/BY LORA SOMMER/ //SPECIAL FOR THE AJT//
Stephanie Friedman, MJCCA’s Arts & Culture Program Coordinator, recently led a group of 13 young performers from the MJCCA Youth Ensemble, as they participated in the Junior Theater Festival with 4,000 other kids from all over the country.
Friedman said, “The kids had a blast at the Junior Theatre Festival! This was the second year we participated and it was such a great way to culminate the session. The young actors represented the MJCCA beautifully and performed with great energy and focus. We watched several other groups perform, and met 4,000 new theatre friends from 92 groups, representing 26 states.”
The MJCCA’s Youth Ensemble, consisting of 23 students, had rehearsed for 26 weeks to perform the full-length production of “Annie” at the MJCCA. Thirteen of those students were invited to perform an abbreviated, 15-minute version of “Annie” at the Junior Theatre Festival.
Four members of the MJCCA cast received special honors at the Festival: Elena Dollinger, Logan Sucan, Rose Lubin, and Jesse Price.
The MJCCA’s Youth Ensemble
The MJCCA presents two Youth Ensemble sessions per year. The 26-session class employs a workshop-style technique, and while the focus is kept on education, there is a performance at the end of each session.
The next Youth Ensemble presents, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown,” which began Jan. 27, and will conclude with performances on May 5 and 6. Participants in this class will learn all music, scenes and choreography in preparation for the performances.
All youth ensemble sessions take place in the MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. For information, contact Stephanie Friedman at Stephanie.Friedman@atlantajcc.org, or visit www.atlantajcc.org.