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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Theater, Youth Development

Mission: The mission of Children's Musical Theater San Jose (CMT) is to use musical theater to nurture and educate young people to become the artists, patrons, and leaders of tomorrow. CMT provides a healthy environment where youth are empowered and instilled with universal life skills. CMT is both the journey of a lifetime and the premiere destination for Silicon Valley performers and audiences of all ages.

Target demographics: Young people can start their journey at CMT with classes and summer camp beginning at age 4. Each summer one Junior Talents show takes participants ages 6-9 yrs old. Our Rising Stars shows accept anyone who auditions from age 8-14 yrs old. Mainstage serves participants 14-20 yrs old. Marquee productions are open to age appropriate participants, but generally include those 20 yrs old and up, including many alumni of the organization.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1,000 young people participate in our shows, classes and camps each year. Nearly 10,000 young people are included in our school matinee audiences.

Programs: Theatrical productions - quality professional children's musical theater entertainment for youth with a 46 year tradition of accepting all who audition. The organization produced 10 shows/107 performances during the year ended august 31, 2014: wizard of oz, white christmas, pirates of penzance, shrek the musical, monty python's spamalot, you're a good man, charlie brown, cats, oklahoma, side show and disney's jungle book. More than 1,000 actors participated in these productions entertaining more than 35,100 audience members.

out reach: providing year round arts education classes, ranging from the basics to masters for students from ages 6 to young adults. The organization offers summer camps. Exclusive one-time- only lectures, workshops, seminars, special events, and more; presented by various guest artists who are working professionals in the field of performing arts.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Isador P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Provides education to youth and entertainment to the community. A win all the way around.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The most impressive thing about this organization is their process of building a show that marries top notch professional talent with every child that walks through their door. Since no child is ever turned away, the diversity of students have the opportunity to learn from each other, grow with each other and learn from a team of professionals that set the bar far higher than the kids could imagine. Yet somehow, the kids meet and exceed those expectations time. This makes the experience as an audience member magical. Led by their brilliant artistic director, Kevin Hauge, this organization produces consistent work of the very highest caliber.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Both my 25-yr. old and 20-yr. old sons went through CMTSJ summer camps in their middle school years. Performing arts camps like CMTSJ's help kids develop poise in front of the public and teach them the value of collaborative work. My family and I continue to patronize the theater's Mainstage (older kids) and Marquee (alumni) productions as a way to see Broadway musicals on the cheap. Making these shows accessible that way, adds value to the community's cultural fabric. And, considering that CMTSJ casts anyone who auditions for all (except the Marquee) productions, the calibre of the finished product really exceeds what one might expect. CMTSJ fills an important niche in the San Jose cultural scene.

Jessica O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a better way for the children of San Jose to learn to be productive members of the community! Not only that but the self-esteem and sense of pride these kids develop is irriplaceable. Art in any form should be made available to every child! The Children's Musical Theater provides our community with an awesome option, in a historical building to boot!


Rating: 5

San Jose Children's Musical Theater is dedicated to the development of youth through performing arts skills using mediums of musical theater productions, performing arts classes, community outreach and other related activities. CMT truly wants every child to experience musical theater. They casts every child who auditions; even special needs performers find a second home at CMT. They offer scholarships to families in need. Although they rely heavily on its dedicated volunteer force, it also has an artistic staff of trained theater professionals guiding each production and a professional administrative staff. Their shows are created with professional directors, choreographers and vocal instructors all of which share their expertise with every child.
All participants enjoy, gain nourishment from, and build their confidence through participation in the arts. Arts education brings out the best in students, capitalizing on their natural curiosity and allowing them to flourish in a varied, stimulating environment. CMT provides all that and more.