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…

CYT Mug

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 VanPort Presents “Anne of Green Gables”

CYT VanPort Presents Anne of Green Gables.

Anne of Green Gables is the tale of a young girl who grows up to be a teacher. Though fictional, the determined character, imagination and personality of Anne (with an ‘e’) Shirley has delighted readers the world over. Written by Lucy Maud Montgomery, a teacher who once lived on Prince Edward Island, the book so delighted readers that she wrote four more books about Anne and the residents of Avonlea.

Still popular today, tourists are drawn to the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island to visit the real town of Avonlea where Anne’s story is based. Set in the late 1800s, the orphaned Anne goes to work at the home of stern Marilla Cuthbert and her shy bachelor brother, Matthew. Her school teacher is an energetic woman who inspires Anne to go on to school and to enjoy learning.

This a “coming of age” story adapted by Donald Harron with music by Norman Campbell.Running time is 2 hours for public performances, 1 hour & 30 minutes for school day performances.

Performances at The Venetian Theatre, 253 East Main Street, Hillsboro OR 97123.

October 26 – 28, 2012.
Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.

Pre-sale Adult tickets are $12.
Youth, Senior and Group tickets are $9.
Tickets are $2 more at the door.
Tickets on sale now online at www.cytvanport.org or by calling 360-750-8550.

School Day Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 25th . Tickets are $6 each for groups of 10 – 99 and $5 each for groups of 100 or more. Call our office to arrange to bring your class or home school group!

Contact: Sienna Langstaff at s.langstaff@cytvanport.org

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CYT VanPort’s Bethany Larson Chats about Fall Shows

Bethany Larson, CYT VanPort’s Area and Marketing Director, was interviewed last week by Clark County’s online news network, COUV.com.

She discussed CYT VanPort’s upcoming production’s Scrooge, Anne of Green Gables, Bugsy Malone, and Great American Tall Tales, as well as how CYT VanPort started.

Bethany Larson Interview

CYT VanPort’s Footloose Cast Receives Letter from Dean Pitchford

CYT VanPort received a letter from Dean Pitchford before the opening night of Footloose!

Pitchford wrote the 1984 motion picture “Footloose” as well as the lyrics (original songs) for the film. Here is the letter he wrote to the cast, crew and creative team:
CYT VanPort’s production of Footloose is closing this Sunday, August 19th at 2:00 pm. You can purchase tickets here.

Tribe-A-Con: 2012 CYT EXPO Dance

CYT presents Tribe-A-Con, the 2012 CYT EXPO dance!

The dance will take place at the 2012 EXPO, on Fri. June 29, from 10:00pm-12:00am. Anyone is welcome to attend the dance (all EXPO attendees), but it is geared toward teenagers.

The theme is a tribal celebration of life- it plays off the mythology between the Mayan calendar and the 2012 end-of-life-as-we-know-it “boom.” The best costume suggestion would be anything from the Party Rock Anthem music video.

Expect dubstep/techno-pop/dance music, some lighting effects, and good times with your friends!

We thank CYT VanPort for planning the EXPO dance this year.

CYT VanPort Presents “A Year with Frog and Toad”

Christian Youth Theater VanPort Presents “A Year with Frog and Toad.”

Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Willie Reale’s musical “A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD.” Conceived by Mr. Lobel’s daughter, Adrianne Lobel, “A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD” remains true to the spirit of the original stories as it follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding, learning life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special.

Running time is 2 hours for public performances, 1 hour & 30 minutes for school day performances.

Performances at The Venetian Theater, 253 East Main Street, Hillsboro OR. June 1 – 3, 2012. Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Pre-sale Adult tickets are $12. Youth, Senior and Group tickets are $9. Tickets are $2 more at the door. Tickets on sale now online at www.cytvanport.org or by calling 360-750-8550.

School Day Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 31st . Tickets are $6 each for groups of 10 – 99 and $5 each for groups of 100 or more. Call our office to arrange to bring your class or home school group!

Contact: Karyn Eremeyeff – k.eremeyeff@cytvanport.org.

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CYT VanPort Parents Invest in “Pridelands”

Months before the auditions for CYT’s “Pridelands,” CYT parent, Tobi Hitchcock, was inspired by the story and the potential for creative, authentic, Broadway-type costumes for our stage.

Tobi enthusiastically approached show director, Starleen Benke, and they began collaborating on costume design, fueled by Starleen’s vision for the show. She recruited another CYT parent, Alan Lehman and his wife Terrie, and made CYT aware of Alan’s tremendous artistic talent and his zeal for working with kids on our stage. Alan comes from a family of woodcrafters, and “making something out of nothing” come naturally! His work will be displayed on our stage in the dramatic headpieces of our lion leads and giraffes, the hand painted giraffe costumes and the “rising sun” backdrop. “By being a part of making great costumes and sets, we’re helping the kids to be successful in a production they can be proud of”.

The work of these inspired parents; joined by the talented and dedicated parents of other cast members and our awe inspiring directing team, have made this the show to be seen this spring!

CYT’s “Pridelands” runs May 25 through June 3 at the Washburn Performing Arts Center at Washougal High School. Tickets start at $9 and can be purchased at www.cytvanport.org or by calling 360-750-8550. Tickets are also available at the door.

Media Contact:
Fredia Thompson
f.thompson@cytvanport.org or 360-713-7020