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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"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
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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.”
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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.
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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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#cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #workshops #bigread #nea #neabigread #neaarts @neaarts #sandracisneros #books #read #library #hocuttellingtonmemoriallibrary #claytonlibrary

"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.
🎭
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.
🎭
#cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #workshops #bigread #nea #neabigread #neaarts @neaarts #sandracisneros #books #read #library #hocuttellingtonmemoriallibrary #claytonlibrary

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 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.
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#cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #fallcleaning #happyfall #props #theaterprops #organizing #fakefood

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.
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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”).
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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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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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#cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #workshops #bigread #nea #neabigread #neaarts @neaarts #sandracisneros #books #read #library #hocuttellingtonmemoriallibrary #claytonlibrary @claytonlibrary

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.
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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”).
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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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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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#cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #workshops #bigread #nea #neabigread #neaarts @neaarts #sandracisneros #books #read #library #hocuttellingtonmemoriallibrary #claytonlibrary @claytonlibrary

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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#fbf photo: “Clue,” July 2021.
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#cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #workshops #bigread #nea #neabigread #neaarts @neaarts #sandracisneros #books #read #library #hocuttellingtonmemoriallibrary #claytonlibrary #fbf #flashbackfriday Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library

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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#fbf photo: “Clue,” July 2021.
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#cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #workshops #bigread #nea #neabigread #neaarts @neaarts #sandracisneros #books #read #library #hocuttellingtonmemoriallibrary #claytonlibrary #fbf #flashbackfriday 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!
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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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Go to our website at www.carolinayouththeatre.com for full details and to sign up.
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#cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #workshops #bigread #nea #neabigread #neaarts @neaarts #sandracisneros #books #read #library #literature #thehouseonmangostreet #hocuttellingtonmemoriallibrary #claytonlibrary @claytonlibrary @townofclaytonnc

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!
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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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Go to our website at www.carolinayouththeatre.com for full details and to sign up.
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#cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #workshops #bigread #nea #neabigread #neaarts @neaarts #sandracisneros #books #read #library #literature #thehouseonmangostreet #hocuttellingtonmemoriallibrary #claytonlibrary @claytonlibrary @townofclaytonnc

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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#cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #alumni #alumnus #alumnae #alum #curtaincall #finalbow #theater #theatre #getinvolved #signup

📷: “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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#fbf #flashbackfriday #cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #westsidestory #sharksandjets #ifeelpretty #thelittlemermaid #underthesea #summermusical #musical #theater #theatre

Throwing it back to 2017, when on this day we wrapped up performances of “Little Shop of Horrors.” This was an especiall...
08/05/2021

Throwing it back to 2017, when on this day we wrapped up performances of “Little Shop of Horrors.” This was an especially special summer musical for CYT, because it was the very first show we ever did, in 2007, so we wanted to revisit it in honor of our 10th anniversary. The off-kilter story about a meek floral shop assistant, Seymour, who befriends a carnivorous (and how!) plant offers lessons in fame and fortune, along with a rousing pop-rock score.
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We are fortunate to be able to look back now on 14 years of fulfilling our mission to teach young people about theater and showcase their talents, offer high-quality regional productions and foster an appreciation for the arts in general with our audiences and beyond.
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#tbt #cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #littleshopofhorrors #feedmeseymour

Our third and final (and sold out!) summer camp, Drama Detectives, is teaching young sleuths to solve "The Mystery of th...
07/28/2021

Our third and final (and sold out!) summer camp, Drama Detectives, is teaching young sleuths to solve "The Mystery of the Drama Camp Thief." While exploring clues and detective secrets, the rising 4th-through-6th-graders are learning this week about what makes drama so dramatic as they collaborate to solve riddles to catch the thief — while creating their own mysteries for fellow actors to solve. At the end of the camp, they’ll make a recorded reading of the play to share with families. Thanks to instructor Stephanie Benner for spearheading this camp, and to our other 2021 camp leaders, Jordan Biggers and Lexi Yauch, for helping us return to in-person education in connection with our just-staged summer play, “Clue.” Hats off to all!
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#cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #theatereducation #theaterclasses #summercamp #theatercamp #theatersummercamp #summertheatercamp #ClueOnStage @ClueOnStage @academymva #academyofmusicandvocalarts #whodunit

We had an amazing weekend presenting our summer play, and as a nonprofit, we couldn’t have done it without financial sup...
07/26/2021

We had an amazing weekend presenting our summer play, and as a nonprofit, we couldn’t have done it without financial support. Our gratitude list is long! The “Clue” cast and crew and the CYT family send a huge and hearty all-caps THANK YOU to these 2021 sustaining sponsors in the Producer’s Circle:
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🎭 A generous anonymous donor
🎭The Arbors at East Village
🎭Johnston Health
🎭Dr. Mike & Dawn Bagley
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Check out the online “Clue” playbill at our website, www.carolinayouththeatre.com. In addition to learning more about our young actors and the production team, you can scroll through to see and thank our wonderful sponsors and advertisers.
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Donations are always welcome, at any time and in any amount, so that we can keep doing what we do. Here is one simple way: Text Give2CYT to 44-321. We thank you!

