Youth Drama For All’s roots started in Sue Voiss’ living room in 2007. Sue’s daughter Tessa hesitated to join her school's drama group in sixth grade because her friend, who had a physical disability, was worried about falling off the stage. This became the catalyst for a new approach to theater for dozens of Los Altos and Mountain View students who loved performing and expressing themselves artistically, but never did because of their disabilities.
Sue rewrote a familiar script for the two girls to perform at home. During rehearsals, several classmates and other children joined—including those of fellow parent, Stacy Rademacher.
The home-run show took on a life of its own, and Stacy and other moms stepped up and helped stage a live performance with props, music and curtains erected from PVC pipe. A total of 10 actors, 8 of whom were special needs, performed for an audience of 21 in the Voiss’ living room.
The following year, Sue and Stacy teamed up and held rehearsals and the performance at a local elementary school. They both quickly fit in the roles of Director and Producer and became fast friends. Their passion and commitment has kept the program running for over 10 years - and it’s still going strong.
With its cast of 45+ actors, Youth Drama For All holds practices at local elementary schools, and our 2017 performance was held at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
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