CYT Alum in SMASH competition with NBC San Diego and La Jolla Playhouse

CYT Alum, Bethany Slomka, is a part of the SMASH competition with NBC San Diego and La Jolla Playhouse!

The winner of the contest gets to perform at the La Jolla Playhouse Gala and wins a trip to NYC. Official contest rules can be found at the NBC San Diego SMASH Facebook Page.

Bethany has been doing CYT since 1998 and has performed in twenty shows and three tour groups over the years. She will be co-directing CYT San Diego’s “Charlie Brown,” in the near future.

Cast your vote for Bethany, here.

Need incentive? The La Jolla Playhouse website says that, “voters will be entered to win 2 tickets to the opening of a play at La Jolla Playhouse.”

Life Lessons: “Oliver” Role Impacts CYT Fredericksburg Student

Sarah Bower was interviewed for her role as Nancy in CYT Fredericksburg’s upcoming production of “Oliver,” in an article that ran over at

According to the article, “[Through Nancy’s character], who started stealing at age 6 and doesn’t know any other way to live, Sarah feels hopelessness and constant fear.”

“The uncertainty of what is going to happen and not having any hope or faith in anything makes that fear even bigger,” Sarah told the paper. “[I want to show the impoverished] they have hope for a better life in Christ.”

The article stated that Sarah will be traveling to Mombasa, Kenya, where she will “serve orphans and other children at the Royal Kids School. The facility is supported by e3Kids International, a Fredericksburg based nonprofit whose mission is to equip, empower, and educate impoverished children. The group sponsors 130 children ages 4-18.”

Managing Director Terry Cook told the paper that the “Oliver” cast has been collecting food for a local food pantry:

“The [students] want to have an impact in our community as well as internationally.”

You can read the complete article, here: Role in play offers life lesson for local teenager.

CYT Weekly Roundup: Feb 12th- Feb 26th

The latest and greatest CYT blog posts from the last couple of weeks:

CCT VanPort presents their 2012 Summer show!

Discover how God was in attendance at CYT Denver!

A must read SDUT article: SCHOOL ARTS = HIGHER SCORES.

CYT Chicago’s “Joseph” Cast Raises the Bar.

CYT VanPort presents “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Attending the HYPE Workshops/Project at the 2012 EXPO? We’ve decided to make the event 3 days, instead of 1! Find out more info, here.

CYT Alum Aspen Vincent and her husband, Tony Vincent, recently appeared on NBC’s The Voice! Watch Tony’s performance of Queen’s, “We Are the Champions.”

CYT Kansas City “Seussical Jr.” Cast Members Perform on their local Fox News.

CYT Alum and Oscar Nominee Michelle Williams talks CYT in a KUSI Interview!

CYT Alum and Oscar Nominee Michelle Williams Talks CYT in KUSI Interview

With the 2012 Academy Awards only a couple days away, the Oscar buzz is hard to ignore.

CYT San Diego alum Michelle Williams received a Best Actress nomination at the 84th Academy Awards for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, in the film, “My Week with Marilyn.” In the video above she discusses her role as Marilyn and performing in CYT as a child.

The Oscars will take place on February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California.

CYT Alum Aspen Vincent and Her Husband on The Voice

Congrats to CYT Alum Aspen Vincent and her family! Her husband, Tony Vincent, recently appeared on NBC’s The Voice, singing Queen’s, “We Are the Champions.”

Tony was later picked by Cee Lo Green. Watch the YouTube above to see the rockin’ performance- Aspen is seen cheering on her husband from backstage.

Soon after his appearance on The Voice, Aspen said (via her Twitter account),

“Couldn’t be more proud of my beautiful husband.”

Aspen, a CYT San Diego Alum, has starred in “Sleeping Beauty Wakes” at the La Jolla Playhouse, and “American Idiot,” on Broadway. In the later, she performed alongside her husband Tony.

2012 EXPO: HYPE Workshops/Project Update

We have some exciting news for CYT HYPE students! We’ve decided to lengthen the HYPE Workshops/Project event at the CYT EXPO this year.

The theme for this year’s HYPE conference comes from the book “Start Here” by Alex & Brett Harris, a follow-up to their previous book “Do Hard Things”. HYPE projects will occur daily and guest speakers will also be present. Registered Improvathon students will also be able to participate in one of the HYPE Workshops/Projects, on Sat. June 30th ONLY.

Coordinating the event this year is the delightful Lydia Kinne. If you have any questions you can contact her at

Here’s what the schedule will look like for HYPE students:

Wed. June 27
Improv & HYPE Welcome Party. Location, TBD.

Thurs. June 28
HYPE Workshops/Project

Fri. June 29
HYPE Workshops/Project

Sat. June 30
HYPE Workshops/Project

Registration is now $120.
**Please note the raise in cost is to cover the expense of food.

Cost Includes:
Welcome Party; Improvathon Finals; HYPE Workshops; HYPE Presentations; EXPO t-shirt; Lunch and Dinner on Thursday; Lunch on Friday and Saturday; Got Talent Auditions and Finals.

Need more information? Here’s the 411:
CYT EXPO website
CYT EXPO registration
RSVP at our Facebook HYPE Event Page!