Throughout the day, groups rotate between performing, learning from theater professionals, watching their peers perform, and participating in interactive workshops. For their performance, groups present one song from their musical in front of their peers and an adjudication panel of distinguished theater professionals. Following their performance, students receive valuable feedback from the adjudicators. Additionally, adjudicators join the students onstage to work directly with them on a specific aspect of their performance. This work is done in front of the other participating groups and is designed to enlighten and educate both teachers and students on and offstage. These performances are interspersed with skill-building workshops for the students and professional development opportunities for the teachers. After the performances and workshops have finished, each group is awarded a Certificate of Merit, and one boy and one girl from each group is selected as a Junior Theater Celebration All-Star. These All-Stars work with the iTheatrics staff to learn a grand finale number, which they ultimately perform onstage, encouraging everyone in the audience to raise their voices in song.
This is the site of the original Junior Theater Celebration and is currently the largest, with the event lasting three full days. The program began in 2007 with only eight schools participating and now involves over 40 schools from North and South Carolina reaching more than 2,000 students each year.
Each spring, a Broadway stage is taken over by middle school students performing one number from their school musical for the Shubert Foundation/Broadway Junior Celebration. Produced by iTheatrics, this annual event recognizes the incredible work of all the students and teachers involved. Learn more:
iTheatrics brings together the schools involved in the NJPAC Broadway Celebration program to share a small section of their show and attend workshops designed specifically for them. Learn more:
As one aspect of their extensive education program, the Shea’s Junior Theater Celebration annually services over 400 middle and elementary-aged students from both after-school and community programs. Learn more:
Hosted by the arts faculty from the University of Utah’s College of Education, this Celebration builds new musical theater programs in under-served schools and then partners these schools with existing programs in a year-end Celebration. Additional Celebrations are currently being planned with additional partners across the country. Stay tuned for more details.
To learn how to bring an iTheatrics Junior Theater Celebration to your community, contact Director of Education, Marty Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-467-8092.