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 […]

Valley Youth Theatre holds dog auditions for ‘Toto’

Valley Youth Theatre is having dog auditions for the role of Toto at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13. This is for its upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz” which will be presented live at the Herberger Theater Center June 9 thru June 25, according to a press release. A little known, fun fact about this cute role, in VYT’s 2005 production of The Wizard of Oz, Emma Stone’s dog, Jacklynn Marie, was cast as Toto, the press release stated.

Valley Youth Theatre summer lineup includes ‘Wizard of Oz’

Valley Youth Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz opens center stage at the Herberger Theater on June 9, with 60 talented young actors from around the Valley, 125 colorful costumes and a New York City Madison Square Garden set. The musical’s classic songs are brought to life by a live orchestra that accompanies Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they are swept away, by a huge tornado, from her small farm in Kansas, to the magical land of OZ where she meets new and exciting friends, and a few enemies. When her house accidentally lands on the Wicked Witch of the East, everyone is exuberant, except the Wicked Witch of the West who seeks revenge for the death of her sister and wants her ruby slippers.

‘The Secret Garden’ comes to a close at Valley Youth Theatre

Valley Youth Theatre is entering its final week of performing “The Secret Garden,” featuring 25 young actors from across the Valley, and a 13-piece live orchestra. Mary Lennox is a young English girl born and raised in India. Orphaned at age 11, she is sent to England to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire Moors. The mansion’s rooms are full of secrets. Her uncle is a recluse who mourns the loss of his wife and his only son is an invalid confined to bed, a press release states.