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The Jenkintown High School Theater Arts Program is dedicated to nurturing and developing the talents of the Jenkintown High School student body and providing a safe and creative environment where the artists can cultivate their craft within a supportive and caring community.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Orange is Anxiety Update

Hello Orange is Anxiety Cast members,

Auditions for specific roles will be held on Friday, January 19th from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

We will then meet Saturday, January 27 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

After that session, we will have our rehearsals every other Saturday from 11:00-12:30 p.m.

I am trying to set-up a workshop for our cast with Theater Horizon, a professional theatre company, based out of Norristown. I have requested that February 11th be our day to work with them.  When they have finalized the date...I will confirm with you.

Have a great weekend everyone.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Theater Horizon Update

Theater Horizon Information for 12 AJ

January 27 10:00-12:00 p.m.  
                     Jurors #8, #10, #4, #9-ONLY!

January 28 10:00-12:00 p.m.
                     All Jurors

February 11  2:30-4:30 p.m.
                       All Jurors

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

12 AJ Note

Dear Friends,

We want to thank you all for auditioning for the 2018 Spring production of 12 Angry Jurors.  Needless to say...casting has been an arduous journey this season, and we thank you for your patience.

The cast list will be posted by tomorrow night.  We have asked some of our cast members to be part of the costume and publicity team.  This being a Cappie's show; we strongly suggest those two components of the production be student run as much as possible.

The rehearsal schedule has already been posted-the only dates missing are the two Theater Horizon workshop dates (which have yet to be confirmed). The workshops will focus on character development and Juror relationships.

We are looking forward to working with the cast/crew/production team of 12 Angry Jurors.

Happy New Year!

Miss Laverty, Miss Ann and Lys

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

12 Angry Jurors Audition Information

Dear Friends,

Tonight are the auditions for 12 Angry Jurors.  It is a very powerful and exciting play.  So many layers and possibilities.

Our guidelines for tonight are as follows:

*Please arrive at 6:45 p.m. no earlier.  
*You will need to have your audition form filled out and your script.  There will not be extra scripts available.
*NO FOOD permitted in the auditorium-water is fine.

There are quite a number of students auditioning this evening.  

All participants must come in prepared and with a professional attitude.  Take this audition seriously.  Not everyone can be cast.  Those who respect  the process, understand their character, and present their lines the best will be cast.

Rehearsals will be Wednesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 7:15 p.m. and Saturday/Sundays......Saturdays will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sundays at 12:00 p.m.

You must be able to attend every rehearsal.  If your schedule doesn't permit that, then it is best not to audition this evening.

Thank you everyone.
We are very excited to see your work.

Ms. Laverty, Miss Ann and Lys

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

12 Angry Jurors

Auditions for 12 Angry Jurors will be held on December 19th at 7:00 p.m.

Callbacks will be on December 21st at 7:15 p.m. (if needed)

All information for the auditions can be found on the sidebar of this blog.

The remind.com code is:
@jta12 text to 81010.

Good luck everyone!

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Dear Friends,

It is hard to imagine that we have just completed our first production of the JTA 2017-18 season.  Time moves so quickly.....didn't we just meet in the choir room in August to start on our journey?

I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment to share some thoughts and to tell you how much I appreciate all you have done for the theatre department this fall.

I realize that we all participate in so many other activities, in and outside of school, not to mention keeping up with our school work.  

Time is precious.  

No one can truly understand the time commitment and energy it takes to create such a musical as ours, unless you are thoroughly immersed in it.

But the payoff is so well worth it!!

To watch you all gather last night as "one community" is really what it is all about.  You have embraced each other and, I hope, that you will always support one another, in and out of school.


Michael, Aniya, Josh, Siobhan, Jack, Ari, Delene, Reilly, Ada......really, what would we have done without you?

Robert!  You handled light changes with grace and (as always) with laughter and smiles!  It was a pleasure to work with you.

Hannah and Mattie, thank you so much for sharing your furry friends with us.  They really did a beautiful job!

Cast.....WOW!!!!  From our very newest and youngest members to our seniors...you created something so beautiful, so special, that the audiences kept returning to share in the experience.

Yes...I know that the talk-back may not have been a highlight of the journey.....but how wonderful it was to hear you share your thougths; to let the audience understand that the themes of the show are prevalent within our society and must be talked about open and freely.

To our Set Design Committee.   I was thrilled to see your vision come to fruition.  Do you remember way back-trying to figure out what we really wanted?  I beleive that was last June?  

To watch how the crew moved the set with ease, and to see all the props being moved without hesitation (or panic) was really quite something.

Lastly....you must always trust in the process. 

It can be arduous some of the time and incredibly stressful.  I didn't, for once, doubt that you would have a successful show.  I knew that it would be at the very last moment that everything would finally all come together.

May your love of theater stay with you always.  Being part of such a unique venture is something to cherish.

Much Love,