Clayton Youth Theater: Aida Interview and Performance

Clayton Youth Theater: Aida Interview and Performance (Image 1)
Clayton Youth Theater: Aida Interview and Performance (Image 1)

Performers at Clayton Youth Theater will finish their run of Aida on August 2.

Nikki Dyke (Producer/Director): Nikki Dyke is the founder and director of Clayton Youth Theater. Since 2007, CYT has provided a consistent artistic outlet for middle school and high school students in Johnston County. Nikki holds a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. A former high school teacher, Nikki has been performing since the age of 10 and enjoys sharing her love of theater with young people. AIDA is the twentieth show she has directed for students. In recognition for her work with CYT, Nikki was the 2012 recipient of the Frances Finch Hobart Award for Voluntary Community Service.

Clayton Youth Theater Vocalists:

Jordan Monk (AIDA) is a recent graduate of Corinth Holders High School and will attend Meredith College in the fall to study music education and theater.

Ty Myatt (RADAMES) will graduate in December from Johnston County Early College Academy. After graduation, he plans to study film.

About Clayton Youth Theater: Founded in 2007 by an arts teacher and adopted by the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation, the Clayton Youth Theater was established to showcase the talents of area middle school and high school students, while bringing high quality productions to central North Carolina. CYT presented its inaugural production, Little Shop of Horrors, in the summer of 2007. Clayton Youth Theater rehearses and performs in The Clayton Center’s 600 seat historic auditorium located in downtown Clayton. AIDA marks CYT’s 13th production. Over the past seven years, CYT has seen rapid growth with fifty+ students auditioning for each show with thousands of patrons in attendance.

The Clayton Youth Theater was established to:

• involve area youth in the theater arts,

• showcase the talents of area students in grades 7-12,

• perform high-quality productions at the local level,

• invest in young talent by providing a summer theater workshop for elementary students, and

• cultivate an appreciation for the arts in the community.

Since 2007, CYT has impacted hundreds of students and entertained thousands of patrons in and around Johnston County.

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