J*Company's 2016-17 Season
Disney's Aladdin, Jr.
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Jr.
Ragtime: School Edition
It’s J*Company’s R.A.W. Series!
TITANIC – THE MUSICAL
Titanic, tells the real stories of the people on board the legendary steamer and the men who got them there. Spanning all classes, Titanic captures the stories from the whole range of humanity aboard the ship: from the poorest passengers, who scraped together their life savings to purchase third-class tickets to America, to some of the wealthiest men of the Victorian age, including John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim. Full of memorable characters and soaring music Titanic is a powerful, complex look at the making of a tragedy.
Wait & See!
In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and drought (sound familiar?) has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. After too long under the heel of this company, the poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like.” A brilliant satire modeled off the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Urinetown is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp.
RAW Compass Night - HAIR
Hair tells the story of Vietnam-era youths awkwardly but exuberantly creating their own rite of passage through the confusion around them. Among them are Claude and Berger; a pair of friends battling against Claude's draft notice, and Sheila, who is in love with both of them. With themes of alienation and civil disobedience Hair illustrates the '60s generation's search for meaning through various "be-ins," "love-ins" and protests. Presented with families in mind this important re-telling brings the pathos and heart without the over-the-top vulgarity associated with its Broadway production.
Once on This Island
From the TONY Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (My Favorite Year, Seussical, Ragtime) comes the Olivier Award-winning Once On This Island. This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid garnered eight TONY nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. Celebrate storytelling with this rousing Calypso-flavored tale of one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice.
Ever wondered what happened the day after "Tomorrow"? The world's favorite (former) orphan returns to the stage for the fun-filled follow-up musical Annie Warbucks. All the ingredients that made the original production an international smash hit are back, with an old-fashioned romance thrown in for good measure. The Tony-winning creative team of Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin treat you and your family to a second helping of laughs and unforgettable songs. See what kinds of shenanigans the charming little redhead gets into this time around when the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture brings Annie Warbucks to La Jolla's David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre.
Seussical, Jr. the Musical
Seussical, Jr. is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! TONY winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (My Favorite Year, Once On This Island and Ragtime) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Seussical, Jr. is fun for the whole family!
Disney's Mary Poppins
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins received 7 TONY Awards. With its irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."
J*Company's Summer 2015 Programming
BIGGER, BOLDER, FASTER
It’s J*Company’s RAW Series!
J*Company Youth Theatre’s R.A.W. Series celebrates exciting works of theatre: edgy, mysterious, and important. Designed to introduce young artists to the fast pitch pace of professional musical theatre, this readings & workshop series will keep you on your toes as we create engaging characters from scratch and on the fly by putting up a full length musical reading together in 4 days, rehearsing in the evening from 4:00 – 8:00pm. On day 5, our cast, supported by professional directors and musicians, takes the stage with books in hand, ready to rock. J*Company artists and audiences alike will be dazzled by this whole new level of athleticism and dynamic storytelling.
Reading #1 June 18, 2015 - 7:00 – 9:00pm
Reading #2 July 9, 2015 - 7:00 – 9:00pm
Reading #3 July 30, 2015 - 7:00 – 9:00pm
West Side Story
May 8 – 17, 2015
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. Don’t miss one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time featuring the classic score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, widely regarded as one of the best ever written. This production is performed with a full live orchestra to bring the masterful music to life.
March 6 – 22, 2015
Annie Jr. tells the rags-to-riches Depression-era story of a spunky orphan who, unlike the other children at Miss Hannigan's miserable orphanage, believes that her parents are alive and will return to claim her. When billionaire Oliver Warbucks offers to adopt her, she asks him to help find her real parents instead. Warbucks' whopping reward for Annie's parents attracts the attention of con artists Rooster, Lily, and the wicked Miss Hannigan, who hatch a plot to kidnap Annie and take the $50,000 reward. But don't fret: this classic family musical has a happy ending for Annie, Daddy Warbucks, and the whole gang.
The Pirates of Penzance
January 16 – 25, 2015
Erroneously apprenticed to a band of pirates, morally-centered young Frederick serves them to the best of his abilities. Upon release on his twenty-first birthday, he decides to strike off on his own and become an upstanding citizen – which may even mean bringing the pirates to justice. But soon he meets Mabel and they fall in love. Everything seems perfect until Frederick discovers that he was born on February 29, and technically only has a birthday on a leap year. Will his sense of duty and honor force him to leave Mabel and serve the pirates for another sixty-three years, until he officially turns twenty-one?
Disney's Peter Pan
October 24 – November 9, 2014
Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John, in the nursery they share. When their father declares that it's time she grow up and move into her own room, the hero of their stories, Peter Pan, comes to whisk the children away to the enchanted world of Never Land. Following Peter and his feisty sidekick Tinker Bell, the children's fanciful adventure takes them to an island where they meet the rambunctious Lost Boys, swashbuckling pirates, and the infamous Captain Hook!