Spotlight 2023

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SPOTLIGHT A PVTC Pu b lic a t ion

A PINEAPPLE UNDER THE SEA pp.4 BE YOU. BE HERE. BELONG pp.7 CMS St u d en t s Fin d Th eir Gra il pp.11


A BRAVE SPACE FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL STORIES Dea r friend s, Wha t a joy this yea r ha s b een! When I rejoined the PVTC tea m la st Ja nua ry, one of m y first ta sks wa s to sp ea k with sta ff, b oa rd m em b ers, a nd p a rtic ip a nts a b out their exp erienc es with the org a niza tion. My g oa l throug h those listening c onversa tions wa s to c om p ile a vision of who PVTC ha s b een, is now, a nd c ontinues to b ec om e. We?re a c rea tive c om m unity, a nd while one of our c ollec tive g ifts is innova tion, we a lso ha ve d eep tra d itions tha t ha ve withstood the test of tim e. Tha t history ha s b ec om e a throug hline for our org a niza tion, whic h ra ng es from b eloved g a m es tha t show up yea r a fter yea r, suc h a s Choc ola te River, to long tim e c om m unity m em b ers like Siena Mc Ma hon, who g rew up throug h our p rog ra m a nd who ha s now joined the sta ff, to the c ore va lues tha t g uid e the wa y we c rea te tog ether. Th e c ore v a lu es I sa w a n d h ea rd ou r c om m u n it y exp ress a re: -

Pa rtic ip a ting in a n inc lusive ensem b le Develop ing c rea tively throug h p la y Throug h storytelling a nd listening , c onnec ting a uthentic a lly a nd b uild ing c om m unity Pursuing a rtistic , innova tive exc ellenc e Colla b ora ting with c om m unity p a rtners to wid en a nd d eep en und ersta nd ing

In this ed ition of the Sp otlig ht Ma g a zine, you?ll rea d a b out a nother yea r of the PVTC c om m unity?s c rea tive c olla b ora tion. You?ll hea r stories a b out fa m ilia r p rog ra m s like our yea r- round c la sses a nd sum m er c a m p s, a nd of new p a rtnership s, suc h a s We Move Together, a show we c o- p rod uc ed with Op en Mind Sc hool, a vib ra nt c eleb ra tion of the g ifts of p erform ers with a m yria d of p hysic a l a nd d evelop m enta l a b ilities on the PVTC sta g e. Throug h a ll of these stories, you?ll see exp ressions of PVTC?s five c ore va lues b eing p la yed out in joyful wa ys. It is a n honor to c eleb ra te our c om m unity?s suc c esses, a nd to hig hlig ht how we?ve lea ned into our va lues over this p a st yea r. We look forwa rd to the yea r to c om e, a nd to c ontinuing , tog ether, to p ursue our m ission of b eing a b ra ve sp a c e for tra nsform a tiona l stories, a nd of offering a rtistic a lly- exc ellent p rod uc tions a nd c la sses tha t c enter c rea tive g rowth, em p a thy, a nd c om m unity c onnec tion. In Crea tivity,

Na om i Interim Exec utive Direc tor


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CONTENTS

2023 production photo credits Chip Kra uskopf & Alex Doherty

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W elc om e from Na om i

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Su m m er 2023 b y t h e Nu m b ers

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A Pin ea p p le Un d er t h e Sea

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Dev isin g Ca m p Exp erien c e

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Hig h Sc h ool Ca m p : Mea n Girls

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Be You . Be Here. Belon g

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Hig h Sc h ool Lea d ersh ip & Volu n t eers

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CMS St u d en t s Fin d Th eir Gra il

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Pure Im a gina tion & Th e Art ist 's W a y

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Ba c k st a g e Pa ss: Bey on d PVTC

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Holid a y s a t PVTC

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A Da y a t t h e Bea c h & Firesid e Room Ch a t

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Th a n k You for Ma k in g 2023 Possib le

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En d of Yea r Fu n d ra isin g Ca m p a ig n

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Meet Ou r Boa rd of Direc t ors Pa g e 2


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SUM M ER 20 23 BY THE NUMBERS 2023 sum m er p rog ra m m ing wa s a trem end ous suc c ess! The PVTC

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tea m wa s b lown a wa y b y the ta lent, hea rt, a nd d ed ic a tion ea c h c a m p er b roug ht to their p erform a nc es this sum m er. It w a s a su m m er t o rem em b er.

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Gra d ua ting seniors, m a ny of whom ha ve g ra c ed the PVTC sta g e for 10+ yea rs.

Ha rd working interns sup p orted c ostum es, ha ir/ m a ke up , tec hnic a l thea ter, a nd stud ent a c tivities to c rea te a m a g ic a l sum m er for c a m p ers.

Wireless m ic rop hones worn throug hout the sum m er d uring three p rod uc tions.

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Professiona l sta ff m em b ers d ed ic a ted to c rea ting a m ea ning ful exp erienc e for a ll c a m p ers & interns.

Ta lented em erg ing a rtists exc elled in their roles sup p orting m usic d irec tion, c horeog ra p hy, sta g e m a na g em ent, a nd a rts a d m inistra tion.

Aud ienc e m em b ers c heered on c a m p ers a s they took the sta g e to p erform !

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Enthusia stic c a m p ers ra ng ing from a g e 3 to 18 sha red friend ship , ta lents, a nd m em ories with PVTC this sum m er. Pa g e 3

Rela xed a c c ess p reviews invited a ud ienc e m em b ers of a ll a g es a nd a b ilities to enjoy the p rod uc tions.

Livestrea m p erform a nc es viewed b y fa m ily a nd friend s rea c hing a s fa r a s Austra lia .


A Pin ea p p le Un d er t h e Sea A Direc tor's Persp ec tive Sum m er 2023 BY N O ELLE G IBBS This sum m er, I ha d the p rivileg e of sp end ing four weeks und er the sea with our kind erg a rten throug h eig hth g ra d e c a m p ers. Our m ission? To sa ve the world one tiny sea c rea ture a t a tim e. Thoug h SpongeBob the Musica l Youth Edition is b a sed on a c a rtoon, the c olorful story is ultim a tely a rela ta b le one: It c ha m p ions the b ig d rea m s of a c ha ra c ter who is written off b ec a use he is just a "sim p le sp ong e." As we unp a c ked the them e "Be You. Be here. Belong " this sum m er, Sp ong eBob 's q uest p rovid ed the p erfec t vehic le to exp lore inc lusion.

Spongebob, Sa ndy Squirrel, a nd Pa trick Sta r em ba rk

on a n a dventure!

Throug hout the four weeks, our foc us a s a n ensem b le wa s on joy a nd c olla b ora tion. Every a c tor worked ha rd to d evelop not only their own c ha ra c ter's p hysic a l m ovem ent, voc a l q ua lity, a nd c ha ra c ter rea c tions, b ut a lso p iec es of their c ostum es, p rop s, a nd even the set. The c rea tive footp rints of our c a st were a ll over this show a nd the result wa s a vib ra nt c om m unity of a c tors a nd c ha ra c ters who step p ed up to sa ve the d a y.

Set designer Fred Eira s crea tes portholes for a n intera ctive lobby exhibit.

Costum e designer/ coordina tor Anna belle Hopkins works on Squidwa rd's sequined ja cket.

A group of singing sa rdines sing a nd da nce their hea rts out in "Super Sea Sta r Sa vior".

Eugene Kra bs shows off his m ena cing strength a longside the Electric Ska tes.

