It’s as simple as that. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, we count on the many individuals, corporations and foundations who contribute to Valley Youth Theatre each season. With ticket revenues comprising less than 50% of our budget, it is through the generosity of individual donors, corporate sponsorships and foundations that help to raise the curtain on award-winning theatre.
Your contribution enables VYT to keep ticket prices affordable for the entire community—from students to seniors, and everyone in between. Also, VYT is able to remain fee-free to the youth who attend our auditions and perform in our mainstage productions, ensuring equal access and opportunity to anyone with the desire to perform. It provides free and low-cost educational outreach programs for our schools. And it ensures we maintain the artistic excellence you have come to expect at Valley Youth Theatre.
There are many ways to support Valley Youth Theatre.
VYTal Affair is our annual gala, placing the spotlight not only on our talented young performers, but members of the community who have made a difference in the lives of children.
Artistic Director’s Circle, is an exclusive group of supporters who have decided to increase their level of support for VYT and receive exclusive and exciting rewards.
Fee-Free Productions are a cornerstone of our theatre.Our cast members do not pay fees to participate. They don’t have to rent or purchase costumes and there are no requirements for them to sell tickets. They also aren’t required to have any previous theatrical experience or formal training. We just strive to recognize each child’s potential and to match their talent and skill level with the needs of each role. That means, our open casting gives every child in the Valley an opportunity to participate in our shows – regardless of their social or economic backgrounds. Last season, an extremely diverse group of 546 young people auditioned for 161 roles.
Sponsor-a-Seat allows disadvantaged children from dozens of social service organizations to attend a free VYT performance at the Herberger Theater Center and enjoy a complimentary lunch with the cast and crew. Last season, 1,265 children enjoyed a complimentary Sponsor-a-Seat performance of Annie.
Literacy and the Arts gives students from Title 1 schools a page-to-stage experience by effectively combining the power of in-school learning with the enchantment of experiencing live theatre. Books related to the production and accompanying study guides prepare children for a production that helps them learn. Last season, 3,755 Title 1 school students benefitted from this program.
VYT’s HopeKids program brings children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to a free performance, immediately preceding opening night. Last season, we facilitated 691 of these complimentary seats to these appreciative families.
Military Night offers complimentary tickets for select performances to families of the armed forces, allowing them to reinforce family bonds and create positive life-long memories. Last season, 179 of these complimentary tickets were given to veterans and their family members.
Field Trips provide a way for teachers to supplement under-funded school arts programs by purchasing tickets at a greatly reduced price. For every show, our cast, crew and orchestra set aside designated daytime performances to facilitate these teachers and their students. Last season, 3,364 students were able to see a VYT show for our reduced field trip price.
Through all of these programs, we are working hard to inspire the youth in our programs and productions to be the very best they can be! Your gift matters to them, and to us.