During 1945-1947, Elizabeth Masterson and Lois De Lannoy produced and directed the first informal Children’s Theater productions in Balboa Park, under the auspices of the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department.
“As in the case of music, enthusiastic teachers led the way to theatrical experiences in local schools,” wrote actor G. Carroll Rice in The Lively Arts in El Cajon, 1892 – 1952.
“Beth Masterson was foremost in direction of grammar school plays, developing such talented students as Jack Thompson as actors; and directing pageant-like spectacles such as A Mother Goose Picnic…”
San Diego Junior Theatre's 1946 musical adaptation of Sleeping Beauty.
The Blue Bird was the first large play by San Diego Children's Theatre