High School Musical Jr. (Grades 3-5)


High School Musical JR. is an adaptation of the hit Disney Channel movie musical! This intermediate program is designed to teach kids intermediate theatre skills, working with professional singing, dance, and acting teachers. The program will culminate in multiple fully realized performances.

Dates: Wednesday, September 5th 2018 through Saturday, April 6th, 2019 OR Friday, September 7th 2018 through Saturday, April 6th, 2019.

Times: Wednesdays OR Fridays, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Payment Options: You can also choose to pay in three installments.

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Class Day Preference

Class placement will be ultimately be at teacher’s discretion.

Please confirm your child is a Westwood Charter student? * 


Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra curricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike.

It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Who is Eligible: All students in 3rd through 5th grade at Westwood Charter Elementary are welcome to join our after-school play production class on Wednesday’s or Friday’s. The class introduces intermediate theatre vocabulary and technique through interactive theatre games and scene practice, as well as music and dance taught by professionals. The teachers are highly qualified with many aggregate years experience in children’s theatre. Each child is encouraged to fully participate and is considered an integral part in our final production. Please check the production dates below, as we expect every child to be present for show weekend.

Price includes: Sixty-five hours instruction, rehearsal and performance time as well. The experience will include a fully realized final production with professionally designed sets, costumes, lights, sound and props. Students will be working with a Professional Director, Choreographer and Musical Director during rehearsals. DVD of the final Production is included in tuition. Some partial scholarships are available. Eligibility based on child’s free/reduced lunch status. Please email Julie Bank prior to the first day of class.

Class Day Preference: You can request Wednesday OR Friday class. However, final cast placement will be at teacher’s discretion.

For class details and further payment information, please click the “Additional Information” tab above.

Additional information

Class Location

Main Auditorium, Westwood Charter Elementary, 2050 Selby Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Class Times

Wednesdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00pm OR Fridays 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm — beginning September 5th OR September 7th.

No Classes

November 22nd, November 24th (Thanksgiving), December 18th – January 5th (Winter Break)

Extra Classes

The following classes will be extended for an extra one hour (Class time will be 3.00-6.00 pm): March 20th, 22nd, 27th and 29th.

Tuesday, April 2nd: Dress Rehearsal Friday Cast 2-5 pm—Note this is not a regularly scheduled day
Wednesday, April 3rd: Dress Rehearsal Wednesday Cast 3-6 pm

Performance Dates

**The show weekend dates are solid, however show times may change for each cast based on the discretion of the Upstage Staff

Wednesday Cast: Friday, April 5th at 6 pm AND Saturday, April 6th at 1 pm
Friday Cast: Thursday, April 4th at 7 pm AND Saturday, April 6th at 4 pm

Cast members will also participate in school shows on Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5th between 8 am and 12 pm (your child may be asked to arrive at school by 7:15 am on one of those days).

Performance Location

Main Auditorium, Westwood Charter Elementary, 2050 Selby Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Payment Terms

Cancellations before the end of the second week will receive a refund (less $100 handling fee). No refunds after the second week, however, fees can be applied toward another program or camp subject to availability.

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Production Team

Adrian Cohen : Artistic Director & Founder of Upstage Theatre Schools

Adrian Cohen

Artistic Director & Founder of Upstage Theatre Schools

Adrian has been a professional actor and drama teacher for over 25 years. He was born and educated in England completing a BA (honors) at Leeds University and a Drama Diploma at the Arts Educational Schools, London.

Adrian has worked extensively in film and television with credits including “Ocean’s 13”, “Entourage”, “General Hospital”, “The King of Queens”, “Frasier”, “Bruce Almighty” and recurring roles in “24” and “iCarly” (as Mr Devlin).

Adrian started Upstage in 1999 with a simple principle at its core — to create an environment that would produce fully rounded young performers:

“I wanted the students to take part in all three disciplines (i.e. acting, singing and dance) so that when they perform on stage, they have what we call 'chops'-that's how actors are taught in England. And the skills learnt in the performing arts are so useful to young people whatever future career they choose.”

