CYT to stage 'Charlotte's Web,' 'Frozen Jr.' at the Crighton

Christian Youth Theatre of Houston stages not just one, but two children’s favorites at the Crighton Theatre in November.

“Charlotte’s Web” takes the stage Nov. 8-10 and “Frozen Jr.” plays out Nov. 15-23.

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages four to 18.

This new musical version of “Charlotte’s Web” brings a new dimension to E.G. White’s beloved classic.

With music and lyrics by Charles Strouse (Annie, 'Bye, 'Bye Birdie) and book by Joseph Robinette (national award-winning children's playwright) you will be thrilled by a musical score which includes "Eating," Wilbur the pig's humorous yet poignant song about growing up; "Who Says We Can't Be Friends," an enchanting duet between Wilbur and his new-found companion Charlotte; "Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn," featuring all the story's unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down; and "Summer," a haunting, nostalgic chorus number which evokes a time and place from everyone's childhood.

Ashley Petterson directs “Charlotte’s Web.”

In her director’s statement, Petterson said it’s been decades since she’s read the book, but now she loves it even more.

“Charlotte’s Web” is all about love, kindness, acceptance, and teamwork, which are guiding principles for my daily life,” Petterson said. “My vision for our production of “Charlotte’s Web” is to showcase these principles in our cast through singing, dancing, and acting, while leaving it all on the stage for Christ.”

Petterson is joined by Dee Willis as the Vocal Director, Savannah Bradshaw as the Choreographer and Jenifer Shoemake and Madison Olson as interns.

Evann Sommers plays Wilbur, Rebekah Shirley is Charlotte, Elise Driver is Fern, Gabi Gonzalez is John Arable, Christin Burris is Martha Arable, Will Kruse is Avery Arable, Beau Kabell is Homer Zuckerman and Sydney Hay plays Edith Zuckerman.

Shows are Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 9 at 2 p.m., Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $17 for the standard ticket price online and $20 at the door. Ticket may be purchased at

Next up is “Frozen Jr.” from Nov. 15-23 at the Crighton Theatre.

Shows are Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., Nov. 16 and 2 and 7 p.m., Nov. 17 at 2 p.m., Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., Nov. 23 at 2 and 7 p.m.

The enchanting modern classic from Disney is ready for your Broadway Junior stars. Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart.

CYT alum Josh Marchant directs with Christina Haynes as the Vocal Director, Hannah Weaver as the Choreographer and Reagan Smally and Hannah Laird as interns.

In his director’s statement, Marchant said as an adult he’s seen “Frozen” about seven times and he has no shame about it.

“I love ‘Frozen’” Marchant said. “The music of “Frozen” is utterly captivating, providing numbers ranging from powerful ballads of love, to dance numbers that will be sure to get the audience on their feet. Magic will be key in this show! Our goal for you is to believe in the “magic” that is within yourself as a Child of God.”

Molly Scott is Young Anna, Ellie Yarborough is Middle Anna, Sarah Yeates is Anna, Samantha Kerne is Young Elsa, Mary Hoke is Middle Elsa and Madeline Driver is Elsa. Royce Reid is Kristoff, Elise Lindberg is Sven, Luke Kabell is Hans and Travis Driver is Olaf.

Tickets are $15 for the standard ticket price online and $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at

See for a full cast list for both shows.