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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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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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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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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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!
Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

“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!
Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

“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!
 Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

“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!
Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

“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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“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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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!
Photo Credit: Kyong Parker

“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!
Photo Credit: Paloma Parker

“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!
Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“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.

WWW.CYTNYC.ORG

 

Finessing the details.

– Highlights –

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The angry mob prepares to attack the Beast in his castle!

“The highlight of the day was being able to see the musical numbers that we have been practicing in their final state. The new steps that we learned for the ‘Mob Song’ added more power to the performance and it made it seem complete.”

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The final pose of a fun-filled and fast musical number!

“The highlight, for me, was practicing ‘Gaston’ (the musical number). It’s fun, fast-paced, and there is a lot of action!”

– Challenges –

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The full cast singing through the ‘Finale’ all together for the first time!
Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“The most challenging part of the day was figuring out how the ‘Finale’ goes. I am one of the four people who goes in the first group for this song and they sing higher than the middle group (which is what I am normally in). It can be a bit challenging to try to sing high like them but I think that the song sounds better this way.”

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Our cast members navigating voice changes, have done so beautifully!

“I think that the hardest part was the singing, but only because I generally switch between two octaves, because my voice is changing.”

– Looking Ahead –

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The full cast singing their hearts out! What a powerful sound!

“I am looking forward to singing all the songs that the NYC cast are part of and to practice more before we have the next full cast rehearsal!”

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Practice doesn’t stop at rehearsal, but continues individually. This week our Belle got to work with Hilary Maiberger who toured as Belle nationally and internationally!

“I’m looking forward to continuing to work on my solos. There is one song I find fun because it sounds like an evil cabaret. I find myself singing it quietly everyday.”

– Service Spotlight –

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This cast is continuously serving one another, regardless of age & background!

“I was taking a chair on for the Gaston scene and another cast member saw that I was struggling. She helped me put the chair in its spot that was across the room. It was great to have that assistance finishing the scene change!!”

– Cast Testimonial –

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One pair of siblings in the cast. Everyone’s become family, though!
Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“This cast is like family (well, some castmates actually are family). We all laugh with each other during practice, and everyone is willing to hold hands (trust me, in school, that’s a really big step) when we pray.”

GET TICKETS FOR THE SHOW AT WWW.CYTNYC.ORG/SHOWS!  

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.

WWW.CYTNYC.ORG

Seeing the bigger picture!

– Highlights –

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The cast enjoying each other’s company during some rehearsal downtime.

“The highlight of the day was being around my friends and getting to laugh with them and work on the show! There’s no one else I’d rather be working with!!!

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The cast intently watches as they see some new scenes rehearsed!
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“The highlight of the day was being able to see some of the castle scenes performed. They made me feel really excited about the show!”

– Challenges –

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Each dance move requires great concentration to precisely execute.

“The most challenging part of my day was continuing to work on choreography and memorizing which foot goes where at which time.”

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At any given moment many parts of scenes and songs are being rehearsed!

“The most challenging part of the day was leaving!  I wanted to keep practicing so I can know my parts better.”

– Looking Ahead –

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It is exciting to see parts that were rehearsed separately get integrated into a scene!

“I’m looking forward to seeing the other cast in NYC because we don’t get to see them often and when we combine all parts of the show it won’t feel like the choreography is missing something.”

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Observing some of the cast begin to work in costume!
Photo Credit: Paloma Parker

“I am looking forward to seeing what it is like to perform with my costume on. I think it will be fun!”

– Service Spotlight –

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The cast seeks to help each other out in all parts of the rehearsal process
Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

 “One of the older girls in the cast was very kind and helped me find the right pages in my script so I could keep track of the new song we were learning.”

– Prayer Request –

 

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A cast that enjoys rehearsing with one another makes for a great environment!

“I am grateful for an amazing cast and pray that everyone is enjoying it as much as I am. I pray that everyone stays healthy and happy so we can have the best show ever!”

GET TICKETS FOR THE SHOW AT WWW.CYTNYC.ORG/SHOWS!  

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.

WWW.CYTNYC.ORG