We are making plans to attend the Junior Theatre West Festival in Sacramento, CA-February 8-12, 2024! And we want you to join us! Register here.
The Junior Theater Festival is a festival produced by iTheatrics for children ages 8-18 held every year in Sacramento and Atlanta, GA. It is designed for serious minded performers who are committed to working hard and delivering an amazing performance. Organizations from all over the world attend each year and present a 15 minute condensed version of a Broadway Jr. show under the license of Music Theatre International or Disney Musicals. The weekend festival includes the show presentation, workshops, guest speakers, awards, and a ticket to a Broadway-style performance. All of this is available for the organization presenting their show, the directors, and the parent chaperones.
We are making plans to attend the Junior Theatre West Festival in Sacramento, CA February 8-12, 2024 and we want you to join us!
The Junior Theater Festival is a festival produced by iTheatrics for children ages 8-18 held every year in Sacramento and Atlanta, GA. Organizations from all over the world attend each year and present a 15 minute condensed version of a Broadway Jr. show under the license of Music Theatre International or Disney Musicals. The weekend festival includes the show presentation, workshops, guest speakers, awards, and a ticket to a Broadway-style performance. All of this is available for the organization presenting their show, the directors, and the parent chaperones.
We will be putting a cast together for this project. Students who want to be involved in the cast must sign up and pay the $125.00 deposit by May 15th. All students in the cast will be in a show from the Music Theatre International Junior collection and that cast will be considered the “JTF24 cast”. After we know how many kids will be participating, we will pick the show and cast it using all of the young actors in the “ JTF24 cast”. This is a great opportunity for our kids to do a production, meet other kids from around the United States and beyond who love musical theatre, see working professionals and take workshops.
The JTF24 cast will have a rehearsal schedule based on their conflicts. The cast will also have fundraisers and do a send off performance for Helena audiences.
How many will be in the cast?
16-40 participants will be cast.
What will we do at the Junior Theatre Festival (JTF)?
Groups perform a 15 minute selection from one Broadway JR or KIDS collection show for adjudication, participate in workshops, participate in other fun events such as “tech Olympics”, watch outstanding performances by their peers.
How old do you have to be?
8-18 years old.
Does this take the place of my regular theatre school class?
No, this is a separate event that meets outside of regular class times. A discount is given to those enrolled in our regular classes.
Will there be chaperones?
Yes, we will need one chaperone for every four students attending the festival.
Do the chaperones travel for free?
No, unfortunately they have to pay for the Festival and their hotel and transportation. We do give a stipend for food to chaperones.
Does it cost money?
Yes. See the expense details at the end of this document.
Will there be fundraising involved?
Yes, unless you want to pay for the entire trip yourself and forget the fundraising. Fundraising is parent driven.
Will there be scholarships available?
Yes, there will be several ways to obtain a scholarship. 1. Audition on April 29th for our “scholarship auditions” 2. There will be a need based opportunity as well.
Can I use frequent flyer miles for airfare?
Yes. You can make your own airfare or transportation plans as long as you have a parent with you.
When will you be casting?
Can I make payments?
Yes! All students and chaperones will be asked to put down a non-refundable $125.00 deposit by May 15th to be considered. This will be applied to the $825.00 class (950.00 for students not taking another class) After that you can make payments per month through October 1stor you can pay in a lump sum by October 1, 2023.
Airfare (if you choose to have us arrange this and TBD) is due November 15th
Hotel (TBD usually around $205 per person in a quad room) is due January 1st.
What is the rehearsal schedule like?
We usually have some rehearsals mid-late August to learn music. We may have one or two rehearsals in Oct-Dec but most of the rehearsals will be in January. We will meet Sunday-Thursday nights beginning January 8th but we will take January 12-20th off and start again on January 21st.
Fee: $825.00 (950.00 for those not signed up for Session 2 of Theatre School classes) which includes the following:
A role in the show
Supervision at rehearsal, performance and festival
Competition performance at JTF in Sacramento
An official festival T-shirt
Adjudication and feedback
Professional development workshops for directors
Performance workshops for students
Technical theater workshops for students and teachers
Celebrity talk-back with special guests
A ticket to see a Broadway-style concert/show
all meals except travel days
Plus Transportation & hotel
Airfare & transfers: $585 (approximation)
Quad room: $205.00 Triple 274 Dbl 410 per person
Total approx. cost:
Student enrolled in Session 2 2024- quad $1615.00- $1684 (trp) 1820 (double)
Student not enrolled in Session 2 2024-quad 1740-$1809 (top) $1945 (double)
JTF Fee $315.00
Airfare & transfers: $585(approximate)
Quad room: $205.00 Trp 274 Dbl 410.00
Food on travel days
Total Approximate cost for a chaperone: $1105-$1310.00