CYT Riverside Presents Peter Pan


Children, as well as the child in all adults, will be delighted to be taken back to Neverland as CYT Riverside presents Peter Pan for an eight-show run at the Bob Burton Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Fallbrook High School.

The curtain opens for two shows (2 p.m., 7 p.m.) July 27 and concludes with a 2 p.m. show Aug. 4.

Audiences will be transformed to turn-of-the-century London as Peter Pan — played by Andrew Shroll — enters the Darling nursery and literally flies Wendy (Kieryn Thompson), John (Nathaniel Parsons) and Michael (Duncan Thompson) to the timeless land where children can never grow old. While in Neverland, they meet up with the Lost Boys to face off against the dastardly Captain Hook (Steven Turk) and his pirate crew while also saving Tiger Lilly (Nina Sheridan).

All of the classic songs from the iconic musical will be on full display, including “Never Never Land,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “I’m Flying.” The show is directed by Jennifer Lloyd with choreography by Blythe Baker and musical direction by Angie Knechtel.

The iconic boy who never grew up was first introduced to the world by JM Barrie in 1901 in the short story, Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. The stage version and subsequent novel came shortly after. Hall of Fame gymnast Cathy Rigby earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the title role in 1991 and recently revived her role on a current tour.

CYT Riverside County is a non-profit theater arts training program for students ages 4-18. CYT offers a variety of singing, dancing and performance classes as well as Broadway-style musicals in the fall, winter and summer.

Performance Dates:
July 27, 28, Aug. 2, 3, 4 at 2 p.m.
July 27, Aug. 2, 3 at 7 p.m.

Bob Burton Center for the Performing Arts
Fallbrook High School, 2400 South Stage Coach Lane Fallbrook, CA 92028

Tickets are on sale at for $14 ($15 at the door). There are also Family Night bargain shows for $12 on July 27, Aug. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. There is a weekday matinee show for $10 on Aug. 2 at 2 p.m.


CYT North Idaho Partners with Camp Fire USA

CYT North Idaho is partnering with Camp Fire USA and Camp Sweyolakan to bring 2, one-week theater arts camps to kids grades 1-7 and 8-12.

Camp Sweyolakan sits on nearly 300 beautiful wooded acres on the shores of Lake Coeur d’ Alene at the mouth of Mica Bay. There is no better place for a camper to enjoy all the great water activities, cooking out over a campfire, archery, and other outdoor activities AND learn theater arts from Coeur d’Alene’s own, CYT North Idaho all in one week!

Campers July 12-18 will perform Camp Pixar for grades 1-7 with songs from Pixar films like Toy Story, Monsters Inc., A Bug’s Life etc. July 8-12, will be the Teen Camp for campers grades 8-12. The camp theme and performance will be Jukebox Love, a look at Jukebox Broadway musicals, like Jersey Boys, Movin’Out, All Shook Up and Mama Mia.

Both camps are residential and include acting, singing, dancing and specialty workshops as well as team time, competitions, rehearsals, outdoor fun and a performance on the last day. All campers will be cast in the shows and will receive a free CYT tee shirt. Camps range in price from $95 – $525.

To find out more details about either of the camps or about CYT North Idaho’s other junior theater day camps at the CYT Campus in Coeur d’Alene, Jun 24-28 or Jul 29-Aug 2, visit the CYT North Idaho website at You can register online for all camps. The CYT North Idaho website will link you to the Camp Fire USA website to register for the 2 camps at Camp Sweyolakan.


CYT Announces The Media Room at The 2013 EXPO

CYT Inc. is introducing the Media Room at the 2013 CYT Expo in Santa Cruz, California, on June 23rd- June 26th.

The Media Room integrates all things media-related at the EXPO. Expect CYT TV, Russell House films, photo sessions, myCYT Software demos, and more.

“The Media Room will give all attendees a fun, media-driven experience at the EXPO,” said CYT Inc.’s Director of Communications, Travis Russell. “Our hope is that everyone sees the vast scope of how we, a CYT community, can interconnect.”

Russell House films will be shown throughout the week. Films include: “The Legend of Pocahontas,” written by Jon Lorenz, and filmed by Chris Ninness and CastFam Productions; and “Alice: A Wonder-full New Musical,” written by Jon Lorenz.

