Community Spotlight: Jennifer Winch Brings the Sweet to YMTC

Meet Jennifer Winch, master of confections!  Jennifer bakes and donates hundreds of brownies for concessions for each YMTC show, making her our sweetest supporter!

For our loyal patrons who frequent the various lobby pop-up concessions operations we create, one particular item has been a stand-out…and solely responsible for raising many hundreds of dollars for tuition assistance scholarships for deserving young artists.  Yes, you guessed it—the brownies! 


Jennifer delivers the brownies for Company


How can a brownie have so much impact?  Look no further than Jennifer Winch—who has continuously helped YMTC faithfully from our earliest days when her daughter was one of our actors, then serving on our board of directors, and now, in no uncertain terms, in her role as our favorite baker!  Be sure to drop by the “Ladies Who Lunch” Cafe during “Company” and bite into one of her treats—you won’t be disappointed!

From the bottom of our hearts, we salute Jennifer for her steadfast and sweet support of YMTC, and her inspiring model of life-long volunteerism!!


Community Spotlight: Dr. Dave Captures the Heart of YMTC

It takes a village to make a successful show. Meet Dr. David Weiland, the heart specialist and avid photographer who captures the beauty of each show with his trusty camera.

Dave was originally recommended to us by a parent, Kim Christensen, to shoot the 2008 production of Fiddler On The Roof. He has since become our resident photographer,  and has photographes over 17 shows and numerous events for YMTC. Dave provides headshots for our student actors, and photographs several rehearsals and performances, aiming for the perfect shots of the show. When he's not in the theater, he's working as a well know and loved heart specialist in the East Bay. We're not quite sure when he sleeps....
Thank you Dave, for all you have done and continue to do for the upcoming generation of artists!
Fiddler on the Roof
Don't Stop Me



Community Spotlight: Dinner's on Dawn Nakashima!

We couldn't do what we do without the many helping hands of so many fnatastic volunteers. Meet Dawn Nakashima, decorator and concessioneer extraordinaire!

Not only co-managing our concessions operation (which is a fundraiser for our tuition assistance program), but amazing hands-on help wherever needed:  helping paint the new campus buildings, helping co-create the new Karaoke BBQ, and set-building for DSM...Dawn, herself, is a fine artist ( who says her favorite thing is the build things. And, she's an avid Giants fan.

YMTC has been the lucky recipient of her skill and craft (not to mention her daughter Aya who leaves for college this Fall), which includes conceiving and building amazing and thematic design concepts for our concessions-- from the "Canteen" for South Pacific to the "Cafe" for Cabaret to "Golde's Marketplace" forFiddler on the Roof. Dawn enhances the volunteer concessions operation with energy and creativity, and an aesthetic which helps this important fundraiser for our tuition assistance program really fly.

Thanks, Dawn!

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Community Spotlight: It Takes A Village to Raise a Musical!

The success of YMTC's shows are due in no small part to our amazing volunteers.  Meet Alexa Wilkie and Janis Battles, our Box Office Managers Extraordinaire!

Alexa and Janis prepare tickets for Fiddler on the Roof

Many YMTC patrons have had the pleasure of being served by the dynamic and extremely organized box office duo of Alexa Wilkie and Janis Battles.  Our volunteer box office managers, always professional, kind, and good humored,  are happiest behind the scenes, making sure that box office systems work smoothly and patrons receive top notch service.  

However, this month they are in the community spotlight as we honor and thank them for the many hours they contribute to YMTC, and their invaluable service.  Alexa, a program manager by day, and Janis, a physical therapist, are also parents of talented sons who have performed in many YMTC shows.  
Next time you visit the box office for a show, give them a shout out! 



Honoring the Old. Welcoming the New

YMTC Artistic Director and Director of the upcoming Fiddler on the Roof, Jennifer Boesing, talks about why Fiddler and why now.

Fiddler on the Roof had its debut on Broadway fifty years ago, and it remains one the most beloved musicals in American history. It's been translated into multiple languages, seen by millions around the world, and revived in six separate productions on Broadway since its debut.  What is it that is so special, so singular about this show? Joseph Stein's script is certainly extremely well-conceived; Bock and Harnick’s songs unforgettable. But there is something else at the heart of this show that touches so many, and has sustained both its meaning and potency over so many years. 
When the directors and students of YMTC gathered for our first rehearsal together to read through the script and discuss the themes of the play, much passionate discussion ensued, but most of us were in agreement about why the show continues to ring so true. Many see the link in Fiddler to contemporary political issues. Jews continue to be persecuted due to their religion; likewise religiously- and ethnically-based persecution of Muslim people is rampant and mounting worldwide; surely we need to keep telling stories about that. For that matter, the systemic oppression of people based on their identities, whether racial or otherwise, continues to reign not just abroad but right here in our own community.

Jennifer works with the cast on the famous musical number: "Tradition"

But what is even more resonant about the story of Tevye and his daughters, worldwide and across multiple generations, is the deep exploration of the tension between honoring the old and welcoming the new. In short, Fiddler is about the one constant in all of our lives: change. Resistance to change, despair about change, revolting for change, and celebration of change. It is about the necessary challenge of loss and rebirth. It is truly a celebration of what it means to be human. 
As someone who has been in the theater my entire life–grew up in it, studied it, and now teach and direct it–I have often thought of the theater as a kind of religion.  Performative storytelling as an art form is certainly as old as religion, and the two have overlapped and served similar cultural purposes. Fiddler on the Roof is one of those theatrical experiences that brings this connection into sharp focus, as we come together in a community to celebrate this tradition that in and of itself explores the very notion of tradition. Through the act of performing this story together again and again, we make for ourselves a place to work through these questions. We make a place to express the pain of our struggles, and a place to sing our prayers, that we meet the challenge to be true to ourselves and each other in an ever-changing, ever more complex world.

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