San Carlos Children's Theater

San Carlos Children's Theater


Since its inception in 1990, San Carlos Children’s Theater has become a leader and family favorite in youth theater, producing more than 140 shows, training more than 10,000 aspiring young actors, and entertaining over 25,000 Bay Area families. SCCT provides students ages 5-18 with quality theatrical experiences which foster creative and critical thinking skills, develop leadership, build self-confidence, and teach teamwork in a supportive, safe environment. We strongly believe that the process is just as important for the student as the product, and strive to help performers discover more about themselves as they learn the fundamentals of performing arts and technical production. Through after-school acting classes, musical theater day camps and full-scale productions, SCCT nurtures each student’s imagination and creative aspirations to help them reach their full potential and develop a life-long love for the arts.

SCCT is committed to the community and providing exceptional theater training to students throughout the Peninsula. In addition to our independent performing arts programs, we are now in our fourth year of partnership with the San Carlos School District, teaching daily classes in the San Carlos middle schools, as well as providing after-school theater classes and productions to public schools in Redwood City, Belmont and San Mateo. SCCT believes in giving back to the community and each year hosts free movie nights, treasure hunts, and other family activities, as well as participating in regional events like San Carlos Hometown Days and Hot Harvest Nights.

Our non-profit organization is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, along with a professional Artistic Director and Theater Manager. SCCT’s skilled staff also includes an experienced team of drama instructors, musical directors and choreographers, as well as a part-time Technical Director, Costume Designer, and Set Designer. SCCT involves its students in organizational leadership through its Youth Advisory Board and as junior assistant directors/choreographers, technical assistants, or class aides.

SCCT Believes It’s Important To…

  • Apply a holistic developmental approach
  • Develop life-long skills in communication, presentation & collaboration
  • Foster a sense of inclusion & camaraderie
  • Value process, as well as product
  • Create pride and a sense of accomplishment
  • Collaborate with local schools
  • Supply professional, caring, creative educators
  • Participate in and give back to the local community
  • Produce quality entertainment and fun for all ages/li>


  • 1,200 Students
  • 9,000 Audience Members
  • 30 Classes / Camps
  • 5 Mainstage Productions
  • 4 School Outreach Productions
  • 1,190 Facebook Fans
  • 3,300 email subscribers
  • 420 Volunteers


San Carlos Children’s Theater is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization committed to educating youth on all aspects of theater production while nurturing creative expression, self-confidence, teamwork, and an appreciation for the arts.


San Carlos Children’s Theater began in 1990 as a program of the San Carlos Parks and Recreation Department. But after receiving strong community support, an independent Board of Directors was formed in 1991, and a full-time Artistic Director was hired soon after. The theater is now an independent 501(c)(3) corporation. With a mission that embraces artistic excellence and education, the theater has grown from a few children’s workshops in 1990 to offering a full-schedule of classes every quarter and producing at least eight productions a year. Our performing troupe ShowStoppers! dazzles community audiences with its Broadway-style routines throughout the year, and every two years children and adults combine talents in a special SCCT community musical.

SCCT has received Bay Area Parent Magazine’s ‘Best of the Best’ award for outstanding theater education for nine consecutive years, and has been recognized by the City of San Carlos with a special arts proclamation and designation of an official San Carlos Children’s Theater Day. In addition, SCCT Theater Manager Donna Avanzino received the 2013 San Carlos Arts and Culture Achievement Award for her work in promoting and enhancing artistic and cultural contributions within the City. Our students have gone on to be successful in a range of fields from performing arts to teaching to engineering to finance, but all agree that their training with SCCT was invaluable, and provided them with the confidence, critical thinking skills, collaboration techniques, and clear communication know-how that are so important in both school and the workplace today.

The theater’s stability after 25 years results from the loyal dedication of its staff and volunteers. Without the hard work and financial support of such individuals year after year, SCCT could not have developed into the shining star that it is today, offering award-winning programs and enhancing the quality of life for thousands of Peninsula families every year.

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