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Dev isin g Ca m p Exp erien c e: Crea ting Thea tre

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From the Direc tor N A O M I KIN SM A N This sum m er, a ud ienc es c rossed throug h a n a rc hwa y und er a n insp iring c a nop y of trees a nd into the extra ord ina ry. During our p erform a nc es we sha red a b it of the m a g ic a nd wond er tha t our 18 c a st m em b ers, interns, a nd sta ff enjoyed tog ether im a g ining a show to life. Into the Extra ordina ry wa s a world p rem iere p rod uc tion, d evised b y the c a st over two weeks. It a ll sta rted with a q uestion: If d oorwa ys op ened b etween our world a nd m a ny others, wha t m a g ic , m isc hief, a nd m a yhem m ig ht ensue? We a lso wond ered , a s m a ny writers of p orta l fa nta sies d o: Wha t m ig ht c ha ra c ters lea rn throug h the p roc ess of lea ving their own world s a nd visiting a nother? Mig ht they feel a g rea ter sense of b elong ing , of self- a wa reness, b ec a use of they lea rn everything a b out them selves on the a d venture? To d evelop the show, we used a va riety of tec hniq ues: im p rovisa tion, b ra instorm ing , m ovem ent to m usic , c olla b ora tion with the fa nta stic tea m of d esig ners, a nd of c ourse, a lot of tria l a nd error. Our show d evelop ed throug h a series of d isc overies. In the end , our p rod uc tion showc a sed the im a g ina tion, hum or, a nd hea rt of ea c h p erson who c ontrib uted to the p roc ess.

A devising a ctor crea tes a porta l to a nother world.

?I a m p roud of our c a st for the wa y ea c h a c tor wea ved their own c rea tivity a nd fla ir into the extra ord ina ry p rod uc tion. We?ve ha d a d elig htful tim e find ing op p ortunities to fea ture ea c h of our a c tors in m ea ning ful m om ents.?

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SHOUT OUTS Beh in d t h e sc en es, a tea m of ha rd - working , c a ring , a nd hig hly c rea tive p eop le m a ke it p ossib le for us to d rea m up three uniq ue p rod uc tions with fully p rod uc ed sets, c ostum es, p rop s, sound , a nd m ore. Artist extra ordina ire Fred Eira s reviews a ca m per wa tercolor.

Ou r t een in t ern s b roug ht la ug hter a nd a sense of fun to our sum m er c a m p p roc ess, while a lso a lwa ys b eing there with help ing ha nd s to m a ke ea c h rota tion of our d a y work sm oothly.

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A high school intern a tta ches a wireless m icrophone to a devising a ctor.


This sum m er, und er the d irec tion of PVTC a lum ni Ca itlin Berka , twenty- two hig h sc hoolers took the sta g e in Mea n Girls: High School Version. While they ha d a lot of fun with the hum or a nd sa tire in the p iec e, a c tors a lso d isc ussed them es of b ullying , b od y d ysm orp hia , p eer p ressure, a nd the c om p lic a tions of soc ia l m ed ia . At the Spring Fling, students of North Shore High recognize tha t "they're a ll sta rs"!

"I ha ve witnessed first ha nd the wa ys in whic h hig h sc hool stud ents a re fa c ed with inc rea sing ly m a ture d em a nd s. Due to the sensitive top ic s tha t a rise in Mea n Girls, PVTC p a rtnered with intim a c y c oord ina tor Sta c y Levin to ensure our c rea tive lea rning environm ent a s sa fe a nd sup p ortive a s p ossib le. In this p rod uc tion, a c tors of d iverse g end ers a nd id entities g ra c ed the sta g e with a hop e of c eleb ra ting the ind ivid ua lity of ea c h a c tor a nd find ing wa ys in whic h we a re m ore a like tha n d ifferent. " - Noëlle GM Gib b s COSTUMES Costum e d esig ner, Alic ia Kot, wa nted to inc lud e a c tors in the wa rd rob e d esig ning p roc ess for Mea n Girls. Pulling hea vily from the "Y2K" era , Alic ia a nd the a c tors d isc ussed the wa ys their c ha ra c ters a nd their c liq ues would d ress. Then, they hea d ed out into the world for a thrifting trip to Sa vers, whic h sup p orted b oth susta ina b ility a nd a uthentic ity of d esig n. The m a jority of the c ostum es for this show c a m e either from thrifting or from the

Socia l outca st Ja nis belts the song "I'd Ra ther Be Me."

Em erg in g Art ist s Roc k Reh ea rsa ls

Two stella r PVTC a lum ni, Na om i Wa g ner a nd Alexa nd ra Ornes, p la yed sup p orting roles a s a ssista nt m usic d irec tor a nd a ssista nt c horeog ra p her, resp ec tively. Na om i worked sea m lessly with long tim e Music Direc tor Ra f Ornes, p rovid ing a c tors with sp ec ia lized rehea rsa l tra c ks a nd a d d itiona l one- on- one voc a l c oa c hing . They even ha d the c ha nc e to c ond uc t the p review a nd a p erform a nc e! Alexa nd ra showc a sed her d a nc e ta lents a long sid e c horeog ra p her Lizzie Cha p m a n, with her m ost vib ra nt c ontrib ution b eing her c horeog ra p hy for "Whose House

Regina George sings a bout wa tching the "World Burn."

is This?". Alexa nd ra ta ug ht tha t num b er in rec ord sp eed , skillfully c ra fting m ovem ents to tell the story of a hig h sc hool p a rty sp ira ling out of c ontrol.

Ca dy Heron a nd the Ma thletes ta ke the cha m pionship!

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B EY O N D

BE YOU. BE HERE. BELONG Weaving IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility) practices into the fabric of summer camp. MADDIE ZDEBLICK, A PHD CANDIDATE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SEATTLE

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RETURNED TO PVTC WITH RENEWED FOCUS. With g enerous sup p ort from the Ha rla n Ha hn End owed Fund , the Ga tzert Child Welfa re Fellowship , a nd the Center for the Stud y of Child hood Art a t the University of Arka nsa s, Ma d d ie wa s fully fund ed a s a sc hola r in resid enc e a t PVTC. Ma d d ie?s a rea of stud y is in how thea ter ed uc a tion c a n b e p a rt of m oving towa rd s justic e, esp ec ia lly for stud ents with d isa b ilities. At PVTC, she worked on her d isserta tion resea rc h with sup p orting sta ff, interns, a nd c a m p ers a s exp loring our sum m er them e: ?Be You. Be Here. Belong .? To tha t end , Ma d d ie's work this sum m er foc used on inc lusion a nd susta ina b ility. Conversa tions with stud ents b eg a n with the environm enta l im p a c t on thea tre. Thea tre c a m p c a n b e ha rm ful to our environm ent. We b uild a set; we tea r it d own. The q uestion wa s p osed , "how m ig ht a c om m itm ent to environm enta l justic e shift our exp erienc e this sum m er?" With tha t q uestion in m ind they set a b out their work.

intera c tive a c tivities inc lud ing rea d ing the p ic ture b ook Fur a nd Fea ther Sta nd Tog ether a nd m a king c olla b ora tive a rt with its illustra tor, Eliza Reisfeld , stud ents exp lored how to m a ke thea ter m ore susta ina b le. The c a m p ers a lso wrote a letter in sup p ort of environm enta lly friend ly p ra c tic es to Greenwa ste a fter lea rning tha t c a m p d id n?t ha ve c om p ost p ic k- up .

Letter in support of environm enta lly friendly pra ctices.

Crea tive dra m a where Inkling the Octopus ha s a conversa tion with the a ctors.

STEP THREE: Rev iew m a t eria ls u sed d u rin g p rod u c t ion . Next, our p rod uc tion tea m c onsid ered their d esig n m a teria ls. Our d esig ners c ha lleng ed them selves to inc orp ora te m a ny reused , rec yc led , a nd rec yc la b le

STEP ONE: Crea t e a n en sem b le p a c t . Ma d d ie a nd the stud ents a p p roa c hed the PVTC tra d ition of m a king a n ensem b le a g reem ent with the q uestion: "How m ig ht we m a ke c a m p a sp a c e where a ll of us b elong ?" From tha t c a m e a sig ned a n ensem b le p a c t tha t inc lud ed the c om m itm ent to b eing kind to ea c h other a nd to the Ea rth.

m a teria ls into their d esig ns.

