30 years of TYT
Tenino Young-at-Heart Theatre purchased a property in downtown Tenino. Help us make our new theater possible.
Tenino Young-at-Heart theatre (TYT) has purchased land and plans to build a theatre in Tenino! The property is located at the center of town in the Tenino Creative District, on Sussex between Keithahn and Ritter. An anonymous donor, TYT’s biggest fan, generously gifted the funds for the property purchase. Now, TYT begins the work of writing grants and seeking the community’s financial support to create this wonderful resource. Establishing the physical theater space will further embolden TYT’s mission of cultivating community, building relationships, and promoting growth through the joy of theatre.
Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier said, “Over the years I’ve seen many TYT performances, and I am beyond excited with this news. TYT has joined in as part of a greater effort to build on the creative sector in Tenino after the establishment of Tenino as a State certified creative district. Having a performing arts center as a centerpiece to our amazing downtown will pay dividends to our community for generations in more way than we have yet to understand.”
TYT is working with an architect and consultant to build a facility that will blend with Tenino’s charm and support the arts and other community events.
Founded in 1990, TYT started with the McKenzieSullivan family children putting on a neighborhood play “Johnny Appleseed.” The summer productions grew from there, to include teens and adults, and has been a staple of the Tenino community ever since. Without a permanent space, shows have been held in the high school commons for years.
The Managing Director and TYT founder, Bob McKenzieSullivan, holds this vision dear to his heart. “I love how theatre can help people of all ages find new skills and creativity that they did not even know they had.” Many people of all ages have participated, and their amazing stories are woven into the beautiful tapestry that is TYT.
TYT is currently in rehearsals for their summer musical ‘A Year with Frog and Toad.’ In a unique setting, performances will be held in the Tenino Quarry Pool site July 15-25, 2021. Tickets will be available on their website by the end of June.
A celebration of the property purchase will be held on the site in 2022. More information can be found on our Facebook page. Donations can be made via Paypal, or mailed to TYT, PO Box 285, Tenino, WA 98589.
Rattlin’ Bog Benefit Concert March 2022
Thank you for all who came out and supported Rattlin’ Bog. We passed the hat and raised $6,663.00 toward our new theatre. If you missed out on all the fun but would still like to donate you can do so at this link below.
Property Clean Up February 2022
HUGE THANK YOU to the group of volunteers that came out to clean up the property! We cannot do it without you guys! We are so excited for things to start coming together. Next steps will be more cleaning in preparation for an outdoor stage to call home, while we fundraise for our dream theater!