About TKTC

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.

 

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.

“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.

Creative Director & Founder

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.

Director, Producer and Private Vocal Instructor

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.

Director, Set Builder and Fight Choreographer

James Lauritsen is a college student currently attending LBCC where he is majoring in film. He has been involved with The Kids Theatre Company for about almost a decade now and has loved every minute of it. He currently runs the Teen Annex program and 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.

TKTC and Carver Studio Director and Producer

Alexa King is an 18 year old student at CSUF, with a devotion to Musical Theatre. Alexa has been a performer at TKTC for several years and has found a passion for working with Children and directing. Alexa’s favorite part about working at TKTC is the people she is surrounded with; there is never a dull moment, and each child’s love for music and acting inspires her continued admiration for the arts. Every child Alexa works with is a reminder of how important the role adults play in shaping our youth. Like Stephen Sondheim once said “Careful the things you say, children will listen”.

TKTC and Lowell Bayside Director and Choreographer

Libby Shull Hi everyone! My name is Libby Shull, and I am a senior in the WAVE program at Wilson High School here in Long Beach. My TKTC journey began as a performer when I was 9 years old, performing in many principal roles such as “Cinderella” in Cinderella (at the Lowell Bayside Studio when I was 10!), “Sarah Brown” in Guys and Dolls, and “Maria” in The Sound of Music. My favorite roles to play at TKTC have been “Lily St. Regis” in Annie and “Claire” in The Breakfast Club through the TKTC Teen Annex. At Wilson, I am involved in the musical theatre and dance departments, having utilized the skills I’ve learned in both to perform as “Cinderella” in Into the Woods Jr., “The Genie” in Aladdin Jr., and “Hodel” in Fiddler on the Roof. Outside of theatre, I am an Ambassador Girl Scout, a major foodie, and a self-taught ukulele player! I’m also a member of 8 on-campus clubs at Wilson, and I’m a straight A student.

TKTC is the perfect experience for me because I hope to pursue a career as a professional actress in musicals or a career as an elementary school teacher. The opportunity to teach kids of all ages--including elementary-aged kids--about musical theatre is a dream come true for me! When it comes to TKTC, you’ll most likely find me directing, choreographing, or helping with vocals at either the TKTC Studio or the Lowell Bayside Studio. I’ll also be around for the performances at many of the other schools--often helping with makeup--so please don’t hesitate to say hi or ask me if you need help with anything! I look forward to working with you and/or your kids!

Assistant Director and Intern Captain

Hayden de Leon has been with TKTC since 2013. He attends Millikan High School where he is involved in the chorus program and  is on the volleyball team. He is a cadet with the Los Angeles Fire Department where he enjoys spending a lot of his hours volunteering and training. Hayden has been in shows such as Grease, Hairspray and Mary Poppins.  He has directed several plays including  Aladdin and Peter Pan. At the studio, he enjoys building sets, shooting photo opportunities, running the box office, and managing the TKTC Intern Program. He loves to supervise and fix all problems- big and small- that arise at theater.  Hayden enjoys his work at TKTC studio and assisting at all the school productions  across Long Beach with TKTC. He has developed leadership skills through his training with the fire department and utilizes these skills when working at the theater.

Vocal Director

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.

Board Member, Chief of Operations

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.

Board Member, Director of Scheduling & Special Events

Wendy Becker

TKTC Consultant

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.

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