CYT Rebrands Itself As Carolina Youth Theatre

You are going to be hearing a lot about Carolina Youth Theatre in the coming months. Carolina Youth Theatre is the rebranding of CYT — the popular Clayton Youth Theater, founded in 2007. Carolina Youth Theatre will expand CYT’s premier theatre opportunities to youth across Central and Eastern North Carolina.

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Clayton Youth Theater has impacted hundreds of students and has entertained nearly 25,000 patrons. As of the spring of 2019, CYT has formally incorporated as Carolina Youth Theatre.

Carolina Youth Theatre’s first production is The Wizard of Oz. The show will be presented in late July and early August. Auditions, which are open to 2nd through 12th graders across North Carolina, begin April 5.

Among Carolina Youth Theatre’s offerings are camps for elementary and middle school students. The CYT Backstage Pass camp will give 2nd-5th graders a hands-on theatrical experience as they work with CYT directors and cast members to put on a performance themed around The Wizard of Oz.

CYT will also launch Stage Right, a three-week camp for 6th-8th grade students that explores the components of musical theatre, and develops the skills necessary to be successful on stage.

For more information, contact: director@carolinayouththeatre.com.

Say Hello To “Bye Bye Birdie” July 27-28, August 1-4

Clayton Youth Theater is busy rehearsing for the 2018 summer production of Bye Bye Birdie.

Winner of 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Bye Bye Birdie is a loving send-up of the early 1960s, teenagers, and rock & roll. When rock star and teen idol Conrad Birdie is drafted into the army, his manager, Albert Peterson, faces financial ruin. Desperate for a publicity stunt big enough to help him survive Birdie’s departure, Albert and his secretary, Rose, hatch a plan to send Conrad to small-town America to sing one last song and give a goodbye kiss to one lucky fan on national television.

Hit songs from the show include Put on a Happy Face, Kids!, One Last Kiss, and A Lot of Livin’ to Do.

CYT will present Bye Bye Birdie on July 27, August 2, 3 and 4, at 7 PM, and Saturday, July 28, at 2 PM. Tickets for the show are $12 for adults, $6 for students 18 and under plus sales tax and fees. Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 25, at 10 AM.

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Countdown to “Anne of Green Gables”

The cast of “Anne of Green Gables,” Clayton Youth Theater’s (CYT) 2018 winter production, is ramping up rehearsals this week as opening night approaches. The curtain rises this Thursday, February 22, at 7 PM.CYT 2018 The Clayton Center

Cherished by generations of “kindred spirits,” L.M. Montgomery’s beloved novel comes to life in this stage adaptation by Peter DeLaurier. “Anne of Green Gables” follows the misadventures of Anne (spelled with an “E”) Shirley — a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plainspoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy! She wins over the Cuthberts and all of Prince Edward Island with her irrepressible spirit and imagination – and wins over audiences with this warm, poignant story about love, home and family.

CYT will present “Anne of Green Gables” on Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23, at 7 PM, and Saturday, February 24, at 2 PM and 7 PM.

Tickets are on sale now for $12 for adults and $6 for students 18 and under (plus sales tax and fees). All seating for CYT performances is reserved.

It’s Show Week! “Little Shop Of Horrors” Opens This Friday

CYT Little Shop of Horrors

Get your tickets to Clayton Youth Theater’s 10th Anniversary production of Little Shop of Horrors. The show opens this Friday evening, July 28, at 7 PM. Other showtimes include Saturday, July 29, at 2 PM, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 3, 4, and 5, at 7 PM. Call the Box Office at 919-553-1737 or purchase tickets here.

“Little Shop of Horrors” Tickets On Sale Monday

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM this Monday, June 26, for Clayton Youth Theater’s 10th anniversary production, Little Shop of Horrors. Join the amazing cast of area teens (students ages 12-18) as they present this deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students 18 and under, plus sales tax and fees. Tickets are available online at theclaytoncenter.com or through the box office by phone at 919-553-1737 or in person at 111 E. Second Street.

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