ACTORS YOUTH THEATRE

Rating: 4.93 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 7440 E Main St Ste 10 % Marcus Ellsworth Mesa AZ 85207 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love Actors Youth Theatre so much!! I love how everyone there makes you feel so wlecome.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The plays I've been in

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change nothing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This theater group was the highlight of my Son's summer! He had such a blast participating in his first play. I was amazed that after an all day practice, he was still wanting MORE! We had a very positive experience and would recommend it to any of our friends.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the play MULAN, a Junior production done the summer of 2010

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not know what to change. i was 100% Satisfied!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We were so excited to find a children's performing group that didn't have performances or practices on Sundays. This was my daughters second time to perform with a group and she was so excited! As a parent I was very impressed with the quality of the performance. The staff and cast were wonderful and my daughter had a great experience. We look forward to doing more with AYT.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Great community theater!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wish ticket prices could be lower.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have had the opportunity to work with Actors Youth Theatre (AYT) for a very long time now. They gave me my first real part in a show and truly showed me what it is to be on stage. I've learned more then i can even tell, from them, and have made many life-long friends. I think above all what i truly love is their dedication to better the lives of others. They don't just put on a show and have fun, although we always do, they take each show as an opportunity to change someone's life, or brighten their day, or put into words something they couldn't express themselves. AYT was a way for me to express myself and really fall in love with theatre. Because of them i'm addicted and i don't ever want to go back. If you want your child to get the entire theatre experience this is one of the very few places that they can get it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It's helped me improve my audition skills, people skills, social skills, and become more confident in myself.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give more time for rehersals, not be as leniant with schedules, and have smaller cast sizes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Professionally managed and the handling of the children is age appropriate, not to mention fun and educational. I have yet to see the production, however, I am confident that the show will be a success. Very positive atmosphere with realistic expectations for the actors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In working with the staff and the other volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

New to AYT. No comment, thus far.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My brother was friends with someone who was involved with AYT, and we saw one of the shows. I loved the feeling of watching the show, so I auditioned for the next play. I didn't make it, but I kept trying, and I made one of their earlier shows, Once on This Island. It was probably the first time I really ever felt good about myself. The atmosphere was fun, positive, and enjoyable. I've auditioned for just about every show since then, and the shows I didn't make I've been on stage crew, because I love AYT so much that I want to be as involved as possible. The directors are so fun and nice, that I don't want to miss out on anything. I hope that soon I get more opportunities to take on more responsibility and get more involved. I would strongly recommend getting signed up for an audition because everyone I know that has been involved in AYT have enjoyed their experience and come back.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fun and enthusiastic and kind people and atmosphere. Everyone is so nice, and professional at the same time. It's been sooooo fun.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have been only peripherally involved with the running of AYT. Our daughter Kristin, son-in-law Chris and two grandsons Nick and Trevor, have been heavily involved for many years. Kristin has been President of the Board and is now General Manager of the company. The boys have been in many productions, and Chris has been a backstage worker, set builder, as well as videographer for the shows. We have attended MANY of AYT's productions over the years and have appreciated the excellence these shows attain. The youth cast/crew members learn so much about live theater. They learn from hands-on experiences, not sitting in classrooms listening to lectures. This high-quality company deserves a big pat on the back for working so beautifully with the talented young people who audition, perform and also work backstage. KUDOS to AYT! Dennis and Sue Smith

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the growth of our grandsons as they have participated. Each of them has gained considerable confidence and poise through their opportunities with AYT.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the joy of the young people who have the opportunity to participate in high-quality productions.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated workers. Hours and hours go into the preparation of these productions. Each staff member and volunteer is happy to be serving, and lets that joy be felt by everyone!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

finally have its own stage! What a BLESSING that would be! The producers/directors have done wonders working with rather poor physical conditions. AH, the joy of a REAL stage, with REAL lighting and sound!

Ways to make it better...

the Board and staff did not have to worry constantly about making ends meet. They do a wonderful job on a shoestring budget. We wonder what they could do with some REAL money!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fund-raising, fund-raising, fund-raising. What a shame that such talented, dedicated people have to spend so much energy trying to earn enough money to mount another great show!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Actors Youth Theater works with hundreds of youth in the area- with very little monetary compensation. They deserve a break!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

My son's friend invited us to an AYT show several years ago and I was so impressed I signed him up for the next audition. He was cast in that play and had the best time. He made great friends and his confidence grew. His younger brother then auditioned and we've been part of AYT now ever since. The productions are so good. The talent of these young actors is amazing! The directors are very fair in their casting and look for the actors who fit the parts best - whether they've been with AYT before or not. Each cast is like a family. It's a wonderful group to be part of!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the confidence in both of my sons grow. I've also enjoyed being part of a team to bring these wonderful productions about.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

raise more money to be able to help more youth fulfill their dreams.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the caring and love the Directors have for the young actors who come.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and delightful people. Some of my favorite people are at AYT.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

afford a decent stage! And afford to pay the Directors and all who help with the shows more than the little bit they get.

Ways to make it better...

there was more money.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of money. The people in charge spend some of their own money to make the shows happen. They want them to look right and to be their best so they always have to put in some of their own money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

anyone with an acting dream should come to the workshops, classes or auditions. Participate as much as you can. You will learn so much!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I am seasoned actress with Actors Youth Theatre, and I am currently participating in my ninth production with them. I started at only nine years old and was cast as ensemble for The Three Musketeers. AYT is a huge part of my life and my career, and without the faith all the members of the company have in me, I wouldn't be this trained in my passion for the arts. The directors, choreographers, voice teachers and every participant are truly welcoming and wonderful people. Actors Youth Theatre is the door to many opportunities from finding life-long friends to being trained in every aspect of the arts. All of the shows are incredibly professional and entertaining, the sets and costumes are magnificent, and the directors know exactly what they're talking about. I have had the pleasure to participate in life-changing shows that teach me so much. AYT has done so many things for me, and I know that because of them, I have become the actress that I am today.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have participated in many shows with this company.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

All of the professional training I've gotten and the open arms of every member involved.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredibly friendly and welcoming, very easy to work with, professional and encouraging.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide better costumes, revenues and sets.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My daughter was chosen as an orphan in Annie. I was so surprised that she landed a part when AYT had never met her and chose her from her first audition with them. So many of the other studios in the valley are so political and only choose actors they know from classes, workshops or from their friends or family, or church. It gets so discouraging, but AYT is so fair and is truly looking for talent. They also don't charge any fees for your child to participate which I find so many other studios do. This seems to only allow the kids with money to perform. AYT is not about that! It's so refreshing to NOT have to show up with a check in hand!!! They need more volunteers and funding which they try to obtain through fundraisers. They are all wonderful people running the show throughout! From the dependable and outstanding President, to the most talented directors, to the people who answer the phone. Nothing but kindness and professionalism.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a parent of an actor, and as a volunteer helping with costumes, and head costumier.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them a better and bigger studio to hold practice and a better venue although Mesa Arts Center was a huge improvement.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fairness, kindness,talented, professional staff and friendships.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all caring and totally dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put on shows as good as Broadway. It could also bring out talent in youth that this valley has never seen!!!

Ways to make it better...

AYT had better funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

$$$$$$

One thing I'd also say is that...

these people really put their heart into this theater and do it because of their love for the arts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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