Bay Area Children’s Theatre Students to Showcase New Musical at the Junior Theatre Festival WEST
Students in the Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT) Advanced Performers program have been selected to showcase a new musical at the first-ever Junior Theatre Festival WEST (JTF WEST), taking place February 10-12, 2017, in Sacramento CA.
Advanced Performers are East Bay students aged 9 – 17 who have successfully auditioned for BACT’s traveling musical theatre team. The group will perform excerpts from Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS, a new musical for young performers based on the fourth book in Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House adventure series. The new work is adapted for the stage by Jenny Laird and Will Osborne, with music by Randy Court and lyrics by Court and Osborne.
JTF WEST expands to the West Coast the popular Junior Theatre Festival (JTF) held annually in Atlanta, GA. JTF brings more than 4,000 students, teachers, and theatre professionals together in Atlanta each year for three days to celebrate musical theatre and learn from each other.
The new festival in Sacramento is expected to attract 2,000 participants for demonstrations, workshops, performances that will be professionally critiqued, and appearances by Broadway and Disney stars. JTF WEST is produced by iTheatrics.
“We are honored to have been chosen to set an example for how to use ensemble work to tell great stories on stage,” said BACT Education Director Rebecca Posamentier.