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2023-2024 57th Season

Summer Musical Theatre Experience

The 18th Annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience presents Disney's Beauty and The Beast!

The Summer Musical Theatre Experience (SMTE) provides the opportunity for local area high school students to work hands-on with some of the highest recognized local theatre professionals at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts.

Auditions are typically in April or May and are open to current 6th through 12th graders in Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau and outer lying counties. Previous experience is not required. Actors, dancers, singers, technicians and musicians are needed. A participation fee is required which covers costume rental, show memorabilia, etc. Scholarships/payment arrangements are available.

For more information, contact the SMTE hotline at (904) 646-2347 or email

The 18th Annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!

The Florida State College at Jacksonville High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience is celebrating its 18th year providing theatre opportunities to 6th-12th graders in the First Coast area. This summer, more than 70 student performers and technicians will train with professional theatre artists in preparation for our production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities or, even more simply staged, Disney's Beauty and the Beast offers a great opportunity to bring the entire community together for family theatre at its best.

Appropriate for all audiences and groups.

Performances: July 19 - 28, 2024


Experienced Dancers: For current 6th - 12th grade students with dance experience.  Attend only audition date. To be considered for a speaking role, students must also sing at the 2 p.m. auditions.
Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 10 a.m.
Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 10 a.m.
Bring jazz shoes if you have them
Anyone experienced in dance, acrobatics and gymnastics is encouraged to attend
Callbacks are April 27, by invitation only.

Performers: For current 6th - 12th grade students interested in acting, singing and dancing.  No previous musical theater experience necessary!  Attend only audition date.
Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 2 p.m.
Auditions consist of:
Vocal: prepare a song from selections found under ‘IMPORTANT AUDITION MATERIALS’ below. No a cappella or recorded music, accompanist will be provided.
Dance: come dressed to dance – tennis shoes and jazz shoes are acceptable
Callbacks are April 27, by invitation only.

Technicians: For current 8th - 12th grade students interested in set construction, costumes, lights, props, make up, painting and sound.
Application due by May 7, 2024, Submit application to 


Where: Florida State College at Jacksonville, South Campus

FSCJ Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts

11901 Beach Boulevard

Jacksonville, FL 32246

 If you have any questions, please call the SMTE Hotline at (904) 646-2347

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Jacksonville FL 32246

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Check out the gallery of photos below from our past Summer Musical Theatre production Sister Act 2023

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