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Finding Nemo, Jr.

Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. is a musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves.

Featuring memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow,” Finding Nemo JR. brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage in a story full of family, friendship, and adventure. 

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Carson City's Wild Horse Children’s Theater triumphs at Junior Theater Festival West

The spotlight shone brightly on Wild Horse Children’s Theater Junior Theater Festival Performance Troupe as they clinched top honors at the Junior Theater Festival West. This glittering event, held in Sacramento is a dedicated celebration of outstanding student-driven musical programs from across the globe.

In a dazzling display of talent, a group of 29 WHCT students from the Carson City area embarked on a journey to Sacramento for the 2024 Junior Theater Festival West in February. Their enthralling 15-minute performance featured excerpts from the MTI Broadway Junior musical, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Jr.

WHCT awards included:

 

  • Freddie G. Award for Excellence in Dance

  • JTF Festival All-Stars: Lewis Sanders and Micah Giron, who not only earned this prestigious title but also participated in a special All-Star workshop and performed at the Freddie G Awards Ceremony.

  • Freddie G. Inspirational Award: Zoe Ward and family. This award is given to an individual or group who touched the heart of the judges in an inspirational way.

  • Special Project Video: Emma Spears, who secured a callback for an upcoming special video project scheduled for New York this summer.

Adjudicators for WHCT included esteemed personalities such as Morgan Rose, known for her Broadway credits in School of Rock, Evita, and Shrek the Musical. Rose, who teaches dance at the Joffrey Ballet School and Broadway Dance Center in NYC, remarked, "Wild Horse Children's Theater embodied community through wonderful character work and powerful choices. They were a joy to watch on stage!" Cindy Ripley, Senior Educational Consultant for ITheatrics, and teaching artist for the Kennedy Center, added, "An undeniable performance by this balanced ensemble. Their performance brought the audience to new heights!"

Notably, WHCT Director Carol Scott, honored with the Freddie G Fellowship Award last year, continues to exemplify excellence in theater education. This award, given to 5 theater educators across the country, recognizes exceptional theater instructors making a positive impact on their students and communities through musical theater. Scott was invited to JTF Atlanta in January to experience the record breaking JTF festival with 6,583 people and 125 theater groups in attendance.

JTF is a celebration of musical theater and education, uniting Broadway and West End professionals with educators and young students. WHCT, a nonprofit organization, remains dedicated to providing young people with opportunities to learn and grow in the performing arts, fostering a love for theater and instilling valuable skills for both on and off the stage.

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