CMT Production of Hairspray

The 2016-17 season marks our 49th year.  CMT San Jose is the nation’s largest musical theater and training program for youth of its kind.

The mission of CMT San Jose is to train and educate today’s youth through musical theater to set and achieve high artistic and personal goals, and to inspire them to become exemplary artists, patrons and citizens of tomorrow.

At CMT, being a performer in one of our productions includes training in performance arts, but also includes learning about the history, culture, context and artistic significance of the show.  Educational experts have reported that CMT programs contribute to success in and out of school, and support important developmental assets in youth performers.

CMT strives to foster a lifelong love of the theater in our participants, our audiences, and community.  We welcome you to our family and hope that you will find our programs to be educational, innovative, and reflective of our true love of the arts.  Please join us as we celebrate children, musical theater, and education!

Kevin Hauge interview with Theater Row with Brian Copeland, February 14, 2016.

Through our Rising Stars and Mainstage programs, we are guided by these key principles: casting all who audition; setting and achieving the highest artistic standards; embracing diversity in our performers, audiences and staff; and providing a positive, family-friendly, nurturing community.

CMT strives to continue this artistic excellence - and expose the community to musical theater at its finest.- by providing professional opportunities through its Marquee Productions division.

CMT Rising Stars productions inspire younger performers, ages 6-14, and their families to develop their passion for musical theater.  Curious beginners and grade-school 'veterans' alike learn the benefits of discipline, group effort, and dedication in our highly impressive junior productions.

CMT Mainstage features high school and college performers, ages 14-20.  Our Mainstage division has made a name for itself within the local arts scene, as well as on a national level, with unprecedented recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Led by Artistic Director Kevin R. Hauge and established guest artistic staff, CMT Mainstage raises the bar of youth theater beyond expectations.  “There was a kind of Broadway charm and spectacle about the show, but what was most inspiring and impressive was that the story was being told to its fullest.” – Will Chase, Broadway performer, on CMT’s Mainstage production of Miss Saigon.

CMT Marquee Productions features a cast of CMT alumni as well as many working actors from the Bay Area.  Through age-appropriate casting, Marquee productions offer opportunities for performers of all ages.  Marquee Productions has become a CMT tradition, and highlights CMT's full artistic potential with high-caliber entertainment that benefits the organization and the community.

Since 2013-14, CMT and Broadway San Jose have posted the California High School Musical Honors program, recognizing the best high school musical theater companies from San Luis Obispo to the Oregon border. Two winners are sent to New York City for a week-long intensive at the Jimmy Awards.

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CMT is proud to be the oldest performing arts organization in San Jose; having served our community since 1968, we have reached out to over 100,000 children.  CMT has earned nine "Access to Artistic Excellence" grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“I congratulate Children’s Musical Theater San Jose for its pursuit of artistic excellence and its recent National Endowment for the Arts award, being the only children’s theater in the nation to receive a grant from the NEA American Masterpieces initiative.” - Hal Prince, Tony Award-winning director and producer

CMT was granted the exclusive rights to produce the West Coast debut of Disney’s Tarzan, and produced the regional debut of Les Miserables.  Our programs provide accessible musical theater training for children of all ages and abilities, and we embrace racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in our staff, participants, and audiences.  We pride ourselves on instilling a love for the arts and sense of joy in children - and their families - that will last a lifetime.


Bay Area Parent has continuously awarded CMT has its top "theater class" in the Silicon Valley, most recently in 2016. The Metro Newspaper has awarded CMT its gold medal for "best small theater" in San Jose, mostly recently in 2014. Both were voted on by their individual readers.