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According to The Wichita Eagle, CYT Wichita is “A youth theater group that takes a different path.”
Artistic Director, Linda McGinness, said she doesn’t want to make stars out of the students. She told the paper that her “heart is for them to see who they are and how they can grow into that person.”
“We don’t want to just train the kids to do theater, dance, sing and act. We want to train them to have kindness, to think of others before themselves, to have integrity and poise,” she said.
CYT student, Lindsey Chastain, shared her thoughts on why CYT is different:
“[Teachers] have an impact on lives. It’s definitely the people that make it fun.”
Read the complete article, here: Lessons at Christian Youth Theater go beyond arts.
CYT Baton Rouge met a descendant of Pocahontas, at their first-ever showcase last week!
The showcase was a huge success, with 41 students performing beautifully, and over 175 in attendance. The theme was, “How Big is your Brave.” For the last 10 weeks we talked about the difference between fear and courage, and encouraged our students to be brave. Each week more and more students would testify to their own bravery.
This was a fitting theme as we learned about the bravery of Pocahontas, which will be our first musical performance this weekend. The Legend of Pocahontas will run Nov. 15th- 17th.
One of the showcase highlights was having a special guest show up to talk to our kids. Katherine Rutledge kindly shared her story, as a 13th generation granddaughter of Pocahontas! Rutledge is a local artist and lives here in Baton Rouge. She has traveled the world while learning about her ancestors and sharing her story with others.
- How did she die?
- What was her relationship like with John Smith?
- How old was she when she married?
Rutledge spoke of how Pocahontas learned English, the real story of how she ended up in Jamestown, the story of her conversion to Christianity, how she charmed King James when she met him in England, and many more fascinating facts. She also declared how thankful she is that Pocahontas’ heritage of Christianity was passed on, so that even she was able to grow up knowing the Lord and loving His Word.
The cast of “The Legend of Pocahontas” was thrilled to hear that their performance will tell her story almost perfectly. It was a blessing to know that the stories of our lives, like Pocahontas’, truly make a difference and can change the lives of others.
Contributed by Tonja Rainey, CYT Baton Rouge’s Artistic Director
Take a look back into one of CYT San Diego’s fall productions, Bridge To Terabithia.
The video includes show highlights, cast interviews, and more.
Video contributed by Paul Stine.
The Show Director, Cody Combes, said he was pleased to get the chance to bring “Willy Wonka” to life.
“The kids are nothing short of brilliant on stage, in this amazing tale of positive thinking!” he said. “I wanted to make the show quirky. One of the set pieces I’m most proud of is the glass elevator that my Intern Director, Daniel Collins, and myself, built.”
CYT San Diego’s Artistic Director, Janie Russell Cox, told The Star News that community and family participation is essential for making CYT shows magical.
“Involvement is encouraged with each aspect of the production. Not all students are aspiring actors but they can also learn sound engineering, lighting design, stage crew responsibilities, and stage management,” she said. “The parent production team incorporates family unity by supporting each member of the production onstage and offstage…. It truly is theater done by kids for kids!”
For ticket information, visit www.cytsandiego.org.