YTCC's Award Winning Competition Team
YTCC's Showstoppers are a special group of performers, hand-picked from the most talented, most dedicated and most enthusiastic members of the YTCC program. Made up of up to 20 local singers, dancers and actors ages 8-18, the Showstoppers tour around the area bringing their love of the arts to their community. In 2020, the Youth Theatre Carson City Showstoppers became a competitive team, competing and excelling at the Musical Theatre Competitions of America in Southern California. Read more below.
Book the YTCC Showstoppers to perform at your event today! The Showstoppers regularly tour the community sharing their talents at events and fundraisers all over the Northern Nevada and California regions.
Showstoppers to sing National Anthem at 8th Annual Iron Rebels Car Show
Showstoppers to appear in the Nevada Day Parade
Showstoppers Winter Spectacular Showcase at the Carson City Community Center
Showstoppers compete at MTCA 2023
Showstoppers bring home National Awards!
This past February, Youth Theatre Carson City’s Showstoppers show choir traveled to Southern California to compete in the Musical Theatre Competitions of America 2022, a national competition against 33 teams representing 19 states and 3 countries, and brought home several awards including second place for their Ensemble Musical Revue, a tribute to Alan Menken, composer of many classic Disney films and Broadway favorites including Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, and Sister Act.
Several individual performers also took home awards: Anuhea Azevedo, third place 8th Grade Solo Performance; Bay Eaton, fourth place 8th Grade Solo Performance; and Lilliahna and Aven McColl, fourth Place 9th Grade Duet Performance. Not only did the group receive prestigious awards, but two of the Youth Theatre Carson City Showstoppers, Hannah Walker and Aven McColl, were selected from more than 700 auditioners to participate in a showcase directed and choreographed by Broadway professionals and to perform in front of a packed house of more than 1,200 at the conclusion of the competition.
“I couldn’t be more proud of all our amazing young performers and the hard work they have put into their performances,” commented Andie Wilkerson, Youth Theatre Carson City’s Artistic Director. “This is their first time competing live and in person in over two years. They have overcome disappointment, loss, and so much more these past two years to get where they are today - I can't wait to see where they'll go next.”
The Showstoppers worked tirelessly over the past several months on two separate performance pieces, a professional open-call audition piece, and individual performances that were adjudicated at the competition.
The Youth Theatre Carson City Showstoppers are a special group of performers, hand-picked from the most talented, dedicated and enthusiastic members of the Youth Theatre Carson City program. Made up of 17 local young singers, dancers and actors between the ages of 11-18, the Showstoppers tour and compete bringing their love of the arts to their community, and now to a national stage.
Musical Theatre Competitions of America was established in 2005 to provide a competitive and educational event for Musical Theatre students and directors. Over the three-day event, students participated in professional-style auditions, competed with both group and individual performance pieces, took master classes from Broadway professionals and received personalized feedback from industry professionals.
You can catch the Youth Theatre Carson City Showstoppers as they perform their award-winning performance pieces and more at Youth Theatre Carson City’s End-of-the-Season Showcase on April 30 at 6pm at the Carson City Community Center. Admission is free.
Camilla Beckwith has been performing for thirteen years, ten of which being with Youth Theatre Carson City. She is currently a senior at Virginia City High School and will soon be attending Bemidji State University in Minnesota. Although the arts aren't her long-term career goal, theatre has taught her how to hold her head up higher, speak a little bit louder, and expand her mind even further.
The three years Camilla has participated in Showstoppers have especially been gratifying. Camilla believes that every child deserves a place to feel safe, be themselves, and blossom out of their shells. She is certain that the production team at Youth Theatre Carson City has made all of that possible for the children involved in their programs. Camilla's favorite shows she has performed in include Footloose, Shrek (both times!), and Seussical. Ultimately, she is grateful for any chance to perform.
competing with a Senior Musical Theatre Solo at the Musical Theatre Competitions of America in February 2022.
Auditions for the 2023-2024 Showstoppers Competition Team
Youth Theatre Carson City welcomes new Showstoppers once a year, or on an as-needed basis. We are looking for singers, dancers and actors between the ages of 8-18 who are dedicated to their craft and exemplify a high standard of excellence as a representative of YTCC. For more information contact email@example.com.