STEP FOUR: Con sid er w h a t PVTC c a n d o ou t sid e of ou r c a m p u s.

Ensem ble pa cts.

Fina lly, we inc lud ed outrea c h in our efforts. PVTC p a rtnered with the Pa c ific Bea c h Coa lition to a ttend one of their reg ula rly sc hed uled c lea n- up s in Ha lf Moon Ba y. As we were working on a show a b out the oc ea n, we wa nted to d o our p a rt to m a ke the oc ea n a hea lthier p la c e.

STEP TW O: Exp lore t h rou g h c rea t iv e d ra m a . Next, Ma d d ie used c rea tive d ra m a to exp lore susta ina b ility. On the first d a y of SpongeBob, stud ents m et Dr. Inkling , a fic tiona l oc top us resea rc her p la yed b y one of PVTC's sta ff m em b ers. Dr. Inkling wa s d istra ug ht. Som e of our tra sh ha d m a d e its wa y into her oc ea n a nd furtherm ore, no one wa s ta king her resea rc h on susta ina b ility seriously! Throug h

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STEP FIVE: Mov e t og et h er! Pa ra llel to her work on susta ina b le c hoic es, Ma d d ie foc used on d isa b ility justic e. One of her key resp onsib ilities wa s to org a nize a nd oversee a c c ess p reviews. These shows a re sp ec ific a lly d esig ned to b e inc lusive for a ud ienc e m em b ers with d isa b ilities for a ll of our c a m p p rod uc tions. Som e of the a c c om m od a tions PVTC m a d e this sum m er inc lud ed :


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Keep ing the house lig hts on in the a ud ienc e a t a low level throug hout the p erform a nc e a nd a d justing a ny sud d en or surp rising lig ht a nd sound c ues. Prep a ring a room outsid e the thea tre for a ud ienc e m em b ers tha t need a q uiet sp a c e to d ec om p ress d uring the p erform a nc e. Sp ea king with our c a m p ers a b out c ultiva ting a n a ttitud e of und ersta nd ing reg a rd ing a ny non tra d itiona l a ud ienc e b eha viors they m ig ht ob serve ( m oving CAP ushers greet a round , ta lking , etc .) .

The crea tion of costum e pieces for the ushers to wea r during perform a nces.

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Ma d d ie a lso la u n c h ed ou r Com m u n it y Art s Pa rt n ers ( CAPs) p rog ra m : Severa l a d ults with d isa b ilities, a ffilia ted with p a rtner org a niza tion Bra nc h Servic es joined PVTC a s CAPs und er Ma d d ie's d irec tion. They help ed with set a nd c ostum e c onstruc tion, a ssisted in the offic e, a nd c o- d esig ned a nd c o- ta ug ht c urric ulum . An a rts a dm inistra tion CAP preps m a teria ls in the PVTC office.

Open Mind School a ctors pa int their set pieces with set designer Fred Eira s.

Ma d d ie a lso d eep en ed ou r p a rt n ersh ip w it h Op en Min d Sc h ool ( OMS) : Severa l sta ff, interns, a nd Com m unity Arts Pa rtners c o- d esig ned a nd c o- ta ug ht a thea ter resid enc y a t Op en Mind Sc hool, a n inc lusive p reK- 12 sc hool in Ea st Menlo Pa rk. OMS stud ents joined us on c a m p us throug hout this sum m er, a s they d esig ned a nd p erform ed their show, "We Move Tog ether," a nd a ttend ed Ac c ess Previews for our other

Open Mind School a ctors ta ke the sta ge.

p rod uc tions. Ma ddie welcom es the OMS a udience a nd holds up the book We Move Together by Kelly Fritsch a nd Edua rdo Trejos, the picture book tha t inspired the OMS perform a nce .

For m ore in form a t ion a b ou t Op en Min d Sc h ool v isit op en m in d sc h ool.org .

Open Mind School a ctor perform s a piece written by the students.

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L EA D ER S H I P

SPOTLIGHT on PVTC Hig h Sc h ool Lea d ersh ip We a re g ra teful for our hig h sc hool lea d ers who c ontrib ute to PVTC in so m a ny wa ys. From their insig ht a nd feed b a c k a s p a rt of our Youth Counc il, to their va ried volunteer roles throug hout the yea r for p rog ra m s suc h a s the Ted d y Bea r Tea , to their d ed ic a tion a s sum m er interns, their fing erp rints a re in every a sp ec t of the PVTC exp erienc e.

Th ree of ou r h ig h sc h oolers t ell u s a b ou t t h eir v a ried lea d ersh ip exp erien c es.

Ka t e Hoib erg 12th g ra d e she/ her

Ka t e h a s b een in v olv ed w it h PVTC a s a c a m p er a n d h a s b een a c a m p in t ern for t h e p a st t h ree y ea rs, oft en su p p ort in g t h e c ost u m e t ea m . Th is fa ll sh e?s b een v olu n t eerin g in t w o of ou r a ft er sc h ool c la sses a n d h a s join ed ou r You t h Cou n c il. Hist ory a t PVTC: My first show with PVTC wa s Sleeping Bea uty in 2015 where I wa s a b lue b ird a nd a villa g er. I fell in love with PVTC a fter tha t. Sinc e then, I ha ve a ttend ed c la sses d uring the yea r, a nd over the sum m er a s m uc h a s I c ould .

in t er n in g in Fall Classes: I?m so exc ited a b out rea lly c onnec ting with a ll the kid s a nd g etting to know them a nd help ing them g row. I ha ve a lwa ys loved kid s a nd this is a c ha nc e for m e to lea rn m ore a b out how to intera c t a nd b etter func tion with them . I a m a lso so exc ited to lea rn from the tea c hing a rtists I?m interning und er. I love wa tc hing a nd lea rning the wa ys tha t Siena ha nd les the energ y of our young est Storyb ook thea ter c la sses, a nd it is suc h a joy to wa tc h Na om i?s c rea tive vision c om e to life on sta g e for Peter Pa n. I rea lly enjoy just how ha p p y a nd b usy I c a n b e a t PVTC. There is a lwa ys som ething for m e to d o, a nd I?m a lwa ys lea rning som ething new. When I?m a t PVTC I?m a b le to b e ha p p y a ll the tim e. I?m norm a lly p retty up b ea t, b ut som etim es I c a n g et p retty neg a tive if left a lone. I?m a lso a n introvert, a nd interning help s m e g et out of m y c om fort zone whic h I a lwa ys rea lly love.

Ellie h a s a p p ea red on st a g e for ou r su m m er c a m p p rod u c t ion s st a rt in g in 2014 . As a h ig h sc h ool in t ern sh e?s len t u s h er a rt ist ic t a len t s c rea t in g a rt for m a n y of ou r p rod u c t ion p rog ra m s. Th is p a st y ea r Ellie sa t on ou r

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first ev er You t h Cou n c il. Hist ory a t PVTC: My first show with PVTC wa s Sleeping Bea uty in 2015 where I wa s a b lue b ird a nd a villa g er. I fell in love with PVTC a fter tha t. Sinc e then, I ha ve a ttend ed c la sses d uring the yea r, a nd over the sum m er a s m uc h a s I c ould . Volu n t eerin g a t t h e Ted d y Bea r Tea a s Pa rt of t h e You t h Cou n c il: I loved just c rea ting suc h a joyful m em ory for a ll the little kid s tha t c a m e. Onc e up on a tim e, I wa s one of those kid s, tod d ling with exc item ent a nd sitting with m y m other. Tha t joy a nd wond er is som ething I'll never forg et. On Youth Counc il, I loved the c rea tivity tha t a rose out of our tea m ! It wa s a lwa ys a wesom e to see everyone b rim m ing with id ea s Fa v orit e Ca m p Mem ory : My fa vorite c a m p m em ory is from the Lion King Jr. I m ust ha ve b een a round a 3rd g ra d er, a nd I wa s som ewha t fa m ilia r with the notions of c a m p a t this p oint. I thoug ht I knew everything a b out Choc ola te River. But it wa s a b solutely m a g nific ent to hop from one p iec e of p a p er to the next, g ig g ling a nd trying to rem a in foc used , a ll whilst a void ing c hoc ola te m onster g ra b s a t the g round . I'm p retty sure tha t a t som e p oint, I stretc hed out with m y ( inc red ib ly short) four lim b s a nd held lots of p a p ers in som e sort of twisted p osition. It wa s a m om ent of im m ense g lory for young m e. It wa s soon tem p ered with m y entra nc e into the b lissfully c ool La ne Ha ll, where we stretc hed out on the floor a nd were a s still a nd q uiet a s c ould b e. Gra veya rd a nd Possum were som e of m y fa vorite g a m es, a nd I love them to this d a y.

