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    Audition Dates Announced

    2nd-5th graders, April 5 & 6; Middle & High School ages, April 12 & 13

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Comedic Storyteller James Judd Offers Tips of His Trade

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Direct from NPR’s Snap Judgment, comedic storyteller James Judd spoke to a group of Town of Clayton representatives in a masterclass this afternoon, offering tips on how to improve public speaking skills.

James is in town to headline the fifth show in The Clayton Center’s Palladian Series tomorrow night – Friday, March 22, at 8 PM. He will be joined by fellow Snap Judgment alum Jen Kober.

James is often compared to David Sedaris and Oscar Wilde. The comedian, author and radio personality connects with audiences as he shares stories of his exploits, including his “spectacular public embarrassments and utter failures.” A former member of the legendary Los Angeles improv troupe The Groundlings, Judd’s projects include a critically acclaimed solo show and TV appearances on Star Search and Evening at the Improv. He is the winner of NPR’s Snap Judgment 2015 Comedic Performance of the Year Award.

Jen Kober, whose telling of her Girl Scout Cookie story won her the 2016 Snap Judgment Comedic Performance of the Year Award, brings crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, storytelling and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. Kober’s powerful performances weave together a southern-style tale of love lost at the buffet, road trip adventures at The Waffle House and midnight mishaps at Wal-Mart. She can also be seen on TV in The Mindy ProjectCurb Your EnthusiasmThe Middle and The Real Husbands of Hollywood with Kevin Hart. Movies include Grudge Match, Paranoia and American Pie: Reunion.

Purchase tickets for the Friday night show now.

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. Clayton Youth Theater has impacted […]


Miss America To Attend Scholarship Pageant This Saturday at The Clayton Center

Here she is…..Miss America! Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019, will appear at the Miss Capital City, Miss Clayton, and Miss Cleveland Scholarship Pageant at The Clayton Center this Saturday, March 2. Nia was crowned Miss Capital City 2016 on the Clayton Center stage on March 5, 2016. She returns to participate in several activities throughout […]


CYT’s “The Diviners” Opens Thursday Evening

Clayton Youth Theater presents The Diviners Thursday, February 21, through Saturday, February 23. All shows begin at 7 PM. The Diviners cast has been working diligently since the first of the year to prepare for this week’s production. As always, this dedicated group of middle and high school students are prepared to give their audience […]



Four-time GRAMMY Award-winning and multi-platinum selling Third Day front man, Mac Powell, announced that he is hitting the road this spring with his new band Mac Powell and the Family Reunion. The group will make a stop in Clayton on Saturday, March 16, for an 8 PM show. Mac first introduced this new formation to […]