Junior Academy for the Performing Arts

Curtains up! Discover the magic of theater this season with JAPA

Since 2016, The Junior Academy of the Performing Arts (JAPA) has provided semi-professional level performing arts experiences for youth and teens in Prince George’s County and the Greater Washington, DC area. JAPA introduces theater to students who have a talent and curiosity for the performing arts and strengthens the knowledge and skill level of students already interested in performance. Students discover the magic of theater through the process of auditioning, rehearsing, and performing a Broadway-style musical theater production presented on the stages at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland. 

JAPA presents a fall and spring musical production and offers summer camps for ages 8 to 11. The program rehearses at the Prince George’s County Suite at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.   

Registration for JAPA Spring 2022 will open in February 2022.

Production History

  • A Night of Rising Stars (April 2016)
  • Aesop’s Foibles (May 2018)
  • Annie Kids (July 2017)
  • Willy Wonka (August 2017)
  • Disney’s Cinderella Kids (July 2018) 
  • Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. (August 2018)
  • A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol (December 2018) 
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes (May 2019)
  • Sleeping Beauty Kids (July 2019) 
  • Peter Pan Jr. (August 2019)
  • A Rockin’ Tale of Snow White (December 2019)
  • A Virtual Rap-Punzel (December 2020) 
  • Cinderella: A Virtual Musical Play (May 2021)
  • Coming Up! We Kids Be Kids (December 2021)

Additional Information

For additional details and questions, please email Christel.Stevens@pgparks.com. See you on the virtual stage this fall!