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Costello named managing director at VYT

Bridget Costello, former director of development at Children’s Museum of Phoenix, has been named managing director for Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) by its board of directors.

“I am very excited to join Valley Youth Theatre,” said Costello. “It’s an incredible organization that has been a cornerstone in local children’s theater for 25 years. I look forward to working with the staff and community of VYT to help inspire young people to achieve their highest potential.”

Bridget CostelloIn her new role as managing director at VYT, Costello will collaborate with Producing Artistic Director Bobb Cooper who has managed and grown the theater company since he started in 1996.

“After 18 years of juggling creative, production and administrative responsibilities, I am very thankful to have Bridget on board,” said Cooper.

Upon earning her BFA in Theatre Education and a minor in English from ASU, Costello started teaching English and assisting with theatrical performances at Rhodes Junior High School in Mesa.

While coordinating special events like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Phoenix, she also began fundraising for The American Ireland Fund and raised an average of $1M a year for St. Mary’s High School.

As president and CEO of Emerald Consulting LLC, she consulted with nonprofits, schools and associations on service such as strategic plans, motivational speaking, retreat planning and board development.

Among other responsibilities, Costello with oversee the VYTal Affair fundraiser at the Herberger Theater Center on August 16, 2014. To find out about sponsorship opportunities or request an invitation, call 602.253.8188 x304.


Valley Youth Theatre Presents Peter Pan at Herberger

The long awaited announcement from Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) about its 25th Anniversary Season closer is finally over now that negotiations have been finalized for the musical Peter Pan.

“With input from season members, we chose a classic fairy tale that has only been mounted twice before in our 25 year history,” said Producing Artistic Director Bobb Cooper.

VYT first produced Peter Pan at the Herberger Theater Center in 2000 and again in 2009. This June will be the third time that Cooper has directed the classic and his 75th show as director since joining the theatre company in March 1996.

Peter Pan is the familiar story about a mischievous boy who flies with a fairy named Tinkerbell and leads a gang of Lost Boys on Neverland. His arch nemesis is Captain Hook, pirate who lost his hand in a sword duel with Peter.

This musical adaptation of the play by Sir James M. Barrie features music by Moose Charlap and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh with additional music by Jule Styne and additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Special flying effects will again be provided by ZFX – the same company that created amazing flying effects for the Broadway and national touring productions that featured Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan.

Auditions for nearly four dozen characters, including a few high-flying roles, will take place at VYT on April 7 and 8 at 4 p.m. Additional information is available at www.vyt.com/on-stage/auditions.

Peter Pan runs June 13 through 29 at the Herberger Theater Center. Tickets start at $20.00 and will be available online at HerbergerTheater.org or by calling the box office at 602.252.8497 starting March 31.