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An American Classic...

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins JR. (Ages: 7-18) is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, and breathtaking dance numbers.

Set in 1910, young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she teaches family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Watch this short video from JPAS Director, Alise Robinson and learn about the “secret sauce” of what makes JPAS unique.

Before the magic happens on stage there are countless hours of planning and preparation from our creative team and young actors. Take a peek at our production from 2021 to see the true magic of JPAS and what your actor can be part of this spring. 

Discover the Magic

Everything is Possible

At JPAS we know that #eveythingispossible! This spring we are back in full swing with live performances and an audience! We cannot wait – in the meantime check out our previous shows!

Production Information

All Cast Auditions

Ages: 7 – 10

Sunday,  January 16
1:00 – 5:30 pm
Group Fitness Studio

Ages: 11-18

Monday,  January 17
4:30 – 8:30 pm
Zale Auditorium

All actors must completely fill out the audition form and bring three copies to auditions. Actors also need to bring three headshots (does not need to be professional quality)

All actors must fill out their measurement sheet for costumes and bring one copy with them to auditions.

Audition Preparation

Each actor please be prepared to sing the following:

“Jolly Holiday” measure 70 -95
and
 “A Spoon full of Sugar” measure 48 – 63

 Song choice does not indicate which role you’ll be cast. If/when printing the sheet music PDFs, make sure to check ‘fit to page’ before printing (this will ensure nothing is cut off). 

Open Casting Call Auditions - Search for Mary Poppins

Grades: 7 – 12 ONLY

Monday,  January 10
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Two actors will receive a scholarship of 50% off registration if selected to play Mary Poppins in our upcoming production of Mary Poppins, JR. Please be sure to check the rehearsal schedule to ensure that you don’t have any conflicts. If you need to select a specific cast, please advise at time of your audition.

Preparations:

  • In order to audition for this contest, you MUST to reserve your audition time slot.
  • All actors must fill out the audition form and bring a headshot (does not need to be professional quality)
  • All actors must fill out Measurement Form for Costumes.
  • Be prepared to perform the Mary Poppins monologue (This will be provided in November)
  • Be prepared to sing Feed the Birds, measure 40–71 and A Spoon Full of Sugar, measure 32-64
  • If/when printing the sheet music PDFs below, make sure to check ‘fit to page’ before printing (this will ensure nothing is cut off)

You do not need to register for the show to participate in the open casting call contest for Mary Poppins.
You just need to reserve your
audition slot for the Mary Poppins contest.
If you want to be cast in the show, regardless if you’re selected as one of our Mary Poppins, you must register before Wednesday, January 5th.
If selected as one of our Mary Poppins, you will receive a 50% off your registration and will be reimbursed accordingly

Audition Preparation

Each actor please be prepared to sing the following:

“Feed the Birds” measure 40 – 71
and
 “A Spoon full of Sugar” measure 32 – 64

 If/when printing the sheet music PDFs, make sure to check ‘fit to page’ before printing (this will ensure nothing is cut off). 

Tap & Audition Workshops

Set your child up for success! We go the extra mile to ensure your child shines on stage! Take our audition and tap workshops to sweep up your actor’s skills and build their confidence.

Get Poppin with Tap 101 Workshop

This tap workshop will be a great opportunity to get a foundation of the most popular tap steps. This class is great for anyone that wants to be in Mary Poppins or if you’ve always wanted to take a tap class, but weren’t sure if you would like it. We will learn a few steps and put them together in a short dance that you can perform for your friends.

Ages: 8+
Price: $115 Members | $145 Non Members
Dates: December 6,7, 13, and 14
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Artistic Staff: Skylar Duvall

Mary Poppins JR Audition Workshop

If you are planning to audition for this year’s JPAS Spring production of Mary Poppins, JR, this workshop is designed to help our actors be ready on audition day with confidence.  In this one-day workshop actors will discuss the back story of Mary Poppins JR and overarching themes, learn both audition songs, Spoon Full of Sugar and Jolly Holiday, and review choreography, the specific audition dance sequence for the big day.  Actors will also be able to meet some of the other actors and production team, learn how to work with an accompanist, sharpen vocal and audition techniques and so much more!  If you actor wants to get a leg up prior to auditions this audition workshop is for them!

