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Fall Conservatory 2023:  Auditions July 22

Traveling to Junior Theatre Festival with James and the Giant Peach, Jr


Atend the Virtual Info Session!

Sunday, July 9 @ 5pm. Link will be emailed prior to call.

This year, Stageworks is excited to take our Conservatory fall production to participate in the Junior Theatre Festival held in Atlanta, Georgia, January 11 - 15, 2024.  


Ages: 10 -18

Auditions: Sat, July 22, 10am-4pm (auditionees will register for a 90 minute time slot) 

Classes/Rehearsals: September 18 - November 17 Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm-8:30pm and Saturdays noon-4pm. Additional rehearsals will be called for tech the week of November 13. JTF rehearsals will occur Jan 2-10, 2024. 

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Performances: November 17-19, 2023 (4 performances) 

Tuition: $1,995 - includes class registration, festival fees, hotel, t-shirts and five meals at the Junior Theatre Festival. Payments are made in 3 installments of $665 due on July 31, Sep 18, and November 17. Parents and students are encouraged to participate in JTF fundraising activities which we sill structure to reduce the cost of the final payment. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Students are responsible for travel to Atlanta, Georgia. 



Stageworks Acting Academy's Fall Conservatory elevates students to a new level of in-depth training. Students selected for this program will work with Stageworks teaching artists and theatre professionals to hone their craft through audition training, scene study, and dance. These skills will be put to the test in a fully produced weekend run of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR on the Fischer Studio stage. Additionally, the Fall Conservatory will travel to Atlanta, Georgia over Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend (January 11-15, 2024) to perform and compete at the Junior Theatre Festival (JTF). 



Admission to the Fall Conservatory is by audition only. Hopeful students are asked to prepare two contrasting one minute song excerpts from the musical theatre (example: one fast song, one slow song). Roles will be assigned in the fall when classes begin following a robust workshop of audition training.  


Click here to register for an audition slot



Regular attendance of all classes and rehearsals is mandatory. Students are limited to TWO scheduled conflicts only.  



JTF is the world’s biggest and best celebration of young people performing musical theatre. The festival brings together student musical theater troupes from all over the world for a weekend of musical theater mayhem and madness. Each troupe performs fifteen minutes from a Broadway Junior®️ show for adjudication by a panel of musical theater experts. The weekend also features professional development for teachers, workshops for students and parents, a New Works Showcase featuring new musical adaptations soon to be released and concludes with a grand finale concert headlined by Broadway’s best! 



Have questions? Check out the FAQ section below! Can’t find the answer? Attend our information session which will be held virtually on Sunday, July 9 at 5pm. Please RSVP here. A link to the session will be emailed the day before.  


Can a student participate in James and the Giant Peach and not go to JTF? 

No, all students are required to participate in both the production and the festival. 


Can parents attend? 

Parents will have the opportunity to sign up to be chaperones. The chaperone fee is $1,225 and covers festival registration, five meals, t-shirts, and hotel. Additional non-chaperone parents may attend but will be responsible for festival fees ($334) and hotel accommodations. We have a limited block of rooms reserved for additional guests. 

How many chaperones will there be? 

The festival requires one chaperone for every four students. Stageworks will follow this minimum and recruit two additional chaperones for additional support. 

How much spending money is required? 

No meals will be provided on travel days (Thursday, January 11 and Monday, January 15). The hotel includes hot breakfast every morning. The only other meal not included will be lunch on Friday, and students will have the option to order in or field trip to the food court at the mall (walking distance). Other than these meals, the other expenses would be souvenirs if you choose. There is a great Broadway pop-up store at the festival that has an assortment of posters, apparel, CDs, magnets, etc. Items range anywhere from $5 to over $50.   


Where will students be staying? 

Students will be staying at the Sheraton Suites Cobb Galleria. The festival takes place in the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center, located across a skybridge from the Sheraton. Students will room 3-4 students per suite and each room will have an assigned chaperone staying in a room nearby. 

How should I get my student to Atlanta?

Flying may be the best option for older students, especially if they can travel together on the same flight. Parents are encouraged to coordinate with one another. Parents of younger students are encouraged to sign up as chaperones or attend on their own with their child (note students will be required to stay in their assigned hotel rooms and cannot room with a parent unless accommodations are at the Sheraton Suites). Many chaperones may elect to drive to Atlanta (approximately 12-13 hours). In this case caravanning together may be a great option. Again, parents are encouraged to coordinate with one another.  

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