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What is VYT?
The Vandalia Youth Theatre Company produces three productions for PreK-12 students every summer:
Pee Wee VYT (grades pre K-K) Primary Cast (grades 1-4) Junior Cast (grades 5-8) Senior Cast (grades 9-12)
Every child who auditions is cast in a show, regardless of ability or experience. VYT’s central goal is to provide a positive learning experience for all cast members and families. VYT provides over 100 hours of rehearsal and instruction time to develop skills that will be utilized on and off the stage. Also, because of our belief in the principle of inclusion, our students form friendships and bonds across district and community lines that they might not have been able to otherwise.
VYT began in 1991 when a few parents and two creative staff decided to create a summer program for twenty local children with one production performed in a Vandalia church. Today, VYT produces three separate productions for nearly 200 cast members from 12-15 school districts across the entire Miami Valley. Our staff and volunteers include over 20 technical and creative staff, and a board of parents and local business people.
Education and inclusion are fundamental to our mission. We believe that every young person has both the desire and capacity for excellence in their achievements. Through our rehearsal processes, we aim to provide students with the opportunity to apply the social, intellectual, and emotional benefits of participation in performing arts, some of which include critical and conceptual thinking, peer collaboration, responsibility, accountability, commitment, respect, and trust. We also aim to inspire and engage our students to build healthy relationships with each other through team building exercises and the process of putting together a full-scale production for which they can take pride and feel a sense of accomplishment.
Tuition is due at the Parent/Family meeting in March. Tuition covers all rehearsal and instructions costs and costuming costs. Each cast member is provided a script, music and a show t-shirt as part of enrollment in VYT. Tuition can be paid in installments and limited scholarships are available.
Tuition is $80 per child for PeeWee VYT, $105 for Primary $150 for the Junior Production, and $175 for the Senior Production. If you have more than one child participating there is a discount of $10.00 for each additional child.
Staff & Board Members
Michael Wadham, Director/Choreographer
Natalie Houliston, Assistant Director/
Ashley Leasure, Director
Malcolm Casey, Assistant Director
Victoria Ordeman, Choreography
PRIMARY & PEE WEE PRODUCTION
Allison Eder, Director Stacey Ward, Assistant Director/
Lara Wolford, Vocal Director Catie Rash, Assistant Vocal Director
Board of Directors
Tim Bement, President Hannah Looney, Vice President
Ann Jones, Secretary Paul Dancy, Treasurer Denise Eder, Business Manager
Wendy Hull Angie Cheatwood Chris Braun Joy Linder
Becky Herzog Chris Randolph Matt Silver Jason Gibson
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