Join Your Tribe At JPAS!

Celebrate the Circle of Life in a timeless story of courage, friendship, and destiny.  Come act, sing, and dance through the African savannah with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.  The Lion King JR. will sweep audiences off their feet in this epic adventure. This musical has so many amazing opportunities for actors of all skill levels to shine on stage! 

Online tickets sales for April 11th and April 14th performances will no longer be available after 9 am. on April 10th.
Tickets will still be available at the door! 

“JPAS is something special and is really one-of-a-kind! They create this immersive experience for every child that participates and every child knows that their role is really important…From the meditation to all the team building, they really do a phenomenal job in making everyone feel included and valued. That is why we come back year after year.” – Brandy Treadway, JPAS Parent 2015-2023.

Hear what other parents and children have to say about the JPAS Experience!

Everything is Possible

At JPAS we know that #eveythingispossible! This spring we were back in full swing with live performances and an audience! We cannot wait for Spring 2023! Coming soon Fall Classes. Check back for more info!

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Performance Video

Please purchase by April 17 to receive a copy. 

Ticket Sales

⭐️ Pricing: ⭐️

Adult: $18 | Door: $22
Child/Senior: $12 | Door: $15

⭐️ Performance Dates: ⭐️

Thursday, April 4 at 7 pm.
Sunday, April 7 at 2 pm. & 6 pm.
Thursday, April 11 at 7 pm.
Sunday, April 14 at 2 pm. & 6 pm.

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

Online tickets sales for April 11th and April 14th performances will no longer be available after 9 am. on April 10th.
Tickets will still be available at the door! 

Production Information

Ages: 7 – 10

Sunday,  January 14
1:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: Group Fitness Studio

Ages: 11-18

Sunday,  January 21
1 – 5:30 pm
Location: Group Fitness Studio

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) and have them paper clipped to each audition form.

All actors must bring one copy of their measurement sheet completely filled out to auditions.

Audition Preparation

Each actor please be prepared to sing all of the following songs:

“Circle of Life” measure 25-48,
track timing 1:11-2:15 

Click here to view the Sheet Music

MP3 – Sing Along Track

MP3 – Performance Track

“I Just Can’t Wait to be King” measure 10-33,
track timing 0:11-0:40 

Click here to view the sheet music

MP3 – Sing Along Track

MP3 – Performance Track

 “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” measure 2-11.
track timing 0:00-0:28

Click here to view the sheet music

MP3 – Sing Along Track

MP3 – Performance Track

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). 

Search for Mufusa! Open Casting Call Contest for Male youth grades 7-12th. Two actors will receive a scholarship, 50% off registration, if selected to play Mufasa.  Auditions for Mufasa are Sunday, January 14 beginning at 10 am  Click this link to reserve your audition time.

 If selected as one of our Mufasas, you will receive 50% off your registration and will be reimbursed accordingly.

Audition Preparation

  • In order to audition for this contest, you MUST to reserve your audition time slot.
  • 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) to auditions. 
  • All actors must completely fill out Measurement Form for costumes and bring one copy to auditions.
  • Actors can act out the Mufusa monologue with the script in hand. It does not need to be memorized. If they want to try to do so, great. However, we are focusing on whether our Mufusa actor can tell and act out the story with imagination and presence. Click here to download the monologue.
  • Each actor must be prepared to sing “Circle of Life” measure 25-48, track timing 1:11-2:15.  

 “Circle of Life” measure 25-48, track timing 1:11-2:15

Click here to view the sheet music

MP3 – Sing Along Track

MP3 – Performance Track

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

Leads will be asked to attend two additional weekly rehearsals. Dates and Times: TBD

Actors are expected to attend all rehearsals and any “must have” conflicts must be listed on the audition form.
Please refer to the casting, audition, rehearsals roadmap for details.

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


All Cast Rehearsals

Sunday, January 28 – Sunday, April 7
1:30 – 5:30 PM

Pride Rock Cast

April 1, 2, 3

April 4 and 7

Hakuna Matata Cast

April 8, 9, 10

April 11 and April 14

If you are planning to audition for JPAS’ Spring production, get a leg up and sign up for this one-day workshop!  Discuss the backstory and overarching themes of The Lion King JR, and learn this year’s audition songs/cuts for “Circle of Life”,  “Just Can’t-Wait to Be King”, and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”.   Learn how to work with an accompanist, master how to tell a story through song, sharpen your vocal and audition techniques, and work with our show’s choreographer to learn the audition sequence so you can walk into this audition with confidence!  Also, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet or reacquaint yourself and spend quality time with your future cast members. 


Ages: 7-18
When: Thursday, January 11
Time: 4:30-7:30 pm
Price: $125 Member | $156 Non-members
Artistic Staff: Various The Lion King, JR. Production Team Members

Please join me for an important parent meeting on the first day of rehearsals.
 Our meeting will start promptly at 4:45 pm in the Fruhman A Room.
Official pick-up is at 5:30 pm.

