Mission

North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) is dedicated to developing the character of youth through quality performing arts education and family entertainment.

Locations

We have classes, auditions and camps in Dallas, Fairview, Frisco and Plano.

History

Believe it or not, the idea for our very first theater, the Plano Children’s Theatre, was born on the yellow brick road. It was during tech week (a time when actors, parents and staff usually want to murder each other) for a production of the Wizard of Oz that Sara Akers (our founder) was directing at Grace Presbyterian Church, that the kids and parents began asking, “What are we going to do next, Sara?”

The mission would be simple: to provide arts opportunities for youth, ages 4-18, which promote life-long learning, creativity, communication skills, teamwork, integrity and good citizenship.

Casting would be on the basis of talent and previous performing history and not on race, creed, ethnicity or height. In 2010, this may seem blasé, but in 1991 this was outrageous!

Historical Moments

  • 1991 – Plano Children’s Theatre founded by Sara Akers and three founding board members: Rebecca Egelston Caso (an attorney who wrote the Bylaws), Dick Anthony (who developed the budget) and Lanny Wren (a CPA who served as business manager).
  • 1992 – Classes start in the spring. That semester there were 50 students… by the summer there were 175!
  • 1994 – Rented rehearsal space at 15th and Custer. Space was so tight parents had to wait outside and dance numbers were taught in the parking lot where cars would pull over and watch.
  • 1995 – In cooperation with Plano Parks and Recreation, began offering acting classes for youth with special needs.
  • 2005 – City of McKinney provides funding for the McKinney Youth Theatre.
  • 2007 – Bursting at the seams, rehearsal space is renovated as a result of generous gifts from UPS, Weingarten Realty and other sponsors.
  • 2012 – Began offerings in Frisco which became Frisco Youth Theatre. We began with the same production that started it all, The Wizard of Oz.

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Theatre Builds Character

At NTPA, we believe that theatre changes lives. We strive to teach all of our students not only how to act, sing or dance, but also how to be better human beings. Students who participate in our programs will be taught the 10 Characters of the North Texas Performing Arts.

  1. Teamwork: Be a team player. Everyone has an important role to play, and every role, large and small is critical to the team’s success.
  2. Leadership: Be a role model for others on and off the stage.
  3. Responsibility: Be accountable for your actions, for delivering on your commitments, and be willing to admit it when things go badly.
  4. Respect: Show respect for others and their gifts. Respect for teachers, parents, and one another, and celebrate our differences.
  5. Confidence: Believe in yourself and your abilities, and communicate like a winner. Know you have a gift to share.
  6. Integrity: Be honest, trustworthy and demonstrate strong moral principles.
  7. Discipline: Stay focused on what you are trying to accomplish, and show obedience to those trying to instruct and guide.
  8. Creativity: Think “outside the box”, be willing to take risks and explore. Be inspired to imagine all possibilities.
  9. Positive Attitude: Be positive about a wonderful future, and pass along your bright outlook.
  10. Love One Another: Show kindness and patience, and be inclusive and accepting of others and build lasting relationships.

Core Values

You can learn a lot about a place when you understand its values.

  • We believe in creating a positive environment where young people develop characters, on the stage and within their own lives.
  • We believe it is possible to produce high-quality, excellent theatre productions, where young people can grow and be their best.
  • We believe in providing a supportive, nurturing and safe environment for everyone.
  • We believe in the integral involvement of our community and actively reach out so that this theatre provides a valuable opportunity for every child to discover who he/she is.
  • We believe family involvement is key, and your participation is welcome and encouraged.
  • We believe there is value in team work and provide an environment where young people can improve communication skills, learn from each other, and grow their self esteem.
  • We believe in inclusivity, and respect and embrace the uniqueness of all young people.
  • We believe in offering the best value for our community, while maintaining financial integrity.
  • We believe in open and honest communication.
  • We believe in the passion and commitment of our families, volunteers, staff, members and patrons

Community Involvement

Because all the world truly is a stage, it makes it that much more important that the world’s players influence the community around them. NTPA maintains a giant footprint in the community and a strong reputation for giving back.

These are just some of the ways we’re making a difference in our community.

  • Giving full-ride scholarships to talented and less privileged children
  • Providing complimentary tickets to charitable organizations, teacher groups, and school fundraising events
  • Offering free programming at local community centers
  • Participating in more than 20 local events and festivals annually, promoting the creative arts