CYT EXPO through Instagram

What would CYT EXPO be without an Instagram Scavenger Hunt? It wouldn’t be CYT EXPO at all. The powers that be led the students on a Scavenger Hunt to capture some pretty inventive moments. We don’t know whose more creative – the people that came up with the list, or the students. You decide.

Too Much Caffeine

Too Much Caffeine

The Perfect Side Hug

The Perfect Side Hug

Planking Is Still Cool

Planking Is Still Cool

Photo Bomb

Photo Bomb

Open Mouth Smile

Open Mouth Smile

Let's Hear It For the Girls

Let’s Hear It For the Girls

Jon Lorenz

Jon Lorenz

Interpretive

Interpretive

Eyes

Eyes

Best CYT Mom

Best CYT Mom’s in the World

As Many Russells as you can Muster

As Many Russells as you can Muster

Read a full recap of the 2014 CYT EXPO.

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A recap of the 2014 CYT EXPO

It has been a couple weeks since the 2014 CYT EXPO. And it has taken us that long to come down from the high and wrap our brains around what a fantastic weekend it was. We are going to go out on a limb and say that this year’s EXPO was the best yet! With over 300 in attendance, students and leaders reconnected with their fellow CYT friends from across the nation and experienced what it truly means to be a part of one big CYT family.

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This year’s theme, “Through the Looking Glass”, really hit home when it was revealed that whether it’s through joy or tragedy, triumphs or defeat, happiness or sadness…when you look in the mirror, you can see everyone from your CYT family standing by you in the reflection. We are all in this together and there is no place we’d rather be than CYT!

My CYT Story Winners

My CYT Story Winners

There were so many incredible highlights from the weekend – guest artist Jon Lorenz, the closing night showcase with exceptional solos, harmonies, featured dancers, and the worlds greatest teenagers (can I get an “eye-five”), worship in the morning, HYPE breakouts, Improv rounds, workshops throughout the day, special evening events, late night rehearsals, and dance parties. It didn’t matter if you were in HYPE, Improv, or neither, we all came together for a common goal and it was such a huge success.

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Speaking of Improv…the Improvathon was AMAZING. Congrats to the Improvathon team “Stay Glassy San Diego” from CYT San Diego for taking home the trophy! 

Improv Finals!

Improv Finals!

Perhaps one of the most special times of all was when all the CYT leaders from around the country gathered together. One point that was made in the meeting by the CYT Spokane Artistic Director is that “we are all called”… it doesn’t matter who we are, or what job we perform, we are all called to be a part of this organization.  

The incomparable CYT leaders

The incomparable CYT leaders

Thank you to everyone that was a part of the jam-packed, fast-paced, memorable weekend…it was one none of us will soon forget.

P.S. Stay tuned for the our EXPO Through Instagram blog post. Hilarious.

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A glowing review for CCT’s Les Misérables

The below review on Christian Community Theater’s (CCT) Les Misérables was published in The East County Californian. If the article doesn’t give you happy chills, then the below promo video will.

You still have four chances to see the show: July 30 – 31 & Aug 1-2. Yesssss! Tickets available HERE.

Les Misérables engages and amazes audiences with stellar performance

Les Misérables cast dreamed a dream in a time gone by. Three hours time to be specific. And the time went by too fast.

From start to finish, the musical was engaging. This cast was faced with big shoes to fill, as this is a story line of large magnitude as well as literary significance. The shoe fit perfectly. Their paramount performance brought laughs, tears and sighs to a large, expectant crowd. 

Each member, both lead and supporting, exhibited an amazing dedication throughout the duration of the play. Never breaking face and continuing to act in the background were small acts of commitment that paid off big. 

It was as if every character cast could not have been played more significantly by any other. As an experienced performer, Matthew Posner played the lead role of Jean Valjean. The time progression throughout the musical and his ability to believably act according to each different year clearly showed his capabilities as a performer. Valjean’s character’s difficult but admirable journey was portrayed perfectly in the hands of this actor. The juxtaposition between him and Jon Thuerbach’s character Javert, who is set on finding the escaped Valjean and enforcing the law, is a relationship that’s intricate nature of crime and punishment is seamlessly developed and presented by the two.

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CYT Fredericksburg takes part in Family Fun Festival

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CYT Fredericksburg was recently part of the 11th Annual Family Fun Festival at the Ron Rosner YMCA. It was a free community event with activities for the entire family, including carnival games, crafts, and face painting. And that’s where CYT came in. Members of CYT Fredericksburg were there decked out in costumes and people could stop by their booth to register for CYT summer camps, get information on their upcoming shows, or get their face painted…lucky! I only wish I could have gone. 

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fredericksburgGet info on CYT Frederickburg’s summer camps, class registration, and so much more HERE.

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The Top 10 Theatre Colleges

If you’re a CYT student, it probably means you were bit by the musical theater bug. And if you’re nearing the end of your CYT run, it probably means you’re close to graduating from high school. Which means college. Which means you might be contemplating what to major in. Just in case it’s theater, I did some legwork to see which colleges have top-notch theatre programs. Happy applying!

Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

The Tisch School of the Arts is New York University’s theater school. The school provides rigorous preparation for students interested in dancing, acting, filmmaking, dramatic writing and other performing arts. Admission is highly competitive and requires an audition or portfolio, as well as recommendations from former teachers.

Famous graduates: Woody Allen, Angelina Jolie, Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Baldwin

Angelina Jolie

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Top 10 Longest Running Broadway Shows

Have you ever seen a show on Broadway? It’s quite magical. For some shows, you can take your time heading to NYC to see it since it will likely be playing well into the future. For others, time is of the essence.

Most Broadway shows have open-ended runs, meaning that the length of time the production plays is not set beforehand. It all comes down to ticket sales, which are determined by critical response, word of mouth, and the effectiveness of the show’s advertising.  

I came across the below infographic that shows the top 10 longest running Broadway shows and thought it was pretty interesting. We missed our chance to see Les Miserables (dang!), but Phantom of the Opera is still going strong (they recently just celebrated their 11,000th performance).

Sidenote/good news: CCT is putting on Les Miserables atop Mt Helix this summer. There’s hope for us all! Get tickets here.

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  1. Phantom of the Opera
  2. Cats
  3. Chicago
  4. Les Miserables
  5. The Lion King
  6. A Chorus Line
  7. Oh! Calcutta!
  8. Beauty and the Beast
  9. Rent
  10. Mamma Mia!
  11. (Photo credit)

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For the love of storytelling

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Have you heard of This American Life? It’s a weeky hour-long radio program hosted by Ira Glass on NPR. 

Each week they choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. Think of it as stories that are like movies for radio. Bottom line: it’s a program for people who love & appreciate storytelling. 

While each week is super entertaining, they recently broke their own mold and produced their most ambitious live show ever. They pulled together a massive team of theater pros at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Opera House – nearly 50 singers, actors, dancers, and musicians. The result? Journalism turned into a Broadway musical, into opera. 

Listen to the free podcast HERE, or check out the video.

P.S. Also – please check out Ira Glass and his views on storytelling. You’re welcome. 

 

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