CYT leaders do not want to miss myCYT Software demos. Instructor Travis Russell is scheduled to give a live demo on Mon., June 24th. Software demos (via YouTube) are also scheduled to be shown during the week.

On June 26th there is an opportunity for attendees to be filmed in the media room for CYT TV. CYT TV is a fun way for you to stay up-dated on all the latest CYT news. Following the CYT TV filming, attendees can stick around to ask questions about the film, We Live We Love.

Photo sessions are scheduled daily. A professional photo shoot (for CYT kids) is scheduled for Sun. June 23rd. In addition, local Santa Cruz photographers Tisha Hulter and Tom Jatchley will be on site to shoot fun photos of attendees. Props, costumes, etc. will be available.

An iPad will be on site for attendees to live “Instagram.” CYTers will have the chance to post their “live” EXPO photos on the CYT Inc. Instagram account to share with friends nation-wide. Another event scheduled for the media room is called “The Show Shirt Swap”. The swap allows attendees to show up at the designated time with their old CYT show shirts and share them with CYT friends from across the country.

The CYT EXPO provides an opportunity for students to learn how CYT can impact the world, and be revolutionary. CYT is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4-18, and has grown to be the largest youth theater in the nation.

For more information, please contact Jessica Cortez at or 1-877-411-4CYT x 102.


CYT Announces their Leadership Workshops at the 2013 EXPO

CYT Announces Their Leadership Workshops at the 2013 EXPO

March 26th, 2013 – Santa Cruz, California – CYT Inc. has announced their Leadership Workshops at the 2013 CYT Expo on June 25th- June 26th, 2013.

Leadership Workshops are available for CYT Leaders (Board Members, Artistic Directors, Executive Directors, Managing Directors, and Business Managers), CYT Staff, Production Team Members, Parents, and prospective CYT Leaders. The following workshops will be offered: Grant Writing, Set Designing, Costuming at Various Stages, Collaboration with Director and the Scenic Designer, myCYT Software, Building your CYT Board, Fundraising, and CYT Exposure in your City.

“The 2013 Leadership Workshops will give leaders in the CYT community the tools they require to effectively educate their students,” said EXPO Chair, Michele Ninness. “The idea is to maximize the potential of all involved.”

Instructors include: Anjanette Maray-Ramey, a Certified Nonprofit Professional with a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from USD; Keith Washington, a business leader, private investor, entrepreneur, and a member of the CYT Inc. Board; Skip Epperson, a theatrical design/backstage theatre professor at Cabrillo College and a Virginia Commonwealth University MFA graduate; Heather LaForge, Director of Operations for CYT Inc. and an accomplished academic with a Ph.D. in Theatre from UCSD; and Brooke Novak, Artistic Director of CYT Santa Cruz and USD Old Globe MFA graduate (Classical Theater).

Additional instructors include: Michele Ninness, a costumer/designer who has produced costumes for CYT, CCT, San Diego Musical Theater, Temecula Valley Players, and Coronado Play House; Travis Russell, a software trainer and stage lighting designer who’s worked for Invisible Children, the Old Globe, and Apple; Cheryl Hash, a CYT Santa Cruz costumer; Sharon Kleinschmidt, a CYT Inc. Board Member; and Rob Holbrook, the Managing Director of CYT Houston.

The 2013 EXPO provides CYTs from across the nation to come together and fellowship with those who have the same vision, mission and purpose. CYT is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4-18, and has grown to be the largest youth theater in the nation.

For more information, please contact Jessica Cortez at or 1-877-411-4CYT x 102.


CYT Presents the 2013 EXPO in Santa Cruz, Ca

Event Press Release

2013 EXPO
Improvathon, HYPE, Student Master Classes, Leadership Council,
and Leadership Workshops

Christian Youth Theater is presenting the 2013 CYT Expo in Santa Cruz, California this June 24th- June 26th, 2013.

CYTs from across the nation will come together to be trained to better serve local areas, and to inspire and motivate leadership to carry out the CYT Model.

