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Youth Theatre

Tickets for Youth Theatre productions can be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets
or by calling the New Jewish Theatre Box Office (314-442-3283). 


Calling All Budding Actors & Actresses!

Ever wonder what it’s like to perform in front of an audience? Want to learn the process of character development? Theatre builds self-confidence, presentation skills and promotes art and culture collaboration. No previous experience is needed.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Theatre!
Theatre is about taking risks. It is the wild notion of putting oneself out there to entertain a crowd of strangers. Often a child’s first acting experience is pretending to be an animal. Whether it’s imitating the sound of a lion or running around on all fours like a puppy, there’s no denying the fun of imitating furry friends. So many stories personify animals, allowing us to show compassion for them but also empathize with their human qualities. Imitating the traits of animals serves as a great introduction to acting for children of all ages.

For more information, questions or concerns, please contact Laura Enstall, Youth Theatre Coordinator, 314-442-3239.
We hope to see you in the spotlight!


Audition Workshop
3rd - 10th grade

Auditioning for a play can be frightening, but we make it fun! This workshop is designed to help your child learn the techniques to replace those nerves with confidence, making the audition process a challenge that your child can easily overcome! Participants learn how to prepare for cold readings and make their audition stand out. They will also learn part of a song and choreography for our upcoming productions! Workshop also includes improvisation and character building games. Save $10 on a youth theatre registration when you take our workshop!

Date and Time: Sunday, January 17, 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Marilyn Fox Building
Cost: $25m/$35p
Register online


Shrek Audition Materials: 
Please be very familiar with all audition material. There will not be much time to review the song or dance at the audition so please learn ahead of time.  You do not need to memorize the monologue, just be familiar with it.

Shrek Audition Monologue
Freak Flag Music - Lyrics
Freak Flag - Sample
Freak Flag - Sample, Accomp.

Audition Video: 



Theatre Kochavim
K - 2nd grade

Jack and the Beanstalk
By Ron Fink and John Heath

Our youngest actors will take the stage for the musical version of Jack and the Beanstalk, with a mean giant and a very special goose!

Rehearsal times subject to change as play approaches.

Location: Marilyn Fox Building
Dates and Time: Sundays, January 31 - March 13, 2:00-4:00pm

Location: Staenberg Family Complex
Dates and Time: Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15-16, 6:00 - 7:30pm

Performances take place at Staenberg:
Thursday, March 17 at 7:00pm
Sunday, March 20 at 2:30pm

Discounts and scholarships available
Register online



Theatre Chaverim
3rd - 5th grade

I Don't Want to Grow Up!

A musical review of Broadway hits about kids who want to stay kids! No previous experience needed; all who audition are cast. Call or email to reserve an audition time.

Location: Marilyn Fox Building
Date and Time: Sunday, January 24, 1:00-5:00pm

Location: Marilyn Fox Building
Dates and Time: Sundays, February 14 - April 10, 2:00-5:00pm

Location: Staenberg Family Complex
Dates and Time: Monday - Wednesday, April 11 - 13, 6:00 - 8:30pm

Performances take place at Staenberg:
Thursday, April 14 at 7:00pm
Sunday, April 17 at 3:00pm

Discounts and scholarships are available
Register online




Teen Theatre
6th - 10th grade

Shrek The Musical, Jr. 

In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who’ve been cast off by Lord Farquaad, When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task - if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him. But, a fairy tale wouldn’t be complete without unexpected twists and turns along the way.

No previous experience needed, and all who audition are cast. Please email or call ahead to reserve a time slot.

Date and Time: Sunday, January 24, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Location: Marilyn Fox Building

Location: Marilyn Fox Building
Date and Time: Sundays, January 31 - April 24, 2:00-5:00pm

Location: Staenberg Family Complex
Date and Time: Sunday, May 1, 2:00 - 5:00pm
                            Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 2 - 5, 6:00-9:00pm

Performances take place at Staenberg:
Thursday, May 5 at 7:00pm
Sunday, May 8 at 2:30pm

Cost: $250m/$280p
Discounts and scholarships are available
Register online



Teen Theatre

6th- 9th grade

Disney's Peter Pan, Jr. 

Join the Youth Theatre program this summer for Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. Actors grades 6-9 will spend the day rehearsing, singing, dancing and and preparing for the production in this summer theatre intensive. There will also be breakout sessions where actors can choose to work on characterization, costumes or set pieces. Auditions will be the first day, so be prepared to sing. Please bring your own lunch. 18 students minimum needed for program to run.

Contact: Laura Enstall, 314-442-3239, [email protected]

Date and Time: Monday - Friday, June 20 - July 15, 9am - 3pm
Location: Staenberg Family Complex

Performances take place at Staenberg
Thursday, July 14, 7pm
Sunday, July 17, 1pm

Cost: $480m/$520p
Register online




Technical Theatre Volunteers
16 years and older

Explore all the facets of theatre with this technical theatre opportunity! Learn how to:

  • run projections
  • build a set
  • make props
  • help with costumes
  • run a light board
  • all other backstage areas at a live performance

We need your help with all three productions. Get first-hand experience with local theatre professionals and receive community service hours (if applicable). Looks great on a resume! Volunteer times and dates can be finalized on an individual basis and some rehearsals and performances will be required. You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer. Volunteers report to the Staenberg Family Complex. Dates and times vary. 

Contact: Sally Lang, 314-442-3241


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