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Peninsula Youth Theatre

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Performing Arts Schools, Theater

Mission: Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) provides outstanding theatrical learning experiences that develop leadership, emphasize responsibility and foster teamwork in a supportive, respectful environment.

Programs: Main Stage Productions: PYT presents 5 full-length musical productions each year, featuring more than 300 young actors. Stories on Stage: Eight short plays per season based on the school reading curriculum are designed to inspire further reading. Children attending the 45-minute shows are given bookmarks with suggested reading lists. Many of these shows are original adaptations. School of Performing Arts: PYT offers drama classes for children aged 3 to 18. Theatre in the Park: Day-long summer camps culminating in free Friday night performances in local parks. Pizazz!: PYT?s touring group produces a show each year to take into Silicon Valley classrooms and to community events. Outreach: PYT has an extensive community outreach program, which includes: providing teachers for local school drama classes; Girl Scout workshops in conjunction with performances; donating tickets to local service organizations for low-income children and seniors; making scholarships available for on-site classes and participating in community events.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PYT is a source of consistent joy, especially in its Stories on Stage series of works from children's literature. Adventurous and imaginative shows that are a great and affordable way for young audiences to learn about theatre and for young actors to hone their skills.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved in PYT because my younger child loved acting--and because I loved watching young actors grow. I've stayed involved with PYT because I've seen how transformative a place it is: for kids, for parents, for audience members.

One of my special loves is children's literature and PYT provides a unique service in the Bay Area with its Stories on Stage performances. These are great, accessible, gold-spun-from-straw shows based on children's books--some classic, some contemporary. It's always difficult to turn your eyes away from the creative stuff that's happening on stage in these shows, but if you do, you'll see little audience members whose imaginations are being positively ignited.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started performing for PYT when I was eight. I didn't have any prior experience in theatrical arts or performance, but I did find singing and dancing extremely fun. During the course of my first show, I learned about performing and discovered it as my passion. I'm sixteen now, and after my nineteen shows at PYT, I have built a strong support system of friends and approachable adults with whom I maintain lasting relationships. That's one of the amazing things about PYT: the memories of a show and the frienships formed remain even after significant time has passed. The environment of the entire process is amazingly professional for a youth-based, non-profit organization, yet it is simultaneously light-hearted and extremely enjoyable. PYT has been a very positive influence in my life. It has allowed me to meet so many talented and wonderful people that I would not have been able to meet otherwise. One of my best friends lives twenty minutes away and is home schooled, and we would not have met if it had not been for our shared love of musical theaterand access to PYT. Additionally, PYT has enabled me to enrich my passion for theatrical arts with their diverse array of professional directors, choreographers, and music directors. Every staff member I have worked with has taught me a skill or been a great friend to me. The production staff always looks for a way to bring the best out of us, and they challenge us to better ourselves on a daily basis. During my eight years of working with PYT, I have learned important life lessons, built a sturdy structure of frienships, and worked to perfect my skills.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My kids have grown up with PYT starting with their wonderful program, Theater in the Park. Through these summer camps, my kids discovered their love of singing & acting. All of my kids were very shy originally & the stage has turned them into confident young adults. PYT provides an incredible program designed for all kids --- whether they want to work behind the stage, just sing in a group or be a star onstage. This type of community activity is crucial to providing access to the arts to younger people. It instills an appreciation for the arts that continues into their adult life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PYT is our other family! We have had 3 children participate over the last 12+ years. They have each performed, worked backstage, helped with auditions and have made friendships that will last a long time. This organization is a true community.

Jeremy D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started participating in shows at PYT as a 12 year old looking for a new theatre experience with a new youth theatre company. I grew up with PYT performing in their productions and eventually working for them both as choreographer and class instructor. I am also now an active member of the PYT Alumni Association (PYTAA), serving on the Alumni Council since 2008. PYT has given me so many opportunities to learn, make new friends, and grow with a supportive and nurturung theatre family. The company is dedicated to creating the best theatre experience for kids and I will always be grateful for my time spent with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter's involvement with PYT has been a very rewarding experience all around. She has participated in numerous productions that have provided her with expertise teaching and have encouraged her growth and self confidence. She has had the opportunity to volunteer and work directly with the kids which is a great way for her to give back to the community. Recently she traveled with a choral group from PYT that performed and participated in a workshop at Disneyland.

Russ

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If your child has any theater interest, try out Peninsula Youth Theater in Mountain View. You will not be disappointed. They have many different types of theater programs on site and through local school or camps. My youngest son has been involved with PYT for almost 3 years and it is the best thing he has done to promote self confidence and his theatrical talents...