Synopsis: A new Stephen Schwartz Musical (wrote music and lyrics for Wicked), Captain Louie is the story of a young boy on Halloween night who escapes into his own imagination as a means of coping with the loneliness he feels when he moves to a new neighborhood. CAPTAIN LOUIE performed September-October, 2012 for over 10,000 children! I can't believe how good Captain Louie was! It captivated the kids and was completely worthwhile. Too often … [Read more...] about Captain Louie
Les Miserables, 2012
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
Into the Woods
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
Christmas with Disney’s Cinderella Kids
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
Go, Dog, Go!
This was our Fall 2011 Elementary Outreach Production. We sold out to over 7,500 kids! https://youtu.be/AV2tSOVsLR0 Production Team Cast List Photos from the Show … [Read more...] about Go, Dog, Go!
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!
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Director's Note Simple. This was my vision for our production. Charles Schulzs gang of Peanuts range from ages six to nine and yet they make such candid observations about the world around us as to make us laugh at life and even ourselves. The beloved characters help us step back and see things as a child would: simply. I have loved working with this gang of Peanuts! Each rehearsal was filled with a lot of laughter. We have taken You're a … [Read more...] about You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
The Secret Garden
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
Disney’s Aladdin Jr.
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