 7:30 p.m.
Time: Performances begin at 5:15 p.m. The main event will be held at 8:30 p.m. on the Fishburn Main Stage. The last shuttle returning to Downtown Roanoke departs at 11:15 p.m.
Tickets: Event Ticket: $15 | Event & Food Ticket: $30 | Tickets are available online or by visiting/calling the Center in the Square Box Office (540 224-1200).
Kid Friendly? Due to the content of some of the performances, this event is recommended for children 12 and above.

For more information about the event, including a full schedule and list of performers, visit the Starcopolis website.

You can also check out the Arts & Culture section of our website for more information about the vibrant theatre scene in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and don’t forget take a look at the Calendar of Events to find out more about what’s happening in the region!