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An exciting Announcement!

EVCT’s own Karen Rolston is being recognized for accolades long overdue!  We are very proud of Karen and her accomplishment.  It is with great hope and faith Karen will emerge as the recipient of this distinguished award.   Thank you Karen for so many years of dedication and all of your countless hours and talents given to such a worthy cause.

You can read more on this prestigious event and view the results in March by clicking this link to the Arizona Citizens for the Arts website

Camp Counselors Needed

Spring & Summer

EVCT is looking for kids to help with our Spring Break Camp, March 12-16 and Summer Camps during June and July 2018.

We need youth who are enthusiastic, have experience in theatre and like to work with kids.

Click below for schedule and application information.

EVCT Family Dine Out Day

February 20

Join us for our next “EVCT Dine Out” in Mesa at Udder Delights!

1385 E. Warner Rd (Warner & Val Vista)
Mesa, AZ

Dine 4-8 PM Tuesday, Feb 20th and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to EVCT!

Spring Acting Classes

Starts March 19

Are you interested in getting your child involved in acting classes in Arizona? Our kids acting classes in the Phoenix area are for children ages 5-18 and are managed by supervisors and volunteers with theatre experience. Children’s acting classes at EVCT allow students to experiment with fun drama games that are transferred to the stage through effective lessons.

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.

Fund our Future Campaign

East Valley Children’s Theatre has a goal to raise an additional $100,000 this season to support our mission to serve the community well into the future. With your help, this goal can become a reality.

Any donation, large or small, helps us towards this goal. East Valley Children’s Theatre also welcomes corporate sponsorships. 

Brighten our future with your generous donation today!

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EVCT's 2017-18 Mainstage Season!

Spring Production: Beauty and the Computer Geek

Join us for EVCT’s holiday main stage production of “Beauty and the Computer Geek”, Winner of East Valley Children’s Theatre’s Playwriting Contest 2017.

This original work is based on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, but with a “Prince Charming” from the 21st century who is more computer nerd than dashing hero.

Showing Feb. 15 – Feb. 25 at Mesa Arts Center

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.

  • “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.”

    Craig B.
  • "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."

    Randy V.
  • “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.”

    Elizabeth S.

Community Outreach and Accolades

East Valley Children’s Theatre has been an artistic force in the East Valley for 20 years, serving a diverse population through its many unique theatrical programs. The theatre provides a safe environment for children to gain self-esteem, explore creative outlets and grow and mature into community-minded young adults.

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.

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.

Classes, Troupes, Camps and More!

We have on going classes, troupes, camps, and technical theatre year round!  To schedule any of the East Valley Community Theatre Troupes to come and perform for you, contact the EVCT office at 480-756-3828 or email us at

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