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Youth Theatre

Thank you to Ignite Theatre Co. for costume provision

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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

For more information about Youth Theatre, please contact Youth Theatre Director, Carly Lucas, 314.442.3239.

Spring 2023 Production: Annie Jr.

Annie, Jr

Performances: Wednesday, May 17 at 7pm
Thursday, May 18 at 7pm
Sunday, May 21 at 11am and 2pm

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

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Fall 2023 Production: Newsies Jr.

Disney’s Newsies JR. is a 60-minute version of the 2012 Broadway musical, based on the 1992 film. Inspired by the rousing true story of newsboys in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies JR. features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.

When powerful newspaper publishers raise prices at the newsboys’ expense, the charismatic Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger united and create a movement to fight for what’s right.

Including the now-classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies JR. is a timeless story full of spirit and heart.

Sunday, August 20

Sundays | August 27 – December 3

Tech Rehearsals:
Sunday, December 10 – Tuesday December 12

Wednesday, December 13 at 7pm
Thursday, December 14 at 7pm
Sunday, December 17 at 11am and 2pm

$310 members | $340 public
$25 discount for each additional sibling

For more information, please contact Youth Theatre Director, Carly Lucas, 314.442.3239.

Youth Theatre Sponsors


Mary Strauss

Aurelia Konrad Charitable Foundation
The Kuhn Foundation
The Rosenzweig Family
The Siwak Family
The Conner Family



Past Productions

Peter Pan Jr. – Spring 2018

Lion King Jr. – Spring 2017