Northern Lights Junior Theatre returns with a new holiday production

Northern Lights Junior Theatre, an Alaska non-profit founded in 1997, is back on the Juneau scene after a two-year hiatus.

NLJT’s fall production will be “The Christmas Doll,” a musical adventure by Joan Cushing, adapted from the novel by Elvira Woodruff. Winner of the 2007 National Youth Theatre Award for Outstanding Play/Musical, the show follows two brave orphan girls on a Dickensian quest for food, warmth and family.

Performances will be Thanksgiving weekend at Thunder Mountain High School; orientation and auditions for students in grades 3-12 will be Sept. 19-20, and rehearsals begin Sept. 21, also at TMHS.

The professional staff of “The Christmas Doll” includes Barbara Jo Maier, drama director at Thunder Mountain High School; choreographer/dance educator Janice Hurley, and vocal director Julie York Coppens. Students will assume leadership roles and receive instruction in all areas of the production, in addition to performing in the cast. Tuition for participants will be $250, with a 15 percent discount for siblings and some scholarship assistance available.

Well known for such past productions as “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella,” “Raggedy Ann and Andy” and “The Sound of Music,” NLJT is expanding its mission to include academy classes in acting, dance, technical theater and more, as well as community-based projects to give back, collaborate with other area arts organizations, and bring the magic of live theater to a wider audience.

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