J*Company's 2016-17 Season
Disney's Aladdin, Jr.
Performances: September 10 -25, 2016
Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, Disney's Aladdin Jr. is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. When the street urchin Aladdin vies for the attention of the beautiful princess Jasmine, he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more are here in Disney's Aladdin Jr., a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and the power of love.
Performances: January 13 - 29, 2017
The Wiz is a glorious musical retelling of Frank Baum's Wonderful Wizard of Oz. With an infectious funky soul score and energetic lyrics, The Wiz brought renewed relevance to a timeless classic. The 1975 Broadway production was like nothing Broadway had ever seen, and ultimately won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score with such hits as: "Ease On Down The Road", "Be A Lion", "Brand New Day", "If You Believe" and "Home". Come experience it again and for the first time.
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Jr.
Performances: March 10 - 26, 2017
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.
Ragtime, School Edition
Performances: May 12 - 21, 2017
Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctrow, Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream in its volatile "melting pot"; together, they discover the surprising interconnections of the human heart, the limitations of justice and the unsettling consequences when dreams are permanently deferred. Featuring many of the historical figures that built and shaped this time period, this musical sweeps across the diversity of the American experience to create a stirring epic that captures the beats of the American experience past and present.
It’s J*Company’s R.A.W. 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.
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.
Titanic, The Musical
Performance: June 23, 2016
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.
Once on This Island
Performances: May 13 - 22, 2016
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.
Performances: February 26 - March 13, 2016
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
Performances: January 15 - 31, 2016
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
Performances: October 16 - November 1, 2015
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
Reading #1 June 18th - 7:00 – 9:00pm
Reading #2 July 9th - 7:00 – 9:00pm
Reading #3 July 30th - 7:00 – 9:00pm
It’s J*Company’s R.A.W. Series!