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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!

Spring 2020 Production - Shrek Jr.

Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Auditions: Sunday, January 19, 1-4pm (times TBD by age)
Rehearsals: Sundays, January 26-April 5 (no rehearsal April 12), 1:30-4pm
Tech Rehearsals: Sunday-Tuesday, April 19-21, times vary
Wednesday, April 22, 7pm
Thursday, April 23, 7pm
Sunday, April 26, 11am & 3pm

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!

Private Vocal Lessons

Private vocal lessons with Michelle Perkowitz-Fritz

Enhance your vocal abilities in this one-on-one 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 (classes are 30 minutes)

6-week Session $250 members/$270 public
8-week Session $340 members/$360 public
Single Sessions $45 members/$55 public (Bundle in 6-8 week sessions and save)

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