What people said about the last Les Miserables I didn't expect it to be THAT good! I understood Les Mis better than I ever have before. I was blown away! Where did these kids come from?! I have never seen that many talented teenagers in the same space together. My kids (7, 9, 11) sat mesmerized the whole show, completely engaged Review by Jason Hewlett, Entertainer Director's Note from Les Miserables, 2012 Every play … [Read more...] about Les Miserables, 2012
This family friendly Tony Award winning musical was one of the top votes by our community! Stephen Sondheim magically weaves together the Grimm's fairy tales with comical and touching genius! Enjoy a peek at this marvelous production! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC7XdSLIW6g Director's Note Into the Woods attempts to answer the question: Can we hold on to happiness or is happiness fickle? How do we evaluate happiness? How do we know … [Read more...] about Into the Woods
Director's Note Each production begins with a Director's Vision, and mine was the magical and unexpected! Couple a magical Disney classic with the most magical time of year; sprinkle it with over 90 youth and you get a tremendously enjoyable journey! Get ready to open your minds to the magic of Cinderella's tale and indulge in our unexpected delights! Happy Holidays from SJCT! ~Toni Butler Cinderella performed December 17, 19, 20 and 22, … [Read more...] about Christmas with Disney’s Cinderella Kids
Director's Note I am thrilled to be returning to SJCT. This time not just as the fictional captain of the "Jolly Rodger" (playing the iconic Captain James Hook) but truly captain-ing the upcoming production of OLIVER. I have followed the successes and triumphs of SJCT and have cheered their progress and purpose. I have a deep affection for children's theatre: theater by children and for children. Theatre helped me at a very early age to find my … [Read more...] about Oliver!
Director's Note: I love Christmas! it brings out the best in each of us. We tend to be more loving, forgiving, generous, and kind. It's more that just Santa and presents. It's much deeper. And like Imogene Herdman, it can change us into something more, something greater. Christmas fills us with hope, understanding, and peace and with that we can feel the cheer of the season as we remember what is important to us. "Hey! Hey! Unto you a child is … [Read more...] about The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Director's Note Sometimes you just need to sit down, relax, and laugh. Theatre tells all kinds of stories and takes us on so many amazing journeys. Our journey tonight is enthusiastically silly fun. The cast, crew and production team have completely enjoyed the process of creating this charismatic theatre gem. And this gem is our gift to you tonight... so sit back, relax, and just laugh! ~Toni Butler Little Shop of Horrors performed in … [Read more...] about Little Shop of Horrors 2010
Director's Note Shakespeare's plays have been with us for 500 years because he understood the human condition. Whether it was the conflict in his great tragedies and historical dramas or in this case his delightful electric comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, his narratives are still relevant. Tonight's production is an exploration of the absurdities of love and attraction... "Lord, what fools these mortals be." ~Kevin Dudley A Midsummer … [Read more...] about A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Director's Note The story of The Secret Garden is beautiful, timeless, and beloved by millions of people. At first, the characters are hard and miserable but through working and learning to love and care, they change right before your eyes into beautiful people. This musical version is my personal favorite rendition of The Secret Garden. It has been a joy to work with this amazing cast and crew and implement my vision for this production. I … [Read more...] about The Secret Garden
Director's Note How true is the story of Aladdin in our own lives! We have all followed the journey of finding ourselves and being true to that person within. I remember as a youth how hard it was to do just that. As many other young people, I wanted to be popular and fit in. I also remember how quickly that road became stale and eventually I had to face that who I was, was just fine. Once I figured that out, how free and happy I felt because at … [Read more...] about Disney’s Aladdin Jr.
Director's Note "All I want, more than anything in the world, is to be like other kids... with folks of my own." Annie's optimistic journey to find her parents in the face of pessimistic times is one of the most beloved stories in musical theatre. How relevant her story is today! She continually finds the silver lining in her trials and never gives up. I love Warbuck's discovery that "Something was Missing" is his life that seemed to have … [Read more...] about Annie, 2009