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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!

Fall 2021 Production: Mary Poppins Jr.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Registration for students in grades K-10th is now open.

Join the Waitlist

Our Fall production of Mary Poppins Jr. is full. Please sign up on the waitlist and be notified if a place opens up prior to the first rehearsal on August 22. Those on the waitlist will also be notified when our Spring 2022 production registration opens.

The J is excited to provide a new registration system in 2020. If this is your first time using our new system, please visit our help page for more information about setting up your new online account.

Auditions: Sunday, August 15, 12-4pm (exact time determined by age)
Rehearsals: Sundays, 1-4pm
Performances:
Wednesday, December 8, 7pm
Thursday, December 9, 7pm
Sunday, December 12, 11am & 2pm
All rehearsals and performances will be in person, not virtual.

$275 members/$300 public
$25 sibling discount

Sponsor Our Productions!

Become a sponsor of our productions today! Contact Amber Franek, Youth Theatre Coordinator, 314-442-3239.

All Sponsors Receive:

  • Recognition on production playbills and J Youth Theatre webpage
  • Link provided to our live online performance
  • One DVD or Blu Ray disc of the performance

Presenting: $2,500

  • Opportunity to be named the presenting sponsor of the 2020-21 season
  • Recognition in email blasts and on cover of production brochures advertising upcoming season
  • Full-page ad in both production playbills, placed where you choose
  • Appearance in post-show credits in online video performance
  • Recognition in pre-show announcements of both productions
  • Up to 14 complimentary tickets per production
  • Reserved front row seating for one performance of each production
  • Invitation to dress rehearsal “sneak preview” performance
  • Eight concession tickets per production or basket of concession treats delivered to your door
  • Recognition and benefits as a member of the Millstone Society and J Patron of the Arts

Producer: $1,000

  • Full-page ad in primary location of both production playbills
  • Up to 10 complimentary tickets per production
  • Reserved front row seating for one performance of each production
  • Invitation to dress rehearsal “sneak preview” performance
  • Professional production photos based on availability
  • Six concession tickets per production or basket of concession treats delivered to your door
  • Recognition and benefits as a member of the Millstone Society and J Patron of the Arts
Director: $500
  • Full-page ad in both production playbills
  • Up to six complimentary tickets per production
  • Four concession tickets per production

Crew: $300

  • Half-page ad in both production playbills
  • Up to four complimentary tickets per production
  • Four concession tickets per production
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.

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

Presenting

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Mary Strauss

Producer

The Kessler Family
The Siwak Family
The Wolman Family
Anonymous

Director

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The Kuhn Foundation
The Rosenzweig Family

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Past Productions

Peter Pan Jr. – Spring 2018

Lion King Jr. – Spring 2017