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A Sheridan Arts Foundation Program

Since 1999, the historic Sheridan Opera House has been home to the Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Young People’s Theater (SAFYPT), a diverse and flourishing center for young thespians that enrolls more than 250 children between the ages of 2 and 18 each year.

With an emphasis on child-centered learning that caters to individual’s needs, our curriculum ensures an educational process that nurtures both cognitive and creative growth. SAFYPT upholds the philosophy that dramatic learning experiences should be non-competitive, and we do not require auditions. Young people at varying levels of ability and experience are invited to embark upon extraordinary journeys of wonder, discovery and imaginative delight.



YPT is a non-competitive, first-come, first-serve after school program. We are not audition based. Every child who wants to participate in YPT can!

Deposit & Tuition

We require 25% of tuition as a non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot in class. When signing your child up through the link below, you will be asked to pay the 25% deposit, and you can choose to create a payment plan or pay in full. You will also be asked to electronically sign our parental agreement. Payment in full is due by the first day of the class. You may pay via credit card online. If you would like to pay with cash or check, please call 970.728.6363 ext. 2 to sign your child up.


YPT ensures that cost is never a barrier for kids to participate. The Sheridan Arts Foundation awards over $8,000 in scholarships annually to families who need financial assistance; in addition to scholarships, YPT works with families for tuition deduction through work-trade and volunteer opportunities at the Sheridan Opera House!

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 2024 Spring/Summer Young People’s Theater Season

Registration is now open for our spring and summer sessions!


Adventures In Acting $300.00 (Grades K,1,2)

Performance: Wednesday, March 20

Rehearsals: Every Wednesday beginning 2/7 until 3/20

Join us to use your imagination & bring an exciting story to life! This introductory theater class is perfect for young thespians who enjoy games, costumes and storytelling. This class culminates in an energetic performance on the Opera House stage. This class is limited to only 14 kids, so do not delay in signing up! The performance will be Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30 pm.


Seussical The Musical (Ages 8-13) $450.00

Performances: July 26 at 2pm and 4pm

Rehearsals: Monday through Friday, July 22-26

Join YPT artistic director Leah Heidenreich for a week-long musical theater intensive that culminates into a fully produced musical on stage, live at the historic Sheridan Opera House!

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.


The Little Mermaid (Ages 8-13) $450.00

Performances: Saturday, August 3 at 2 pm and 4 pm

Rehearsals: Monday-Thursday, Saturday July 29- August 1, August 3

Join YPT artistic director Leah Heidenreich for a week-long musical theater intensive that culminates into a fully produced musical on stage, live at the historic Sheridan Opera House!

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.


*Scholarships are available! Please fill out the attached forms you will receive with your confirmation email upon registration.


Financial Aid applications are processed electronically when you register your child through our regular registration process. After you have registered your child, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to necessary financial aid paperwork. You are required to provide the first 2 pages of your 2021 Tax Return and our SAFYPT Personal Financial Statement. All financial aid application documents are due one month before the first day of class.


Announcing the NSYPT fall musical: Into The Woods October 24,25,26,27!!

Into the Woods! – Pointer Media


Auditions: May 13, 14

Callbacks: May 15

Rehearsals: Beginning August 26 every Monday-Thursday from 5:30-7:30

Tech week and performances: October 21-27

Email Leah Heidenreich at to inquire about auditions!

Meet Our SAF Young People’s Theater Artistic Director Leah Heidenreich

Leah has been at the forefront of Telluride’s beloved Young People’s Theater for over six years, and she is so grateful to call this her job. Bringing theater education to kids from preschool through high school, Leah has extensive experience with  kids of all ages, and she passionately believes in YPT’s purpose to expose as many children as possible to performance art. Leah also created the Sheridan Arts Foundation’s NOT-So Young People’s Theater, an annual community musical that invites people of all ages to participate in a community theater production every fall.

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The Sheridan Arts Foundation has awarded more than $164,000 in scholarship awards to Telluride’s youth since the program’s inception. Additionally, we subsidize all tuition prices to keep them affordable for all families.