Peninsula Youth Theatre holding fundraiser Saturday

Performing arts program facing steep rent hike, has to shrink its facilities in Mountain View

Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) is holding its annual fundraising gala in Mountain View this Saturday, Sept. 14, to help support the nonprofit's performing arts programs for children.

Planned events at the "Au Cabaret" gala include theatrical music performances, desserts, wine and a silent auction. PYT relies heavily on fundraising events like Au Cabaret, with donations making up about 30% of the its annual budget.

"It's a fabulous time where our community can come out and support arts education," said Karen Simpson, PYT executive director, in a statement.

PYT, located at 2500 Old Middlefield Road, has been a cornerstone of Mountain View's youth performing arts for decades, hosting productions, camps and classes for thousands of children and teens each year. Although PYT serves children throughout the region, it has deep roots in Mountain View with school-based play programs and partnerships with the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts.

The school recently faced a significant rent hike and had to cede part of its studio property to another tenant, losing storage space and its ancillary stage. Even with the lost space, PYT is still paying $4,000 more per month under the new lease deal.

The gala is being held in the Redwood Room of the Mountain View Community Center, located at 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., from 6:30-10 p.m. Tickets are $50, and sponsors who donate more money ranging from $250 to $1,000 are eligible for special prizes and commendations.

Tickets are available online at

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