CYT Advanced Camp -Footloose- is coming to Denver!

CYT is offering Footloose as an Advanced Camp in Denver, Colorado this July!

This intensive 3-day camp is for those students ages 13 – 18 who want to go into the professional world of theater arts. The camp coincides with NBC Sports Camp’s “Complete Player Basketball Camp”.  If you’re an artist and your sibling is a jock, spare your folks from chauffeuring across town.  Interested? Audition information is listed below. You can also check out the NBC Camps website to learn more.

SEEKING SERIOUS PERFORMERS! This camp is limited to only 25 students so act now and secure your spot! Please submit a headshot and brief resume to If you have a video, send us a YouTube link to that as well. (Note that the video can be a vocal or monologue audition. Please keep it under 2 minutes).

Dates: July 20-22, 2011, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: 8787 W. Alameda Avenue Lakewood, Colorado 80226
Cost: $250. We will offer scholarships ($50 off) to a select few.
Showcase performance: July 23 @ 11:00 am

Subjects to be covered at this camp
AUDITION strategies and critique
Building strength, skill & physical fitness in DANCE
DRAMATIC charaterization and emotional development
Enhancing VOCAL and musical skill
LEADERSHIP principles taught through-out the camp
SHOWCASE 30 minute performance of Footloose highlights (open to the public)

I Canʼt Stand Still
Holding Out For A Hero
Iʼm Free
Letʼs Hear It For The Boy
Mama Says
Dancing Is Not A Crime

Ren McCormack – upbeat teenage boy
Reverend Shaw Moore – strict Reverend & father
Ariel Moore – Reverends daughter, seeking adventure
Rusty – Arielʼs Best Friend, comedic
Willard Hewitt – Renʼs Friend, comedic
Principal / Coach – authority figure Belmont studends –

FOOTLOOSE is a 1984 American musical-drama film that was loosely based on events that took place in the small, rural, and religious community of Elmore City, Oklahoma. It was then adapted for the stage in 1998 in London, on Broadway, and British national tours productions. This amazing story of an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town and has the courage and talent to make a change where dancing and rock music have been banned. He brings the youth together to challenge the rules and be free! Because of the success of this script and score in September of 2010 filming has started for the remake of this film with a release date of October 2011. Come be apart of this fast paced, exciting musical while building your personal skills and working with others who have the same goal.


Brad Davis has been a professional performer and musician for the last 10 years. He grew up performing in CYT, church and school productions and found his love of the arts there. Since then he has studied improvisation for several years at the groundlings in LA, and become a regular performer in shows at the UCB theater. He has written and performed in musicals with Comedians Charlyne Yi (Paper heart and Knocked up), Paul Rust (I Love you Beth Cooper), and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall and I Love You, Man). Brad was the lead performer and co-Producer of the Sea Lion and Otter show at Sea World for many years.

Also a multi-instrumentalist, Brad has toured internationally, playing drums with his band, Reeve Oliver. Reeve Oliver was pursued and signed by Capitol Records and made their major label debut with “Touchtone Inferno,” produced by Mega Producer, Neal Avron (Fall Out Boy, Sara Bareilles, Yellowcard, Linkin Park, etc.) Since the breakup of Reeve Oliver, Brad does studio playing and production for other artists. He is involved with CYT as a staff member helping continually monitor and improve the quality of the program. Also a passionate singer, he is a part time worship leader at the Flood Church in San Diego. Brad currently focuses his energy on the Musical edu-tainment website/YouTube phenomenon called Adventure Drums.

Brad loves teaching and is thrilled to be involved with this INTENSE camp.

Janie Russell has been involved with CYT since birth! Performing since the age of 4 she has now been involved with over 130 different productions, performing, directing, choreographing, or costuming. Janie studied musical theater at Boston Conservatory and has also done film with ABC, MTV, LXD and Invisible Children. Her true passion is for live theater and the “next” generation training in the ARTS! Janieʼs daily goal in life is to love the Lord with all of her heart, soul, mind, & strength. And to love her neighbor as herself. She is so excited about this INTENSE camp and canʼt wait to meet new people and work with their God given talents.

Alum Update: VanPort’s Kelsey Russell Inspiration for new Kingsbury Novel

CYT VanPort alum Kelsey Russell is featured in The Columbian this week. She is currently a student at the University of Portland, and the inspiration behind “Leaving,” the new book written by her mother, best-selling Christian-fiction author, Karen Kingsbury.

The fictional character Bailey Flanigan has her own Facebook page, with 10,200+ “Likes” by fans. Readers turn to the page to seek advice from the character- everything from faith and dating, to friends and family. Though the character is fictional, Russell is the face of support for her fans. On any given day she can spend up to 30 minutes to a couple of hours interacting with them. Here’s what she told The Columbian:

I love it. I definitely think that it’s a ministry opportunity. I think a lot of young girls in high school and college are looking for that role model figure, and I feel very honored that I get to play the character of Bailey….I think it’s a gift if you get to be in the public eye, and that gift can only come from God, and it’s how you use that platform.”

Read the article here: Author’s daughter inspired character; now she chats with fans in that role.

2011 CYT Expo’s HYPE Project: A Teenage Rebellion

The 2011 CYT Expo is taking its HYPE Project into rebellion.

