San Diego Junior Theatre News & Reviews

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 , , , , , , , |

SDJT announces new Uber partnership

We’re teaming up with Uber so you can ride with ease to San Diego Junior Theatre events! Also, $5 from every ride will be donated back to JT!

Uber is an app that connects you with a driver at the push of a button. Track the arrival of your ride, payment is cashless, and you’ll even receive a text message when your driver arrives. Uber’s low cost option, uberX, is 40% cheaper than a taxi!

To get a free trip up to $20 on your first Uber ride in San Diego, sign up at, or download the app, and enter the promo code SDJTUber.

Not sure how to Uber? It’s easy!

iPhone or Android:
• Download the app
• Select your pick up location
• Request a ride
In under five minutes, a car will be curbside, ready to take you wherever you need to go.

Posted June 9, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , |

Building SDJT One Brick at a time!

In the spirit of Graffiti Pete, Junior Theatre would like to extend a brick naming opportunity for our upcoming summer production of “In the Heights”. With every $20.00 donation, your name (or name you designate) will appear on a brick on the set on stage for the run of the show. Placement of your brick will be at the discretion of the designer. Opportunity open to all cast and crew of the show, SDJT families, and the general public. All proceeds go to benefit San Diego Junior Theatre. Download the form here to submit your brick name:

Brick Donation Form

Posted June 5, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized |

Teacher Feature: Chris Salazar

Meet one of our newest Teaching Artists for the summer: Christopher Salazar! Chris earned his MFA in Acting from the Old Globe/USD program. Prior to that he worked in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally throughout the country. A veteran of over 75 stage productions, Mr. Salazar also has acted in commercials, feature films, and web series. In addition to his training in classical theatre, Christopher has studied extensively in the disciplines of Commedia, mask, clowning, stage combat, movement. He has served as fight director on numerous productions. Also, has over ten years of experience as an improv performer, having trained in New York with numerous schools. Chris will be teaching Performance Camp in Session 1 for 7th-12th grade, and he has a whopper of a week planned! Welcome to Junior Theatre, Chris!

Posted June 4, 2014 by theresa, in Teacher Feature | Tagged , , , , , , , |

Teacher Feature: Erika Malone

Junior Theatre Teaching Artist Erika Malone is one of our most beloved dance teachers here at San Diego Junior Theatre. She received her B.A. in Theatre and Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and the British American Drama Academy in London, in 1998. Erika is currently a master teaching artist of dance & theatre for The Old Globe, Malashock Dance, Young Audiences, A Reason to Survive (ARTS), San Diego Junior Theatre, and Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn. Erika also serves as a dance specialist for the San Diego Unified School District, teaching academics through dance for the VAPA Department. For ten years, Erika found her primary dance home at Eveoke Dance Theatre, a female-led activist company cultivating compassionate social action through performance, arts education, and community building. Erika had the honor of studying modern, hip hop, and social activism through dance with Eveoke’s founder Gina Angelique. Erika wore many hats at Eveoke…including dancing in Eveoke Company productions for 10 years, serving as the Arts Education Director from 2004-2010, and then as the Artistic Director from 2010-2012. Erika is in her 2nd year of obtaining a Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from the European Graduate School in Switzerland and The Expressive Arts Institute, San Diego. We are thrilled that she’s one of our own!

Posted May 30, 2014 by theresa, in Teacher Feature | 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