Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL

Produced by iTheatrics and sponsored by music theatre international and disney musicals, the junior theater festival is the biggest and best festival dedicated to young people and musical theatre. Check out photo highlights below!

Groups participate in interactive workshops lead by Broadway and West End professionals, meet celebrities, plus enjoy professional development, fellowship, and attend a world-class professional production. The 2015 Junior Theater Festival included Timothy Allen McDonald, founding chairman of iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Group, Megan Hilty, Lilla Crawford, Luca Padovan, Philip McAdoo, Thomas Schumacher, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez ("Frozen") and Tony-nominated composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, along with surprise guest Darren Criss.

The Junior Theater Festival brings together people from all aspects of theater, ranging from students and teachers to Broadway professionals, under one roof to celebrate outstanding student musical theatre productions. The festival offers an enthusiastic environment for students and teachers to interact with thousands of others who share their passion for musical theater. Each group performs a selection from a Broadway Junior or KIDS Collection musical for professional adjudication by a distinguished panel of international theater professionals.

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Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Megan Hilty & Blake Ross

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Susan Fuller, Laura Jo Schuster, Tammy McDonald, Marty Johnson, Megan Hilty, Timothy Allen McDonald, Lindsay Lupi, Jakob Plummer, Cindy Ripley, Vichet Chum & Rob Rokicki.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Megan Hilty with Group

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Lilla Crawford

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Group

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Steven Kennedy, Shirley Kennedy; Timothy Allen McDonald, Marjorie McDonald, Marty Johnson, Barbara Johnson

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Freddie Gershon Fellowship Teachers

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Myrna Gershon, Dee Anne Bryll, & Freddie Gershon

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Thomas Schumacher with THE LION KING Cast & Crew Members

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Darren Criss & the JTF Interns

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
John Prignano, Timothy Allen McDonald & Julie Woffington

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Julie Woffington

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Danny Mendoza, Ronnie Shuste, Scott Evan Davis, Tessa Derfner, Freddie Gershon and Myrna Gershon

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Danny Mendoza

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
The Cast of ELF, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
The Cast of ELF, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
The Cast of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
The Cast of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Justin Paul & Benj Pasek

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Darren Criss

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Justin Paul, Darren Criss & Benj Pasek

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, Jr.S

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Students

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Student

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Student

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
The Cast of THE LION KING, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
The Cast of THE LION KING, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Lilla Crawford

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Luca Padovan

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez & Others

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Students

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Students

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Blake Ross & Others

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Freddie Gershon

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Freddie Gershon & Students

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Teachers' performance

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Tshidi Manye

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Michael Hollick & Thomas Schumacher

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of ALADDIN, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of ALADDIN, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Camille Mancuso, Andrew Johnston and Emma Lou Andrews from Columbus Children's Theatre's INTO THE WOODS, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of INTO THE WOODS, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of THE LITTLE MERMAID, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of SEUSSICAL, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of ALADDIN, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of ALADDIN, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of SHREK THE MUSICAL, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of SHREK THE MUSICAL, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of MY SON PINOCCHIO, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of MULAN, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of MULAN, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of MULAN, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of HAIRSPRAY, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Cast of HAIRSPRAY, Jr.

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Closing Ceremony

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Megan Hilty

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Megan Hilty

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Megan Hilty & Student

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Megan Hilty

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty, Pasek & Paul, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford & More at the JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
Megan Hilty


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