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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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 2024-2025 Young People’s Theater Season

Registration will open on August 1- mark your calendar!


Adventures In Acting: AS YOU LIKE IT $300.00 (Grades K,1,2)

Performance: October 30

Rehearsals: Every Wednesday beginning September 18

Join Ms. Leah 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, October 30 at 5:15 pm.

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

THE WIZARD OF OZ $650.00 (Grades 6,7,8)

Performances: December 6,7,8

Rehearsals: Every Monday/Tuesday/Thursday beginning September 16

L. Frank Baum’s beloved story of a young girl’s adventure in a magical land has been entertaining audiences for over a century. MGM’s blockbuster 1939 film adaptation, featuring the timeless songs of Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, along with the brilliant instrumental music of Herbert Stothart, elevated the popular novel to even greater heights. This stage adaptation, featuring the characters and celebrated songs from the film, brings the wondrous Land of Oz to life in a jubilant theatrical experience.

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

GREASE $650.00 (Grades 9,10,11,12)

Performances: January 31, February 1,2

Rehearsals: Monday-Friday and some weekends beginning December 9

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world’s most popular musicals.

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

WILLY WONKA $450.00 (Grades 3,4,5)

Performances: May 2,3,4

Rehearsals: Every Monday & Thursday beginning February 17

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory… or suffer the consequences.

*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 19 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.