Friendship & Belonging: Two Testimonies


Thank you to Anna from CYT North Idaho for this special sentiment about the importance of finding good friends. 

I am in middle school, which as most of you know can be very difficult. Since fifth grade I have struggled with bullies, most of say things like you’re not pretty, you’re not cool, you stink! Since I joined CYT North Idaho I have made many, many, many friends, so many that it seems like they are more family rather then friends. I have become friends with a certain group of people that are now very important in my life. Sure I have friends at school, but at CYT I have more friends then a person could ask for. Than you CYT for giving me this amazing experience of meet a lot of new people!

Thank you to Jessi, a CYT alum from CYT San Diego, for this reminder that it’s the little things that count:

When I was little I was in Our Gang and was taught by two teachers named Amy and Jason. I wasn’t a shy child but I went to the first day of class not knowing anyone and was a little scared so I brought my stuffed lion with me. Jason went out of his way to not only make me feel like I was part of the CYT family but also my stuffed lion too.

Do you have a CYT story to share? Submit it here!

*DISCLAIMER: Though, all qualified and complete stories submitted will be forwarded to their respective area’s leadership for judging as part of the 2016 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. 


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…


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.

Spotlight on CYT North Idaho student Kalla Mort

Sigh. I just love CYT students. I recently got a chance to speak with CYT North Idaho student Kalla Mort and she’s a gem of a human. In the below interview, we discuss her various roles, her favorite CYT moments, and what she’s up to now. Enjoy!

How did you first get involved with CYT?
A family friend of mine invited me to come see her in Snow White. And after, that I auditioned for Jungle Book and was hooked from the start!

As you know, CYT is one huge pseudo-family that loves to spread the love to actual family members. Are your siblings or parents involved? 
I have three siblings – two older sisters and a younger brother. My older sister Kelsea was only able to do a few shows before graduating, and my brother Bryson only did one show. My mom always loves being a part of the Make-Up Committee. She loves being around all of the CYTers and being able to connect with them on their level!

Kalla at her sister Kelsea's wedding!

Kalla at her sister Kelsea’s wedding!

What has surprised you the most about the world of theater?
Probably the instant familial bond you have with your fellow actors. Even outside of CYT, the family aspect is there. I never realized you could find a group of “misfits” and imperfect people who still love and support each other like a family would.

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CYT North Idaho shows their true colors

There’s some positive rumblings about CYT North Idaho’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Key word: Dreamcoat. The below article was written by CDA Press and it has us beaming with pride.

Charisma in color

The amazing technicolor dreamcoat.

COEUR d’ALENE – Hand-painted wooden buttons, acrylics and several different fabrics have been crafted together to create a charismatic cloak for the Christian Youth Theater-North Idaho’s upcoming production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Tweed, satin, rayon and creative liberty have been used liberally by Coeur d’Alene artist Shannon Erwin to make a dreamcoat audiences won’t see elsewhere.

“We didn’t want it to look like every other coat that is out there,” said director Brook Wood of Coeur d’Alene. “If you Google it, most of them look so similar.”

Erwin said she worked off and on for about a week to create the perfect fit for the character of Joseph. The coat is long, with different-colored panels from waist to floor.

“My idea was to paint it so all the different panels would fade into each other,” she said.

Opening the coat reveals a golden lining, to go along with how the coat is described in the script. Wood said she wanted it to be kind of like a painting, which accompanies the colorful theme of CYT’s production, where one scene is “blue, gold and Elvis,” she said. The play borrows from several theatrical eras and styles, and plays up the color schemes through each act.

“If you like musical theater, you’ll love it, because it’s got a little bit of everything in it,” said choreographer Trigger Weddle.

View the article in its entirety here.

(Photo credit: Shawn Gust)

CYT North Idaho’s 5th Annual Play-In-A-Day Fundraiser

196x198x2172045A6-A2FE-834C-DF2B3D16EFA82A46.jpg.pagespeed.ic.bUtd_xkCjGCYT North Idaho will host their fifth annual Play-In-A-Day Fundraiser at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Theater, 1765 W. golf Course Rd., Coeur d’Alene, ID, on January 2 & 3, 2014.

In the last four years over 600 local kids put on a play in just 24 hours! This event is FREE to kids between the ages of 10-18 and all participants are asked to sign up online prior to the event at the CYT NI website: click “Play in a Day” rotating screen and then follow the link to Chill Bucket Productions or go directly to Chill Bucket Productions website at

Space will be limited so sign up early!

CYT North Idaho’s Play-in-a-Day is the perfect fun activity once Christmas is over and its not quite time to go back to school. This year’s show will be an original musical written by Chill Bucket Productions called Hansel and Gretel. “This is a modern day version of the classic fairytale, Hansel and Gretel. Our two lead characters get lost in the woods and not even their cell phone GPS can help them out! They meet new friends and make new enemies in a fun-filled adventure that promises to keep the whole family on the edge of their seats! The show includes songs you know and love and lots of speaking parts.”

This is a fundraiser for CYT North Idaho which produces 3 fully-stage musicals a year at the S.A. Kroc Community Theater. Funds are raised at the Play in a Day event through ticket sales to the performance on January 3 at 7:30 p.m. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see what 100+ local kids and numerous volunteer adults can pull off in just 24 hours! Tickets are $10 if bought online at our website: or at auditions on Jan 2 starting at 4 p.m. at the S.A. Kroc Community Theater. They will be $15 at the door on January 3.


CYT North Idaho’s Tarzan Moves In

Tarzan is being performed this fall, by both CYT Kansas City and CYT North Idaho.

The video above is a sneak peek into CYT North Idaho’s move in. Executive Director, Bliss Lanier, said the show is going to be great and sung praises about the volunteers.

“The backdrop is three miles of fabric, dyed green in a horse feed bucket, and was made by a volunteer mom! It’s amazing,” she said.


Based on Edgar Rice Burrough’s book and the smash-hit 1999 Disney animated film, Tarzan tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan – now a man – encounters strangers like himself for the first time.

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