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Director of Mr. Popper Penguins



San Diego Junior Theatre is pleased to announce that Ricardo Valenzuela is set to direct and choreograph Mr. Poppers Penguins. The auditions will be held Monday, April 23- Wednesday, April 25th from 4-6pm.  

Ricardo Valenzuela is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC.  As an actor, he recorded two full seasons as a lead character in the Latin American television show titled Dos y Dos. He has performed at the Starlight Bowl, Moonlight Amphitheatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, Hispanic Arts Theatre, San Diego Asian Repertory Theatre, Coronado Playhouse, Christian Community Theatre, and on the Holland America Cruise Line as a contestant of Dancing with the Stars at sea with celebrity judges Kym Johnson and Carson Kressley.  Ricardo comes to us from our neighbor program San Diego Civic Dance Arts where he choreographed countless musical theatre style numbers for recitals, productions, camps, and their award winning showcase Collage for over 11 years.

Auditions for Mr. Poppers Penguins and Into the Woods

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Into the Woods, 2018


The auditions for Mr. Poppers Penguins and Into the Woods with be held on Monday, April 23- Wednesday, April 25,  from 4-6pm in the Casa del Prado Theatre.  We will also be holding auditions for our Advanced Summer Camps.

Christian Rowley Scholars Announced!



Thank you to everyone who applied for the Christian Rowley Memorial Scholarship. Join us on opening night of Newsies JR. on April 20 at 7:00 pm, when we will introduce our four new scholars and announce our 71st Season!


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UPDATE: Our advocacy efforts to stop deep budget cuts for arts and culture at the City have been heard! Thanks to everyone’s united voice, Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed an FY19 budget for arts and culture with only a 2% cut to the existing $14.6 million budget.  This is a “fair share cut” in line with other city departments – far below the possible 30%+ cut – and one that San Diego Junior Theatre plans to support going forward through budget hearings. Thanks to everyone who made their voice heard via a postcard, email, post or hashtag!

Audition for Newsies Jr.


The Auditions for Newsies JR. will be held on Friday, February 9th from 4:00-6:00pm and Saturday, February 10th from 10:00am-12:00pm in Room 102 of the Casa del Prado Classroom Building. Please call the Education Office to set up an appointment time. 619-239-1311 

*Just a reminder that you must be enrolled in a Spring Class or Camp in order to Audition.