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Ju lia first join ed PVTC a s a n a c t or in ou r p erform a n c e en sem b le, h a s g ra c ed ou r st a g e for n u m erou s su m m er c a m p s, a n d p rov id ed st ella r Ju lia Seg a l 12th g ra d e she/ her

su p p ort a s a n a ssist a n t d irec t or a n d a ssist a n t st a g e m a n a g er. Su m m er Ca m p In t ern sh ip : My fa vorite p a rt a b out this sum m er wa s working with the c a m p ers. I a m a lwa ys so insp ired b y their d ed ic a tion a nd enthusia sm d uring the rehea rsa l p roc ess. I ha d so m uc h fun working a long sid e them to c rea te a show tha t they were p roud to p erform a nd enjoyed m a king .

Som ething tha t surp rised m e wa s g oing onsta g e. Bec a use one of our a c tors c ould n?t m a ke the fina l p erform a nc e, I filled in for him . This wa sn?t som ething I ha d exp ec ted a t the b eg inning of the sum m er b ut the exp erienc e end ed up b eing rea lly fun. I wa s so touc hed b y how kind a nd sup p ortive the entire tea m wa s, esp ec ia lly the c a st who m a d e m e feel rig ht a t hom e with them onsta g e. Con t in u ed Grow t h : I ha d the op p ortunity to join in the p re- show p rod uc tion m eeting s for SpongeBob The Musica l, Youth Edition. This is a p a rt of the p rod uc tion p roc ess tha t I ha d hea rd a b out b ut ha d never exp erienc ed first ha nd b efore so it wa s rea lly c ool to ha ve a c c ess to it. It g a ve m e a lot of insig ht into the wa ys in whic h d irec tors a nd other d ep a rtm ent lea d s think a b out m a p p ing out the p rod uc tion p roc ess; it a lso served a s a rem ind er of just how m a ny fa c tors g o into p utting on a show!

YOUTH COUNCIL La st Sep tem b er, PVTC la unc hed a lea d ership op p ortunity for hig h sc hoolers tha t ha d b een long hop ed for a c ross our sta ff, Boa rd of Direc tors, a nd c om m unity a s a whole. We a re so g ra teful to la st yea r's Youth Counc il m em b ers who help ed la y the g round work for wha t this g roup will c ontinue to b ec om e. This yea r's Youth Counc il will invest energ y, c rea tivity, a nd insig ht into the PVTC c om m unity. Their thoug ht- lea d ership will influenc e PVTC?s p rog ra m m ing , outrea c h, a nd im p a c t. Pa rtic ip a nts will b e invited to eng a g e in event volunteer op p ortunities, a nd to p rovid e feed b a c k on a nd c olla b ora te in the d evelop m ent of new initia tives. We're so exc ited for their first m eeting in Dec em b er!

VOLUNTEERS AT PVTC In 2023, m ore tha n 4 0 v olu n t eers ha ve sup p orted PVTC with over 250 v olu n t eer h ou rs throug hout the yea r. While volunteers a ren't new to PVTC, this yea r we ha ve foc used on how we m ig ht c olla b ora te m ore fully with volunteers. Com m unity volunteers sup p ort so m a ny of our p rog ra m s inc lud ing c la sses, c a m p s, sc hool outrea c h, sp ec ia l events, a nd fund ra ising efforts. Volunteers welc om ed p a trons into La ne Fa m ily Ha ll for p erform a nc es, lent their streng th with sea ting riser set up , p rovid ed their ta lents p a inting sets & sewing c ostum es, a nd m a d e it p ossib le for PVTC to to p rovid e m a g ic a l exp erienc es throug hout the yea r. SHOUT- OUT TO SEVERAL STANDOUT VOLUNTEERS THIS YEAR: Boa rd m em b er Ja y Ha rt m a n for his MANY hours of help with set c onstruc tion a s well a s working with the tea m s setting up a nd b rea king d own our sea ting risers, Iv y Ma rg olis & Lisa Reid for their help with PVTC's sum m er a uc tions, a nd An n eg ret Bog e for c rea ting 20 new m ic b elts, lea d ing a sewing m a c hine workshop with our c ostum e interns, a nd ta king on severa l a d m in p rojec ts.

If y ou 're in t erest ed in v olu n t eerin g w it h PVTC v isit p v t c - c a .org / v olu n t eer or em a il st a c ie@p v t c - c a .org . Pa g e 10


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COM M UNITY

CMS st u d en t s find their g ra il

PVTC ha s pa rtnered with Corte Ma dera School on their thea trica l productions since 2018.

Na om i Kinsm a n sa t d ow n w ith Music Direc tor Ra f Ornes to reflec t on Spa m a lot, p rod uction c o- p rod uc ed b y PVTC a nd Corte Ma d era Sc hool , W h a t st a n d s ou t a b ou t t h e Sp a m a lot reh ea rsa ls? The kid s were a m a zing . I wa s c onc erned b ec a use of the Monty Python hum or, b ec a use the show is g ea red m ore towa rd s a d ults. This wa s m y sec ond tim e d oing Spa m a lot. La st tim e, I d id it with hig h sc hoolers. But the m id d le sc hoolers a t Corte Ma d era g ot it b etter tha n the hig h sc hoolers. One rea son wa s tha t Juliet ( the d irec tor) set them up for suc c ess. She fostered a n environm ent where they c ould rea lly p la y with the show a nd lea n into the hum or. My fa vorite p a rt of the rehea rsa l p roc ess is working with the kid s a nd g etting them to g row. I've a lwa ys c onsid ered m yself m ore of a n ed uc a tor tha n a p erform er? som e p eop le just live to p erform . And I enjoy the p roc ess of wa tc hing kid s g row a s they lea rn. How d id ou r Spa m a lot p erform ers g row d u rin g t h e sh ow ? Music a lly, the p erform ers were lea rning how to use their voic e m ore fully. But overa ll, I sa w them g row a s

Pa tsy & King Arthur on the quest to find the Holy Gra il.

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m em b ers of a tea m p utting som ething tog ether. Tha t?s wha t thea ter is a b out, kind of a m ic roc osm of life. Throug h p a rtic ip a ting in thea tric a l p erform a nc es, you ta ke sp ec ific step s towa rd s g rowing in c onfid enc e, d isc overing thing s you c a n d o, a nd tha t inc lud es m usic . At PVTC, w e?re w ork in g t o c rea t e sp a c es of b elon g in g . How d o y ou see t h a t m ission p la y in g ou t in ou r Cort e Ma d era p a rt n ersh ip ? There's very little p erform a nc e oc c urring in sc hools now? very few op p ortunities for p erform a nc e or m usic a l a rts. So, a nytim e there?s a n op en show offered throug h a sc hool, a ton of kid s ha ve their first exp erienc e in a p rofessiona lly p rod uc ed show. They?re a lso inc lud ed in the whole p rojec t? in p erform a nc e, b ut a lso in the sets, c ostum es, a nd tec h. It?s c om m on to foc us on the hig h- a c hieving ta lented in a rts exp erienc es, b ut it's m uc h m ore im p orta nt to b ring p eop le a long from wherever they a re a nd see them m ove forwa rd .

