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.

Our 1944/1945 Season

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




San Diego Junior Theatre provides engaging, innovative, high-quality theatre education and productions for children of all cultural heritages, ages, abilities and levels of interest.

San Diego Junior Theatre educational programs and productions are made possible in part by show ticket sales, class and camp registrations, and public contributions. Major funding is provided by the California Arts Council, the County of San Diego, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, and the San Diego Junior Theatre Auxiliary.

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