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JTogether: April 27-May 1

JTogether is an online interactive video series designed to connect students and families despite physical distance.

JTogether is an online interactive video series designed to connect students and families despite physical distance. These videos will feature various exercises in singing, dancing, and acting hosted by some of our favorite Junior Theatre Teaching Artists. Read on to see the video/content schedule for the upcoming week!

Click on the date below to sign up for any JTogether video sessions – at no cost to you for now! Donations are graciously accepted, via our website or Facebook.

SESSIONS ARE OPEN FOR REGISTRATION UP TO 24 HOURS PRIOR, OR UNTIL THEY REACH CAPACITY. FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED.

SIGN UP NOW – Or click on any date below

JTogether Virtual Summer Camp is  coming soon! Registration begins May 1, 2020.

WEEK OF APRIL 27 – MAY 1, 2020
Monday, April 27, 2020 – PAST
Family Singalong with Desha* 
3:00-4:30 pm (All Ages – Parents Encouraged to Participate)

Parents, here’s your chance to show your skills (or at least give it your best shot) in this fun and forgiving environment. Join Desha and other familiar faces for a Family Singalong that is sure to bring smiles and relieve quarantine tensions. Singers will learn Brand New Day from The Wiz. Music will be attached in the invitation. No previous experience required!

Wednesday, April 29 at 3:00-4:30 pm – PAST
Family Dance Party with Mr. Marc*
3:00-4:30 pm (All Ages – Parents Encouraged to Participate)

It’s Family Day again and time for a Dance Party with Mr. Marc. Parents are once again invited to to join in the fun. Get a taste of the Junior Theatre experience when  Mr. Marc does his dance magic on Brand New Day from The Wiz. So much more fun than “greenroom duty!”

* Families are encouraged to attend both sessions but it’s not required. Only one reservation necessary per family. All family members must join from one computer. Children are welcome to participate alone, but adults must be joined by a child (or children) to participate. Children are responsible for keeping Mom or Dad well-behaved.

Friday, May 1 at 3pm (PDT)
Intro to Crash Theatre, taught by Levi Kaplan
For Grades 7-12
3:00-4:00 pm

In this introduction, students will explore the concepts of collaboration and devised theatre that go into creating an original work that is authentic to their collective voice. This is class is ideally suited for students looking for an advanced theatre exercise.

PAST EVENTS

WEEK OF APRIL 20 – 24, 2020
Monday, April 20, 2020
Prop Improv with Levi Kaplan – PAST
Session One, 3:00-3:50 pm (Grades 1-4)
Session Two 4:00-4:50 pm (Grades 5-7)

Join us for some online prop improvisation fun! Physical objects take on a new life when an actor uses the item for a new purpose. Bring a 3-4 small non-electronic toys that you can imagine to be other items – anything you can hold in your hand and can pretend is something new will work. (NOTE: This workshop is broken into sessions/grade levels).

Wednesday, April 22 at 3:00-4:30 pm
Disney Singalong with BJ Robinson – PAST
All Ages

Teaching Artist BJ Robinson will use Disney songs to work through the many parts & styles of the voice. Students will receive a lyric sheet prior to the workshop to follow along. Warm ups to practice patterns to full performances, and all Disney!

Friday, April 24 at 3pm (PDT) – FULL
Drama Games Galore with Sarah Siegel
For Grades 4-12
3:00-4:30 pm

Let’s play some theatre games that are guaranteed to make you laugh, learn and make some character discoveries that help you become a better actor! Taught by longtime Junior Theatre Teaching Artist, Sarah Siegel.

WEEK OF APRIL 13 – 17, 2020
Monday, April 13 at 3pm (PDT) 
Singalong with Desha
All Ages

Hop onto Zoom to sing some of your favorite showtunes with Desha! Chat in with song requests, comments, and reactions. You can even film a portion of your at-home singalong and send it to us or tag us – we’ll be sure to share.

Wednesday, April 15 at 3pm (PDT)
Dance Party with Mr. Marc
All Ages

Feeling a little stir crazy? Get those wiggles out with a dance party led by Mr. Marc via Zoom. Bring your best moves and show your friends what you’ve got!

Friday, April 17 at 3pm (PDT)
Brown Bag Scenes

Recommended for Grades 6-12

Keep your acting skills on point by reading through scenes via Zoom with friends, led by Desha! Script(s) will be sent out ahead of time (also available in real time via the Zoom chat function) and roles will be randomly drawn.

This pilot program is offered at no cost, but donations are accepted
Thank you to the Gil and Krista Cabrera Family for their support

 

Theatre is a powerful tool that can stir a young person’s imagination and provoke new thoughts and ideas. San Diego Junior Theatre invites you and your family to stay connected to our community as we create new and innovative opportunities for young people to explore and grow in alternative mediums.

We are grateful for your support during this critical time. The safety of our children and families remains our highest priority as we protect our community from this unpredictable global health crisis. We wish your family good health and good spirits. The show must go on!

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
-Roald Dahl


Enroll Today for Virtual Summer Camps

Spend this summer learning toact, sing, and dance at the nation’s oldest youth theatre program!

Virtual 2020 Summer Camps

Spend this summer learning toact, sing, and dance at the nation’s oldest youth theatre program! San Diego Junior Theatre’s Virtual Summer Camps run from June 15 through August 28, 2020.

Online Enrollment for Virtual Summer Camps Begins May 1, 2020.

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Despite setback, the show goes on for School of Rock

We’re so proud of our resilient School of Rock cast and crew for pushing through opening weekend despite an overnight break-in at the Casa del Prado Theatre on Friday, which resulted in four stolen guitars.

“I’m proud of the cast for bouncing back and putting on a great show. I spoke with my mom and she helped me put things in perspective. We prayed that the stolen instruments get used for a good cause. I recognize that we maybe have more than others and I hope that whoever has them is able to do some good,” said Pita Birkbeck (age 15), one directly affected student.

Oliver Davis (age 12), another student who was impacted by the theft, said “Props to everyone for sticking with this. My teacher said that the show must go on; sometimes you have to be prepared for the worst. And worse things could have happened. No one got hurt. A guitar is a guitar. That can be replaced. You can’t replace a person, or their health if they get hurt. We’re okay,”

The cast and crew are in good spirits and look forward to a successful closing weekend of shows Nov 1-3.


Winter 2020 Classes and Camps Now Online

Registration is open for Winter classes & camps! We have a new Toddler & Me Imagination Theatre class, plus Set Design camp, Songs of Lin Manuel Miranda, and more.

Registration is open for Winter classes & camps! We have a new Toddler & Me Imagination Theatre class, plus Set Design camp, Songs of Lin Manuel Miranda, and more.