The Junior Theater Festival (JTF) is the world’s biggest and best celebration of young people performing musical theater.
JTF brings together student musical theater troupes from all over the world for a weekend of musical theater mayhem and madness. Each troupe performs fifteen minutes from a Broadway Junior®️ show for adjudication by a panel of musical theater experts. The weekend also features professional development for teachers, workshops for students and parents, a New Works Showcase featuring new musical adaptations soon to be released and concludes with a grand finale concert headlined by Broadway’s best!

The Junior Theater Festival is sponsored by Playbill, Disney Musicals, and Music Theatre International.


Musicals are the most efficient way to deliver all of the arts disciplines in one package. Singing, acting, and dancing introduce young people to music, language arts, and physical education. The creation of backdrops, costumes, and props engage young people with the visual arts. Computer-driven lights, sound, and projections expose young people to the digital arts and provide students with cutting-edge, twenty-first-century skills. That’s the power of musical theater.

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