Explore the “big blue world” with this lively new stage musical based on the beloved Pixar film! Join AJT as the first junior theater company in Asheville, and one of the first nationwide, to perform this heartwarming musical!

Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves.

Featuring memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow,” Finding Nemo JR. brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage in a story full of family, friendship, and adventure. 


Rehearsals: Twice-weekly beginning Sunday, February 26, 2023

4 Performances: Times TBD on May 27 and 28, 2023
Performance Location: Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Rehearsal Schedule: Sundays 1:00pm-6:00pm and Fridays 4:00pm-7:00pm; however, all kids may not be required for the entire time at each rehearsal.
Rehearsal Location: Asheville, NC
Auditions: For role placement only; will be held on February 26. Information will be emailed about auditions.
Fees: Full payment is due on the first day of rehearsals and is non-refundable. No refunds are given for any reason whatsoever, even if your junior actor does not get their desired role. A non-refundable deposit of $100 will hold each child’s spot until rehearsals begin.
Other Information:
  • Ages 8-18 welcome to Apply for the show. 
  • There is a mandatory parent meeting from 1:00-2:00pm on February 26. All fees and paperwork will be collected following the meeting at 2:00pm.
  • Two scheduled absences are allowed; tech and dress rehearsals are MANDATORY during show week. Rehearsals times for the two weeks prior to show are TBD and kids must be available to rehearse EVERY DAY, if necessary.
  • We require a minimum of 10 hours volunteer time per family over the three months for your child to be in the show. Don’t have the time? Opt out for $300 so that we can hire help.
  • Each family is responsible for selling/buying a minimum of 6 show tickets.
  • Each family is expected to volunteer during show week, which could be load-in, dress rehearsal/one show day, ushering, etc. All familes are asked to stay after the final show for load-out.
  • We are not just another junior theater company, but we strive to be the best! Being a part of Asheville Junior Theater is a commitment. We require all kids to practice dances, songs and lines at home.
  • We reserve the right to change the show date/theater if mask mandates come back to WNC or if rehearsals are stopped due to illness.
  • Check out the “FAQ” page under the “About” Tab for answers to many more questions.
  • MINI CO (ages 4-7): Classes are 12-1:00pm from February 26- May 21 with Miss Hannah. See “Programs” page for info. 

Pricing and Schedule


Price is $450. Plus a $25 membership fee per family per year.

Includes a show t-shirt, video and photos of dress rehearsal.

10% discount for second sibling.

A non-refundable $100 deposit will hold each child’s spot.

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