Since its inception in 1980, the mission of Foothill Music Theatre (FMT) is to produce exceptional quality classic, vintage and rarely produced but worthy musicals, featuring live musical accompaniment. In reinterpreting musical theatre classics, FMT attempts to mine new values and find new resonance in these often-familiar works. Over the years, FMT has garnered hundreds of awards and award nominations from the prestigious Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and Dean Goodman Choice awards for productions such as Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Show Boat, Into the Woods, Urinetown, West Side Story and Oklahoma! FMT auditions are open to the public as well as students, and the company's reputation draws superb talent from throughout the greater Bay Area. An important aspect of FMT productions is the apprenticeship approach, in which largely inexperienced students work collaboratively with highly experienced Bay Area performing arts professionals.