Tacoma Youth Theatre, homeless since its borrowed venue of First Congregational Church was sold earlier this year, has found a permanent home in a specifically-designed space on Broadway opposite Theatre on the Square. The move allows an expansion of the company’s programs for young people into a preschool class and a homeschool class, as well as the usual after-school programs.
“It’s exciting to be building a facility specifically geared towards youth theatre,” said co-founding director Maggie Knott in a press release. “It’s unique. For them to have access to the costumes, the props, the lighting, and the sound…and have it intentionally designed in a safe way for them to do that.”
Knott and co-founder Scott Campbell have transformed the former commercial space at 924 Broadway into a black-box in-the-round performance space, separate rehearsal studio, dressing rooms, costume rooms and prop rooms. The street-accessible theater district location is also beneficial to the company, which started last year as a not-for-profit organization offering youth programs but unaffiliated with any professional or community theater. TYC also emphasizes literature-based plays, with backstage and technical production led by youth themselves.
Fall programs for Tacoma Youth Theatre include a day class for four- and five-year-olds, a homeschool class, pay-what-you-can after-school classes presenting productions of “Treasure Island” and “Cinderella,” a weekly improv class and several day workshops.
“Parents really appreciate and enjoy the unique and professional way we engage young artists,” said Campbell. “This is a big deal for Tacoma, the Theatre District, and for children and families in this community.”
TYC is launching an indiegogo.com campaign to support the fledgling company. For more information on this and classes, call 253-677-0531 or visit tacomayouththeatre.org.