2022 Annual Appeal

Dear Friends of CYT,

            What a glorious day we had celebrating our 2nd Annual Fun Fair on the grounds of our theater at The Kay DeFord Center of the Performing Arts! Toddlers chased balloons across the lawn, middle schoolers rocked the karaoke mic, and high school students led people of all ages in carnival games. We could not help but be struck by the strong sense of family Concord Youth Theatre continues to build in the heart of West Concord and reflect on the sustained engagement of our families, volunteers, audiences, and donors.

It is impossible to state how much we appreciate your ongoing support! Last season we returned to a partial schedule of shows and classes and are so grateful to everyone who attended performances and enrolled in our programming. However, Covid impacted our ability to hold in-person fundraisers over a 2-year period. Like many organizations, CYT needed strong participation in its 2021 Annual Appeal. Your contributions to the 2021 Annual Appeal matched our commitment to providing student-first theater education and high production values in our performances. Your support made possible the installation of new lighting equipment, an improvement our audiences are enjoying. But, we need your assistance more than ever now, as we embark upon our first full season since the pandemic.  

This year, your support will allow us to continue our recovery and thrive as we are finally able to make the most of our wonderful space! Participation in our Annual Appeal makes possible:

  • expanding our class and workshop offerings, taught by instructors with strong educational and professional backgrounds in theater,
  • bolstering the CYT scholarship fund, making theater education accessible to more students,
  • investing in much needed sound equipment to improve the theatrical experience for our audiences and student performers.

We are excited to fill the building to capacity with programming and audiences! We are returning to a full schedule of shows and rolling out a further expanded range of classes created and led by our talented professional educators. We thank you for your continued commitment to providing youth opportunities to express themselves and grow in a supportive, creative learning community. We hope you will consider making CYT a philanthropic priority this year so that we can continue to increase access to our extraordinary theater family. We look forward to seeing you in the coming year! 

With so much gratitude,

Tammy Smith, President, Board of Directors

Lisa Capuano Evans, Artistic Director