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
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. Performances are open and welcome to the community! Purchase tickets below. Tickets: $10 Member/$15 Public general seating. Please know a few extra rehearsals will be added leading up to the show.
JCC Kids Theatre
Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical KIDS, a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton’s challenge is twofold — not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!
Register by 1/30
Placement auditions: 1/31, 4:30-5:45 pm
Performance: 5/1 at 11 am
Mondays, 1/31-5/2, 4:30-5:45 pm, $730/$875
JCC Youth Theatre
Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.
Register by 1/30
Placement auditions: 1/31, 6-8pm
Performances: 5/19 at 7 pm and 5/20 at 5 pm
Mondays, 1/31-5/23, 6-7:30 pm, $730/$875
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Meet Eugene Jerome and his family, fighting the hard times and sometimes each other—with laughter, tears, and love. It is 1937 in Brooklyn during the heart of the Depression. Fifteen-year-old Eugene Jerome lives in Brighton Beach with his family. He is witty, perceptive, obsessed with sex, and forever fantasizing his baseball-diamond triumphs as star pitcher for the New York Yankees.
As our guide through his “memoirs,” Eugene takes us through a series of trenchant observations and insights that show his family meeting life’s challenges with pride, spirit, and a marvelous sense of humor. But as World War II looms ever closer, Eugene sees his own innocence slipping away as the first important era of his life ends—and a new one begins.
Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play
Register by 1/31
Placement auditions: 2/1, 7:30-9 pm
Performances: 4/7 & 4/10 at 7 pm
Tuesdays, 2/1-4/6, 7:30-9:00 pm, $200/$250
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.
Tuesdays, 2/1-6/7, 3:45-4:30 pm, $375/$465
Wednesdays, 2/2-6/8, 2:05-2:50 pm, $375/$465
Beginner Acting and Improv
Our beginner classes focus on building skills of confidence, communication, self-expression, language, listening, sharing and teamwork. Students are welcomed into the magical world of theatre and learn that drama class is a place where they can make new friends while learning how to act. Students enjoy theatre games, scene work and monologues in each class!
Wednesdays, 2/2-6/8, 4:30-5:15 pm, $375/$465
Young Singers-Musical Theatre Voice Class
Learn how to use your voice and gain confidence singing musical theater or popular songs. The group setting is safe, supportive and fun! Students learn excellent techniques to increase vocal range and strength, create a beautiful tone and maintain a healthy voice.
Teacher: Katherine Keyes
Sundays, 1/30-5/22, 11:00-11:50 am, $375/$465
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
Thursdays, 2/3-6/9, 4:30-5:30 pm, $375/$465
Acting and Improv 2
Thursdays, 2/3-6/9, 5:30-6:30 pm, $375/$465
Acting and Improv 3
Thursdays, 2/3-6/9, 6:30-7:30 pm, $375/$465
Acting in Plays
This exciting workshop is for creative young students who want to perform in comedic and dramatic plays. Students will choose a play together to rehearse and perform at the end of the semester. 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
Tuesdays, 2/15-6/7, 6:30-7:30 pm, $375/$465
Private Dance, Voice and Acting Lessons
Available to students enrolled in dance dramatic arts classes
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.