YOUTH MUSICAL THEATER COMPANY

Rating: 4.58 stars   120 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education

Location: 2640 College Avenue Berkeley CA 94704 USA

Mission: YMTC (Youth Musical Theater Company) is a non-profit, Berkeley-based company which produces professional caliber musical theater while providing exceptional theater training to students from the 7th grade through university level. We bring together the Bay Area’s most talented and dedicated young singer/actors with professional directors, designers, and musicians to create theater that takes on challenging and sophisticated musical and dramatic themes, and that is always accompanied by a full, live orchestra. From the time it incorporated as a non-profit in 2004, YMTC has grown into a year round production company, producing three fully mounted musicals as well as small scale workshop productions and training workshops throughout the year. Many YMTC graduates have gone on to study music and theater at some of the best conservatories in the United States and abroad; all of them, wherever they go, take with them confidence, empathy, responsibility, and the capacity to imagine. We passionately believe that when young people have opportunities to participate in exceptional training in the arts, they are becoming not only the next generation of artists and arts appreciators, but the next generation of engaged citizens: empowered to pay attention, communicate, and energetically participate in a collaborative process.
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Rating: 4 stars  

I recently saw a performance of West Side Story put on by YMTC. My friend and I enjoyed it immensely. It was very professional all around. We did not know of this group and will purchase tickets for their next wonderful show!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I think this company produces STELLAR productions. Unfortunately due to the state of the lack of funds for the arts in general, it does cost a lot to be in the production, however they do offer scholarships and do not cast based on ability to pay. I've met the directors and know some company members and roles are strictly based on talent and suitability for the role. They work very hard and as I said the show are top notch. Keeping the arts alive and thriving is important!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first contact with YMTC was a December 2010/Jan 2011 a few days after returning from a 12-day trip to London where I saw 18+ West End theatre productions including many musicals such as Mama Mia (yes, some days, I went to two or more!). So, the bar was set pretty high when I attened my first YMTC show which was Parade. It was a masterful production set in the South of the early 20th Century. As a psycholinguist, I was astounded at the authenticity of the English dialect of these youthful performers. My astonishment at their language performance was matched by my astonishment at the performers acting abilities and singing abilities (the orchestra was 1st-rate as well). These youthful performers were every bit as compelling as artists on stage as the global megastars that I'd just seen in London! It was an extraordinary evening for me and I've been to most of YMTC's performances since. All have been singularly outstanding. I should say that none of this would be possible without the single-minded, one-pointed, dedication of YMTC's passionate director, Jennifer Boesing. Her unwavering committment to getting only the best possible from each of her talented cast members in terms of acting and voice is laudable. She is the great unsung heroine in this marvellous company. She gives life and a future to her kids in the unique way that only she can. My hat is off to her EVERY time I witness one of her many achievements. West Side Story -- a couple of weeks ago --- was so extradorinary that the performers brought tears to these jade eyes and cheeks of mine -- not once but on several occasions (-: Long may YMTC maintain such standards of excellence!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have only been to two YMTC productions, but I have a lot of experience with theater both as a performer and patron. I was hugely impressed with the levels of professionalism and maturity I saw in these young actors. The material they tackled was on the challenging end of the spectrum, and their work was on a par with many adult troupes I have seen. My now eleven year-old daughter was with me at both shows, and left feeling very inspired, and has since become involved in theater in her school. That perhaps speaks the most to the success of this program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love musical theatre and have kids who love performing, so we've gone to several of YMTC's shows. I am always impressed with the hard work and talent of the performers- it's hard to believe they are so young! And the supporting staff and volunteers who create the costumes, live music, props and beautiful set designs are simply amazing! This is an incredible resource in our community- go YMTC!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm not just a "general member of the public", I am grandmother to an up and coming musical theater star who is getting the best start I can imagine through YMTC. She's gone from the new "youngest" kid in the chorus to featured roles - singing, dancing, acting and, learning professional skills. And most of all she is experiencing the give and take, the camaraderie and the team work it takes to put on a first-class theatrical production. I was absolutely blown away by the quality of YMTC performances and would see them and recommend them even if my granddaughter wasn't participating. The YMTC community reaches out to include and grow its audience base. What a fine resource for our community!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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As someone who grew up going to Broadway shows in NYC, my standards for quality musical theater are high. Living in the SF Bay Area, I go to a lot of community theater and I have to say YMTC is by far the best I've seen in a long time. I have never been disappointed in a production in the 4 or so years I've been a "fan". It's a treat to watch some of the same kids grow and be absolutely convincing and spectacular from character to character in the different shows. Jennifer Boesing and Dave Moschler are STELLAR in their artistic and musical direction. I think that many people think "kids...can't be THAT great"....maybe these people didn't see YMTC's production of RAGTIME a few months ago. I forgot I was watching "kids"...I was so drawn into the finely acted and performed story. And West Side Story..... OMG!!! What can I say???? BETTER then Broadway!! Having teens play teens was a no brainer. It's now weeks later and the show is still in my head. This company deserves all the credit and kudos they can possibly get. This is a group of hard working and dedicated producers/directors and even harder working and committed kids.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I saw YMTC's production of West Side Story this weekend and was awed by the quality of the performance. The teens were excellent singers and dancers, especially all those in lead roles. For years we have been seeing the play performed by adults and what a treat to see it performed by teens playing the roles of teens. I have seen other YMTC productions in the past, although not for several years and I can't wait to go back to see them again.

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Watched one of the YMTC's West Side Story performances. It's been spectacular! The singing, acting and dancing of the lead actors (Tony, Riff, Maria, Bernardo, and of course the dazzling Anita) showed superb talent as well as professionalism and attention to detail. The music score and the interplay between the cast and the live orchestra were flawless. It is remarkable to see such a polished production being carried out (mostly) by high school students. My gratitude goes to the YMTC staff and volunteers for making this possible. Thank you all!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I saw the YMTC production of West Side Story yesterday and it was amazing! The actors, the music ... everything was so professional. I am a huge fan of Luna Lewis and she shone like the star that she is in this production (keep an eye out for Luna, America!). I love this company, I see every production that I'm able to. Thank you for including them in your search for the 10 great arts and culture non-profits in the U.S. I'm pulling for YMTC to win!

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