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About CYT
CYT is a premier youth theater organization dedicated to producing high-quality theater performances. CYT offers audiences the chance to enjoy exceptional live theater productions featuring talented young performers in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Historical Overview

  • Foundation: Established in 1981 in San Diego, CYT was founded by Paul and Sheryl Russell with a vision to create a wholesome and enriching environment for young people to explore the performing arts. CYT has since grown to become the largest youth theater program in the nation, with numerous branches across the country.

Key Features and Productions

  • Mainstage Productions: Each CYT branch produces multiple full-scale musicals and plays each year. These productions feature talented young actors, singers, and dancers performing popular Broadway shows, classic plays, and original works. Audiences can enjoy a wide variety of genres, from heartfelt dramas to lively comedies and spectacular musicals.
  • High-Quality Performances: CYT productions are known for their high production values, including professional-quality sets, costumes, lighting, and sound. Each show is carefully directed and choreographed to showcase the talents of the young cast and provide an entertaining and memorable experience for the audience.
  • Diverse Show Selection: CYT offers a diverse lineup of shows each season, ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy. 
  • Family-Friendly Entertainment: All CYT performances are family-friendly, making them perfect for audiences of all ages. The shows are designed to be enjoyed by children, parents, and grandparents alike, creating a shared experience that fosters community and togetherness.

Visiting Tips for Audiences

  • Get Tickets Early: CYT performances are popular and often sell out quickly. Reserve your tickets in advance to ensure you have the best seats available.
  • Check the Schedule: Plan ahead to attend your desired performances.
  • Arrive Early: Arrive early to find parking, collect your tickets, and get settled in your seats before the show begins. This will enhance your overall theater experience.
  • Bring the Family: CYT shows are designed to be enjoyed by the whole family. Bring children, parents, and grandparents to share in the magic of live theater.
  • Support Local Talent: Applaud and encourage the young performers who have dedicated their time and effort to bring these productions to life. Your support helps nurture their passion for the arts.


By attending CYT performances, audiences can enjoy exceptional live theater productions that showcase the talents of young performers in a family-friendly environment. CYT offers a dynamic and engaging theater experience that brings communities together and inspires a lifelong love of the performing arts.


Shows are 2+ hours with intermisson.

While this is suitable for all ages, it is recommended for children aged 5 and up due to the length of the shows.


Educator Package: Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization, direct experiential opportunities to help better connect the experience with your students and complimentary chaperone ticket. Does not include student ticket.


Student Package: Includes engaging pre and post educational visit activities, trip organization and student ticket.

CYT Show Performances

PriceFrom $34.00
  • Please use the information on this page (package type, venue name, price, etc.) to submit an order request with your school. Once your order is approved, your school will forward the request to us. We will then reach out to you with instructions on how to finalize your trip details and access accompanying resources. Once finalized, you will receive your e-tickets and any additional materials directly to your inbox within 1-3 business days. If you don't see our email(s), please check your spam folder prior to contacting us.


    To ensure a smooth process, it is generally recommended to submit your order with your school AT LEAST 10 business days prior to your trip date, unless you are booking a venue that requires more advanced planning. *Please be mindful of your school's processing times and plan accordingly.

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