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Jewish Community Center

Youth Theatre


Program registration for Mulan Jr. is now full. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please contact Amber Franek, 314.442.3239.
Look for information regarding our spring production in the upcoming months!

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!

Fall 2017 Production: Mulan Jr.

Program registration for Mulan Jr. is now full. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please contact Amber Franek, 314.442.3239.

Based on the story of FA MULAN, and subsequent 1998 Disney film, this musical journeys to ancient China where the Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor! Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. As the great battle approaches, Mulan must choose between revealing her true identity or save all of China. This show is full of animated roles with opportunities for every student. It’ll warm your heart and teach the students about Chinese culture and customs.

Important Dates


  • Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
  • Sunday, September 10, 1-4pm


  • Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
  • K-2nd Grades: Sundays, September 10 – December 10, 2-4pm
  • 3rd-9th Grades: Sundays, September 10 – December 10, 2-5pm
  • Full Cast: Monday – Tuesday, December 11-12, 6-8pm


  • Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
  • Wednesday, December 13, 7pm
  • Thursday, December 14, 7pm
  • Sunday, December 17, 11am & 4pm

Contact: Amber Franek, 314.442.3239

Spring 2018 Production: Peter Pan Jr.

Registration for our spring production will open in the fall of 2017. Contact Amber Franek, 314.442.3239, for more information. 

Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This timeless musical will whisk audiences away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up.

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the students will be cast in unforgettable roles from a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, a group of lost boys, and of course, the villainous Captain Hook.

Peter Pan Jr. is the perfect show for the child who wants to soar high!

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

Purchase Tickets

Tickets for Mulan Jr. will go on sale in November.

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.