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What is The Junior Theater Festival?

The Junior Theater Festival (JTF) is the world’s biggest and best celebration of young people performing musical theater. It takes place January 15-19, 2024.


JTF 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!


The Junior Theater Festival is sponsored by Playbill, Disney Musicals, and Music Theatre International.

For more information about JTF, click here

Where and when do rehearsals take place?

Rehearsals will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays 3:30-6:30 with additional rehearsals as we get closer to the festival. An official schedule will be released soon!

Location of rehearsals:

Kerri Smith Irish Dance Academy

108 Bright Street

Jersey City, NJ

How does the audition process work?

Students will be asked to submit an audition video where they will sing 30 seconds of a song from a musical and answer a few questions. We are looking for young performers with a positive attitude who have a passion for performing.

All audition videos will be due on August 25th and you will be notified via email of acceptance. We will then set up a parent meeting to walk you through the entire process and answer any additional questions you may have.


For more information on auditioning, click here.

How much is tuition?

Tuition for this program is $575 and is broken into 5 payments. Students will be responsible for participating in a fundraiser in addition to tuition. All travel expenses are additional.

Can parents attend JTF?

Yes! In fact attending the festival is encouraged. 

Can my child attend the festival if I do not attend?

CKP will assign a trained, experienced chaperone to your child (for an additional fee). The chaperone will be in contact with you the entire weekend keeping you up to date on all of the exciting things your child will be experiencing over the course of the trip.

How much are travel expenses?

Festival Tickets are $335 per person and are due October 1.


If you are traveling with your child, you must make your own flight arrangements.


If your child is traveling with a chaperone, an additional fee with your child's flight and chaperone expenses will be determined.

What if my child isn't accepted into the competition division?

No worries! Your child will have the opportunity to enroll in our teen actor's studio.The training they receive during this time will help prepare them for our spring show and potentially for the competition team next year.

I still have questions.  How can I contact you?

You can email us at We look forward to hearing from you!

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