We had an amazing weekend presenting our summer play, and as a nonprofit, we couldn’t have done it without financial support. Our gratitude list is long! The “Clue” cast and crew and the CYT family send a huge and hearty all-caps THANK YOU to these 2021 sustaining sponsors in the Producer’s Circle:
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🎭 A generous anonymous donor
🎭The Arbors at East Village
🎭Johnston Health
🎭Dr. Mike & Dawn Bagley
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Check out the online “Clue” playbill at our website, www.carolinayouththeatre.com. In addition to learning more about our young actors and the production team, you can scroll through to see and thank our wonderful sponsors and advertisers.
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Donations are always welcome, at any time and in any amount, so that we can keep doing what we do. Here is one simple way: Text Give2CYT to 44-321. We thank you!

“Clue” is a wrap! It was thrilling for us to be back onstage this past weekend in front of live audiences, and such full...
07/26/2021

“Clue” is a wrap! It was thrilling for us to be back onstage this past weekend in front of live audiences, and such full ones! We’ve really missed the energy of performing and hearing crowd responses — who doesn’t love to laugh, or hear laughter? — so we heartily thank you for your support of our three shows. There’s really nothing like the magic of live theater. Our students, crew, assistants, artists, volunteers and directors all worked really hard for the past few months to make it happen. We’re grateful for the loyal community support of Carolina Youth Theatre, for first-timers — and for the out-of-towners who dropped in to see the show. Thanks also to the crew at the Fletcher Theater in Raleigh for hosting us and helping to make the dream of getting back onstage this year a reality. Ovations all around!
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@ClueOnStage #ClueOnStage @DECraleigh #cyt #carolinayouththeatre #youththeatre #youththeater #acting #youthacting #theaterforkids #summerplay #whodunit #mystery #farce #comedy #fletchertheater #dukeenergycenter

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I just wanted to let everyone know that my latest book, CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES FOR YOUNG ACTORS 2, was released this year, and immediately spent 4 weeks on Amazon as the #1 New Theater Book for Children. It’s written specifically for actors and acting students ages 7-14, and for the teachers, directors and acting coaches who work with them. If you’re at all curious, two of the monologues are included in the Amazon book description (just click on “read more”). And, finally, if you’re not familiar with my work, this new book is part of my popular series of books for young actors, which includes Contemporary Monologues for Young Actors, Contemporary Scenes for Young Actors, and Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors. Hope you’ll give one or more a try! http://www.amazon.com/Contemp.../dp/1734001402/ref=sr_1_4...
The latest book in my young actor series, Pandemic Monologues for Young Actors, just hit #1 on Amazon as their #1 New Release in Children’s Nonfiction Performing Arts books. Throughout the collection, the many varied characters share their thoughts on everything from masks (they smell like bad breath) and missing the way things were, to social distancing and how to get even with the coronavirus. Take a look at a sample monologue on the page below. With gender neutral monologues ranging from humorous to heartfelt, it’s the perfect way for young actors to perform (online or in person) and process in today’s complicated world. https://www.amazon.com/Pandemic-Monologues-Young-Actors-High-Quality-ebook/dp/B08MCJXK7B/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3G29IARLYNZZ1&dchild=1&keywords=pan…
The crowd may be at home in front of the computer this year, but it will be enthusiastic -- as always -- for a fabulous CYT production! Join us on FB on Thursday at 7pm for a "CYT Sings!" watch party: https://www.facebook.com/theclaytoncenter/live
Hello Penguins! We are very excited to launch Thursday Night Bedtime Stories with Dr. Andy. Although Penguins don't usually hibernate, we have been forced in to a hibernation state. Let's all cuddle up together, join forces, and listen to our very own Emperor Penguin. Tune in to the Penguin Project page tomorrow night to at 8:30 PM EST, 7:30 PM CST for our first story. Can't wait to see Penguins from across the country unite. The Penguin Project We have a lot of exciting things planned for the next few weeks to keep our Penguins shaking their tail feathers, so be sure to check back so you don't miss anything. As always, Don't Stop Believin!
Excited to Attend the play "Our TOWN" tonight presented by CYT...
Quick question. Will there be rehearsal tonight. Johnston counties schools are canceling all afternoon and evening activities today due to potential bad weather. Thanks.
Congratulations!!
We came to see the show tonight and we thoroughly enjoyed it!! Amazing job by everyone!!
Spectacular performance tonight!
Who builds props and costumes for your shows? Do you have local teens do that as well?