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JCA's Magic Wardrobe Theatre

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Each year, more than 25,000 kids from across Duval, Clay and St. John’s counties share one experience at the JCA.  The JCA is home to The Magic Wardobe Theatre, an educational theatre program that incorporates school curriculums and life skills lessons in an interactive stage format.

In its 15th year, the Magic Wardrobe program uses professional actors and original shows to create interactive and engaging programming for children, making this high-quality show second only to the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens as a field trip destination for students throughout Jacksonville. 

The shows change monthly and are based on classic children’s stories and traditions.  With music, dance and audience engagement, the Magic Wardrobe encourages children to dance, sing and play along with the story on stage.  

While the program is specially designed for students grades pre-K to 2, JCA Theatre Director Shelly Hughes plans to expand programming for grades 3 to 5 this spring.  A veteran performer, Hughes has been on stage her whole life and said she wants to foster a lasting appreciation of the arts in her students and audiences. 

 “We’re the only continually producing children’s theatre program in the area,” said Hughes, whose character in the Magic Wardrobe, Zoe, is something of a celebrity among children who attend the show.  In addition to the Magic Wardrobe, the JCA offers a variety of performing arts classes and programs for children. 

The JCA stage has been the starting point for many young artists through the years, and JCA theatre alumni have earned success in professional careers on Broadway and television.  

The JCA offers a place for young actors to learn and grow in their love of the performing arts.

“We’re a theatre where everyone is welcome on our stage, regardless of age, experience or religion,” said Hughes.  “The JCA is very proud of reaching so many children in our community through our Magic Wardrobe Theatre.”

For more information about the Magic Wardrobe Theatre, contact Shelly at 904-730-2100 ext. 252.