Junior Thespian Festival 2014

The Junior Thespian Festival is a three-day celebration of theatre for middle school students (grades six through eight) and their teachers. This event provides Junior Thespians with opportunities to develop their theatre skills, make new friends, and share the theatre experience with their peers and teachers from around the country.

For more information on Junior Thespian Festival 2014, contact Craig Branch at cbranch@schooltheatre.org.
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Photos by Kevin George and Harper Lee

Images from Saturday evening’s main stage show:

13

Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.

Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

Presented by Junior Thespian troupe 88093 from Viking Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois.

Directed by Karen Pionke.

13 is produced with permission from Music Theatre International.

Photos by Kevin George and Harper Lee

Images from this morning’s main stage show:

Almost, Maine: Middle School Edition

Written by John Cariani

Adapted for the middle school stage by John Cariani and Tal Gribbins

Original music by Julian Fleischer

Presented by Junior Thespian troupe 89041 from Henry W. Grady Middle School in Houston, Texas.

Directed by Tal Gribbins.

Almost, Maine is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Almost, Maine: Middle School Edition had its national premiere just this morning on the Junior Thespian Festival main stage. Playwright John Cariani made this video for the event. Enjoy!

Photo by Kevin George.

Members of the Junior Thespian Festival delegation before last night’s production of Annie, Jr.

Photos by Harper Lee and Kevin George.

The opening main stage show of Junior Festival 2014:

Annie Jr.

Presented by Junior Thespian troupe 88607 from Coppell Middle School West in Texas.

Directed by Franci Hazelton.

Produced with permission from Music Theatre International.

Music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, book by Thomas Meehan.

Based on “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip with permission of The Media Tribune Services, Inc.

Photos by Kevin George

The 2014 Junior Thespian Festival has begun! This year’s theme is Creative Conditions!

We will be blogging live from the event all weekend. Check back here to follow the excitement!

More than four hundred delegates from twenty-one schools in eight states are attending this year’s Junior Thespian Festival, hosted by Coppell Middle School West in Texas.

This weekend Junior Thespians and their educators will:

It’s going to be an amazing weekend. Stay tuned for more!!

Moments from Junior Thespian 2013 main stage shows.

The Little Prince, written by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar and adapted from the book by Antoine de Saint Exupery. Directed by Heather Davidson. Performed by Junior Thespian troupe 88109 from J.S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in Augusta, Georgia.

The Snow Show, written by Lindsay Price. Directed by Jessica Stafford. Performed by Junior Thespian troupe 89126 from Owensboro Middle School in Kentucky.

Godspell, Jr, book by John Michael Tebelak, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Directed by Michael R. Bridges. Performed by Junior Thespian troupe 88732 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School in Birmingham, Alabama.

Shakespeare: Just Da Good Stuff, written by William Shakespeare and Kathryn Ballou. Directed by Kathryn Ballou. Performed by Junior Thespian troupe 88843 from Fine Arts Center - A.R.M.E.S Drama from Greenville, South Carolina.

Once on this Island, Jr., book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Directed by Delle Kincaid. Performed by Junior Thespian troupe 89100 from Simmons Middle School in Hoover, Alabama.

Into the Woods, Jr., book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Richard Frazier. Performed by the Georgia Junior Thespians All-State cast and crew.

Performances from across the country are considered for the Junior Thespian Festival main stage.

The main stage application deadline for the Junior Thespian Festival 2014 has passed. If you are interested in submitting an application for future Junior Thespian Festivals, please contact Craig Branch.

Confirmed performances for the Thespian Festival 2014:

  • Almost Maine - Middle School Edition by John Cariani presented by Junior Thespian troupe 89041 from Henry W. Grady Middle School in Houston, Texas. Directed by Tal Gribbins. Almost Maine is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
  • 13, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, presented by Junior Thespian troupe 88093 from Viking Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois. Directed by Karen Pionke. 13 is produced with permission from Music Theatre International.
  • Annie, JR., music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, book by Thomas Meehan, presented by Junior Thespian troupe 88607 from Coppell Middle School West in Coppell, Texas. Directed by Franci Hazelton. Annie, JR., is produced with permission from Music Theatre International.