The deadline to register for the Junior Thespian Festival is October 31!

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) has partnered with iTheatrics, which runs a successful Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. The two organizations will jointly conduct JTF West, a new theatre festival for middle school students, at the Sacramento Convention Center from February 10-12, 2017.


The new event will begin with a day of activities exclusively for Junior Thespian Troupes. They will participate in Junior Individual Events (I.E.s), workshops, and other Thespian-only activities. Friday evening will culminate with the showcase of the top I.E. participants and will be open to the all JTF attendees. Additionally, all student groups will have the opportunity to present 15 minutes from a musical in Music Theatre International’s Broadway Junior library of titles for adjudication by a panel of leaders in education and theater. They will receive feedback on their connection to the material, storytelling, movement, music, acting and ensemble work.


Key information:

Dates: Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12, 2017.
Location: The Sacramento Convention Center Ballroom and Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA.
Registration: Pre-register your troupe here
Cost: Active Junior Thespian troupes get three days for the price of two, plus any applicable I.E. fees.

*To receive Thespian discounts, you must register here and be an active Thespian troupe. 

Fees do not include additional meals, transportation, or lodging. 

Each festival attendee, including directors, students, chaperones, and parents, must be registered as part of a group. Every attendee is required to pay the per person participation fee. Participation fees are due by October 31, 2016. After that date, participation fees increase to $250 per person. Individuals will be unable to register at sign-in at the beginning of the festival. Day passes are not available.

Tentative Junior Thespian Day schedule:

Thursday, February 9
7:00pm Registration open (Memorial Auditorium)

Friday, February 10
7:00am Registration open (Memorial Auditorium)
8:00am Opening and welcome (Memorial Auditorium)
9:00am Students walk to Convention Center
9:30am Group A: Individual Events
Group B: Tech Challenge
11:00am Group A: Tech Challenge
Group B: Individual Events
12:30pm Lunch
2:00pm Workshops
5:00pm Dinner on your own
7:00pm Individual Events showcase (Memorial Auditorium)
8:30pm Conclusion of exclusive Junior Thespian Day
JTF West teacher welcome (Memorial Auditorium)


Need more information?

Check out videos from the 2015 Junior Theater Festival, or find answers to frequently asked questions.