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Junior Theatre Festival

SATURDAY 8 MAY 2021
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 MTI invites all schools and youth groups to come together to celebrate musical theatre at our very first JTF Online!

Students, teachers and directors 'log on' to the event individually directly from home!

Harness the power of jazz hands and spirit fingers and join us at our JTF Online spectacular directly from the comfort of your own home. You’ll experience the thrill and magic of our annual Junior Theatre Festival without having to leave your house! 

JTF Online is a six-hour extravaganza that features some of the best bits of an in-person Festival: West End workshops for students and specially curated workshops for teachers and directors, 'Direct From The West End' featuring exclusive panel discussions with performers and creatives from your favourite West End shows including Hamilton, Disney's The Lion King and & Juliet, as well as the chance to perform with other like-minded musical theatre lovers from across the UK and Europe.

We’ll also be premiering our 20-minute SHREK JR ZOOMsical which was rehearsed and performed over Easter. The unique segment features 19 young performers from across the UK and Europe.

In addition to all that, we can’t wait for our 'Matilda Takeover' segment. Authors of the show Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly will take part in a unique Q&A with students and teachers attending the event. Matilda the Musical alumni Kerry Ingram (original Matilda in Stratford upon Avon and London) and Tom Brown (Bruce, Cambridge Theatre) will join associate director Lotte Wakeham in conversation about this musical phenomenon, which will also feature specially created performances from Belfast School of the Performing Arts.

We'll also be releasing rights for a brand new Broadway Junior show. As a participating group, you’ll have priority access. We can’t say much about the show at this stage, but we can tell you that you might be feeling ‘revolting’ if you don’t sign up today!

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What's the proposed schedule?

12:00               Director's Mix & Mingle

13:00               Welcome

13:30               Workshop
Students will work with teaching artists from Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins or & Juliet to learn the choreography to one of the numbers from the show
Teachers/directors will work with iTheatrics, the creators of Broadway Junior shows

14:30               Direct from the West End
Stars of Hamilton Karl Queensborough (Alexander Hamilton) and Alexzandra Sarmineto (swing/dance captain) will join a panel which will also feature Olivier & WhatsOnStage Award winner Miriam-Teak Lee (Juliet), director of & Juliet Luke Sheppard, and, from Disney's The Lion King, Janique Charles (Nala) and David Blake (Banzai).

15:15               Workshop
Students will focus on developing their toolkits, with the choice of an acting or vocal workshop
Teachers/directors will continue to work with iTheatrics

16:15               Matilda the Musical Takeover
The spotlight shines on this most 'revolting' of shows. Authors Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly will join a unique Q&A session with students attending the event. We'll also be spotlighting past cast members and speaking with the associate director of the show. There'll be specially created performances and we may also have an extra special surprise for you!

17:00              Festival Finale
Our famous ‘teacher number’ (recorded in advance) will kick off 45 minutes of musical theatre magic. Our Shrek JR Zoomsical will be premiered, we’ll have performances from special guests and culminate in a special, one-off performance of 'When I Grow Up', featuring two performers from each of our attending groups.

What's in it for students?
  • Exclusive workshops in choreography and acting with West End professionals
  • Opportunities to ask questions to industry creatives and performers from the West End
  • Watch performances by special guests
  • 2 members of your school/group (at your selection) will feature in a finale involving all participating groups. There’ll be an additional workshop for this sometime in April
  • Access to SHREK JR ZOOMSICAL week (read on for further details)
  • The ability to come together and celebrate musical theatre in what has been an incredibly challenging time
  • Content that will not be available anywhere else
What's in it for teachers/directors/group leaders?
  • Priority access to rights to a Broadway Junior show that will be released on the day
  • Tailor made workshops designed for teachers and educators with iTheatrics
  • Opportunities to ask questions to industry creatives and performers from the West End
  • Watch performances by special guests
  • A unique choreography workshop (sometime in April) with Resident Choreographer of iTheatrics, Steven Kennedy
  • The ability to come together and celebrate musical theatre in what has been an incredibly challenging time
  • Content that will not be available anywhere else
How much does it cost?

Access passes are £15 per person. There is a minimum order of 20 passes per group. Every person in your group must have their own pass.

At some point in late April we will ask you, the group leader/organiser, to use the JTF Online platform to create 'log in' accounts for each pass that you have purchased. The pass will give the user the ability to log in to the event on one device only.
 

Who can attend?

Any youth/school group can register to attend JTF Online. 
All attendees must be registered with a group. We are unable to offer individual access passes.

 

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SUNDAY 24 OCTOBER 2021
THE ICC, BIRMINGHAM

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The Junior Theatre Festival (JTF) is the biggest and best celebration of young people performing musical theatre. JTF brings together schools and youth groups from across the world for a day of MT mayhem which celebrates all things 'jazz hands'. 

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.

NEW WORKS SHOWCASE
Get a sneak peak at three new Broadway Junior shows soon be released for licensing.

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.

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?

This event is available exclusively to schools and youth groups who have licensed a Broadway Junior show after 1st January 2019.

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 £55 (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 Jas Sansi. ©MTI Europe 2019

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.