SAN FRANCCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will kick of the 30th Anniversary of the Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company (YPTMTC) by presenting a photo exhibit that has captures thirty years of performances by the company. The photo exhibit will begin with an opening reception at McLaren Lodge on January 15th at 5PM.
“Seeing these talented young people stepping outside of their comfort zone and transforming themselves into different characters on stage, is inspiring,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “For the last 30 years, this SF Rec and Park’s teen musical company has provided a safe and encouraging environment where young people can develop their talents and thrive through performing arts.”
SF Rec and Park’s Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company is also supported by the Friends of the Company (FOTC). Members range in age from 13- 18 and are selected by open audition held semi-annually in May and September. YPTMTC provides San Francisco teenagers with an incredible opportunity to learn and grow within a musical theatre setting. The program builds self esteem while encouraging teamwork and responsibility.
Many YPTMTC members completed the program and went on to continue developing their crafts and talents. One of them, Lena Hall, became a Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her in Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. She was interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle which she fondly recalled her time at SF Rec and Park where she performed her first musical at Stern Grove.
YPTMTC originated in 1984 by SF Rec and Park’s staff Diane Price who retired in 2005. The Company now offers students instruction in drama, voice, acting workshop and dance during the school year, a seven week summer workshop, and stages 3 major productions a year as well as community service performances. For more information please visit SF Rec and Park’s webpage at: http://sfrecpark.org/recprogram/young-peoples-teen-musical-theatre-company/.