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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!

J Players - J Day Camps

J Players
Campers Entering grades 3 – 9
July 20-31
Members $490 | Public $540
Location: Marilyn Fox Building/Chesterfield

This theatric camp is a two-week program for campers interested in the world of drama. Campers will practice new acting skills and learn the ins and outs of performing. This program concludes with two special performances. J Players campers participate in daily swimming.

Register Online

Click here to learn more about J Day Camps, including pre- and post-care.

J Day Camps have served four generations of campers promoting happiness, growth and friendship. We offer a wide variety of weekly summer camps for children ages 3-15. Our camps include Traditional, Sports, Art, Gymnastics, Drama, Teen, PreK, Leadership Development, and more! Plus swimming, lunch, field trips and even better pre- and post-care. We have the best summer camps!

Virtual Private Vocal Lessons

Private vocal lessons with Michelle Fritz online!

Enhance your vocal abilities, work on your range and find great audition songs that match your style and ability. All in a one-on-one, virtual 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; via Zoom (classes are 30 minutes)

6 Lessons: $210
Single Lesson: $40

For more information, contact Amber Franek, 314.442.3239.

Small Group, Virtual Musical Theatre Dance Classes

Instructor: Amber Franek

Build your repertoire of basic to advance musical theatre steps, learn choreography and engage with other students.

May 18 – June 12
Four-lesson package: $50
40-minute sessions

Register Online

Session A: Mondays, 2-2:40pm
Session B: Wednesdays, 1-1:40pm

Limit 15 students per session; minimum four students per session
Siblings that will be using the same device only pay once

Youth Theatre Virtual Thespians

For performers in 3rd grade and up

Spend four weeks rehearsing a short play via Zoom and perform for family and friends via YouTube Live! Improve acting skills and have fun with friends.

We will be using Play It Forward by On the Stage licensing and software. They have created a safe way to let students rehearse and perform and will have set up a private Zoom and YouTube Live account just for this group. You will get all communication, links for rehearsal and show webpage from On The Stage after registration. You will be able to invite family and friends to watch you perform safely through a private YouTube Live link.

On the Stage

$75 per student

Register Online

Program limited to 15 students; minimum of 6 students required

Rehearsals via Zoom: Sundays, 1-3pm with Anna Hetch
May 24, May 31, June 7, June 14

Performance: Saturday, June 20, 7-8pm

Fall 2020 Production - Matilda Jr.

This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the “revolting children” who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson. Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence… and special powers! She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules.

But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts and could be the school pupils’ saving grace! Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda Jr. is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Auditions: Sunday, August 23, 1-4pm (times TBD by age)
Rehearsals: Sundays, August 30-November 22, 1:30-4pm
Tech Rehearsals: Sunday-Tuesday, December 6-8, times vary
Wednesday, December 9, 7pm
Thursday, December 10, 7pm
Sunday, December 13, 11am & 3pm

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



Mary Strauss


The Kessler Family
The Siwak Family
The Wolman Family


congregation temple israel

The Kuhn Foundation
The Rosenzweig Family




Past Productions

Peter Pan Jr. – Spring 2018

Lion King Jr. – Spring 2017