The following story was submitted by Riley H. from CYT Nashville for our 2017 My CYT Story Contest.
Did I find out about CYT from a friend? No. Did I happen to go see one of their plays and decide I wanted to be a part of CYT? No. I Googled it like any normal person………duh.
But seriously, I did Google Christian theatre groups in my area. When living in a bustling arts town like Nashville, Tennessee, I had an abundance of options to choose from. As a kid I LOVED singing and acting in dozens of school plays, but in middle school that activity became stagnant due to my family’s moving. Now, as I’m finishing 10th grade and exploring my options for extracurricular activities, theatre came to mind. After finding my local CYT’s website, my mom emailed the directors and asked if I could visit a class. They responded enthusiastically and also informed me of their upcoming auditions for Beauty and the Beast. (Belle is probably my favourite Disney princess……so you could imagine my excitement.) When I visited the class people immediately came to me and introduced themselves. Long-story-short, I heard a lot of names; some I had trouble pronouncing, not to mention remembering. That night I left with a smile on my face as I swaggerly told my mother “Let’s do this thing.” Now I’m a few weeks into my session of classes and the auditions for Beauty and the Beast are over. What part did I get, you may ask? Well, I’m the old beggar woman/Enchantress, a townsperson, and an enchanted object. Yay!
Let’s talk character building: never have I ever been so unafraid to act stupid and crazy. CYT is the only place people will clap or say ‘encore’ when you act weird. Just the other day for example, in class I did an improvised scene where I played a bratty teenage boy who lives in England and is roasting his marshmallow by the fire. His foot catches on fire though. I yelled in my, if I may say so myself, AMAZING British accent. Who knew acting like an idiot could be so much fun?
Thank you CYT for making my dreams come true. To be clear that dream was to still be able to ‘play pretend’ as a teen. 😉
Everyone I talk to is uplifting, positive, and Christ-like. I’m am very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a unique theatre group like CYT.
*NOTE: DEADLINE for the 2017 My CYT Story Competition has passed. All submissions received after this point will be held for the 2018 My CYT Story Competition.
DISCLAIMER: Though, all complete stories submitted will be forwarded to their respective area’s leadership for judging as part of the 2017 My CYT Story Competition, not all stories will be published on this blog. Likewise, having your story published on the blog does not guarantee that your story has been selected as a Regional Winner.