Local youth star in ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

COAST CITIES — Nine North County youths are in the casts of San Diego Junior Theatre’s March productions: Roald Dahl’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
Christian Jaeger and Mark Steitz of Del Mar, Spencer Whitney and Justin Whitney of Encinitas and Carlsbad’s Sonya Brieske are performing in the beloved tale of a crafty critter that bamboozles three ornery farmers.
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” runs March 4 through March 20 at Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado Theatre on Fridays at 7 p.m. and weekends at 2 p.m.
Among the troupe in San Diego Junior Theatre’s limited engagement of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” are Johnny Martin and Ben Shaffer of Encinitas and Rachel Friedman and Ben Sutton of Del Mar. This show’s performances are at 7 p.m. on March 10, March 12, March 17 and March 19 and at 6 p.m. March 13, also at Casa del Prado Theatre. Suitable for those 12 or older, the musical comedy chronicles the angst of six quirky adolescents as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime.
Tickets for both shows range from $8 to $14 and are available online at www.juniortheatre.com or by calling (619) 239-8355.
Founded in 1948, San Diego Junior Theatre is the oldest youth theater in the United States. Positively affecting students of all abilities, ages 4 through 18, it thrives through show ticket sales, class and camp enrollments and the generosity of its alumni and community members.

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