History of VFCT
VFCT, a 501-c(3) non-profit organization, was founded on July 1, 2001 by Adina Halter who currently acts as President of the Board of Directors. Mrs. Halter has been an actor and director for over 15 years with numerous credits on stage, radio, television and film and has adapted a number of Shakespeare’s plays for children.
Their First and Second Seasons
Originally performing in donated space provided by Hope Community Church in King of Prussia, VFCT’s inaugural production was “The Commedia Cinderella” in March 2002. They were very fortunate to be joined by costumer Laila Swanson who is well known in stage and film, having worked extensively with M. Night Shamaylan on all of his productions. The sumptuous renaissance costumes Mrs. Swanson created on a strict budget for “The Commedia Cinderella” were a big hit and helped to make “The Commedia Cinderella” a huge success with sell-out crowds. VFCT followed this success with a series of acting workshops for children ages PreK through 6th grade during the summer of 2002.
VFCT’s second season saw their first musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and gave them the opportunity to, for the first time, use a high school student in one of the roles. Their second season also saw their first foray into the libraries of the Delaware Valley where they performed improvisations from their fall production, “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” for free to PreK and Kindergarten audiences.
Years Three and Four
2003-2004 saw a new season and a new performance space — a 7,500 square foot Class A office space in Wayne whose use was generously donated by Liberty Property Trust. This new space has allowed for greater flexibility in set and lighting design and their next two productions were a tremendous success. They performed “The Velveteen Rabbit’ followed by another commedia production, “The Commedia Princess and the Pea”. Due to the success of their first two seasons, they also added extra performance dates.
Their fourth season was an exciting one. In November they moved into a performance space in Conshohocken, followed in December by “A Tarantella of Tales” which was written and performed by local playwright, Teresa Mastrobuono. Their February production, “Wiley and The Hairy Man”, a play of tremendous historical significance was their first dramatic offering for Black History Month. Their May production of “Jungalbook” allowed them to offer a number of student internships both on-stage and in technical roles.
Their Fifth Anniversary!
Their fifth season promises bigger and better things! They now have a permant space and a wonderful collaborative relationship with the Montgomery County Cultural Center which is also home to the Centre Theater, Renaissance Artist Puppet Company, and the Barrymore-nominated Iron Age Theatre. Their season includes "Charlotte's Web", "Pinnochio", and "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." In addition, they are teaming up with playwright, Teresa Mastrobuono, and the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA to bring to the stage an entirely new version of "Pinnochio" which will be written by the Shipley students.
VFCT is a member in good standing of the Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia, the Wayne Business Association., and the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau.unities they offer at VFCT.
VFCT’s mission is to enrich the lives of young people through responsible and edifying theater and education of the highest quality — reaching children that might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live theater designed specifically for them.
Their goal is to create a season of theatrical productions and educational opportunities that will appeal to a wide range of ages and experiences — that will touch each child in a very personal way, allowing them to connect with the characters, conflicts, and resolutions of each story they tell.
They fulfill their mission through theater performances, educational activities, and drama workshops targeted to children ages 3-18 and their families. Specifically:
Three stage productions per season presented to school classes and family audiences
Use of students in certain character and technical roles
Traveling productions, pre-show workshops, and actor appearances in schools and libraries
Acting workshops for children entering 1st through 9th grade