The mission of Midcoast Youth Theater (MYT) is to empower youth through a safe, nurturing theater experience, to build life skills with teamwork, creative problem solving, public speaking, risk taking and tolerance while enhancing self awareness and self esteem.
MYT shall remain a youth focused charitable organization. We accept all children who wish to participate, finding a place for everyone, and never turning anyone away if they cannot afford our troupe fees.
* MYT serves between 200-500 participants and technical crews each season. In addition, more than 1,000 community members attend performances annually. Since our first season we have seen an annual growth in participation and in audience attendance and expect this trend to continue.
* MYT has received funding in the past from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation and the Davis Family Foundation.
* MYT utilizes the services of local school theater directors and music teachers, as well as community volunteers. This gives students continuity from other programs, as well as expertise in these positions. Many parents become involved in our productions as well.
* MYT provides assistance with costumes, props, theater lighting and sound equipment to area schools and community groups to enhance their programs and help reduce expenses at the same time. We charge no fees for the use of our extensive inventory. We have supported multiple shows at the following venues: Brunswick High School, Mt. Ararat High School, The Orion Performing Arts Center, Woodside Elementary, St. John’s Catholic, Mt. Ararat Middle School, Center Stage Players at People Plus, the Harpswell Island School Parent Theater Company, as well as numerous students for various class projects. We have loaned upwards of 1000+ costumes and 300+ pieces of lighting or sound equipment. At a conservative average cost of $15 per costume alone, we have saved the area groups over $15,000 by the sharing of our talents and resources. Regarding the use of MYT lighting and sound equipment, with the least expensive pieces costing in excess of $150, we have saved other groups well in excess of $45,000 in equipment expenses.