Showtime!

Annie was a huge success! Thank you to all our audience members who came out to enjoy the show. Here are some fun highlights from Tech Week to help with the post show blues! Production photos coming soon!

What are some highlights from Tech Week?

“Spending more time with everyone…”

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“Gradually putting more and more elements into the show and seeing it all come together.”

“Everybody was able to work together and communicate effectively for a smooth and effective tech process.”

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“Just being able to stage things on a real theatrical stage with all the lights and everything.”

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“Being able to do the run through with costumes and makeup and lights. It’s exciting to do the show and rehearsing in front of the costume moms and people really helps.”

“Seeing my friends every day.”

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What encouraging things happened during Tech Week?

“People are really encouraging. If you make a mistake, the teachers really help you out.”

“People are really good about communicating what is happening.”

“People have been really welcoming of the tech crew and have really embraced them.”

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Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

“When we were incorporating a new thing, the others…were really encouraging to each other about how well they were doing and learning it.”

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What were some prayers requests from Tech Week? (all answered!) 

“That the shows will all go smoothly, and even if they don’t, that we will trust God and be able to just pick up and go on.”

“That the people who are nervous will be able to calm down and have fun!”

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“That we all have fun and make the best of being together with everybody.”

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“That everyone has energy for all the shows.”

“That everything goes well and everyone has a fun time.”

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Putting it all together!

The costumes and wigs have been finalized, and the cast has officially run through the full show!! Whooo! Tech Crew started to dive into the process today in their first workshop. In addition to meeting the cast and seeing the show, students in our Tech Workshop got to learn about lighting, make set models, and design costumes!

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Lighting design presentation with one of our fantastic teachers! 

What are some rehearsal highlights so far?

“Seeing the whole show come together.”

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The full cast (62 students) filled our rehearsal room to watch each other’s scenes!

 

“I like eating lunch with everybody because we all get along really well and we know what makes each other laugh and it’s really fun.”

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We’ll let you in on a secret about rehearsals…
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There’s definitely time for some FUN…
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….and games! 

What encouraging things are happening at rehearsals?

“One girl asked for help when she was confused, which I think was a very responsible thing for her to do.”

“Two older girls standing in for boys who weren’t there was very sacrificial and selfless.”

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The cast often stands in for each other, but our Creative Team members are quick to jump in too!

“Last week a girl got injured, and everyone rallied to help her and comfort her. It was so good to see everyone love her and make her laugh.”

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Meet the Cabinet! 

What’s the cast looking forward to?

“To move into the theater! The theater’s amazing.”

“I’m excited about getting to see the costumes and for Tech Week!”

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Easy Street! 

What would the cast like to ask you pray for? 

“That I can stay in the moment and not be too in my head while on stage.”

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Star to Be rocking her solo! 

“That we don’t get sick!” (or injured!)

“I pray that this cast gets to experience the magic of theater and take all of its valuable lessons and community outside of this production and they will support the arts for the rest of their lives. And I pray that they do all things for the glory of God.”

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It’s your old softie, Bert Healy! 

SHOW DATES: June 28 – July 1, 2018

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Becoming a great team!

This show is coming together! Sandy (the dog) even started to put her rehearsal time in. The cast was very eager to meet her!

Everyone is working hard and making progress. We’re only three weeks away from opening night, which has already sold out! Our cast cannot wait to perform!

What are some rehearsal highlights so far?

“Besides seeing Sandy? We pretended to be reindeers and we sang a “New Deal for Christmas.”

“The moment we walked out and saw Sandy.”

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Meet Sadie who play Sandy in our production of Annie! Photo Credit: Ian Schermann  

“I like spending time with all my friends and building strong Christian relationships with the other actors. The family part.”

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What encouraging things are happening at rehearsals?

“The amount of encouragement the cast gives each other is really incredible.”

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Photo Credit: Katherine Goldman

“I see a lot of teamwork and encouragement. There are a lot of new people and a lot of older people, so I’ve seen a lot of teamwork with everyone.”

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Photo credit: Katherine Goldman

What’s the cast looking forward to?

“I’m most excited about seeing the show come together as a whole and watching these incredible students transform into their characters.”

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Photo credit: Katherine Goldman

“just to see how everyone gets into character and see what it looks like when they get into action and how they interact with other characters.”

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These kids aren’t afraid of the spotlight! 

What would the cast like to ask you pray for? 

“I pray that everyone uses their talents to glorify God and we can change some lives with our production of Annie.”

