Is a roller coaster ride a good thing or a bad thing?
My name is Callista Gleich, from CYT Fredericksburg, and this is My CYT Story.
I started CYT in 2008, but boy, has it been a roller coaster ride. I remember my first audition like it was yesterday. I was waiting for my name to be called. I heard my name and began to cry. The judges and the crowd were rooting for me, but I wouldn’t budge. They told me I could go last, but I sat there with tears streaming down my face. They called my name again. I didn’t know what to do. I sat there shaking, looking at the judges. A judge came over and walked me to the table where the judges sat. They all encouraged and cheered me on. They had me sing “Happy Birthday” with them. Once I finished, the whole audience stood up cheering for me. I was filled with joy! It was such an amazing feeling getting through the song and having people cheer for me!
I have auditioned for six shows, but only have done four. The first cut was the hardest because my siblings got a part. Although, we know God does have a path for everyone, I honestly didn’t know what mine was. It was so difficult to see them go to rehearsal for 10 weeks, then see them on the stage performing. The best thing I learned about CYT during this process is no matter what your situation is, they’ll always include you in some way. I got to assist the Stage Manager by calling cues. It was pretty neat, but honestly, I just wanted to be on stage.
After my first cut, I was cast in three shows. I started to get over my stage fright, enjoyed the spotlight on stage, and was able to focus on God through shows. CYT really is ‘awkwardly closer than family’ and does help grow character. But it doesn’t only grow character; it allows you to dig deeper and find other interests you didn’t know existed.
Three shows later, I was cut again. I was devastated. I wasn’t going to perform. But you know what? The show was amazing. Why? Because I WAS a part of it! Just in a different aspect. The director asked if I was willing to be the production assistant! I was so ecstatic about it, I said yes! I went to every rehearsal, learned how to block, and watched the show come to life! I absolutely loved it! It was so different being on the other side. Maybe sometime soon, I’ll be stage managing!
As you can see it’s been a roller coaster ride for me. But the roller coaster I’m riding, is the best you could ever ride! CYT is a huge blessing. It’s the best family you can ever ask for. You grow friendships that last a life time, develop a better relationship with Christ, and above all, see not only yourself, but other people grow in many ways. I’ve learned a lot from this Christ centered organization and I’m blessed to be part of the CYT family.
*This story was selected as a National finalist in the 2015 My CYT Story competition.