Student sound crew helps to put on a wireless m icrophone.

Actors da nce to the Finla nd Fisch Schla pping song.


PURE IMAGINATION BY STACIE DOHERTY

Stud ents in this p a st yea r?s winter & sp ring thea tre c la sses g rew a s a c tors working on voic e, b od y c ontrol, c ha ra c ter d evelop m ent, sta g e p resenc e, a nd im p rovisa tion ea c h week. Of our 80 stud ents in a fter sc hool c la sses, 43 took the sta g e in Ma y 2023 for PVTC?s m usic a l revue, Pure Im a gina tion. The show fea tured p a ssiona te p erform a nc es of song s suc h a s ?Pu re Im a g in a t ion ? from Willie Wonka & the Chocola te Fa ctory, ?Ma y b e? from Annie, ?Rev olt in g Ch ild ren ? from Ma tilda the Musica l, ?Th e Tu m m y Son g ? from Winnie the Pooh, a nd a rousing ?Frea k Fla g ? from Shrek to na m e a few. Tea c hing Artist tha t b roug ht this p rod uc tion to life inc lud ed Jess Bennett, Lizzie Cha p m a n, Siena Mc Ma hon with p rod uc tion c oord ina tion b y Cla ra Wa lker. An a ctor riles up a udience!

Two a ctors rock out to Spa rklejollytwinklejingley.

Actors pa rticipa te in a pre- show ritua l with Tea ching Artists Jessica Bennett & Lizzie Cha pm a n.

The Artist's Wa y - A Crea tive Cluster With Jessica Bennett While youth exp lored their c rea tivity in winter & sp ring c la sses, fifteen a d ults joined weekly in p erson a nd over Zoom following Julia Ca m eron?s c ourse fea tured in her g round b rea king b ook The Artist?s Wa y. The c ourse introd uc es tec hniq ues a nd exerc ises tha t m a xim ize c rea tivity a nd p rod uc tivity a c ross a ll a rtistic d isc ip lines. During c la ss, p a rtic ip a nts

c om p leting the c ourse. But soon I wa s a ud itioning a g a in? b ooking roles in m usic a ls, b eing a sked to sing in c a b a rets, a nd to p erform a t events. Som ething d efinitely shifted in m e sub c onsc iously a fter d oing the work b y eg o" reflec ted Tea c hing Artist Jessic a a b out her own exp erienc e with The Artist's Wa y.

g a thered to d isc uss, c eleb ra te, a nd a c tua lize the Jessic a wa lked our a rtistic g a thering throug h c rea tive p ower whic h runs throug h us a ll. A la rg e her own exp erienc es, b etween d oing m orning g oa l of the c ourse is to m a ke c rea tivity a reg ula r p a g es, ta king herself on ?a rtist d a tes?a nd p ra c tic e a nd to ta p into flow.

rea d ing Julia Ca m eron?s word s ea c h week.

"I found m yself feeling insp ired , a b und a nt, a nd

PVTC is exc it ed t o c on t in u e offerin g a d u lt

p rim ed to p ursue a rtistic end ea vors a g a in.

p rog ra m m in g in 2024 !

Initia lly I d id n?t rea lize the full im p a c t of

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C URTA I N THE B EH I N D

Ba c ksta g e Pa ss Beyond PVTC PVTC ha s worked with som e p henom ena l ind ivid ua ls over the yea rs! Direc tor of Op era tions Sta c ie Doherty ha d fun c a tc hing up with a few a lum ni a nd p a st a rtists to lea rn a b out wha t they?re up to a nd how their tim e a t PVTC is sha p ing ea c h of their stories. Ma rilee Sa ier

Ma rilee first enga ged with PVTC ba ck in 1996 during "The Music Ma n," enha ncing PVTC?s technica l ca pa bilities over the yea rs by introducing m oving lights to our unique spa ce, a lwa ys being rea dy to em bra ce new a nd exciting tech equipm ent, a nd wowing a udiences with her bea utiful lighting designs. Ma rilee?s whole fa m ily pla yed a n a ctive role in PVTC with her husba nd Ha ns building sets for num erous shows. It?s clea r crea tivity runs in the fa m ily. A Fa m ily En g a g em en t : The Music Ma n wa s m y first show a t PVTC a nd our first show a s a fa m ily. Lind sa y, m y d a ug hter wa s only five, b ut she wa nted to try it out a nd ta lked her wa y in even thoug h she wa s a little too young . Drew, m y old est, g ot a role b ec a use he wa s the rig ht a g e a nd they need ed m ore b oys. It turned out he a lso enjoyed thea tre. Even Sc ott, our young est, p ulled the c urta in on the c losing nig ht; he wa s only two. Our fa m ily m otto is ?A FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.? PVTC's Im p a c t : I c ha ng ed m y m a jor in c olleg e to a d oub le m a jor in g ra p hic d esig n a nd thea tre m a na g em ent, a nd I sta g e- m a na g ed severa l shows in sc hool a nd a t PVTC, whic h led to m y interest in lig hting d esig n. The a rtistic c olla b ora tion sid e a nd m a king the d irec tor?s vision work wa s a lso a b ig p a rt. There were a lot of la te nig hts up in tha t lig hting b ooth fig uring out how to m a ke Ka nsa s feel sep ia - toned ( in The Wiza rd of Oz) or the rig ht b lue for a Wyom ing nig ht ( in The La ra m ie Project) , rea lizing we'd ha ve to red o the b loc king for a song b ec a use the lig hting would n?t work.

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Ca reer sh ift in t o a lea d ersh ip role a t a t ec h g ia n t a n d h ow t h ea t re p la y ed a role in sh a p in g t h is n ew d irec t ion : To b e honest, the level of c ontrolled c ha os in tec h reta il isn?t tha t d ifferent from live thea tre, there is a lot tha t feels fa m ilia r a nd tra c ks over. Id ea lly, you ha ve a p la n, a p lot, a nd a sc hed ule, a nd everyone d oes wha t they?re sup p osed to, b ut it never works out tha t wa y. You need to b e flexib le, rea d y to a d just your p la ns or sp end hours to g et som ething working , a nd if som ething g oes wrong , you m a ke it work. It?s tha t sa m e feeling of knowing wha t?s sup p osed to ha p p en a nd not knowing wha t?s g oing to ha p p en, b ut you m a ke the m a g ic ha p p en a nywa y. Fortuna tely, I d on?t ha ve to d ea l with m a lfunc tioning sm oke m a c hines a s m uc h a nym ore. W h a t 's Next : I love m y job , even if it?s a little c ha otic som etim es. It?s b een a while sinc e I wa s d irec tly involved in live thea tre, b ut a ll of m y kid s end ed up p ursuing a rtistic end ea vors, a nd m y husb a nd Ha ns runs Sa ier Servic es, p rovid ing A/ V, lig hting , solutions for events, so I?m still som ewha t involved in a b it of live thea tre. I rec ently b ec a m e a g ra nd m other a nd look forwa rd to sup p orting the g ra nd c hild a nd her end ea vors in p erform ing a nd sha ring c rea tive id ea s, thinking outsid e the b ox to c om e up with solutions to tec h p rob lem s, id ea s, a nd d esig n p rojec ts. Thea tre ta ug ht m e tha t a s long a s we c a n c onnec t with p eop le throug h stories tha t rela te in som e wa y to every one of us, whether it b e throug h thea tre, our d a ily job s, or just a p rojec t we a re working on, we c a n c ha ng e the world , one line a t a tim e . After a ll, ?The world is a Sta g e.?

