Category: Theatre Events

The Wonders Of Disney and Theatre

The Wonders Of Disney and Theatre

– Guest Blogger: Jessica Shapiro

I remember taking my daughter to Disneyland when she was five. It was a big deal and we had one day. So we got there just after opening and we stayed until 10pm. Every turn throughout the day was sprinkled with pixie dust. We met princesses, we rode in ships through the air, we saw it’s a small world all dressed up for the holidays, and right before closing we stayed for fireworks.  As the fireworks display finished, it began to snow on Main Street.  I saw the glimmer in my daughter’s eyes and I know in my heart that Disney is magic. 

I clearly remember the emotional impact of that day and honestly it has only ever been matched by my experiences with theatre.

This last weekend at MYACT, I saw the wonders of Disney and Theatre come together, though not for the first time (but that is a tale for another day). 

MYACT’s Night of Disney, was the brain child of my daughter. That same 5 year old who is now a bright and talented 15 year old thought it would be fun to do a concert of Disney material.  “Boy oh Boy” Was she right! (You have to hear it in Mickey’s voice for the full effect).

I got to facilitate in wonderful performers from 5 to adult bringing their love and their passions to the stage.  I was privileged to see our Dancers shine, in tap, ballet, and lyrical performances. What a sight for the whole ensemble to participate in several numbers on limited rehearsal time.  Showcasing their individual personalities was such a joy.  Among my favorite moments, Tina and Alissa leading Supercalifra…. (even though they had to spell it in the song, I am not quite as talented), Leyla taking on “How Far I’ll Go,” with only a week’s notice, with a super sweet assist from Lize, and breakout performances from some of our littles, Sophie and Whalen, with their respective takes on Frozen. Though I only mentioned a few they all were bright stars and I am thankful for and impressed by every single one of them.

Watching these kids and adults bring to life moments of Disney magic had me welling up with excitement.  We had young ones in the audience dancing in the aisles, wanting to see more, wanting to skip intermission or dance their way through intermission to become the show, and we had kids and parents become believers in the magic of Disney and the magic of Community Theatre.

Everything we do takes at the Theatre requires a large community of support. So I just would like to take a minute to thank our tech help helmed by Kyla and Kandas, with assists from Amanda and Anni. All the parents who participated by getting your kids to rehearsals and having them practice at home, it is not possible without that support.  Huge kudos to my dancers who took the brunt of the workload for this show, additionally helping to choreograph some of their own performances. Special mention to Cierra for the work she did and the one on one Tap lessons she gave to one of our newer tappers, that’s the theatre spirit for sure! None of this would have happened without the choreography, mentoring and teaching from Janae. Who I have had the pleasure to watch grow from theatre kid to amazing adult and person I am pleased to call friend.   Finally thank you to Alissa for that twinkle in her eye at 5 and her vision for doing this show, the work she put in to choreography, and spreading the magic to all.

 

Death Takes A Holiday

Death Takes A Holiday

Our last show of the season, Death Takes a Holiday the Musical! A dark comedy musical with minor adult themes. Rated PG (Jr. cast show for all ages).

Synopsis: After years of questioning why people fear him, Death takes on human form for three days so that he can mingle among mortals and find an answer. He finds a host in Duke Lambert after revealing himself and his intentions to the Duke, and takes up temporary residence in the Duke’s villa. However, events soon spiral out of control as Death falls in love with the beautiful young Grazia As he does so, Duke Lambert, the father of Grazia’s mortal lover Corrado, begs him to give Grazia up and leave her among the living. Death must decide whether to seek his own happiness, or sacrifice it so that Grazia may live.

Directed by Brandon Russell
Music Director Chala Scholkowfsky
Choreography Janae Perkins
Tech Director Kyla Lee Meyer Hatler
Costumes Erin Santoro
Props Kimberlie Holman

Opening night is December 7th at 7:30pm, coupled with a catered Gala. Dress in your best roaring 20’s attire! We want to bring in the new 20’s with style! There will be wine and beer served at the Gala for 21 and over and dinner before the show. Tickets are $50 per person for the event and include a ticket to the show. Raffle, silent auction, entertainment, and such will be at the Gala! We hope to see you there!

Performance dates Community Cast: December 7th, 13th, 14th, and 15th 

Performance Dates Youth Cast: December 8th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd 

Tickets on sale now in the ticket at https://thelittleboxoffice.com/myact, for more information please message our Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/mountainyouthact/ or contact us at mountainyouthact@gmail.com.

Summer Camp 2019

Summer Camp 2019

2019 Summer Camp.  

Camp was conducted from July 1st through August 2nd. 34 students participated in camp which met daily from 12:30 to 4:00.  A primary focus of this corner stone program is theatre education and enrichment where students receive instruction and guidance for acting, singing, and dancing.  But, camp is also about coming together as a community, meeting new people with similar interests, and above all having fun! AND, camp is about putting on a great show to highlight the student talents and skills developed and refined during camp.

This year’s show was Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.  Students performed for over 700 audience members during the two weekend run in August. Many roles were double cast so that more students could have an opportunity to shine in lead or supporting roles.  The audience’s enthusiasm and applause during performances is always a welcome sight and sound for cast members and production staff alike and this year was no different!

MYACT’s Board of Directors is committed to providing opportunities for community members of all ages under a variety of circumstances.   The Board was pleased to have awarded four scholarships to students who would not have been able to participate in camp without this financial assistance.   The word “community” in the name Mountain Youth and Community Theatre is not lost on this Board!

As you know or can imagine, it takes competent and committed leaders to run a summer camp or a musical theatre endeavor.  We were lucky this year to have the following Camp leaders and production staff:

  • Director – Amie Riggs
  • Musical Director – Lauren Brasesco *
  • Choreographers – Janae Perkins and Gracen Harvey *
  • Stage Managers – Sabrina Jensen * and Gin Oellrich

* MYACT Youth Alumni

Reflections on camp from the Director, Amie Riggs:

“Working with the kids this summer was an incredible learning experience. As a first time director, I learned just as much as some of the kids in camp. I was so proud of each performer. It was also great to see how things work behind the scenes at a community theatre. It takes a village to put on a production and to see friends, parents, grandparents and board members all come together to help out was wonderful. The kids really loved acting. They would come up to me each day and ask if we were going to be focusing the day on blocking.  They also loved the ritual of doing warmups before each performance. With any group of kids and teens there is bound to be disagreement.  But I was lucky to work with students who were committed to creating a supportive community for one another. On the first day of camp we all sat down and let the students help make rules. They included anything from “use the stairs to get on/off the stage” to “no bullying or cliques.”  Everyone, including the summer camp staff, signed the list of rules to indicate that we would all follow the rules to make camp fun and safe for everyone. Directing isn’t always easy, but in the end all our hard work paid off.”

Thanks to the production staff, students, family and friends, and community volunteers for helping to make this year’s Summer Camp a great success!