Please check here each week to share these resources with your actor so they can be ready for the next rehearsal.

Every actor will need to submit a bio for the playbill. If it is not received by February 14th it will not be placed in the Playbill.


  • 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! 


  • Use the corresponding buttons below to send no later than Wednesday, February 14.

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. 


  1. It’s a great way to show your love and support for your child or friend!
  2. Friends and family who can’t attend can still send their good wishes!
  3. Both small or large businesses can promote their companies to over 1,000 target audience members (mostly men and women 35 – 55 years old with children).


  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, please use the button below to fill out the Playbill ad form. It will ask for 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.



Adult: $18
Child/senior: $12

Door Pricing:
$22 Adult
$15 Senior/Child

Performance Dates

Thursday, April 4 at 7 pm.
Sunday, April 7 at 2 pm. & 6 pm.
Thursday, April 11 at 7 pm.
Sunday, April 14 at 2 pm. & 6 pm.


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

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

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

March 28, 29 and 30
4:30 – 8:30 pm

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

Step in Time Cast

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

April 4, 5 and 6
4:30 – 8:30 pm

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

Actor Bios


A message from our Directors

Dear Community,

I am thrilled to share with you what truly sets JPAS apart from all other programs. Every year, I seek to capture the essence of our unique offering, and today, I can confidently say, we’ve found it.

JPAS is not just about teaching young performers the arts of singing, dancing, and acting, although we are privileged to work with some of the finest theater professionals in the DFW area. What makes JPAS truly extraordinary is our unwavering commitment to weaving mindful moments and a personalized approach into our curriculum. We foster a theater community where every child not only learns but is genuinely seen, heard, and loved. This exceptional approach significantly boosts our actors’ confidence and nurtures their social and emotional development. Our dedicated staff constantly seizes every opportunity to transform ordinary moments into profound teaching experiences.

Our upcoming production of “The Lion King JR.,” a Tony award-winning masterpiece, brims with meaningful themes that resonate deeply with our core beliefs. It imparts life lessons that underscore the importance of growing strong through adversity, cherishing the bonds of community, family, and friendship, and instilling values of resilience and accountability in thoughts, words, and actions.

Throughout our weekly rehearsals, we will actively explore these themes through thought-provoking discussions, meditation, and education. These dialogues will seamlessly integrate with the artistic skills your children will acquire, such as the subtleties of story and character development, the authentic expression of emotions, and the art of telling stories through song and dance, among others.

With this all-encompassing perspective, we aim to forge an unbreakable bond within our JPAS community. We wholeheartedly encourage our students to view life from fresh, enlightening angles, to express themselves unreservedly, and to learn profoundly from one another.

Being a part of JPAS is not just about participating in a performance; it is an incredibly enriching experience and a thoughtfully designed journey that imparts stage and life skills. These skills will resonate and guide your child’s “circle of life” indefinitely.

I wholeheartedly urge you to enroll your child in this remarkable production. And if you could, please help us extend the reach of JPAS by sharing our mission with others. Let’s open our special secret to the world and invite them into our exceptional community.

Together, let’s make JPAS an experience that will resonate profoundly in your child’s heart, a journey that will leave an indelible mark. Thank you for being a cherished part of our extraordinary community.

Shine Bright,


Alise Robinson
Director of J Performing Arts Space

Linda Leonard, Performance Director

Linda Leonard (Performance Director) 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 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 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, 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.

Skylar Duvall, Performance Director

Skylar Duvall began teaching dance in 2009 and joined the JPAS family in 2017. She is a graduate of KD Conservatory’s Musical Theatre Program and is currently pursuing a degree in education. She made her directorial debut with Matilda the Musical JR at the JCC in Spring 2023. She is known for her work as a choreographer for High School Musical JR. (2022), Mary Poppins JR. (2022), Into the Woods JR. (2021), Jungle Book JR. (2021), Nunsense the Musical (2021), The Wizard of Oz JR. (2019), 100 Years of Broadway (2019), Shrek JR. (2018), as well as co-directing and choreographing many Broadway Revues for JPAS. In addition, she also performs on a competitive hip-hop dance team called Bangerz Dance Co and has participated in many live performances as well as music video projects. Her passion for dance and theatre is matched by her passion to give children the space to grow and discover more about themselves and the world around them

Sunday, January 22 at 4:30 pm

 Music and Lyrics by

Additional Music and Lyrics by

Book by

Based on the Broadway production directed by
Julie Taymor

Disney’s The Lion King JR.

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


Music Adapted & Arranged and Additional Music & Lyrics and
“Luau Hawaiian Treat” written by Will Van Dyke
“It’s a Small World” written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Creative Team
JPAS Director and Producer, Alise Robinson
Performance Directors, Linda Leonard & Skylar Duvall
Music Directors, Katie Anderson & Jimmy Emery
Choreographer, Amy Cave
Stage Managers, Liz Carr & Penny Richards
Costume Designer, Susan Yanofsky
Costume Design Specialty Items, Sakura Brunette

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