On Friday, January 18th, the cast of Mary Poppins Jr, four members of the creative team, and about a dozen chaperones/parents headed to Atlanta, Georgia for the 2019 Junior Theater Festival.
The kids, as well as the adults, had a marvelous weekend, jam packed with wonderful concerts, workshops, and other various theatrical events. Those in attendance were treated to live performances by Broadway performers such as : Cynthia Erivo, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Cassie Levy, Ryan McCarten, Taylor Iman Jones, Luca Padovan, and Isabella Russo.
A large part of the Junior Theater Festival is the adjudication of each group in attendance. Every theater group/troupe who takes part in JTF bring 15 minutes of a junior show they have produced within the year, and performs the selection in front of a panel of judges. The groups are graded on music, acting, dancing, ensemble, and many other categories. Parkway Playhouse Junior took 15 minutes of Mary Poppins Jr. which was performed at Parkway Playhouse last November.
At the Freddie G. Award Ceremony, Parkway Playhouse Junior received the “Excellence in Music” award (for the first time in Parkway’s history), and also received the award for “Best Individual Performance by a Male” for Aaron Neighbors, who played the Chairman.
The weekend could not have been more successful! The students, directors, and even the parents have been raving about the trip. We are very excited to attend once again in 2020.