2009 has been a year of growth for Christian Youth Theater. Next year will be the 30th Birthday Celebration, looking back at all the fun years that produced what is now the largest children’s theater organization in America. So what exactly did CYT bring into the world this year? Good question indeed. Below is a list of creative deeds that helped shape the CYT community for the better. And for the curious, we leave you with a paragraph-glimpse into the next decade of CYT.
1. Vast Promotion.
CYT Fashion started with frustration, then passion, then drive. And now photo shoots, lots of photo shoots. Your off-stage costumes are available with logos and sayings like, “It’s the day of the show ya’ll” and “Act, Sing, Dance, Live.” In 2009 we also saw the rise of the #cytnational tweet, as well as the @cytnational list enabling followers to read all of CYT tweets across the nation, with one click. We also embraced CYT Mobile, a leader in micro-donations, in order for our patrons to donate via text messaging.
2. CYT Media Took Precedence.
CYT-TV had a great year with the new segment, “Do Stuff To Brad” as well as the announcement of the first annual CYT National Film Festival 09 (Although please pardon our stardust, CYT-TV will be back next year!). The CYT Blog continued to evolve with contributors around the nation lending their stories that went beyond the normal press release…. And then there’s the podcast. CYT realizes not everyone is a visual learner, and created this podcast for ya’ll who like listening rather than staring. Amen!
3. CYT Gives Back- Free Wheelchair Mission.
The idea proposed by Paul Russell is that we might combine our efforts to raise enough funds to send a batch of wheelchairs to Uganda- 500 wheelchairs at approximately $60 per chair. It is a way CYT can give to help bless others, since God has blessed all of us with so much in so many ways.
4. New NRL Emergence & Talkback.
CYT gets smarter. Organizing resources at the new National Resource Library has led to an easier navigation system, for YOU. With a search box and Talkback section, you can find resources in a timely manner and start purposeful conversations.
5. Birth Pains- Never!!
A Glimpse Into The Next Decade:
Austin, Arlington, Raleigh, Sacramento and Santa Cruz are all in the application process. CYT turns 30 with grace. Video curriculum, webisodes, CYT NY, yes we’ll have that too… . CYT Global probably means nothing to you at this point in time- however, with start-up requests from South Africa, Canada, and Korea, CYT will one day expand beyond America.
To infinity & beyond!…