The Conwell Kidz once again had an extremely successful experience at the 12th Annual Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta. Under the direction of Nicole Oliver and Alexandra Montanez, The Kidz opened the New Works Showcase in full costume with an amazing rendition of the Mary Pope Osbourne's Magic Tree House/Pirates Past Noon. The performance, led by Jermaine Birchett, Jon Pierre Saitta, Mia Oliver, and Jacob Ferrera, drew a standing ovation by the crowd of 6,000 students and teachers of theater from all over the country, Australia, and New Zealand. During the adjudication period, the KIDZ earned the award for Excellence in Music. Sasha Caines and Jermaine Birchett were named Junior Theater Festival All Stars. A special thanks to PS 41 dance teacher, Emily Funicello for her expertise in choreography. The most exciting news was that our director, Nicole Oliver, was recognized and received the Freddy G Teacher Award and Fellowship. Nicole will be studying this summer with the experts to receive a master teacher status. The Freddie G Fellowship is an all-expense paid weekend in NYC, complete with professional development, performances, and celebrations sponsored by Freddie Gershon, Music Theatre International and Broadway Junior founder, and his wife, Myrna. Additionally, Freddie and Myrna will donate $5,000 to the individual recipient’s organization to be put towards his or her musical theater program. Forty-seven teachers have now taken part in the Freddie G Fellowship, which has included master classes with award-winning Broadway professionals such as Stephen Sondheim, Jeanine Tesori, Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman, Scott Whitman, Bobby Lopez, Kristen Anderson Lopez, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Baayork Lee, Jeff Calhoun, Warren Carlyle, Rick Elice, Douglas Carter Beane, Ken Billington, Tobin Ost, and many others. They also attended Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, saw pilot workshop productions of future Broadway Junior titles, and toured both Music Theatre International and iTheatrics. All in all, the celebration was an amazing success. The Conwell Kidz return to the stage in late February with the FIRST EVER performance of the yet to be released script of Aladdin, Jr. Disney recruited the Kidz and Mrs. Oliver for this performance. Dates and times to be announced shortly.