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

cyt rehearses at The Clayton Center

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).

A Fantastic February Awaits at The Clayton Center

In the past week, we have hosted a sold-out show by the wildly funny humorist Jeanne Robertson, a very well-attended Clayton Wedding Expo, the successful winter booking meeting of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium, and the annual awards banquet for the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. These events prove that there truly is always something going on here at The Clayton Center!

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s also long on entertainment and other activities at The Clayton Center. The fun begins this Saturday night, January 31, when Granite Lodge 191 of Clayton will host its annual Father-Daughter Dafather daughter dance the clayton centernce in the Main Lobby. Tickets are $40 per “couple” and are available at GI Joe’s on Highway Business 70 or Annie V’s Florist on Barbour Street in downtown Clayton. Light refreshments will be served. There also will be a DJ and dancing, and each couple receives a free 4 x 6 Photo from 1000 Words Photography. For more information, call Russell Ragland at 919-663-6499.

On Saturday, February 7, the Malpass Brothers come to town. These Goldsboro boys bridge the gap between traditional country and rockabilly in their look and style, taking us back to the day before rock and country went their separate ways. Their energetic performing style and passion for this heritage American music make a unique experience. Drawing from their family’s love of early country music, Taylor and Christopher Malpass channel the sound of musical greats like Hank Williams, Sr., Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Carl Perkins, the Loovin Brothers and even the Young Elvis Presley. One reviewer said, of the Malpass Brothers’ experience, ‘These guys don’t just sound retro… they are retro.’ See the Malpass for yourself at our Vimeo channel.

Thursday through Saturday, February 26-28, Clayton Youth Theater presents Anatomy of Gray, by Jim Leonard. Set in the 1880s, but with a timeless theme, the play takes us through the humor and grief of the Muldoon family in Gray, Ind., and the events following the arrival of the mysterious Galen P. Gray, medical doctor. 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. Show times are at 7:30 PM. Clayton Youth Theater highlights the talent of area students, grades 7-12.

For tickets to the Malpass Brothers or CYT’s Anatomy of Gray, contact the box office Monday through Friday, 10 AM–Noon, and 1 PM-5 PM, at 919-553-1737. The Clayton Center, located in Johnston County, is convenient to Raleigh and southeastern Wake County, with easy access to Durham, Chapel Hill, Zebulon, and other parts of Orange, Durham, Harnett, Lee and Johnston Counties.