The journey from CYT student to CYT director (sorta)

You guys. You’re about to meet an extraordinary gem. Caleb Craig is a former CYT San Antonio student, and current intern director for CYT San Diego‘s production of The Addams Family. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with him about CYT life, college life, and future life. Lucky me!

Here's Caleb, ladies & gentlemen.

Here’s Caleb, ladies & gentlemen.

Not so long ago you were a CYT San Antonio student. What were some highlights from your days on the CYT stage? 
I was part of CYT San Antonio’s ambassador group, the Encore! tour group. That has by far been my favorite part of CYT. We had the privilege of working directly with Sandi and Scott Mitchell producing and performing medleys and arrangements of songs from various genres and shows. That group of people have become my closest friends. They’re like family to me.

The Encoure! group with their Artistic Director Sandi Mitchell

The Encore! group with their Artistic Director Sandi Mitchell

Any favorite CYT roles or shows stand out to you?
I was Peter Pan in Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. and it was a dream come true for me. That was my first lead role in any show I’d done. One of my favorite shows that CYT San Antonio put on was definitely The Wizard of Oz. It was filled with so many incredible moments, including a 12-minute quick change from Ms. Gulch to the Wicked Witch of the West. Watching the make-up and costume crew backstage move super fast to completely change the actress’s appearance was something to behold.

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Update: CYT San Antonio gets recognition for being awesome

We previously reported a tear-jerking story about how CYT San Antonio made 5-year-old Hallee’s dream come true at her birthday party. And now that story is getting recognition from San Antonio radio station KNBT.

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In a segment called “Tell Me Something Good Tuesdays,” the DJ discusses how students from CYT San Antonio went above and beyond to honor the life of Hallee’s big brother Jaxon.

Have a listen below.

CYT San Antonio helps make a birthday wish come true

WARNING: the following may make you cry (possibly uncontrollably) and/or want to move to San Antonio immediately to join their CYT. Proceed.

Peter Pan was her late brother Jaxon’s favorite Disney character, so when Hallee was about to turn five years old, she had one birthday wish: for Peter Pan to attend her “Dollie & Me” birthday party. Her mom looked into it, and while there were plenty of places where you could hire a princess for a children’s party, Peter Pan was not one of their for-hire characters.

Soon after Hallee’s request, the family went to see CYT San Antonio‘s production of Peter Pan. Her mom wrote a note to Peter Pan telling him about Jaxon, and about Hallee’s wish for Peter Pan to come to her birthday party. Hallee believed the note was simply an invitation to her party and she proudly handed it to Peter Pan after the performance.

They had no clue if anything would ever come of it.

Alas, on the day of the birthday party, Peter Pan and Wendy (CYT students Caleb Craig and Lauren Tysdale) not only showed up in full costume, but brought Hallee a present from Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys: a little girl version of the Peter Pan costume, complete with a tutu.

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Hallee’s mom wrote, “My daughter can’t stop talking about her special party, and she is going to bed tonight with the biggest smile I’ve seen in a long time! Wish Jaxon could have been here but his presence in our hearts was definitely apparent today!”

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Special thanks to the CYT San Antonio costumer that whipped up the miniature Peter Pan costume in one hour, CYT students Caleb & Lauren for being the types of teenagers that make us proud of teenagers, and Hallee’s parents who continue to crusade through parenthood and life with relentless faith and a smile on their face.

Learn more about how they’re honoring the life of their son through Jaxon’s FROG Foundation, whose mission is to “serve as the hands and feet of Jesus to bring smiles to children battling cancer, support ongoing research to find a cure for our young heroes, and be a light in the darkness to encourage the impacted families to Fully Rely On God.”

CYT San Antonio Youth Invited to Train with Broadway Professionals!

A Taste of Broadway: Youth Master Class Series
Presented by Christian Youth Theater San Antonio
San Antonio, Tx – Monday, January 21, 2013.

Christian Youth Theater is proud to announce their Youth Master Classes Series: A Taste of Broadway.

The series is scheduled for February 23 & 24, 2013 at the Norris Conference Centers in San Antonio, located in Wonderland of the Americas Mall at 4522 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78201.

Students ages 8-20 will get a Taste of Broadway from some of Broadway’s finest, the faculty from the nationally renowned Texas State University Musical Theater Program, as they share an exclusive “behind- the-scenes” look at the professional world of Broadway. Students will have the opportunity to polish their dancing, acting and singing technique while these masters will provide insider advice on training, education and the pursuit of Broadway dreams.

“Theater students of all ages are fascinated to know what it’s like to perform on Broadway, and they will now have a chance to get feedback and advice by industry professionals on how they can improve their performance skills. These classes are not just for those aspiring to the Great White Way but for those students who want to improve their performance skills for their school, community, and church productions or get a head start on college prep entrance auditions,” says Sandi Mitchell, Artistic Director for Christian Youth Theater.

CYT is extremely fortunate to bring this caliber of talent and Broadway experience to San Antonio area students who have a passion for Musical Theater.

The Musical Theater Program at Texas State University is nationally recognized, and the program is led by award-winning Broadway actress/director Kaitlin Hopkins. Its innovative pre-professional training program is one of the only musical theatre programs in the country run exclusively by industry professionals. All their performance classes are taught by Broadway professionals; providing their students with current, cutting edge training. The Master Classes taught by Ms. Hopkins and faculty from TSU offer a rare opportunity and a real treat for those students who are wanting to add professional training to their resumes or for those students who want to hone their craft for performances in their communities.

Local Press Representative:
Sandi Mitchell
830-305-0758
sandimitchell@satx.rr.com

CYT Master Class Press Release
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CYT San Antonio Update

All is well for CYT San Antonio!

Here is our latest update- from classes to shows, and everything in between:

Classes

Our classes are going great. We have about 80 in New Braunfels classes and about 27 in Boerne. Trinity location (SA proper) has about 15 in the three classes there. We were invited there by a great church/school and it’s a great location and facility. Trinity and staff and families are so supportive, we are waiting for God to grow that class location. We are so excited to be in SA proper with a class location so people in that area can hear about CYT. God is good!

We had a location change in NB at the last minute, but again, God provided. He opened the door for us to move our classes and rehearsals to New Braunfels Bible Church on Loop 337!! This is easier to access for the families coming from San Marcos and from New Braunfels. God is so good!

Teachers

We have a great new teacher (actually found about 4 great new ones this time) and she will be the Assistant Director for “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.”

Auditions

We held auditions for “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” and we had about 47 kids signed up to audition.

Shows

Our fall show is “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” and it will be downtown NB at the Brauntex. We are still trying to decide a spring show- waiting to see how the Lord leads!

Contributed by Christine Ramirez