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Musical Youth Theatre Repertory Theatre (MYART)

A Little Bit of History

Dana Hanstein-Hanlen and a board of five volunteers founded Musical Youth Artist Repertory Theatre (MYART) as a community-based, non-profit, educational organization in November 1989 with the dream of providing a theatre company where every young person who registered would have the opportunity to perform. MYART's first production, "Annie," had 97 participants and was performed at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

Since then, MYART has seen great growth and has presented more than 100 productions with a repertoire of over 20 shows, including two original productions; The Best Of Broadway, and Alice In Wonderland. More than 10,000 students have participated in MYART since its inception. We plan to add many more productions to the repertoire, with an emphasis on quality family entertainment.

Our goal is to provide young people the opportunity to be active participants in the performing arts. MYART supplements education in the performing arts. Though historically underfunded, we believe this to be a vitally important part of any child's curriculum.

Each year MYART presents two mainstage productions with casts of 160 to 300 participants. Multiple leads and large ensemble casts allow all participants to shine.  The program has been recommended by professionals in the entertainment field as an excellent venue for training in the fine arts, as well as by parents and educators for its ability to teach self-esteem, teamwork and a positive attitude.

Our Mission


MYART builds self-esteem and confidence in children by providing instruction and performance experience in acting, singing, dancing and stage movement. The program is endorsed as an excellent venue for training in the fine arts by the Theatre Department at California State University, Long Beach, a host of primary and secondary educators, and numerous entertainment professionals.

We Believe...
  • That you should be proud of who you are and what you have done. Carry yourself with dignity and pride. You deserve it.

  • In 360 degrees of respect. At MYART, actors, staff, parents, volunteers, and friends treat each other with courtesy and care.

  • School grades are important. Keep up your grade point average. Be kind to your teacher.

  • You need to set a positive example for others. Always be willing to help your fellow actors, while leaving the directing to the directors.

  • In giving your best during every workshop and rehearsal. Take a chance. You will never know if you can do it unless you try. Have fun, relax, and enjoy. Share your unique self!


Our Goals


Instill in your child:

  • An appreciation for live theater

  • A sense of pride and ownership in the goals they set and the results they create


  • Every student’s level of self-confidence so they may interact more effectively with others and more richly develop individual creative potential

  • Individual talents and contributions through successful experiences

  • An interest in and an understanding of theater as an art form

  • Teamwork skills and self-discipline that will benefit them both on stage and off


  • Your child’s creative imagination

  • Communication skills, both verbally and as a listener

  • Social interaction and group interaction skills

  • Beauty and laughter, goals and responsibility, choices and tangible results into young lives


  • Diversity and understanding that each individual is unique, while recognizing our individual differences

  • Creative abilities of young people in the community

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