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The Battle Creek Junior Theatre is a youth theater for children and teenagers in the 5th through 9th grade to experience live performing arts theatre, whether it be acting, lighting, or scenery.

Battle Creek Junior Theatre is a non-profit organization that strives (with your donations and the generous support from volunteers) to empower our local youth through quality acting and participating in educational theatre experiences.

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With the generous support from the Battle Creek community we aim to maintain high quality live theater productions and plays to give the children in our community an outstanding experience in theatre performance.

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Fame Jr. Creative Team Announced

Wendy J Wheeler – Fame Jr. Artistic Director 

Wendy is making her BCJT debut as Artistic Director, with this production of Fame Jr. She is new to the area, currently serving as Director of Music at First UMC of Battle Creek. At the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre , she Music Directed Grey Gardens, taught for the Academy of Theatre Arts and performed in pit orchestras, and has served as Musical Director for Comstock’s Center Stage Theatre. Recently Wendy has music directed for Marshall Civic Players and “The Wizard of Oz” with Mattawan High School. Wendy’s resume includes a variety of educational programs, theater work in many venues, and almost 20 years of private vocal and piano instruction. Her performance experience includes work with the Saginaw Bay Orchestra (Saginaw, MI), Midland Music Society (Midland, MI), Pit & Balcony Theatre Company (Saginaw, MI), Rome (Italy) Festival Opera, and What-A-Do Theatre Company (Battle Creek, MI). Wendy holds a BA from Saginaw Valley State University and earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from WMU. She lives her son, Nicholas, in Portage, MI.

Kay Satoh – Fame Jr. Music Director
Originally from Minnesota, Kay moved to the Kalamazoo area in August by way of Carbondale, IL, where she recently got her Master’s degree in piano accompanying and music directing. Prior to graduate school, she worked at Omaha Children’s Theater Company for a year as a contract teacher and assistant music director. Past music directing/assistant music directing projects include: Annie Jr., Little Shop of Horrors, Seussical Jr., Peter Pan, Sound of Music, Cinderella, and RENT. She is currently working as a freelance accompanist, playing for students at WMU, Portage Central Middle School, and Kalamazoo Civic Theatre.

 DeQuan Perry, Jr. - Fame Jr. Technical Director 
Dequan Perry is a lover of the arts. He enjoys long walks on the beach and even longer naps. He has five cats and one dog. He adores his friends and is a total momma’s boy. Dequan began his theatre journey when he was only 7 when he was casted as Snippy in a Charlie Brown’s Christmas in a school play. It wasn’t until he joined Junior Theatre at the age of 11 when he continued his adventure to becoming the world’s greatest actor. Soon after he realized that his life would take place bot only on the stage, he wanted it to take place in other parts of the theatre as well. His tech skills began with lighting and sound. Soon after he began taking classes and studying the different aspects of theatre. Well into his 2nd year of college, Dequan directed his first show, ‘The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet.’ Moving to the next step he designed and built the entire set for the show. Dequan has so far directed two shows. Fame Jr. Will be his second Junior Theatre production where he plays the role of Tech Director. He’s highly intrigued to work with his new production team and create a wonderful set. He still has a lifelong dream of owning a theatre that will give away scholarships to any and all Performing Arts Majors. He looks forward to seeing all of your bright and shining faces at auditions.
Leah Smith – Fame Jr. Costumer
Leah Smith is currently a senior at Western Michigan University, majoring in Theatre Design and Technical Production with a focus in Costume Design. Leah has worked with BCJT once before, on their summer production of “Zab!nga”. Leah’s other costuming credits include costume designs for WMU’s productions of “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” and “Macbeth”, costume coordination for WMU’s “Pride and Prejudice” and “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding”, and costume design for Center Stage Theatre’s “The Wedding Singer”. She one day hopes to enter the field of costume design for film.
http://leahlsmith.wix.com/portfolio
Tess Hensel – Fame Jr. Choreographer
Tess is a freshmen at KCC this year. She recently graduated from Lakeview High School. While at Lakeview, Tess participated in 7 productions – 3 plays and 4 musicals – and was a mentor in their acting class. She is now working as their choreographer for their spring musical, Beauty and the Beast. Tess has also performed at Comstock Center Stage Theatre, MarshallCivic Players, What A Do theatre, Battle Creek Civic, and of course, the Battle Creek Junior Theatre. She started the BCJT program when she was in 5th grade and performed in almost every play until she graduated from the program in 9th grade. But she didn’t stop there. Loving the outstanding opportunities that BCJT gives to young actors in our community, Tess continued to work for Battle Creek Junior Theatre as a student intern, assistant, and finally, as their choreographer. Fame Jr. will be Tess’s 6th production as choreographer for the Battle Creek Junior Theatre, and she can’t wait to be a part of this exciting family once again.

Artistic Director Needed: Fame Jr.

