San Diego Junior Theatre News & Reviews

Teacher Feature: Alumnus Eric von Metzke

Friends, meet our wonderful Teaching Artist, Eric von Metzke! He is a native of San Diego and a proud alumni of San Diego Junior Theatre. Currently he is teaching acting classes at our Balboa Park campus as well as in outreach programs. Eric has directed productions for adults and kids such as Godspell, Beauty and the Beast and Charlie Brown to name a few. In addition to directing and teaching, Eric continues to perform both in theatre and with live bands. This winter he will be directing Dinosaurs Before Dark and is thrilled to be back with the Junior Theatre family.

Posted October 1, 2014 by theresa, in Alumni, Balboa Park, Casa del Prado Theatre, Classes, Dramas, Shows, Teacher Feature | Tagged , , , , |

SDJT presents The Addams Family

The Addams Family and San Diego Junior Theatre invite you to kick off Junior Theatre’s 67th Season in Balboa Park

Students from throughout San Diego County are performing in San Diego
Junior Theatre’s premiere production of “The Addams Family.” The musical tells the story of Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, who has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. When Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. “The Addams Family,” a musical based on the characters Charles Addams created 50 years ago, runs October 24 through November 9 with an ASL-interpreted performance on November 8. Tickets range from $11 to $15 and are available online at or by calling (619) 239-8355.

Children will be free with the purchase of an adult ticket for the Halloween night performance. Children will enjoy trick-or-treating on stage and participation in an audience-wide costume contest.

Directed by San Diego Junior Theatre’s artistic director, Rayme Sciaroni, “The Addams Family” is a show packed with great songs and hilarious characters, and is one that will entertain the whole family.

Founded in 1948, San Diego Junior Theatre is the oldest youth theater in the United States. Positively affecting students of all abilities, ages 4 through 18, it thrives through show ticket sales, class and camp enrollments and the generosity of its alumni and community members. Contributions to San Diego Junior Theatre are tax-deductible.
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Posted September 26, 2014 by theresa, in Balboa Park, Casa del Prado Theatre, Shows | Tagged , , , , , |

SDJTA Membership Forms 2014-2015

Thank you for your interest in the San Diego Junior Theatre Auxiliary.

New Members:
SDJTA NEW member form 2014-15 2

Renewing Members:
SDJTA new member form 2014 2015

Posted September 19, 2014 by theresa, in San Diego Junior Theatre Auxiliary |

SDJT presents Pay What You Can Fridays for the Off-Park Series at Roosevelt

Pay What You Can Fridays for the Off-Park Series at Roosevelt

San Diego Junior Theatre is excited to offer “Pay What You Can” performances for the second Friday night of every production in our Off-Park series at Roosevelt Middle School.

“Pay What You Can” Fridays have been generously underwritten by an anonymous donor to ensure that San Diego Junior Theatre is accessible to new families who may not otherwise have the means to attend a production. “Pay What You Can Fridays” supports the organization’s mission of accessibility and affordability for all members of the community.

“Pay What You Can” tickets are limited to (4) four per family and are only available at the box office, beginning at 6pm – one hour before the performance begins. Offer is based on seating availability and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis until sold out.

A suggested donation of $5.00 per family is requested, however any amount will be accepted. To take advantage of this offer, “Pay What You Can” families must be first-time attendees and provide family contact information including name, email and zip code.

Pay What You Can Performance Schedule:

Maricela de la Luz Lights the World November 21, 2014
Flight of the Lawnchair Man February 13, 2015
Much Ado About Nothing April 3, 2015

Posted September 19, 2014 by theresa, in Shows | Tagged , , , , |

You can be a member of the Addams Family, too…

Come be an Addams…
…and add your face to the Addams Family Ancestors’ Portrait Gallery on the set of San Diego Junior Theatre’s production of “The Addams Family” on the Casa del Prado Theatre stage October 24 – November 9, 2014.
Your likeness will be painted by set designer and production manager, Tony Cucuzzella and mounted on the wall of the grand staircase in the family mansion for the run of the show. There are only five portrait spaces available (one person per portrait). Portraits will be made available to the winning bidders on the close of the show Sunday, November 9, 2014.

Minimum bids start at $250.00. Bidding begins at 10am Friday, September 5, 2014 and closes on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6pm.

Bids can be submitted at Please include your name, address and phone number and which portrait you are bidding on in the e-mail. Daily updates will be posted to the Junior Theatre Facebook page as well as direct e-mails will be sent to all bidders at the close of each day. All proceeds San Diego Junior Theatre.

