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Junior Theatre Celebration Melbourne

A CELEBRATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN MUSICAL THEATRE!

Junior Theatre Celebration Melbourne offers an exciting and jazz filled excursion experience for students and teachers to interact with hundreds who share a similar passion for musical theatre in schools and academies. The program is presented by OzTheatrics in a simialr style to their national flagship event, the Junior Theatre Festival Australia, which is held annually at the Civic Theatre Newcastle in NSW. With a focus on musical theatre education, JTC Melbourne is sponsored by Australia's leading theatrical licensor Music Theatre International Australasia. 

During the celebration day, each school group performs a short selection from their student-adapted Broadway JR musical production before a panel of guest artists who provide constructive feedback and suggestions to help the students expand on theatre skills such as diction, projection, acting through song, blocking and physicality, or finding a connection to the story. 

Additionally, students participate in immersive workshops while teachers can opt into professional development training alongside OzTheatrics teaching artists. Most importantly, Junior Theatre Celebration Melbourne is the culminating event that brings together enthusiasts from different backgrounds and skill levels – from local students, teachers, and volunteers to experienced Broadway professionals – under one roof to spotlight and amplify the work that’s been accomplished inside the classroom and within local theatre academies and programs. 

Junior Theatre Celebration Melbourne

Bunjil Place Theatre (Narre Warren, VIC)

July 27, 2024

2024 guest list...so far:

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John Prignano

Music Theatre International

Director of Education & Development

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Lucy Durack

Australian Music Theatre Icon

Wicked, Legally Blonde

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Daniel Stoddart

Dot and the Kangaroo JR

Author

JTC Melbourne FAQs

WHAT IS JTC Melbourne?

The Junior Theatre Celebration Melbourne is a one-day celebration of musical theatre for young people in Australia and is produced by OzTheatrics and sponsored by MTI Australasia.

 

WHEN IS JTC Melbourne?

JTC Melbourne is a new annual event and will generally be held in July at the Bunjil Place Theatre in Narre Warren which is an hour South East of the city of Melbourne. 

 

WHY SHOULD MY GROUP ATTEND JTC Melbourne?

JTC Melbourne gives everyone who attends the opportunity to experience the transformative power of musical theatre through watching performances, attending workshops, and making connections with other musical theatre groups from across the country.

 

WHO ATTENDS JTC Melbourne?

Any school, after-school or community theatre group or academy that has performed, or is planning to perform, a Broadway JR. or KIDS collection show licenced through MTI Australasia.

 

IF I’M NOT PART OF A GROUP, CAN I COME TO THE EVENT?

Teachers, Directors and any adult who works with young people in musical theatre can attend JTC Melbourne on the Professional Development Track. Students must be part of a group.

 

IS THERE AN AGE REQUIREMENT FOR PARTICIPATING STUDENTS?

Any school-aged student between the ages of 5 and 18 is welcome to attend and perform with their school group or academy.

 

WHAT SIZE IS A TYPICAL GROUP?

25-50 students. There is a minimum of 40 participants per group. This number includes a minimum of 25 students, plus chaperones, directors and any additional family and friends.

 

WHAT DOES A GROUP DO AT JTC Melbourne?

Groups perform a 20 minute selection from one Broadway JR. or KIDS Collection show for adjudication, participate in workshops specifically designed for student performers, and watch outstanding performances by their peers.

 

IS THERE PROGRAMMING FOR MY TECHNICAL THEATRE STUDENTS?

Not at this stage. 

 

HOW DO I REGISTER?

This event is by invitation only. If your school or academy are invited, you will be sent a link and information for you to register online. 

 

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED?

We accept payments through our online portal. You will receive your own personal group portal link once you sign up. We do not accept bank transfers, cash or cheques.

 

WHEN DO I NEED TO REGISTER BY?

Registration opens for returning groups shortly after the previous year's event. New groups can express interest by emailing jazzhands@oztheatrics.com

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

To keep up to speed follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Join in on the conversation by using the hashtag #OzTheatrics, #JTFAustralia, #JTCMelbourne, @juniortheatrefestivalaustralia

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