Spotlight Youth Theater has been a wonderful part of our life for years and we've watched the kids grow up and excel in talent through those years. We are constantly amazed at the talent and the consistently good quality of the productions. We'll be there for years to come I'm sure and will watch a whole new generation of kids find the confidence and talent inside themselves.
I love the way Spotlight Youth Theatre unites kids, teens and parents who all work together to produce shows for the local community. There aren't many places where parents and their kids can join together to make something beautiful, but at Spotlight they volunteer their time to build sets, make costumes, run the box office and teach the kids how to be in the spotlight. I've seen how the kids blossom and gain confidence from their experiences, and how they bond together with their fellow cast members and the parent volunteers through the process. I've been watching youth theater in the Phoenix West Valley for 5 years, and Spotlight keeps bringing me back, not just for the great shows, but for the spirit that infuses them.
Spotlight Youth Theatre is an amazing place that allows and teaches children all aspects of theatre. Children are involved in each stage of the process of all productions. As a teacher, I am all about the kids! If it isn’t about the kids, but about the grown ups...then I am not staying! My educational background and experience with children allow me to see right away whether someplace is really about the kids! Spotlight is truly that place! It isn’t some fancy place, with fancy contributors...but it is fancy in all the right ways. One can see it immediately when Kenny, the artistic director is working with the children. He talks with children, laughs with children, sits on the floor with children and truly empowers them to be better human beings. He is a true believer in the process, which then allows a great product to follow. Kenny and the amazing staff at Spotlight allow this to happen on a daily basis. Kenny and others involved are creative, vibrant and most importantly they love and respect all children. They understand them, they allow them to be kids, they instill discipline and hardwork...and they do it all with a comfort that makes every child feel important. This isn’t easy to do and yet they do it with only minimal private donations and ticket sales. They work hard for the kids and it shows in their amazing productions. The most important thing I see as an educator and as a parent, is that, Spotlight Youth Theatre has JOY! They love what they are doing and they pass it on to all who walk through their doors. Their joy is greater than their pocketbooks which in my eyes means success. Every time I have donated to Spotlight, I see real gratitude and thanks. Every penny is deeply appreciated and put immediately towards the children, which I find extremely important when making donations to non profits.
As a family, with 3 children involved in theatre, we have been involved in over 48 productions throughout the valley at various theatres...and I have to say Spotlight is truly about the kids. When we are involved in their productions, we drive 45 minutes to an hour to get there because the magic that happens there is more than just the amazing productions...it is about the other life skills that will make my children and others successful adults. The benefits of theatre to society are numerous. As children feel confident, they become leaders in their community. Leaders serve the greater community in various ways and Spotlight Youth Theatre is a great springboard. As children develop a deeper understanding of personal issues and a broader worldview through theatre, they will become the empathetic grown ups of tomorrow. Their chance to lead, develop, and create, will follow them well into adulthood and the workplace for years to come. It is truly an amazing place