Sizes of the portraits are as follows:
Portrait #1 24″ x 30″ rectangle
Portrait #2 18″ x 24″ rectangle
Portrait # 3 18″ x 24″ rectangle
Portrait #4 30” oval
Portrait #5 18” circle

“Because living or dead, family is still family!”- Morticia Addams

Posted August 20, 2014 by theresa, in fundraiser |

Teacher Feature: Jennifer Whetten

It’s time for another Teacher Feature! Jennifer Whetten is one of Junior Theatre’s dance teachers and was a favorite among our La Jolla students this summer. She is a native of Dallas where she grew up with a love for music and the performing arts. After being exposed to theatre and dancing in high school she went on to study dance at BYU-Idaho. She has performed in numerous shows including The Pajama Game, Hairspray and Guys and Dolls and has choreographed several shows such as The Music Man Jr. and Seussical Jr. She is a nationally certified instructor in International Latin dancing and has worked with legendary teachers such as Buddy Schwimmer and Corky Ballas. She is the mother of three and finds great joy in sharing her love of dance and musical theatre with others. This fall, Jennifer is teaching Musical Theatre Dance III on Saturdays. We’re honored to have you on our team, Jennifer!

Posted August 14, 2014 by theresa, in Teacher Feature | Tagged , , , |

Teacher Feature: Wendy Waddell

It’s time for another Teacher Feature! Wendy Waddell received her BFA in Theatre from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute. She is soon to be seen in New Village Arts upcoming production of The Full Monty. Select San Diego theatre credits include: Time Flies, Off the Ground, Three Sisters, Crimes of the Heart (New Village Arts, Ensemble Member); King John, Richard II, Taming of the Shrew (Intrepid Shakespeare Company, Company Member); and many others. As a Teaching Artist, Wendy has taught for Playwrights Project, La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Rep, Coronado School of the Arts, and Arimaw Productions. Her favorite role is Mommy to her daughter Harper. JT loves Wendy and can’t wait to have her back to teach summer camp next session!

Posted July 16, 2014 by theresa, in Teacher Feature | Tagged , , |

Teacher Feature: Marla Navarette

JT friends, meet our Dance teacher, Marla Navarrete! Marla began her formal ballet training at California Ballet where she trained for 10 years under Maxine Mahon and Denise Dabroski. She is also an alumnus of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. As a free-lance choreographer, she has choreographed for fashion shows, industrials, and musicals. Her choreography has also been presented on the East Coast as well as international stages. Marla is currently teaching dance at the Academy of Performing Arts, Junior Theatre and at Chula Vista High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Her dance students have gone on to become professional dancers in Cirque De Soleil, Disneyland and on Broadway. She believes that sharing the love and knowledge for the arts is the key to keeping the arts alive in our schools and in our lives. Marla is teaching dance this current session of camp, and we love having her here!

Posted July 7, 2014 by theresa, in Teacher Feature | Tagged , , , , , , , |

SDJT announces new Education Program Manager

Welcome to Mitzi Michaels! In addition to running all of San Diego Junior Theatre’s year-round camps, Mitzi will work with Kim Heil, Education Director, on programming such as outreach into schools around San Diego County.

Mitzi Michaels Schleicher, MFA, is an Educator, Performer, and Theatrical Business Consultant. As an educator, Mitzi has taught Acting, Voice, Dance, Theatre History and Professional Development at a collegiate level. A former Broadway casting director, Professor Schleicher offers a unique insight into what it takes to make the transition from aspiring actor to theatre professional. With a BFA from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA from San Diego State University, plus years of New York City experience, Mitzi is a specialist on what tools are essential to know in order to market a theatre professional to their full potential. Mitzi is devoted to curriculum development for theatre students and has worked with the American Music and Dramatic Academy on effective research and standards for their BFA students. In addition, Mitzi is a professional actress who has appeared at many San Diego theatres such as Cygnet, The Welk Resort, Diversionary, and Moonlight Amphitheatre, favorite shows include Monty Python’s Spamalot, Sweeney Todd and playing the title role in Funny Girl. Concert work includes singing with Carlos Santana and The Boston Pops. Mitzi is a member of ATHE & MTEA. She currently teaches Acting and Theatre and Society courses at the University of San Diego.

Posted June 18, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , |

SDJT was voted a 2014 Top Pick by parents and readers of San Diego Family Magazine for Best of Family Fun!

Posted June 17, 2014 by theresa, in News | Tagged , , , , , , , |

Box Office

San Diego
Junior Theatre

Casa del Prado Theatre
1800 El Prado (at Village Place)
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-8355 (tel)
619-239-5048 (fax)
Map & Directions

2 Locations!

San Diego
Junior Theatre

Casa del Prado Theatre
1800 El Prado (at Village Place)
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-8355 (tel)
Map & Directions

San Diego
Junior Theatre

La Jolla YMCA Firehouse
7877 Herschel Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
619-239-8355 (tel)
Map & Directions