My CYT Story: Don’t Crack a Smile

The following story was submitted by Landon B.* from CYT Santa Cruz for our 2016 My CYT Story Contest. My first real involvement with Christian Youth Theater was in 2013, when I took an acting/voice class centered on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, Cinderella.  I came into this class with massive apprehensions. I had seen these “thespians” at different Continue Reading

CYT Student Reflection: Nicole McCartney

Recently, CYT Founders, Sheryl & Paul Russell, shared the following letter they received from a grateful CYT Santa Cruz student named Nicole McCartney. Enjoy Nicole’s letter reprinted below. Dear Sheryl and Paul Russell, My name is Nicole McCartney, and I am in eighth grade at Scotts Valley Middle School. I want to thank you and Continue Reading

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…   What a Continue Reading

HYPE students are taking action this fall!

There are a million reasons to love HYPE. They’re CYT teens from around the country who are dedicated to pursuing excellence by taking on leadership roles and getting involved in the community around them. And now, their HYPE passion is about to explode all over the country this fall! Which give us all the more reason Continue Reading

What has HYPE done for you?

HYPE, which stands for High School Youth Pursuing Excellence, is the leadership group at CYT designed to give high school students opportunities for service, mentorship, and leadership. Below, some students weigh in on what HYPE has meant to them and is a fantastic reminder of why CYT offers the HYPE program in the first place. Check in Continue Reading