Wed. June 27
Free Day
Registration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel
Improv & HYPE Welcome Party. Location, TBD.

Thurs. June 28
One-on-One Leadership Meetings by Appointment
Improvathon Workshops/Rounds

Fri. June 29
Leadership Council Meeting (Board Chair, Artistic Director, Managing Director)
One-on-One Leadership Meetings by Appointment
Improvathon Workshops/Rounds
CYT EXPO Opening Night (with Improvathon Finals)

Sat. June 30
Leadership Workshops/Breakout groups
HYPE Workshops/Project
CYT’s Got Talent ($1,000 prize/ per group)
CYT EXPO Closing Night

**This is a general overview. Please note the details may be subject to change.
**Make San Diego your vacation destination this year. We’ve condensed the EXPO into 3 days instead of 4. so you can spend more time with family and friends and enjoy our beautiful city!

Register for the 2012 EXPO today!

We’ve also created Facebook Events for each event at the 2012 CYT EXPO. Don’t forget to RSVP.

On Twitter? Use the hashtag #cytexpo when tweeting about the 2012 EXPO. And if you’re not yet doing so, follow us on Twitter.

Locals Audition Their Dogs for CYT North Idaho’s “Annie”

Locals have auditioned their dogs for CYT North Idaho’s “Annie,” said the CDA Press, in an article published today about CYT North Idaho’s latest production.

According to the article, a dozen plus owners brought their dogs to audition for the role of Sandy, orphan Annie’s dog, “The whining, squirming auditioners ranged from squat and gray to long and golden, purebreds to mixes.”

Artistic Director Trigger Weddle said,

We have to have an animal that’s complacent and friendly and can follow simple commands. And we need one that will put up with all the noise.

“This had been twice the dogs expected. When we did the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ only five auditioned for Toto. But then, I guess the look of Toto is more specific,” said Executive Director Bliss Lanier.

Kiara Klinkefus, who stars as Annie, called each dog to see how it would response to commands. According to the article,

“Results were mixed. Some pooches wouldn’t leave the wings as Klinkefus squatted, patted her legs and gushed, ‘Sandy!’ Some bolted off the stage, or zigzagged to sniff every actor except the one calling it….[And] as is the case for all the good roles, only one stood above all the rest. Gus the fuzzy gray whoodle – wheaten terrier/poodle – was docile as he stood with the actress, looking nonplussed by the stage lights and the cooing audience.”

Looks like they found their pooch! You can read the complete article, here.

CYT Weekly Roundup: Jan 9th- Jan 15th

CYT in the news this past week:

We’ve created a prayer requests page on Facebook. “Like” it today, and share your prayer request with the CYT community!!

CYT was incorporated into a Chicago Mural. You can read the story, here.

Linda Mitroff has served on the CYT Chicago Board for the last nine years. A new window of opportunity has opened up for her, as she relocates with her husband. Read her goodbye in the latest CYT Chicago Newsletter, The Point.

Press Release: CYT Denver Presents “Mulan, Jr.”

CYT Denver returns to Parker’s Mainstreet Center with Disneys Mulan, Jr.—an action-packed stage adaptation of one of Disneys most beloved films.

The theatrical performance takes audiences back to the legendary, storytelling days of ancient China. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor! Disney’s Mulan, Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit.

The play includes convincing performances from nearly 50 young actors, ages 8 to 18—who spend nearly 10 hours each week working closely with the shows artistic staff. Attendees will enjoy score favorites like Honor to Us All, and Ill Make a Man Out of You—as well as a number of new songs.

To make the dancing and choreography more authentic, the team worked with a fight instructor, said show director Michelle Shannon. In addition, the beautiful sets and costumes have been hand-designed by a committed team of parents. Its exciting to see it all coming together into something that the entire group is proud of—and that families of all ages can enjoy.

Mulan, Jr. runs approximately 1.75 hours, including intermission, and will be performed Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 at 7 PM, and Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 at 2 PM and 7 PM. Mulans acting team will also perform for school-day and home school audiences on Wed., Jan. 25 at 10:30 AM. Admission is $7/person for the school-day performance and $15/adult, $12.50/child for weekend shows (advance-purchase price). Tickets can be purchased by calling 303-653-4716 or by visiting www.cytdenver.org.


