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What is CYT?

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 5-18. Since its founding in 1981 in San Diego, California, CYT has grown to be the largest youth theater in the nation. There are seventeen branches across the country providing training to thousands of students a year.

CYT Tucson is a non-profit, 501c3 fine arts organization.

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Mission Statement

CYT is dedicated to developing character in children and adults through training in the arts and by producing wholesome family entertainment, all of which reflect Judeo-Christian values.

Values and Objectives

  • Placing the maximum worth on people and treating each individual with respect and significance
  • Developing character values in individuals including commitment, discipline, self-esteem, confidence and integrity
  • Supporting the family unit through the direct involvement of each family member’s talents, interests and abilities
  • Providing a quality product without compromising a wholesome environment
  • Being a godly role model, while promoting the awareness of a higher accountability

What does Tucson say about CYT ?

Letters to the Arizona Daily Star


Letters to the editor
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 04.07.2009

Christian Youth Theater is first-rate

My family and I were privileged to be invited to a performance of "Oliver" performed at (the University of Arizona's) Crowder Hall on March 21. The performance was put on by the Christian Youth Theater. The children who performed are all 18 and under. I have to say, I could not tell that the actors were children, and I could not tell that the children practiced less than 20 hours together. The acting was first-rate.
Having seen "Oliver" many times done by professionals and children, I must say that this group was the best I ever saw. I cannot wait until they put together another performance.

Mace Bravin


Your letters count
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 04.12.2009

Youth group learning leadership skills

Re: the April 7 letter "Christian Youth Theater is first-rate."
The letter writer couldn't have said it better. This group of children aged 8 to 18 learns cooperation and dependence on each other while putting together a play, learning wonderful values and life skills.
There is so much negative news about teens. I highly recommend you attend the next performance of Christian Youth Theater. They just finished a spectacular "Oliver" and recently "Narnia." The training these children receive will turn them into our next leaders. And these kids are just great.

Kathy Blicharz
Retired teacher, Tucson

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