About MTA

The Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County (MTA) is proud to celebrate over 30 years of helping the youth of our community discover the potential that lies within them and to find the passion to make their dreams come true. Operating as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, MTA provides thousands of children ages 4 to 18, access to the arts while offering quality Broadway-style shows performed at a professional theater venue.  Our mission has always been to nurture artistic talent by instilling positive qualities and life skills in youth through performance arts education.
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Support MTA

Give every child a chance to shine with a world-class performing arts education.  Operating as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, MTA depends on contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations to help fund the operations and programs needed to keep the dream alive for us!  Join us in enriching the educational experiences of our children.
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Enroll Today

Now enrolling for our upcoming 2015 Winter session!  MTA is pleased to announce the production of 3 incredible shows:  Disney’s Jungle Book Kid performed by Brite Stars (ages 8-11), Snow White performed by Rising Stars (ages 10-13) and Thoroughly Modern Millie performed by our Shooting Stars (ages 13-18).  Rehearsals begin in February with performances in June.  MTA offers a multitude of payment options to include one time up front payments, monthly installments, payments through PayPal, ACH, and credit card. Enroll today!
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Upcoming MTA Productions

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Les Miserables – School Edition

Friday January 23rd:  7:30pm
Saturday January 24th:  7:30pm
Sunday January 25th:  2:00pm
Thursday January 29th:  7:30pm
Friday January 30th:  7:30pm
Saturday January 31st:  2:00pm

MTA brings to life the story of prisoner 24601, Jean Valjean, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the center of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child who is being forced to do anything to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promises to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets.

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Peter Pan

Friday January 9 at 7:30pm
Saturday January 10th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday January 11th at 2:00pm

Come fly with MTA and enjoy the enduring story of Peter Pan, the boy who never wanted to grow up. Peter and his fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, find their lives turned upside down when Peter loses his shadow in the nursery of John, Michael, and their older sister Wendy. Adventure ensues as Peter takes the three kids back to his home in Neverland where they meet Indians, mermaids, the Lost Boys and of course Captain Hook, Smee and his band of cut throat pirates. Will Peter be able to keep everyone safe? Will Wendy and her brothers ever find their way home? And will Peter finally decide to grow up? You will just have to come and see for yourself.

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The Little Mermaid

Friday January 16th at 7:00pm

Saturday January 17th at 2:00pm

Saturday, January 17th at 7:00pm

Disney’s timeless tale of hope, dreams and romance between two people from different worlds. Join Princess Ariel, a smat but impetuous young mermaid who is fascinated with everything above the water. Her life turns upside down when she rescues and falls in love with handsome Prince Eric when he is thrown overboard during a viscous storm. Ariel is determined to be with him, her father completely forbids it and the evil sea-witch Ursula wants nothing but to steal the undersea kingdom in any way she can. Don’t miss this classic story featuring the music of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

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Testimonials

…The school has been a safe place for her to grow and discover herself…

“My daughter has been with MTA for fourteen years. The school has been a safe place for her to grow and discover herself. She has become a young woman whose personality and nurturing character is due in large part to experience she has had at MTA.”

Lyn Gottuso

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Lyn Gottuso

“My daughter has been with MTA for fourteen years. The school has been a safe place for her to grow and discover herself. She has become a young woman whose personality and nurturing character is due in large part to experience she has had at MTA.”

MTA has been an anchor for my girls.

“MTA has been an anchor for my girls. As a result of their experience they are confident and excited to launch out into the future, and have the self-assurance needed to reach for the stars.”

Stephanie Schwartz

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Stephanie Schwartz

“MTA has been an anchor for my girls. As a result of their experience they are confident and excited to launch out into the future, and have the self-assurance needed to reach for the stars.”

…the benefits of MTA’s program reach far beyond the doors of the theater…

“I have always understood that the benefits of MTA’s program reach far beyond the doors of the theater. What surprised me is how much my child understood and could so easily articulate when she applied what she learned at MTA into her everyday experiences.”

Jill Fales

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Jill Fales

“I have always understood that the benefits of MTA’s program reach far beyond the doors of the theater. What surprised me is how much my child understood and could so easily articulate when she applied what she learned at MTA into her everyday experiences.”

…I see wonderful changes in my daughter’s abilities…

“With each year and each performance, I see wonderful changes in my daughter’s abilities and in her confidence as a young lady on stage. Through the role models and mentors she has in the MTA staff, my daughter has found a voice for her self-expression and an appreciation for the arts. MTA’s safe and enriching environment has become a second family for her.”

Cheryl Brooks

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Cheryl Brooks

“With each year and each performance, I see wonderful changes in my daughter’s abilities and in her confidence as a young lady on stage. Through the role models and mentors she has in the MTA staff, my daughter has found a voice for her self-expression and an appreciation for the arts. MTA’s safe and enriching View Full →

We were watching the next generation of talent on MTA’s stage…

I was so impressed at the professionalism and talent of ALL of these kids.  They take on some pretty difficult roles and material and give performances equal to that of paid professionals.  I applaud all of the staff, teachers, and directors for helping to bring out such remarkable singing, acting and dancing qualities in even the smallest of performers.  We were watching the next generation of talent on MTA's stage, and it is a beautiful thing to watch.  Just spectacular!

Cathy Rigby McCoy, former Olympic Gymnast, Broadway Star as Peter Pan and currently with her husband are the Executive Directors of the LaMirada Theater and McCoy Rigby Entertainment

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Cathy Rigby McCoy, former Olympic Gymnast, Broadway Star as Peter Pan and currently with her husband are the Executive Directors of the LaMirada Theater and McCoy Rigby Entertainment

I was so impressed at the professionalism and talent of ALL of these kids.  They take on some pretty difficult roles and material and give performances equal to that of paid professionals.  I applaud all of the staff, teachers, and directors for helping to bring out such remarkable singing, acting and dancing qualities in even View Full →

When I think of MTA, tears of joy come to my eyes…

I watch my teenage son transform from someone who could hardly find his way on stage, turn into a confident actor, singer and dancer in only a two-year period.  This year our other teenage son with little theater background also joined, and performed not only in ensemble, but as a secondary lead.  Needless to say, tears again as I watched this boy take the stage with confidence.  Thanks Jimmy and staff who took the time to help my two sons find their way on and off stage, and build confidence in them for their future.  I will forever be grateful.

Linda Jackson

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Linda Jackson

I watch my teenage son transform from someone who could hardly find his way on stage, turn into a confident actor, singer and dancer in only a two-year period.  This year our other teenage son with little theater background also joined, and performed not only in ensemble, but as a secondary lead.  Needless to say, View Full →

…they have developed confidence and learned discipline…

“Over the past seven years as my kids have participated in the MTA program, they have developed confidence and learned discipline, accountability and teamwork while building friendships that have lasted long after the show was over. MTA has made a positive and lasting impact on my children and family.”

Cari Smith

2014-10-28T05:06:03+00:00

Cari Smith

“Over the past seven years as my kids have participated in the MTA program, they have developed confidence and learned discipline, accountability and teamwork while building friendships that have lasted long after the show was over. MTA has made a positive and lasting impact on my children and family.”

I cannot say enough about this wonderful program….

“I didn’t expect the profound effect that MTA would have on my daughter when I enrolled her years ago. Watching her perform made me realize how much musical theater adds to our lives. I cannot say enough about this wonderful program.”

Mary Knauer

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Mary Knauer

“I didn’t expect the profound effect that MTA would have on my daughter when I enrolled her years ago. Watching her perform made me realize how much musical theater adds to our lives. I cannot say enough about this wonderful program.”