We are a professional quality community theatre where children can grow and develop into successful and fulfilled adults. We serve children ages 9 months to 18 years, 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.
We provide youth a forum for creating confidence, gaining self-esteem, developing character, and building the career and life skills necessary to achieve success and fulfillment in an ever-changing world.
EVCT has helped me believe in magic ever since I walked into my first rehearsal.
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 script, they will learn how to work with others. Theatre for kids teaches that it’s okay to make mistakes, to try new things, and to employ imaginative solutions to problems. Kids’ plays help children build lifelong values such as integrity, passion for excellence, respect, and teamwork.
With the disappearance of arts in many schools, it’s important to find artistic opportunities for kids outside of the classroom. East Valley Children’s Theatre exposes kids to literature and story-telling concepts, so that they begin to ask questions, apply critical thinking, and reach beyond the words to understand a character’s motivations and worldview. When immersed in EVCT programming, students are encouraged to explore their imaginations, to write and tell their own stories. Whether a child continues to be involved in theatre as they mature into adulthood, or moves onto other interests, they bring their appreciation of the arts and the process of putting together a production with them. Research shows that people who are appreciators of the arts have a greater understanding of cultural references and appreciation for different cultures in general.
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 developing believable characters for the final production. Theatre teaches students to work alongside others to achieve the end goal. Success doesn’t happen overnight.
EVCT offers performing arts instruction, introducing children to all elements of live theatre, and incorporating educational aspects as well as important life skills and milestones.
Our workshops are intended to help children and teens develop performance skills in music, drama, and movement through creative exercises as well as prepare for auditions in upcoming performances and productions.
Troupes are designed for specific age/grade levels, and include performing opportunities in the community. Each troupe is unique, addressing specific aspects of performing.
Managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and led by an experienced, degreed staff, EVCT has grown from one production and one workshop annually to an award-winning children’s theatre, bringing exceptional theatre to children and their families in the East Valley community.