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Junior Theatre Festival Australia
Professional Development

THERE REALLY IS AN EASIER WAY TO PUT ON A MUSICAL WITH KIDS. LET US SHOW YOU HOW THROUGH OUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS.

Our roster of professional development teaching artists from iTheatrics (NY) have decades of experience, have adapted over 60 musicals for kids to perform and have written musical theatre "how-to" guides for Music Theatre International, Disney Theatrical Productions, Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., Rodgers & Hammerstein, Hal Leonard Publishing and MacMillan/McGraw-Hill.

 

We teach our workshops just like we teach our own students, with an emphasis on experiential learning, active skill building, and an overall focus on fun.

Junior Theatre Festival Australia

Civic Theatre Newcastle, NSW

October 27 & 28, 2023

Registrations close 30th September

WORKSHOP 1 - Building a Sustainable Youth Theatre Program

PRESENTERS - John Prignano (MTI New York) & Josephine Lancuba (Performing Arts Business Coach)

Take your theatre company to the next level. In this workshop, you will learn the keys to creating and sustaining a thriving youth theatre program that fosters creativity, skill development, and a sense of community. This workshop covers essential aspects such as curriculum development, brand building, marketing and building partnerships within the community. Gain insights into fostering a positive and inclusive environment, nurturing young talent, and ensuring the long-term success of your youth theatre program.

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WORKSHOP 1 - Elevating Movement in Musical Theatre

PRESENTER - Lauren Harvey

Take your choreography to new heights with this immersive masterclass! Discover innovative techniques and strategies for creating dynamic and expressive dance numbers that captivate audiences. From storytelling through movement to exploring different dance styles, this workshop offers valuable insights into staging, transitions, and character-driven choreography. Dive into the world of musical theatre dance and leave inspired to create stunning and impactful routines.

WORKSHOP 2 - Nurturing Resilient Voices

PRESENTERS - Ryan Macauley (MTI Europe)

Discover the secrets to vocal longevity and excellence! In this workshop, participants will delve into the fundamentals of vocal health, exploring techniques to maintain vocal strength, flexibility, and stamina. Expert instructors will guide attendees through warm-up exercises, proper vocal hygiene practices, and strategies for tackling vocal challenges specific to musical theatre. Empower yourself with invaluable knowledge to nurture resilient voices and ensure outstanding musical performances.

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WORKSHOP 2 - Streamlined Auditions: Mastering the iTheatrics Method for Efficient Group Auditions

PRESENTER - Daniel J Mertzlufft (iTheatrics New York) and Dr Shane Bransdon (JTF Australia)

Uncover the art of conducting streamlined auditions! This workshop introduces participants to the innovative iTheatrics Method, a time-saving approach to running auditions for large groups. Learn how to structure auditions effectively, streamline the casting process, and create an inclusive and supportive environment. From organizing audition materials to utilizing group exercises and insightful feedback, participants will gain the tools and confidence to efficiently discover exceptional talent while saving valuable time.

ADJUDICATION SESSION 

PRESENTER/S - Various

Observe outstanding student groups from all over Australia perform highlights from their school or academies Broadway JR. and KIDS musicals for industry feedback. Then get tips from Broadway artists and clinicians to take back to your school as they work with large student groups to enhance their performances. Not only will you take away new tools and strategies to try with your students, but you may even discover your school or academies next musical. 

* Please note JTF Australia reserves the right to make changes to all workshop content and workshop presenters if necessary. The above information is provided in good faith and is true and acurate at time of publication and is subject to change.

JTF Australia FAQs

WHAT IS JTF Australia?

The Junior Theatre Festival Australia is the largest celebration of musical theater for young people in Australia and is produced by OzTheatrics in partnership with iTheatrics (NY) and MTI Australasia.

 

WHEN IS JTF Australia?

JTF Australia is an annual event and is generally held annually over the last weekend in October at the Civic Theatre In Newcastle which is an hour and a half North of Sydney. Although it is usually held over the last weekend in October, it can sometimes be as early as September.

 

WHY SHOULD MY GROUP ATTEND JTF Australia?

JTF Australia 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 JTF Australia?

Any school, after-school or community theatre group or academy that has done or is planning to do 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 JTF Australia on the Professional Development Track. Students must be part of a group.

 

IS THERE A ONE DAY PASS?

No, there is not a one day pass available. Everyone who attends the event must either pay the participation fee and attend with a group or pay the registration fee to attend on the Professional Development Track.

 

IS THERE AN AGE REQUIREMENT FOR PARTICIPATING STUDENTS?

Any student between the ages of 8 and 18 is welcome to attend and perform with a group.

 

WHAT SIZE IS A TYPICAL GROUP?

20-50 students. There is a minimum of 30 participants per group. This number includes students, chaperones, directors and any additional family and friends.

 

WHAT DOES A GROUP DO AT JTF Australia?

Groups perform a 15 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. But, as the event continues to grow we are looking at ways we can incorporate those of your students with a technical interest.

 

HOW DO I REGISTER?

We’re completely online! If you want to register a group, fill out the online registration page with your $350 non-refundable group registration fee. If you are registering on the Professional Development track and do not wish to bring a group, fill out the same registration with your $180 participation fee.

 

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED?

We accept payments through our online portal. You will recieve your own personal group portal link once you sign up. Under extenuating circumstances we will accept bank transfers. We do not accept cash or cheques.

 

WHEN DO I NEED TO REGISTER BY?

Registration opens for returning groups straight away after the previous year's event. New groups can register from mid February. Registration closes when all slots are full. 

 

I FILLED OUT MY REGISTRATION FORM. NOW WHAT?

Our event coordinator will review your registration and email you when you have been officially accepted into the festival. This typically takes 1 month from the time of receipt. If you are not accepted, it means the event is sold out or your information is not complete and your registration fee will not be processed.

 

AFTER I RECEIVE MY ACCEPTANCE, WHAT ELSE DO I HAVE TO DO?

You will receive a personal portal link where all of your groups forms need to be filled out by the due date. These forms and full participant payment are due two months prior to the event. We can not add extra participants to your group after the due date.

 

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 #JTFOz and handle @juniortheatrefestivalaustralia

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