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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Bye Bye Birdie Across America

1003479_10151462997081261_865099592_nThe cast of CYT Fredericksburg’s Bye Bye Birdie

“Bye Bye Birdie” is playing in CYTs across America this weekend.

You’re in for a treat if you live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho or Fredericksburg, Virginia. The summer show for both CYT Affiliates runs through Sunday, July 28th.

The CDA Press in North Idaho recently interviewed a family involved in their production. The Pfau family (all 4 of them) discussed working on stage together. You can read their story, here: A Family Affair.

You can purchase tickets to “Bye Bye Birdie” by going to, or

CCT North Idaho’s Bye Bye Birdie



Contact: Bliss Lanier
Phone: (208) 819-9281

Eight parents of CYT North Idaho’s students are joining their kids on stage for CYT NI’s second annual summer show, Bye Bye Birdie. With a total cast of 51, this Broadway musical brings timeless humor, a plot that appeals to all ages, an award winning musical score, and good old fashion fun to the S.A. Kroc Theater. Bye Bye Birdie is the total family entertainment package.

If you’ve seen the theatrical production or the movie made in the 1960’s starring Ann Margaret and Dick Van Dyke, you’ll want to experience the fun again. If you’ve never seen it, you’ll want to see what you’ve been missing!

Tickets are now on sale at the CYT North Idaho website: or by call the Box Office at: (208) 277-5727. Prices range from $9-$15.

Dates and times:
July 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m.
July 20, 26, 27 and 28 at 3 p.m.

Come join CCT-North Idaho as they present a “blast from the past!” with Bye Bye Birdie.