About SVYT

We are a youth theater serving the southern Salt Lake valley in Utah. South Valley Youth Theater began in October 2012, out of the dream of two young moms who wanted to create a quality youth theater experience for the kids in their community, and eventually for their own small children. 

Our mission is to create an inclusive theater arts experience for all youth, regardless of ability, which allows each participant to develop character, discover their individual potential, and grow in self expression as they learn to work as a team to produce quality performances for the community.

When Jessie and Becca met in 2011 they didn't know that in a short year they would be founding their own youth theater that would experience tremendous growth in a few short months. In the summer of 2012, Jessie and Becca started talking about starting a youth theater - one that would produce quality productions and still embrace the individual abilities of all those who would come audition. Jessie was thinking about producing the first show in Fall 2013, but Becca said, "Why wait?" So they got to work with Jessie's mom and sister and wrote out Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and formed a board of directors and production staff that was basically a three-man show.

They didn't get far into their first production of Metaphasia: A Radically Updated Retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses before their production staff increased to include another costumer, Cassie, and a master carpenter, Cassie's husband, Rick. Not long after that, Becca's husband Russ came on to help design and paint backdrops as a scenic artist. The six of them got to work and with a cast of 55 youth they pulled together their first production. The venue wasn't great, but the acting was great, the music was well prepared, and the show was overall a smashing success.

With the production of Robin Hood: Tales of Ye Merry Woode, the production staff nearly quadrupled. People came out of the woodwork to support this budding youth theater. Starting from almost the same place as the first production, the now much larger production crew spent days and nights sewing, building, and painting to create a fantastic set with gorgeous costumes created mostly from bedsheets, pillow cases, drapes, couches, and comforters. 

Nowadays, we have grown a great deal from our humble beginnings. With an ever growing costume department, a budding tech team, and somehow always finding the right people for the things we need, SVYT has surpassed expectations across the board!

Our past shows have been:

Metaphasia: A Radically Updated Retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses
Robin Hood: Tales of Ye Merry Woode
Disney's Beauty and The Beast
A Little Princess
Into The Woods
Pirates of Penzance
Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Seussical the Musical
Disney's The Little Mermaid
Annie the Musical

Keep an eye out for our exciting 2017 Season (pending rights approval)
A Sondheim Revue
The Wizard of Oz
Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
Sweeney Todd (Elite Cast)