"I had the thrill of working with Shaun’s incredible cast for CYC’s production of Les Miserables, School Edition. Having been in the original cast of the first national tour of Les Miz many years ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a youth group’s production. But within minutes, my jaw was on the floor as I sat in awe of how full their performances were, how incredible their singing was, and how well directed the production was. There is some kind of magic happening between Shaun Evans and these 50 young people – he has a seemingly effortless ability to instill in them a commitment to the performing arts that is at least as serious as what I’ve seen in professional Broadway casts."
— Thomas James O’Leary
Title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway for three years
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2011 REEL VOICES "Sitz to Stage", A Film Featuring CYC Theatre and SCPA!
On Saturday, August 27th, our cast was honored with the attendance of George Mitchell, a member of the original Tuskegee Airman unit, and father of Tony Award-winner, Brian Stokes Mitchell (the original "Coalhouse Walker" on Broadway). It was an unforgettable moment for all of us to have someone so directly involved with changing the history of our country, who also is so closely tied to our the heritage of Ragtime.
Another San Diego and Youth Theatre First! Our friend, and long-time professional actress, Shauna Hart-Ostrom (of The San Diego Actor's Alliance and Hart's Performance, Inc.), signing her first Equity contract with CYC Founder/Director Shaun T. Evans. Shauna Ostrom appeared as a guest performer in the role of "Mother" in Ragtime with CYC Theatre. This marks the first time on record that an Equity member was signed to their first Equity contract by a non-professional youth theatre company, as recently confirmed by Actor's Equity's New York office. This informal ceremony took place at the Joan B. Kroc theatre, with the entire cast and crew of Ragtime present and cheering.
CYC Theatre Guest Artist Enrique Toral (from the Broadway Cast of La Bohemme) and CYC Theatre Guest Artist Megan Starr-Levitt (from the Las Vegas, Broadway and National Tour productions of The Phantom of the Opera) perform "All I Ask of You" at "A Night On Broadway", CYC Theatre's Concert Gala. CYC Theatre is the only youth theatre company in San Diego whose youth performers get to work with world-class performers like these!
"...It has been said that an actor must have the hide of a rhinoceros, the courage and audacity of a lion and, most importantly, the fragile vulnerability of an egg. It also has been said, and I'm not sure by whom, that the moment of not knowing is the moment that has the greatest potential for creativity. The professional and private lives of most Actors are filled to the brim with moments of not knowing. Actors are survivors and will continue to strive because they have the need to celebrate, in performance, that sacred communion between Actor and audience."
--Robert Prosky, 1930-2008