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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!

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
Youth Theatre Audition Workshop

Workshops are designed to help children learn techniques to replace nerves and first-time newness with confidence. Participants learn part of a song and choreography for the exciting production of Mulan Jr. The workshop also includes improvisation and games.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Sunday, August 27, 2-4pm

$25 members/$35 public
Register for this workshop and save $10 on your Youth Theatre Registration

For more information, contact: Amber Franek, 314.442.3239

Register Online

Mulan Jr.

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


$250 member/$280 public

Schedule an audition today. Contact: Amber Franek, 314.442.3239

Register Online

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 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, Amber Franek, 314.442.3239.