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San Diego Junior Theatre seeking applicants for Voice Teachers

San Diego Junior Theatre seeks a voice teacher to work year-round on our Balboa Park campus. The voice teacher should have extensive experience in musical theatre and must be able to accompany singers on the piano. Ability to sight read is preferred. Teacher should also be proficient in working with diverse youth of all ages in a variety of musical theatre vocal styles, including legit, belt, and rock. Acting training is a plus. Interested parties should email a cover letter and resume to Kim Montelibano Heil, Education Director, at

Meet our new Production Assistant, Kyle Waterman

A recent transplant to San Diego, Kyle Waterman originally hails from Kalamazoo, Michigan where he attended Western Michigan University as a Technical Theatre and Stage Management major. Growing up he got his formative arts education from the Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre, an expansive youth program that allowed him to work both onstage and behind the scenes. Upon graduating from the program, he worked as an assistant and instructor for the education department for over a decade. During this time, Kyle also worked with a multitude of theatres and schools, building up an impressive list of credits including directing, stage management, scenic and lighting design, choreography, technical direction, and performance. Since leaving Kalamazoo in 2013, he has continued to build his resume, working first in Memphis Tennessee with Theatre Memphis and Stage Door Productions, then most recently with SeaWorld San Antonio as a Stage Manager for Azul: Lure of the Sea.

Kyle is thrilled to be calling San Diego Junior Theatre his new home and looks forward to the new adventures ahead.
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Announcing San Diego Junior Theatre’s 68th Season

Announcing San Diego Junior Theatre’s 68th season of shows for 2015-2016!

Our Wonderous Journey begins!

What better way to fly into our 68th Season than with charming Mary Poppins and her talking umbrella? From there, we set out to find another popular little girl as she falls down a rabbit hole!

Around the bend, we come upon two seven-year old girls that conjure up a lot of fun and mischief. But just as things start to look easy, we turn around to find a young boy who is having the worst day of his life!

Remember the wooden puppet, who wants to be a real boy, with the growing nose? His story is told through a group of Italian construction workers. And then, we travel with a fine china rabbit through four decades of his remarkable life.

If that’s not enough, our next encounter is with a traveling salesman and Music Man, who wakes up a sleepy town with his scheming enthusiasm. We’ll snuggle up to watch a small stuffed rabbit bidding good night to everything in the room… only no one is ready for sleep just yet.

Our last steps go to the darker and more mysterious streets of long-ago London, with an eerie barber and his neighbor lady who sells peculiar meat pies. You will find this otherworldly adventure just as exciting and extraordinary as all of those that preceded it!

In our 68th year, San Diego Junior Theatre is honored to present a show season that promises enchantment, imagination and wholehearted joy to audiences of all ages. You will be hard-pressed to choose just a few of our productions, so we encourage you to experience all of them. Our performers and production team members – ages 8 to 18 – are continually learning to bring out the best of themselves in new and creative ways. When you, our audience members, join us in the theater, together we contribute collaboratively to a brighter light…a light that touches our hearts and enhances our souls.

It is an honor to welcome you to a full wonderous journey – one that you will definitely find Wonder-Full!

Rayme Sciaroni
Artistic Director,
San Diego Junior Theatre

Tickets go on sale August 17, 2015!

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2015/2016 Season

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2015 Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Directed by Rayme Sciaroni
Original Music and Lyrics by
Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
Based on the stories of P.L. Travers
and the Walt Disney film

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Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr

Directed by Eric von Metzke
Music and Lyrics by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard,
Oliver Wallace and Cy Coban, Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert,
Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
Based on the works of Lewis Carroll and the 1951 Disney film

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2016 Ivy + Bbean, the Musical

Ivy + Bean, the Musical

Book, Music and Lyrics by Scott Elmegreen
Based on the Books by Annie Barrows,
illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Shown in Rep with Alexander’s Bad Day

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Book and Lyrics by Judith Viorst
Music by Shelly Markham
Based on the books by Judith Viorst
Shown in Rep with Ivy + Bean, the Musical

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Adapted for the Stage by Greg Banks
Based on the Story by Carlo Collodi

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Adapted for the Stage by Dwayne Hartford
Based on the Book by Kate DiCamillo

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The Music Man 2016

The Music Man

Book by Meredith Willson
Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on a Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

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Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon, the Musical

Script, Music and Lyrics by Chad Henry
Additional Musical Arrangements by Mark Rabe
Adapted from the Book by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Clement Hurd

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Sweeney Todd

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on an Adaptation by Christopher Bond

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Teacher Feature Tuesday: Michelle Gray

It’s ‪#‎TeacherFeatureTuesday‬! Meet Michelle Gray, one of our voice teachers at SDJT.

