A community based Youth Musical Theatre program
For nearly two decades, the Youth Musical Theatre program has provided outstanding live theatrical productions, with a dynamic cast of students, ranging in age from sixth through twelfth grade from numerous schools and neighborhoods in the West San Fernando Valley, Conejo Valley, and Simi Valley areas. Our volunteer, non-profit (Youth Musical Theatre is a
501 (c) (3) organization) theatre company's mission is for our actors to work together to develop self-confidence and self-esteem while working towards a complex and concrete goal: an outstanding theatrical production! We are proud of our members and the many shows we have presented over the years including our recent productions of "Kiss Me Kate", "Ragtime", "Into the Woods", Les Miserables", "Anything Goes", "Carousel", and "Oliver".
BRUCE BARBEE is the director of Youth Musical Theatre (YMT) with over 35 years of experience in youth musicals as a producer, director, writer, and accompanist. He recently retired as an administrator of Academic Support Services for the College of Letters and Science at UCLA, where he was also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education.
Mr. Saar has performed on concert stages and in theaters throughout the United States as well as internationally. He starred as Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in San Francisco for two years and toured extensively with Sammy Cahn in his original musical, WORDS AND MUSIC. In the blockbuster musical, LES MISERABLES, Mr. Saar played Marius on Broadway and Enjolras in the Los Angeles production and was one of the featured soloists on the international cast album. He played Lun Thau in the National Tour of THE KING AND I, starring Yul Brynner. He also portrayed leading roles in productions of HELLO, DOLLY with Martha Raye, GUYS AND DOLLS with John Saxon, SHENANDOAH with John Raitt and APPLAUSE with Nannette Fabray. Mr. Saar has been a guest soloist with many symphony orchestras. His television and film credits include The Addam's Family Movie, Scrooged, Young Doctors In Love, General Hospital, Good Morning America, Benson, the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and The Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson.
While Mr. Saar's performing career continues to thrive, his interest and success in producing shows is ever increasing. Under the title, THE BEST OF BROADWAY, he has produced numerous productions, from the hugely successful THE BEST OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER and A GERSHWIN CELEBRATION, to HOLIDAY ON BROADWAY and BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS! His highly imaginative GREAT COMPOSER SERIES concerts from IMMORTAL BEETHOVEN to AMADEUS REVISITED, as heard on KMZT in Los Angeles, have thrilled audiences all across the country.
Mr. Saar is thrilled to be working with the Youth Musical Theatre.
Youth Musical Theatre is a program of the San Fernando Valley Philharmonic Pops Orchestra. We are a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, with tax ID #95-4273905