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It’s all smiles in the rehearsal room! Photo credit: Katherine Goldman

“Pray that we’re all healthy and strong and able to come to every rehearsal and be self-disciplined and work hard.”

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These orphans have lots of floors to scrub! Photo Credit: Katherine Goldman

SHOW DATES: June 28 – July 1, 2018

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Hard at Work!

We’re 3 weeks into the rehearsal process and this show is coming along! The cast is busy working on singing and staging and putting it together! It’s jazz square central over here.

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Photo credit: Galen King

The brilliant costume committee is doing fittings and starting to pull the show together visually in between the cast learning dance numbers!

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Preliminary Hooverville fittings!
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The making of a servant at Warbuck’s Mansion.

What are some rehearsal highlights so far?

“Probably singing Hard Knock Life.”

“Learning the dance to “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here”. We got to be staged, and everything and that was a lot of fun.”

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“It’s a Hard Knock Life” Photo credit: Elise LoSardo

What encouraging things are happening at rehearsals? 

“Rachel always makes sure all the orphans know what they’re doing and when. It’s so helpful. I love it.”

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Orphan fun! Photo credit: Elise LoSardo

“One girl wasn’t feeling well, and someone went over right away and made sure she was okay.” 

“there’s a lot of coming together and being like, ‘We can do this!’ because there’s a lot of people who can dance and a lot of people who are struggling — I’m always in the second group — and the dancers care for the “non-dancers” and are like, ‘Don’t worry, you got this.’ It’s just been really beautiful.”

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What’s the cast looking forward to? 

“I’m excited about doing new things with my friends and making new friends, too.”

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“I’m really excited to see Easy Street and see how that comes together. Those characters have such complex relationships, and I’m excited to see how they deliver that. They chose really great actors for that.”

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What would the cast like to ask you pray for? 

“That I remember everything that I have to do.”

“My biggest prayer request is that I don’t lose my voice!”

“That everyone would have fun, no matter how big or small their role is, and that everyone would work together as a team to make the show amazing.”

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SHOW DATES: June 28 – July 1, 2018

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And So It Begins…

We had a fantastic round of auditions for Annie a few weeks ago!

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Singing their hearts out! Photo credit: Galen King
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Giving it their all! Photo credit: Galen King
And doing it all with a big smile! Photo credit: Galen King

 

And now…Introducing the Cast of Annie!

This is our beautiful cast!
Jazz hands, because we are a theater organization!

Rehearsals are now in full swing! Here’s what the cast is excited about in the weeks to come: 

“I’m most excited about the relationships I’ll be making and strengthening in this process.”

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Photo credit: Galen King

“I’m excited to see the show come together because we’re all doing different parts. We don’t always get to see what other people are doing until we all come together. Our efforts come together to make one art piece. It’s like a big puzzle.”

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They have a few prayer requests, too:

“Pray that every day God has the show in His hands, and He’ll bless us all with it!”

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Photo Credit: Galen King

“Pray that all of the cast members stay healthy and are able to move forward each rehearsal.”

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SHOW DATES: June 28 – July 1, 2018

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Getting show ready!

– Highlights –

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In the final preparations, every detail gets integrated into the show, even the smallest props. Photo Credit: Galen King

 

“The highlight of the week was being able to run through the entire show from start to finish! For the first few weeks of rehearsals, we all split up and work on little bits and pieces of the show. So to see it all come together to make one story is amazing.”
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A group of actors in sync with one another has a powerful impact! Photo Credit: Galen King

 “I love the feeling of unity we create when dancing.”

– Challenges –

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Memorizing lines word for word takes a great deal of diligence! Photo Credit: Yadira Laguerre

“The most challenging part of the week was memorizing everything! We have to have the entire show memorized by this point, and since a lot of my lines involve interrupting other characters mid-sentence, I had to memorize all their lines too so I’d know where to cut them off.”

 

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Our choreographer challenges our cast all while helping them look their best! Photo Credit: Yadira Laguerre

“The most challenging part of the week was polishing and perfecting everything. I am in the “Foot Bridge Ballet” and we had to change a dance move because we couldn’t get it. We had to go through a number of alternative dance moves to find one that worked and looked good. Finally we found one but it was a challenging process.”

