About Us 


Discovering the full potential that exists within each person is what we are striving for at YSMT. Creating a warm, supportive and culturally rich environment where every person can feel good about themselves as they grow through creative expression.

Mission Statement
To provide the highest caliber of performing arts education to students of all ages and abilities, and to foster individual growth in a caring, supportive artistic community.

Our Story
   Young Star Musical Theatre was the creation of Barbara Shepherd in 1980 in Los Angeles, California. Barbara created Young Star to enrich the lives of young children and their families through the power of theatre.
Her good friend, Betty Lee Smith, was a professional choreographer and dance teacher who opened her studio doors to the early days of YSMT.
   In 2001, Shmaine brought YSMT to Prescott, Arizona. She started with 11 children in a low budget performance of The Wiz. Within two years, YSMT grew to over 100 cast  members performing four or more full scale, Broadway-style musicals to sold out audiences. Young Star Musical Theatre was the first theatre company to fly their young performers with professional ZFX flying for Peter Pan in a 114 year old Historic Opera House Theatre. In 2008, YSMT began performing at the professional theatre facility, Yavapai Performing Arts Center, with 1,100 seats. 

In 2008, founder Barbara Shepherd passed away from breat cancer. Her legacy lives on through her daughter Shmaine and grandaughter Lexy. We teach our Young Stars "Seasons of Love" from beloved musical RENT in dedication to Barbara and all that she did for this company. We sing this song at Intermission of every performance!

 Young Star Musical Theatre is proud to be in Central Florida performing two full scale musicals a year and week long summer camps during break. We would love for you and your children to be a part of our YSMT family. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of every child that becomes a part of our program. Each child will grow as a performer, and will become strong, confident individuals  both on and off the stage.  ​​​
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15497 Stoneybrook W Pkwy #160
Winter Garden, FL

(607) 699-YSMT
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