It’s ‪#‎TeacherFeatureTuesday‬! Meet Michelle Gray, one of our voice teachers at SDJT.

Michelle GrayMichelle studied Music at UCSD and is an accomplished pianist and keyboardist. She has music directed and accompanied numerous Southern California theatre productions, ranging from youth to professional. Michelle has worked with several California regional theatre companies such as Moonlight, San Diego Musical Theatre, and Welk Resorts. In her spare time, Michelle teaches private piano and keyboard lessons and creates custom sound and backing tracks in her home studio. Michelle is teaching for summer camp as well as some classes in the fall.

We’re glad you’re one of us now, Michelle!

EDUCATE, ELEVATE and CELEBRATE with Historic Balboa Park Youth Organizations at “YOUTH IN ARTS” Exhibit

EDUCATE, ELEVATE and CELEBRATE with Historic Balboa Park
Youth Organizations at “YOUTH IN ARTS” Exhibit

WHO: San Diego Civic Youth Ballet (SDCYB), San Diego Junior Theatre (SDJT), San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservancy (SDYS) and San Diego Civic Dance Arts (SDCDA)

WHAT: For generations, countless students have entered the halls of the historic Casa del Prado to enrich their lives through dance, theatre, music and the magic of live performance.

This fall, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory and San Diego Civic Dance Arts will come together to share our collective stories through an ongoing exhibit in the Casa del Prado Theater. On November 13th to 15th, please join us for a free interactive weekend full of unique experiences and featuring excerpts of performances from each of these dynamic institutions.

At “Youth in Arts,” we will educate, elevate and celebrate the impact that has been made on our community through decades of educational and artistic opportunities.

WHEN: Exhibit opens September 26, 2015 and runs through December 20, 2015, with a free interactive weekend from November 13th to 15th.

WHERE: The Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park at 1800 Village Place, San Diego, CA, 92101.
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Out of the Wings: Jacob Brent

Get to know All Shook Up director, Jacob Brent.

As a Directographer, Jacob Brent believes in creating with commitment and passion leading him to create award-winning productions by inspiring theater artist to bring and share their talents with audiences everywhere. As a performer, Jacob is probably best known for his portrayal of Mr. Mistoffelees in the Broadway, London and DVD productions of Cats, where he worked closely with its creator, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. He is the only performer to have appeared in all three, and the only actor to have performed in both of the record-breaking performances of the longest running Broadway and West End show. He also had the privilege of working with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber when he opened the original cast of Starlight Express in Las Vegas.

Now, on the other side of the table, he brings the same commitment and passion for theater to create productions such as Xanadu (Watertower Theater) and Lysistada Jones (PACE University), Fiddler on the Roof, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Avenue Q (Weston Playhouse.) He served as the choreographer for West Coast regional premiere of The Producers (Diablo Theater Company.) Directed and choreographed Cats at Merry-Go-Round Theater, Gateway Playhouse and Cohoes Music Theater. He recently worked on a new version of Rags working closely with the original creators of the show. His all-star cast of Guys and Dolls for the Indianapolis Symphony was met with much acclaim. The cast included Gary Beach (The Producers), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Hugh Panaro (Phantom) and Megan Lawrence (Damn Yankees and Hair). He later returned for Hello Dolly! staring Sandi Patty. He has also directed and choreographed the annual holiday show Yuletide Celebration for the Indianapolis Symphony the last five seasons.

When not working on productions, Jacob teaches in New York City at both Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway and well as highly involved in the Junior Theater Festival and Broadway Jr. productions inspiring a new generation of young actors.

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