December 2, 2022 marks the opening night of the Valley Youth Theater’s 25th production of A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL. The Valley’s holiday tradition features talented young performers like the adorable storybook characters from our childhood – Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger, Piglet and Winnie-the-Pooh.
Bobb Cooper, VYT’s Production Artistic Director, explains, “This show has a special place in our hearts, VYT’s production of A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail brings together generations of people, some from outside the state or even from out of the country to share this delightful story with their families and friends.We are deeply grateful that so many families have made us part of their holiday traditions, no matter where they are from or what their families are like. celebrations.
As a special addition to the show this year, viewers are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate to the Salvation Army Christmas Angel program. Leigh Ann Dolan, Valley Youth Theater’s Director of Development and Communications, explains, “The Christmas Angel and A Winnie-The-Pooh Christmas Tail are such beloved Christmas traditions in the Valley. Valley Youth Theater loves to give back and what could be better than helping everyone in the Valley families have a magical Christmas!”
Additionally, Valley Youth Theater has partnered with Vet Tix for a Military Family Appreciation Show on Dec. 20 at 12:30 p.m. All seats for this show will be donated to service members and their families. Cooper explains, “We want to make lasting memories for our military families. It’s our way of giving back to those who have given.”
The cast of young artists ranges in age from 8 to 16 and includes ten Phoenix artists: Claire Calihan, Oliver Christie, Shaun Davis, Ellie Evans, Lucy Glow, Cora Hancock, Hudson Hubbell, Slye Leone, Vivian Nichols, Parker Pitt. . Cast from other cities include Kylan Chait from Guadalupe, Jacquelyn Fuchs from Glendale, Jeremy Wood from Anthem and Xander Zeeb who lives in Mesa.
Alongside its public performances, the Valley Youth Theater will host field trips, as well as VYT’s Literacy and The Arts program, the award-winning program that provides students in Title 1 schools with a page-on-stage experience by combining learning with school with live theater experience. Books related to the production and accompanying instructional guides are provided free of charge to children before seeing the show.
The show is directed by guest director and Valley Youth Theater alumnus Ashley Stultz, with musical co-director Mark Fearey and Tyler Thompson. Lighting design is by Dawson Buckholz and costume design by Karol Cooper. The production manager is Morgan McCall.
A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail runs December 2-23, 2022. Public performances include weekends through December 18 and weekday shows December 20-23. The theater is located at 525 North First Street in downtown Phoenix. Tickets are $22.50 and can be purchased at www.vyt.com or by calling the box office at 602-253-8188.
Valley Youth Theater’s mission is to inspire young people to be their best through a variety of performing arts opportunities. In addition to their main stage performances, VYT offers eight-week fall, winter, and spring performing arts classes, as well as spring break and summer camps. VYT’s ongoing community programs include Literacy and the Arts, Sponsor-a-Seat, and the Nigel Ross Scholarship Fund as well as their annual fundraising event, the VYTal Affair (Valley Youth Theater Applauds Leadership ), in August.
For more information about Valley Youth Theater, visit www.vyt.com.
The poster with cast and staff biographies can be found HERE and promotional photos will be released when they become available.