California Youth Conservatory Theatre features local students in ‘Cats’

The award-winning California Youth Conservatory Theatre (CYC) is proud to present a special engagement of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical, “Cats,” opening Sept. 26 and running through Oct. 11 at the Lyceum Theater in Horton Plaza. Winner of seven Tony Awards, this timeless musical is based on T.S. Eliot’s famous work, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.”

Now the third longest-running show in Broadway history, “Cats” is one of the most well-known and best-recognized musicals in the world.

Producer/Director Shaun T. Evans has assembled an impressive team for this production, including a stellar cast including the area’s best youth, high-school and college performers.

Local performers featured are:

Skylar Carré, 10, Del Mar Hills Academy of Arts & Sciences, as “Admetus”;

• Chloe Laverson, 16, Torrey Pines High School, as “Jennyanydots”;

• Ellie Rollins, 11, Sage Canyon Elementary, as “Tantomile”;

• Addison Rollins, 9, Sage Canyon Elementary, as “Coricopat”;

• Sofie Brown, 10, R. Roger Rowe School, as “Etcetera.”

This show will open at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Lyceum Theatre at 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101. It will run for 12 performances, closing Oct. 11. All patrons on opening night will be treated to a free champagne and dessert reception after the show. Tickets range from $18 to $32, with discounts for students, seniors and military personnel. Go to or call 619-944-7574. To order tickets directly, call the Lyceum Theatre box office at 619-544-1000.

The show also features guest-performances by professional performers like San Diego powerhouse Leigh Scarritt as “Grizabella,” the “glamour cat” who sings the show’s flagship song, “Memory.” Scarritt is also the show’s choral director.

The show’s director, professional actor Shaun T. Evans, is also taking the stage as “Old Deuteronomy,” one of the show’s main characters.

CYC Theatre pioneered the model of pairing aspiring young performers with seasoned professional performers who serve as mentors for the student performers. This mentor-based training model has served CYC’s students very well as many of them have gone on to professional careers at very young ages. In its 11 short years of programming, CYC has already sent three of its “native sons” to Broadway, and is celebrating the third CYC alumnus to appear on “American Idol.”