Peter Pan Jr. flies onto stage this weekend

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Get ready for a trip to Neverland, as Peter Pan, Jr. takes the stage in Phoenix for the next two weekends.

The show is being presented by Christian Youth Theater (CYT), the largest youth theater organization in the country.

The classic story by J.M. Barrie takes flight with some magical touches from Disney. The production, coordinated by artistic director Tambra Lamb, is full of adventure, excitement, and all the beloved songs, including: "You Can Fly," "The Second Star to the Right," and "Yo Ho, a Pirate’s Life For Me."

With a cast of almost 60 youngsters and teens, the stage will be alive with fairies, pirates, Lost Boys, mermaids, Indians and the wild imaginations of children at play.

"CYT is a lot of hard work, but it's worth it!" says 10-year-old Tabitha Katzaroff, who is performing in her first show with CYT. "I've made tons of friends, and I love my costume!"

Opening night for Peter Pan, Jr. is Friday, and great seats are still available.

Performances will be held at the Phoenix Center for the Arts - Third Street Theater
1202 N. Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Show times are as follows:
Friday, Feb 13 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 14 – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb 15 – 2:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb 20 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 21 – 2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb 22 – 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.cytphoenix.org or at the door. Prices are $13 for children, seniors or groups of 10 or more, $15 online and $16 at the door.

CYT is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 6-18. Since its founding in 1981 in San Diego, California, CYT has grown to be the largest youth theater in the nation. There are almost 20 branches across the country providing training to thousands of students a year.

CYT classes offer many benefits and opportunities to the young people of the community. Training in singing, dance, acting, makeup, set building, and stage management are just some of the topics offered in three 10-week terms each year in each area.

Classes, limited to 25 students, are taught by experienced theater artists - teachers, performers and professionals. Some of our current teachers began their careers as students in CYT classes.

Just as important as the teaching of theater arts skills is the positive effect that theatrical experiences has on the self-discipline and self-esteem of young people. Some CYT students go on to pursue careers in entertainment, but they all gain poise, self-confidence, teamwork and creative problem solving skills - as well as an appreciation for the arts that only comes from participating in a stage production. CYT offers young people a fun, active, and interactive way to grow into community leaders for the future. 

For more information about Christian Youth Theater, visit www.cytphoenix.org or call 480-310-0366.