Age:  7-18
Date: Sunday, January 9
Time:  2:00 – 5:00 pm
Price: $100 Members | $125 Non Members
Artistic Staff: Various Mary Poppins JR. Production Team Members

Rehearsal and Performance Schedule

Rehearsals begin Sunday, January 23

Actors are expected to be at all rehearsals. Tech week and performances are mandatory. 

Spoon Full Of Sugar Cast

WEEKLY REHEARSALS
Sundays, January 23 – March 27
1:30 – 5:30 pm

TECH WEEK
March 28, 29 and 30
4:30 – 8:30 pm

PERFORMANCE
Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Step in Time Cast

WEEKLY REHEARSALS
Sundays, January 23 – April 3
1:30 – 5:30 pm

TECH WEEK
April 4, 5 and 6
4:30 – 8:30 pm

PERFORMANCE
Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Pricing

Register by November 30th and save 10%!

Member Before December 1st  – $472.50 After December 1st – $535.00
Non Member Before December 1st  – $$535.50 After December 1st – $595.00

A message from our Directors

Dear Community,

Each year I try to articulate as best as possible what makes our program different from the others. I’ve landed here today.

Our performers get to work with the best theater professionals in DFW, teaching our actors singing, dancing, and acting. At JPAS, beyond the passion and heart, we as a staff share with our students, we incorporate personal development and mindfulness into our arts education program. No doubt, this has had a positive effect on our actors’ confidence and social and emotional development. Our staff leads with compassion and looks for opportunities to turn a “regular” moment into a “teaching” moment.

Mary Poppins, JR has various meaningful themes webbed throughout this iconic show. The story embraces empowering life lessons such as Everything is Possible, It’s All In the Way You Look at Things, and There is a Whole World at Your Feet.  These notable quotes resonates with so many of the fundamental beliefs we aim to instill in our actors.

During weekly rehearsals, we will address the various themes through conversation, meditation, and education. It will all artistically connect to the theatrical work our actors will learn: story and character-development, expressing emotions, telling a story through song and dance to name a few. By approaching the arts with this learning perspective, we bring our JPAS community together by encouraging our students to see life from new perspectives, to express themselves freely, and to learn from one another.

Best of all…being in JPAS is an experience your child we remember always.  It is more than just participating in a performance. You get to magic theater magic, create a theater family, and grow personally, socially, and emotionally.  I encourage you to sign your child up to be a part of this production. Please help spread the word and let’s let the world in on our special secret.

Shine Bright,

 

Alise Robinson
Director of J Performing Arts Space

Linda Leonard, Performance Director

Linda Leonard has directed at the JCC since 2000. She has been a professional director, choreographer, teacher, actor (AEA,SAG/AFTRA), singer, and dancer for over 45 years, here in the Metroplex and in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and abroad. Linda was in the Broadway national tour of Cats. Linda has directed or choreographed for WaterTower Theatre, Stage West, Circle Theatre, Echo Theatre, CitiRep, and Theatre Three to name a few in Dallas and Fort Worth. Linda was the Education Director for WaterTower Theatre (3 years), is a professor at KD Conservatory, and her credits include award-winning roles such as Ann Richards (Critics Forum and Column Awards) and Aurora in The Kiss of The Spiderwoman (Leon Rabin, Column and Critics Forum Awards). Linda also has numerous credits in film and television, and is represented by The Horne Agency in Dallas/LA, and directed a web series about autism, “Saving Hope”, which premiered in March of 2019. Linda is dedicated to the process of creativity, nurturing, and empowering young artists in every aspect of the arts. She resides in Dallas with her talented husband, actor Bill Jenkins. She is grateful to Alise Robinson for all her wonderful work with JPAS.

