Junior Theater Festival

Auditions for the 2019 ESRT Travel Team will be accepted until July 4, 2018. For details and an audition form, click here.

In 2018, Junior Theater Festival attracted 6,000 participants from across the U.S. Highlights from the 2018 event included a special appearance from Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz, on hand to introduce the new student edition of his biblical musical Children of Eden JR; a performance by Tony nominee Megan Hilty; and the announcement of new shows now available for young performers including Aladdin JR and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR.

For several years running, ESRT has been recognized nationally at Junior Theater Festival. Most recently, in 2018, ESRT received an award for Outstanding Production for our team’s performance of James and the Giant Peach, JR., and ESRT team members Charles Carey, Broxton Cook, Mackenzie Gwaltney, and Annabelle Steele were recognized as All-Stars for their outstanding individual performances. In addition, the entire team was selected to perform an onstage tribute to Grammy- and Oscar-winning songwriter Paul Williams, who was presented with the Junior Theater Festival Legacy Award.


Prior Year JTF Highlights:

  • 2017
    • Freddie G Award for Excellence in Dance
    • Outstanding Production
    • Top Five Finalist, Playbill Community Service Award
    • All-Stars: Charles Carey, Liam Searcy, Chloe Theriot, and Victoria Whatley
    • Seven team members auditioned and were finalists for the Broadway Junior Choreography DVD collection
  • 2016
    • Freddie G Award for Excellence in Dance
    • All-Stars: Lily Kate Gwin and Liam Searcy 
    • Six ESRT team members auditioned at JTF and were selected for the Broadway Junior Choreography DVD collection.
  • 2015
    • Freddie G Award for Excellence in Acting
    • Freddie G Award for Teachers and Directors: Erin Langley
    • All-Stars: Sammi Messina and Liam Searcy