Young People’s Theatre has been part of my theatre-going soul.
YPT gave me a start to a great career as a drama instructor. (I taught drama school courses in the summer of ’79 and for several years afterwards).
YPT was the priority excursion for my years as a classroom teacher. I always made a point of booking a trip to the theatre… “all the way” from the Peel District School Board.
YPT provided a touchstone for connecting hundreds of teachers to theatre. For the Additional Qualification courses and for the Initial Teacher Education courses at OISE, I always promoted participation in Teacher preview evenings. If each of those educators who attended brought one class to YPT sometime in their career, the initiative will pay itself forward.
YPT provided opportunities for ‘Uncle Larry’ to bring nieces and nephews to see live theatre. I remember Rachael, turning to me, weeping when Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang ended. “Where did he go?”, she wept.
Now my adult nieces and nephews have kids of their own and I trust that they will take their kiddies to YPT (how could they not?). Or better yet, Great Uncle Larry can continue the tradition and take a new generation of nieces and nephews.
I’m so grateful, so lucky, to have been part of YPT family. WOW! Mazel Tov all!