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Valley Youth Theatre

Announces its 23rd Season 


August 12 through 28, 2011 HTC*

Join us for a rockin’ good time at the Herberger Theater Center with the smash hit musical, Hairspray! Experience the doo-wop fun as Tracy Turnblad, a pleasantly plump teen, turns 1962 Baltimore on its head when she gets to dance on the popular Corny Collins show! Can she vanquish the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network – all without denting her ‘do? With show-stopping hits like “You Can’t Stop the Beat”, “Good Morning, Baltimore”, and “Welcome to the Sixties”, your toes will be tapping the night away! 


 Dora the Explorer, Live!: Dora’s Pirate Adventure

October 7 through 23, 2011 VYT *

It’s fun for all ages when we present everyone’s favorite Latina heroine – Nickelodeon’s Dora! In the all new Dora’s Pirate Adventure!, Dora, her best buddy Boots the Monkey, her cousin Diego and the rest of their friends embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island. They will need your help to navigate over Music Mountain and silly Singing Bridge and to confront the Pirate Piggies. Featuring fantastic musical numbers with all of the same characters that preschoolers love, this is an adventure not to be missed. So come on, vámanos! 

A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail

December 2 through 23, 2011 VYT*

A VYT holiday tradition, delighting Valley families for sixteen seasons!  Join Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and their friends in the Hundred Acre Woods for a celebration of friendship, caring and sharing.  

Charlotte’s Web

February 3 through 19, 2012 VYT*

There's something special about Wilbur, the new pig on the Arable farm, but only young daughter Fern can see it. That is until Wilbur meets Charlotte - a just-as-special spider. When Wilbur's fate starts looking bleak, clever web- spinning Charlotte devises a plan to save her curly-tailed companion - with a little help from their opinionated barnyard friends. 'Some Pig' indeed! Treat your family to this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time as Charlotte's Web reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things.

Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical ~ an Arizona Premiere

April 6 through 22, 2012 VYT*

Get ready to meet the newest, most lovable character to come from Broadway! Making its Arizona debut, Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical is based on the popular children’s book by actress Julianne Moore and starred VYT alumna Kimiko Glenn off-Broadway! Seven-year-old Strawberry hates her freckles.  She is teased by her classmates and feels like she doesn’t fit in because of them.  As she looks for a way to remove them (scrub them with soap! cover them with a ski mask!) she discovers that all people are different and ultimately learns to accept herself for who she is, freckles and all. 

The Wiz

June 8 through 24, 2012 HTC**

This totally hip musical favorite takes the stage at the Herberger Theater Center in a funky and fun R&B twist to L. Frank Baum’s well-loved tale The Wizard of Oz. Dazzling and fanciful, this high-energy 70’s musical follows the adventures of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion as they hip hop down the Yellow Brick Road in search of a brain, a heart, courage and most importantly, a way home. Enjoy fun and funky musical numbers like “He’s The Wiz”, “No Bad News” and “Ease On Down The Road”.        

*VYT-Valley Youth Theatre           **HTC- Herberger Theater Center

Show dates, titles and locations subject to change. 

About Valley Youth Theatre

Valley Youth Theatre named by the Arizona Republic as one of the “Top Ten Places to Become a Future Star” 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 they can be, by providing them with lifelong lessons through a wide range of performing arts opportunities. VYT is an award-winning theatre and was recently selected as the Best Arizona Children’s Performing Arts Theatre and received the 2008 Governor’s Arts Award for Arts in Education. Alum include American Idol Jordin Sparks, Disney Channel’s Chelsea Kane and currently on Dancing with the Stars; Golden Globe Nominated movie actress Emma Stone who starred in “Easy A”, “Superbad”,  “House Bunny” and “The Rocker” and Broadway Star Max Crumm. VYT 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, please visit



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