San Diego Junior Theatre News & Reviews

Teacher Feature: Jason Maddy

Right now he’s appearing in San Diego REPertory Theatre’s production of “Red”, and this summer he’ll be joining San Diego Junior Theatre’s team as the director and lead teaching artist on our Advanced Acting Camp: “The Wind in the Willows” for 6th-9th grade! Jason Maddy is an accomplished actor and educator. His San Diego Theatre Credits include roles with: The Old Globe Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, Ion Theatre Company, Welk Resort Theatre, San Diego Musical Theater, Premiere Productions and Intrepid Theatre Company. Regional Credits: The Utah Shakespearean Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival. Jason holds an MFA from the University of Illinois Urban-Champaign. Welcome, Jason, to Junior Theatre!

Posted April 15, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , |

SDJT to participate in giveBIG on May 6

#giveBIG is an online networking and giving event that will provide hundreds of local nonprofits the opportunity to gain
exposure to and start relationships with new donors. As a major incentive for success, The San Diego Foundation has
offered an incentive pool of $150,000 to encourage giving during this 24-hour event.

#giveBIG began as an idea to increase philanthropic giving in San Diego County to local nonprofits who make our
community a better place to live, work and play. In December 2011, we hosted our first giveBIG event, and helped 315
local nonprofits raise $2,109,640 in just 36-hours! These results doubled our expectations with 6,174 donations from
nearly 3,000 donors. Notably, nearly 750 (25%) of donors reported being first time contributors to their respective

Posted April 15, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , |

SDJT Taps Rayme Sciaroni as Artistic Director

SDJT Taps Rayme Sciaroni as Artistic Director

The nation’s oldest youth theatre, San Diego Junior Theatre, announced today the selection of Rayme Sciaroni as its new Artistic Director. Sciaroni is an accomplished author, composer, and lyricist with additional teaching and directing experience. He will join the company in mid-March.
“I couldn’t be more excited in being appointed Artistic Director for San Diego Junior Theatre,” he says. “Having directed several successful shows in the past few years for the organization as well as teaching classes and workshops, I am grateful to be put in a position where I can continue to inspire young San Diegans to follow their passions in many different aspects of performing arts.”
A San Diego resident for over fourteen years and a child prodigy pianist himself, Sciaroni earned a degree in composition form the Neupaur Conservatory in Philadelphia, followed by acceptance into the BMI Music Theatre Workshop in New York City as a composer and lyricist. He was subsequently accepted into the ASCAP Music Theatre Workshop followed by the prestigious New Dramatists. In addition to San Diego Junior Theatre, he has directed and co-directed at the Lyceum, Diversionary Theatre and the North Coast Repertory Theatre.

Working with top theatrical talent in the industry, Sciaroni has accompanied great artists such as John Denver and Kenny Loggins and headlined in several cabaret shows from New York to California. His original holiday songs have been performed by members of the Lawrence Welk Show at the Lawrence Welk Theatre and by the San Diego Men’s Chorus.

Sciaroni is no stranger to the field of education. He has taught performing arts and art classes in New York City and in schools throughout San Diego County.

San Diego Junior Theatre is committed to the region’s youth of all abilities by encouraging the development of their creativity, self-esteem and enjoyment of theatre arts. Year round, its professional staff teaches and guides students in stage productions, camps and classes.

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Posted April 10, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , |

SDJT Summer Camp Teacher Feature: Linda Libby

Acclaimed San Diego actress Linda Libby will be teaching and directing “The Wiz” for our Advanced Musical Theatre Camp for grades 6-9 this summer! Junior Theatre is THRILLED to have her. Linda is an award-winning actress and arts educator, and is the first woman to earn the San Diego Critics Circle Actor of the Year Award for 2013. She holds an Eminence Credential from the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing, the 27th of such specialized credentials issued since 1979. A founder of the San Diego Actors Alliance, Linda earned her MFA in theatre from Temple University. Recently she directed “Edgar & Annabel” and “Far Away” at Ion Theatre Company where she is a founding Company Member. To audition for Linda’s AMT, Jr,. Camp this summer, go to What a great summer ahead of us at JT!

Posted April 8, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , |

In honor of World Autism Day SDJT announces Sensory Friendly Production of Snoopy!!! The Musical

San Diego Junior Theatre will present a sensory-friendly performance of
Snoopy!!! The Musical on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 10am

San Diego Junior Theatre will offer a sensory friendly performance of Snoopy!!! The Musical on July 12, 2014, at 10:00am. Snoopy!!! The Musical will be performed in a friendly and supportive environment for children and their families. To soften the sensory journey, slight adjustments will be made to the production including fewer loud noises and flashing lights that may be challenging for some audience members. Additional features will also help make the experience safer and more enjoyable for children with autism and other sensitivity issues, including a pre-show visit to San Diego Junior Theatre to familiarize patrons with the theatre; an online social story available to view and print at home that will outline in words and pictures the experience of a visit to the theatre and on-site volunteers to assist families as needed.

Directed by Joey Landwehr, Snoopy!!! The Musical finds the beloved Peanuts gang singing, dancing, and philosophizing in a whole new series of wacky comic vignettes based on Charles M. Schulz’s beloved characters. This show is recommended for all ages.

A San Diego Junior Theatre premiere, the production will run from June 27, 2014 – July 13, 2014, on Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. There is an ASL-interpreted show on July 12, 2014 at 2pm. Tickets range from $10 to $15 and are available by calling (619) 239-8355. Tickets will go on sale for this performance on April 11.

