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VYTal Affair 2017
Soirée IN THE Swamp

It was a Shrek-tacular night!
(pictured Hope Ozer, Joe Chandler, Traci Chandler, Bobb Cooper, Karol Cooper, Billie Jo Herberger and Judd Herberger VYTal 2017 August 19)

2017 VYTALITY Award Honorees
 Fennemore Craig, P.C., Karol Cooper, Mark Fearey & Bobb Cooper

Reasons to Support VYT

  • Over the past five seasons alone, VYT has made an impact on more than 200,000 children and their families through public and school performances, workshops and youth development programs.         
  • VYT encourages young people to overcome their fears by building self-confidence and self-esteem. Learning how to act, sing and dance are by-products of a larger benefit that VYT gives its performers: Valley Youth Theatre Builds Character from Characters!
  • Other youth theatre companies have pay-to-play fees, charge for costumes and set ticket sales quotas, but VYT remains fee-free for all performers in our mainstage productions.
  • Sponsor-A-Seat. Each season, more than 1,000 disadvantaged children from dozens of different social service organizations attend a free performance at the Herberger Theater Center and enjoy a complimentary lunch with the cast and crew!
  • Literacy and the Arts. Since 1994, more than 60,000 students from inner-city schools (94% minorities) have participated in VYT’s Literacy and the Arts program which connects the page-to-the-stage by combining the power of words with the magic of live theatre. Each child receives a copy of their very own book related to one of our productions, studies our specially-designed curriculum and then witnesses the book being brought to life on the stage -- all free of charge to the students who attend participating Metro Phoenix Title 1 Schools.
  • School trip performances. Despite massive state budget cuts to Arizona schools, VYT has made integrating arts into education affordable by offering greatly-reduced ticket prices to educators who bring thousands of students from schools all across the Valley to see our productions each season.


VYT is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization

Your contribution TO VYT is 100% tax-deductible. Please know that your financial support ensures that the mission we began 26 years ago, and the impact that we have made on the lives of thousands of young people, will continue and thrive.  The proof  of our impact  is in the profiles of the young people who have gone on to become our community’s leaders – lawyers, doctors, business professionals, police officers – and, yes, our nation’s actors, actresses, singers and writers. 

When you support Valley Youth Theatre, you become part of the VYT team.  YOU can share the credit for the difference we’ve made in the lives of the outstanding children who come through our doors.  Please help us provide our community’s youth with the opportunity to “be the very best they can be!”


Spotlight: Alumni


Nick is currently touring the country as the fugitive Jean Valjean, the lead character in Les Misérables.

Prior to that, he was last seen touring the country in the spectacular production of The Phantom of the Opera. Previously he performed on Broadway in Scandalous the Musical, which was written by TODAY show host Kathie Lee Gifford, about the life and trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, and he can be heard on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of the show. Before that, he was seen in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, where he made his Broadway debut - understudying the roles of Jesus Christ, Judas Iscariot and High Priest, Annas, as well as covering the male ensemble. 

Nick has appeared Off-Broadway in Frankenstein: A New Musical and The Flood and as leading man Angel in the 2010 NYMF production of TESS: A Rock Opera.

Regionally, he has acted in a gamut of roles ranging from the beat-boxing Abraham in Altar Boyz to the French revolutionary Marius in Les Misérables and love-struck Italian Fabrizio in The Light in the Piazza, for which he received an AriZoni Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Nick developed his love for acting at Valley Youth Theatre. He was first seen on the VYT stage in the 1990s and was cast in multiple productions including GREASE! in 1997Sound of Music, The Secret Garden and West Side Story.

A graduate from Arizona State University with a BFA in Theatre, Nick enjoyed a brief stint in Japan performing with a certain famous Mouse. While there he met his incredible wife, actor/singer Christine Cartell.


Music Video: Les Miserables' Nick Cartell Sings 'Bring Him Home'

Nick Cartell, Josh Davis, Melissa Mitchell, Phoenix Best, Joshua Grosso and Jillian Butler to Headline LES MISERABLES on Tour

Learn more about Nick Cartell | View All Alumni

Arizona Republic: 7 celebs who got their start at Valley Youth Theatre

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