Seeking Production Team for Ashti's Journey to Jazz

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Children’s Performing Arts is looking to hire all production roles for our upcoming production of Ashti’s Journey to Jazz. This world premiere will take place at the Hanifl Performing Arts Center in July of 2024! More information about this production can be found on our website at

“Ashti’s Journey to Jazz” is a children’s play adapted from the acclaimed and beloved author Carmen Rubin’s debut book, Ashti Meets Birdman Al, and is about a little girl and her mother who meet an old jazz musician who has the blues because a school’s music program is in jeopardy. He shares his love of jazz music with them. Ashti is inspired to help Birdman Al keep the music alive, so she creates a fundraising event to earn money for the school’s music program. 

The cast will feature a mix of student and adult actors, including Thomasina Petrus as Ashti's music teacher, Mrs. Robinson.

“Ashti’s Journey to Jazz” based on Ashti Meets Birdman Al by Carmen Rubin

Book by Carmen Rubin

Music and Lyrics by Thomasina Petrus

Auditions: TBD 

Rehearsals: May 28th-July 2nd (Mondays-Thursdays 6:00-8:30 PM, Ability to add Sundays at the discretion of the director)

Tech: July 7th-10th 5:00-9:00 PM

Performances: July 11th-20th

Full Calendar can be found HERE.

Seeking the following roles: 

  • Director, Pay: $1,900
  • Music Director (Experience with Adults, Students, and Jazz Instrumentalists a plus), Pay: $1,300
  • Choreographer, Pay: $1,300
  • Stage Manager, Pay: $1,500
  • Production Manager, Pay: $3,500

Artists of all races, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply but we are actively seeking BIPOC production team members to reflect a story that centers the black experience and will feature a diverse cast of actors. 

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Maddie Ripperger at [email protected]. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 25th. Preference will be given to applications received before February 18th. 


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