Why is Drama important in early childhood?

Why is Drama important in early childhood? Theatre is a safe way to expose kids to difficult situations and show them firsthand how to handle these situations. COMMUNICATION.
Theatre exposes young people to new vocabulary and ways of communicating. Through the arts of dance, acting, and music, children learn how to communicate in a variety of unique ways. Children who attend live theater have shown greater tolerance of different people and ideas, as well as increased empathy for others.

CYT Coastal Youth Theatre
2022 Season

All Registrations Open
Limit 30 Students per Production

Classes Begin January 17 Shows
March 4-6 Ages 8-17

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family

Classes Begin March 14
Shows April 29-30, May 1 Ages 8-17
Based on Meredith Willson's six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best — a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town at twitter

Classes Begin May 23rd
Shows July 7-10 or July 14-17 Ages 10-17

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! Students will be placed in the ensemble of the adult TOR production. This is a great opportunity for kids to experience working with seasoned TOR performers! First group will perform opening weekend. Second group will perform closing weekend. Limit 20/group  

Classes Begin August 15
Shows Sept. 30, Oct. 1 & 2 Ages 7-13

Created by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the team that brought you Dear Edwina, comes Junie B. Jones, The Musical – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical developed by TheatreworksUSA. Awaken a young person's desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade.

Classes Begin Oct. 10
Shows Nov. 25-27 Ages 8-17

The holiday classic soars off the screen in this Broadway Junior, 60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved television special. Filled with holiday hits like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "A Holly Jolly Christmas," Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ JR. features all of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.

Coastal Youth Theatre Enrollment

Coastal Youth Theatre has been an extension of Theatre of The Republic for the past 9 years. CYT is an opportunity for young students to receive coaching in acting, singing, and dance. Our classes are designed to encourage each child to use their imagination and creativity to their fullest potential. In addition to the coaching benefits, the program teaches students to focus, take direction, respect fellow students, improve memorization techniques, reading skills, and improve their confidence on and off the stage. Our goal is when they are done they know how to work as a team and tell their story.

All Children's Classes are held at Theatre of the Republic on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday's unless stated otherwise by director. Our 6 week program ends with weekends of performances on the Main Stage. 

Coastal Youth Theatre Staff

Do you want to work with an awesome team? Meet Our Staff

Bruce Thompson

CYT Director

Emily Martel 

CYT Director
Musical Director

Noreen Bachman

CYT Director
CYT Committee Member
TOR Board

Brock Santa

CYT  Director, Costumer, 

Savannah Rion

CYT Director



Cole Davis  

Musical Director


Musical Director

Michael McCarthy

 Coastal Youth Committee Member
TOR Board

Darla Gore

Coastal Youth Committee Member
TOR Board

Diane Atherton 

Coastal Youth Committee Member
TOR Board

Past Productions

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