CYT Chicago Announces 2011 Facebook Photo Contest Winners

This past weekend CYT Chicago released the winners of their 2011 Facebook Photo Contest!

Categories included “Member/group that posted the most quality images,” “Best photo circa 1997-2002,” and “Best photo circa 2003-2011.” The winners -NW Cook County, Chelsey McNeil, and Dustin Turner- all took home a $75 prize. Without further ado, here are the winning photographs:

1) The member/group that posted the most quality images: NW Cook County

2) The best photo circa 1997-2002:

1st place, “Charlie Brown” (Chelsey McNeil)

Honorable mention: “The Rose” (Sara Jennings)

The best photo circa 2003-2011:

1st place, “The C-Jump” (Dustin Turner)

Honorable mentions:

2nd place, “Kane Beauties” (Kara Gardners)

3rd place, “The point” (Dawn Bauman)

4th place, “The Circle” (Emma Stephens)

5th place, “Wonka Fun” (Kathryn McKeown)

CYT SD Alum Victoria Pena Receives a “Golden Ticket”

The latest CYT success story comes from a CYT San Diego Tri-City Alum, Victoria Pena.

Victoria, 19, is a Sophmore at University of Colorado double majoring in Vocal Performance/Music and Theatre/Musical Theatre. She was recently accepted into Julliard and the Berklee/Boston Conservatory, but has decided to stay in Colorado and transfer at a later date to get her MA and PhD. She performed in RENT as a Freshmen and had her opera debut in Denver this past April. Lastly, but certainly not least, she received a “golden ticket” to the next round of American Idol!

Support CYT! Join the “30 Year Club”

Christian Youth Theater is celebrating their 30th birthday this year!! The festivities continue as we launch our latest campaign, the “30 Year Club,” at

The “30 Year Club” encourages the CYT Community – CYT Alumni, friends, family, students – to give back. Here’s why:

For the last 30 years, Christian Youth Theater has changed the lives of students by providing leadership opportunities and confidence-building experiences all-the-while honing critical skills for those who plan to compete in the world of professional performing arts. CYT is now asking for your support as they continue to make an impact across the globe.

“In some way, CYT has made a difference in your life and we are asking you to give back. Our hope is that generations to come will be able to experience the CYT you enjoyed,” said Co-Founder Sheryl Russell.

The “30 Year Club,” is a group of people invested in the ongoing outreach of CYT. By joining the “30 Year Club” you are committing to give $30 per month toward providing CYT to kids who need it, planting CYTs in communities that need it, and creating resources and opportunities to perpetuate the CYT revolution! If money is tight, there are options to give an amount of your choice.

There are other ways to donate as well- you can join the College and Career Collaborative, which is an endowment to help CYT alumni further their education and apply their talents, or donate to local Scholarship Funds.

We encourage you to join the “30 Year Club” and help spread the word. If you are on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Google +) you have the opportunity to share with thousands of people!! Share on your Facebook today!

CYT Houston Students meet “Jesus Christ Super Star” Actor

Last week CYT Houston students scored an interview with “Jesus Christ Super Star” actor, Ben Vereen! reported that, “After interviewing stage and television star John O’Hurley on June 21, a number of CYT participants were invited back Tuesday to chat with star Ben Vereen.” More than twelve students and their chaperones woke up early Tuesday morning to meet the star. Vereen was in town for the weekend, performing in the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera “Jesus Christ Super Star.”

Publicist Cindy Goodrich told the media outlet,

“After the kids live interview with Deborah Duncan and Vereen, they filmed a television commercial to promote CYT and its musical theatre classes.”

Photos courtesy of CYT Houston

CYT Upstate Announces Fall 2011 Classes


Contact: Heather Knapik
Phone: 864-209-1884

Christian Youth Theater Upstate (CYT Upstate) is proud to announce our fall session of classes beginning August 22 & 23, 2011. Classes will be held at Boulevard Baptist Church, 700 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621, and at our new CYT Warehouse Theater, 4533 Hwy 81 North, Anderson, SC 29621.

Our ten-week session is open to students ages 4-18. Our “Wiggles & Giggles” (ages 4-5) and “Our Gang” (6-8) classes will be held at Boulevard from 5:00-6:30pm on Tuesdays. Students ages 8-12 have a choice of “Beginning Acting for Kids” or “Modern Dance & Jazz” on Tuesdays at Boulevard from 5:00-7:00pm. Also on Tuesdays at Boulevard in the 5:00-7:00pm time slot are our “Middle School Voice” (ages 11-14) and “Auditions” (ages 13-18) options. Ages 14-18 have a choice of Mondays at our CYT Warehouse Theater or Tuesdays at Boulevard for “Intermediate Acting for Teens” from 5:00-7:00pm.

All of our students will perform with their class in a Showcase on October 25, 2011, at the CYT Warehouse Theater. Students ages 8-18 are also eligible to audition for our next production, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr., on stage November 11-13, 2011.

For more information regarding CYT Upstate, our fall session, or Alice, visit our website at, email Heather Knapik at, or call our office at 864-209-1884.

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4-18. Since its founding in 1981 in San Diego, CA, CYT has grown to be the largest youth theater in the nation.The CYT Upstate affiliate is just one of many across the country, taking part in training thousands of students nationwide. CYT is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization funded primarily through its tuition, ticket sales, and outside contributions.