VYTal Affair-athon is a new Valley Youth Theatre fundraiser featuring eight hours of supporter interviews and musical performances by our exceptionally talented young performers, as well as songs and stories shared by VYT alumni. Proceeds will support our future productions and community outreach programs. Everything we do is designed to help young people achieve their full potential through meaningful engagement, education and excellence in the performing arts.
Valley Youth Theatre is supported by a 50/50 split between earned and contributed revenue. Patrons who purchase show tickets and parents who register their children for classes or camps represent the earned revenue that pays for our overhead and operating costs. Our contributed revenue comes from individuals and businesses that provide us with sponsorships, grants, in-kind donations and volunteers.
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. Each year, an extremely diverse group of more than 500 young people audition for over 150 roles.
Sponsor-a-Seat allows disadvantaged children from dozens of local social service organizations to attend a free VYT performance at the Herberger Theater Center and enjoy a complimentary lunch with the cast and crew. Each year, more than 1,000 children enjoy a complimentary Sponsor-a-Seat performance.
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. Each year, more than 3,700 Title 1 school students benefit from this program.
VYT’s HopeKids program brings children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to a free performance, immediately preceding opening night. Each year, we facilitate more than 650 complimentary seats to these appreciative families.
Military Night offers complimentary tickets for select performances to families of the armed forces and first responders, allowing them to reinforce family bonds and create positive lifelong memories. Each year, more than 170 complimentary tickets are 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. Each year, more than 3,300 students are able to see a VYT show for our reduced field trip price.