Welcome to Classic Youth Theatre, Inc.
a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation
(EIN# 38-3714667)

Dear Potential Sponsor,

Socrates said, "The unexamined life is the life not worth living." This is the destiny of the theater, to examine human life. So I ask you, what contemporary adolescent cannot benefit from the examination of human character? This is the purpose and philosophy of Classic Youth Theatre, Inc. With school budgets being slashed and more and more of America's youth floundering to find their place in society, we seek to provide a sanctuary of intellectual debate, a place of contemplation, a place of expression, a place of discovery.

Perhaps by studying the broken character of Stanley Kowalski, the tender confidence of Elwood P. Dowd or the heroic selflessness of Cyrano de Bergerac, we will be able to shape a youth's mind into one of intellectual power. In our town there are no free theatrical experiences for children except through the schools; and even those are limited. Even the bought and paid for productions are largely musicals.

Please, would you help our community by supporting a classic theatrical experience? We would like to offer you the opportunity to be a lead sponsor (anonymously or openly) by underwriting our current production ($3000).

Give often and please give generously. Your donation is tax-deductible, and you will definitely be taking a proactive role in helping to mold the minds of tomorrow. Offer our children an alternative to playing video games, watching too much television, and idling way their time with empty noise.


Loralie McGill
Production Director/Founder

Mission Statement
Providing a classic theatrical experience for the enrichment of North County youth at no cost to the participating production team.

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Classic Youth Theatre- Closing‏

August 31st, 2011

Dear Supporters of Classic Youth Theatre,

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the closing of Classic Youth Theatre. We did our best to launch the program in its new space, but I’m afraid the funds needed to keep it going just haven’t been generated. There is a small core of very devoted individuals, whose service to the theater has been instrumental in keeping it alive all these years. You are my heroes. Without you- nothing could have been accomplished. I will be storing the bulk of the theater’s more valuable accessories here in the house for about a year in the chance that free space becomes available.

Thank you for your support


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Introducing The Black Zebra 101 Summer Benefit Series

June 7th, 2011

We have some exciting news for Summer 2011! Classic Youth Theatre, Inc. is hosting a spectacular series of events to raise funds and awareness about our tuition-free children’s theater program. The children’s program itself will be dark until the new fall season, and we hope you’ll check back later for more details. In the meantime, please come to The Black Zebra 101 (home of Classic Youth Theatre, Inc.) and enjoy a concert or play to benefit our youth program.

For tickets to all performances, please call (858)794-9447.

Here is our schedule of benefit events during the month of June:

June 10th and 11th

Stogie Kenyatta: “The World is My Home – The Life of Paul Robeson”

“Using Theater as a vehicle for Social change.

Stogie Kenyatta brings a unique interpretation to the stage, where he
majestically captures the essence of Paul Robeson. Portraying 10 characters,
he chronologically takes us through the life of history’s first Black
Renaissance man & one of America’s most complex, brilliant citizens.

Magnificently performed without intermission, with props, several wardrobe
changes & an inspiring finger-snapping Jazz, Bebop, Gospel, Big band
soundtrack. The play opens as Robeson’s father, a 15-year-old runaway slave,
rides the Underground Railroad to freedom. As laugh-out-loud funny &
entertaining as it is educational.”

Tickets $15 in advance; $20 at the door; $5 children

8:00 p.m. curtain

June 17th

Todd Day Wait

“Stories of folk, raw feelin’ blues, simple country, everything gospel,
kickin’ rock, being yourself through reggae, the realness of jam, a
different look through psychedelic and body-movin’ music through Memphis
soul and New Orleans funk. Look inside yourself, you will find everything you
need to know.”

Tickets $8 in advance; $10 at the door

Todd goes on at 8:00 p.m.

June 18th

The Art of Silent War + Guests

“The Art of Silent War formed in San Diego when guitarist Danny Ortega and
singer/songwriter Stephanie Nesbitt decided they wanted a music project that
allowed them to be creative and put together a driving force of songs that
were catchy, fun, and ready for the radio.

With a mixed sound that could relate to bands such as Paramore and artists
such as Eisley, The Art of Silent War is all about the creative force behind
music and how to gently walk that fine line between expression and
marketability. They’re talented at their craft, well versed in music, and
have a passion that shows in their stage performances.”

Joined by artists who will have their artwork for sale at the event:

Ahmet Ustunel

Carey Soghomonian

Gabriel Trujillo

Jeremy Merrill

Tickets $8 in advance; $10 at the door

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

June 25th

Prairie Tenor String Band

“Raw, honest, and from the gut, the Prairie Tenor String Band is an echo of a
time before the mass commercialization of music, when music was not in the
hands of corporate executives, but in the hearts of common people. With a
repertoire of old-time favorites, folk melodies, and working-class anthems,
this string band is sure to get your spirits high and your feet on the floor.”

Tickets $7

Band goes on at 8:00 p.m.

Directions to The Black Zebra 101 (home of Classic Youth Theatre):

Take Lomas Santa Fe off the 5 and go west

Go left on the 101

We’re halfway down the block behind Beachy Toes and The UPS Store

(Look for the CVS on the right; we’re just north of the CVS)

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Holiday Show 2010!!

November 30th, 2010

Get in the Holiday Spirit! Come attend Classic Youth Theatre’s Holiday Show 2010!

There will also be a performance at the Theatre, 263 S. HWY 101, Solana Beach, at 7 pm on Friday December 17th.

We will be doing a matinée performance at the Elks Lodge in Cardiff, 1393 Windsor Drive, at 2pm on Sunday December 12th.

