HYPE Promo

As CYT HYPE Programs are accepting applications around the nation, this HYPE promo says it all.

HYPE stands for High School Youth Pursuing Excellence. These are the teens of CYT, tomorrow’s community leaders. HYPE is a program through which high school youth involved in CYT can develop their leadership capacity. These teens are hyped about CYT and the positive impact that it can have on their community.

Nominate “cyt.org” For The 4th Annual Mashable Awards

The 4th Annual Mashable Awards are here! One of the categories available is “Must-Follow Non-Profit” and we are asking our CYT Family to nominate “cyt.org” as we promote the CYT Brand.

The nomination period ends Sunday, November 29th, 2010. The top 5 from each category will be included in the voting period, starting on December 1st, 2010. You can place your nomination, by following these four easy steps:

1. Visit Mashable.com/Awards
2. Log in via Twitter or Facebook
3. Choose a Category (Must-Follow Non-Profit) and Nominee (cyt.org)
4. Submit Your Nomination. You can nominate once per day, so make sure to make it a habit of nominating “cyt.org” every single day!

Reserve Halloween Costumes From CYT SD

Do you want the best Halloween costume in town? Ever had the haunting desire to be a princess, a pirate, or have a entire band marching in your own parade?

If so, CCT/CYT SD has a large inventory of rental costumes to reserve for Halloween. You can contact Lynn at 619-588-0206 x319, or e-mail her at: costumes@cctcyt.org. Lynn is available by appointment only, so please call for availability.

What about prices you ask?
Halloween costumes start at a mere $40- and some cost even less. To see a list of available show costumes, click here.

CYT VanPort’s Fundraiser Promotes Kingsbury’s “Like Dandelion Dust”

CYT VanPort is promoting the film, “Like Dandelion Dust” as a fundraiser for their program. The film is based on the novel by Karen Kingsbury and has won 26 awards at over 20 film festivals. CYT VanPort announced on their Facebook event page that Karen will be donating $100 to CYT for every full show!

Karen has always supported CYT. We have blogged in the past about Karen’s generosity- the money she raised from the online ‘Forever in Fiction package’ went directly to Christian Youth Theater!

The Columbian wrote an article about Karen last week, noting that her latest film “Like Dandelion Dust” is being “hailed as the next ‘Blind Side’.”

According to the article Karen invited family and community members to a private screening of the movie in her home- and Bethany Larson was lucky enough to attend.

“‘I really enjoyed it, and I cried at the end,’ said Bethany, marketing and area director for Christian Youth Theater Vancouver/Portland, which Kingsbury and husband Don Russell’s children have been active in over the years. ‘I met my birth mom when I was 25. I was adopted, and my husband was adopted, so it was poignant for us to watch.’”

CYT Spokane’s Morgan Keene Advances To The Northwest Region America’s Got Talent Auditions!

Morgan Keene, photo from The Pacific Northwest Inlander

It’s our duty here at CYT National to keep you in the loop with the latest CYT news from across the country. Today CYT Spokane followed up with Morgan Keene-recent winner of the 2010 Spokane’s Got Talent!

Turns out Morgan, 13 years old, “won an all-expense paid trip to the Northwest Region America’s Got Talent auditions, Red Eye Promotions premiere marketing package, photoshoot with Savage Unlimited Photography, studio recording with Perfechter Productions and a music distribution package through Insyders Music,” according to CYT Spokane’s new blog.

Here is an excerpt from CYT Spokane’s interview with Morgan:

CYT Spokane: What song did you choose to perform for Spokane’s Got Talent & why did you choose it?
Morgan: I chose “Gimme, Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie. I chose it because my piano teacher showed it to me. I was going to use it for an audition song but didn’t. I like it because it’s a belting song and I like singing loud.

CYT Spokane: What do you want to do when you grow up?
Morgan: I want to be a lot of things. I singer, an actress, TV, Broadway.

CYT Spokane: How do you do it all?
Morgan: Piano and voice lessons. Also, it’s a God-annointed thing.

Read the complete interview, here.

CYT Lafayette Commentary In The Advertiser

CYT Lafayette’s Jan Risher (CYT Mom) wrote a commentary in last Sunday’s The Advertiser newspaper. You can view the commentary “Quick decisions can lead to lasting results” online, as well.

Here is a selection of the commentary that praises CYT Lafayette:

With little forethought, sometimes we make decisions that end up having profound impact on our lives — and the lives of those around us.

In early August, a friend called in the middle of a Tuesday. She said she was signing her daughter up for an acting class later that afternoon and was wondering if I wanted my daughters to join them. She added, “I went to this group’s production last spring, and every child there was happy. I decided right then we were going to do this.”

I had no idea that the minute-long conversation would take over a large portion of our family’s lives over the next few months.

Within minutes of arriving for class registration, I realized I was in for an experience unlike any I had ever signed up for with my daughters. Before we got home, my daughters and I were nearly frantic, re-enacting monologues as audition possibilities and singing every show tune we could. Within 24 hours of my friend’s phone call, I too had memorized a script from Alice in Wonderland and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

I recognized and became fearful of the powerful urge to become a full-fledged stage mother, as I consciously had to stop mouthing the words of the songs my daughters were practicing.

By Friday, both auditioned. Saturday, they went for callbacks. By late Saturday, they were cast (in non-speaking roles, I should add) for a mid-October all-children production of Annie Jr. at Angelle Hall. We went through all the talk of “no small roles, only small people” and moved on to embracing their characters.

Since then, they’ve had theater class or practice three days a week. And they dance across the living room more often than they walk.All in all, 67 children and teens were cast in the production. Volunteers are creating more than 80 costumes. The prop list is two pages long. The hours involved in putting this show together boggle my mind.

But it’s fun.

Piper, our 8-year-old daughter, will be one of the unnamed orphans. At one of the first rehearsals, as the cast was preparing to practice It’s a Hard-Knock Life, the director wanted to make sure all of the actors understood Annie’s story.

“We don’t have any orphans here,” the director said. Both the director and Piper have relayed to me what happened next. According to both sources, Piper raised her hand. “Actually, I was an orphan,” she said.

And, with that, she began to explain her version of events that led her from an orphanage in China to Lafayette. Turns out, her version includes references to Chinese politics, cultural traditions and divine intervention. The play, Annie Jr., seems to have helped her to better understand her own story.

You just never know where decisions, even those quickly made, may lead.

Jan Risher’s column, Long Story Short, appears on Sundays, she can be reached at jan@janrisher.com.