by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Samantha Gleaton Photography

On Stage

student_wexler2Talia Wexler began performing with J*Company Youth Theatre Group at the beginning of 2015 and has never looked back. “I have been involved in theater throughout my life, but I’ve recently taken a more serious interest in performing. I feel that I have found where I belong with J*Company,” explained Talia. She has performed with J*Company in shows including Annie, Mary Poppins, Seussical and, most recently, Once On This Island. “I enjoy theater because I love being able to step into another place and time and be another person in that moment. I learn so much about each character that I play, and I make them my own. I also love bringing happiness and joy into the lives of people sitting in the audience,” revealed Talia.


Name: Talia Wexler
Community: Carlsbad
Family: Mom, dad, and 13-year-old brother Jason
Hobbies: Theater, singing
Favorite Local Spots: Beach, Legoland, The Forum


student_wexler1When Talia is not on the stage, she attends The Grauer School, where she loves the small classes, participating in the music program, and performing at school events such as Café Nights, Grauerpalooza, school assemblies, and the Spring Arts showcase. Her favorite subjects are music and English, two classes that allow her to express her creativity. “I love music because I sing and play the piano, guitar, and ukulele. I also enjoy writing stories, poetry, and songs,” said Talia. Through The Grauer School, Talia does a great deal of volunteer work, such as helping out at homeless shelters, singing at senior centers, and collecting and sorting canned goods for those in need. In addition, she is a part of a club called Girl Rising. According to Talia, this club focuses on the pursuit of gender equality and equality in education. Talia is also actively involved in her temple, volunteering as a camp counselor at a Jewish day camp and serving on the board of the temple’s youth group.

“I enjoy theater because I love being able to step into another place and time and be another person in that moment… I also love bringing happiness and joy into the lives of people sitting in the audience.”

Talia, her mother, father, and younger brother reside in Carlsbad and can often be found out and about at the Flower Fields, the beach, or Legoland. “We all enjoy theater as well. I recently pulled my brother into theater at J*Company with me and he loves it,” related Talia, who recently got her driver’s license and is thrilled to be able to drive herself to rehearsals and shows.