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Junior Theatre Festival

SATURDAY 21 MAY 2022
THE ICC, BIRMINGHAM

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The Junior Theatre Festival brings together schools and youth groups from across the UK and Europe for a day of musical theatre mayhem. Join us for what promises to be a very special JTF, and your chance to celebrate, educate, motivate and participate. 

Following a mass 'kick off' and warm-up session the day-long programme will consist of:

ADJUDICATION
Groups perform 10 minutes of a Broadway Junior musical for adjudication by leading theatre professionals. Groups are rated in the areas of music, acting, dance and overall performance. The adjudicators offer constructive criticism to each group to encourage further learning in key areas.


LUNCH
A packed lunch of sandwich, crisps, fruit and water is provided to every registered group member. 


NEW WORKS SHOWCASE
After lunch everyone gathers in the theatre for a sneak peak at two new Broadway Junior shows soon to be released for licensing. A West End star will answer questions from students and perform.


WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS
West End professionals and master teachers from across the globe offer interactive workshops in all aspects of musical theatre performance. Groups will rotate around THREE separate workshops, each focusing on one of the core skills; acting, singing and dancing. Dance workshops are delivered directly by West End shows, teaching the actual choreography from those shows.


WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS & GROUP LEADERS
iTheatrics (the creators of the Broadway Junior shows), will lead workshops designed with theatre educators in mind. Group leaders will have the chance to ask questions, share experiences and learn new ways of working. Leaders will also have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a musical number on the main stage.


ALLSTARS
During adjudications, 2 students from each group will be selected as AllStars. AllStars will participate in exclusive workshops and will rehearse and perform a featured number at the Awards Ceremony on the main stage.


AWARDS CEREMONY

To celebrate the accomplishments of the day everyone gathers in the main theatre to watch the AllStars perform. Outstanding performances are selected from the morning's adjudications and groups perform their numbers on the stage. Awards are given for achievements in dance, music, acting and ensemble as well as outstanding individual performances.
Special guest stars will perform on the main stage as a special treat to those attending the event.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can attend?

ANY school or youth group!

Are there rules regarding group size?

Groups must contain no less than 20 people (this is inclusive of adults/chaperones etc.) and no more than 50.

Is there an age limit?

In line with all Broadway Junior show licences, the maximum age of performer is 18.

What are the timings of the event?

Registration will open no later than 8:00. The day should be completed by 19:00. 

How much does it cost?

Each registering group must pay a non-refundable group registration fee of £250 per group.

In addition, every member of your group must pay an individaul fee of £50 (this includes parents/chaperones/group leaders). 

What's included?

Access to all programmed events
Junior Theatre Festival T-Shirt
Packed lunch
Souvenir Brochure & wristband
Performances and workshops not available anywhere else

What isn't included?

Transport to/from the venue
Drinks/meals/snacks that are not provided at lunch
Accomodation (if applicable)

 

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If you have any questions or queries regarding the Junior Theatre Festival then please do email us.

Photography by Mark Senior. ©Music Theatre International 2021

ABOUT PAST EVENTS:

2017 Event

The inaugral Junior Theatre Celebration took place on Sunday 12th March 2017 at Curve in Leicester. The adjudicators included directors Lotte WakehamSteven Dexter, and Racky Plews, as well as iTheatrics’ founder Timothy Allen McDonald and colleagues Steven G. Kennedy and Marty Johnson. Shows being presented include: Guys & Dolls Jr, Hairspray Jr, Once on This Island Jr, Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr and Aladdin Jr, and more. The workshops were presented by teaching artists from Disney's The Lion King, Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical and Wicked. The evening event included a question and answer session with Strictly Come Dancing's Joanne Clifton, as well as performances from West End performers Liam Doyle (Wicked, Mamma Mia!), Sophie Linder-Lee (Wicked, Mamma Mia!), Sam Lupton (Little Shop of Horrors, Starting Here, Starting Now) and Kayleigh McKnight (Les Misérables, Bend It Like Beckham).

