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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!

Audition Workshop

Workshops are designed to help children learn techniques to replace nerves and first-time newness with confidence. The participants learn part of a song and choreography for the exciting production of The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Addition.  The workshop also includes improvisation and games.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Sunday, August 19
Session 1: 1-2:30pm, K-3rd Grade
Session 2: 2:30-4pm, 4th-9th Grade

Cost: $30 members/$40 public
Register for workshop and save $10 on Youth Theatre Registration!

Contact: Amber Franek, 314.442.3239

Spring 2018 Production: Peter Pan Jr.

The program is now full. Please contact Amber Franek, 314.442.3239, to be added to the waitlist.

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!

Cost: $265 members/$295 public

Audition Information:

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
January 21, 1-4pm


Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur

Sundays, January 28-May 6
K-2nd: 2-4pm
3rd and up: 2-5pm

Mondays-Tuesdays, May 7 & 8
All grades: 6-8pm


Wednesday, May 9, 7pm
Thursday, May 10, 7pm
Sunday, May 13, 11am & 2pm

Fall 2018 Production - The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition

Students will journey into the classic tale of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home.

Swept to Oz on a cyclone, Dorothy joins with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion as she searches for home and family. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz celebrates the importance of mind and heart; courage in facing what is feared; the need to dream, to dare, to ride out storms; and the joys of loving and laughing. Students will have the opportunity to bring these iconic characters to life while working on their vocal, dance and acting skills.

Registration Opens in Mid-March
Check back for details

Audition Information:

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
August 26, 1-4pm


Sundays, September 9 – December 2, 2-5pm
Tech Rehearsals: Sunday-Tuesday, December 9-11
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur


Wednesday, December 12, 7pm
Thursday, December 13, 7pm
Sunday, December 16, 11am & 2pm

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 Peter Pan Jr. will go on sale in April.

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.