Spotlight Youth Theatre

Rating: 5 stars   27 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 10620 N 43rd Avenue Glendale AZ 85304 USA

Mission: Spotlight Youth Theatre's mission is to educate and empower youth through the performing arts.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Spotlight Youth Theatre is a very special and magical place. Three years ago I enrolled my 7 year old in Summer Camp because she was extremely shy and suffering from severe social anxiety. I was really worried about my daughter and ready to send her to a professional therapist for help. A former student of mine suggested Spotlight. The first day of camp was tear filled as we dropped her off and I was worried about my decision to send her to camp. When we picked her up she was happy and had made friends and had fun. One session turned into two sessions that summer. Later that year she auditioned for her first play and performed in it. Since then she has attended 4 more sessions of camp, been in 6 more shows, is part of the performance group, and attended many workshops. She has come out of her shell and calls Spotlight her home. It is her happy place. She is a different child than the one I dropped off that summer. The Artistic Director of this theatre has a gift for bringing out the special unique talent in each child and creating a loving and supportive environment. Since then my entire family has become a part of the Spotlight Family. My older daughter is involved in their performance group Pitches and Tones and has participated in plays and musicals. My husband and myself have spent time working on sets. It is a welcoming and supportive family. The productions are first rate and the theatre is not afraid to deal with controversial material that has social impact like last year's production of The Laramie Project. I love this magical place as much as my daughters love it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Families come together at Spotlight to learn all aspects of the performing arts. From auditions to productions to set building to tech work to box office...kids get to do it all! Through these opportunities, children grow and learn and gain valuable skill sets. I've watched my children become amazing performers but MORE IMPORTANTLY they gained a work ethic, dedication to a craft, and an expansion of knowledge about themselves as performers and individuals. The top notch, award winning productions also add value to our community; the arts are alive and well in this environment, doesn't cost an arm and a leg to see amazing quality. Often people walk out of the theatre saying they haven't seen better performances from professional performers! I can't say enough about the amazing staff and volunteers of this organization. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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

I wish someone would give this organization funding so they could take it to the next level. Get into a larger space, be able to pay their artistic director a living wage, and be able to take the theater to the next level. It's a gem that is hidden only because of the needs for adequate funding!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My association with Spotlight Youth Theatre started six years ago when my children auditioned for a performance troupe. Now, some 20 shows, numerous camp events, Disneyland performances and other events I can say that when my children look back on their childhood, Spotlight Youth Theatre will be a key part of their memories. The skills they have learned include confidence, teamwork and dedication. They have grown into mature, responsible kids who want to give back to their community and to embody excellence through the performing arts. Spotlight has given them a safe, secure place to grow and learn, to explore who they are as people and as artists. As a parent, I can think of no higher praise than this is where I want my kids to be. In the Spotlight. As a lover of theater, I can honestly say the productions at Spotlight are top notch. The talent of the kids, the dedication of the volunteers, all roll into one magnificent ball of theatrical glory. I don't hesitate in recommending Spotlight as a great place to spend an evening.

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

A bigger theater and more resources. Having a second stage, even a black box one, would allow the theater to explore more original works and plays.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Spotlight Youth Theater is a family-oriented organization where the kids and parents are involved in all aspects of the theater experience, from selling the raffle tickets to building the sets. The kids put their hearts and souls into their performances and the quality of the shows reflect it. Every year, new talent arrives at Spotlight, wanting to join the ranks of this wonderful theater. The kids have developed close friendships, self-confidence and their talents in a great environment.

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

get them better head sets for the performers!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been to many Spotlight Youth Theater shows and I am always amazed at how much is presented in their shows, youth talent learning their skills, volunteers designing and painting sets, everyone pushing themselves and their abilities to put on very smart and complex shows.

The awards they have won reflect the success they achieve giving youth a venue to learn and grow, as actors and as individuals.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Spotlight Youth Theatre produces amazing shows! I have attended shows with my family and we have enjoyed every one of them. The casts of each show have always been very talented and the staff has always been friendly and helpful. It is apparent that Spotlight Youth Theatre is very dedicated to developing the talents of the children and young adults which is reflected in their productions. I would highly recommend to everyone to come see a show here. You won't be disappointed.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Spotlight Youth Theatre is my children's second home! My children have learned team building skills, built self esteem, acting skills, dance skills, voice/musical skills, and the list is endless... The team at Spotlight is very professional and they genuinely care about each and every child there. My kids cannot wait to audition for the next play there, and I always have to drag them away from Spotlight. As a parent, I am very appreciative of their dedication to all their Spotlight kids!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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