setting the scene – a tree house history

Tree House Youth Theatre was created in 1988 and was the brainchild of Richard O’Brien who was head of the Theatre Arts Program at Red Deer College (RDC) in Red Deer, Alberta. The aim of the program was to build theatrical interest and foster skills in the young people of Central Alberta. Tree House Productions ran during the College off-season using RDC theatre staff and students to support most elements of the production.

When Richard O’Brien left both Red Deer College and Tree House, the organization moved into a new partnership; this time with Central Alberta Theatre (CAT). CAT continued to provide Guest Artists for several years, providing support and encouragement to the young performers.

With the hiring of Matt Gould in 2005, Tree House entered a new era of exploration and creation, building a love of the theatre arts in the youth of Central Alberta. In 2009, Mr. Gould was instrumental in securing a rehearsal and performance space in the Scott Block in downtown Red Deer. What was just a house quickly became a home.

Over Mr. Gould’s ten years as Artistic Director he produced, directed (and in some cases wrote) over one dozen productions including, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (2005), “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” (2007), “Ho, Ho, Oh.” (2007), “The Wind in the Willows” (2009), Disney’s “Mulan Jr.” (2010), “Last Known Position” (2011), “Sleeping Beauty” (2012), “Red Deer River Stories” (2013) – Red Deer’s official play of the centennial – and “Sweeney Todd” (2014) to mention a few. Under his tenure, THYT also won numerous awards for both solo and ensemble work at the Red Deer.
Here is a partial list of Tree House Youth Theatre productions:
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Santa and the Wicked Wazoo”
“The Magic Toy Shop”
“Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations”
“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
“Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.”
“Ho, Ho, Oh!”
“Disney’s “Mulan Jr.”
“Last Known Position”
“Sleeping Beauty”
“Grimm’s Folk Tales”
“Red Deer River Stories”
“Sweeney Todd”
“Ho, ho…huh?”
“2 for the Road”
Tree House Youth Theatre is a not-for-profit charitable organization, ‘creating extraordinary theatrical experiences for young performers in Central Alberta.’
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