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Tempe's YETi raises the curtain on its first youth theater production since the pandemic

It’s called YETi — and that’s not a reference to the mythical Himalayan snow monster, though it is the mascot for Youth Ensemble Theatre Incorporated which is housed under Tempe-based Childsplay Theatre Company.

The ensemble is presenting its first show since the pandemic. Entitled “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing,” it’s a production about three young sisters who are left in a forest by their woodcutter father and forced to find their own way in the world.

The purpose of the ensemble is for teens to entirely produce the show from technical direction to the box office, much different than a typical high school production.

Artistic director Jason White said students have adult oversight, but teens are “taking part in fundraising. They’re running our social media. They set ticket prices. They made our calendar for shows and they just really run it, top-to-bottom.”   

Shows run June 23 and 24 with a 7 p.m. curtain at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio.

Tom Maxedon was the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition from 2017 to 2024.