Valley Oscar watch party excited for Stone win

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There was an Oscar watch party at the theatre group where Emma Stone got her start. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) There was an Oscar watch party at the theatre group where Emma Stone got her start. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
There was an Oscar watch party at the theatre group where Emma Stone got her start. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) There was an Oscar watch party at the theatre group where Emma Stone got her start. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The Valley Youth Theatre is where Stone got her start. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Valley Youth Theatre is where Stone got her start. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Current actors at the theatre group look up to Stone. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Current actors at the theatre group look up to Stone. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Arizona's own Emma Stone won the Oscar for best actress

Reporter LiAna Enriquez spent the day at The Valley Youth Theatre in downtown Phoenix, where the A-Lister got her start. 

At The Valley Youth Theatre, it's the place young aspiring actors are hoping will pave the path to their dream. We spoke with some of the young actors who were just coming out of their on-stage performance of Alice in Wonderland

"It's amazing, a famous actress here," exclaimed 7-year-old Jordan Gnetter, who played a Heart Child in the show. 

"I am hoping to become an actor when I grow up," said Ethan Maxwell, who played the Mad Hatter.

The Valley Youth Theater has already been the foundation of a dream for many. It's the stage actress Emma Stone began her career to the big screen. 

[RELATED: Scottsdale native Emma Stone shines at Golden Globe Awards]

"I want to be a famous actress just like Emma Stone," said Gnetter.

These young actors say Stone is an inspiration.

"To know she got her training here is just even more rewarding to do a show here," said Alexis Harris, who played the Queen of Hearts. 

"It feels very special like you get to be part of something that somebody who made it was a part of," said Maxwell. 

"She's an amazing role model," says Kate Brink, who led the role as Alice. 

[RELATED: Actress Emma Stone started career in Phoenix]

We even found Wake Up Arizona anchor Yetta Gibson's daughter Slye here, who has her own very specific dream.

"I really like my friend Bobb here. I want to be in one of his plays and I want to be in his play April 11 and I want to do Wizard of Oz!" Slye said.

There's a reason little Slye would like to be trained by Bobb Cooper. He was Emma Stone's acting teacher the four years she spent here at the theatre.

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"It's great to see her do what she loves to do and she's so great at it and she's so versatile and it's just awesome!" Cooper said.

And he watched her Oscar win for her role in La La Land. He says he's so proud of her and the work his theatre does. 

[RELATED: Watch 'Moonlight' win best picture after shocking Oscar mix-up]

"Valley Youth Theatre is an important part of this community and something that needs to be supported and sustained because we make a difference in children's lives," Cooper said. 

Valley Youth Theatre holds auditions throughout the year. 

[RELATED: How do I audition for VYT?]

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