San Jose Children’s Musical Theater is one of the nation’s largest theatrical performing and training organizations for youth. The organization mounts ten core productions annually with performers aged four to twenty, reaching more than 30,000 audience members. Every child who auditions is cast, resulting in 1,000 young performers taking the stage. The organization also reaches more than 7,000 schoolchildren each year with its Student Matinee Program, workshops and master classes, and intensive summer sessions. With new and stabilizing leadership in place, and plans to launch a teacher engagement program and a parent docent initiative, renewed support would assist the organization in providing young people with outstanding arts experiences.
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San Jose Children’s Musical Theater (SJCMT) is one of the nation’s largest theatrical performing and training organizations for youth. SJCMT mounts ten productions annually with performers aged six to twenty, reaching 35,000 audience members. Every child who auditions is cast, resulting in 1,000 young performers taking the stage at San Jose’s historic Montgomery Theater. Each production has two full casts in order to make this possible, and no child is ever turned away due to lack of funds. SJCMT also reaches 10,000 schoolchildren each year with its Student Matinee Program, a year-round conservatory aligned with the state’s Visual and Performing Arts standards, and intensive summer sessions. With a robust cash reserve and a prudent fiscal approach, SJCMT faces its largest challenge in executive leadership; with the departure of two executive directors in the past four years, the organization needs to reassess the skills needed in that role.