Atlanta Jewish Academy performers in Grades 1 - 12 eagerly cultivate their talents in acting, singing, dancing, and technical theater arts. Experiences throughout our theater season enhance skills, build self-confidence, and spark new interests.
Our Lower School students get in on the act in a Junior Musical and learn about musical theater. They experience the process of building a show, and dazzle their families and friends on our stage. Shows have included: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,101 Dalmatians and Winnie The Pooh. For many children, this is a first glimpse behind the curtain!
The Middle School Spring Musical has been a highlight of our school tradition for more than a decade. Past favorite plays have been: The Wizard of Oz, Annie, My Son Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, The Music Man, and Mary Poppins. With coaching and live musical accompaniment from professional directors, choreographers, and musicians, students gain valuable training, honing their performance skills to stage top-quality productions. Additionally, in recent years, students have formed the Technical Crew. The Tech Crew builds and manages sets, designs computerized stage lighting, and coordinates sound and special effects for shows in our state-of-the-art, 700-seat auditorium.
High School students work all year on our Girls' Chagiga (festivity). Our High School girls write, direct, produce, and act in this full-scale musical show. They base the drama on well-known Broadway musicals or create original scripts and infuse the show with Jewish conflicts, themes, and humor. Past show titles included The Might of Right, Ima Mia, A Tsuris Line, A Might of Right and Cut Loose. Teens also serve as the Technical Crew, orchestrating sets, lights, and sound effects.
Meet Ms. Sim: Simonie Levy was educated at the Trinity College of London and has her Master's Degree in Speech and Drama. In addition to directing, she teaches drama classes to the 5th - 8th grade where they learn the fundamentals of drama through improvisation and other exercises.
Simonie is excited about expanding the theater department at AJA this year!