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OPENING NIGHT THEATER IS RETURNING TO JTF IN 2025!
2025 Festival Dates: February 7th-9th

Interest Form & Program Details

Opening Night Theater wins "Outstanding Ensemble" at the 2024 Junior Theater Festival!

We had an AMAZING time at the 2024 Junior Theater Festival. We learned so much, and can't wait to start working on our 2025 JTF routine!

 

What is the Junior Theater Festival (JTF)?

 

The Junior Theater Festival is the world's largest celebration of young people and musical theater!

JTF brings together student musical theater troupes from all over the world for a weekend of musical theater mayhem and madness. Each troupe performs fifteen minutes from a Broadway Junior show for adjudication by a panel of musical theater experts. The weekend also features professional development for teachers, workshops for students and parents, a New Works Showcase featuring new musical adaptations soon to be released and concludes with a grand finale concert headlined by Broadway’s best!

 

The Junior Theater Festival is sponsored by Playbill, Disney Musicals, and Music Theatre International.

 

Events include: Adjudications, workshops for students and teachers, the New Works Showcase, Awards Ceremonies, specially curated mainstage productions featuring Broadway's finest, and the largest collection of musical theater lovers under one roof. Held annually in Atlanta, GA and Sacramento, CA, JTF has become a must attend musical theater event and previously has hosted the launch for Disney's High School Musical and NBC's SMASH. The festival has welcomed guests such as Disney Theatrical Productions President, Thomas Schumacher, musical theater writers such as Stephen Schwartz, Alan Menken, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Bobby Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Jeanine Tesori, actors like Cynthia Erivo, Stephanie J. Block, Ali Stroker, Sebastian Arcelus, Michael James Scott, Taylor Iman Jones, Kara Lindsay, Luca Padovan, Caissie Levy, Daniel Yearwood, Skylar Astin and many more. It is a weekend of true musical theater mayhem that is not to be missed.

 

Auditioning for Opening Night Theater’s 2025 JTF Team:

 

Please note that the Junior Theatre Festival teams must consist of a MINIMUM of 20 individuals (including directors & chaperones) and MAXIMUM of 40. This is considered to be an advanced performance troupe and we do not take everyone who auditions. If you are not selected this year, we encourage you to try out again in the future. The size of our team is also limited by our performance selection and the assigned roles within that selected production.

 

Being a part of the JTF Team is an incredibly large commitment which requires dedicated, passionate, hard working students that are capable of working, learning and memorizing at a fast pace. Rehearsal attendance is mandatory.

 

Being a part of this team requires the ability to be professional, kind and respectful in but not limited to all airports, on airplanes, in the hotel, at the festival, during workshops, rehearsals, backstage, performances, with adults and to assigned chaperone. RESPECT for fellow performers, directors, production team, property and the rehearsal process is a must.

 

Auditioning performers must be in grades 5-12 as of August 2024.

(with the exception of previous JTF team members)

 

Those auditioning will submit a video consisting of a chosen MONOLOGUE and SONG selection (provided by ON!). Audition materials will be made available early late spring/early summer 2024.

Following the selection of our 2024-25 JTF performers in August, our team will begin rehearsing regularly (with some exceptions) on Saturday mornings in North Hollywood. Exact times TBD.

Our rehearsals may also consist of guest choreographers & music directors to work with our team in shaping the sharpest possible routine.

 

There will also be additional events & showcases for our team to perform and workshop our routine throughout the rehearsal process.

Payment Details:

 

Approximate cost of JTF program participation includes all JTF dues/admission to the festival, rehearsals, showcases, staff, shirts, festival lodging, transportation (airfare, to/from hotel), and festival meals. Hotel is based on an occupancy of (roughly) four to a room.

 

Families will have the opportunity to fundraise to help offset program and travel costs.Each individual selected for our team will be given a “Send Me to JTF” donation page where friends and family can contribute to their JTF program fund. 

LET US KNOW IF YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN AUDITIONING FOR OUR 2024-25 JTF TEAM. RESERVE YOUR AUDITION SPOT AND BE THE FIRST TO RECEIVE AUDITION MATERIALS THIS SUMMER!

Thanks for expressing your interest in our 2024-25 JTF program!

Opening Night Theater is looking for corporate sponsors for our 2024-25 team! If this is something you or your company/business may be interested in, please connect with us at ontheaterla@gmail.com, with the subject line "JTF Sponsors 2025."

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