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.

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!

Vocal Director

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.

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

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