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Children’s Musical Theater

San Francisco Children’s Musical Theater (SFCMT) is dedicated to offering high quality performing arts experiences to Bay Area kids age 5-25.

Our exciting and convenient 10-week program, with “Saturday only” rehearsals, makes participation in SFCMT productions fun and easy for busy Bay Area families.

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All of us at SFCMT inspire kids to activate their individual creative aspirations and instill the motto that “everyone has talent and can succeed” regardless of age, experience and natural ability. We believe in empowering young talent and find it amazing what a little responsibility, teamwork and spotlight can do. You will always see a variety of talents and ages in our productions, from first timers to seasoned veterans. Ultimately, they always exceed our expectations as well as their own and are an inspiration to all who see them perform.

We at SFCMT are passionate about theater and believe it to be as important to a child’s upbringing as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Cast members are encouraged to naturally develop their imagination and self esteem while building lifelong skills such as creativity, dedication, self-discipline, and cooperation.

For those who can not make it to San Francisco to participate in our shows, we have compiled a list of quality Bay Area children’s theater groups that offer year round performing arts programs.

Peninsula Children’s Theater:

Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) Unique family atmosphere successfully uses theater performances and classes to develop a strong sense of self-esteem and to nurture social and communication skills that are useful in all walks of life. They are committed to providing an enriching theatrical experience in our schools, thereby reinforcing the positive role the arts play in academic success.

Broadway by the Bay’s Youth Theater Conservatory An ensemble to grow and perform with… A program designed for the serious, passionate & dedicated Musical Theatre student with outstanding music, choreography & material. BROADWAY BOUND is their new performing troupe that ventures into the community to entertain and inspire.

Hillbarn Theatre has a long, endearing history and is the 6th oldest theatre of its kind in the United States and is currently in its 68th continuous season of programming. Learn more about our Children’s Conservatory and programs at

San Carlos Children’s Theater Since 1990, San Carlos Children’s Theater has been committed to educating children on all aspects of theater production and creative expression while promoting self-awareness, dedication and appreciation for the theater arts. Through quality full-stage productions that entertain local audiences, to performing arts courses taught by outstanding performing arts educators, to summer drama camps and custom school enrichment programs, They continue to transform children and help drive their creative aspirations, while teaching them the fundamentals of acting, stage and technical production.

Palo Alto Children’s Theatre (PACT) exists to nurture the intellectual, artistic, and personal development of children and youth through multi-arts education, performing opportunities, and extraordinary theatre experiences. They believe process and product are of equal importance and aim to create excellent theatre for young audiences. Through multi-arts education, PACT develops life skills such as critical and creative thinking, cooperation, and aesthetic sensitivity.

Pied Piper Players Founded in 2001, Pied Piper Players is one of the premier family theatre companies on the San Francisco Peninsula, recognized for presenting high-quality musical productions. The company was established to provide children and their families an opportunity to participate in and learn about performing and technical arts through creative, educational programs.

Coastal Rep Theatre Conservatory provides top quality dramatic training for young people ages 4-20. The youth production is featured in every season. There’s not just a place for children at Coastal Rep, they are integral to our mission and operation. Children are featured in our Talent Show. Coastal Rep is also committed to selecting plays each season that include dramatic opportunities for all ages including children.

Los Altos Youth Theatre (LAYT) The City of Los Altos Youth Theatre is an educational program dedicated to developing skills and interest in the dramatic arts. Growing out of a series of theater programs going back as long as there has been a City Recreation Program, the program is now year-round, producing three plays and one musical per year. Plays suitable for audiences of various ages and at various levels of difficulty are included in each season. They make an effort to include all who audition but the small size of the theater and the nature of some shows limits participation.

South Bay Children’s Theater:

Children’s Musical Theater San Jose (CMTSJ) trains and educates today’s youth through musical theater to set and achieve high artistic and personal goals, and to inspire them to become exemplary artists, patrons and citizens of tomorrow. The company continues to cast every child who auditions and to rely heavily on its dedicated volunteer force, but it now also has an artistic staff of trained theater professionals guiding each production and a professional administrative staff.

Starting Arts is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is the promotion and preservation of quality arts education in public and private schools, preschools and home school programs. Since 2000, Starting Arts has partnered with school communities and districts in the San Francisco Bay area to provide both during and after school programs in visual and performing arts for children in grades K through 12.

Star Struck Children’s Theatre is a non-profit youth theatre that provides training and performances for the entire community. They are dedicated to quality performances while emphasizing teamwork, responsibility and a greater sense of self in each of our students.

Northside Theatre Company (NTC) was founded in 1978 by current managing artistic director, Richard Orlando. In 1980, NTC became a registered non-profit organization. Northside is currently in its 31st season and receives national attention for new play development while leading the way in re-defining the integrity and importance of small theatre organizations and their critical importance to the development of industry standards and emerging artists. Committed to theatre for all people, without regard to age, race, creed, culture or physical abilities.

