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Carolina Youth Theatre

Carolina Youth Theatre A community theatre focused on providing theatre arts education and performance opportunities to students across the greater Triangle area of North Carolina.

Carolina Youth Theatre (CYT) began in 2007, in Clayton, N.C., as Clayton Youth Theater. Over the years, CYT has grown significantly and earned a strong reputation for the quality and professionalism of our productions. Most importantly, we’ve touched the lives of hundreds of students and entertained thousands of patrons in our community. In light of this growth, we announced our new identity as Ca

Carolina Youth Theatre (CYT) began in 2007, in Clayton, N.C., as Clayton Youth Theater. Over the years, CYT has grown significantly and earned a strong reputation for the quality and professionalism of our productions. Most importantly, we’ve touched the lives of hundreds of students and entertained thousands of patrons in our community. In light of this growth, we announced our new identity as Ca

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It’s time for an extended intermission! CYT will be on a yearlong break beginning Nov. 1. Here is the full announcement ...
10/25/2021

It’s time for an extended intermission! CYT will be on a yearlong break beginning Nov. 1. Here is the full announcement from CYT Founder and Executive Director Nikki Dyke:
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Dear CYT Family & Friends,
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Since our founding in 2007, CYT has worked faithfully to fulfill our core mission of educating young people and showcasing their talents. After 14 years of continued service, it’s time for me to step back to discern CYT’s next act. As director, I will be taking a yearlong sabbatical effective Nov. 1, 2021, and CYT will not have any regular programming in 2022.
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During my tenure, CYT has staged 25 high-quality plays and musicals and launched dozens of theater camps and classes, serving hundreds of students and entertaining over 30,000 patrons. I am proud of these accomplishments and am grateful for the opportunity to help young people foster leadership and teamwork skills, confidence and creativity — qualities that will last them a lifetime.
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I am thankful for everyone who has made CYT’s mission a reality: our generous sponsors, supportive parents, devoted volunteers, performance venue crews, dedicated teachers, faithful patrons, and most importantly our talented students.
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I am looking forward to much needed rest and appreciate your support of this extended intermission. Look for an update on our plans in late 2022.
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Sincerely,
Nikki Colvin Dyke
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That’s a wrap for our fall workshops! On Saturday we held our Big Read session for 3rd-through-5th-graders, the second o...
10/12/2021

That’s a wrap for our fall workshops! On Saturday we held our Big Read session for 3rd-through-5th-graders, the second of two free and in-person offerings themed around “The House on Mango Street,” Sandra Cisneros’s book about a young Latina girl in Chicago. Thanks to theater artist Dylan Bailey for helping both groups act out scenes from the book, which is the focal point for the Clayton library’s Big Read project. Thanks also to the Clayton Center for hosting us. We love it when community groups come together!
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The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is the only public library in North Carolina to receive a grant this year to host an NEA Big Read project. Check out upcoming Big Read events at the library’s website at www.townofclaytonnc.org.
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Our first fall workshop was a great success last weekend, and we’re looking forward to the second one this Saturday! Bot...
10/07/2021

Our first fall workshop was a great success last weekend, and we’re looking forward to the second one this Saturday! Both (free!) are themed around “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros, the focus of the Clayton library’s Big Read project. In the workshops, led by Raleigh-based theater artist Dylan Bailey, students act out vignettes from the book, which is told from the point of view of a young girl. It’s a perfect text for our students, and for theater workshops. We’re so glad to have been able to offer this project to the community in our ongoing relationship with the library.
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Photos: Scenes from the workshop Oct. 2 at the Clayton Center for 7th-through-10th-graders.
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The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is the only public library in North Carolina to receive a grant this year to host an NEA Big Read project. Check out upcoming Big Read events at the library’s website at www.townofclaytonnc.org.
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We’re so glad we live in an October world, too, because it means the first of our two FREE fall workshops is tomorrow (i...
10/01/2021

We’re so glad we live in an October world, too, because it means the first of our two FREE fall workshops is tomorrow (it’s full!), and today is the deadline to register for the Oct. 9 workshop. Both are themed around the book “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros, the focus of the Clayton library’s Big Read project. Register at our website, www.carolinayouththeatre.com.
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“The House on Mango Street” free workshop:
Grades 3-5
Saturday, Oct. 9, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Clayton Center
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The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is the only public library in North Carolina to receive a grant this year to host an NEA Big Read project.
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Graphic: “Anne of Green Gables,” CYT’s 2018 winter play.
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"What we have in common is our sense that art should serve our communities." ~ Sandra Cisneros🎭We can so relate to this ...
09/27/2021

