MEAN GIRLS Reunion, Pasek & Paul, More Set for Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta

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Erika Henningsen | Photo: Bruce Glikas/Getty

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What a reunion this will be! Original Mean Girls Broadway cast members Erika Henningsen, Grey Henson, Kate Rockwell, and Kyle Selig, along with Krystina Alabado, will appear at the Junior Theater Festival next year in Atlanta, Georgia, for a panel with performances and a talkback. The annual education summit for musical theatre students and their teachers will be held January 13-15, 2023.

The lineup also features Katy Geraghty (Into the Woods), Taylor Iman Jones (Six), Daniel Yearwood (Hamilton), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen), Newsies director Jeff Calhoun, Cori Jaskier, Kate Leonard, Daniel J. Mertzlufft, Michael Wordly, Luca Padovan, Jodi Picoult (Between the Lines), and Wren Rivera (Jagged Little Pill). Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions, will give the keynote speech.

The weekend-long event will host 125 groups from 28 states, as well as Washington D.C., Canada, and Australia. Each group will perform 15 minutes of a Broadway, Jr. musical for adjudicators.

“These students and teachers are not just the future of musical theatre, they are musical theatre. Their positive impact is huge. They chart cast albums, they sell out shows. They introduce so many to musical theatre through their own productions and they continually evolve this art form through their storytelling,” says Timothy Allen McDonald, founder and CEO of iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Group, which produces the international Junior Theater Festivals. “After 20 years of this festival, we’ve seen what prioritizing the arts can do for individuals, communities, and musical theatre itself, and we understand the importance of giving theatre kids the opportunity to be in the company of thousands of other people who care just as much about this art form as they do.”

For more information about the festival, click here

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.

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