Originally posted, here.

Linda Mitroff: Closing a Door, Opening a Window

Linda Mitroff has served on the CYT Chicago Board for the last nine years. A new window of opportunity has opened up for her, as she relocates with her husband. Read her goodbye in the latest CYT Chicago Newsletter, The Point.

Her letter is re-posted here, in its entirety:

“It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of the CYT Board of Directors for the last 9 yrs. I have seen CYT grown in numbers, maturity and influence in the community. I have witnessed children grow in their skill sets, confidence and character. I have seen staff members who have dedicated themselves to hard work and the commitment to see as many children experience theater and the riches it can add to their lives. I have also seen staff create an atmosphere where kids can learn theater yes, but also submission to authority, team building and a sense of community and belonging. An atmosphere where they learn ‘it’s not about me.’

I have also witnessed parents who have given and sacrificed way more than their ’20 hours,’ to serve on committees that are the backbone of a CYT production. I also witnessed 10 committed board members who met monthly, sometimes more, who worked diligently behind the scenes insuring that CYT stayed on the right course, one that would honor the Lord in every decision we made.

To all of you, children, parents, staff, and board members thank you. You have brought so much joy to my heart when I have seen you work in your giftedness and your passion. I have been so blessed to see children shine in their abilities. Staff, I have loved your diligence and hard work and your ability to spin many plates, often at the same time! To the board, I have loved working with you and serving this amazing organization called CYT. My husband Dave and I are heading into a new adventure as we start a new chapter in our lives at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We leave behind many a friends, not least of which is our CYT community. Who knows, maybe CYT may start a new affiliate in Grand Rapids?…..only God knows! So just as we end our shows with a collective point from the cast, I end my time with CYT pointing to Our Heavenly Father. May He get the Praise due His Name. – Linda Mitroff

For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the work of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O Lord! Psalm 92:4,5”

Empowerment: CYT Incorporated into Chicago Mural

Photo originally posted at the Daily Herald

CYT has been incorporated into a Chicago mural!

Mollie Bozarth, from the Art Department of Waubonsie Valley High School in Chicago, has contributed our latest blog:

This past summer I was part of a mural project in our downtown Naperville parking garage.  Many artists participated in the project, and each of us had a 24″ x 30″ space of wall to paint on.  We could choose a subject or image to illustrate within that space.

The theme for our floor was “Empowerment,” and the first thing that came to mind for me was Christian Youth Theater!  I’ve seen performances by some of the Dupage/Aurora groups at Oswego East and have been very impressed by the professionalism and quality of productions.  Students from our church have really enjoyed CYT, and my own nieces and nephew are loving getting involved in the local classes.  So, my panel of the mural series is dedicated to CYT.

I started with the CYT logo and wanted to mimic the figure with arms raised as part of my design.  Then I found images from CYT performances and adapted them to create an imaginary scene.  I also incorporated text with four of the key character traits that the website talks about.  Timm Etters, a local artist who was in charge of the mural project, is a Christian himself and was thrilled to have CYT represented in the series.

I hope it will give people a glimpse of the heart and magic of Christian Youth Theater.  Perhaps some families looking for a safe/healthy theater environment for their kids will see it and get involved!

Read The Daily Herald’s article on the project: Students brighten walls of Naperville garage.

CYT Weekly Roundup: December 26th- Jan 8th

Here’s the skinny on what you may have missed in CYT-land since the holidays:

We’ve created Facebook Events for each event at the 2012 CYT Expo. RSVP today!

Paul Russell contributed his latest Founders Corner blog: Comfort in Trouble.

CYT Lafayette posted their latest video on Vimeo, about their program and “The Sound of Music.”

CYT is picking up steam in Los Angeles! Sign up for our newsletter to say up to date with the latest news!

CYT Houston Cast Members Gab About Their Roles in “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Annie Jr.,” and “Mulan Jr.”

Check out the latest CYT Show Review: CYT West Palm Beach’s Oliver Cast “Loud and Strong.”

Richmond Unite Awards CYT Richmond $5700! Read the story contributed by Artistic Director Brooke Abrahamsen.