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Youth Theatre


Tickets for The Lion King Jr. go on sale March 1. 

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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!

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
The Lion King Jr.

Note: The Lion King, Jr. has been completely filled. If you would like to be placed on our waiting list, please contact Carson McGill, 314.442.3239. Please contact Carson if you’d like additional information about Youth Theatre programs and potential classes.

The Lion King has captured the imagination of audiences around the world and now, for the first time, your child can be part of this one-of-a-kind musical at the J! The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters. Their journey will take them from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring coming of age tale. This production will include all Youth Theatre age groups to create the Circle of Life. All rehearsals and performances take place at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex (Creve Coeur).

The Lion King Jr Brochure

Important Dates


  • Actors K-2: Sundays, January 29 – May 7, 2-4pm
  • Actors 3-9: Sundays, January 29 – May 7, 2-5pm

Tech Week

  • Monday – Wednesday, May 8 – 10, 6-8pm


  • Wednesday, May 10, 7pm (Savannah)
  • Thursday, May 11, 7pm (Sahara)
  • Sunday, May 14, 11am (Savannah)
  • Sunday, May 14, 3pm (Sahara)


$250 member/$280 public

Schedule an audition today. Contact: Carson McGill, 314-442-3239

Meet Carson L. McGill, Youth Theatre Coordinator


  • His several years in the theater include on stage, directing, sound/lighting design, choreographer and more
  • Worked as the Executive Children’s Theatre Director at Center on the Square Performing Arts in Searcy, Arkansas
  • Spent three months with Walt Disney World as a dancer in a production of The Lion King
  • Favorite Past Roles include Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Timon in The Lion King and Marius in Les Miserables – to name a few
  • Three years as Camp Sabra staff

Purchase Tickets

Tickets for Youth Theatre productions can also be purchased by calling the New Jewish Theatre Box Office at 314-442-3175.

For more information about Youth Theatre, please contact Youth Theatre Director, Carson McGill, 314-442-3239.