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Tis The Season!

What does it mean to inspire young people to be the best they can be?

  • It means providing a safe place where children of all backgrounds can feel supported and encouraged.
  • It means giving young people the permission to create and the responsibility to work hard, cooperate and learn.
  • It means recognizing each young person’s unique talents so they can grow as individuals, performers and leaders,
  • It means introducing children to a whole new world where magic is possible, and creativity knows no limits.

At Valley Youth Theatre, we live those words. Our mission is to inspire young people to be the best they can be through a variety of performing arts opportunities.

And whether that’s inviting over a thousand children from various social service agencies to see a free performance and have lunch with the cast and crew or giving a young person a space they feel seen, we take that mission seriously.

But we can’t do this alone.

This year, when you are considering making an end-of-year donation to your favorite nonprofit, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Valley Youth Theatre by clicking below.

Your donation allows us to continue offering fee-free performing arts opportunities for our performers, scholarships for young people in our classes, and award-winning programs like Literacy and the Arts which inspires children facing educational challenges due to poverty.

Together, we can transform the lives of Valley children with hope, love and a little bit of the magic that is Valley Youth Theatre.

With deep-felt thanks,

Bobb Cooper
Producing Artistic Director
Valley Youth Theatre





What is Sponsor-A-Seat?

Sponsor-A-Seat is a way for VYT and our patrons to give back to the community we love so much! We believe that money should not be a barrier to a transformative theatre experience. Each year, through the generous donations of our patrons, staff, board and performers, we are able to host over 1,500 Valley children from dozens of social service agencies to a morning of live theatre, a meet-and-greet with the cast (which of course includes TONS of autographs!) and a lunch with the entire cast and crew! We here at VYT call it one of the best days of the year. 

This year, VYT is presenting Disney's High School Musical! We can't wait to rock out and put smiles in the aisles!

How can I help?

The best way you can help is by... you guessed it ... sponsoring a seat! Your tax-deductible donation of just $50 sponsors a seat and lunch for a Valley child – having a direct impact in our community! 

Sponsor-A-Seat Facts

  • Sponsor-A-Seat was started in 1996
  • Since it started, over 21,000 children have benefitted from this program
  • There is no cost to the social service agencies to participate – this is entirely funded by SAS donations.
  • S-A-S takes place during each June VYT performance.
  • The 2022 S-A-S event will be the first one held since 2019 (because of the pandemic)
  • Over the years, VYT has partnered with more than 40 local service organizations
  • Along with financial donations, employee volunteers from APS, Edward Jones and other Valley companies volunteer their time on performance days.
  • Shows that VYT has presented as part of Sponsor-A-Seat include:
    • Cinderella
    • Disney High School Musical
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    • West Side Story
    • The Wiz
    • Freaky Friday
    • Peter Pan
    • Into the Woods
    • Disney's The Little Mermaid
    • Oliver!        
  • Social service agencies VYT has partnered with in the past include:
    • UMOM
    • Boys and Girls Clubs
    • Chicanos Por La Causa
    • Down Syndrome Network
    • Salvation Army
    • Free Arts of Arizona
    • Crisis Nursery
    • Up With Kids
    • Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters
    • New Day Centers
    • Florence Crittenton
    • Sunshine Acres

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