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!

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!




JCC Kids and Youth Theatre teach acting and musical theater skills, with all students performing one show in the Winter and one in the Spring.  All who register will audition and be cast!   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.  Our productions are fully staged with sets, costumes, and lighting.  Please know a few extra rehearsals will be added leading up to the show. Performances are open and welcome to the community! Tickets: $10 Member/$15 Public general seating. Purchase tickets below.

New this year! Students in Kids and Youth Theatre will have an optional opportunity to visit NYC to take a Broadway workshop and see a Broadway show together.  Additional fee to be determined.  More details to come in early Fall.


Grades 1-5


The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie.

Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.

Placement auditions: 9/12 4-6pm (registration must be complete by 9/11)

Performances: 12/18 at 10:30am and 1pm

Fall Semester: Mon 9/12-12/19 4:30-5:45pm $730/$875 (one musical)
Full Year: Mon 9/12-5/1 4:30-5:45pm $1,400/$1,600 (two different musicals)


Grades 6-10


Disney’s Newsies JR. is inspired by the rousing true story of newsboys in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies JR. features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.

When powerful newspaper publishers raise prices at the newsboys’ expense, the charismatic Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger united and create a movement to fight for what’s right.

Placement auditions: 9/12 6-8pm (registration must be complete by 9/11)

Performances: 1/8 at 1pm & 4pm

Fall Semester: Mon 9/12-1/9 6:00-8:00pm $730/$875 (one musical)
Full Year: Mon 9/12-5/22 6:00-8:00pm $1,400/$1,600 (two different musicals)


Little Actors

Pre-School 4’s

In Little Actors, we stretch our imaginations and have cooperative fun with Miss Allyson.  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.

Thu 9/15-1/19 3:30-4:15pm $385/$480
Thu 9/15-6/8 3:30-4:15pm $775/$965

Acting and Improv

Get ready to laugh, learn and grow!  In Acting and Improv, students gain confidence, conquer shyness and learn skills, while having fun!  Improvisation teaches us how to develop characters, through storytelling and self-expression, while feeling creative excitement and having a lot of laughs! Students enjoy theatre and improv activities, scene work, and monologue each class! 

Acting and Improv 1

Grades K-2

Wed 9/14-1/18 4:00-4:45pm $385/$480
Wed 9/14-6/7 4:00-4:45pm $775/$965

Acting and Improv 2

Grades 3-4

Thu 9/15-1/19 4:30-5:30pm $385/$480
Thu 9/15-6/8 4:30-5:30pm $775/$965

Acting and Improv 3

Grades 5-6

Thu 9/15-1/19 5:30-6:30pm $385/$480
Thu 9/15-6/8 5:30-6:30pm $775/$965

Acting and Improv 4

Grades 7-8

Thu 9/15-1/19 6:30-7:30pm $385/$480
Thu 9/15-6/8 6:30-7:30pm $775/$965

Acting in Plays

Grades 6-10

This exciting workshop is for creative young students who want to perform in comedic and dramatic plays.  Students develop a broad range of acting skills with exciting classic scripts adapted for performance by the class, including some of the cleverest comedies of all time.  Young actors will gain confidence, learn to make their characters more believable and bring real feelings to their performances.  Teacher: Jenna Mate

Tue 9/13-1/17 6:30-7:30pm $385/$480
Tue 9/13-6/6 6:30-7:30pm $775/$965

JCC Adult Play Reading

Enjoy reading humorous and thought-provoking plays by contemporary and classical playwrights.  Instructor provides scripts with background on the playwrights and plays. No preparation necessary. New play every two weeks.  Optional visit to a Broadway show.  Teacher: Jenna Mate

10 Tue 9/13-12/13 7:30-9:00pm $125/$155


The Lion King Kids

Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

July 7, 2022 at 6 pm
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades-Eric Brown Theatre
$10 member $15 public
General Seating

High School Musical 2

The gang is back for an action-packed summer extravaganza as Troy, Gabriella and the rest of the Wildcats finish junior year and blast onto the summer scene in Disney’s High School Musical 2 JR. At the Lava Springs Country Club, popular girl, Sharpay, reigns supreme while the Wildcats get to work — literally! Featuring every ounce of the light-hearted fun that made High School Musical a household name, this buoyant sequel follows our East High favorites as they face the realities of the adult world and begin to grow up. Friendships are tested, summer romances go haywire and the meaning of success is redefined.

August 4, 2022 at 6 pm
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades-Eric Brown Theatre
$10 member $15 non-member
General Seating

Get In Touch

Contact Us

A pair of adult hands and child hands holding a red heart.