New York director, actor and choreographer kicks off VYT’s 30th season

Celebrated stage impresario, Tony Spinosa, has spent the past four weeks in the Valley, training nearly 40 local performers to dance in Valley Youth Theatre’s upcoming production of “Newsies,” running Aug. 10-26, at the Herberger Theater Center. The production is directed by VYT’s Producing Artistic Director of 22 years, Bobb Cooper. “I met Bobb Cooper […]

Valley Youth Theatre closes season with ‘Annie, The Musical’

As the final show of its 29th season, Valley Youth Theatre will present “Annie, the Musical” Friday, June 15-Sunday, July 1, at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Presented by Grand Canyon University and sponsored in part by Pono Construction and Mobile Mini, this is the fifth time Valley Youth Theatre has […]

Director’s hair will come off tomorrow (June 1) for role in ‘Annie’

Bobb Cooper, Valley Youth Theatre’s producing artistic director for 23 years, is reprising his role as Daddy Warbucks in the upcoming production of “Annie,” June 15-July 1 at the Herberger Theater. And that means a haircut. “The first time we performed ‘Annie,’ Bobb couldn’t get anyone to audition for the role of Sir Warbucks,” according to […]

Valley Youth Theatre opens ‘The Hobbit’ Friday

Valley Youth Theatre presents “The Hobbit,” opening this weekend in downtown Phoenix. Presented Friday, Saturday and Sunday Feb. 9-25, this production of “The Hobbit,” is a dramatized version of the book by J.R.R. Tolkein, author of the “Lord of the Rings” books, which are also a popular movie trilogy by director Peter Jackson. Before Fredo’s […]

VYT, Herberger Theater Center collaborate to produce Arizona premiere of “Madagascar”

Valley Youth Theatre has announced its first production collaboration with the Herberger Theater Center: “Madagascar, A Musical Adventure” will open on Stage West Oct. 28 and run through Nov. 19. “This is a new and exciting venture,” said Bobb Cooper, Valley Youth Theatre’s producing artistic director, in a prepared statement. “It’s VYT’s 29th season and […]

Award-winning ‘Shrek’ kicks off youth theatre season

Valley Youth Theatre is transforming the Herberger Theater’s Center State into a swamp fit for an ogre, Aug. 11-27 for the upcoming production, “Shrek the Musical.” Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Jeanine Tesori’s “Shrek the Musical” is a Tony Award-winning fairytale adventure that brings the beloved characters from the film to life on stage, […]

One of the best kept secrets in town is ‘vytal’ to our community

Valley Youth Theatre has sent alumni to Hollywood. To Broadway. To boardrooms across America. Some of the most brilliant theatre in the Valley has been produced by VYT. It has shaped stars of television, screen and Broadway. It has produced alumni who have taken the skills developed at VYT to excellence in the practice of […]

Fun, free VYT youth program made possible through local support

On June 22, Valley Youth Theatre received more than 1,600 Subway meals during the theater’s annual fun-filled Sponsor-A-Seat program, offering a free performing arts show to Valley children. Headquartered in north Scottsdale, Subway Restaurants of Arizona, was proud to provide meals for young children to enjoy with the cast and crew of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. The annual Sponsor-A-Seat program provides youth who would not otherwise have the chance, a fun-filled day of performing arts each summer, according to a press release.

‘Wizard of Oz’ staged by Valley Youth Theatre closes June 25

Valley Youth Theatre’s summer production of The Wizard of Oz opened Center Stage at the Herberger Friday, June 9 to a packed theater, earning a standing ovation and rave reviews. The production showcases 58 talented young actors — ranging in age from seven to 19 — from all over the Valley, dressed in over 125 original costumes, and performing on the New York City, Madison Square Garden set which was performed on by Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt and Jessica Grove. “This is my favorite show,” says Bobb Cooper, VYT’s producing artistic director, in a press release.

Valley Youth Theatre to collaborate on summer shows promotion

Valley Youth Theatre has announced its collaboration with Arizona Broadway Theatre and The Herberger Theater Center to promote three summer shows. All three productions will be performed Center Stage at the Herberger, 222 E. Monroe St., beginning in June, according to a press release. “This partnership is about brainstorming ideas on how to create new […]