CYT and New Vintage Church Partner to Bring Nations Largest Youth Theater to Escondido

Escondido, CA – Christian Youth Theater (CYT) has branches across the country training thousands of students a year. The flagship San Diego branch was founded in 1980 and has 6 local chapters including North County Inland (NCI). The NCI branch serves the Escondido community and adjacent inland areas. In partnership with New Vintage Church and The Grand Project, CYT NCI will soon call the Ritz theater home.

CYT NCI opened in 1986, providing after-school classes in theater arts education to kids ages 4-18. Additionally, students have the opportunity to audition and participate in a Broadway-style musical. CYT develops character and creativity in kids of all ages through quality theater arts training that brings families and communities together while reflecting the Creator. Community partnerships provide CYT with venues and equipment to hold classes and shows. This is where the CYT NCI and The Grand Project connect.

“CYT has earned their national reputation as a premier youth theater organization that values building character in kids and teens. That aligns perfectly with New Vintage Church’s mission, and makes our partnership at the Grand a natural fit,” states Pastor Tim Spivey. “Bringing CYT to the Grand will infuse our downtown with new people and continue to enhance the reputation of Grand Avenue as a cultural district.”

The Grand Project, imagined and realized by New Vintage Church and its Pastor Tim Spivey, completely renovates the historic albeit neglected Ritz Theater. Complete with a coffee house on the adjacent corner, a Black Box theater, dance studios, meeting rooms, and a 3rd floor rooftop lounge, the design will be in keeping with the original art deco stylings from 1938 when the theater was built.

“Having a theater to call home is a dream come true and the location of the Ritz in the heart of downtown Escondido is ideal” states CYT NCI Chapter Coordinator Chaunsa Oyos. “CYT’s culture of community blends well with the lovely people at New Vintage Church. The partnership is a great match. We are delighted and grateful for the opportunity to work in this amazing new venue.” The adjacent building will house Manzanita Coffee House on the bottom floor, with offices and meeting rooms on the 1st and 2nd floor. The 3rd floor tops it all off with a rooftop lounge and a great view of the City of Escondido.

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For information specific to the NCI Chapter please contact Chaunsa Oyos at Media Contact: Paul Stine