The JPAS Theatre Kids! program gives children year-round opportunities to participate in theatre, experience the process of putting on a show, as well as learning basic acting techniques and skills. Enrollment is by auditions which are held prior to each show. Theatre Kids! activities give young people a chance to have fun with theatre, creating a lifelong love of the arts. JPAS Theatre Kids! proudly presents 2 musicals per season performed by an all kid cast. Theatre Kids! welcomes children 7-17 years old who want to learn more about theatre and dramatic arts. For more details on this program, contact Lynne Bordelon at 504-885-2000 x 213 or email her at

On stage with the JPAS Theatre Kids! in 2017/18
Disney's The Lion King JR
November 17 - 19, 2017
Westwego Performing Arts Theatre (WPAT)

 Music and Lyrics by Tim Rice and Elton John
Additional Music and Lyrics by Will Van Dyke, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, and Jay Rifkin
Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi
Based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor

Synopsis:  A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Born into the royal family, precocious cub Simba spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa, while youthfully shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father’s life, Simba flees the Pride Lands, leaving his loss and the life he knew behind. Eventually companioned by two hilarious and unlikely friends, Simba starts anew. But when weight of responsibility and a desperate plea from the now ravaged Pride Lands come to find the adult prince, Simba must take on a formidable enemy, and fulfill his destiny to be king. A vibrant and exciting tale from the great creatives at Disney, The Lion King is a story of love and redemption that nobody should miss.

Honk! JR
Watercolor landscape. Young poplar trees on the river in a bright spring day
March 16 - 18, 2018
Jefferson Performing Arts Center (JPAC)

Book by Anthony Drewe
Music by George Stiles
Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling.”

Synopsis: Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.  A heartwarming celebration of being different that is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit, unique charm and memorable score.