"What we have in common is our sense that art should serve our communities." ~ Sandra Cisneros
🎭
We can so relate to this idea by the author of “The House on Mango Street,” the book that is the focus of the Clayton library’s just-launched Big Read project. One of CYT’s core missions is to educate our community about theater arts, and one of the many ways we do that is through youth workshops. We are thrilled to be partnering with the library to offer two FREE, in-person workshops based on “The House on Mango Street.”
🎭
The Oct. 2 session is full, but we have room in the Oct. 9 session for grades 3-5. Registration closes this Friday, Oct. 1, so register asap at our website, www.carolinayouththeatre.com. The workshops will be held at the Clayton Center.
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“The House on Mango Street” free workshops:
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FULL, registration closed: Grades 7-10
Saturday, Oct. 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
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Spaces available: Grades 3-5
Saturday, Oct. 9, 10-11:30 a.m.
🎭
The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is the only public library in North Carolina to receive a grant this year to host an NEA Big Read project.
🎭

Why wait for spring cleaning? This week, we’ve been sorting through props and furniture from years’ worth of shows — reo...
09/22/2021

Why wait for spring cleaning? This week, we’ve been sorting through props and furniture from years’ worth of shows — reorganizing what we want to keep for easier access, and purging what we no longer need. CYT Director Nikki Dyke is even creating a photo library to help us remember what we have in stock for future shows, which is no small feat after cataloging more than 30 bins of stuff and many larger pieces. Here’s a fun game: See if you can match items in the photos with their shows.
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Did you receive our latest email? It’s all about CYT’s two FREE upcoming workshops, which are open for registration! We’...
09/14/2021

Did you receive our latest email? It’s all about CYT’s two FREE upcoming workshops, which are open for registration! We’re partnering with the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library in downtown Clayton for our in-person fall sessions, which will be based on the book the library chose for its Big Read project, “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros.
📖
The workshops will be at the Clayton Center. Space is limited, so register asap at our website, www.carolinayouththeatre.com, where you can also join our mailing list (under “Contact Us”).
📖
“The House on Mango Street” workshops:
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Grades 7-10
Saturday, Oct. 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
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Grades 3-5
Saturday, Oct. 9, 10-11:30 a.m.
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The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is the only public library in North Carolina to receive a grant this year to host an NEA Big Read project.
📖

Have you heard? CYT’s two FREE fall workshops are open for registration! In conjunction with the Clayton library, we’re ...
09/10/2021

Have you heard? CYT’s two FREE fall workshops are open for registration! In conjunction with the Clayton library, we’re shaping our fall offerings around the book the library chose for its Big Read project, “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros. The Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is the only public library in North Carolina to receive a Big Read grant this year from the National Endowment for the Arts. We’re excited to craft theater workshops based on this enduring coming-of-age story, which is told in vignettes from the point of view of a girl growing up in a Latino Chicago neighborhood.
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The workshops will be held at the Clayton Center. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible at our website, www.carolinayouththeatre.com.
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“The House on Mango Street” workshops:
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Grades 7-10
Saturday, Oct. 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
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Grades 3-5
Saturday, Oct. 9, 10-11:30 a.m.
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photo: “Clue,” July 2021.
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Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library

We have BIG news to share: Registration is open for our two FREE fall workshops! CYT is pairing with the Hocutt-Ellingto...
09/08/2021

We have BIG news to share: Registration is open for our two FREE fall workshops! CYT is pairing with the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library in downtown Clayton for The Big Read: Clayton. The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joys of sharing a good book. The Clayton library — the only public library in North Carolina to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project this year — chose the poignant coming-of-age story “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros as the focus book. We’re offering two FREE workshops based on the book in October, to be led by Dylan Bailey at the Clayton Center. Space is limited, so register now!
📖
“The House on Mango Street” workshops:
📖
Grades 7-10
Saturday, Oct. 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
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Grades 3-5
Saturday, Oct. 9, 10-11:30 a.m.
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Go to our website at www.carolinayouththeatre.com for full details and to sign up.
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Calling all CYT alumni! After our students take their final bows and either move on or age out as high school graduates,...
08/10/2021

