Act, Sing, Dance, & Live!

It’s 2015! Can you believe it? One of my fave CYT mantras is “Act, Sing, Dance, Live!” I’m gonna try to do more of all of those things in 2015 and not just in the theatre! Maybe I’ll even get myself a little mug with that slogan on there as a reminder…

CYT Mug

Should this be your 2015 resolution, too? Grab a mug for yourself here.

 

What a thrill to begin a new year full of possibility and so many opportunities to Act, Sing, Dance, & Live. One of the new opportunities I’ve been presented with, is communicating with you all here on this blog. My name is Summer Moshy, and I will be just one of the voices you will be hearing from this year on the CYT Blog (I’m also the Curriculum Developer at CYT, Inc.). Another contributing voice will be Renee Kauffman (our Creative Director at Inc.), as well as a host of other magically exciting individuals (because, honestly, Renee & I can only be captivating like once a month, at most, and since this is a weekly blog, well, you can do the math). Krista, our previous blog editor, did an amazing job in this capacity and we hope to continue spreading the light & joy as she did while at the helm of our blog.

Act, Sing, Dance, & Live! Phew, that’s a lot to do all at once. (Quiet down all of you triple-threats out there…sheesh.)

Maybe I’ll start with just the Act part, first…

Act, literally means, “to do something” (in fact, the word “drama” comes from the Ancient Greek word, “dran” meaning, “to do”).  One of the best things we can do, is let others know that we see them and what they are doing, and that what they are doing matters to us. Lonliness and invisibility hurts so deeply. So, let’s work together to let each other know, “Hey! I see you over there! And I like it!” If you feel so called, check out these CYT affiliates Facebook pages (linked below) and let them know you see them by “liking” their pages, or better, yet, go see one of their shows & like them in person!

CYT Atlanta

CYT Baton Rouge

CYT Denver

CYT Fredericksburg

CYT Houston

CYT Indianapolis

CYT Kansas City

CYT Lafayette

CYT Nashville

CYT New York City

CYT North Idaho

CYT Phoenix

CYT Portland

CYT Riverside

CYT Sacramento

CYT San Antonio

CYT San Diego

CYT Santa Cruz

CYT Spokane

CYT Tri-Valley

CYT Tucson

CYT Upstate

CYT Waco

CYT Wichita

If you’re curious about what CYT is and why we Act, Sing, Dance, & Live all the year through, check out our website or like us on Facebook.

We promise, we like you, too.

Founder’s Corner: Gratitude for the CYT Family

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Houston St. John (left)

As I returned home last week from CYT Kansas City I reflected on the amazing outpouring of love and support that CYT, from around the country, sent to the families in Kansas City and to the St. Johns family after the loss of their son, Houston.

I was able to attend the memorial service for St. John and it was one that I will never forget. I’ve attended many funerals in my life but nothing like this one. It was truly a celebration about a young man who lived more in his 17 years than most people live in 90.

The service was attended by well over 1,000 people, many from his church, his high school and CYT Kansas City. Memorable performances included: St. John’s high school choir singing inspiring gospel numbers; his girlfriend singing Ava Maria; and CYT students singing, “You’ll Be in My Heart,” from the musical, Tarzan, in which he was supposed to play the title role. There was cheering, there were tears, there were three standing ovations, and there was laughter. There was video of St. John performing in various musicals and another of him singing love songs to his Lord and Savior, as a worship leader at church. The amazing thing about the service was the outpouring of support from the family and friends of the St. Johns. It felt like a family reunion.

Now that it’s Thanksgiving week, it’s that time to be grateful for all the blessings the Lord has given us. After experiencing CYT KC last week, I am incredibly grateful for the family that all of us have in the national CYT family.

There truly is love and support from friends all over the country who really do care and love each other just like family members. What an incredible bunch of wonderful brothers and sisters that we have in each other.

Contributed by Paul Russell

CYT Kansas City Presents Their 7th Annual Gala

GalaButton1CYT Kansas City cordially invites you to be a part of our 7th Annual Gala Fundraiser on January 3, 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Country Club Plaza.

