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Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4-18. Since its founding in 1980, CYT has grown to be the largest youth theater program in the nation, with branches across the country training thousands of students a year.
CYT was brought to Santa Cruz in 2010. Each Branch’s yearly calendar is made up of three ten-week sessions: Fall, Winter,and Spring. These session involves after-school classes in theater arts and the opportunity to audition and perform in a Broadway-style musical or work behind-the-scenes. Additionally, CYT offers a Summer session consisting of camps, workshops, and performance opportunities.
CYT stands in the forefront in its commitment to the highest ethical, moral, technical, and artistic standards of excellence. Instructors are professionals, qualified in teaching and/or performing, who understand our mission statement, values, objectives, and goals.
Ever want to watch shows from the early days of CYT Santa Cruz? See some of our current members and alumni as young performers? You are in luck!
The CYT Santa Cruz "Legacy Pack" is now available with access to many of the shows from our first decade. Initially, we are making available the shows listed below, and we hope to add additional shows over time. Enjoy!
2011 Fall – Showcase
2011 Spring - Aladdin
2014 Spring - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2014 Fall - Annie
2015 Winter - Beauty and the Beast
2015 Summer - Shrek
2016 Winter - The Little Mermaid
2016 Spring - Bridge to Terabithia - Dandelion Cast
2016 Spring - Bridge to Terabithia - Twinkie Cast
2017 Winter - Peter Pan
2017 Spring - Honk, Jr.
2017 Summer - Camp Luau
2017 Summer - Aladdin Camp
2017 Summer - Godspell
2017 Fall - Christmas Carol
2018 Winter - Alice in Wonderland – Cheshire Cast
2018 Winter - Alice in Wonderland – Tweedleteen Cast
2018 Spring - Adventures of Tom Sawyer
2018 Summer - Greatest Show - Week 1
2018 Summer - Greatest Show - Week 2
2018 Summer - Greatest Show - Week 3
2018 Fall - James and the Giant Peach
2019 Spring - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
2019 Winter - Into the Woods
2019 Winter - Lion King
2019 Fall - Seussical
2020 Winter - Cinderella
The Beauty and the Beast added!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame added!
2018 Summer - The Greatest Show - Week 1 added!
2018 Summer - The Greatest Show - Week 2 added!
2018 Winter - Alice in Wonderland – Tweedleteen Cast added!
2017 Fall - Christmas Carol added!
2017 Summer - Camp Luau added!
2011 Fall – Showcase added!
2017 Summer - Godspell added!
2014 Spring – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat added!
2015 Summer – Shrek added!
2016 Spring – Bridge to Terabithia – Twinkie Cast added!
2016 Spring – Bridge to Terabithia – Dandelion Cast added!