Crescent City Lights Youth Theater began in 1993 when Julie Condy founded the Summer Stages Children’s Theater to provide affordable theater programs for children in the New Orleans area. The first production, How to Eat Like a Child, featured a cast of 15 children. In 1995, the troupe was incorporated under the name Stage to Stage as a 501c3 non-profit organization which we maintain to this day as our official nonprofit name.
Like so many organizations in New Orleans, Stage to Stage lost its home and many of its students as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Ever the visionary, Julie formed partnerships with the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana as a way to help her own organization as well as several others devastated by the hurricane. So, the theater has changed its program name to reflect its year-round status in partnership with these organizations.
The theater has staged 24 musicals since 1993. More than 600 young people, from ages 7 to 17, have participated in the school year classes and summer productions.