UPDATED: June 1, 2020
VALLEY YOUTH THEATRE OFFERS FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL MUSICAL THEATRE SUMMER CAMPS AND ONLINE ACTING CLASSES, WORLDWIDE
Phoenix’s premiere children’s theatre expands reach beyond the Valley.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Phoenix’s iconic Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) is now offering its signature acting camps and classes to children across the country and around the world, online. VYT is recognized as the musical theatre company with which numerous international performers learned and perfected their craft. They include Emma Stone, Jordin Sparks, Chelsea Kane, Max Crumm, Krystina Alabado, Nick Cartell, Kimiko Glenn and many more. The Phoenix-based nonprofit theatre is finding a positive, new direction and expanded audience, in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
According to Bobb Cooper, VYT’s Producing Artistic Director, “We always strive to make a positive out of every situation and we see this new virtual world as a great opportunity to take the magic of our theatre to an even broader platform, nationally and internationally. In our 32 years, we’ve helped thousands of Phoenix children become the best they can be, through the performing arts. And we now have the opportunity to help even more children, globally.”
All VYT educational programs are taught by professional teaching artists and all curriculum is designed to incorporate valuable life skills while students learn the fundamentals of musical theatre. In addition to singing, dancing and acting, the VYT method also imparts lessons on teamwork, time management, respectfulness, public speaking, active listening and the importance of following directions.
VYT now offers seven weekly online summer camp sessions, for children ages 5-8, that are held Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am TO 11:30 am (MST). The first session begins June 1 and the cost is $175 per week.
For ages 9-17, the theatre offers two two-week summer camp sessions that are held Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm (MST). The first session is June 15-26 and the second session is July 13-24. Each session costs $375.
They also offer private acting lessons customized to each student’s needs, goals and schedule. These classes, intended for young people ages nine and up, include studies in dramaturgy, audition technique, vocal and movement technique and other theatre practices that help children realize and reach their artistic potential. These are offered in 45-minute sessions, via virtual Zoom Meetings, and can be booked class-by-class or in a 4-week block for a discounted price. Parents can choose from one of the times offered at www.vyt.com or email email@example.com to select another time that suits their schedule.
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