Video: Looking Back at the 2011 CYT EXPO

Did you miss out on the 2011 CYT EXPO? If so, this video sums up our best conference yet!

Joshua Taylor, CYT Social Media Reporter and CYT Spokane Alum, filmed the entire CYT EXPO- his video includes interviews, HYPE workshops, Improvathon Rounds, and the Welcome Party!

Videography has been Taylor’s hobby for years now, and he said he loves to document most things he’s doing,

“Some [videos] are from CYT, other videos [from] school, and some [are of] my family being crazy! I have been asked by a couple outside sources to do editing for them so it’s been cool to see where it is going! If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I can’t imagine how many words a video can hold…that is why I carry a camera and that is why I love sharing my memories with those around me!”

CYT VanPort Students Create Garden Beds for their Local Community

CYT VanPort students appeared in The Columbian newspaper today, for volunteering their time to create garden beds for the needy, in the Rose Village neighborhood.

According to the paper, they partnered with Clark County Homegrown Gardens to,

“[lay] cardboard as a weed barrier and [construct] wooden frames to enclose five beds. They layered coffee grounds, shredded paper, grass clippings and leaves using the lasagna gardening technique to create the planting medium for the gardens. Finally, they topped the beds with soil and installed a string grid to prepare for planting with the techniques of square foot gardening.”

Founders Corner: Enlarge the Place of your Tent

The verse that stuck out to me this week was Isaiah 54:2-5:

Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; Lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities. Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband – The Lord Almighty is his name – The holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth.


“Enlarge the place of your tent”
It’s amazing and exciting what God is doing around the country and in Canada. CYT is now in 24 Cities, and 53 Areas.

“Stretch your tent curtains wide”
Let’s all be willing to open our doors to every kid, every family, every opportunity that the Lord brings our way. Opportunities include: CYT@school, Alumni Summer Shows, CYT@Church, drama competitions (Atlanta at Disney World) year around Improv programs, Senior Follies, intern programs, HYPE, Tour groups, and Actor’s Unlimited.

“Do not hold back; lengthen your cords”
Let’s go out with boldness and with confidence. The world wants what we have to offer. We are giving children and families a product that is not being taught in many schools or churches. We can meet that void. But remember that we are tethered together with a cord. It’s our mission statement, it’s our purpose, it’s what CYT is all about. We are ALL about building character in kids – the production is always secondary.

“Strengthen your stakes”
That’s what we do here at CYT Affiliate Services. We want to give you the resources that will help you fulfill our mission. We want you to be with the kids and the families and not be bogged down in paper work. Affiliate Services wants to provide training videos, curriculum, demonstrations and a place for sharing of ideas and resources. We want you to know that that your CYT stakes are deep with history. Deep with a love for children. Deep with a love for the performing arts and deep with a love for our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. This is what makes CYT different.

The other way that we will strengthen out stakes is by helping each other. By sharing resources. Writing new shows, sharing new class ideas and curriculum, sharing contacts and vendors, fundraising ideas and meeting together like this at least once a year to reaffirm our mission. This will help us drive our stakes deep and weather the storms.

“For you will spread out to the right and to the left”
Our newest affiliates include CYT San Antonio, Texas and CYT West Palm Beach, Florida. We get 3 new requests to start a CYT on a weekly basis.

“Your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities”
We are now international – with our first program in Canada. God is moving in the hearts of people around the world. There is interest in Japan, South Korea, South Africa, United Kingdom and Australia. Desolate cities include Los Angeles and New York City.

“Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated”
Children’s theater is sometimes looked down upon from the general public. Sometimes we camouflaged our name by using the acronym, CYT instead of Christian Youth Theater. You can read the CYT Blog to see some of the recognition that CYT has had this year from around the country.

“You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood”
There have been many times that I’ve wanted to crawl out of a showcase or a show and not be seen by anyone because I was so embarrassed by the production. The acting and singing was so bad and the dancing was lame and the sets and costumes were so church basement. Hopefully those memories will be forgotten. I’m sure many of us have asked ourselves what am I doing? This youth theater thing is too hard, too tiring, too much drama with the parents and teachers and kids.

“For your Maker is your husband – The Lord Almighty is his name – The Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth”
Let’s all remember who our mate is during this adventure. It’s the Lord God Almighty. The Holy One of Israel. He is my salvation. He is the God of the Universe. He is certainly bigger than any of my problems or needs.

Contributed by Paul Russell
Originally shared at the 2011 CYT EXPO Opening Night

Images: 2011 Improvathon Finalists & Most Valuable Players

 VanPort’s Everything Manly & Last of Moshecans

VanPort’s Everything Manly

 VanPort’s Last of Moshecans

 CYT San Diego’s Mighty Moosen Park Rangers

 CYT Kansas City’s Easily Amoosed

 2011 Improvathon Most Valuable Players: Kevin McDonald & Lucy Thompson

Check out more photos at our Facebook Album.
Photos by Steve Kleinschmidt and Sheryl Russell

Review: the 2011 Improvathon Finals

2011 Improvathon Champions, CYT Kansas City’s Easily Amoosed

2011 Improvathon Runners-up, San Diego’s Mighty Moose Park Rangers

The 2011 CYT Improvathon Finals were very exciting, with many twist and turns!

Usually after the preliminary rounds of the Improvathon are finished, the scores are tallied and the top three teams are sent to the finals; however this year was different because there was a tie and four teams were sent into the finals.

The top four teams were: Last of Moshecans (Vancouver), Easily Amoosed (Kansas City), Mighty Moosen Park Rangers (Tri City San Diego) and Everything Manly (Vancouver). For the finals, each team was expected to play Half-Time and a game of their choice. After this, score were tallied once more and there was a tie once more. This tie was between Might Moosen Park Rangers and Easily Amoosed! To break the tie, the game Survivor was played.

After two ties, the suspense was building to find out who had won the 2011 CYT Improvathon. Easily Amoosed won the tie breaker and became this years’ champion with the Might Moosen Park Rangers coming in second and the Everything Manly and Last of Moshecans coming in third and fourth, respectively.

Contributed by Victoria Manning, Student from CYT Lafayette
Photos by Steve Kleinschmidt

CYT Commercials Debut at the 2011 EXPO, Created by CYT HYPE Students

The CYT Commercials below were created by CYT HYPE students at this years CYT EXPO 2011 in North Idaho.

They were filmed, edited and published to YouTube using only an iPad 2 by high school students. The first video focuses on the relational side of CYT (Friends, Family, Relationships), the second video highlights the artistic side of CYT (Acting, Singing, Dancing), and the third video spotlights the mission of CYT.