To produce youth musicals with an emphasis on process, teamwork, leadership and joy, while instilling a strong work ethic with high performance and rehearsal expectations.
Mountain Youth Musical seeks to encourage the love of music and theater by giving youth the opportunity to participate in a creative, nurturing and positive environment.
Mountain Youth Musicals is committed to offering a diverse, inclusive, and safe space for authentic and creative expression and mutually respectful teamwork. We believe in equity, justice, inclusion and belonging for all, whatever their identity, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation or identity, physical ability or socio-economic status. We value differing abilities in our productions to help create the vibrant community we all cherish.
Mountain Youth Musicals seeks to encourage the love of music and theater by giving youth the opportunity to participate in a creative, nurturing and positive environment.
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
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 fifth 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, WIZARD OF OZ, PETER PAN, and LITTLE MERMAID. She is continually impressed and inspired by the youth talent in our area.
Liesl Parker / Business Manager
Liesl was a parent volunteer with the musical theater program when her daughter was in 3rd-8th grade, so she knows how valuable the MYM experience is to our students. Now that her daughter is in college, Liesl’s glad to be back with the MYM team! In her down time, she finds pleasure in Zumba, yoga, volunteering with EAPL and the Mount Evans Angel Committee, reading and making memories with her husband, daughter and two poodles.
Tonje Williams Costumer
Tonje loves creating costumes for MYM! She first began many years ago when her oldest decided to try a musical in 4th grade. 14 years later she still loves the challenge. In her spare time she loves to mountain bike, snowboard, and spend time outdoors with family.
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.”
Jack Wales/ Lead High School Director
Jack is a Junior 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!
MYM Board of Directors
TRISTA HERTZ PRESIDENT
TONJE WILLIAMS SECRETARY
GRETCHEN MORITZ COMMUNITY REP
SUSAN WEINGARDT COMMUNITY REP
SOPHIE SAXTON COMMUNITY REP
JACK WALES ALUM REP