Bruce Coleman, Performance Director

Bruce R. Coleman is an award winning Theatre Artist making his home in the DFW area. Bruce has worked for many local companies including The Dallas Children’s Theatre, Uptown Players, The Junior Players, Upstart Productions, Our Productions, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Undermain, The Pocket Sandwhich Theatre, New Theatre Company, Shakespeare Dallas, Stage West, Circle Theatre, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park and Main Stage Irving Las Colinas. Bruce has also enjoyed a twenty year artistic relationship with Theatre Three in Dallas, where he began as an intern.

MANDATORY PARENT MEETING | SUNDAY, JANUARY 23
More information coming soon

Please join Alise Robinson, JPAS Director for an important parent meeting on the first day of rehearsals.

Covid-19 JPAS Procedures

  • Actors must wear masks at all times except when having a snack.
  • All Actors will need to complete our online screening form prior to each rehearsal.
  • Performers will need to bring a clearly labeled water bottle as we will not be using water fountains.
  • Please bring hand sanitizer as well, although we have sanitizer positioned throughout the building.
  • Our theater for live performances will have limited seating to ensure the safety of our guests and cast members.

The JCC will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic as well as updated orders from a local, state, or federal level.

  • Actors must wear masks at all times except when having a snack.
  • All Actors will have their temperature taken prior to entering the building.
  • All Actors will need to complete our online screening form prior to each rehearsal.
  • Performers  will need to bring a clearly labeled water bottle as we will not be using water fountains.
  • Please bring hand sanitizer as well, although we have sanitizer positioned throughout the building.
  • Class structure will be different than in the past – 12 (Max) actors per cast and per audition group.
  • There will be 4 casts.
  • Each cast will be its own pod. Pods will not intermix.
  • Each Actor will need to fill out a health screening form prior to entering the building.
  • Each Actor will have their temperature taken prior to entering the building.
  • A JCC Staff Member will be outside in front of the building starting at 1:05 pm and will stay outside until 1:25 pm when rehearsals begin.
  • Important: Please arrive prior to 1:20 pm to ensure rehearsals begin on time.
  • We ask that when you pull into the J, kindly drive past the park (the pretty green grassy area in the middle of the parking lot),  then take your first left into the parking lot right after the park, then another left to pull up in front of the main building.    .
  • Remain in your car.
  • Upon arrival, all parents or guardians need to complete our online screening form ahead of time on their phones and present the completed form to the JCC Staff member who will be outside in front of the building.
  • Here is the link: https://jccdallas.org/screen/
  • Please have your masks on in the car.
  • Your actor will then have their temperature taken. Only those will temperatures of 99.9 degrees and below will be allowed to participate in our programming.
  • Parents will not be allowed in the building
  • Parents will not be allowed in the building.
  • Performers will be waiting outside the front of the building at 5:30 pm for pick-up. Please use same drop off procedures for pick up.
  • Kindly arrive on-time.

Tickets Now on Sale!

Hakuna Cast

  • Thursday, March 26 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, March 29 at 2 & 6 pm

 

Creative Team

  • Producer: Alise Robinson
  • Director: Larry Borero
  • Music Director: Joseph Burnam
  • Choreographer: Rachel Smith
  • Costume Designer: Sakura Brunette

Matata Cast

  • Thursday, April 2 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, April 5 at 2 & 6 pm

 

Creative Team

  • Producer: Alise Robinson
  • Director: Linda Leonard
  • Assistant Director: Liz Carr
  • Music Director: Ian Mead Moore
  • Choreographer: Skylar Duvall
  • Costume Designer: Sakura Brunette

Pricing

  • Adult: $15
  • Child/senior: $12

Zale Auditorium
Aaron Family JCC
7900 Northaven Rd
Dallas, TX 75230

A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers
and the Walt Disney Film
Original Music and Lyrics by
Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by
Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by
Cameron Mackintosh
Adapted by iTheatrics under the supervision of
Timothy Allen McDonald

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins JR.
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.mtishows.com

Creative Team
JPAS Director, Alise Robinson
Performance Director, Linda Leonard
Music Director, Adam Wright
Choreographer, Skylar Duvall
Assistant Director, Liz Carr
Stage Manager, Osinachi Osuagwu

