What is J-Term?

For 13 days in January each year, J-Term replaces a student’s regularly scheduled academic and arts classes. Students are immersed in daily rehearsals for an arts performance project. These rehearsals generally culminate with one or two performances. J-Term replicates the professional experience and engages students in the artistic energy of various rehearsal and performance venues under the direction of SPCPA faculty and/or guest professional artists. J-Term is a part of SPCPA training.

J-Term is curricular and required as part of the school year; students earn a full credit for successful participation. Grades are Pass/No Credit. Students are required to attend daily rehearsals and performances; participation is not optional. The school’s attendance policies also apply to J-Term, just on a condensed scale: two (2) unexcused absences during J-Term puts a student in jeopardy of not passing J-Term. Parents/Guardians are still responsible for calling their student out of rehearsal (Attendance Hotline: 651-222-3200).


Previous J-Term Performances

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2015 J-Term performances:

Almost, Maine – Pillsbury House Theater
Anything Goes – E.M. Pearson Theater, Concordia University
Ash Land – Howard Conn Theater
The Crucible – The LAB Theater (Minneapolis)
The Diviners – Red Eye Theater
Evening of Dance I – The O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University
Evening of Dance II – The O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University
For Colored Girls – Mixed Blood Theater
Fugitive Songs – Nautilis Music Theater
Macbeth – Cargill Stage, Children’s Theater Company
Once on This Island – Anne Simley Theater, Hamline University
Pop Cabaret – Studio Z
Riders to the Sea – Kilburn Arena, Rarig Center, University of Minnesota
Show Choir – Buetow Music Auditorium, Concordia University
Space Girl – Open Eye Figure Theater
Still Life with Iris – Stoll Thrust, Rarig Center, University of Minnesota
These Shining Lives – Ritz Theater
You Can’t Take it With You – Illusion Theater

2014 J-Term performances:

30 Plays in 60 Minutes – The Lab Theater
Antigone – The LAB Theater (Minneapolis)
The Boys from Syracuse – The Lehr Theater
Dido and Aeneas – Kilburn Arena, Rarig Center, University of Minnesota
Evening of Dance I – The O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University
Evening of Dance II – The O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University
Fiddler on the Roof – E.M. Pearson Theater, Concordia University
Good ‘N’ Plenty – Illusion Theater
Hairspray – History Theatre
Hot Comb – Pillsbury House Theater
Illyria – Mixed Blood Theatre
Madrigal Dinner – Landmark Center
New Music Stew – Studio Z
The Skin of Our Teeth – Southern Theater
Twelfth Night – Stoll Thrust, Rarig Center, University of Minnesota
Vocal Jazz – Lehr Theatre
The Wretchedly Uncomfortables – Red Eye Theater

2013 J-Term performances:

Big Small Things – Open Eye Figure Theater
The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin – Illusion Theater
Chicago – Southern Theater
The Devil and Daniel Webster – Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Edwin Drood – Lehr Theater
Evening of Dance I – Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota
Evening of Dance II – Ritz Theater
Innocence Lost – Rarig Center Thrust, University of Minnesota
Intermezzo – Gremlin Theatre
New Play Festival – Penumbra Theater Company
Open the Pod Bay Doors, HAL– Intermedia Arts
Pops! Concert – Anne Simley Theater, Hamline University
Romeo & Juliet – Ritz Theater
Show Choir – Anne Simley Theater, Hamline University
Uses of Enchantment – Mixed Blood Theater

2012 J-Term performances:

Caroline, or Change – History Theatre
Evening of Dance I – The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
Evening of Dance II – The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
Gianni Schicchi – Concordia University
January Jazz Walker West Music Academy and The Lehr Theater
Manifest Cloaks – Gremlin Theatre
Much Ado About Nothing – Illusion Theater
Night the Improv – Gremlin Theatre
Origin Story – Mixed Blood Theatre
Our Town – Red Eye Theater
Pirates of Penzance – Concordia University
The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieLehr Theater
So Long, Johnson Pillock – Forage Modern Workshop
Urinetown – The Lab Theater

2011 J-Term performances:

The Arabian Nights – The Children’s Theatre
As You Like It – History Theatre
Carousel – O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
Carousel Orchestra – O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
Departure Point – Studio Z
Evening of Dance – O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
Into the Woods – Illusion Theater
The Land of Polished Stones – The Lab Theater
Night at the Improv – The Lowry Lab
Sossy Mechanics Moving Theater – The Lab Theatre
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Lehr Theater
Thingamajig– Open Eye Figure Theatre
Vaudeville – MN Centennial Showboat
Vocal Project – Lehr Theater

2010 J-Term performances:

Sister Kenny’s Children – Produced in association with the History Theatre.
Good ‘N Plenty – Mixed Blood Theater
Little Shop of Horrors – Concordia University
Evening of Dance – O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
Night At The Opera – O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
Lovely Bunch of Coconuts – Intermedia Arts
Violet – Illusion Theater
Other 2010 performances included: Student Plays – Playwright’s Center, Night at the Improv – Lowry Lab, Original Film – Screened in the Weyerhaeuser Auditorium

2009 J-Term Performances:

All In The Timing – Weyerhaeuser Auditorium
This Is Not A Moustache – Wellstone Theater
Recollect – Wellstone Theater
Footloose – McKnight Theater
Ragtime – O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
You Can’t Take It With You – Illusion Theater
Night of Dance – O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
Chamber Orchestra Performance – McNally Smith Auditorium
Latin Jazz – Wellstone Theater
Student Plays – Pillsbury House Theater
Improv – Red Eye Theater
Piano Recital – Landmark Center 317

2008 J-Term Performances:

Bat Boy – Concordia University
One-Act Play Festival – Harding H.S. & Weyerhaeuser Auditorium
One-Act Play – The Long Christmas Dinner – Weyerhaeuser Auditorium
Chekov Project – Lowry Theater Lab & Bryand Lake Bowl
Penumbra Project – Penumbra Theater
Student Plays – Weyerhaeuser Auditorium
Spoken Word/Storytelling – Lowry Theater Lab
Brave New Improv – Lowry Theater Lab
Comedy Improv – Lowry Theater Lab
Night of Dance – O’Shaugnessy Auditorium
Swing Choir & Band – Fitzgerald Theater
Chamber Orchestra – McNally Smith Auditorium
Jazz Gig – Artist’s Quarter

2007 J-Term Performances:

Urinetown – Concordia University
The Quilting Project – U of M Showboat
One Act Play Festival – Lowry Lab
Actors/Writers Workshop – Frey Theater
Improv Tonight! – Lowry Lab
Recital – McNally Smith Auditorium
Night of Dance – Fitzgerald Theater
Gospel Chorale – Central Presbyterian

2006 J-Term Performances:

Music Review / Tap & Taiko – Ordway Center McKnight Theater
The Choreography Project/MN Dance Repertoire Experience – Wilkins Studios
The Mini Musical – Weyerhaeuser Auditorium
Good ‘n’ Plenty – Weyerhaeuser Auditorium