What is The Kids Theatre Company?
The Company that delivers children’s theatrical productions in Long Beach and the Greater L.A. area… locally grown, written and directed… all at a fair cost to participants with terrific results.
We are so grateful to Kyle and TKTC. My girls are currently in their third show and have loved every minute of it. Kyle and his staff are great with the kids and have a knack for getting the best out of everyone. I am always impressed by how professional the shows are, especially with an all-kid cast! Thanks TKTC for adding excitement to our lives and fostering self-esteem in my girls. — Laurie R.
Our “For Kids. By Kids.” Philosophy
This is where kids ARE the story + TELL the story = For kids. By kids. That’s not always the case in the world of children’s theatre. At TKTC, each production offers parts tailor-made for each actor’s strengths. Every single member of the cast is made to feel that their role is important… because IT IS!
We encourage kids to have fun while they pursue their passion for acting, singing, and performing. And we ensure that they have a safe and encouraging environment. Whether a young actor is an extrovert or introvert, our Directors will provide guidance and space so that each performer finds his or her own voice. Kids are smart; they know when they’ve improved at something they’ve been working on. Personal breakthroughs on a scene or song builds confidence in ways none of us could foresee. That’s the hint of magic we seek to draw out at every opportunity.
Kyle Becker is our talented Creative Director and Founder. With over fifteen years of experience directing and producing kids theatre, Kyle has uniquely crafted TKTC into an inspiring, collaborative journey for young actors. He’s seen countless kids blossom as individuals through performance and the outlet for self expression it provides. If you’re looking for a great children’s theatre company in Long Beach, California you have found it.
Bonnie Woodside is a talented music director, scriptwriter, and main stage director who is an integral part of the TKTC team. She enjoys living in Long Beach with her husband and two sons, Jack and Micah, who are upcoming actors in our company. Bonnie is an incredible mentor to the kids and to the TKTC staff and her guidance and leadership has allowed our theater to flourish and grow into an amazing place for kids of all ages.
Anne Mette Smith is an awesome vocal coach and director. She has been with the TKTC family since the fall of 2013 and has since worked tirelessly with cast and staff to ensure the success of our musicals. Most importantly, Anne Mette finds joy in helping each singer or soloist reach their full potential in every given song and performance! Anne Mette also offers individual vocal lessons at her home for any budding singer with a song in their heart. Check out her website: AnyoneCanSing.net.
James Lauritsen is a 17-year-old student at Millikan High school, involved with theatre, volleyball, and chorus there. He has been apart of The Kids Theatre company for about 7 years and has been in over 20 shows. His creative talent is showcased in his set design work and stage fighting choreography. James loves long walks on the beach and getting caught in the rain. He really enjoys working with everyone and hopes that he can continue to learn and grow and help others do the same.
Peyton Beeli is a 16-year-old student at Millikan High School. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends and binge-watching sitcoms on Netflix. Peyton has been working with TKTC for over six years, and has loved every minute of it. Peyton is especially enthusiastic about the behind-the-scenes aspects of the theatre, such as set design, directing, and lighting and sound. She is an amazing director that all the children love and look up to . She loves working with kids of all ages and watching them grow and mature as not only people, but as performers.
Alexa King is a 16 year old, very talented, member of our TKTC Staff. She joined us as a performer and quickly discovered a passion for directing. Alexa’s favorite part of working at the studio is the bond she has made with the kids and other staff members.
Hayden de Leon is an amazing 13 year old actor from Stanford Middle School who joined the TKTC family 4.5 years ago. He started out performing but has since come to love assisting with directing plays, working on techniques with young actors and learning behind the scene jobs. We call him our child whisperer because he as the amazing ability to calm any child. Hayden states that the best part of being a part of the TKTC staff is making personal connections and developing friendships with kids of all ages.
Kimberely Beeli is TKTC’s operations guru. She has been an integral part in helping TKTC become a non-profit organization and you’ll see her at almost every show leading the box office. When she’s not at the studio with her three girls, she enjoys cruisin’ up the coast on her Harley.
Wendy Becker has worked as an elementary school teacher for 20 years in the Long Beach Unified School District. 19 of those years have been spent teaching 5th grade, diligently preparing her students for the crucial transition to middle school. Prior to her teaching career, Wendy worked as an Event Manager at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, where she managed a variety of theatre productions, concerts, trade shows, and conventions. She regularly volunteers for a number of charitable organizations, including hosting fundraising events in her home. Wendy has been volunteering with TKTC since 2012. Currently she serves as a member of the board as Director of Scheduling & Special Events managing all aspects of scheduling more than a dozen productions per year, as well as workshops, summer classes, and events.