San Diego Junior Theatre wishes to acknowledge the San Diego Chargers, The Autism Society of San Diego, The Autism Tree Foundation and The Old Globe Theatre for their support in this endeavor. Founded in 1948, San Diego Junior Theatre provides engaging, innovative and high-quality theatre education and productions to enhance the lives of children of all ages, cultural backgrounds, abilities and levels of interest.
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Posted April 2, 2014 by theresa, in Balboa Park, Casa del Prado Theatre, Shows, parents | Tagged , , , |

NEW! – SDJT Education Newsletter, March 2014

Want to get “educated” about what’s happening at Junior Theatre? Check out our new Education newsletter by checking out the image below!

SDJT March 2014 Education Newsletter

Posted March 6, 2014 by theresa, in Balboa Park, Camps, Casa del Prado, Classes, Events, La Jolla, Uncategorized, parents |

Part Time Office Assistant position open

Anyone interested in this position should send their resume to:

POSITION TITLE: Office Assistant
STATUS: Part Time, Non-Exempt
COMPENSATION: $9.50/hour
REGULAR SCHEDULE: 8:45am-1:45pm, one weekend day per week; additional coverage as needed

San Diego Junior Theatre provides engaging, innovative, high-quality theatre education and productions for children of all cultural heritages, ages, abilities and levels of interest.

Position Summary: Reporting to the Office Manager, the Office Assistant will act as an initial point of contact for phone calls and visitors during scheduled weekend hours, and will provide backup support to Office and Box Office staff on an as-needed basis.

The Office Assistant will primarily work one weekend day per week from 8:45am to 1:45pm during the school year. Occasional backup may be needed for a second weekend day or weekday coverage. The Office Assistant will also provide backup/staff relief for office and box office staff for up to two weeks (6-8 hours/day) during planned staff absences/vacations; in this case, notice of at least one month will typically be provided.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

• Greet walk-in customers in the education office
• Answer phone calls and emails in a timely manner, providing information or directing calls to appropriate Junior Theatre staff members
• Provide administrative support to the Education, Accounting, Production, and Public Affairs Departments
• Back up the Box Office Coordinator as necessary
• Back up the Office Staff in administrative duties as necessary

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Education, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• High School diploma or equivalent
• Excellent customer service skills
• Proficiency in basic computer skills including e-mail and Microsoft Office required; comfortable using/learning Salesforce, Click and Pledge, and
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, with a friendly and professional demeanor
• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills required, including in-person, by phone, and by email
• Ability to work as a team player
• Ability to relate to children and adults in a professional manner; ability to be dependable and personable
• Ability to prioritize, handle multiple tasks, be detailed-oriented, and meet deadlines
• Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding internal affairs and student matters
• Ability to adapt to changing work settings and conditions
• Familiarity with Junior Theatre programs, processes, and policies a plus
• Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus

Physical Requirements and Work Environment: Work is primarily conducted in a shared office setting one weekend day per week with occasional one to two week long periods of work to cover the absence of other employees. Employee occasionally works in large crowds. Employee regularly sits at a computer station and operates electronic equipment 6 to 8 hours per day; occasionally lifts, carries and positions objects weighing up to 20 pounds; regularly walks from one part of worksite to another; must be able to climb stairs or take elevator. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communications; employee should be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these manners. The employee may spend long periods of time sitting, standing, or walking. Applicants must have visual and auditory ability to respond to critical incidents and the physical ability to act in an emergency situation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Additional Information: This position requires a criminal background check prior to hire.

San Diego Junior Theatre provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Posted February 20, 2014 by theresa, in Balboa Park | Tagged , , , |

Announcing 2014 December Nights Christmas Tree Design Contest

If you were at December Nights this year, you may have spotted Junior Theatre’s new holiday decoration- The Soda Bottle Christmas Tree! But guess what. We want you to come up with a new design for next year’s tree. We are excited to announce our first ever “December Nights Christmas Tree Design Contest.” Submit your design idea, either a drawing or a written description, to the Main Office: ATTN TONY, or via e-mail to by 6pm on Friday, January 31, 2014, and the winning design will be the centerpiece of the Junior Theatre’s stage for December Nights 2014.

The winning design will be announced on February 14, 2014.

The winner will receive a “Junior Theatre Class Gift Certificate” ($150.00 value) good for any 2014 class, camp or workshop.

The contest is open to all children ages 3-18. Child does not need to be a present student of SDJT. All designs become property of San Diego Junior Theatre and may be used for promotional materials.

Posted December 9, 2013 by theresa, in News, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , |

What’s happening at JT for December Nights…

Junior Theatre has been participating in December Nights every year since the tradition began over 30 years ago.

Students from JT on Tour will perform seasonal selections on an outside stage every 30 minutes.

The San Diego Junior Theatre Auxiliary will be selling chili, nachos, hot and cold drinks, and homemade Snickerdoodles.

Confetti is selling their traditional peppermint bark.

All proceeds go towards SDJT programming.

Posted December 5, 2013 by theresa, in Balboa Park, Casa del Prado Theatre, San Diego Junior Theatre Auxiliary, volunteers | Tagged , , , |

SDJT Executive Director Jimmy Saba on Jazz 88

Jazz 88′s “Inside Art” interviewed San Diego Junior Theatre Executive Director James Saba. The interview will air Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 6pm on KSDS-FM, 88.3.

About Inside Art
Join host Dave Drexler for Inside Art, every Sunday evening at 6pm. You’ll hear interviews with the leaders in the San Diego art scene, as well as find out about some of the more underground artistic offerings in the county. Musicians, painters, actors, writers are all given a look on Inside Art. Hear a great example of what Dave does on Inside Art.

Click to Listen…

Posted November 6, 2013 by admin, in James Saba, News, Uncategorized |

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