Junior Theater Festival (JTF) 2019

Make plans now to attend JTF 2019 in Atlanta, Georiga

January 18-21, 2019

The Biz will be taking James and the Giant Peach Jr. to JTF 2019.  All cast members of the production are eligible to attend. Cast members under the age of 12 must have a parent attend the festival with them. 

***If you are not part of the original cast of James and the Giant Peach Jr at The Biz, and are between the ages of 8 and 18, you are welcome to join us! There will be auditions to place you in a role at a later date. You can sign up beginning February 1, 2018.

The cost to attend JTF 2019 will be approx. $500 per person (including chaperones/parents).  This includes festival registration and lodging.  This DOES NOT include travel to and from the event or food. There will be opportunities to carpool with others going to the festival or you can choose to fly. There will be a group traveling by air.

There is a $50 nonrefundable deposit per person

due March 1, 2018. 

Make checks payable to The Biz Backstage Boosters and drop off at The Biz

The Biz Backstage Boosters are hosting fundraisers throughout 2018 to help offset the cost of attending JTF 2019. The Boosters would love to have volunteers to lead or co-lead fundraisers. Please email bizbackstageboosters@gmail.org and/or attend a Booster meeting the first Wednesday of every month at The Biz from 6:30-7:30 pm if you would like to lead a fundraiser. 


The Junior Theater Festival (JTF) is the world’s biggest and best celebration of young people performing 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.

Key Events Include:

Adjudication – Student groups perform 15 minutes from MTI’s Broadway Junior Collection for adjudication by leading theater 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.
Workshops for Students and Teachers – Broadway professionals and master teachers from across the country offer interactive workshops! Workshops are for both teachers and students in all aspects of musical theater performance and technical theater.
JTF All-Stars – Selected student performers and student technicians are chosen as festival All-Stars. All-Stars participate in exclusive workshops and are given the opportunity to be a major part of the Freddie G Awards Ceremony Choreography DVD Auditions.
DVD Auditions Choreography – Selected students are invited to audition for Broadway Junior Resident Choreographer Steven G. Kennedy for future Broadway Junior Choreography Auditions!
New Works Showcase – Get a sneak peek at the newest shows soon to be released in the Broadway Junior Collection.
Pathways – A one-of-a-kind mainstage event hosted by Junior Theater Festival creator, Tim McDonald, featuring a discussion with interesting folks from across the theatrical industry about their unique journeys and remarkable accomplishments.
Tech Olympics – Four students from each group compete in this fun, high energy tech obstacle course designed to get everyone pumped up about technical theater!
The Broadway JR. Slam – One of the most anticipated events of the festival! Creative teams and casts are selected at random and have just one hour to rehearse a song and dance for presentation on the main stage!
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