Romeo and Juliet LIVE from the Underworld is a Clark Youth Theatre musical featuring original compositions and a fresh look at Shakespeare’s immortal play. Directed by Erin Scarberry, with musical direction by John Cruncleton III and stage management by Melissa Sparks, this live musical version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be the opening production of Clark Youth Theatre’s 2016-2017 Season.
Rating: TEEN (T) Suitable for audiences ages 13-up. Romeo & Juliet LIVE uses Shakespeare’s classic text and receives a T rating for themes of teen suicide.
Performances: Sept. 22-25, Sept. 29-Oct. 2nd, 2016
Auditions: Saturday, May 28 at 3pm
Every theater has a ghost, and we want you to meet ours! Come experience Clark Youth Theatre’s ghostly haunting, if you dare, and learn what happens when the lights go out and the stage goes black! Clark in the Dark is a one-of-a-kind, theatrical Haunted House experience created for kids, by kids.
Rating: ALL AGES (A). We do not recommend Haunted House visitors under the age of 8.
Performances: October 27-30, 2016
Auditions: Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3pm
The Herdmans never go to church. So how did they end up with the lead roles in the Christmas play? Chance, intimidation, and maybe a little Christmas magic help bring the Herdmans, as well as the rest of the town, to a new understanding of the holiday season. Don’t miss this Clark Youth Theatre tradition, 38 years strong!
Rating: ALL AGES (A)
Performances: Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 2016
Auditions: Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3pm
January 20-February 26, 2017
Festival Auditions: Saturday, Oct. 15 at 3pm
Clark Youth Theatre presents the first Conservatory Festival. All eligible Conservatory members will participate in the Festival as actors and production assistants in directing, stage management and design. Please visit the Conservatory page for more information regarding audition eligibility.
CYT Conservatory opens the Festival with Neil Simon’s famous comedy! At a large, tastefully appointed townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce.
Rating: ALL AGES (A), with some adult themes: divorce/marital discord and alcohol use.
Performances: Jan 20-22, 27-29, 2017
The Diamond siblings use the only resources they have, the dramatic role-play of their imaginations, to cope with the abusive Dragon Queen – their mother. Play Nice! is a mystery in which Isabel, Luce and Matilda embark on a journey within themselves to discover who poisoned her.
Rating: OLDER TEEN (OT). The play contains themes of abuse and minor language.
Performances: February 3-5, 2017
One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together.
Rating: TEEN (T). The main characters navigate themes of illness and death.
Performances: February 10-12, 2017
All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. The Complete Works…Abridged closes the 2017 Conservatory Festival.
Rating: TEEN (T). Contains language and some violence (the play covers Titus Andronicus, after all).
Performances: February 17-19, 24-26
Written by a former Broken Arrow teacher and artist, this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale delivers laughs and adventure. A delightful mix of adventure and whimsy, the show is perfect for children of all ages.
Rating: ALL AGES (A)
Performances: April 21-23, 28-30
Auditions: January 28, 2017 at 3pm
The Penguin Project returns to Clark Youth Theatre with The Little Mermaid Jr. This year Clark has teamed up with Cascia Hall Preparatory School to host the weekend of performances. Enjoy this classic Disney tale performed by our very own Penguin Artist and Mentors.
Rating: ALL AGES (A)
Performances: February 24-26, 2017 at Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center
November 17-19th, December 16th, March 23-25th, March 30-April 1st, & May 4-6th
All Shows at 7:30pm
Clark Youth Theatre expands the improvisation troupes this season! Join us for evenings full of laughter featuring our Pre-teen, Teen and Conservatory troupes as they present high energy, hilarious unscripted theatre. Fun for the whole family!
November 20, March 26, April 2nd, and May 7th
All Shows at 2pm
Clark Youth Theatre is excited to offer theatre for Young Audiences through our new program, The Storybook Series. Introduce your child to live performance as they watch their favorite books come to life on our stage!
Clark Youth Theatre serves students ages 8-18. The 2016-17 season will have expanded programming to suit the varying needs of our students as they age through our program. We have created the CYT Rating System in order to provide our parents, guardians and patrons with as much information as possible about the content of plays. Ultimately, opinions about the appropriateness of content is subjective and is likely to vary from person to person.
The rating system is structured in two tiers: age ratings (A, T, OT) and content indicators (language, violence and themes). Age ratings indicate a maturity threshold below which some parents or guardians may find the content unsuitable.
Content indicators provide insight as to the material within the play that prompted a particular age rating. If the play contains language (L), violence (V), or themes (S) that a parent may deem unsuitable, the rating notes for each production will provide details.
ALL AGES (A) = material has been deemed unlikely to be found inappropriate by any particular age group.
TEEN (T) = content within play may be considered inappropriate by some parents or guardians for children under the age of 13.
OLDER TEEN (OT) = contains material some parents or guardians may consider inappropriate for children under the age of 16.