Willow Glen Children’s Theater (WGCT) strives to be one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative children’s theatres by providing programs and performances of original plays. They cast all children in our productions and firmly believe that children are transformed through the magic of theatre.

Sunnyvale Community Players (SCP) Established in 1969, SCP is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality theater for the Sunnyvale community. SCP offers participatory performance and backstage support opportunities for both Sunnyvale residents and interested non-residents of all ages.

Gilroy Children’s Musical Theater is dedicated to offering high quality performing arts experiences to young actors ages 5-21 in Morgan Hill and Gilroy.

South Valley Civic Theatre (SVCT) provides quality entertainment at the southern end of California’s Silicon Valley. Our theatre is in Morgan Hill; our staff and performers are all volunteers from nearby towns and cities, including Gilroy, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, and San Jose; Patrons are people like you who enjoy top notch plays and musicals meticulously staged and performed, but at a bargain price.

Kids on Broadway offers young people the opportunity to learn about and participate in quality professional theatre in a supportive environment where they can acquire communication, performance and technical skills, develop character and self-esteem, experience the pride of accomplishment and the joy of working as a team. KIDS ON BROADWAY is a non-profit, year-round performing arts organization serving the greater Santa Cruz community for children and teenagers ages 5-18, and provides an enriching, bonding, and creative experience for the entire family.

Musical Theatre Works is a unique Theatre Academy and Performance Company for children and teens in grades K-12. Their exciting programs provide an opportunity for students to learn about and experience all aspects of Musical Theatre by working with professional Directors, Designers and Instructors.

Young Performers Theatre (YPT) is the only full-time children’s theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area, and one of the very few theatres in the country offering introductory acting classes to children as young as three years old.

East Bay Children’s Theater:

East Bay Children’s Theatre (EBCT) is the oldest continuously performing theatre group in the San Francisco Bay Area. EBCT is a non-profit organization supported by over 45 active volunteers. Since 1933, EBCT’s main purpose has been to bring the heritage of traditional folk tales in the form of musical theatre free of charge to economically disadvantaged elementary schools in Oakland and surrounding areas.

Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre (ACMT) The goal of the Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre is to expose children to the wonders of theatre both as audience and participants. ACMT is dedicated to producing quality children’s theatre, performed by children, for an inexpensive cost. Children who participate and/or behind the stage learn about art, music, theatre, and most importantly, teamwork.

Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT) formerly Active Arts Theatre for Young Audiences was founded in 2004 as Active Arts Theatre for Young Audiences to bring high quality theatre to family audiences in the Bay Area. They specialize in literary adaptations of great children’s books. Through challenging and exciting productions that emphasize artistic excellence, They seek to engage a new generation of theatergoers and inspire young people to open their imaginations to new worlds. BACT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Berkeley Playhouse believes that kids and teens have the ability to command their own audiences. The Youth Company allows students from the Conservatory program the opportunity to participate in full-scale productions of the highest-quality with some of the best directors, choreographers, and designers in the region. Cast members of Youth Company productions receive ongoing training in Conservatory classes during the rehearsal period. Currently, the Youth Company is divided into two levels – Teen and Junior. Through an audition process, some students from the Youth Company have the opportunity to participate in mainstage shows presented by the Professional Company.

East Bay Children’s Theatre (EBCT) is the oldest continuously performing theatre group in the San Francisco Bay Area. EBCT is a non-profit organization supported by over 45 active volunteers. Since 1933, EBCT’s main purpose has been to bring the heritage of traditional folk tales in the form of musical theatre free of charge to economically disadvantaged elementary schools in Oakland and surrounding areas.

Danville Children’s Musical Theater (DCMT) The Danville Children’s Musical Theater has been bringing fun, fabulous and affordable theater to the Danville community for eighteen years. DCMT is a California non-profit corporation co-sponsored by the Town of Danville, dedicated to enriching the lives of young people by providing a vehicle for them to perform Musical Theater.

SmARTS Unlimited teaches children workable skills in the arts, which can be utilized in artistic endeavors now, and in the future. SmARTS unlimited has been established in Livermore since 1995 when it launched its first program OperaSmarts – an innovative program for teaching opera to preschool aged children. Since then it has grown to the largest full service talent organization in the valley. Offering specialized programs in music, theater, acting, art and film, SmARTS unlimited continues to push the envelope in arts training for children.

Kids Take The Stage is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to empower young people through visual, auditory, and physical performing arts. Our classes, camps, and productions strive to give shape to the whole student and engender a sense of higher purpose from an artistic and humanitarian perspective. The base structure of our programs, seek to teach students the inter-connectedness inherent in the theater arts by employing many modes of learning.

The Diablo Theatre Company Performing Arts Academy presents an exciting curriculum of professionally taught theatrical classes designed to educate and stimulate the aspiring young actor in your family. Learn more about DLOC at

Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) Concord For over 30 years, Concord Youth Theatre has impacted the lives of thousands of area children and young adults building confidence, skills, self-esteem and community through experiential theatre education.