Young Thespians bring ‘Christmas Toy Shop’ alive |

Young Thespians bring ‘Christmas Toy Shop’ alive

by Sarah Hauck
The cast of the second Young Thespian winter play from left to right: Thomas Rao, Maya Wolery, Dani Mckeon, Tyler Hounsell, Brendan O'Donovan, Sofia deLange, Dana Blane, Jack Smith and Madison Zajac.
Tammy Hurson | Special to The R-C

Children ranging from third grade to freshmen in high school will take to the CVIC Hall stage to bring to life “The Christmas Toy Shop” 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Carson Valley Community Theater’s Young Thespians will perform their second winter play since their founding in June 2013.

“This particular play is sweet and funny and it brings home the message of Christmas,” Director Tammy Hurson said.

Sixteen of the 65 Young Thespians make up the cast for the play.

Last year the group’s winter play was a musical.

“I wanted to do a play that hadn’t been done very often and was something new that people hadn’t seen,” Hurson said. “I liked the story and it’s something that really challenges the kids because they have to use accents.”

The Young Thespian program was created to bring arts to the Carson Valley for the area children.

“Most of the arts programs are in Tahoe, Carson City and Reno. There’s nothing really local. Having something close by in our community was really important to me. The arts is important for kids and we don’t have that as much in schools anymore,” Hurson said. “They (the children) can kind of grow into the Carson Valley Community Theater and be the next generation to eventually run the program and get them involved in the arts.”

Comprised of children from second grade all the way up to seniors in high school, Hurson said it is a good mixture of ages.

“With theater it kind of becomes a family. The younger children learn from the older children, and the older ones can get some of the energy and enthusiasm from the younger ones. It creates a great environment for the kids,” Hurson said.

Fueled by her own enthusiasm for the holiday season as well as working with children, Hurson said she enjoys directing the Young Thespians’ winter plays.

“Christmas is my favorite time of year and working with kids is a passion of mine. I love it. They’re a kick,” she added. “This time of year is full of joy and songs and it makes it really fun to do something this time of year, and the kids absolutely love it at Christmas time.”

Last year’s winter play was seen by a larger than expected audience, and Hurson said she is hopeful for this year’s attendance.

“The community really comes out and supports the kids. We had a really big audience last year and we’re hoping to have a really big audience again this year. It’s something the community really seems to like,” Hurson said.

Tickets will be on sale at the door of the CVIC Hall the day of the event.

Adults are $10 and children younger than 12 are $5.

For information contact Hurson at