Cassie Bowerman Joins Justin Caster and Chris Rubio To Lead the 2010 HYPE Leadership Conference

Last month we posted a blog about the HYPE Leadership Conference that is taking place here in San Diego this July! Janie Russell talked about the importance of attending, so check it out if you haven’t read it yet.

Here is the latest 411 on the HYPE Leadership Conference (countdown, 18 days!!):

Cassie Bowerman joins workshop leaders Justin Caster, who has performed in the Chicago cast of the hit Broadway Musical “Wicked”, and Chris Rubio, who is on tour with Broadway’s “Stomp”.

Cassie Bowerman has danced for Culture Shock San Diego, a professional hip hop troupe, and has been lucky to perform at Sea World as the Shamu Holiday Host, Rip Tide Dancer, and in the Sesame Street show, as the live character of Jamie!

Check out Cassie’s complete bio at the HYPE webpage.
If you have yet to register for the 2010 HYPE Leadership Conference, do so here.
Have question about the HYPE Leadership Conference? Tweet us your thoughts by using the hashtag, #2010cytlc!!

CYT Indianapolis Students Perform at Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter Family Reunion

This Tuesday, CYT Indianapolis students performed at Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter Family Reunion, to more than 1600 seats at the IU Auditorium.

According to Indianapolis Daily Student, “They recreat[ed] some of the musicals that were influential in the series, including songs from ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,’ ‘Seussical’ and ‘High School Musical.'”

Kingsbury’s books -the “Baxter Family” series- are directly inspired by Christian Youth Theater. The event was held, “in honor of her 18-novel series revolving around a fictional Bloomington family.”

Early this month Karen Kingsbury told the Herald Times, “I did all this for the readers. The way I look at it, I’m not just a writer. It’s a ministry. I have a great responsibility to my readers and I see them as my friends.”

Read more about the Baxter Family Reunion event, here.

God At The Movies, Starring CYT SD Alumni

Check out CYT SD Alumni, Janie Russell, Jon Lorenz, and Renee Rebold star in this action-packed promo!

God at the Movies was created by Dan Stevers- “This video is a promo for our movie series that we do every year. It was also created to be a viral video that people would want to send to their friends and invite them to church.”

Check out the behind the scenes, God at the Movies FX Breakdown, at

CCT/CYT Looking For The Original Cast of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

CCT/CYT is looking for the original cast of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”!

If you were apart of the original cast (see below) please contact, with your full name, phone number, and email address. Thank you for your help and support as CCT celebrates it’s 30-year Birthday on Mt. Helix!

Lauren Bain
Janys Barton
Lauren Benson
Chris Billings
Sally Darr
Amy Fossgreen
Lisa Fossgreen
Jeff Graham
Carol Hollenbeck
Terry Horsman
Helena Hunter
Lisa Jaffe
Kimberly Johnson
Michelle Krane
Craig Meriwether
Renee Miller
Kevin Parker
Kim Rector
Stacey Shinn
Melissa Smith
Tiffany Turner
Janie Wolff

Countdown To The CYT LC: 26 Days


We are so excited to be hosting the CYT Leadership Conference along with the Improvathon, HYPE, and the 30-year Birthday celebration. We haven’t had the whole nation together since 2007 and are excited to bring the CYT community together in San Diego.

To those of you who have already registered-thank you for “Riding the Wave” to San Diego.

The format for this year’s leadership conference “workshop series” will be a bit different than in the past.  We’re planning to conduct three consecutive panel discussions pertaining to the three pillars (threads) of CYT – the art, the business and the ministry.

Confirmed speakers for the CYT Leadership Conference include:

Phil Smith, Annie Fitzgerald, Linda Mitroff, Sharon Kleinschmidt, Suzanne Powell, Donna Amadee, Travis Russell, Cathie Stanner. Gina Milbourn, Justin Parks, and Paul and Sheryl Russell!

We will keep you updated on speakers as the weeks get closer to July 13th. Stay tuned!
You can also stay updated with the latest information by following us on twitter.

Please remember to register if you haven’t done so already. Here is the current schedule:

JULY 13 – 17, 2010 IN SAN DIEGO, CA

Tues. July 13th
Registration/meet & greet at Crowne Plaza Hotel
Improv & HYPE bonfire @ South Mission Beach

Wed. July 14th
Affiliate Meetings by Appointment @ CCT/CYT Office
Improvathon Workshops
Improvathon Rounds

Thurs. July 15th
Improvathon Rounds
Improvathon Competition and Awards
Improv/HYPE Dance

Fri. July 16th
National Leadership Council Meeting
CYT Leadership Conference Opening Session

Sat. July 17th
CYT Leadership Conference Sessions and Workshops
HYPE at Conference
30-Year Birthday Celebration & Dessert Reception

Prayer Request for Caleb

Hello Friends –

We just learned that Caleb Colson is in Phoenix Children’s hospital right now. He has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. They are still running tests, and we don’t know much more than that. However, we have the Great Physician on our side, and an band of angels surrounding Caleb. God is in control! Please pray for Caleb, Rick & Joan, their extended family, the doctors, and the nurses.

Thank you.