– Looking Ahead –

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Each carefully chosen costume pieces adds to the vibrancy and fun on stage. Photo Credit: Galen King

I am looking forward to wearing our costumes to run the show. It is so fun to see other people costumes. It really brings the show to another level when you see the already spectacular numbers with everyone in their costumes.”
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Tweaks have to be made to staging once moved into the theater space. Photo Credit: Yadira Laguerre

“I’m so excited to start working in the actual place we’ll be performing in. We haven’t used the sets yet either, so it’s going to be a fun challenge putting the show in a new space.”

– Prayer Requests –

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The cast gives it all they’ve got every time they perform!  Photo Credit: Galen King

 

“Tech/show week can get incredibly exhausting, so my prayer for the cast and crew is that God will give us the energy and strength to pull off six amazing performances as if we were doing it for the first time.”

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Our cast looks out for one another and will continue to do so in the long days ahead! Photo Credit: Paloma Parker

 

“I pray that as we come closer and closer to opening day, the cast will finish strong and have patience and perseverance through Tech Week.”

SHOW DATES: June 22 – 25, 2017

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Lots to learn!

– Highlights –

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It’s exciting to see all the pieces come together in the show, including costumes! Photo Credit: Galen King

“The highlight of this week was seeing the scenes I’m not a part of in Act 1. It’s so exciting to see this show come together, and to see my friends develop their characters.”
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There is no shortage of dancing in The Music Man! Photo Credit: Galen King

The highlight of my week was learning some of the dances in two of the numbers. I really enjoy dancing with the cast, and the dancing that we learned was very enjoyable. Although it was a bit difficult to master, once completed, it was very satisfying to dance together.”

– Challenges –

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Mastering the music in this show is hard, but fun work!  Photo Credit: Galen King

“The most challenging part of the week was working on mastering the Pick-A-Little song. It is very fast-paced and requires thinking ahead and precise articulation. It is difficult to maintain the volume throughout while controlling my breathing, but together we can do it!”
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Whether new to dance or a seasoned pro, lots of rehearsal will help everyone look great onstage! Photo Credit: Galen King

“The most challenging part of my week would have to be learning some special dances. I have never been a dancer before, and it is challenging, but at the same time fun to learn.”

– Looking Ahead –

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Cast members watch one another rehearse! Photo Credit: Paloma Parker

“I am most looking forward to continuing to see the show come together. We have practiced so many scenes separately, so I am excited to put everything together.”
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The guys in the quartet love singing together. And they sound fantastic!

“I am looking forward to having the whole quartet back again and being able to practice/learn new songs. The harmonies give me chills, and I love singing and hanging out with the other three guys.”
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– Service Spotlight –

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Everything in a show is a team effort.  Photo Credit: Galen King

“I have seen the cast love and serve each other so well this year. Whenever not in rehearsal, I constantly see the cast help one another with any dances, blocking, or harmony they might be struggling with. Our cast has been so practical in our love for each other, and it is so encouraging!”

– Prayer Request –

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The older cast members have a great deal of influence on the younger ones. Photo Credit: Galen King

“This week, I pray that the older and more experienced CYT kids will be good role models and leaders for the younger ones. They are looked up to a lot, and they have more influence than they imagine.”

SHOW DATES: June 22 – 25, 2017

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Getting to work!

– Highlights –

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Our cast asks God for help to put on a good show at every rehearsal! Photo Credit: Emma Ho

“The highlight of rehearsals was being able to spend time in a large group with a lot of loving Christians.”
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Anyone on stage at any point is vital to telling the story! 

“My favorite part of rehearsal was when we went through the gym scene…Although not all of us had lines during this scene, we all played a major part. I am very excited at the amount of work that we have done, and am excited about the final product!” 

– Challenges –

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Precision dance moves are never perfect at first! Lots of practice required! Photo Credit: Paloma Parker

“Today all of the Pick-A-Little Ladies were working on a dancing part in the song Shipoopi and there was one part where we had to cross lines WHILE moving our arms. I kept hitting my fellow Pick-A-Little Ladies.  It was funny, but was really challenging for us, because hitting someone in the face is NOT something you would want to do on stage. However, practice makes perfect!” 
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CYT rehearsals are a lot of fun. but also a lot of work! Photo Credit: Yadira Laguerre 

“The most challenging part so far were the long music rehearsals.”

– Looking Ahead –

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Several of our youngest cast members learning their part in Seventy-Six Trombones! Photo Credit: Galen King

“I’m looking forward to adding the dancing in the run of act one, and seeing it all come together.” 
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This cast certainly knows how to have fun together! Photo Credit: Galen King

“I’m looking forward to seeing old and new friends at our next full cast rehearsal!”