Job Title: Artistic Director Group Contact: Battle Creek Junior Theatre
Location: Battle Creek, Michigan Position Type: Independent Contractor
Applications Accepted By: E-mail and Postal Mail
E-mail:

Board@battlecreekjuniortheatre.com

Subject Line: BCJT RFP Submission

Mail:

Battle Creek Junior Theatre
RE: Artistic Director Proposal

P.O. Box 2266, Battle Creek, MI 49016

Job Description
Do you love kids? Are you passionate about the arts? Do you share our passion for empowering area youth through quality educational theatre experiences? Battle Creek Junior Theatre is seeking an experienced Artistic Director for our spring musical, Fame Jr. This is a hands-on position working with youth, the community, and families. Ideal candidates should have a strong background in the arts, a passion for teaching and working with youth, and strong interpersonal skills.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in this position, please contact board@battlecreekjuniortheatre.com or BCJT ATTN: RFP Committee P.O. Box 2266, Battle Creek, MI 49016.The submission deadline is end of business Friday, December 27, 2013 or until the position is filled..
The Artistic Director is responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and focus of the production. The Director must demonstrate vision, clarity, flexibility, humor, passion, compassion, intellectual strength, and organizational skill through leadership. They are involved in all stages of the production, from design and pre-production to rehearsals, performances, and strike.

  • Responsible for the overall practical and creative interpretation of the production.
  • Responsible for establishing the vision of the production while working closely with other members of the production team to develop the production concept.
  • Translating and interpreting the script or musical score.
  • Responsible for audition and selection process, rehearsals, performances, and any other activity relating to the production.
  • Provide constructive feedback and utilize teaching moments with the cast.
  • Ensure the health, safety and well being of children in the program by providing close supervision of all activities.
  • Foster confidence, self-expression, and creativity.
  • Teach enunciation, diction, memorization and improvisation.
  • Discuss and demonstrate vocal and body expression to teach acting styles, character development, and personality projection.
  • Uphold principles of responsibility and accountability with participants.
  • Strong problem solving, design, adaptability, innovation, teamwork, planning and organizing skills.

 

 

Proposal Criteria

Please prepare a proposal describing your vision of the production, and how you think it can be achieved. Please be sure to cover the following topics in your proposal:

  • Story Telling i.e. what is the style of the production? What’s the primary action? How will this story engage the audience?
  • Casting Requirements with brief character summaries (please do not regurgitate from the script; we’d like to know your perception of the characters)
  • Audition Process
  • Rehearsal Process
  • Set and Props Concepts and Challenges, if applicable, and stage layout
  • Lighting and Sound Concepts and Challenges, if applicable
  • Hair and Makeup Concepts and Challenges, if applicable
  • Costume Concepts and Challenges, if applicable
  • Each production has a budget of $1,000 for set, props, costumes, hair and makeup which will be strictly enforced. Is there anything in your concept for the production that may carry a higher price tag?
  • Recommendations for Production Staff, if applicable
  • Any commitments that would conflict with rehearsal or show dates
  • ·

Additional Notes
Please submit a resume of previous productions, education, and teaching experience with your proposal or letter of intent complete with references.

 

Timeline

Auditions:
Saturday, Feb 8 and Sunday, Feb 9, 2014

Rehearsals:
(Mon, Tues & Fri Evenings) February 19 – March 28, 2014

School Performances:
(mornings) Tues, Apr 1, Wed, Apr 2, and Fri, Apr 4, 2014

Public Performance:
(evening) Friday, April 4, 2014

Public Performances (2):
(early and late afternoon) Saturday, April 5, 2014

Public Performance:
(afternoon) Sunday, April 6, 2014

 

Snow White Cast List Announced

CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

Sir Tingley – Myles Hoenes
Nurse Bard – Alanys Hook
Madeline – Juliette Bryant
Millcent – Cierra Ferrill
Esmeralda – Lauren Helner
Eleanor – Kiana Amaro
Page – Noah Szarejko
Theresa – Gwen Trautman
Fredericka – Claudia Marchlewski
Angelina – Logan Crandal
Snow White – Alexandra Costin
Queen Kailen Roop
Lucy – Savanna Ferrill
Mirror & Brian – Chris Weisenberg
King – Logan Robertson
Prince Andrew – Hunter King
Garth – Christian Perez
Apple Tree – Abby Edwards
Woody – Kailin Green
Pine Tree – Maddie McIntyre
Palm Tree – Madison Gray
Maple Tree – Sara Thompson
Violet- Marissa Martin
Daisy – Katelin Richard
Lily – Amelia Shields
Bluebell – Naomi Todd
Pansy – Karlin Bemus
Rose – Abby Jaconette
Rabbit –Destinny Todd
Squirrel – Madison Morgan
Mother Bear – Ashlynn Hutchins
Yogi – Catherine Magnusson
Boo Boo – Shelby Boggs
Chipmunk – Riley Clem
So – Emily Hinten
Re – Maddi Thomas
Fa – Azana Jones
Mi – Jazlyn Lotz
La Olivia Perez
Ti – Gabrielle Oursler
Do – Jessica Perez
Witch – Isabelle Hammond
A.J – Lilianna Robinson
Meadow – Abbi Perry
Peddler Woman – Kiara Mumin
Hush – Anna Harrell
Listen – Brianna Barnett
Tech Crew – Ezarhae Marshal

