Since the summer of 2009, LGYT has been giving children in Los Gatos and the surrounding communities an opportunity to participate in local theatre, through multiple shows and workshops. LGYT serves school aged kids 6-18 in a safe, real-life theatre environment.
From the first production, Willy Wonka, Jr, performed in August 2009 with a cast of 37 kids, to three full-scale productions for our 10th Anniversary season in 2019, engaging over 120 kids, LGYT performers experience sold out audiences and provide the local community with affordable, top-notch theatre entertainment!
In 2013 LGYT added theatre day camps to the summer line up. The various Performance and Workshop day camps help actors hone their skills in acting, dancing and vocal skills, with the Performance camps culminating in a show for friends and family. Performance camp shows, while shorter and less elaborate than the full-scale Encore, Reprise and Prelude productions, are still full productions including sets, costumes, and makeup– and even include mics with sound and lighting engineers! Workshop camps feature a more loose, playful environment for those kids looking to dip their toes into the performing arts for just a week or two of their summer. Our day camps typically serve over 250 kids and are a cornerstone of many families’ summer plans.
Heather Stokes has been our Encore Director for 9 years and we’re pleased to announce her as LGYT’s new Artistic Director. Heather has a background in classical voice at UOP conservatory and a Musical Theater Performance Degree from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy. Her professional experience includes the original Broadway cast of “Grease” (several national tours), commercials and television credits. Heather returned to the Bay Area (after 10 years of working in NYC) in 1998 and worked as a resident director for CMT for many years. She is a Bay Area native and has worked with a variety of companies, schools, and organizations, including the Fisher Middle School musical production since 2001. Heather is planning all our upcoming Fall 2020 programs and we look forward to announcing details on those in the coming weeks!
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Los Gatos Youth Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.