– Service Spotlight –

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We are blessed to have a cast that excels at supporting and loving one another! Photo Credit: Galen King

“Everyone is always so supportive here, clapping after every scene and if I mess up, I feel completely comfortable, for I feel like CYT is one big family.”
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Students of all ages befriend one another at CYT! Photo Credit: Paloma Parker

“Today, one of the younger kids was struggling to move a piano bench to where it was supposed to go. Two other people noticed this and took action to help her out. Similarly, I saw people showing a caring attitude during lunch. Much of the cast was willing to share food (it was mostly candy, but still that is very nice). Everyone has become friends and everyone is willing to show gratitude towards one another.”

SHOW DATES: June 22 – 25, 2017

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Standing Ovation!

– Looking Back – 

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Behind the scenes cast love!
Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“Thank you so much everyone who made this the best week of my life. Thank you to everyone who loved on me and encouraged me…Thank you everyone who came and supported me and my friends. Thank you everyone who made me feel like I was in heaven for a few days. I love you guys so much. Thank you for being the best cast and friends ever. So much love to everyone who was a part of this. Thank you most especially to the Lord. This was absolutely perfect.”

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The cast rolls with laughter as Maurice describes the Beast.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

“Today was our last performance and it couldn’t have gone better. I had the chance to go out during intermission and had kids taking pictures with me and telling me I was their favorite character. I loved it! Thanks to all the people who came out to see me and all the cast members I got to know so well. I love you all.” 

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There was no shortage of smiles on or off stage!
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“What a week! Thankful for friends…who never fail to make me smile”

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Who wouldn’t want to be a part of the singing and dancing fun again!
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“The last two shows were awesome and I had so much fun! So sad that it is over, but I’m happy that I have made new friends and will be a part of the CYT production next year. I LOVE CYT!” 

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The full Beauty and the Beast cast!
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“So grateful for this amazing cast! I love you all so much and hope to see you again someday. May God continue to bless each and every one of you!”

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Beauty and the Beast was a truly magical experience!
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“I can’t believe it’s over! …This was the most fun experience I have ever had!”

“I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I have being”

–  Psalm 104:33

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Putting it all together!

– Highlights –

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“Beauty and the Beast” cast members exploring the theatre!
Photo Credit: Paloma Parker

“The highlight of my day yesterday was exploring the theater and getting used to the new space.  I really enjoyed seeing the stage and set with friends.  Seeing everything  (lights, props, set, costumes…) come together is very rewarding, and very exciting.

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Tech students building Maurice’s contraption in class.

“The highlight of tech class has been the amount of interactive work we’ve been doing. I was never bored. We were always building, and learning. So ultimately doing the work and helping out has been the best part!”

– Challenges –

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Our beautiful theatre space for the run of “Beauty and the Beast”!
Photo Credit: Paloma Parker

“The most challenging part of the day was probably filling the space both verbally and physically.  It is a larger, grander space than what we are used to, so we have to adjust and make everything we do a little bigger… and a little louder.”

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Our Tech Crew still smiling after a long week in the theatre!
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“The most challenging part of tech class has been how long we have class for. They are long and hard days. Even though they’re long they are fun!”  

– Looking Ahead –

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All details of this show require lots of work. Everyone that’s a part of it has been stretched!
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“I am really looking forward to putting on this show.  The cast, crew, and creative team have been working hard to put on the best show that we can, and I believe it is going to be great.  I personally have been challenged to step out of my comfort zone, and I pray that we will reap the rewards of our work come this weekend.”

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Tech Crew, cast & parents all hard at work painting the set!

“Since it’s tech week, I’m looking forward to practicing run crew and painting for the rest of the week. It should be really fun!”

– Prayer Request –

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This cast has become a team that strives to help each other give their best!
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“I pray that we would all stay very healthy!  I pray also that we would have high energy, and drive from the very first note of the opening all through the last chord in the show.  I pray we would work together and feed off of each others energy, and that we would be very much in the moment, not afraid of what we look like or sound like, but that we would really deeply feel our character in our gut.  I pray that people coming to the show would see that we work for God, and that we would glorify Him through our performance on and off the stage.”

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“Christian Youth Theater (CYT) started in 1981 in San Diego and has grown to become one of the largest youth theaters in the nation. CYT is dedicated to developing character in children and adults through training in the arts and by producing wholesome family entertainment, all of which reflect Judeo-Christian values.

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