BATTLE CREEK JUNIOR THEATRE NAMES DIRECTOR FOR FALL PRODUCTION

Press Release: August 24, 2013

Contact: Boardbattlecreekjuniortheatre.com

BATTLE CREEK JUNIOR THEATRE NAMES DIRECTOR FOR FALL PRODUCTION

The Battle Creek Junior Theatre is pleased to introduce Deanna Joy Flora as the Artistic Director for its fall production “Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs”. Deanna ,a Battle Creek resident has been active in theater for many years. Her love of theater started as a senior at Muskegon High School. Throughout High School and College, Deanna performed ,directed and wrote student plays. At Muskegon Community College she was the recipient of the “Outstanding Overall Theater Student Award”. She has also acted in both the Grand Haven and Muskegon Civic Theatres. Since living in Battle Creek ,Deanna has been directing the Westlake Players and founded the LMS MASQUE group at Lakeview Middle School. We welcome Deanna to Battle Creek Junior Theatre. Deanna in her own words: “My vision as the Artistic Director of “Snow White” with the BCJT would be to offer an extension of what I believe are the same fundamental theater traditions that BCJT appears to stand for. I am a firm believer that the youth in this area need to have an opportunity to utilize a creative outlet and participate in an experience that will aid in building self confidence, teach a sense of discipline, and offer an opportunity for them to learn the art of expressing themselves, but most importantly to have fun, be themselves and gain exposure and firsthand experience in the theater.”

The Battle Creek Junior Theatre is continuing the legacy stated by Mary Mc Quiston. For over 65 years BCJT has brought all facets of theater arts to the children of the community.

For further information please contact:www.battlecreekjuniortheatre.com Or join us on Facebook

Coming this summer

Battle Creek Junior Theatre is excited to announce our Spotlights! Summer Performance Workshop cast will be performing an original musical parody….

zabinga

Zabinga: Music through the Wormhole, a Musical Parody

An original spoof looking at American music through the decades from the 50′s – 80′s, starring characters inspired by TV’s The Big Bang Theory. One Thursday night, while debating the cultural relevance of music through the decades over Chinese food, disaster ensues propelling our heroes backward in time where they experience a number of songs first-hand as they find their way back home. Songs, dances, and costumes of the periods will be featured as workshop participants learn new theater skills and hone existing ones.
Public performances:
Friday, July 26th @ 7pm First United Methodist Church (Tickets $3)
Saturday, July 27th @ 10am Leilapalooza Music Festival

It’s not too late to register. You can find more information and registration forms on our event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/135329479995769/

The Backstage Xperience 6/28/13 RSVP to Kim Wynn REQUIRED

We are once again going to be attending The Backstage Xperience at the Barn Theatre. We will be attending 4 shows this summer!!! In addition to attending the free show, we will also enjoy the backstage tour and dinner before the show.

The first show will be Peter Pan. We will be attending the show on Friday, June 28, 2013. You will need to be dropped off to the Barn no later than 5:45 p.m., and picked up from the Barn around 10:30 p.m. (exact time will depend on when the show Q&A ends).

If you are interesting in attending this free event, you must RSVP no later than Monday, June 22, 2013. Check your email for further instructions on how to RSVP!! If you did not receive an email, please let the Board know (board@battlecreekjuniortheatre.com). RSVPs on Facebook will NOT count.

Upcoming Summer Events

Cereal Parade June 7th

We will once again be walking in the Cereal parade on June 7, about 6pm.  Everyone is welcome!!!! Past, present, and future participants, families, friends, teachers, and other supporters come out and join us!Please remember  Children under 16 must have an adult walking with them. Line up in middle Federal Center parking lot. Route is: exit parking lot,cross Van Buren to Gould St (between Burnham Brook & park), left on Michigan Ave. Michigan Ave to Commerce Pointe parking lot. Be in line by 5:45 pm. Parade begins at 6 pm. Line up number coming Thursday. If you want to hand out candy, you may, but there are STRICT rules this year.

Cereal Festival June 8th

Come visit us at the Cereal Festival Saturday, June 8th between 8am-noon. We will have information about our upcoming summer program, alumni information, and pictures from our last show. Who knows, maybe you will see our old friends Hush and Listen. We will also have Macy’s Shop for a Cause passes on sale for $5. All proceeds go directly to BCJT to continue inspiring and empowering youth in Battle Creek!

Relay for Life July 13th

We hope you will come join us and show your support for the fight against cancer! BCJT has been invited to perform.

 

For more information:

Event Committee Chair, Kim Wynn