“Little Shop Of Horrors” Marks Clayton Youth Theater 10th Anniversary

CYT Little Shop of Horrors

Clayton Youth Theater began rehearsals last week for their 10th anniversary summer production. The group goes back to their roots – literally – with their production of the sci-fi musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.

Little Shop of Horrors was the very first show that CYT staged in 2007. Since then, they have presented 17 productions and sold nearly 19,000 tickets.

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

The schedule of events surrounding the 2017 production includes five performances – July 28 and 29 and August 3, 4, and 5 – an alumni reception and the popular Backstage Pass camp. So mark your calendars, and check back here and at the CYT web site for more details throughout the summer.

Tickets to all of the July and August performances of Little Shop of Horrors go on sale on Monday, June 26, at 10 AM.

“You Can’t Take It With You” Opens This Thursday

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The students of Clayton Youth Theater rehearse for the upcoming performance of “You Can’t Take It With You.”

CYT Presents Pulitzer Prize Winning Comedy

Maybe “you can’t take it with you,” but this week you can see it live on stage at The Clayton Center!

Clayton Youth Theater performs the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman Pulitzer Prize winning comedy You Can’t Take It With You this Thursday, Friday and Saturday – February 25, 26 and 27 – at 7:30 PM each evening.

A story of family and non-conformity, this show has been delighting audiences since 1936.

Each member of the lovable, yet eccentric, Sycamore family marches to his own drummer –whether writing plays, making firecrackers, collecting snakes, playing the xylophone or dancing ballet. The one member of the household that is in touch with the outside world is Alice, the youngest daughter.  When Alice gets engaged to Tony Kirby, she invites her new fiancé and his conservative parents over for dinner. Anything can happen when the straight-laced Kirbys meet the zany Sycamores…and it probably will!

Tickets for You Can’t Take It With You are $12 for adults and $6 for students 18 and under, plus sales tax and fees. Purchase tickets here, or call the box office at 919-553-1737 for more information.

Clayton Youth Theater Begins Summer Rehearsals

The cast of Clayton Youth Theater’s summer 2015 musical Thoroughly Modern Millie began daytime rehearsals today for the late July show. The students began their day working on choreography for the opening number.theclaytoncentercytrehearse2

CYT will present Millie on July 24-25, 30-31, & August 1 at 7:30 PM. The show, which is set in 1922 New York City, tells the story of Millie Dillmount, a young woman who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, and a dragon-lady of a villainess, Thoroughly Modern Millie will have all of Johnston County dancing the Charleston.

Tickets for the show go on sale June 24 at 10 AM online and through The Clayton Center Box Office. All seats for this show are reserved. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students 18 & under. (Ticket price does not include taxes or fees.)

“Anatomy of Gray” Opens To Rave Reviews

The cast of Clayton Youth Theater’s latest show “Anatomy of Gray” has another hit on their hands. After opening night was canceled on Thursday because of the winter weather, the talented teens came back and delivered a performance that drew rave reviews from hundreds of audience members on Friday night.

The show, which one patron called “a powerful story with great humor,” continues this evening. Tickets are available online unGray Logotil 5 PM. The box office opens at 6:30 this evening to sell tickets at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students 18 and under (plus NC state sales tax and fee).

CYT Puts Final Touches On The Winter Show “Anatomy of Gray”

The cast of Clayton Youth Theater’s production of Anatomy of Gray, a drama by award-winning author  Jim Leonard, heads into “tech” week this weekend in preparation for opening night on Thursday, February 26.Clayton Center CYT rehearsal1

The talented cast and crew—middle and high school students ages 12-18—have been rehearsing on a regular schedule since the first of the year. This week they will rehearse nightly while tech staff works on pulling together sound, lights and other components to complete the production.

Set in Indiana during the late 1800’s, Anatomy of Gray deals with death, loss, love and healing in a unique coming of age story. The plot centers on a time after June’s father has died. She prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray, so that no one will ever suffer again. The next thing she knows, there’s a tornado, and a man in a balloon blows into town claiming to be a doctor.

At first, the new doctor cures anything and everything, but then the town is struck with a mysterious illness that begins to spread.  Gray presents the family with some hilarious situations and serious choices as he makes his home in the town that bears his name.

The play is rated PG+ for mild language and tragic circumstances, and is not suited for young children. Show times are 7:30 PM on Thursday, February 26, through Saturday, February 28. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 & under. (Note that ticket prices do not include taxes or fees.) Call the box office at 919-553-1737 for more information or to purchase tickets.