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What is CYT?

CYT is an after school theater arts program training children in all aspects of the performing arts.
* After-school theater arts classes
* Musical theater productions
* School days performances for school field trips
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Our annual budget for CYT which includes costumes, sets, props, sound, lights, theater and classroom rental, teacher and artistic team stipends, curriculum writing and design, royalties and many other training and production costs. Only about 80% of the total comes from ticket sales, tuition and fees. Therefore we must raise more annually to ensure that all our productions and student programs are adequately funded.

CYT is looking to the leaders of today, who truly believe that funds invested in youth is an investment in our future, which goes to the heart of the CYT mission. Charitable support allows CYT to grow and enhance the quality of our training and productions while keeping tuition and ticket prices affordable.

Help Wanted

Staff Needs:

All staff positions are currently filled, but we are always looking to add more people to our waiting list for future sessions.


Paul & Sheryl Russell, both teachers at Christian High, began a community theater in the family garage. It was the summer of 1980 and the show was The Sound of Music. The purpose was to provide a vehicle for talented amateur performers from San Diego's local churches. All performances were held atop beautiful Mt. Helix in La Mesa. The sets were made from cardboard and the lighting was mounted on sawhorses which created scary shadows on the faces of the actors. But the audience enjoyed it anyway wanting more so an annual tradition began.

One year later, in 1981, the parents of this newly found organization Christian Community Theater (CCT) asked Paul and Sheryl to start an after-school theater arts program for their children. Paul and Sheryl with two small children and one on the way birthed another child, Christian Youth Theater (CYT). It began with 24 students producing the show; You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

CYT continued to grow in San Diego County, as parents wanted CYT closer to their neighborhood. Programs opened in Escondido in1986 and South County in 1987. Other areas soon followed and now CYT is located in 9 areas around San Diego and Temecula Valley with an annual participation of 4,000 students who take classes, participate in shows and attend summer theater camps.

Families from San Diego moved to Chicago, Illinois and Spokane, Washington.
Their desire to have CYT in their community motivated them to work towards having
CYT in their cities and thus the birth of CYT-USA took place in the Fall of 1997.

CYT-USA has now grown to be the largest children’s theater organization in America
with branches in 13 states and 31 programs.

Annually CYT-USA trains more than 10,000 young people ages 4-18.


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Wish List

Large warehouse
Rehearsal Rooms
Wireless mics
Digital Sound Board

2016 shows
2017 Shows
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