Calling all CYT alumni! After our students take their final bows and either move on or age out as high school graduates, they join our ever-growing family of former participants — but being a “former” cast or crew member doesn’t have to mean that participation in CYT comes to an end. On the contrary! Did you know that we now have an alumni engagement director?
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Tyler Ellis, a veteran of 12 CYT shows from 2013-19, joined our board this year to help keep our network of more than 200 alumni informed, connected and engaged with our programming. If you are also a CYT veteran and would like to learn how you can help continue to support our mission, reach out to Tyler via our website, where you can email him and sign up for the alumni newsletter. Also check out a cool video with testimonials from several alumni. CYT clearly has a lasting impact beyond the last curtain calls!
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www.carolinayouththeatre.com/alumni.html
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📷: “Our Town,” 2020

Flashing back to two versions of Aug. 6, when two of our summer musicals wrapped up — “The Little Mermaid” in 2016, and ...
08/06/2021

Flashing back to two versions of Aug. 6, when two of our summer musicals wrapped up — “The Little Mermaid” in 2016, and “West Side Story” in 2011. At least on the surface (and perhaps apart from any corny jokes about sharks), could there be two more disparate shows?! And yet, like any play or musical, they show the potential for the range of stories about the real or imagined human (or marine) experience. One doesn’t have a very happy ending, but both are ultimately about love.
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Our plans for staging a musical for the past two summers have had to be reimagined, in 2020 into the successful and heartfelt hybrid benefit concert CYT Sings!, and this year into the in-person (yay!) “Clue.” One of the many reasons we love to share theater with young people is that it teaches skills for life, including the ability to adhere to a plan with discipline but pivot when plot twists arise, scripted or otherwise.
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What are your memories of these two fantastic shows? Share in the comments.
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It’s time for an extended intermission! CYT will be on a yearlong break beginning Nov. 1. Here is the full announcement from CYT Founder and Executive Director Nikki D**e:
🎭
Dear CYT Family & Friends,
🎭
Since our founding in 2007, CYT has worked faithfully to fulfill our core mission of educating young people and showcasing their talents. After 14 years of continued service, it’s time for me to step back to discern CYT’s next act. As director, I will be taking a yearlong sabbatical effective Nov. 1, 2021, and CYT will not have any regular programming in 2022.
🎭
During my tenure, CYT has staged 25 high-quality plays and musicals and launched dozens of theater camps and classes, serving hundreds of students and entertaining over 30,000 patrons. I am proud of these accomplishments and am grateful for the opportunity to help young people foster leadership and teamwork skills, confidence and creativity — qualities that will last them a lifetime.
🎭
I am thankful for everyone who has made CYT’s mission a reality: our generous sponsors, supportive parents, devoted volunteers, performance venue crews, dedicated teachers, faithful patrons, and most importantly our talented students.
🎭
I am looking forward to much needed rest and appreciate your support of this extended intermission. Look for an update on our plans in late 2022.
🎭
Sincerely,
Nikki Colvin D**e
🎭
That’s a wrap for our fall workshops! On Saturday we held our Big Read session for 3rd-through-5th-graders, the second of two free and in-person offerings themed around “The House on Mango Street,” Sandra Cisneros’s book about a young Latina girl in Chicago. Thanks to theater artist Dylan Bailey for helping both groups act out scenes from the book, which is the focal point for the Clayton library’s Big Read project. Thanks also to the Clayton Center for hosting us. We love it when community groups come together!
📚
The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is the only public library in North Carolina to receive a grant this year to host an NEA Big Read project. Check out upcoming Big Read events at the library’s website at www.townofclaytonnc.org.
📚
Our first fall workshop was a great success last weekend, and we’re looking forward to the second one this Saturday! Both (free!) are themed around “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros, the focus of the Clayton library’s Big Read project. In the workshops, led by Raleigh-based theater artist Dylan Bailey, students act out vignettes from the book, which is told from the point of view of a young girl. It’s a perfect text for our students, and for theater workshops. We’re so glad to have been able to offer this project to the community in our ongoing relationship with the library.
📕
Photos: Scenes from the workshop Oct. 2 at the Clayton Center for 7th-through-10th-graders.
📕
The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is the only public library in North Carolina to receive a grant this year to host an NEA Big Read project. Check out upcoming Big Read events at the library’s website at www.townofclaytonnc.org.
