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.
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 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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.