Julie Bank : Managing Director

Julie Bank

Managing Director

Julie has been part of the Upstage family for over a decade, starting in 2004 as a volunteer at Westwood Charter before joining the Upstage Production Team in 2014.

She has a Masters of Social Service Administration Degree from the University of Chicago and has been working with children and families for over to 25 years, first in foster care and more recently as an international adoption social worker.

Originally from Texas, her love of Musical Theatre started with a High School production of “Grease” and was revived when the oldest of her four children joined the Upstage Program.

Julie loves being a part of the Upstage Theatre Schools family and loves working with the amazing Upstage staff and students!

Sara Cravens : Director

Sara Cravens


Sara is a comedic actress who grew up in Tennessee playing in trash cans for fun. Sara rose up quickly in the video game world, voicing Power Girl in Injustice 2, Boom Bloom in Skylanders and characters in Agents of Mayhem, Batman Arkham Knight, Star Wars Uprising as fan favorite Deathstick, and Halo 5. She has voiced 100s of commercials, including Nike, Nissan, Taco Bell, Target, McDonalds, BevMo, CVS, Diet Dr Pepper, Wells Fargo, Google, Honda, and you can hear her on TripTank on Comedy Central, Harriet Wolf in Monster High, Emma Stone's voicematch in The Croods, and Princess Maribel in The Snow King 2. Anime crowds love her as Sachiko in Erased and the Child Emperor in One Punch Man. Sara is a co-founder of The Harmony Series, a series of women's empowerment events encouraging women to find and embrace their authentic voice. She loves children and has created kid's improv programs for schools and theaters all over Los Angeles. She is thrilled to be a director with Upstage, and it is her absolute joy to see the young kids blow their audiences away. Sara loves yoga, country music, and makes the best from-scratch buttermilk biscuits you've ever tasted.

Meghann Lucas : Choreographer

Meghann Lucas


A Boston native who's been dancing since she was three, Meghann studied Dance and Theatre at both Hofstra and Jacksonville Universities. She has been teaching dance for the past 9 years in both the New England and Los Angeles areas. She has performed with local dance and theatre companies and most notably in the hybrid dance-theater company, Thrance.

Currently, she is a preschool dance teacher at Temple Isaiah Preschool in addition to owning her own dance company for the past six years, Kickstart Dance, located in West LA. She had her choreography debut with the Upstage Production of Peter Pan JR. this summer! She couldn't be happier teaching kids... and dancing!

Miranda Wynne : Director and Production Manager

Miranda Wynne

Director and Production Manager

Miranda Wynne graduated from UC, San Diego with a Bachelors in Theatre and a minor in communications. She performs in theatres all around Los Angeles and recently received a nomination for Best Lead Performance by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. Previously, Miranda has had the pleasure of being a teaching artist for La Jolla Playhouse’s Young Performers Workshop and as the Performing Arts Specialist at Fun Under the Sun Day Camp for a number of years. Miranda is also a substitute teacher for LAUSD during the year!

Gabriel Oliva : Musical Director

Gabriel Oliva

Musical Director

Not the average Spaniard, Gabriel grew up half in San Diego, and half in Seville, Spain. His first words were a "me gusta" followed shortly by "juice". After being confused for a short while (so he's told) he decided to stick to English primarily. He still speaks Spanish regularly to his family across the sea who still have a hard time believing "El Pollo Loco" is a restaurant.

Gabriel attended the USC School of Theatre and quickly transitioned into professional acting and singing after graduating with honors. Growing up with two opera-singing parents, he has an in-depth knowledge of singing technique. Gabriel’s music education continued and expanded through 10 years of performing in the barbershop group The Dapper Dans at Disneyland Resort.  His musical experience aided his transition into the world of voice-over. You can hear Gabriel’s voice in “Star Wars: Rogue One”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and several episodes of Disney Channel’s “Elena of Avalor”.

Payment Options: You can also choose to pay in three installments.

Cancellations before the end of the second week will receive a refund (less $100 handling fee). No refunds after the second week, however, fees can be applied toward another program or camp subject to availability.

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