This year’s theme: ‘CYT for a Lifetime’ thoughtfully considers the difference CYT makes in our community today and in the future.

This special evening provides you the opportunity to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet meal along with complimentary beverage assortment including fine wines and beer…all this while being entertained by students, and participating in a live and silent auction. Your involvement will help fund tuition scholarships, as well as funding support for our HEART program.

The HEART program (Helping to Encourage Awareness and Recognition in Theater) is a full inclusion program that provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in classes, shows and camps.

Location: Intercontinental Hotel Country Club Plaza
401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City MO 64112

Public Performances
Friday, January 3rd – 5:30 pm

Pre-Performance Ticket Info
$75.00 – Individual Gala Seating

Sales at the Door
Sorry, no walk-in tickets will be available at this facility for public performances.

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Halie Rae’s Story

Halie Rae has Down syndrome.

When our daughter was born, we knew that there would be developmental delays in learning, growing, language and that she may have medical needs. We started occupational therapy in our home when she was just 5 weeks old. She quickly taught us that she would learn many things just like our other daughters did, but it seemed to take her a little bit longer because of her decrease in motor skills and coordination. Her vision and hearing were normal and she seemed to understand us fine. We stimulated her with music and colors and every single toy she owned had to talk. We worked hard every day making sure she had opportunities to learn. She watched us, she listened and she imitated at a very young age.

Her smile gave us the hope we needed to move forward each day with energy and enthusiasm.

She loved watching the Barney show, but most importantly, we noticed she watched the kids on that show and knew them by name. She imitated their expressions and sang and danced along with them.

When Halie Rae turned 3-years-old, she started preschool. She also began Children’s Church at our place of worship where we attended regularly and she was welcomed with open arms. She attended her class weekly, performed with her class in the Christmas program, and began attending bible school. At 4-years-old Halie Rae began dance class at a local dance studio and had her first recital. She loved going places and looked forward to doing the same things her sisters were doing. It was always important for our family to make sure Halie Rae was out in the community to share her with other families who had children with Down syndrome.

We felt it was OUR responsibility to share the gift of hope with others.

We found out about CYT when Halie Rae was 6-years old. The HEART program at CYT has been a true blessing for our family. Receiving the CYT invitation for our daughter to attend and take theater classes with typical peers was a miracle. We prayed for God to help us share hope with other families and putting her on a stage for her to perform her talents seemed perfect and part of God’s plan. He had answered our prayers.

Halie Rae started her first Our Gang session and has attended each session since then. She is now 16 years old. She has been enrolled in approximately 30 CYT sessions. That is about 600 hours of lessons in theater. She has been cast in 14 CYT productions which have given her many, many hours of rehearsal time with her peers. She had been receiving speech and occupational therapy at school, but after being included in CYT we had her dismissed from these therapies as we felt she was being provided so much more in this inclusion program. Dismissing her from these services allowed her more time to be educated with her peers in the regular classroom setting.

Thank you CYT for helping our daughter become the BEST she can be!

Contributed by Josie Strickler

CYT Kansas City Presents Their 2012 Summer Camps

So you want to Act, Sing, Dance, LIVE this summer?

Join Christian Youth Theater Kansas City for summer fun!

Camps include: “Winnie the Pooh” (ages 4-5), “Jungle Out There” and “So You Want to be a Pop Star” (ages 5-12), “Xtreme Theater: Harry Potter” (ages 10 – 14), “Camp Willy” (Shakespeare) (ages 12-18), middle school camp “Selections from Shrek” (grades 6 – 8) and our high school overnight master camp “Guys and Dolls” including two full production performances. See our website for “Guys and Dolls” audition information.

Camps offered June – July at locations throughout the Kansas City metro area and in Lawrence, KS. Call 913.681.3318 for more information or visit us online at www.CYTKC.org.

CONTACT:

Amy Cox
CYT Kansas City
PR/Marketing
913.709.9438 mobile
amycox1@yahoo.com
www.cytkc.org

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