2018 - 2019 Season

If you love quality theatre, family-friendly fun or seeing young people achieve their dreams…you’re going to love what Valley Youth Theatre has in store for you for our 30th Season!

Being the landmark year that it is, we have painstakingly selected a diverse collection of performances that will fulfill everything you want in a theatre experience. Beginning with the youth theatre premiere of Disney’s Newsies, at the Herberger Theater, we start the season off with a bang! From there, we present three more musical Arizona premieres, the 23rd year of our holiday tradition and a play that is sure to inspire everyone who sees it.

To get the most out of this magical season, we are offering new Season Membership packages for four, five and six shows.  Not only do these packages offer you the lowest price you can pay for live theatre of this caliber, they also ensure you don’t pay additional handling fees, you get first choice on seating and you are able to make changes to your reservation at no additional charge!

Since 1989, VYT has made an impact on hundreds of thousands of children and their families through performances, workshops, showcases and youth development programs. Representing all socio-economic backgrounds, we allow them to act, dance and sing in a safe setting. There are never fees, charges for costumes or ticket sales quotas for them to meet, just the hope that they will become the best they can be.

So, be a part of the magic that is…Valley Youth Theatre!

Become a Season Member, today.

undefined     October 12 - 28, 2018        undefined

Polkadots follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the Squares-Only small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying, to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Polkadots serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our differences make us awesome, not outcasts.

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical is the new musical inspired by the true events of the Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine.

Book by Melvin Tunstall III. Music by Greg Borowsky and Douglas Lyons. Lyrics by Douglas Lyons. Based on an original concept by Douglas Lyons.

Presented at Valley Youth Theatre

undefined     November 30 – December 23, 2018      (TICKETS ON SALE OCTOBER 1, 2018)

It's the 23rd anniversary of VYT's Christmas tradition! Christopher Robin, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, Baby Roo and, of course, Winnie-the-Pooh organize a search party throughout the snow-covered Hundred Acre Woods to help poor Eeyore find his lost tail.

Join the fun and excitement as VYT is transformed into a winter wonderland... sing along with delightful songs and follow this enchanting musical on a holiday adventure of sharing, caring, friendship and JOY. 

Book, Music & Lyrics by James W. Rodgers. Inspired by A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. Presented through special arrangement w/ Dramatic Publishing.

Presented at Valley Youth Theatre

undefined     February 8 – 24, 2019      (TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 26, 2018)

Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit made of china. He is loved by a little girl named Abilene, but Edward doesn’t care. He is vain and self-centered. He has no interest in anyone other than himself. On an ocean voyage, Edward is accidentally thrown overboard and sinks to the bottom of the sea. So begins his journey—a journey over which he has no control, for he is a toy rabbit. He can neither move nor speak. As years pass by, Edward meets many different people in many different situations who teach Edward an invaluable lesson. Through this miraculous journey, Edward learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again.

Based on Kate DiCamillo’s beautiful novel of the same name, the play is written by Dwayne Hartford, Artistic Director at Childsplay in Tempe, AZ, where all of his plays for young audiences have premiered. This adaptation has been called a theatrical tour de force.

Presented at Valley Youth Theatre

undefined       April 5 - 19, 2019       (TICKETS ON SALE FEBRUARY 4, 2019)

What would you do if you had all eternity? Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.

Based on best-selling children’s classic novel by Natalie Babbitt and adapted for the stage by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, Tuck Everlasting features a soaring score from Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen. Originally produced on Broadway by Grove Entertainment, Arlene Scanlan & Michael Jackowitz, Howard & Janet Kagan and Barry Brown. World Premier produced by Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA. Susan V. Booth, Artistic Director.

Presented at Valley Youth Theatre

undefined     June 14 - 30, 2019       (TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 1, 2019)

The new musical, Freaky Friday, based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films (and developed by Disney Theatrical Productions expressly for licensing to theatres), features a book by Bridget Carpenter - the co-executive producer and writer on the beloved TV hits, "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood" - and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey - the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal and If/Then.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.    

Freaky Friday is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Presented at Herberger Theater Center