Gretchen Moritz / Director
Gretchen has been directing musicals for 15 years. She has a BA in music performance and continued to earn a Masters in Education from University of Colorado. Gretchen currently teaches Middle School Music at Rocky Mountain Academy and is the mom of 3 boys, who were the inspiration for her to develop a musical theatre program. She feels very fortunate to be able to bring her passion for music and musical theatre to kids and is excited to help grow this new Mountain Youth Musicals venture!! .
Colleen Lee / Director
Sophie Saxton/ Assistant Director
Sophie is currently a junior at Seattle Pacific University where she is studying Theatre Education. Music and acting have always been a substantial way for her to express herself and step out of her comfort zone. She hopes to spread her love and passion for theatre with the next generation. She couldn't ask for anything more than to be a part of the new growing Mountain Youth Musical Company. She hopes you all relish in the hard work and performances that your kids will bring to life on the stage. Drama has fed Sophie's drive to be herself and no one else. This art form has brought Sophie confidence, compassion, and love for teaching. “Be a Fruitloop in a World of Cheerios.”
Colleen Lee is a singer and performer living in Evergreen, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Literature and has enjoyed working with children of all ages for the past fifteen years. Along with performing on the stage in both musical theater and with her bands, she will be entering her third year as a youth theater director for the Evergreen Chorale’s Summer Music Camp program. She has deeply enjoyed joining Gretchen Moritz as co-director for Mountain Youth Musicals’ productions of Rogers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA and WIZARD OF OZ. She is continually impressed and inspired by the youth talent in our area.
Caroline Vickstrom / Workshop Instructor
Caroline Vickstrom graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with degrees in Choral Music Education and Voice Performance. Since then, she has directed choirs in public schools, taught voice privately, directed youth musical theatre productions, and taught abroad. Caroline sings with the St. Martin's Chamber Choir in Denver, with a small vocal jazz ensemble, and in local community theatre productions, along with being an avid pianist and guitarist. She currently works for a music software company, MakeMusic, as well as teaching private voice lessons to mountain-area students.
Christine Emery/Business Manager
Christine is mother to two high school boys and leaves the stage to them while she enjoys helping out behind the scenes. She started her path in the world of nonprofit work and organization in college as one of the founding members of Elon Volunteers! She went on to graduate with a degree in Social Sciences with minors in Business, Human Services and Psychology. She spends a good deal of time at Center Stage with Ovation West Performing Arts and continues to volunteer with several organizations in the Evergreen Community. With a passion to make a difference and support organizations that enhance the lives of those they serve, she is excited to be part of MYMusicals and help bring opportunities to our area to help students grow, learn and shine on and off stage.
Serena Weingardt/ Lead High School Student Director
Serena Weingardt is a senior at Evergreen High School. She is the lead student director as well as the alumni representative on the MYM board. She has student directed 7 musicals, acted in 4, and helped with 4 productions. Serena has been a part of the theater community for 7 years. Besides theater she is an animal conservationist, an explorer scout at the Denver Zoo, on the Jeffco Nordic Ski Team, and enjoys creating art. She is excited to work with all of the MYM kids and watch them learn and grow through the years.
Jack Wales/ High School Director
Jack is a sophomore at Evergreen High School. He is also a golfer for the Evergreen Golf Team. Jack enjoys spending his time snowboarding and being in the outdoors. He fell in love with musicals when he made his premier stage experience in the Wizard of Oz. He enjoys helping kids find the love in musicals as he found in his first ever musical.
Sauren Maxwell / High School Director
Sauren is a freshman at Goldenview Classical Academy. She has been in many productions, including two with Mountain Youth Musicals. This is her first year student-directing. When not doing theatre, Sauren likes to read, dance, and be outside. She is excited to direct this year, and can't wait to help young thespians grow in their love of performance!
TEAM AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
GRETCHEN MORITZ PRESIDENT
TRISTA HERTZ SECRETARY
CHRISTINE EMERY | TREASURER
TONJE WILLIAMS COMMUNITY REP
CAROLINE VICKSTROM COMMUNITY REP
SUSAN MURPHY COMMUNITY REP
SOPHIE SAXTON COMMUNITY REP
SERENA WEINGARDT | ALUM REP