University School of Jackson

Upper/Middle School Musicals

The Fine Arts department at USJ is known for its show stopping productions given by our Middle and Upper School students. Several Upper School musicals have been nominated for the Orpheum’s High School Musical Theatre Awards, which is part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards program including 30 programs from across the United States. Aside from performance opportunities, students are also able to take on the responsibilities of set design, choreography, and other activities required for a production. Upper School students are also heavily involved in assisting our Middle School students with their productions. Whether its choreography or backstage supervision, Upper School students gain knowledge of the working parts of a musical aside from performance. Through this, Middle School students are given the opportunity to connect with and learn from those older than them. When involved in a USJ musical, each student experiences firsthand the process of putting on a show from beginning to end.


Frozen Jr Coming Soon to Blankenship Theater

Students in 6th grade through 9th grade are working hard to bring you one of Disney's more recent movie and Broadway hits.  Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

Show dates are Friday, April 30 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Tickets will be available soon for purchase.  You must purchase them online in advance. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.


Policies & Procedures for 2020-21 Productions

With everything going on right now, our biggest priority is the safety of our students, faculty and audience members.  In order to ensure that safety, the Arts Guild has worked closely with USJ administration to create policies and procedures that will be enforced for this year's productions. Please read over everyting carefully.  If there are questions or concerns, please contact Erica Davidson at [email protected]  

  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED:  Everyone entering the building must be wearing a mask at all times, even once seated in the theater.

  • TEMPERATURE CHECKS:  Once you enter the theater foyer, an Arts Guild member will check your temperature.  If you are running a temperature of 99.6 or above, you will be asked to leave.
  • SEATING IN THEATER:  The Blankenship Theater will be at 50% seating capacity to ensure that eveyrone is a minimum of 6' apart. 
  • PATRONS & SPONSORS:  Our patrons and sponsors will continue to contact the Ticketing chairperson to secure their seats.  The deadline to secure your seats will be Tuesday, the week of the show.  After that, the seats will open to the public for purchase.
  • TICKET SALES: All tickets will be pre-sold.  Tickets will NOT be available at the door, but purchased through Vendini.  You will be able to select your seats in the Blankenship Theater.
  • USJ STUDENTS & FACULTY:  Ticket prices for USJ students and faculty will be $5.  

If there are any quesitons or concerns, please email Erica Davidson at [email protected]

  • 1982 - Li’l Abner
  • 1983 - Bye Bye Birdie
  • 1984 - Oklahoma
  • 1985 - Guys and Dolls
  • 1986 - Hello Dolly
  • 1987 - The King and I
  • 1988 - Music Man
  • 1989 - Annie Get Your Gun
  • 1990 - Anything Goes
  • 1991 - Babes in Arms
  • 1992 - The Sound of Music
  • 1993 - Brigadoon
  • 1994 - Guys and Dolls
  • 1995 - My Favorite Year
  • 1996 - Li’l Abner
  • 1997 - The King and I
  • 1998 - Crazy for You
  • 1999 - Bye Bye Birdie
  • 2000 - Music Man
  • 2001 - My Fair Lady
  • 2002 - Singin’ in the Rain
  • 2003 - Fiddler on the Roof
  • 2004 - The Sound of Music
  • 2004 - The Pirates of Penzance (Fall 2004)
  • 2005 - Beauty and the Beast
  • 2006 - Bye Bye Birdie
  • 2007 - Disney's High School Musical
  • 2007 - Hot Mikado (Fall)
  • 2008 - Cinderella
  • 2009 - Crazy For You
  • 2009 - Smokey Joe's Cafe (Fall)
  • 2010 - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • 2010 - We're All Shook Up (Fall)
  • 2011 - Aida
  • 2011 - Peter Pan (Fall)
  • 2012 - Happy Days
  • 2012 - The Sound of Music (Fall)
  • 2013 - Guys and Dolls
  • 2013 - Beauty and the Beast (Fall)
  • 2014 - Tarzan
  • 2014 - Seussical (Fall)
  • 2015 - Mary Poppins
  • 2015 - Wizard of Oz (Fall)
  • 2016 - Cinderella
  • 2016 - The Little Mermaid (Fall)
  • 2017 - High School Musical
  • 2017 - Zombie Prom (Fall)
  • 2018 - Singin' in the Rain
  • 2018 - A Christmas Carol the Musical (Fall)
  • 2019 - West Side Story
  • 2019 - Beauty and the Beast (Fall)
  • 2020 - Grease
  • 2020 - Smokey Joe's Cafe (Fall)

For More Information

Tammy Grant
AP Music Theory, Musical Theater Director, 9th Grade Choir

[email protected]



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