“EXPO provides an opportunity for students and adults to gather with fellow CYTers and learn how CYT can impact the world!” said Heather LaForge, CYT Inc’s Director of Operations. “With Improvathon, HYPE Workshops, Master Classes for students, and Workshops for leaders, this EXPO promises to be a week to remember for CYT students and adults! Join the revolution and ‘Impact Our World’ through CYT!”

Student activities include the 2013 Improvathon, HYPE, and Master Classes! Improv Teams from all over the country will compete in a hilarious two-day think-on-your-feet event. The Improvathon culminates in a finals round where the wittiest CYT area will take home the coveted Improv Trophy. HYPE workshop themes include “Radical Love, Resolute Leadership, Reckless Faith, and Real Life.” Through collaboration, teamwork, and workshops, HYPE students will leave better equipped to live daily as young leaders blazing a trail of love, leadership & faith.

In addition to Improvathon and HYPE, we’re introducing Master Classes for students. Students who are of ages 8-18, can take the following classes: Dance for Musical Theater; Audition Like a Pro; STOMP; and CYT’s theme song SING, ACT, DANCE!  

The EXPO will offer Workshops and Breakout Sessions for CYT Leaders, as well as a round-table to discuss trends and strategic plans for CYT. Workshops are also available for CYT Leaders, Staff, Production Teams, and Parents.

Event website

Press Contact:
Jessica Cortez
Affiliate Coordinator
1-877-411-4CYT ext. 102


CYT North Idaho Brings Alice to Their Community

Cast members from CYT North Idaho’s production of “Alice the Musical,” a version of L. Fran Baum’s “Alice in Wonderland,” will visit the Coeur d’Alene Public Library for programs on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

CYT North Idaho is presenting the production Feb. 22 through March 3 at the Kroc Center. Cast members will visit the Seagraves Children’s Library, on the lower level at 702 E. Front Ave., for the 1 p.m. preschool programs and for school age children at 4 p.m. to read a story and sing songs.

No registration is required for the free program.

Children under 6 visiting the library need to be supervised by an adult or a person who is at least 14 even during programs. Children ages 6-9 should be accompanied by someone who is at least 14 who will remain in the building.

Original post, here.
You can purchase tickets to Alice at CYT North Idaho’s website.

CYT San Antonio Youth Invited to Train with Broadway Professionals!

A Taste of Broadway: Youth Master Class Series
Presented by Christian Youth Theater San Antonio
San Antonio, Tx – Monday, January 21, 2013.

Christian Youth Theater is proud to announce their Youth Master Classes Series: A Taste of Broadway.

The series is scheduled for February 23 & 24, 2013 at the Norris Conference Centers in San Antonio, located in Wonderland of the Americas Mall at 4522 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78201.

Students ages 8-20 will get a Taste of Broadway from some of Broadway’s finest, the faculty from the nationally renowned Texas State University Musical Theater Program, as they share an exclusive “behind- the-scenes” look at the professional world of Broadway. Students will have the opportunity to polish their dancing, acting and singing technique while these masters will provide insider advice on training, education and the pursuit of Broadway dreams.

“Theater students of all ages are fascinated to know what it’s like to perform on Broadway, and they will now have a chance to get feedback and advice by industry professionals on how they can improve their performance skills. These classes are not just for those aspiring to the Great White Way but for those students who want to improve their performance skills for their school, community, and church productions or get a head start on college prep entrance auditions,” says Sandi Mitchell, Artistic Director for Christian Youth Theater.

CYT is extremely fortunate to bring this caliber of talent and Broadway experience to San Antonio area students who have a passion for Musical Theater.

The Musical Theater Program at Texas State University is nationally recognized, and the program is led by award-winning Broadway actress/director Kaitlin Hopkins. Its innovative pre-professional training program is one of the only musical theatre programs in the country run exclusively by industry professionals. All their performance classes are taught by Broadway professionals; providing their students with current, cutting edge training. The Master Classes taught by Ms. Hopkins and faculty from TSU offer a rare opportunity and a real treat for those students who are wanting to add professional training to their resumes or for those students who want to hone their craft for performances in their communities.

Local Press Representative:
Sandi Mitchell

CYT Master Class Press Release
Master Classes Poster