Terry Kit a g a w a Terry entered the PVTC scene a s a sum m er ca m p intern. He brought a long his experience a cting in high school productions a nd it wa s clea r even then tha t he wa s a strong perform er. After college he left for New York a nd ha s m a de a solid ca reer a s a n a ctor, director, m usicia n, technicia n, a nd tea cher.


Hist ory a t PVTC: I sta rted a s a n intern b a c k in 2012 a nd a nd m y la st sum m er a t PVTC wa s in 2015 where I joined the sta ff a s a voic e a nd d ic tion instruc tor a s well a s a lig hting d esig ner. I g ot to use so m a ny of the skills I lea rned in c olleg e a nd a p p ly them a t PVTC whic h wa s inc red ib ly rewa rd ing a nd help ed to b uild m y c onfid enc e a s a thea trem a ker. Pa t h t o b ec om in g a d irec t or: After finishing und erg ra d a t NDNU, I went to the Na tiona l Thea tre Institute ( NTI) in Connec tic ut a nd a fter I m oved to NYC to p ursue m y c a reer in thea tre. I worked a s a n a ssista nt d irec tor off- Broa d wa y a nd a lso d irec ted a few short p la ys. I wa s insp ired to d irec t while I wa s a t NTI. Honestly d irec ting just c lic ked for m e. At NDNU, I rec eived b oth a n a c ting a nd tec h/ d esig n b a c kg round , a nd a s a d irec tor I g ot to p ut a ll those skills tog ether. Throug h m y tim e a t NTI a nd m y exp erienc es in NY I lea rned from som e a m a zing d irec tors a nd ha d a c ha nc e to see a num b er of p henom ena l p la ys. I took a b ig b rea k from d irec ting a fter working a t the Oreg on Sha kesp ea re Festiva l ( OSF) a s the und erstud y for Ca m bodia n Rock Ba nd a nd ha ve b een a c ting reg iona lly sinc e. Ch oosin g Projec t s: After m y tim e a t OSF, I ha ve b een p red om ina ntly a c ting in Thea tre for Young Ac tors ( TYA) p la ys. I worked with The 5th Ave's ed uc a tiona l d ep a rtm ent on Ba seba ll Sa ved Us. I a lso d id a workshop for Meerka ts the Musica l a t Pa lo Alto Child ren's Thea tre a nd Shizue: a TYA Opera , a t Portla nd Op era . Ea rlier this yea r, I wa s in Where the Mounta in Meets the Moon a t the Oreg on Child ren's Thea tre, a nd a m following up with a p erform a nc e of The Lightning Thief in the new yea r. It is so a wesom e to p erform in TYA p la ys - the kid s a re so honest in their rec ep tion, a nd c a n m a ke you feel like a roc ksta r. Im p a c t of PVTC: I think tha t ed uc a tiona l thea tre ha s a lwa ys b een in the c enter of who I a m a s a n a rtist. I find it so a wesom e a nd rewa rd ing to see kid s exc ited a b out thea tre. I wa nt to b e the sa m e insp ira tion for stud ents tha t m y tea c hers ha ve b een for m e. PVTC wa s the sta rt of m y c a reer a s a n ed uc a tor a nd now I'm c ontinuing to work a t Da lla s Hig h Sc hool in Oreg on where I rec ently d irec ted Peter a nd the Sta rca tcher! PVTC wa s suc h a g rea t p la c e to lea rn a nd g row, a nd to b ec om e c onfid ent a s a n a rtist a nd ed uc a tor!

Kim Du ff Selb y

Kim first a ppea red in PVTC?s 1996 production of "The Music Ma n" a nd wa s la st seen on the PVTC sta ge in the 2017 production of "The Little Merm a id." Her bubbly positive outlook is pa lpa ble in every room she enters. She is the founder a nd podca st host of ?Ignite Your Spa rk?. She posts ?m otiva tiona l m inutes? once a week on her insta gra m @kim duffselby a nd una pologetica lly em bra ces her a uthenticity a nd being ?perfectly im perfect?.

To quote Kim , ?rem em ber you a re never too old to shine your light, pursue a pa ssion, a nd sha re your gifts with the world.? Tim e a t PVTC: I a b solutely loved every show I d id a t PVTC the c om m unity, the enc oura g em ent, the op p ortunity to p la y a nd a c t a nd sing . I think d oing these shows fueled m y love of p erform ing a nd g a ve m e m ore c onfid enc e to c ontinue c rea ting . Another thing tha t a c tua lly g a ve m e g rea t joy wa s the tim e I sp ent tea c hing young a c tors a t PVTC. For a short tim e I ta ug ht thea tre c la sses to 6- yea r- old s m a ny yea rs a g o a nd rea lized how wond erful it wa s to see young p eop le exp lore a nd find their own self exp ression. I loved c rea ting a p la y tha t they c ould p erform a nd wa tc hing their efforts c om e to life on our PVTC sta g e. I love tea c hing a nd c oa c hing a nd d oing this wa s a nother step in c rea ting the Coa c hing Prog ra m I c urrently offer c a lled "Intuitive Sp a rkle Coa c hing ". Ab out 10 yea rs a g o I g ot c ertified a s a Crea tivity Coa c h, so it a ll ties tog ether. Ab ou t p od c a st in g : I a m on Sea son 4 of m y Pod c a st Ig nite Your Sp a rk a nd I love it a nd rec eive so m uc h joy from interviewing m y g uests to help insp ire other p eop le. I keep g oing b ec a use of the p eop le who keep find ing m e a nd wa nt to b e a p a rt of m y m essa g e. I rea lly enjoy g etting to know p eop le a nd find ing out how they ig nite their own sp a rks a nd how they a re a ssisting others to d o the sa m e. I lea rn som ething every sing le interview a nd lea rning is one of the m ost im p orta nt wa ys to sta y young ( in m y hum b le op inion) . W h a t sp a rk s Kim 's c rea t iv it y : My m essa g e a t this tim e is You Are Never Too Old - I g uess I ha ve a lwa ys loved trying new thing s, a nd keep ing m y m ind a nd b od y a c tive. I'm just not rea d y to stop . I a m d efying the tra d itiona l notion of a g ing a nd think tha t m ore a nd m ore p eop le a re fig hting a g eism a s well. In m y c oa c hing a nd working with wom en one on one, we g o into why they a re stuc k, not m oving forwa rd or unha p p y. A lot ha s to d o with soc ieta l exp ec ta tions - a nd it's a ll a b out feeling too old , too fa t, too thin etc . My c oa c hing a nd c la sses help wom en re- g a in ( or g a in) self esteem . I b elieve tha t a ll of our exp erienc es in life lea d us to follow our p a ssion. My own sta g e a p p ea ra nc es with PVTC, m y working with young c hild ren, a nd even the liturg ic a l d a nc es a nd Christm a s Pa g ea nts I wa s involved in a t Va lley Presb yteria n Churc h ha ve led m e to where I find m yself tod a y. I ha ve a lwa ys enjoyed p erform ing a nd sp ea king a nd when you a d d up a ll of the exp erienc es, they ha ve led m e to tod a y. I keep g oing b ec a use I ha ve a d eep d esire to help others em b ra c e life a nd live with m ore joy. We a ll like to b e a round p ositive, up b ea t, ha p p y p eop le, so one of m y g oa ls is to help wom en find tha t inner joy, ig nite their inner sp a rk, a nd sha re tha t lig ht with others.

