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.”

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

 

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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!
Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“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

 

Contributing to the show!

– Highlights –

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Some truly wonderful friendships have developed at rehearsals!

“The highlight of the day was reviewing the choreography for a couple of my favorite numbers, along with seeing the other cast members. Every week I impatiently wait for CYT rehearsal because I love the people I’m surrounded by while there.”

 

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Our cast is always acting, creating small scenes together throughout the production!

“The highlight of the day for me, is the acting. I find it so much fun to see everyone working together to make the show come to life!”

– Challenges –

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It takes a lot of effort to stay in character and keep track of lyrics, music and movement!

“The most challenging part of the day was definitely remembering all of the choreography, lyrics, and harmonies for each song that we’ve learned so far.”

 

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There is a lot of choreography to be rehearsed!
  Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“The most challenging part is probably the dancing. I love it, and once you get it, it is really fun, but learning all of the dance moves is very hard. Only because dancing and I don’t really naturally click.”

– Looking Ahead –

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The cast anticipates seeing parts of the show that have been rehearsed behind closed doors!
Photo Credit: Paloma Parker

“In the coming rehearsals, I am looking forward to watching all the pieces of the show come together to create a wonderful performance that has been tirelessly worked on by the cast and directors.”

 

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Every actor’s part is specific and contributes to the full picture!

“I’m looking forward to seeing the whole play come together. Because the more we practice, the better we’ll be. And so far, we are already, pretty practiced!”

– Service Spotlight –

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Belle reads a story to some of the younger actors during the opening scene.

“The girl playing Belle has really been an example to all of us. Not only does she look, and sound, like Belle, but she acts like her too. And even though, I’m only 11, and people are way older than me here, she treats me, (and all the other kids) like they are as old as her!”

– Cast Testimonial –

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Directing requires lots of patience, dedication, and at CYT a knack for having fun!
Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“Overall, I would say that our cast greatly exemplifies the session theme (focusing on the heart rather than outward appearance), and I’m very proud of the thoughtful family we are. Aside from the cast, though, I’d like to acknowledge how well the directors of CYT exemplify Christ-like qualities through their dedication and hard work each week. I admire the patience, focus, and leadership they maintain while also fooling around and being silly with us during rehearsals.”

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