CYT Chicago’s “Improvisors” Share Their Thoughts

CYT Chicago wrote an article in their newsletter “The Point” this month, about their participation at the 2010 National Improvathon in San Diego. The article, Chicago Competes at Improvathon!, interviewed the teams’ participants, as well as praised their Suburban Safari Improv Team, who placed 2nd.

Here is the article in full:

CYT Chicago sent three improv teams (4 Fish & a Cliff, Suburban Safari & Rockford Raisin Bran) to compete in the CYT National Improvathon in San Diego, CA. There were total of 21 teams competing this year and some great laughs from all the teams.

Congrats to all the Chicago teams and to SUBURBAN SAFARI for placing 2nd!

Some thoughts from the improvisors:
I really enjoyed my experience in improv this year. I have made so many new friends who I will be friends with for a long time. The whole San Diego trip was and will be the highlight of my year. -Tim

Improv was a life changing experience this year. We have been rehearsing since January with coaches that taught us not only about improv skills and teamwork, but how to give all the glory to God while doing so. We met tons of new friends, competed among 21 teams, and gave all the glory to God, we ended up taking a second place medal home with us to Chicago! -Victoria

Improvathon started as something I just did on Thursday nights, the practice was fun, and the kids were nice. However, near those last weeks, my whole team, and the entire group all got really close, we grew towards our team, and not only that, but God also. In the end, we came home in 2nd place. Without 3 key things, I don’t think we could have gotten there: 1: Our coaches, Dave, Lindsey, and Kristen were ALWAYS giving helpful advice, and encouraging us to do our best and have fun. 2: Our teams, if we messed the game up, we were all able to get back up after it because we were there for each other. We would get knocked down, pick each other up, and keep on fightin’. 3: The Lord, and this was without doubt the biggest. The Lord gave this opportunity, and from then on let us decide if we would give Him the glory, or ourselves. Overall this was an amazing experience, and I hope to do it again! – Grant

Check out Rockford Raisin Bran’s performance on Facebook.

CYT Thanks YOU

Congratulations CCT/CYT for another year and thanks to all our partners who joined in the celebration!

We had over 250 attend the Leadership Conference as well as the HYPE Leadership Conference. Close to 1,000 people attended the CCT/CYT Birthday Celebration on saturday night. What an awesome week of fellowship that took place. Not only did we have current staff and CYT students in contact with each other, but several of our Prospective Partners (Canada, Santa Cruz, NBC Camps) trekked their way to San Diego to “surf the wave” with us!

A very special “thank you” to all the panelists and volunteers who made the past week a success. We couldn’t have done it without your
dedication and expertise.

It is our hope that you walked away from the conference with radical new friends, a fresh perspective of the foundation of CYT (the Art of CYT, the business of CYT, and the Ministry of CYT) and a clearer understanding of where we are going.


CYT National

CYT National Announces The 2010 Decathlon Winners

Last week we announced this years winners for the Decathlon Awards!!

The award ceremony took place after the Improvathon Awards on thursday night. Six students from across the nation received a framed certificate as well as a letter of recommendation, signed by CYT founder Paul Russell.

What exactly is a Decathlon Award you ask?  The CYT Decathlon Award recognizes exceptional CYT students who have demonstrated a love for theater by pursuing a well-rounded education in the theater arts and who have exhibited a character that is consistent with CYT values.

Here’s a breakdown: These students have shown exceptional discipline by taking 2 Music Classes, 2 Dance Classes, 2 Drama Class, 2 Specialty Classes, 2 Other Classes, Several Camps, Shows- on the Crew, Shows- on the Cast,  as well as HYPE membership (Area and sessions) or community service/volunteer roles, and lastly, an essay.

So, without further ado, here are our six winners- listed by their CYT Affiliate city.

CYT Atlanta
1. Jacob Valleroy

CYT Denver
1. Haylie McComb
2. Mara McCarty
3. Sarah Frank
4. Katelyn Columbia

CYT San Diego
1. Laura Hopkins

Congratulations on your accomplishment! CYT National wishes you the very best.

CCT/CYT Celebrates 30 Years: iReports

As CCT and CYT celebrated their 30th year this last week, there was an abundance of media coverage- from CYT staff and students, to local news stations.

Check out CYT Lafayette’s coverage of their week in San Diego- clips include the Macy’s Day Parade, an Office Tour at CYT San Diego, the Improvathon Rounds, CYT Glee performing at the opening session of the Leadership Conference, and of course performances at the CCT/CYT 30th year Birthday Celebration (Forget About the Boy and Godspell).

Below is the cast of CCT’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat performing “Joseph’s Coat”, as well as Sheryl and Paul being interviewed for News Channel 8.

If you want to check out more Improvathon coverage, check out Chicago’s team Rockford Raisin Bran on Facebook.

Stay tuned for more media coverage!! If you would like to share your story of the conference on the CYT Blog or Facebook, please email

CYT Is Filming For The Macy’s Day Parade!

CYT has an AMAZING opportunity for you. Tomorrow is the start of the CYT Leadership Conference, and to kick things off we are having a CYT Improv & HYPE Bonfire at South Mission Beach at 6pm. Prior to the bonfire, we will be filming a promo to enter CYT into the Macy’s Day Parade.

What do you need to do?

  • Show up at 4pm -tom. July 13th- to learn choreography.
  • Wear a CYT t-shirt! Whether it’s a CYT Fashion shirt, or a local CYT shirt, WEAR IT!!
  • Smile and have fun.

P.S. If you want to come prepared, learn the choreography for “Put a little love in your heart” seen below. The choreography will revolve around that.

See you at South Mission Beach tomorrow!

CYT Improv & HYPE Bonfire

Tomorrow is the start of the Leadership Conference! All CYT high school and middle school students are invited to attend the CYT Improv/HYPE bonfire at South Mission Beach. It is going to be a night to remember, no doubt.

Deatils include:

  • Worship by Brad Davis, Nichols Maybury, & Luke Floeter
  • Improv Team Introductions
  • Time for roasting marshmellows and fellowship

A couple thing we wanted to let you know:

1. If you can carpool do it!
2. Bring a towel, beach chair and something warm for the night time. If you have extras bring to share!
3. If you can come early like around 4:00 we will be filming to enter for the Macy’s Day Parade! So bring a CYT shirt and get ready to dance!

This is the time for all CYT kids who want to pursue excellence and make a difference in this world to come together and fellowship. There is a $1 fee to get a wrist band. Thank you in advance to all who have registered.

P.S. There will be a jumper!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
4:00pm-6:00pm Optional Filming for the Macy’s Day Parade
6:00pm – 10:00pm bonfire
South Mission Bay
2600 Bayside Lane Mission Bay
San Diego, CA

Calling All CYT Reporters!!

CYT is looking for reporters to cover next weeks festivities- Improvathon, the Improv/HYPE bonfire, the HYPE Leadership Conference, the CYT Leadership Conference, and the 30-year Birthday Celebration.

What does it mean to be a “reporter” for CYT? It means your story will be HEARD, SHARED, and TALKED ABOUT! Next week you have the opportunity to:

  • Record video (interviews and events) and post to the CYT National YouTube Channel .
  • Write your story and submit it to the CYT Blog,
  • Take photographs (people and events), AND
  • Share your reports to the world by posting all of the above to Facebook and Twitter.

If you are a student who will be catching the wave with us in San Diego next week, and are interested in reporting for CYT, let us know. Please send an email with your name and phone number, and she will contact you with details.