About Caryl Crane Youth Theatre

Teaching Philosophy and Goals

What is CCYT... 

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre (CCYT) is an educational theatre program for area youth. CCYT lets youth explore theatre arts and helps them build character while

CCYT Mission...

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre enriches our community and the appreciation of the arts by developing theatrical skills for its participants. Through live performances, rehearsals, workshops and other programs, CCYT uses the magic of the stage to broaden dreams and build character among community youth and adults.

CCYT Experience...

Becoming a part of a CCYT performance is an experience you will never forget.

  • You will be directed by experienced theatre professionals; make a lifetime of fond memories and have an opportunity to meet new friends.
  • Over 1750 students have participated in our workshops.
  • Over 1,000 students and adults have appeared on our stage.
  • Our casts average around 36 members, from ages 8 to adult, many on stage for the first time.
  • CCYT productions include both musical and non-musical opportunities.

Advisory Board

The CCYT Advisory Board consists of appointed parents and supporters of the CCYT program. The group meets monthly September through June. The terms are for three years, by election, and members can be re-elected to a second term upon completion of a first term. The purpose of the Advisory will be to provide guidance and recommendations to assist in further developing the CCYT program. Feel free to contact any of the following members for more information.

Current Members
Colleen Shay Murray, PresidentAnn Gebard
Margaret Phares, Vice PresidentMarian Hancy
Lynn Langston, SecretaryGeorge Mayer
Brian Marshall, Artistic DirectorAdam Schlett
Jan BattisteCindi Verbelun
Kate Dailey, PhD.Jennifer Wertz
Amy EllisBob Schiff, Honorary Member
Michele Freeman 


Original Members - Initiated On April 24, 2001
Dr. Robert DeBard - 330 Education Building, BGSU, Bowling Green, Ohio 43043
Mrs. Karen Grodzicki - 1204 Wickford Place, Huron, Ohio 44839
Mrs. Nancy Kinsel - 2103 Jeanette Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Mr. Charles McVeagh -  401 Southampton Ct., Huron, Ohio 44839
Mr. George Muehlhauser - 1008 Beachside Lane, Huron, Ohio 44839
Mrs. Iva Pfeil - 5416 S. Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Mr. Don Schlett - 1213 Marlboro Street, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Dr. Ronald M. Ruble - 729 Taylor Avenue, Huron, Ohio 44839

 The Caryl Crane Youth Theatre seeks self-motivated individuals interested in volunteering their time and talents to this growing artistic organization as a member of the CCYT Advisory Board.  If interested, please contact Artistic Director Brian Marshall at 419.372.0732 (or) mbrian@bgsu.edu 

Staff Bios

Brian Marshall
(Artistic Director)

Brian Marshall, native of Sandusky, Ohio, holds a degree in musical theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, and a Masters in Arts Administration from The University of Akron. Brian is the co-founder and Managing Director of Cleveland's Mercury Summer Stock, and serves as Associate Artistic Director of Virginia Musical Theatre in Virginia Beach. Brian has directed over 50 plays and musicals, including Jane Eyre, Hairspray, and the award-winning Titanic. A member of Actor's Equity, he is a veteran of seven national tours, including Titanic, Tintypes and A Christmas Carol. Regionally, he has performed in over 150 productions and his award-winning performances include: Eddie Lyons in Blood Brothers (opposite real life brother Daniel), Dickon in The Secret Garden, Huck Finn in Big River, The Cat In The Hat in Seussical The Musical. Brian has also performed onstage at The Cleveland Play House as the title role in The Nutcracker, Mowgli in The Jungle Book, and Charles in the combined Cleveland Play House/Actors Theatre of Louisville production of My Fair Lady. Brian also headlined the Cleveland sit-down production of Forbidden Broadway SVU as part of The PlayhouseSquare 2007-2008 Broadway Series.

Mr. David Gilmore
(Scene & Lighting Designer, Technical Director)

Mr. Gilmore received his M.A. degree from BGSU in the area of scenic design. He taught theatre technology at Findlay University as a graduate student. He has designed productions for the Huron Playhouse, the Firelands College Theatre, and for Caryl Crane Youth Theatre. His design credits include: Once Upon A MattressBabes In ArmsTender TimesThe Lion, The Witch, and The WardrobeYankee DoodleThe Lion Who Wouldn't, and Raggedy Ann & Andy. He performed in the title role of CCYT's first Firelands production, The Pied Piper. His experience with the various theatre's has given him 40+ acting credits to date. David has also performed at Cedar Point on the week-ends in the Fall; playing diverse roles including the insane narrator of Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell Tale Heart.

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