News & Notes

Something “Stinky” This Way Comes to PYT!

February 12th, 2018

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s next Stories on Stage show is none other than the world premiere of “Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers” adapted for the stage by Karen Simpson Gardiner. The book Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers is authored by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. It features “Stink Moody”, the […]

Why Kids Do Theatre Part 2: A Boy’s Perspective

February 6th, 2018

We know there are some great reasons on why kids should do theatre such as it builds confidence, teaches empathy, it’s creative, and it exposes kids to literature and history –  just to name a few. Recently Spotlight interviewed several Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) male performers and asked them about their experiences in theatre. Here’s […]

Why Kids Do Theatre Part 1: A Boy’s Perspective

January 29th, 2018

We know there are some great reasons on why kids should do theatre such as it builds confidence, teaches empathy, it’s creative, and it exposes kids to literature and history –  just to name a few. Recently Spotlight interviewed several Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) male performers and asked them about their experiences in theatre! Introducing Yonatan […]

Spotlight on Brian, Beauty, and the Beast!

January 22nd, 2018

Rehearsals are underway for the Peninsula Youth Theatre’s next musical – Beauty and the Beast! This is sure to be a wonderful production under the talented direction of PYT alumnus Brian Miller. Brian is choreographing the show as well. Spotlight interviewed him to find out more. Have you been involved with any other productions of […]

A Charming Duck Tale: PYT updates the classic “Ugly Duckling”

January 15th, 2018

The timeless Hans Christian Andersen story about finding your place in the world has been given a cheeky update in this world premiere adapted for the stage by Karen Simpson Gardiner, PYT’s Executive Director. Besides Ugly and his family of ducks, you’ll meet an Old Man, who serves as the narrator for the story, as well […]

I Wanna be a Producer Part 2! Spotlight on Lyn Healy & Brad Ward

December 14th, 2017

This is Part 2 of “I Wanna Be a Producer”. Hear from a couple more of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s volunteer producers on why they produce, what it takes to produce and a few of their favorite memories while producing a PYT show. I wanna be a producer With a hit show on Broadway . . […]

Marcie Shapiro Counts Her Blessings directing “Oskar”

December 4th, 2017

Recently Spotlight had the opportunity to speak with Marcie Shapiro, the director and choreographer of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s Stories on Stage premier of Oskar and the Eight Blessings.  The book won the 2015 National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature. “Oskar” is a beautiful story by Richard Simon and Tanya Simon, with wonderful illustrations by Mark Siegel. […]

Spotlight on Laurie Pimentel – Lead Prop Volunteer

November 27th, 2017

A prop, formally known as (theatrical) property, is an object used on stage or on screen by actors during a performance or screen production. In practical terms, a prop is considered to be anything movable or portable on a stage or a set, distinct from the actors, scenery, costumes, and electrical equipment. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatrical_property How did […]

Thanksgiving Thank You to Theatre and to PYT

November 20th, 2017

Spotlight is delighted to have PYT performer “Nikki Suzani” as our guest teen blogger this week!  In this blog Nikki gives thanks to theatre and especially to PYT.  A Thanksgiving Thank You to Theatre and to PYT: by Nikki Suzani With Thanksgiving coming up this week, I thought it was time for me to give […]

Newcomers Experience Peninsula Youth Theatre

November 13th, 2017

Recently Spotlight had the pleasure of interviewing two newcomers to Peninsula Youth Theatre – Julia Starr and Lainey Barcomb. Here are their stories.  Q: Tell us a little bit about yourselves! Julia: I’m a senior in high school and I absolutely love musical theater, but I have also been doing ballet since I was two. […]

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