What a whirlwind. Somehow it’s already January 2018, kids are back in school, and CYT winter sessions are well underway. But today we’re throwing it back to June 2017 when the sun was hot, school was out, and we spent the best four days of the entire summer at the 2017 CYT EXPO!

Last year about 200 students, 120 leaders, and 110 spectators from all across the nation came together in sunny San Diego to “Seize the Day”. Throughout all leadership training sessions, theatre Master Classes, meal times, and activities, here’s a brief look back at 5 of our favorite EXPO 2017 moments.


The photo booth is always a hit and let me tell you, theater kids sure know how to take entertaining pictures. Popular themes include (but are not limited to): pictures with food; spelling CYT with arms; funny faces; dramatic scenes. Don’t worry, the photo booth will be back for 2018!

Find your pictures from the photo booth here! 



Speaker, author, and CYT Chicago alum Jon Jorgenson performed several spoken word pieces and shared how performing can be used to influence people and change lives. He also led a workshop and spent time just hanging out with the students and leadership!

Want to see what Jon’s working on next? Follow his facebook page and subscribe to his YouTube channel!



Who doesn’t love a good laugh? The Improvathon teams train every year for several sessions before coming to EXPO, and their hard work definitely shows! Congrats again to the 2017 Improvathon Finalists – CYT San Diego‘s “Yoda King of New York” and “Newsboyz II Men” – and the 2017 Improvathon Champions, CYT Kansas City‘s “Black and White and Rad All Over”!


4 – PARTY LIKE IT’S 1899

Dressing like a newsboy, watching the Broadway recording of Newsies, and dancing the night away with 200 of friends? That is definitely an example of seizing the day! What kind of radical opening night party will we have this year??



Each morning we had some awesome worship led by CYT alum, students, and friends, but one morning was a little different from the rest. Due to another event taking place next door, we moved our worship outside and had an acoustic set to start off the day! It was definitely a hit. Maybe we’ll have an acoustic set again?

CYT EXPO 2017 was a blast! I know, this post probably made you miss it. But don’t worry, your chance to “be radical” at the 2018 CYT EXPO is coming up fast! Registration opens on February 1!! Get stoked!



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