San Diego Junior Theatre Presents “Tomás and the Library Lady”

| January 7, 2024 | 0 Comments

The nation’s longest-running youth theatre program continues its 76th Season with the San Diego premiere of “Tomás and the Library Lady” from Friday, January 12 to Sunday, January 21 at Junior Theatre, which is performed in Balboa Park’s historic Casa del Prado Theatre, 1600 Village Place, at the corner of Old Globe Way and Village Place.

Adapted from the well-loved book by Pat Mora, this heartwarming tale celebrates the importance of access to literature and the power of imagination to transcend boundaries. Photo Courtesy of Josie Gonzales.

In this inspiring true story, Tomás, a Mexican-American boy and the son of migrant farm workers, meets a caring librarian who introduces him to the wonderful world of books. Through her guidance and the magic of storytelling, Tomás discovers a world of knowledge, unlocking his potential and embarking on a journey of self-discovery. The books’ stories enrich the lives of Tomás and his family and instill a love of reading. Adapted from the well-loved book by Pat Mora, this heartwarming tale celebrates the importance of access to literature and the power of imagination to transcend boundaries.

Junior Theatre is excited to welcome Maria Patrice Amon to direct the production. Amon is a director, producer, scholar and proud Junior Theatre alumna whose work has been seen throughout San Diego at theatres such as La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego REP (where she was Associate Artistic Director), Diversionary Theatre and others.

Joining Amon on the creative team is Eliza Vedar, who will music direct as well as compose original music for the show. Vedar has become a frequent music director at Junior Theatre, with credits such as last season’s “Matilda” and “Cinderella” and JT’s upcoming productions of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Mean Girls.”  

Tomás and the Library Lady will run Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m. fJT’s popular Pajama Night is Friday, January 19.

Junior Theatre continues to provide an ASL-interpreted performance for each production. The ASL-interpreted performance will be Saturday, January 20 at 2 p.m. For optimal seating, members of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community can reach out directly to the box office at

Since 1948, Junior Theatre’s mission has been to provide engaging, innovative, high-quality theatre education and productions for children of all cultural heritage, ages, abilities, and levels of interest. Junior Theatre training fosters creativity, imagination and independent thinking which helps a young person face life’s challenge and discover themselves and their place in this world. Students gain confidence, learn leadership, practice teamwork and build a skill set – not only for a theatre stage, but for the larger stage of the real world. Notable alumni include Tony Award-winning Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell, Casey Nicholaw, director/choreographer of such Broadway hits as “Mean Girls,” “The Book of Mormon” and “Something Rotten!,” Agnes Chu, President of Condé Nast Entertainment, and many others who have gone on to success in a variety of fields. Junior Theatre’s motto is “Theatre skills are skills for life!”

For tickets and more information, visit or call the box office at 619-239-8355.

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