Chrysalis is a Christian youth theatre and performing arts program in Cupertino. We operate as an independent ministry of Valley Church (10885 N. Stelling, Cupertino, CA 95014).
We seek to honor God through the pursuit of excellence in theatre. Not excellence as in necessarily being the most talented or getting the best role, but doing your personal best as a person and as a performer or teacher. We strive to inspire and empower every person to do their best in every area; seeking to honor God through performance, growth, and interactions with others.
The Story Behind Our Name
In the great outdoors, a chrysalis forms a comfortable, protective shell in which an otherwise vulnerable caterpillar has the freedom to discover itself and transform into a magnificent butterfly. We want to use the performing arts as a way for young people to have that chrysalis environment.
The goal of Chrysalis is to use the performing arts as a way to lift up young people to be the best that they can be both as people and as performers. Towards that end, we strive to create and maintain a positive, encouraging environment free from bullying, backstabbing, gossip, discrimination and cliques where young people can come and truly be the special and unique individuals God made them to be.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven." -Matthew 5:16
We offer a revolutionary theatrical experience that is truly life-changing. At Chrysalis, you will find a healthy, vibrant, community atmosphere that is firmly rooted in God’s word. Since starting operations in 2012, we have quickly become the fastest growing theatre group in the Bay Area, thanks to the amazing power of the Lord God, support from the local community, and the incredible students and parents that participate in our program.
When you do a show at Chrysalis, you will be blessed to learn under the guidance of experienced theatre artists who are truly passionate about the performing arts and are eager to pass their knowledge on to you. Each student is allowed grow at his own pace, while at the same time being encouraged and gently guided into newfound confidence, joy, and skill. We strongly believe that God created every person special and unique, and we strive to offer a positive, nurturing environment in which our students can flourish. Our mission is to help every student discover the beautiful spirit and talent that they were born with, and to find joy and confidence in who they are and the unique gifts that God has given them.
Behind the scenes, our staff is constantly working to expand the scope and quality of our program. We are always looking to learn and grow, as well as to innovate and boldly set new trends. Our long-term goal is to become a world-class educational program for the performing arts that consistently produces happy and successful students.
Our six-week mainstage musical experiences provide the ultimate theatrical learning experience. Over the course of rehearsals, every student, from the leads to the chorus, will receive high-quality training in singing, dancing, and acting. They will learn to apply these skills through the presentation of a full-scale musical that will be performed for family, friends, and the local community. It’s incredible to see how in just a few weeks, kids as young as six progress from shyly auditioning for the directors, to confidently performing in front of hundreds of people. This mainstage experience is by far the best way to get started in theatre, and it’s also a fabulous way for students to continue building and refining their skills as they get older and more experienced.
From time to time, we are also blessed with opportunities to stage smaller performances out in the surrounding community. We have performed at retirement homes, churches, and even at Christmas In The Park in San Jose! It’s wonderful to see our students giving a portion of their valuable free time to bless people with their talent and love for the performing arts.
Our program exists solely to bless the youth in our community through high-quality educational opportunities in the performing arts. These opportunities can only be made possible by the generous love and support of people like you. When you support us by donating, praying, encouraging, or volunteering, you are helping to create life-changing moments and memories that kids and their families will treasure for the rest of their lives.