Youth Musical Theater Company
Rating: 4.86 stars 110 110 reviews
2640 College Avenue Berkeley CA 94704 USA
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.
Musical theater productions. During 2013-14, ymtc mounted three full scale productions, involving about 40 students in each production either on or off stage, being trained by and working alongside 7 to 10 theater professionals. The productions were accompanied by between 6 and 30 professional live musicians. The productions spanned a rehearsal period ranging from 4 to 10 weeks each and were produced in a professional theater venue with a total of 18 performances for the public.
musical theater education workshops. Five separate workshops were offered during the year, each one training from 8 to 24 students. They were taught by professional teaching artists working in theater in the bay area. Enrollment was non-competitive and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students were taught skills in character development, improvisation techniques, vocal techniques, movement, musical theater literature, dance, audition skills, and good rehearsal practices. In addition, ymtc conducted a workshop, with 20 students, to assist in the development of a new musical, written by an award-winning composer and playwright.
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Several years ago I had heard the music from "Into the Woods" and wanted to see the production live. I ended up attending a YMTC production of "Into the Woods" in Berkeley and was completely blown away by the professionalism of the entire production: the direction, orchestra, sets, lighting, and, most of all, the performers. I couldn't believe they were young people. Passion, commitment, and real artistry were on display. I was really moved. When my own then-middle school aged child wanted to explore musical theater, I knew where to go. He began in a one-week Pocket Broadway workshop one summer, and has been involved for the past three years in over 8 YMTC musicals. He has moved from the back row of their production of “A Chorus Line”, to playing both ensemble and lead roles, most recently in “Ragtime”, and will continue his musical theatre training as a college freshman next Fall.
The young singer/actors are taught and directed by professionals. The students are treated as professionals and, in turn, are expected to act as professionals. Jennifer Boesing is an inspired director and knows how to bring out the best in her cast. Dave Moschler brings a level of musical direction that is brilliant, always conducting a live, full professional orchestra. The exceptional training my son has received through participation in numerous YMTC productions has increased his confidence and his sense of mastery. He has been part of a wonderful community of diverse and talented young people from around the Bay Area. Aside from the performers, the productions are just top notch. It's a real Bay Area treasure.
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