CCT is excited to announce the plans for San Diego Follies 2017. This year the production represents "The Best of the Follies" chosen from over 300 previous musical selections for our tenth anniversary. Paul Russell, founder of CCT/CYT, will be returning to Direct this milestone celebration.
The energetic Terry Hendricks is back as musical director and conductor in collaboration with the talented Joyce Schumaker as the choreographer. Over the ten year history- 300 different cast members have performed. Thousands of patrons have enjoyed our hilarious and entertaining shows. San Diego Follies is now the most popular show dedicated to showcasing the talents of people ages 55 and older. We have a cast of professional and new performers. We believe music, dance and the arts are a vital part of life no matter what your age.
Come be a part of San Diego Follies as CCT raises the roof this year to celebrate THE BEST OF 10 WONDERFUL YEARS!
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Helix Mainstage Theater
4200 Lowell Street
La Mesa, CA 91941
Show Dates and Times
Thursday, June 22 at 2pm & 6pm
Friday, June 23 at 2pm & 6pm
Saturday, June 24 at 2pm & 6pm
Sunday, June 25 at 2pm
Section A = $40
Section B = $30
Seniors 55+ = $3 off
Group Rate = $25 in any section (10 or more)
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Paul & Sheryl Russell, both teachers at Christian High, began a community theater in their family garage in the summer of 1980. The show was The Sound of Music. The purpose was to provide a vehicle for talented amateur performers from the local San Diego community. All performances were held atop beautiful Mt. Helix in La Mesa. The sets were made from cardboard and the lighting was mounted on sawhorses which created scary shadows on the faces of the actors. The audience enjoyed it anyway though, wanting more, so an annual tradition began.
One year later, in 1981, the parents of this newly found organization Christian Community Theater (CCT) asked Paul and Sheryl to start an after-school theater arts program for their children. Paul and Sheryl with two small children and one on the way birthed another child, Christian Youth Theater (CYT). It began with 24 students producing the show; You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
CYT continued to grow in San Diego County, as parents wanted CYT closer to their neighborhood. Programs opened in Escondido in 1986 and South County in 1987. Other areas soon followed and now CYT is located in 5 areas around San Diego county with an annual enrollment of 4,625 students who take classes, participate in shows and attend summer theater camps.
Over time, some CYT families moved from San Diego to other areas of the U.S.
Their desire to have CYT in their community motivated them to work towards developing the same program in their local cities, thus giving rise to our national group, CYT Inc. in the Fall of 1997.
CYT nationally has grown to be the largest children’s theater organization in the country with more than 40 locations in 26 different cities and enrolling 18,000 students annually.