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Co-Director/Choreographer: Annelea Bootle
Co-Director: Mandy Seymore-Sensat
Music Director: Sarah Patterson

AGES: Incoming high school freshman through adult.

Middle and elementary school students are encouraged to register for our Descendants Summer Camp, July 27-July 31. For registration and more information, click here.

REHEARSALS: 3 weeks, July 6-23. Full rehearsal schedule TBA.

SHOWS: 8 Shows, July 24-August 2

AUDITIONS: May 11-12, 2020

Join Inspiration Stage’s National Award-Winning Junior Theater Festival (JTF) Troupe. This year we will take two separate JTF companies: one traveling to JTF in Atlanta, Georgia January 15-17, 2021 and one traveling to JTF West in Sacramento, California February 4-7, 2021.

Director/Choreographer: Mandy Seymore-Sensat
Music Director: Sarah Patterson

Auditions for our JTF Atlanta & JTF West 2021 companies will be held May 11-12 at the historic Sugar Land Auditorium.
  • Ages 8-12: Monday, May 11, 5:30pm-9:00pm
  • Ages 13-18: Tuesday, May 12, 5:30pm-9:00pm
Actors must stay for the duration of auditions.
(JTF Australia 2020 auditions are by video and due March 15, 2020. Please email or for more info.)
Auditions are open to anyone meeting the age requirements. Age is at the time of audition (not the age you are at the festival). No one who has graduated high school can attend either JTF 2021.
All those auditioning must complete a JTF Audition Interest Card indicating which festival(s) you are interested in attending and acknowledgement of the Company Code of Conduct. For a copy of this card and contract, please email Actors must bring a headshot (or recent photo) and resume to auditions.
  • All actors must prepare two contrasting musical theatre pieces (16-32 bars each) from published musicals. For each piece, actors should be able to name the show and composer and describe the character and context in which the song takes place. The vocal audition serves as your primary acting audition as well. Please do not choreograph your audition pieces. Stand, sing, and emote. Tell us the story of your song. Select songs you haven’t sung for us before. Please bring accompaniment tracks/karaoke music on your smart phone/tablet etc.
  • All actors must prepare a dance combination from a video that will be posted to this page no later than March 31, 2020. You will learn and rehearse the combination from this video on your own at home, then perform it as a group during auditions. There will also be a second dance call where we will teach a brand-new dance combination as well. We are looking to see how well you learn and rehearse on your own, and also how well you work when given new material. Please dress comfortably and wear clothing/footwear appropriate for dance.
What if I want to audition for the National Performing Arts Festival (NPAF) company that travels to Disney World?
Auditions for that company will be held in summer 2020. This audition is for those interested in JTF Atlanta or JTF West 2021 only.
I did not attend the JTF/NPAF info session on March 1. Where can I get more information?
Please contact Sarah Patterson via 713-855-3653 or for all info related to JTF/NPAF
What if I’m not available on May 11 or 12?
You must arrange a video or other in-person audition. Please contact Sarah Patterson: or 713-855-3653
What if I’m only available May 11 but my age says I have to be there May 12?
Then attend the other date. And vice versa.
When will specific roles for each show be assigned?
This initial audition will set our two companies. Once you’ve been cast in a company (either JTF Atlanta or JTF West), you sign on and commit to be part of the company. During the JTF intensive, we’ll audition for and assign specific roles for those shows.
What are the dates for JTF Atlanta?
The festival is January 15-17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia
Summer Intensive is August 16, 2:30pm-8:30pm; August 17-21 5:30pm-8:30pm
Rehearsals are Sundays, 2:30-8:30pm
Shows are tentatively scheduled for weekends of November 13-15 and/or November 20-22, 2020
What are the dates for JTF West?
The festival is February 4-7, 2021
Summer Intensive is August 16, 2:30pm-8:30pm; August 17-21 5:30pm-8:30pm
Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30pm
Shows are tentatively scheduled for weekend of January 1-3, 2021
What about tuition, costs, festival registration, tuition assistance, etc?
For a breakdown of estimated costs, tuition assistance/scholarship applications, and other details contact
Sarah Patterson
iStage Managing Director, Music Director, JTF Festival Administrator

Questions? Contact Sarah Patterson via 713-855-3653 or


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