Schmata Productions is an award winning, non-profit, community youth theatre committed to fostering communication, problem-solving, and self-confidence in today's youth. We are an inclusive group that works with youth from many different schools, religions, ethnic backgrounds, abilities, & more. We strive for a family feeling; helping our students learn patience & tolerance, teaching acceptance of all, & guiding our older students to mentor the younger ones. These are just a few of the things that make our group different from many others!
We are grateful to the Beth Chaim Reform Congregation for providing rehearsal and Summer Experience space. as well as welcoming all of our students regardless of religion, school district, or ability to pay.
Once upon a time a couple of BCRC members thought it would be fun to celebrate the completion of their new building by doing a show. Natalie talked to Marcy and Marcy talked to Gina. These 3 ladies decided to tackle the job of helping to put on Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. One of the first questions asked was, "What is our budget?" Of course the response was, "We don't have one!"
With the response of, "We'll make our costumes out of rags!" and "Schmatas for all!" laughter ensued (which happens quite often with our group). The name stuck and Schmata Productions was born. More than 13 years and many shows later, we have grown as a group and as a family.
Schmata Productions reaches into the community in many ways. The musical theatre program is run entirely by volunteers who give generously of their time, talents, and energy. Several community members without students in the program return year after year to help!
Scholarships: we believe that any child who wants to participate in the arts deserves that opportunity. We offer scholarships to several students each year for both our musical theatre program and our Summer Experience programs.
Giving Back: we strive to give back to the many communities that are home to our students. Our musical theatre program has:
Our Summer Experience program has:
Do you or your organization have an idea or opportunity to help us continue to give back to our community?