The Early Years: Children’s Theater 1945

The first Children’s Theater summertime drama workshops were organized under the auspices of the City of San Diego Recreation Department by an advisory board of civic leaders and arts professionals. As most buildings in Balboa Park were still in use by the Navy, Roosevelt Junior High School was used for classes and rehearsals.
The Children’s Theater program was directed by sisters Lois Masterson De Lannoy and Beth Masterson, with assistance from members of the Footlights Theater group.
Lannoy and Masterson’s first productions were two one-act plays, performed by students of the workshop program.

Past Shows

1945 One-Act Plays

False Pretenses
Written by Warren Beck
The Pampered Darling
Written by Beatrice Humiston McNeil

Directed by Lois De Lannoy and Beth Masterson

1945 The Blue Bird

The Blue Bird

Directed by Lois De Lannoy and Beth Masterson
Written by Maurice Maeterlinck
Original Music by John Ward