“A-STAR” 2016

ASTRA would like to recognize and honor Dean Dunlap as an A-STAR Award recipient.

Countless times, we have heard Dean say, “I can do that…. I’ll get that….I’ll be there to help…” And he did!   Like so many ASTRA volunteers, Dean first joined our family when his daughter was cast in our 2009 production of Oliver! That year and since, Dean has volunteered in the kitchen where he plated food, washed dishes, and served our guests. Dean has worked in construction, helping to build and paint sets, helping to build the stage extension and assisting with load-in and strike year after year. He joined the marketing team a few years ago, and this year, seven years after he joined ASTRA, Dean is leading that department for the second time.

ASTRA’s mission, ‘to nurture the Body of Christ through time, talent, and fellowship’ is clearly evident in Dean’s actions.  With a big smile and ‘It can be done!’ attitude, Dean jumps in wherever he sees the need, sharing his natural abilities as Jesus teaches us to do. On any given show night, you may see Dean in the audience with his family, working in the kitchen, or serving you at your table, but one thing is certain, he will welcome you with his friendly ASTRA family spirit and share why he’s proud to be a part of our ministry. Before you know it, you too will be joining our crew!

For his countless volunteer hours, support and dedication to ASTRA’s mission, Dean is truly a well deserving recipient of the A-STAR award.



ASTRA would like to recognize and honor Mary Kovacevich as an A-STAR Award recipient.

Mary has been an active part of the ASTRA family for almost the entire history of our Ministry.  It all started with being a “Drama Mama.”  Her daughter Kelsey was cast as Maria in Sound of Music (ASTRA’s second production) and like most moms, she got involved.  With ASTRA being the family it is, Mary was hooked.

Since 2004, Mary has held many roles supporting our productions behind the scenes. She was Assistant to the Director for 5 Ghosts of Ebenezer Scrooge, Anything Goes and Fiddler on the Roof.   During our production runs, she can be seen behind the table at Will Call/Ticket Sales and helping out during intermission responding to patron needs.  Even before rehearsals begin for a show, she has helped by organizing and streamlining our audition process (not the easiest feat!)  One would think when her kids grew up, we would have lost this Drama Mama but she continues to be a vital part of our Ministry. She helps wherever she is needed. That may mean bringing coffee to the Stage Manager, sewing fun fur to make a flying monkey costume, cleaning a bathroom before show time, grabbing a coffee pot during dinner service or intermission, hanging a curtain or painting scenery. She is not afraid to help build sets, make props or arrange table settings. The list goes on and on! Her infectious smile is one of the many faces of ASTRA and we are proud to call her friend. Thanks, Mary, for always being a hard-working, kind, ever-helpful ASTRA volunteer!