“Somewhere Inside all of us is the Power to Change the World” - Matilda

Join the revolt in this Broadway Junior adaptation of the Tony Award-winning hit! Rebellion is nigh in Matilda JR., a gleefully witty ode to the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires.

Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda JR. is a joyous kids power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

“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 2015-2022.

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!

Ages: 11-18

Sunday,  January 8
1 – 5:30 pm
Group Fitness Studio

Ages: 7 – 10

Sunday,  January 15
1:00 – 5:30 pm
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 both of the following songs:

 “Miracle” measure 64-79
(sing the top line, marked “kids”) (track: 1:40-2:12)

Click here to view the Sheet Music

MP3 – Sing Along Track

MP3 – Performance Track

“When I Grow Up” measure 27-46
(track: 0:40-1:13)

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). 

Two actors will receive a scholarship, 50% off registration, if selected to play Matilda.  Auditions for Matilda are Sunday, January 8 beginning at 10 am. Click this link to reserve your audition time.

Audition Preparation

  • 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) to auditions.
  • All actors must completely fill out Measurement Form for costumes and bring one copy to auditions.
  • Be prepared to perform the Matilda monologue (This will be provided in November/December)

If you want to be cast in the show, regardless if you’re selected for the program as one of our Matilda’s, you must register before Wednesday, January 5th.
If selected as one of our Matilda, you will receive a 50% off your registration and will be reimbursed accordingly

Each actor please be prepared to sing each the following songs:


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

Discuss the backstory and overarching themes of the “Matilda JR,” learn this year’s audition songs “Miracle” and “When I Grow Up”  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 shows 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 5
Time: 4:30-7:30 pm
Price: $100 Member | $125 Non-members
Artistic Staff: Various Matilda 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.

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.


A Little Bit Naughty Cast

March 20, 21, 22
4:30 – 8:30 pm

March 23 at 7:00 pm
March 26 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm

When I Grow Up Cast

March 27, 28, 29
4:30 -8:30 pm

March 30 at 7:00 pm
April 2 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm

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

Tickets Now on Sale!

Production Information

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

Ticket Pricing


Adult: $18
Child/senior: $12

Door Pricing:
$22 Adult
$15 Senior/Child


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

Our Mary Poppins JR performance on April 10th at 2pm is SOLD OUT.
Tickets will now only be available at the door for performances on Thursday April 7 at 7pm and April 10th at 6pm.
Don’t miss this show!!

Actor Bios

Every actor will need to submit a bio for the playbill. If it is not received by February 9th 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! 


  • Email the bio to arobinson@jccdallas.org no later than Wednesday, February 9. 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 – Step in Time Cast


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 – 60 years old with children).


  1. Click the button below to view sizes and prices then click the “Purchase a Playbill Ad” button to pay.SFS = Spoon Full of Sugar Cast      SIT = Step in Time Cast
  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 – Spoon Full of Sugar Cast).


Please note: SFS = Spoon Full of Sugar Cast and SIT = Step in Time Cast

A message from our Directors

Dear Community,

Every year I attempt to articulate what makes the J Performing Arts Space (JPAS) different from other programs. This year I want to share a personal experience. A dear family member, 11 years old, has ADHD and struggles with making and keeping friends, along with staying in a positive mindset and desperately needs community. Sound familiar? She was considering trying out for the musical at her private school in Miami. I of course was thrilled, and I shared with her and her mother the power of theater. How it builds confidence, teamwork, literacy, communication, empathy, imagination, self-discipline and public speaking, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

So, I eagerly took a deeper look at the opportunity her school offers and began to research additional programs that maybe, just maybe could help her and my family. After researching the possibilities, I realized even more how unique and important our JPAS program is for our community. I wished with a passion she lived in Dallas because I know JPAS is exactly what she needs. While the power of theater has the possibility to impact youth’s lives in many ways it is the special sauce of JPAS that enables children to feel seen, heard, accepted, and empowered to be their best self.

See, JPAS is set in a nurturing, safe, inspiring, non-competitive environment. What additionally sets us apart greatly from other theater and youth programs is the personal approach our talented, caring staff offer to our students. We understand that many children today are facing mental health challenges. According to a report published by the Texas Commission of the Arts in 2021, the arts can reduce the risk of depression by 32% and increase overall health and well-being. By offering mindfulness-based performing arts programming, we can meet the social, emotional, and mental needs of our children. JPAS is designed to ignite artistic expression through performing arts and teach children the importance of self-love, kindness, and gratitude by creating an empowerment and personal development toolbox that builds confidence and 21st century life skills. And, let’s not forget the theater magic or the theater family you experience at JPAS!

I encourage you to sign your child up to be a part of our production and our community. I wish my sweet family member could. There are few programs like ours out there and it would be an honor to have the opportunity to make a difference in your child’s life.


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.

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 is making her directorial debut with Matilda Jr. 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 and performing around DFW as an ensemble member and professional dancer. She has dedicated herself to enriching kids’ lives in and out of the classroom.
A note from Skylar: 
I am so thrilled to be taking on this new challenge. I’m very passionate about my growth and the growth of these kids. Thank you for sharing in this amazing experience with me.



Sunday, January 22 at 4:30 pm

Book by
Dennis Kelly
Music and Lyrics by
Tim Minchin
Orchestrations and Additional Music by
Chris Nightingale
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical JR.
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Creative Team
JPAS Director and Producer, Alise Robinson
Performance Directors, Linda Leonard & Skylar Duvall
Music Directors, Kelley Poche Rodriguez & Jimmy Emery
Choreographer, Rachel Smith
Dance Captain, Logan Beutel
Stage Managers, Liz Carr & Megan Muscato
Costume Design, Bruce Coleman

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