📕
We’re so glad we live in an October world, too, because it means the first of our two FREE fall workshops is tomorrow (it’s full!), and today is the deadline to register for the Oct. 9 workshop. Both are themed around the book “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros, the focus of the Clayton library’s Big Read project. Register at our website, www.carolinayouththeatre.com.
🍁
“The House on Mango Street” free workshop:
Grades 3-5
Saturday, Oct. 9, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Clayton Center
🍁
The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is the only public library in North Carolina to receive a grant this year to host an NEA Big Read project.
🍁
Graphic: “Anne of Green Gables,” CYT’s 2018 winter play.
🍁
"What we have in common is our sense that art should serve our communities." ~ Sandra Cisneros
🎭
We can so relate to this idea by the author of “The House on Mango Street,” the book that is the focus of the Clayton library’s just-launched Big Read project. One of CYT’s core missions is to educate our community about theater arts, and one of the many ways we do that is through youth workshops. We are thrilled to be partnering with the library to offer two FREE, in-person workshops based on “The House on Mango Street.”
🎭
The Oct. 2 session is full, but we have room in the Oct. 9 session for grades 3-5. Registration closes this Friday, Oct. 1, so register asap at our website, www.carolinayouththeatre.com. The workshops will be held at the Clayton Center.
🎭
“The House on Mango Street” free workshops:
🎭
FULL, registration closed: Grades 7-10
Saturday, Oct. 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
🎭
Spaces available: Grades 3-5
Saturday, Oct. 9, 10-11:30 a.m.
🎭
The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is the only public library in North Carolina to receive a grant this year to host an NEA Big Read project.
🎭
Why wait for spring cleaning? This week, we’ve been sorting through props and furniture from years’ worth of shows — reorganizing what we want to keep for easier access, and purging what we no longer need. CYT Director Nikki D**e is even creating a photo library to help us remember what we have in stock for future shows, which is no small feat after cataloging more than 30 bins of stuff and many larger pieces. Here’s a fun game: See if you can match items in the photos with their shows.
🎭
Did you receive our latest email? It’s all about CYT’s two FREE upcoming workshops, which are open for registration! We’re partnering with the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library in downtown Clayton for our in-person fall sessions, which will be based on the book the library chose for its Big Read project, “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros.
📖
The workshops will be at the Clayton Center. Space is limited, so register asap at our website, www.carolinayouththeatre.com, where you can also join our mailing list (under “Contact Us”).
📖
“The House on Mango Street” workshops:
📖
Grades 7-10
Saturday, Oct. 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
📖
Grades 3-5
Saturday, Oct. 9, 10-11:30 a.m.
📖
The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is the only public library in North Carolina to receive a grant this year to host an NEA Big Read project.
📖
Have you heard? CYT’s two FREE fall workshops are open for registration! In conjunction with the Clayton library, we’re shaping our fall offerings around the book the library chose for its Big Read project, “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros. The Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is the only public library in North Carolina to receive a Big Read grant this year from the National Endowment for the Arts. We’re excited to craft theater workshops based on this enduring coming-of-age story, which is told in vignettes from the point of view of a girl growing up in a Latino Chicago neighborhood.
📖
The workshops will be held at the Clayton Center. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible at our website, www.carolinayouththeatre.com.
📖
“The House on Mango Street” workshops:
📖
Grades 7-10
Saturday, Oct. 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
📖
Grades 3-5
Saturday, Oct. 9, 10-11:30 a.m.
📖
photo: “Clue,” July 2021.
📖
Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library
We have BIG news to share: Registration is open for our two FREE fall workshops! CYT is pairing with the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library in downtown Clayton for The Big Read: Clayton. The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joys of sharing a good book. The Clayton library — the only public library in North Carolina to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project this year — chose the poignant coming-of-age story “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros as the focus book. We’re offering two FREE workshops based on the book in October, to be led by Dylan Bailey at the Clayton Center. Space is limited, so register now!
📖
“The House on Mango Street” workshops:
📖
Grades 7-10
Saturday, Oct. 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
📖
Grades 3-5
Saturday, Oct. 9, 10-11:30 a.m.
📖
Go to our website at www.carolinayouththeatre.com for full details and to sign up.
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