Drama

JCC Drama School

AgesGrades K to Adult

Dramatic arts at the JCC provides a warm, kind, and caring environment for each and every child to thrive and build their self-esteem. We encourage imagination and creativity, bringing out the star within every child!

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The Dance and Dramatic Arts school is designed to develop talent and imagination while building confidence, self-image, and the joy of performing. We strive to inspire children, teaching students to appreciate drama as a form of communication and expression, whether they are aspiring performers or simply taking class for fun.

Our professionally trained staff follows a creative and progressive curriculum that allows students to hone their skills and grow as individuals with confidence and pride. We are proud to offer a dynamic and comprehensive theater program comprised of classes and performance opportunities for preschoolers through adults. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, the Dance and Dramatic Arts School has a class for you!

THEATRE PERFORMANCE COMPANIES:
KIDS AND YOUTH THEATRE

JCC Kids and Youth Theatre teaches acting and musical theater skills, with all students performing in a fully staged musical with sets, costumes, and lighting!  All students will be cast in the show!   Our performance companies offer children and teens the opportunity to shine in an environment of teamwork, with a focus on creativity and experiences that build self-confidence.  Extra rehearsals will be added leading up to the show.  Students in Kids and Youth Theatre will have an opportunity to take a Broadway workshop and see a Broadway show together! *additional fee for trip to NYC. 

Performances are open and welcome to the community! Tickets: $12 JCC Member/$16 Public general seating. Tickets may be purchased in the performances section of this page.

NEW! JCC Mini Theatre

Ages: Grades K-2

Have you been bitten by the theatre bug?  In this introductory performance workshop, young actors will get to experience the rehearsal process under the guidance of a director and choreographer! Students will learn scene into song group numbers from our Kids Theater musicals and get to perform them on stage with costumes and sets! This experience is designed to grow confidence and skills that are the building blocks of artistic success! 

Matilda Jr.
Tuesdays from 4:15-5:00 pm
Sept 17 – Dec 17, 2024
$525 / JCC Member
$625 / Public

Matilda Jr./Cats
Tuesdays from 4:15-5:00 pm
Sept 17 – Dec 17, 2024
$1,000 / JCC Member
$1,250 / Public

JCC Kids Theatre

Ages: Grades 2-5

MATILDA JR.

Rebellion is nigh in Matilda JR., a gleefully witty ode to the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the “revolting children” who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson.  Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence… and special powers!  Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda JR. is a joyous power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Placement auditions: 9/16 4:00-6:00 pm (registration must be complete by 9/15)
Performances: 12/15 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Fall Semester: Mon 9/16-12/16 4:30-5:45 pm $750/$900 (Matilda Jr.)
Full Year: Mon 9/16-4/28 4:30-5:45 pm $1,440/$1,725 (Cats Jr.)

*All Youth Theatre students are required to add a technique class (ie: musical theater, improv acting, power of expression or dance class) to further enhance the student’s skill in all aspects of musical theater performance.

JCC Youth Theatre

Ages: Grades 6-10

Participation in JCC Youth Theatre is by teacher recommendations only. 
Contact Jenna Mate at 201.408.1495 | jmate@jccotp.org for Youth Theatre requirements and details.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, JR.

A comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Placement auditions: 9/16 6:00-8:00 pm (registration must be complete by 9/15)
Performances: 1/12 at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Fall Semester: Mon 9/16-1/13 6:00-8:00 pm $750/$900 (The Addams Family)
Full Year: Mon 9/16-5/19 6:00-8:00 pm $1,440/$1,725 (The Music Man)

*All Youth Theatre students are required to add a technique class (ie: musical theater, improv acting, power of expression or dance class) to further enhance the student’s skill in all aspects of musical theater performance.

DRAMA CLASSES

Little Actors

Ages: Pre-School 4 Year Olds

In Little Actors, we stretch our imaginations and have cooperative fun!  Students act out short stories and engage in activities which encourage physical and vocal expressiveness.  Students build skills of confidence, communication, self-expression, language, listening, sharing and teamwork.

Thursdays from 3:30-4:15 pm
Sept 19 – Jan 16, 2025
$395 / JCC Member
$495 / Public

Thursdays from 3:30-4:15 pm
Sept 19 – Jun 5, 2025
$800 / JCC Member
$995 / Public

Musical Theatre

Students are given the opportunity to work on a variety of material from popular musical theater shows.  Students will learn and implement musical theater performance techniques through scenes and songs.  This class will further enhance the student’s skill in all aspects of musical theater performance.  The class will culminate in a small performance for families during class time.

Musical Theatre 1

Ages: Grades K-2

Wednesdays from 5:00-5:45 pm
Sept 18 – Jan 15, 2025
$395 / JCC Member
$495 / Public

Wednesdays from 5:00-5:45 pm
Sept 18 – Jun 4, 2025
$800 / JCC Member
$995 / Public

Musical Theatre 2

Ages: Grades 3-4

Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm
Sept 17 – Jan 14, 2025
$395 / JCC Member
$495 / Public

Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm
Sept 17 – May 27, 2025
$800 / JCC Member
$995 / Public

Musical Theatre 2/3

Ages: Grades 3-6

Mondays from 6:00-7:00 pm
Sept 16 – Jan 13, 2025
$395 / JCC Member
$495 / Public

Mondays from 6:00-7:00 pm
Sept 16 – May 19, 2025
$800 / JCC Member
$995 / Public

Musical Theatre 3

Ages: Grades 5-6

Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 pm
Sept 17 – Jan 14, 2025
$395 / JCC Member
$495 / Public

Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 pm
Sept 17 – May 27, 2025
$800 / JCC Member
$995 / Public

Musical Theatre 4

Ages: Grades 7-8

Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 pm
Sept 18 – Jan 15, 2025
$395 / JCC Member
$495 / Public

Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 pm
Sept 18 – Jun 4, 2025
$800 / JCC Member
$995 / Public

Adult Musical in Concert

A brand-new opportunity to showcase the amazing talents of adult artists in our community! Artists will experience a rehearsal process under the expertise of a director and musical director to develop a concert style musical. The performance will be held in the Eric Brown Theater with proceeds going to a meaningful charity. 

Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 pm
Sept 24 – Nov 12, 2024
$300 / JCC Member
$360 / Public

*Performances Sat 11/16 7:30pm, Sun 11/17 1pm

Improv Acting

Get ready to laugh, learn and grow!  In Improv Acting, students gain confidence, conquer shyness and learn new skills, while having fun!  Improvisation teaches us how to develop characters, stay present in the moment, through storytelling and self-expression, while feeling creative excitement and having a lot of laughs! Students enjoy learning theatre and improv activities, scene work, and monologue.  The class will culminate in a small performance for families during class time.

Improv Acting 1

Ages: Grades K-2

Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45 pm
Sept 18 – Jan 15, 2025
$395 / JCC Member
$495 / Public

Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45 pm
Sept 18 – Jun 4, 2025
$800 / JCC Member
$995 / Public

Improv Acting 2

Ages: Grades 3-4

Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 pm
Sept 19 – Jan 16, 2025
$395 / JCC Member
$495 / Public

Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 pm
Sept 9 – Jun 5, 2025
$800 / JCC Member
$995 / Public

Improv Acting 3

Ages: Grades 5-6

Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 pm
Sept 19 – Jan 16, 2025
$395 / JCC Member
$495 / Public 

Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 pm
Sept 9 – Jun 5, 2025
$800 / JCC Member
$995 / Public 

Improv Acting 4

Ages: Grades 7-8

Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm
Sept 19 – Jan 16, 2025
$395 / JCC Member
$495 / Public 

Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm
Sept 9 – Jun 5, 2025
$800 / JCC Member
$995 / Public 

Teen Acting

Ages: Grades 5-8

Teen Acting is for creative students looking to develop their acting skills. This class will focus on acting technique through acting exercises, ensemble work, monologues, and scene work. Students will use self-exploration to expand their performance ranges and take on more challenging roles with confidence.  Students will learn to make their characters more believable and bring real feelings to their performances.  The class will culminate in a small performance for families during class time.

Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 pm
Sept 18 – Jan 15, 2025
$395 / JCC Member
$495 / Public

Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 pm
Sept 18 – Jun 4, 2025
$800 / JCC Member
$995 / Public

The Power of Expression

Ages: Grades 7-12

Your voice matters. In a safe and inviting space, students will learn how to express thoughts and feelings through creative outlets such as monologues, scenes or songs. The instructor, along with a Social Work intern will provide a process for feelings to be shared and then transformed into pieces of performance art. Students will have the option to share these pieces with an audience. 

Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 pm
Sept 17 – Jan 14, 2025
$395 / JCC Member
$495 / Public

Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 pm
Sept 17 – May 27, 2025
$800 / JCC Member
$995 / Public

Performance Master Series

Ages: Grades 9-12

Are you looking for the next step in your artistic development? The Masters Series will provide Teens with an unparalleled experience! In this advanced level course, students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of teaching artists in different disciplines including Voice, Acting, Movement, Writing, Entertainment Business, and more! 

Sundays from 12:30-2:00 pm
Sept 15 – Jan 12, 2025
$535 / JCC Member
$665 / Public

Sundays from 12:30-2:00 pm
Sept 15 – Jun 1, 2025
$1,080 / JCC Member
$1,345 / Public

Adult Classes

Adult Play Reading

Delve into masterful works and try on different characters in this thought-provoking class. Students will read aloud plays of varying genres followed by interesting discussions. Topics of discussion may include themes, character analysis, and experiencing the world of each play. 

Wednesdays from 8:00-9:00 pm
Oct 15 – Dec 18, 2024
$105 / JCC Member
$126 / Public

Thursdays from 11:00-12:00 pm
Oct 31 – Dec 19, 2024
$105 / JCC Member
$126 / Public

Adult Improv Acting

Get ready to let loose! Learn and build your ability to respond to the unexpected. Mental Agility!  In Improv everyone will gain confidence, conquer shyness and learn new valuable skills, unleash humor, while seriously having fun!  Improvisation teaches us how to create NOW…on the spot. Live through storytelling and self-expression, while feeling creative excitement and having a lot of laughs! Students enjoy learning theatre and improv activities, scene work, and monologue. 

Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 pm
Oct 31 – Jan 16, 2025
$150 / JCC Member
$180 / Public

Private Dance, Voice and Acting Lessons

Available to students enrolled in dance dramatic arts classes
Ages: 5-Adult

Dance: Private dance is for students who are passionate about dancing and inspired to excel in their art. It is an extension of a child’s initial dance training.

Voice: Vocal training is tailor-made to each individual singer’s needs and goals. Learn the proper vocal technique to increase vocal range and strength, create a beautiful tone and maintain a healthy voice.

Acting: For serious young actors to work on audition monologues or for scenes for films, plays and TV series.

1 hour lesson: $83/$100
45-minute lesson: $70/$84
30-minute lesson: $55/$67

For more information about private lessons, please contact Jenna Mate at jmate@jccotp.org | 201.408.1495

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