Eavesdropping at any intermission, members of the audience may be chatting about how FHT’s version of the classic “Jekyll and Hyde” or “La Cage aux Folles” was more moving than the versions they experienced on Broadway. The audience’s delight at the Arizona premiere of “ERMA BOMBECK: At Wit’s End” was palpable, and terrific word of mouth reviews about FHT’s “The Buddy Holly Story” extended its run to sold-out audiences! With this kind of quality in its mainstage productions, it’s no surprise that the Fountain Hills Youth Theater program, with its own stage and staff, enriches the theater experience for thousands of kids annually. In short, this theater packs a wallop with wide appeal.
How does this 30-year-old theater keep it relevant, flexible, and financially healthy as it looks forward to its next decade of excellence? It’s a challenge the Board, staff, and a host of volunteers take head-on.
For an arts organization to maintain the warmth and dedication of its founders, while creating top quality entertainment, staying financially solvent, and withstanding the test of time is quite an accomplishment. They aim to be one of the elements that underscore the rich lifestyle that Fountain Hills has to offer.
In addition to the Mainstage/Mainstage Too performances, thousands of young people from across the Northeast Valley participate in Fountain Hills Youth Theater productions and educational programs. Youth performances throughout the entire season, classes, workshops year-round, and Fall, Spring, and Summer break camps cover the art and industry of every aspect of acting, singing, dancing, and stagecraft. Kids who catch the theater bug literally grow up at FHYT, building their sense of self-worth, learning responsibility toward others on a team, and mastering a depth of understanding about the performing arts that will be with them all of their lives.
One has only to review FHT’s amazing collection of ariZoni awards (Arizona’s version of the TONY awards) to see how the Valley’s art community has recognized its excellence over its first 30 years. FHT strives to offer a diverse collection of productions that includes something for everyone.
Learn more about the Fountain Hills Theater at https://fhtaz.org/.