“Learning and growing up in the YAE generation that I grew up in made me want to explore musical theatre as a career.” –Chelsea Glasner, YAE Alum
Every year, hundreds of young performers work with the Young Artists Ensemble. We want to tell you about one performer who grew up doing theatre with us, Chelsea Glasner. You may have seen her in Cabaret, Chicago, and West Side Story - or maybe as far back as the Velveteen Rabbit! Performing with the Young Artists Ensemble built up Chelsea’s confidence and maturity as a performer. It gave her the skills to pursue musical theatre at Emerson College in Boston.
Chelsea started with the Young Artists Ensemble in 2004. As she tells it, “I got involved with YAE when I was 10, and I was cast in the production of The Velveteen Rabbit the Musical as a building block. Not only was it my first show with YAE; that was my first show ever. My mom forced me to audition when I really didn't want to, and I remember crying after the closing performance on the way to the car and saying to my mom, ‘I never want to do anything else but be on stage, that was so much fun.'
When asked why she returned to Young Artists Ensemble summer after summer, Chelsea said it is because, “I always felt that I had the freedom to grow and change without feeling babied or talked down to. I also made what I'm sure will be life-long friendships thanks to the community nature of this company.”
Chelsea’s not the only Glasner to act in our productions! Her siblings Tori and Bennie have also done shows with us, working both onstage and backstage. Check out photos of the shows they’ve been - The Velveteen Rabbit (Chelsea), Seussical (Chelsea), Once Upon A Mattress (Tori), West Side Story (Chelsea), Oklahoma! (Bennie and Tori), Chicago (Chelsea), and Cabaret (Chelsea and Tori).
In 2013, 170 talented young performers from ages 6 to 19. We even produced an original world-premiere play, Wanda the Psychic Wombat! Penned by a YAE alumnus, it even inspired a 10-year-old cast member to write an original prequel! In June, Young Artists Ensemble was one of a handful of Southern California youth theatre companies to receive awards for outstanding work by youth in the arts from National Youth Arts. We were honored to receive SIX awards and THIRTEEN additional nominations this year.
If you've enjoyed a YAE production this year, please consider donating to our Winter Campaign. Your donation will help to ensure that this program continues for another 30 years and beyond. It will support production costs: a donation of $100, for example, helps cover the cost of 3 costumes; a donation of $180 completely covers the participation fee for an actor in need of financial aid; and a donation of $250 could cover all of the paint for one set!
This year's Winter Campaign goal is $3,500
Please, if you can help us, give $10, $25, $50, $100, or more to support our work. Every dollar you give us will go directly to support production costs AND provide youth of the greater Conejo Valley opportunities to perform onstage.
YAE gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their generous support. To make a donation, please visit the Box Office or go online to yaeonline.com. (See an error? We want to fix it! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
YOUR CONTRIBUTION HELPS US PROVIDE THE HIGHEST QUALITY PERFORMING ARTS EXPERIENCE FOR THE YOUTH OF THE CONEJO VALLEY. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE TO FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW THROUGH THE NON-PROFIT ARTS COUNCIL OF THE CONEJO VALLEY. You may also donate by phone at (805) 381-1246 or by mailing a check to 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Please make the check out to Arts Council of the Conejo Valley.