Our show will include…

Adriana singing Mary’s Song by Taylor Swift
Adventure for Santa – An original skit by Leah McManus and Emmy Harrah
Cassi Mack Sings Christmas Carols
The Mack Boys singing Australian Jingle Bells
Gaetano Irrera singing Doofenshmertz
Brian & Loralie doing Scenes from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

And Featuring…

Jeremy Price and his Blues Guitar

Please join us for this special community event! Even if you can’t attend the show, just buying a ticket helps to support the Theatre!

Thanks in advance for your support!

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October 21st, Barnes & Noble Book Fair

October 19th, 2010

Just a reminder to everyone…

The Barnes & Noble Book Fair is on Thursday!

Performing Selected Scenes from our upcoming production of The Strange Case of  Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

When: Thursday October 21st, 6-8pm

Where: Barnes & Noble, 1040 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA

Please join us for this important Fund Raiser! The Theatre receives 20% on all  sales when “Classic Youth Theatre” is mentioned at checkout from 9 am to 10pm.

If you can’t come to the Book Fair, you can still support the Theatre by shopping online from 10/21 – 10/26 by visiting www.bn.com/bookfairs and entering 10325868 at checkout.

Thanks for your support!

This Program is sponsored in part by:

The City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation

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October 1st, 2010

The Classic Youth Theatre, Inc. Gallery and Boutique is holding its Grand Opening on October 2, 2010!! The event is from 10 AM to 5 PM.  There will be art, food, classes, face-painting, balloons, friends, family, artists, actors, and much more.  Plus you will get a sneak peak at our upcoming production of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Our new space is located at 263 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075.  Please note our new phone number is 858.794.9447.

The entire community is welcome and to tell you a bit more about this incredible endeavor…

Classic Youth Theatre, Inc. (CYTI) is opening an arts studio and performance arts space for its tuition-free youth theatre company and the community.  Art classes, workshops for sewing, acting, and paper mache, and CYTI rehearsals will all be held in the space.  Art from local artists will also be showcased in the studio and will be available for retail sale. This Grand Opening/ community fund raiser is a long time in the making for CYTI. The program has survived for years mostly on donated rehearsal space and this is a huge step in growing the program.  Please stop by for some treats and trinkets. The actors will be on hand to tell you about their upcoming show, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!

Artist Loralie McGill will be doing a FREE paper mache workshop at 11 am.  Artist Cassi Mack will be doing a FREE drawing lesson at 12 pm.  Open rehearsal! See the children work on the upcoming production of Jekyll and Hyde from 1-3 pm. Rachel Dovsky will be singing at 3 pm, a real treat you don’t want to miss!  Yes, there will face painting for children, balloons, and food available.
Our Grand Opening will also have on display and for sale the artwork of local artists.  Some of the artists with work on display include Susan Gumm (Painter), Norm Daniels (Painter), Wendy Starling (Painter/Poet), Connie Govier (Glass Artist), Cindy Mcquade Blown (Glass Artist), Katie Rose Murphy (Artist/Poet), Loraine Inglis (Bead Weaver), and more….

We hope to see you there!  Thank you!

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Importance of Being Earnest Auditions and Workshop!

January 6th, 2010

The Importance of Being Earnest is a comic play by Oscar Wilde. Set in England during the late Victorian era, the play’s humor derives in part from characters maintaining fictitious identities to escape unwelcome social obligations. It is replete with witty dialogue and satirizes some of the foibles and hypocrisy of late Victorian society. It has proved Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.

Classic Youth Theatre will be holding a 5 day Directors Workshop: Cost $85

You do not have to take the workshop in order to audition. There are no audition requirements. Youths wishing to audition (ages 8-18) will be asked to do a cold reading from the play. There is no cost to participate in the production.

To sign up for the workshop call Loralie at 760-632-9447 or pay for the workshop through PayPal at www.classicyouththeatre.org

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The theatre has a new home!

October 2nd, 2009

We would like to thank our sponsor, Innovative Body Science, for opening their doors to us so we can continue to provide something special for these kids.


You can check out their website at www.innovativebodyscience.com

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Classic Youth Theatre is to be awarded $1100!

July 9th, 2009

Classic Youth Theatre gives a big thanks to the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation for granting us a generous $1100, giving us the opportunity to bring our highly anticipated Dracula performance into the community of Encinitas. We would also like to give a thanks to all those parents and our sponsors who had greatly supported our last show, Saint Joan. It was our biggest show yet, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of Encinitas’s community. Thank you.

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The following have been cast as. . .

April 21st, 2009

“Saint Joan”

Delaney Hulshof as Joan.
Lucas Vilicich as Charlie.
Megan McEldowney as Dunois, D’estivet.
Dalton Woods as The Inquisitor, Robert, Blue Beard.
Kaden Strong as The Archbishop.
Bryce Ayers as Polly.
Steven Dominguez as Executioner.
Gabrielle Garruto as Ladvenu.
Gaetano Irrera as Gentleman, Page Inquisition, Page River, Page Court, and Steward.
Taylor Gates as Courcelles.
Kara Gates as The Soldier.
Kevyn Mesa as Lattire.
Chloe Sherman as the Chaplin (de Stogumber).
Alondra Diaz as Cauchon.
Alexander Keyon as Warwick.
Jordan Clark as La Tremouille.
Vanessa Lee as The Duchess.

Assistant Directors
Dalton Woods
Vanessa Lee
Brenda Diaz

Dalton Woods
Vanessa Lee
Kevyn Mesa
Gaetano Irrera
Brenda Diaz

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We still need four actors for “Saint Joan.”

April 20th, 2009
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(We no longer need actors.)

At the moment, we are short of four actors for our next production “Saint Joan.” If you are interested in participating in the play, please notify Loralie McGill (director) for more information.

She can be reached at (760) 730-9447 or director@classicyouththeatre.org

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