Creative Youth Theater , Bellingham, WA ©2011 Director: Christie Miller director@CreativeYouthTheater.com
“Creating” Since 1990
CREATIVE YOUTH THEATER
Creative Youth Theater started in Mammoth Lakes, California in 1990 when I was teaching drama in the schools. Each summer, a program from Hollywood came up and did a drama program for kids that was very expensive. Parents were tired of paying a high price and seeing their kids have only a few lines in the play. There were “stars” in the familiar plays they choose, but most of the kids had only one or two lines. They asked me to write some plays that had more equal parts for kids -
I loved this challenge because people say my middle name is “creative!” That is when Creative Youth Theater© was launched! At our start, we did our plays out in the fields of an equestrian center with sets we hoped would not blow away…although they did one time! The audiences brought blankets and lawn chairs and their picnic lunches. Most of the plays back then were melodramas and westerns to fit the “stage.”
When we moved to Washington in 1995, Creative Youth Theater began its summer debut in Bellingham. Over 750 kids have been on stage because of Creative Youth Theater and this is our 22nd year in Bellingham. \
Our goal is different from other drama groups. It has always been to provide a safe and encouraging place for kids to learn and grow and work as a team to put on an exceptional program. People can’t believe we do it all in two weeks! Many say that we out-
At first, we also did western themes plays and some melodramas because we always did one of our performances at the Pioneer Days in Ferndale, a town nearby. We used a tent for dressing rooms, and put on the play many times in one day to small audiences. It became really difficult to do this as our plays soon got more complex in sets and longer in duration.
Now we do all sorts of different plays from comedies to mysteries to adventures. The plays are chosen each year based upon the talents of the participants. If we have lots of strong singers, we may do a musical like Sound of Music or Annie. Our greatest musical by far was Fiddler on the Roof.
Most of our plays, however, I have written to fit the kids involved. A list of
these plays is on the registration page as well as on the page where the plays are sold. . Most are mysteries or comedies, and of course they all involve KIDS!! They can actually be adapted to include adults, but I love working with kids!!
I started selling my plays on line about 10 years ago, and my plays have been put on as far east as New Jersey, as far north as Nanaimo, BC Canada, and my real claim to fame is when one was put on in Boring, Oregon. Yes, there is a Boring, Oregon, and they named the town BEFORE they did my play. Schools, both public and Christian, youth groups and private groups all find something they can use.
Life is busy, but these two weeks in the summer are a priority to me because I see kid’s lives dramatically change. It could be because they learn to work as a team member, or because they are doing something that they didn’t think they could do, or because they are growing in their skills and confidence….it doesn’t matter, they love it and they are never the same after the experience.
When I am not busy with drama, I am a teacher! I have taught for 37 years in public, private and home school venues. Currently I teach English and history in my home to homeschoolers. I also head up Northwest Christian Speakers Bureau (nwspeakers.com), and have my own speaking ministry, Fresh Look Thinking which sends me all over the United States speaking on the topic I love the most: How Jesus Christ can bring peace and hope and healing into a life! He certainly did that in my life!!
I also enjoy writing. In addition to the Christian books I have written, I have written some travel books. You can take a look at the books I have written and even purchase them plus see a list of my speaking topics and CD’s at my publishing web page, (FreshLookPublishing.com.) Some of my books are on sale on Amazon. Currently, I am trying my hand at some “made for TV movies.”
Life is amazing! Kids are incredible! Working together on a project such as a drama production is awesome! I hope you can join us sometime either being in the play or coming to see it.
A scene from
Rocking Around the House, 2018 (left) and Annie, 2017
Come see this
summer’s performance of
And More Villains
Friday, July 19th
6:30 p.m. And
Our Saturday Matinee
July 20th At 1 p.m.
(Possible third play on Thursday at 6:30)
700 Sunset Dr. In Bellingham, WA at I-
Hope in Christ Church
(Take the Sunset exit and the location is on the west side of the freeway. Turn in to the driveway off of James Street.)
Kids under 6 not admitted for Friday, but on Saturday matinee, kids 3 and older admitted just for the younger kid’s play and IF they can sit quietly.
NOTE: if you are staying for the older kid’s play as well, tickets are $8.00 and $4.00 and cover both plays.
Tickets may be purchased
at the door.
Want to be in the play?
A scene from Pollyanna!
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Auditions are in May.