“I’m excited to be heading up the HYPE Project for this year’s EXPO. We’re basing it on the book, ‘Do Hard Things – A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations’,” said project organizer, Brad Davis.

Basically as a student, you will learn to maximize your own potential in your prime teenage years while most adults don’t expect you to. I know that CYT has amazing young people in the program, and these few days of HYPE will inspire students to be a part of greater things in the community and for our Lord.”

In addition, HYPE students (ages 12-18) will also attend a seminar, “Women in Leadership” or “Men in Leadership.” Presentations to the CYT Community will be made on Friday Night.

Registration deadline: extended until April 30, 2011.
Cost: $45 per person.
Questions? Contact Brad Davis –
RSVP at the Facebook event page.

July 13-Workshop(s) and Project Challenge(s). 9am-6pm
July 14-Workshop(s) and Project Challenge(s). 9am-5pm
July 15-HYPE presentations @ CYT’s Expo Opening Night. 6:30pm-9:30pm

CYT is coming to Music City- Nashville, Tennessee!

It only makes sense that CYT should come to Music City. We are happy to announce CYT Summer Camps are coming to Nashville, Tennessee in 2011!

Artistic Director Michael Oakley is excited to see the program begin. He said that CYT Alumni from all over the nation have contacted him, wanting to help in anyway they can,

CYT Spokane, CYT Chicago, CYT San Diego, CYT Kansas City… Parents, students, teachers, directors, Area Coordinators. Everyone is getting involved and looking forward to our camps this summer and first classes/show session in the Fall. We can’t wait to get our star on the map!

Right now our biggest need is raising the funds to make this a reality all we need is 200 people to give $20. That’s doable right? It’s an awesome opportunity to be apart of bringing the program that changed our lives forever to Nashville. CYT: Developing character… one stage at a time, one city at a time. Soon, CYT will be everywhere and Nashville is the next stop on the affiliate train. Let’s make this happen!

Check out CYT Nashville’s webpage to get involved – be on a show committee, bring your kids to classes, get the word out!
Are you ready for CYT in Nashville? Become a fan today by visiting their Facebook page.
Have a question or want to get involved? Email:

The X Factor Auditions: Los Angeles only Days Away!

Earlier this month we posted a blog titled, Casting Call: “The X Factor”.

That afternoon we received a phone call from Simon Cowell’s Associate Producer, Maggie Brockmann, who asked us to spread the word about “The X Factor” audition process. Contestants have the chance to win a $5 Million dollar recording contract with Sony Music!!

Now that the start of auditions are only days away, we wanted to let you know of a website that is a MUST SEE: The website is “a fans guide for everything you need to know to get to and survive the The X Factor auditions.” You can sign up for an audition, nominate your friends, or blog your way to audition day!

“The X Factor” will be going to six cities, including:

  • Los Angeles: Sunday March 27th – L.A Sports Arena (Registration – March 26th)
  • Miami: Thursday April 7th – Bank United Center (Registration – April 6th)
  • NYC / New Jersey: Thursday April 14th – The Prudential Center (Registration – April 13th)
  • Seattle: Wednesday April 20th – Key Arena (Registration – April 19th)
  • Chicago: Wednesday April 27th – Sears Centre (Registration – April 26th)
  • Dallas: TBA – TBA (Registration TBA)

Read more about “The X Factor” Audition Process, including Registration and Eligibility, here.
One more thing- don’t forget to wear a CYT t-shirt during auditions! Let’s represent CYT to the max!!

Alumni Update: Katy Gutierrez & Kyle Chan

The latest news from CYT Alumni is in! CYT San Diego Alumni Katy Gutierrez & Kyle Chan are currently on an awesome world-wide adventure with “Up With People.”

The program brings 100 participants from 20 countries on a continental tour to participate in community service projects, musical performances, and global educational curriculum.

The trip will mark Katy’s first tour, and Kyle’s second. Denver, CO served as the training ground. The alumni then traveled to Florida, the Bahamas, Brussels, Prague, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and will end the tour in Mexico where they will meet the country’s president. According to Katy’s mom, Julie Gutierrez,

[Katy and Kyle] have learned about other cultures and entertained and served the communities they have visited. They [both] served and worked with the children (some are very poor, some very ill and some handicapped). Katy and Kyle’s passion was sparked from their CYT experiences, which has enriched and blessed the lives of two young adults and their families forever!  Thank you Paul and Sheryl and all of the CYT people who have blessed our lives!”

Learn more about the program “Up With People,” here.

CYT Fredericksburg’s Pam King talks about “Building Character”

Last week The Free Lance–Star interviewed CYT Fredericksburg’s Interim Artistic Director, Pam King, and student Matt McKinney.

Here is what Pam King told the paper about “building character”:

[CYT is] more than the stage–that’s just the avenue we use. This helps children build their character so that no matter what they do in life, they come out confident and can express themselves….What’s really cool is that I sit there on the judges’ panel, and I see them when they come in for the first time. They’re nervous, scared to death–some of the little ones are even quivering. But when they get in the show and they go through the whole process for 10 weeks, their confidence level and the way they grow is just amazing.”

McKinney himself is a self-proclaimed shy kid “who never talked.” He is currently cast as Pierre DeFarge, the male lead in “A Little Princess,” and according to the article, is “much more outgoing.”

“I’ve met a lot of friends there,” McKinney said. “Just really sound, good people.”

Read the complete article, here.