2018 Event

The second Junior Theatre Celebration took place on Sunday 3rd June 2018 at Curve in Leicester. The adjudicators included: Anthony Drewe, George Dyer, Debbie Isitt, Tim Jackson and Lotte Wakeham, as well as iTheatrics’ founder Timothy Allen McDonald and colleagues Steven G. Kennedy and Marty Johnson. Shows being presented included: Disney's Aladdin Jr, Into the Woods Jr, Legally Blonde Jr, Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins Jr, Singin' in the Rain Jr and more. The workshops were presented by teaching artists from Disney's Aladdin, Mamma Mia! and Shrek the Musical. The evening event included a question and answer session with authors George Stiles and Anthony Drewe as well as performances from West End performers Rachael Wooding and Mark Dugdale. 

2019 Event

The first Junior Theatre Festival Europe took place on Saturday 11th May 2019 at The ICC in Birmingham. Over 1000 people from 30 different groups attended the event from countries including the UK, Ireland, Georgia and the USA. The adjudicators included: Kate Golledge, Tim Jackson, Bronagh Lagan, Adam Lenson, John Prignano, Luke Sheppard and Alan Williams, as well as iTheatrics’ CEO Timothy Allen McDonald and Director of Education Marty Johnson. Shows being presented included: Disney's Aladdin Jr, Into the Woods Jr, Fiddler on the Roof Jr, Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins Jr, Shrek Jr and more. The workshops were presented by teaching artists from Disney's The Lion King, Mamma Mia! and Wicked. At the New Works Showcase The British Theatre Academy presented Oliver! Jr, Enter CIC presented Xanadu Jr and Manchester Musical Youth presented Sister Act Jr. The morning kick-off event included a suprirse performance from Sophie-Louise Dann whilst the Awards Ceremony featured a 10 minute 'mini concert' from West End performer Miriam-Teak Lee. 

2020 Event

Unfortunately the 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

2021 - JTF Online

JTF Online was a six-hour extravaganza that featured some of the best bits of an in-person Festival held on Saturday 8th May. It featured 870 young performers from 33 groups across the UK and Europe. Students took part in choreography workshops presented by & Juliet and Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins, an acting workshop from Racky Plews and a singing workshop from Dan Mertzlufft. A 'Direct From The West End' section featured interviews with Karl Queensborough and Alexzander Sarmineto from Hamilton, Janique Charles and David Blake from  Disney's The Lion King and Miriam-Teak Lee and Luke Sheppard from & Juliet. In a 'Matilda Takeover' segment. Authors of the show Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly took part in a unique Q&A with students and teachers. Matilda the Musical alumni Kerry Ingram (original Matilda in Stratford upon Avon and London) and Tom Brown (Bruce, Cambridge Theatre) joined associate director Lotte Wakeham in conversation about this musical phenomenon. Special performances were created by Belfast School of the Performing Arts. We also premiered our SHREK JR ZOOMsical production, which was rehearsed and performed over Easter, and featured 19 students from across the UK and Ireland. Special performances were from Rob HouchenAlexia Khadime and Jamie Muscato.
The digital programme for the event can be viewed here.

 

2021 Event

The first 'in Person' Festival post-pandemic was held at the ICC in Birmingham on Sunday 24th October 2021. The adjudicators included: Alex Parker, Racky Plews, Lotte Wakeham, Julian Woolford and John Prignano, as well as iTheatrics’ CEO Timothy Allen McDonald and iTheatrics' Vice President Steven G Kennedy. Shows being presented included: Disney's Aladdin Jr, Into the Woods Jr, Legally Blonde Jr, Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical Jr, Seussical Jr and more. The workshops were presented by teaching artists from Disney's Frozen and The Prince of Egypt. At the New Works Showcase The British Theatre Academy presented Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr and Stage 84 presented Shrek the Musical Jr, with Emma Williams making a surprise appearance. The Awards Ceremony featured a 'mini concert' from West End performer Matthew Croke.