The Valatie Community Theatre, Part II: The Youth Theater

Side view of the Valatie Community Theatre, which has been hosting performances by its youth program since 2004.

Side view of the Valatie Community Theatre, which has been hosting performances by its youth program since 2004.

The Valatie Youth Theater was founded the year before the Valatie Community Theatre in 2004. Their first production, made up of high school and middle school students and directed by one of the founding members, was A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. After a second production the next summer, the program went on hiatus, but the Youth Theater restarted with a production of Pirates of Penzance in 2008.

The youth program now consists of two summer productions: a play for students between grades 3 through 8, and a play for students from grades 8 to 12. The program also offers four summer internships for college students: a director for the older students, a stage manager for both productions, a technical/music intern, and a public relations intern.

“They were able to bring themselves to these young kids in high school as role models,” says Helen Schneider, a theater board member, of the previous interns.

Video: The Valatie Community Theatre: The Youth Theater

A Look at Designing Harvey

Maryhelen Hopkins, presently a student at Hudson Valley Community College, designed the costumes for the Youth Theater’s latest production, Harvey, the previous summer with a modern look, using a collage of modern designs for each character. Most of the clothes, particularly for female parts, were inspired by the store Forever 21, says Hopkins, and she also bought several articles of clothing from the store as well. She made up the collages using the website Clothia.

“I got to use trends which were in season instead of going off of historical stuff,” says Hopkins.

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