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PRO GRA M M I N G

BY SIEN A M C M A HO N In 2022 PVTC k ic k ed t h e h olid a y sea son off w it h sev era l ev en t s, w elc om in g c om m u n it y m em b ers of a ll a g es on t o c a m p u s t o exp erien c e c rea t iv it y a n d w in t er c h eer! W REATH W ORKSHOP

A VISIT FROM SANTA

During our wrea th workshop , 30 a ttend ees c rea ted holid a y wrea ths, eng a g ed in c onversa tion, a nd enjoyed c ha rc uterie. The workshop wa s Wrea th crea tion. g ra c iously ta ug ht b y Fiona Rya n, a loc a l florist a nd Ma inSta g e p erform er with m a ny of the sup p lies c om ing from her g a rd en. Fiona is a long - tim e PVTC c om m unity m em b er a nd her c hild ren ha ve a p p ea red onsta g e in c a m p s a nd c la sses. Fiona ?s b usiness Bloom Flora l ha s ta ken off over the p a st severa l yea rs a nd it ha s b een a joy to ha ve her sha re her ta lents with our c om m unity. Her holid a y workshop s c ontinue to b e a wond erful wa y to c onnec t with the c om m unity in org a nic c rea tivity. This Novem b er she is offering a Holid a y Flora l Swa g workshop where a ttend ees will lea rn how to m a ke a b ea utiful lush winter swa g for a ta b le or m a ntle tha t looks a ttra c tive a nd sm ells d ivine!

Sa nta p a id a visit to PVTC b ring ing c heer to a num b er of fa m ilies tha t swung b y c a m p us to sa y hi!

FROZEN W ORKSHOP In Dec em b er 2022 we a lso welc om ed Broa d wa y p erform er Ha nna h Jewel Kohn to c a m p us for a Frozen Da nc e Workshop ! Ha nna h, a m em b er of the touring Frozen p rod uc tion, b roug ht our g roup of ea g er youth a nd a d ults into the m a g ic of this m esm erizing m usic a l. This workshop c losed out our fa ll Broa d wa y Series.

TEDDY BEAR TEA Just 36 hours a fter we held the 2022 Wrea th Workshop , we welc om ed som e of our young est c om m unity m em b ers a nd their Decora ting cookies! fa m ilies on the c a m p us for the a nnua l Ted d y Bea r Tea . This b eloved holid a y tra d ition wa s p ut on hold d uring COVID a nd it wa s suc h a d elig ht to b ring it b a c k. With the help of our sta ff a nd six fa nta stic hig h sc hool interns, a s well a s the m id d le sc hool m usic a l thea ter c la ss, we served hot c oc oa , d ec ora ted c ookies, a te sna c ks, wa tc hed a live show, a nd exp erienc ed the m a g ic of thea tric a l snow. Our young tea - g oers were invited onsta g e for a rea d ing of a sp ec ia l holid a y b ook a nd song s with a la rg er- tha n- life b ea r. Every c hild rec eived their very own Billy the Bea r a nd joined our Ted d y Bea r Workshop to c rea te a c c essories for their new b ea r friend . We?re b eyond exc ited to keep the tra d ition g oing this yea r, offering the Ted d y Bea r Tea on Dec . 16 in La ne Fa m ily Ha ll.

The Ted d y Bea r Tea is suc h a festive event, a nd I love seeing PVTC fa m ilies g a ther tog ether to c eleb ra te. The holid a ys a re very sp ec ia l to m e a nd this event is a g rea t op p ortunity for m e to serve the c om m unity w hile a lso sp rea d ing holid a y c heer! At the end of the event, everyone w ho c a m e rec eived a Billy the Bea r. A few of m y friend s a nd I help ed the kid s m a ke outfits for their Billy, a nd it w a s sup er fun to c olla b ora te on c rea tive costum es! - Ka te McGrory Teddy Bea r Tea a ttendees da nce in the thea trica l snow!

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A DAY AT THE BEACH PVTC joined the Pa c ific Bea c h Coa lition a t the Surfer's Bea c h & Ha rb or c lea nup in June a s p a rt of our environm enta l & susta ina b ility efforts d uring the SpongeBob sum m er c a m p p rod uc tion. PVTC sta ff & c a m p ers joined the 84 v olu n t eers who c ollec ted 270 p ou n d s of t ra sh , 25 p ou n d s of rec y c la b les, a nd over 1,100 c ig a ret t e b u t t s.

A group of PVTC sta ff & a lm uni a fter a m orning of picking up tra sh.

Wa lking ba ck on the bea ch.

Firesid e Room Cha t A Messa g e from Alum a nd Boa rd Mem b er Ala nna Mc Na ug hton Around this tim e every yea r a s I m a ke a n a nnua l p ilg rim a g e b a c k to the Ba y Area , I a m rem ind ed a b out the p ower a nd sup p ort of PVTC?s a lum ni c om m unity a m id st sea sons of c ha ng e. My friend s a nd m entors throug h PVTC a re m y roc ks: we find op p ortunities to rec onnec t a nd c hec k- in on our va rious journeys a c ross sta tes, sc hool c a lend a rs, a nd rehea rsa l sc hed ules. Desp ite our d ista nc e, I feel a n im m ense p rivileg e to b e a b le to sha re in our up s a nd d owns, joy a nd g rief with

the world . I hop e tha t the g enera tions of a lum ni tha t c om e b a c k to PVTC over their sum m ers a nd sc hool yea rs for internship s feel the sa m e wa y I d o, a nd know tha t they c a n a lwa ys rely on the PVTC c om m unity to sup p ort them a s they m a ke their wa y. PVTC a s a n org a niza tion is on its own tra nsform a tive journey this yea r, m a d e p ossib le b y the sup p ort of our c om m unity. If you ha ve g iven to us a t a ny p oint in the p a st yea r, tha nk you for b eing one of our roc ks. As a n a lum ni b oa rd rep resenta tive, I

knowled g e of our m ission a nd p otentia l is a g uid ing lig ht tha t is uniq uely inform ed b y her p revious exp erienc e with us. I a m exc ited for you a ll to join us a s we em b a rk on this next p ha se, a nd look forwa rd to fostering m ore c rea tive lea d ers b oth within the PVTC c om m unity a nd b eyond . As a lwa ys, I?d love to hea r from you a b out how we c a n b etter serve a lum s. Plea se join m e a t our third a nnua l Alum ni Ga thering b efore the holid a ys on Dec em b er 22, I c a n?t wa it to rec onnec t!

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lea d ership of PVTC a lum Na om i Kinsm a n in this tim e: her d eep

- Ala nna Mc Kna ug hton

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F U N D ED

THANK YOU Th a n k y ou t o t h e PVTC c om m u n it y for h elp in g t o m a k e t h ese v a lu a b le fu n d ed p rojec t p ossib le. Ov er t h e p a st y ea r w e h a v e p u t ea c h of t h ese elem en t s t o u se a n d st a ff, a u d ien c es, a n d st u d en t s a lik e h a v e b en efit ed from t h e im p rov em en t s.

