by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

In the Spotlight

student_wexler2Starting at a young age, Jason Wexler loved entertainment. “When I was younger I loved Legoland. I loved the rides, but my favorite thing was the fire show!” recalled Jason. One of his earliest memories is of going to musicals at the Jewish Community Center with his grandmother. “I was around four or five,” he shared. “I remember watching the shows and believing they were real.”

Today, 14-year-old Jason still enjoys being entertained, but his passion lies in performing. About a year ago, Jason joined the JCompany Youth Theatre. Since then, he has been a part of five theater productions: Seussical, Annie Warbucks, Once on This Island, Aladdin, and The Wiz. “I’ve always enjoyed acting and being on stage,” shared Jason. “What I enjoy most about JCompany Theatre is everything. It’s really fun! We get to play really cool characters and I’ve made a lot of great friends.”

Name: Jason Wexler
Community: Cantamar in Carlsbad
Family: Mom, dad, and big sister Talia
Hobbies: Musical theater, singing, playing piano, drums, trumpet
Favorite Local Spots: Legoland, the beach, BJ’s pizzeria, Benihana, my house because I love my backyard and swimming pool!

One of Jason’s most memorable performances was his lead role in Aladdin. “I was a lead narrator, but also Aladdin’s understudy, and I did get to go on as Aladdin!” he exclaimed. “I couldn’t believe it. It was all completely last minute and I was freaking out on the inside, but I tried not to show it. It went fairly well and it was very exciting!”

Jason lives in the Carlsbad community of Cantamar with his parents and older sister. He attends The Grauer School in Encinitas. “I enjoy that it’s a small community so you pretty much know everyone in the entire school,” said Jason. “I like that you get more one-on-one time with the teachers.”


His favorite school subjects are Spanish and Mandarin. “I was lucky to attend a dual language immersion program during elementary school, where I learned Spanish,” explained Jason. “I like languages because I get to talk to people from around the world and its super fun to speak in other languages.”

Aside from acting, Jason loves robotics and is proud to have recently participated in a robotics tournament. “It’s fun to build stuff and put your thinking into creating something,” shared Jason. “In my free time, when I’m not doing theater, I like to compose music,” he added. “I also play the piano, drums, trumpet, and I sing in a singing troupe called On the Town (OTT) through the Jewish Community Center. I like being creative!”