THE AWARD WINNING
POISON APPLE PLAYERS

Experienced Performers ages 9-14 - actors must be in 8th grade if they are 14.

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As a mom I was thrilled that my daughter could have the opportunity to hone her talent and meet other kids with the same interest at JTF. I felt safe sending her with the parent chaperones and Poison Apple Staff I’ve grown to trust for the weekend. She had the time of her life! We are already excited to try out for next years JTF Troupe!
— Desiree, Parent
Poison Apple’s JTF Troupes are such an amazing opportunity for our kids to perform, learn from others, and grow in their performance skills. Poison Apple did a wonderful job planning all of the little details of the convention weekend...meals, lodging, and timeline of events. This made it a memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone involved!
— Mechele, Parent
  About the Director of Poison Apple Players    Jaimee has been working in children’s theatre for 15 years. After she received her BFA from the University of Tennessee at Martin in Theatre and Music Performance, she was given the opportunity to move to New York. There she became a trained Bunraku Puppeteer from the “Kids on the Block” for Project Liberty, where she performed a children’s educational puppet program, Troubling Times, for over 10,000 children. The program aided children in dealing with and discussing their issues regarding 9/11. She also received her MA in Educational Theatre from New York University’s Steinhardt School. While at NYU, she worked as an assistant director for the MCC Youth Theatre in New York City, a program designed to train urban youth in theatre performance and production. Under her direction, the students wrote, performed and produced an original work, UNCENSORED   2010, which was performed Off-Broadway. While in NY, she also worked as a professional singer for 10 years while also finding the time to perform in musicals every chance she could get. Jaimee has taught theatre in many venues including College, music conservatories, public schools, and private arts academies, as well as giving private acting lessons and audition training. 

About the Director of
Poison Apple Players

Jaimee has been working in children’s theatre for 15 years. After she received her BFA from the University of Tennessee at Martin in Theatre and Music Performance, she was given the opportunity to move to New York. There she became a trained Bunraku Puppeteer from the “Kids on the Block” for Project Liberty, where she performed a children’s educational puppet program, Troubling Times, for over 10,000 children. The program aided children in dealing with and discussing their issues regarding 9/11. She also received her MA in Educational Theatre from New York University’s Steinhardt School. While at NYU, she worked as an assistant director for the MCC Youth Theatre in New York City, a program designed to train urban youth in theatre performance and production. Under her direction, the students wrote, performed and produced an original work, UNCENSORED 2010, which was performed Off-Broadway. While in NY, she also worked as a professional singer for 10 years while also finding the time to perform in musicals every chance she could get. Jaimee has taught theatre in many venues including College, music conservatories, public schools, and private arts academies, as well as giving private acting lessons and audition training. 

Alice in Wonderland JR

Directed by Jaimee Semsky
Choreographed by Brittany Finley and Noelle Arms
Stage Manager TBA

This is a two part performance commitment - part 1 is the show, part 2 is JTF. Participants are required to commit to both parts.

Participation Fees: $1300
($550 for show participation and $750 for JTF)

Auditions: Sunday August 26
check back soon for more details! 

Rehearsals: Beginning Friday September 7
Wednesdays and Fridays 4-6pm (extended to 7pm for the month of November)
Mandatory Tech Rehearsals: (Thanksgiving week!) Monday November 19 4-7pm and Wednesday November 21 4-7pm

Performances: at the Lesher Center for the Arts (Thanksgiving weekend!)
Friday November 23 7:15pm
Saturday November 24 2:15pm show
Saturday November 24 7:15 show
Sunday November 25 2:15 show


JTF Rehearsals (mandatory and required for all - plan/audition accordingly)

Wednesdays
January 9, 16, 30 4-6p
February 6 4-6p


Junior Theater Festival: February 8, 9, 10 in Sacramento California. 

Being a part of the JTF troupe was an awesome experience! I made amazing friends and hope to be a part of it every year!!!
— Livia, Participant

"What's the Junior Theater Festival?" Watch the short video below to find out!

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Elf Jr Performers won "Excellence in Ensemble" 2018

and Nicholas Roth was recognized as an Outstanding Male Actor for his portrayal of Buddy.