DONOR

SEATING RISERS For nea rly twenty yea rs, we ha ve b een g ra teful for the ha nd m a d e sea ting p la tform s form er b oa rd m em b er Ha ns Sa ier loving ly c ra fted with p lywood a nd swea t to c rea te a ra ked sea ting exp erienc e in La ne Ha ll. These p la tform s lived off- site in Red wood City, a nd a s m a ny volunteers, interns, sta ff m em b ers, b oa rd m em b ers, a nd Ma inSta g e p erform ers c a n a ttest, it wa s a m ulti- d a y c ha lleng e to g et these risers from stora g e to our thea tre. The p roc ess involved a c hing b a c ks, sp linters in ha nd s, injured a nkles, a nd a lot of hea d - sc ra tc hing a s we tried to fit p la tform s into the weird c revic es of our oc ta g ona l sp a c e. Inevita b ly, A portion of the new sea ting risers. new p la tform s, ra iling s, a nd sta ir units ha d to b e c rea ted every tim e we d id a show. At the c lose of 2022 a g ia nt d elivery truc k p ulled up with ou r n ew c u st om - b u ilt sea t in g risers. They a re m a d e of steel ( m uc h lig hter a nd no sp linters) , c om e with rolling c a rts ( no m ore c a rrying one p la tform a t a tim e from the p a rking lot) , a nd a ssem b le with only a n Allen wrenc h ( g ood b ye sc rew g uns & sc rews) . They a lso c om e with ra iling s a nd skirting , m a king them OSHA- c om p lia nt. The risers a llow for flexib le sea ting c onfig ura tions, so we c a n switc h b etween thrust sea ting ( a ud ienc e on three sid es of a sta g e) a nd p rosc enium sea ting ( a ll a ud ienc e fa c es forwa rd ) . Aud ienc es throug hout the yea r ha ve b enefited from this wond erful new a d d ition to La ne Fa m ily Ha ll. LOBBY DISPLAY PANELS Cura ting a ud ienc e exp erienc es a nd sha ring our lea rning a nd d isc overy p roc ess ha s a lwa ys b een im p orta nt a t PVTC. With our new flexib le, lig h t w eig h t d isp la y p a n els we c a n b ea utifully a nd ea sily exhib it p hotos a nd a rtwork. A NEW BOOTH Our tec h b ooth is now enc losed a nd tem p era ture c ontrolled ! During p rod uc tions, sta g e m a na g ers sit in the tec h b ooth with lig hting , sound , a nd p rojec tion op era tors. Historic a lly, this ha s b een a sup er swea ty New lobby pa nels. exp erienc e ( with a hea t vent im m ed ia tely over their hea d s) . Now tha t the b ooth is en c losed w it h slid in g w in d ow s a n d a d oor, tec hnic ia ns c a n c ontrol their tem p era ture, a llowing for a sa fer exp erienc e. The c losing wind ows a lso a llow sta g e m a na g ers a nd b oa rd op s to sp ea k in a norm a l voic e when c a lling the show whic h fa c ilita tes c ha lleng ing tra nsitions without ha ving to whisp er while on hea d set. Contra ctors working on the booth.

A W IDER DOOR We a lso were a b le to w id en ou r b a c k st a g e left d oor whic h a llows la rg er set p iec es to enter the sta g e. We ha ve suc h lim ited wing sp a c e so a nyone with exp erienc e b a c ksta g e left knows just how va lua b le this up g ra d e truly is!

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO EVERYONE W HO MADE 2023 POSSIBLE AT PVTC! Tea c h in g Art ist , Desig n ers, & Art ist ic Ad m in ist ra t ion Jessic a Bennett Sa ng ini Ma jm ud a r Bed ner Ca itlin Berka Lizzie Cha p m a n Don Coluzzi Sta c ie Doherty Jenny Ea rlywine Fred Eira s Sa m Eva ns Noëlle GM Gib b s Juliet Green Bria n Hernd on

CORPORATE SPONSORS

Step ha nie Knec hele Na om i Kinsm a n Alic ia Kot Sta c ie Levine Sp ense Ma tub a ng Siena Mc Ma hon Ra f Ornes Lind sa y Sa ier Susa n Strehlow Cla ra Wa lker Ma d d ie Zd eb lic k

Em erg in g Art ist s Cha rlotte Ba szuc ki Anna lise Bowm a n Astra ea Brown Rum a i Ca ntor- Ba ker Julien Gussm a n

Anna b elle Hop kins Alexa nd ra Ornes Ma ya Seg a l Na om i Wa g ner Treveor Willia m s

2023 COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Hig h Sc h ool In t ern s Johnny Cla rk

Ellie Lin

Da niela Cua d ros

Mika yla Lind ner

Cha rlotte Dura nske

Henry Luc ia novic

Lily Fa rrell- Stra ig ht

Lena Pa rker

Avery Ha rtm a n

Pa ig e Reinha rt

Ka te Hoib erg

Sa m Roussea u

Yum e Ishid a

Willia m Sa m p son

Ad a m Ka m ra n

Julia Seg a l

Na yeon Kim

Aa m iya Seth

Em ilie Kofford

CC Sha w

Ankita Krishna n

Reb ec c a Sp enc e

Hea ther La ing

Mira b el Stouta m ire

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FUTURE

Be You . Be Here. Be Gen erou s. When you sup p ort PVTC, you?re m a king a lifetim e of c rea tive g rowth p ossib le for everyone who a lrea d y c a lls our c om m unity hom e, a nd for ea c h new d rea m er who step s into our thea tre a nd d a res to sa y ?yes, a nd ??.

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This yea r, we look forwa rd to furthering p a rtnership s suc h a s our film - m a k in g c ou rse w it h Bra v em a k er a nd our su m m er p rod u c t ion w it h Op en Min d Sc h ool. We a re c olla b ora ting with Cort e Ma d era Sc h ool on t h eir sc h ool p rod u c t ion , a nd looking forwa rd to a su m m er of exc it in g c a m p p rod u c t ion s. We a re rolling out a Crea t iv e Grow t h Pa t h to sup p ort our stud ents a s they na vig a te their c rea tive d evelop m ent. We?re b uild ing on the suc c ess of our hig h sc hool lea d ership p rog ra m s with a nother yea r of You t h Cou n c il a nd la unc hing a n ew lea rn in g op p ort u n it y for su m m er in t ern s.

LO O K I N G

We a re exp erim enting with a New W ork s Prog ra m , a nd exp loring a d eep er p a rt n ersh ip w it h y ou t h w rit ers a n d p la y w rig h t s a t Soc iet y of You n g In k lin g s. We?re c ontinuing to exp a nd op p ortunities for a d ults suc h a s c rea tive c la sses a nd looking forwa rd to a Ma inSta g e show. We c ontinue to b e c om m itted to c om p en sa t in g ou r st a ff fa irly to inc rea se sta b ility a nd a ttra c t q ua lity c a nd id a tes for new p ositions. Your g enerous sup p ort will streng then PVTC's fina nc ia l susta ina b ility, ensuring tha t we c a n c ontinue to b e a b ra ve sp a c e for tra nsform a tiona l stories.

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DONATE HERE


MEET PVTC's BOARD OF DIRECTORS PVTC?s d ed ic a ted b oa rd m em b ers volunteer their tim e a nd ta lents. These lea d ers p rovid e inva lua b le insig ht into fina nc e, fa c ilities, hea lth & sa fety, HR, fund ra ising , m a rketing , org a niza tiona l struc ture, IDEA initia tives, a nd m ore!

We a re thrilled to introd uc e you to this enthusia st a nd thoug htful tea m .

Ally son Sp en c e Boa rd Cha ir

Ja son Kip n is

Jen n y Red o

Trea surer

Sec reta ry

Don Gu st a fson

Joh n Mc Grory

Noëlle GM Gib b s

Ala n n a Mc Na u g h t on Ja y Ha rt m a n

Gin g er Holt

Ja n een Pou t re

PVTC is a b ra v e sp a c e for t ra n sform a t ion a l st ories. W e offer a rt ist ic a lly - exc ellen t p rod u c t ion s a n d c la sses t h a t c en t er c rea t iv e g row t h , em p a t h y , a n d c om m u n it y . Kim b erly Ya rn a ll

Tha nk you to outg oing Boa rd Cha ir Bra d Tu rn er for his m a ny yea rs of lea d ership & friend ship with PVTC & m em b er a t la rg e Terry Rom ero. Pa Paggee 20 21


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"I keep c om ing b a c k to PVTC, b ec a use there is som ething in the sum m er a ir tha t is just a b solutely c a p tiva ting ! I d on't know if it's the c rea tive sp irit or the exc item ent of thea tre? b ut I d o know tha t I've never felt m ore free tha n the sum m ers I've sp ent a t PVTC." - 2023 Sum m er Ca m p Intern & Youth Counc il Mem b er

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