Our Wonderous Journey begins!
What better way to fly into our 68th Season than with charming Mary Poppins and her talking umbrella? From there, we set out to find another popular little girl as she falls down a rabbit hole!
Around the bend, we come upon two seven-year old girls that conjure up a lot of fun and mischief. But just as things start to look easy, we turn around to find a young boy who is having the worst day of his life!
Remember the wooden puppet, who wants to be a real boy, with the growing nose? His story is told through a group of Italian construction workers. And then, we travel with a fine china rabbit through four decades of his remarkable life.
If that’s not enough, our next encounter is with a traveling salesman and Music Man, who wakes up a sleepy town with his scheming enthusiasm. We’ll snuggle up to watch a small stuffed rabbit bidding good night to everything in the room… only no one is ready for sleep just yet.
Our last steps go to the darker and more mysterious streets of long-ago London, with an eerie barber and his neighbor lady who sells peculiar meat pies. You will find this otherworldly adventure just as exciting and extraordinary as all of those that preceded it!
In our 68th year, San Diego Junior Theatre is honored to present a show season that promises enchantment, imagination and wholehearted joy to audiences of all ages. You will be hard-pressed to choose just a few of our productions, so we encourage you to experience all of them. Our performers and production team members – ages 8 to 18 – are continually learning to bring out the best of themselves in new and creative ways. When you, our audience members, join us in the theater, together we contribute collaboratively to a brighter light…a light that touches our hearts and enhances our souls.
It is an honor to welcome you to a full wonderous journey – one that you will definitely find Wonder-Full! Rayme Sciaroni Artistic Director,
San Diego Junior Theatre
Directed by Eric von Metzke
Music and Lyrics by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard,
Oliver Wallace and Cy Coban, Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert,
Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
Based on the works of Lewis Carroll and the 1951 Disney film
It’s #TeacherFeatureTuesday! Meet Michelle Gray, one of our voice teachers at SDJT. Michelle studied Music at UCSD and is an accomplished pianist and keyboardist. She has music directed and accompanied numerous Southern California theatre productions, ranging from youth to professional. Michelle has worked with several California regional theatre companies such as Moonlight, San Diego Musical Theatre, and Welk Resorts. In her spare time, Michelle teaches private piano and keyboard lessons and creates custom sound and backing tracks in her home studio. Michelle is teaching for summer camp as well as some classes in the fall.
We’re glad you’re one of us now, Michelle!
EDUCATE, ELEVATE and CELEBRATE with Historic Balboa Park
Youth Organizations at “YOUTH IN ARTS” Exhibit
WHO: San Diego Civic Youth Ballet (SDCYB), San Diego Junior Theatre (SDJT), San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservancy (SDYS) and San Diego Civic Dance Arts (SDCDA)
WHAT: For generations, countless students have entered the halls of the historic Casa del Prado to enrich their lives through dance, theatre, music and the magic of live performance.
This fall, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory and San Diego Civic Dance Arts will come together to share our collective stories through an ongoing exhibit in the Casa del Prado Theater. On November 13th to 15th, please join us for a free interactive weekend full of unique experiences and featuring excerpts of performances from each of these dynamic institutions.
At “Youth in Arts,” we will educate, elevate and celebrate the impact that has been made on our community through decades of educational and artistic opportunities.
WHEN: Exhibit opens September 26, 2015 and runs through December 20, 2015, with a free interactive weekend from November 13th to 15th.
WHERE: The Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park at 1800 Village Place, San Diego, CA, 92101.
As a Directographer, Jacob Brent believes in creating with commitment and passion leading him to create award-winning productions by inspiring theater artist to bring and share their talents with audiences everywhere. As a performer, Jacob is probably best known for his portrayal of Mr. Mistoffelees in the Broadway, London and DVD productions of Cats, where he worked closely with its creator, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. He is the only performer to have appeared in all three, and the only actor to have performed in both of the record-breaking performances of the longest running Broadway and West End show. He also had the privilege of working with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber when he opened the original cast of Starlight Express in Las Vegas.
Now, on the other side of the table, he brings the same commitment and passion for theater to create productions such as Xanadu (Watertower Theater) and Lysistada Jones (PACE University), Fiddler on the Roof,A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Avenue Q (Weston Playhouse.) He served as the choreographer for West Coast regional premiere of The Producers (Diablo Theater Company.) Directed and choreographed Cats at Merry-Go-Round Theater, Gateway Playhouse and Cohoes Music Theater. He recently worked on a new version of Rags working closely with the original creators of the show. His all-star cast of Guys and Dolls for the Indianapolis Symphony was met with much acclaim. The cast included Gary Beach (The Producers), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Hugh Panaro (Phantom) and Megan Lawrence (Damn Yankees and Hair). He later returned for Hello Dolly! staring Sandi Patty. He has also directed and choreographed the annual holiday show Yuletide Celebration for the Indianapolis Symphony the last five seasons.
When not working on productions, Jacob teaches in New York City at both Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway and well as highly involved in the Junior Theater Festival and Broadway Jr. productions inspiring a new generation of young actors.