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.

CYT Riverside Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Join CYT Riverside at the Linfield Black Box Theater and fall under the spell of Shakespeare’s most joyful and popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Filled with magic, humor, music and spectacle, the merriment unfolds in an enchanted forest where fairies play tricks on unsuspecting lovers and bumbling actors are transformed beyond their wildest dreams. With a magic potion that grants love at first sight, anything can, and does, happen!

Matinee: September 28 & 29 at 2PM
September 26, 27, 28, & 29 at 7PM

Purchase tickets online through CYT Riverside’s website.


CYT Riverside Presents Peter Pan


Children, as well as the child in all adults, will be delighted to be taken back to Neverland as CYT Riverside presents Peter Pan for an eight-show run at the Bob Burton Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Fallbrook High School.

The curtain opens for two shows (2 p.m., 7 p.m.) July 27 and concludes with a 2 p.m. show Aug. 4.

Audiences will be transformed to turn-of-the-century London as Peter Pan — played by Andrew Shroll — enters the Darling nursery and literally flies Wendy (Kieryn Thompson), John (Nathaniel Parsons) and Michael (Duncan Thompson) to the timeless land where children can never grow old. While in Neverland, they meet up with the Lost Boys to face off against the dastardly Captain Hook (Steven Turk) and his pirate crew while also saving Tiger Lilly (Nina Sheridan).

All of the classic songs from the iconic musical will be on full display, including “Never Never Land,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “I’m Flying.” The show is directed by Jennifer Lloyd with choreography by Blythe Baker and musical direction by Angie Knechtel.

The iconic boy who never grew up was first introduced to the world by JM Barrie in 1901 in the short story, Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. The stage version and subsequent novel came shortly after. Hall of Fame gymnast Cathy Rigby earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the title role in 1991 and recently revived her role on a current tour.

CYT Riverside County is a non-profit theater arts training program for students ages 4-18. CYT offers a variety of singing, dancing and performance classes as well as Broadway-style musicals in the fall, winter and summer.

Performance Dates:
July 27, 28, Aug. 2, 3, 4 at 2 p.m.
July 27, Aug. 2, 3 at 7 p.m.

Bob Burton Center for the Performing Arts
Fallbrook High School, 2400 South Stage Coach Lane Fallbrook, CA 92028

Tickets are on sale at for $14 ($15 at the door). There are also Family Night bargain shows for $12 on July 27, Aug. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. There is a weekday matinee show for $10 on Aug. 2 at 2 p.m.


CYT Riverside to Head Over The Rainbow

Photo Credit: UTSD

Oz is gracing the big screen next week, but before you watch The Great and Powerful, you can catch the original musical in Riverside County.

Yesterday The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article about CYT Riverside’s Wizard of Oz– and Director Jennifer Lloyd was interviewed, giving patrons some insight into what they can expect.

“A lot of first-time performers in the show, really young children who have worked very hard. For example, they have mastered a difficult tap routine featured in ‘The Merry Old Land of Oz,’” said Lloyd. “It was a lot to learn, but they’ve mastered the moves perfectly.”

The cast of 84 (8-18) stays true to the original plot, but also includes “The Jitterbug.”

The article also mentioned cool special effects- you’ll see Glinda fly, and also see green smoke appear, for the Wicked Witch of the West. The production also shifts from, “A black-and-white reality to a colorful dream sequence and back again.”

You can read the complete article, here: CYT Heads Over The Rainbow.

CYT Riverside Presents The Wizard of Oz

From a bumpy ride over the rainbow to an adventure-filled journey down the yellow brick road, little Dorothy Gale takes us from Kansas to the Emerald City, in one of the most beloved stories of all time.

CYT Riverside presents The Wizard of Oz for a nine-show run in March 2013. All of the shows will be at The Old Town Temecula Community Theater. CYT Riverside County is returning to one of the most charming community theaters in Southern California for the first time since it staged Willy Wonka there in 2011.

Theater goers of all ages will enjoy the iconic songs and moments in The Wizard of Oz.

CYT Riverside County is a non-profit theater arts training program for students ages 4-18. CYT offers a variety of singing, dancing and performance classes as well as Broadway-style musicals in the fall, winter and summer.

Performance Dates: March 2, 3, 10 at 2 p.m. March 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 10 at 7 p.m.

At: Old Town Temecula Community Theater 42051 Main Street Temecula, CA 92590

Tickets are on sale at for $15. There are also Family Night bargain shows for $13 on March 3, 7 and 9 at 7 p.m.

CYT San Diego Alum Calli Alden’s Broadway Debut

CYT San Diego Alum Calli Alden is heading to Broadway!

She is the youngest cast member of “Bring It On—The Musical.”

According to the Press Enterprise, “[Calli] is a vocalist, actor and dancer in the ensemble, and an understudy for three leading rolls in this high-energy production.”

Calli Alden (known as Calli Buetow) was involved with the CYT SD Temecula/Riverside area as a child, and then moved with her family to Georgia. Her mother, Debi Buetow, helped start CYT Atlanta in 2003.

The article stated, “At age 16, the family moved to Hollywood for two years where Alden had opportunities to train and audition. She was cast in ‘Bring It On — The Musical’…when she was 12….After a month-long rehearsal in New York, the 13-city national tour began last October at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. In Toronto, the tours’ last stop June 10, the production team announced to the cast that the show would be opening on Broadway on Aug. 1….”

Read the article in its entirety, here: MURRIETA: Former resident makes Broadway debut.

CYT Riverside/Temecula became a CYT Affiliate in the Fall of 2011. They, along with 21 other Affiliates, train thousands of students a year.