Valley Youth Theatre Announces 2009-2010 Season Line up

PHOENIX, AZ,  VYT’s Producing Artistic Director, Bobb Cooper announced the lineup for the upcoming 2009-2010 Season, today.

First up and running from September 11th  through September 27th , 2009, at the Herberger Theater Center, is one of the world’s most celebrated musicals, J.M. Barrie’s Broadway hit, Peter Pan. Audiences will be enchanted by Tinker Bell, the children Wendy, Michael and John and all the pirates and Indians, embellished with show-stopping songs like “Never Never Land”, “I Won’t Grow Up” and “I’m Flying”.

October 16th through November 1st, 2009 audiences will be live for a day, in the life of the loveable Charlie Brown. Based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Shulz, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, is seen as a day made up of little moments picked from the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.

December’s show, running from December 4th through 23rd, 2009, is a family holiday favorite that has become a Valley tradition, A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail, where the whole gang from the Hundred-Acre Wood helps Eeyore find his lost tail!

In celebration of the new year, in January 2010, VYT will offer something new when we produce the new musical, “13”, at the Herberger Theater Center from January 29th through February 14th, 2010. When his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year, but it’s easier said than done. You will love this new musical with an unforgettable score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown. “13” is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it! 

March 19th through April 4th, 2010, VYT will journey into the magical world of The Hobbit, our non-musical of the season. Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It’s the last thing any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results, not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth, and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.

It’s our last, but not least, production of the 2009-2010 season, Willy Wonka!  From May 7th through Mary 23rd, 2010, audiences will enjoy this timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir, when we bring it to life in this stage adaption of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which features the songs from the classic family film.

VYT Producing Artistic Director, Bobb Cooper said that a lot goes into determining a new season line up. “We have to find a good mix of shows, some popular favorites, some new titles and some oldies but goodies, so that we give our diverse audiences a good mix of shows to choose from.”  Cooper further said, “I am very excited about our upcoming 21st season line-up, and I hope the fans will be just as excited and come out to support the talented youth that work so hard to prepare for roles in these popular Broadway productions.” 

Auditions for the first two shows, Peter Pan and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, will take place on Monday, June 8th and Tuesday, June 9th at 4:00 p.m., at Valley Youth Theatre.  Tickets go on sale to the public for Peter Pan on July, 27th, 2009, and for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, on September 7th, 2009. Season Memberships are currently available. For auditions or ticket information, please call VYT at 602-253-8188, X 307.

About Valley Youth Theatre

Named by the Arizona Republic as The Best Place to Become a Future Star, Valley Youth Theatre is a world-class, nationally recognized non-profit organization that targets young people age 7 – 19 for participation in and attendance at quality live theatre productions. VYT’s mission is to inspire young people to be the best that they can be by providing them with lifelong lessons through a wide range of performing arts opportunities. VYT is an award-winning theatre company whose Alum include American Idol, Jordin Sparks and Broadway Star, Max Crumm and the Disney Channel’s Chelsea Staub. Valley Youth Theatre is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Partial funding also is provided by the Phoenix Arts Commission through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council. Valley Youth Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American Theatre. For more information, visit



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