East Valley Children’s Theatre!
Our statements of mission, vision, values, and strategy describe why we exist, who we are, what we do, and how we do it. These statements provide insight, offer motivation, and point the way forward as we seek to grow and achieve our goals in theatre and in life.
East Valley Children’s Theatre has been an artistic force in the East Valley for 25 years, through many unique theatrical programs for children of all ages. East Valley Children’s Theatre provides a safe environment for children to gain self-esteem, explore creative outlets and grow and mature into community-minded young adults.
The 25th Anniversary Celebration was fabulous!
We had an exciting evening at our 25th Anniversary Celebration held on Saturday, April 23 at the Holiday Inn-Mesa, 1600 S. Country Club Dr. The festivities began at 6:00 pm with a walk down the red carpet and photos by photographer Jacquelyn Phillips at our Step/Repeat backdrop. We were entered into a door prize drawing and were given a gold coin that could be exchanged for 100 casino chips from a casino dealer.
We enjoyed drinks at the bar and appetizers, guests mingled while enjoying the music from the 1990’s by DJ Vinny. Inside, there were silent auction items lining the ballroom walls!
Dinner included flank steak, lemon chicken piccata, roasted potatoes, steamed vegetables, spring mix salad, artisan bread, and dessert. Dinner music was provided by the Hi-Lo Duo. Also, we enjoyed the video presentation of the past 25 years of EVCT productions!
The festivities continued with some welcoming remarks from Mayor John Giles and a live auction of a Mesa PD helicopter ride. The night featured some alumni entertainment and presentations, with lots of surprises! We toasted EVCT with champagne/sparkling cider in the personalized EVCT champagne flutes that we took home as a gift for attending!
The after-party ensued with music and wild dancing.
All good things must come to an end, but the memories will last forever in pictures! Browse the Red Carpet pictures and the Event pictures. You are welcome to download any of the pictures.
EVCT would like to honor and thank those who have donated and contributed to the work here at East Valley Children’s Theatre. We can only celebrate the accomplishments of the season with your generosity. We couldn’t do what we do without all our amazing volunteers, donors, sponsors, committee members, board members, teachers, and cast! Thank you all!
Theatre for Kids, by Kids
Want to know more about getting your child involved at East Valley Children’s Theatre?
We are a professional quality community theatre where children can grow and develop into successful and fulfilled adults. We serve children ages 5 – 18, are managed by an all volunteer board of directors, and staffed by professionals having education, business, and theatrical experience.Kids can take acting classes, join troupes participate in acting camps and audition for performances.
Mesa Arts Center
East Valley Children’s Theatre main stage productions provide youth a forum for creating confidence, gaining self esteem, developing character, and life skills. We are fortunate enough to perform our productions at the beautiful Mesa Arts Center located in the heart of downtown Mesa.
Learn more about AUDITIONS and how to get your child involved in East Valley Children’s Theatre.
A Parent’s Testimonial
What parents are saying about EVCT
Don’t take our word for it. Watch a few of our testimonial videos from EVCT parents as they lend a little perspective about what they think of EVCT and how our programs have impacted their children.
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“OUR DAUGHTER HAS DEFINITELY EXPERIENCED A NEW AND DIFFERENT KIND OF CONFIDENCE THAT PLAYING SPORTS COULD NOT HAVE PROVIDED. AS A PARENT I HAVE OBSERVED THIS IN HER, AS WELL AS OTHER CHILDREN, IN THE PRODUCTIONS AND HAVE BEEN VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE LEADERSHIP AND PRODUCTION EFFORT PUT FORWARD BY EVCT.”
“EVCT HAS MADE AN EXTRAORDINARY IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITY. THEY HAVE ENRICHED THE LIVES OF ALL THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY THEM, THEY HAVE PRODUCED CONSISTENTLY HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCTIONS AND HAVE BEEN SUPPORTIVE GREAT FRIENDS TO THE ARTS.”
“ONE OF THE REASONS I KEEP COMING BACK TO EVCT IS BECAUSE OF THE GREAT PEOPLE THERE WHO SHARE THE SAME INTERESTS AS ME AND ACCEPT ME FOR WHO I AM. WHEN I FIRST PERFORMED ON THE MESA ARTS CENTER STAGE, I REALIZED I WANTED TO BE A PERFORMER AND SURROUND MYSELF WITH SUCH POSITIVE PEOPLE AND A GREAT ENVIRONMENT.”
The Benefits of Theatre for Kids
Children’s theater is known to have many benefits—kids learn empathy, critical thinking and how to express themselves. Whether your child is acting, designing a set, or writing a production, he or she will learn how to work with others. Theatre for kids teaches that it’s ok to make mistakes, to try new things and it sparks their imaginations. Kids’ plays help children build lifelong values such as integrity, passion for excellence, respect, and teamwork.
East Valley Children’s Theatre and Culture
With the disappearance of arts in many schools, it’s important to find artistic outlets for kids outside of the classroom. East Valley Children’s Theatre exposes kids to many works of literature and gets them to ask questions and learn more about renowned authors and playwrights. With performances such as “A Little Princess” and “The Heroes of Olim” — a take on “The Heroes of Olympus” — getting your child involved with production or simply taking them to see shows will help them gain an understanding of famous works of literature and understand cultural references as they grow
Theatre in the Digital Era
With society increasingly relying on digital platforms for learning and communication, attention spans are getting shorter. In an era where short-term content is king, it’s important to find long-form live performances to assist with the development of attention spans—and it’s essential for kids’ growth. Watching kids’ plays helps build attention spans and allows students to see gaffes and mistakes in real-time, rather than highly-edited shows and movies on the internet and big screens. It also forces them to use their imaginations rather than relying on CGIs and special effects that are so common in movies.
Involving your kids in children’s theatre pushes their limits. Kids work for weeks or months at a time honing their craft, reading lines, building sets, using their imagination and critical-thinking skills for incorporating props, and getting into character for the final production. Theatre teaches them to keep striving toward the end goal—success doesn’t happen overnight.