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Youth Theatre


Places everyone! The Youth Theatre Program is an all-inclusive educational theatre program for grades K-9. In addition to learning about theatre, we strive to help students build confidence, improve communication and increase skills. Theatre is an experience your child will never forget; it’s a unique group effort that requires everyone’s participation to bring a show to life. We invite you to take the stage with the J Youth Theatre Program!

High School Musical Jr. Tickets

Second Sundays Youth Theatre Workshop

Learn multiple facets of acting with our new specialized workshops featuring local theater professionals. Take your acting and entertaining skills to the next level or broaden your range of skills. Gain confidence and learn to shine on stage!

  • On-camera Acting with Mackenzie Finklea – April 14
    • A directing major at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University

Grades 3 – 10
11am-12:30pm (90 min per workshop)

Individual Workshop: $35 members/$40 public

Space is limited! Reserve your spot today!

Register Online

Spring 2019 Production - Disney's High School Musical Jr.

We’re all in this together in Disney Channel’s smash hit musical phenomenon featuring the students of East High. Disney Channel’s hit movie musical comes to life on the J stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike. Students will learn how we don’t have to be just one thing, we can be anything our heart desires in this one-of-a-kind musical spectacular.

Register Online

Audition Information:

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
January 20, 1-4pm (time determined by age)


Sundays, January 27 – April 28, 1:30-4pm
Tech Rehearsals: Monday & Tuesday, April 29 & 30
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur


Wednesday, May 1, 7pm
Thursday, May 2, 7pm
Sunday, May 5, 11am & 3pm


$275 for members/$300 for general public
$25 off each additional child

Fall 2019 Production - Suessical Jr.

Registration opens April 15

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Audition Information:

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
August 25, 1-4pm (time determined by age)


Sundays, September 8 – November 24, 1:30-4pm
Tech Rehearsals: Sunday-Tuesday, December 8-10
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur


Wednesday, December 11, 7pm
Thursday, December 12, 7pm
Sunday, December 15, 11am & 3pm


$265 for members/$295 for general public
$25 off each additional child

Audition Workshop

Workshops are designed to help children learn techniques to replace nerves and offer first-timers a sense of confidence. The participants learn part of a song and choreography for the exciting production of Seussical Jr The workshop also includes improvisation and games.

K-3rd Grades: Sunday, August 18, 1-2:30pm
4th Grade & Up: Sunday, August 182:30-4pm

$30 members, $40 public
Receive $10 off registration for spring production when you register for the audition workshop

Register Online

Private Vocal Lessons

Private vocal lessons with Michelle Perkowitz-Fritz

Enhance your vocal abilities in this one-on-one setting.

About your instructor:
Ages 3rd grade and up! Mrs. Perkowitz-Fritz is a local vocal and piano teacher, who has loved working as the J’s Youth Theatre musical director. She received a degree in Music Performance with a major concentration in voice and a minor in piano. She has been teaching private voice lessons for several years.

By appointment (classes are 30 minutes)

6-week Session $250 members/$270 public
8-week Session $340 members/$360 public
Single Sessions $45 members/$55 public (Bundle in 6-8 week sessions and save)

Meet Amber Franek, Youth Theatre Coordinator

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  • Toured nationally as principal dancer with Advocate Arts Contemporary Dance and Fuerta Dance
  • Director of Applause Performing Arts Camp in Duluth, Georgia
  • Instructor at Fabrefaction Theater Conservatory in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Choreographer for Live Arts Theatre’s production of “Cabaret” and” Zephyr Planet”
  • Instructor of dance at Atlanta JCC

What makes the J Youth Theatre Program so unique?

  • Everyone who auditions is cast in every show
  • We welcome first-time actors, as well as those who are more experienced
  • Rehearsals are concentrated on Sunday afternoons until right before the production
  • You become part of the Youth Theatre family, creating bonds, collaborating with friends and sharing your progress and successes as performers

For more information about Youth Theatre, please contact Youth Theatre Director, Amber Franek, 314.442.3239.

Youth Theatre Sponsors


congregation temple israel

The Rosenzweig Family



The Kessler Family
The Wolman Family
Mary Strauss

Kuhn Foundation

US Bank



Past Productions

Peter Pan Jr. – Spring 2018

Lion King Jr. – Spring 2017