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: 5 stars  

This outstanding group of young actors exemplifies what live theater is all about. The students bring an honesty and emotional integrity to their roles that brings their productions vividly to life, while teaching them the truest meanings of teamwork, commitment to excellence, and the joys of creation. Bravo!

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As a parent of a youth who has been in a number of productions, I can honestly say that the time and money we've invested in YMTC has paid off tremendously. It serves as a great training experience for numerous performance arts skills--acting, singing, dancing, tech work, and orchestral accompaniment. Jennifer and Pam are creative, resourceful, highly driven, and get the most out of youth of all ages. A YMTC performance is a community event worth celebrating, and one kids will remember all their lives.

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I am so pleased to see Jennifer Boesing, Dave Moschler, and all the talented young people of YMTC featured here. YMTC is indeed a great non-profit in the truest sense of the word. Great because YMTC both demands and summons excellence; great because they create magic on stage and reset expectations for how young people can succeed; great because they give professional caliber opportunities to young artists regardless of financial ability; and great because in a world of diminishing resources for the arts, they set a high bar for themselves and their audiences. Bravo YMTC!!!

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YMTC puts on fabulous theater; they teach young people performance skills; they raise the levels of expectation in audiences and student performers. But most importantly, YMTC gives young people guidance in the skills that are critical to growing into confident, caring, contributing adults: focusing on others, listening carefully, working with commitment, acting with passion, singing and dancing with joy.

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YMTC provides and demands excellence for high school and college aged young performing artists, and attracts amazing talented, passionate performers who pour themselves into exciting dynamic theater. My friends and family, who had never before seen a YMTC show have said of recent show West Side Story..."What a performance! It’s a rough score for talented adult performers; for (these kids) to have pulled it off so convincingly and so professionally is just amazing"..."My tears were free flowing!"... YMTC has made it possilbe for Bay Area kids to experience and perform in professional quality theater. What a treasure for our community!

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YMTC involves youths in producing outstanding musical theater. The energy and passion of the youths is remarkable and inspiring for the audience to be a part of.

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YMTC identifies immensely talented young singer/actors, provides them with professional training, and produces outstanding community theater with a passion and depth that compares with any professional show in the SF Bay Area performed by seasoned professinals. YMTC provides opportunities and training for all capable and interested young people regardless of their means and offers compelling theater at an affordable price.

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