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Jewish Community Center

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 2018 Production - The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition

This program is now full. For more information about being added to the program wait list, please contact Amber Franek at 314.442.3239.

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.

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


$265 for members/$295 for general public
$25 off each additional child

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.

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Past Productions

Peter Pan Jr. – Spring 2018

Lion King Jr. – Spring 2017