The Jungle Book KIDS
Music and Lyrics by
Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and Terry Gilkyson
Additional Lyrics by
Marcy Heisler
Book adapted by
Marcy Heisler
Music adapted by
Bryan Louiselle
Music arranged by
Bryan Louiselle
Into the Woods JR.
Book adapted by
James Lapine
Music and Lyric by
Stephen Sondheim
Based on classic fairy tales
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Weekly Rehearsal Schedule: All Casts

Sundays, January 10 – February 28
1:30 – 5:30 pm

Please note: Additional Rehearsal Date on Thursday, March 4th from 4:30 – 8:30 pm

Tech Rehearsal and Performance/Film Schedule
All tech rehearsals and performances for your actor’s cast are mandatory.

Jungle Book Kids Casts

MOWGLI CAST

TECH REHEARSAL
Sunday, March 7
1 – 5 pm

PERFORMANCE/FILM
Monday, March 8
4:30 – 7:30 pm

SHANTI CAST

TECH REHEARSAL
Sunday, March 7
5 – 9 pm

PERFORMANCE/FILM
Monday, March 8
6 – 9 pm

Into The Woods Jr. Casts

I WISH CAST

TECH REHEARSAL
Tuesday, March 9
4:30 – 8:30 pm

PERFORMANCE/FILM
Thursday, March 11
4:30 – 7:30 pm

HAPPILY EVER AFTER CAST

TECH REHEARSAL
Wednesday, March 10
4:30 – 8:30 pm

PERFORMANCE/FILM
Thursday, March 11
6 – 9 pm

This page will be updated weekly with song and video recaps from each rehearsal. Please share these resources with your actor each week so they can be ready for the next rehearsal.

You’re go-to document for everything you need to know about filing out the audition forms, the audition process, rehearsals, parent meeting, important dates, deadlines and so much more!

Support your performer and JPAS with a Playbill Ad

All proceeds help fund the JPAS program throughout the year, allowing us to be one of the preeminent youth performing arts programs in North Texas. This spring’s playbill will be an online version sent out to our community, displayed prominently on our production web page for 2 months. sponsors will also be recognized in promotional emails to the community.

WHY PLACE AN AD?

  1. It’s a great way to show your love and support for your child or friend in our online Playbill that you can send to everyone you know!
  2. Friends and family can still send their good wishes via an ad!
  3. Both small or large businesses can promote their companies to over 1,000 target

HOW TO BUY AN AD

  1. Click the button below to view sizes and prices then click the “Purchase a Playbill Ad” button to pay.
  2. After your ad is purchased, send an email to arobinson@jccdallas.org that includes what size ad you purchased along with your “note” and/or a high-res 300 DPI JPG (picture) you would like to use in the ad. Sending a picture is optional. You may also send your ad already designed as a high-res JPG or PDF. Otherwise, we will create your ad for you.
  3. MUST WRITE IN SUBJECT LINE – “actor’s name” followed by the word “AD” and what cast they are in (for example: Alise Robinson – AD – I Wish Cast).

ADS DUE BY WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27.

Every actor will need to submit a bio for the playbill. If it is not received by January 27, it will not be placed in the Playbill.

HOW TO WRITE A BIO:

  • The first sentence must read as follows:
    • Performer’s name, role, age, grade, and what school they attend, in that order.
  • Sample bio
    • Lindsey Fetter (Egg/Who/Fish/Circus Person) is 9 and is in 3rd grade at Parish Episcopal School. She has participated in past JPAS productions including The Little Mermaid JR. and Guys and Dolls JR. Lindsey also loves being on the JCC Gems gymnastics team and the Parish Heartbreakers soccer team. Her favorite musical is Annie. Lindsey would like to thank everyone who has helped to make Seussical JR. a terrific show! 

HOW TO SEND IN YOUR ACTOR’S BIO

  • Email the bio to arobinson@jccdallas.org no later than Wednesday, January 27. MUST WRITE IN THE SUBJECT LINE the “actor’s name,” followed by the word “BIO” and what cast they are in.
    •  Example of subject line: Alise Robinson – BIO – I Wish Cast

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$25 each

 

Please purchase before Tuesday, April 30 to reserve a copy.

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