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

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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

 

 

Perfecting the picture!

– Highlights –

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Our cast repeatedly runs through choreography to make it precise!
  Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“The highlight of my day at CYT was when we rehearsed “Be Our Guest”. It’s a very complex number, so any cast who can pull it off is impressive to me. But this incredibly talented group isn’t just pulling it off; so far, the performance has been beautiful and SO exciting! I can’t wait for everyone to experience the final product.”

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Sneak peak at stacks of colorful costumes for our Villagers!
  Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“The highlight for me from last week’s rehearsal was being able to see and try on both of my costumes for the show! It really makes it start to come alive when I see all the costumes and can picture the many beautiful, colorful costumes filling up the stage and helping each character come alive.”

– Challenges –

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There are lots of fun, fast-paced dance moves in “Gaston”!

“One of the biggest challenges for me, has been learning the choreography of “Gaston”. It’s quite fast-paced, so we have very little time to think about each move before continuing onto the next one. However, I notice significant improvements every week, so I have no doubt that it’ll quickly become one of our best songs.”

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At rehearsal in NJ cast members sing along while running choreography.
  Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“The most challenging part of rehearsal is having to be able to sing clearly and project while dancing at the same time! I have often performed as a dancer on stage and a singer in a group but this is my first time doing both simultaneously. I am loving it!”

– Looking Ahead –

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Cast bonding!
  Photo Credit: Paloma Parker

“I’m so excited to see my fellow cast members; they’ve been such a joy to work with and I feel really lucky to get to interact with them every week. We’re only a few weeks in, but a strong bond has already developed throughout the whole cast!”

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The cast enjoying every minute of the rehearsal process together!
  Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“This week – I am looking forward to fellowshipping with other kids who enjoy performing arts as I do and am eager to learn new choreography and songs.”

– Service Spotlight –

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Cast members of all ages collaborate in rehearsals!
  Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“One of the dancers in the show has been amazing at graciously going through the choreography with anyone struggling to remember it. I’m so grateful for her!”

– Prayer Request –

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CYT creative team members pray with the cast at the start of rehearsal.
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“My prayer request for this entire season is that we will focus during rehearsals, be aware and learn quickly, and most of all, that we will glorify the Lord with ALL we do!”

– Cast Testimonial –

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There is never a shortage of mid-rehearsal laughter when the CYT family is together!

“This is my first time being involved with CYT, so at first I was not sure what to expect. I love musicals but have never been in one outside of school. I thought that not being in CYT’s past musicals might have been a downside. However, it turns out that even though I didn’t know these people from before, they were so friendly and nice and they gladly welcomed me into the CYT community. I am very happy that I am part of this musical and that I have created amazing friendships through it!

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

Getting into character and costume!

– Highlights –

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Two of our youngest cast members during a costume fitting!
  Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

    “My favorite part of the rehearsal was trying on the costumes for both a villager and a saucer. It was really fun and I thought that the 18th century style looked cool!”

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To get the perfect sound the cast has to study their music!

“The highlight of the day was definitely singing my duet with another girl in the cast. We have a short little song where we are comforting Belle, and when we were singing it the harmonies just clicked and our voices blended really well. It sounded beautiful! I’m so excited about how it will sound as we keep working on it!”

– Challenges –

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The wolves get a little silly as they play with their characters!

“The most challenging part of the day for me was staying in character when we were going through scenes. I love that CYT is such a fun and friendly environment, but sometimes it can be hard to get totally into character. When I see my friends doing crazy accents and being totally over the top for their role, I just want to break down laughing. Unfortunately, the script never says I’m allowed to break down laughing, so I probably shouldn’t.”

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Putting everything together requires lots of repetition!

“In my opinion, the hardest part of the day was learning new steps for “Be Our Guest,” perfecting the ones I knew already – and singing while doing it.”

– Looking Ahead –

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There are lots of lines to be memorized!
  Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“In the coming weeks, I’m looking forward to developing my character and relationships. Half of acting for me is connecting with the other characters and eye contact, but when none of us have our lines memorized and are trying to figure out where to move while we’re talking, it can be hard to fully get into it and really connect with other characters. I’m excited about developing my character more as I get more comfortable with her.”

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Students begin to learn choreography for “Human Again”
  Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“I’m looking forward to learning steps for “Human Again”. And why not? It’s an awesome song!”

– Service Spotlight –

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Cast enjoying each others company in the down time!
  Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

“This week, it was my job to see who brought their script, pencil, and water before rehearsal started. It was so much fun though, because everyone I talked to engaged in a conversation and was asking me how I was, how my week was, etc. It’s so amazing having such a sweet cast to practice with!”

– Prayer Request –

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Time to get off book!
Photo Credit: Paloma Parker

“One prayer request I have for the show is that everyone, the leads and the kids in the chorus, will memorize all the lines, all the songs we need to sing and any dance steps that go with it.”

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

The full cast meets!

– Highlights –

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Full Beauty and the Beast Cast – jazz hands!
  Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

The highlight of the day for me, was being able to see all of my friends. It was the first full cast rehearsal and I had so much fun getting to meet some of the cast members from NYC and to continue to grow my friendships with the NJ cast members. I also loved seeing everything come together. We have so much of a show already!”

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A busy town in motion around Belle in the opening number.
  Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

    “The highlight of the day was blocking the opening number Belle.  It was really quite exciting coming up with my own movements and interactions with different characters.  If things weren’t particularly working out correctly, the teachers would help us.  It all flowed so smoothly.”

 

– Challenges –

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Cast members of all ages interacting at rehearsal.
Photo Credit: ©karenlaudesigns

The most challenging part of the day was remembering that I am one of the role models. As much as I want to chat and have fun with my friends, I have to remember that we are having rehearsal and that the younger kids are watching my actions when everyone is given directions.”

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Lumiere invites Belle to “Be our Guest”!

“The most challenging part of the day was memorizing the Be Our Guest choreography.  There was one part that tripped all of the “flatware” up, but after reviewing it several times, we finally caught on! ” 

– Looking Ahead –

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Cast members from NJ & NYC getting to know one another!

“I am so excited to learn more choreography and staging and music! Costume fittings are coming up and I am super-duper excited for that too. Of course, I am also excited to see my friends again.”

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Dancers hard at work learning choreography.

“I am most looking forward to learning new choreography for Be Our Guest!”

– Service Spotlight –

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“I’ve seen a substantial amount of hugs and helping.  It warms the soul to see individuals edifying, complimenting, and just enjoying the company of one another.”

– Prayer Request –

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“It would be great for all of us to pray for cooperation during rehearsals. It is so much fun that we sometimes want to talk with our friends instead of paying attention. We want this to be a great show!”

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

Getting to work!

– Highlights –

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Silly Girls learning their choreography.

“The highlight of rehearsal this week was definitely working on “Gaston”. My fellow Silly Girls, Gaston, and Lefou and I worked with Ms. Shelley as we began to choreograph the number and explore our characters more. The song is so energetic and upbeat and is going to be so fun to perform on stage!” 

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Cast members hard at work during their 1st day of “Gaston” choreography.

 “The highlight of the day was when we ran “Gaston”. Everybody was so focused and attentive and we truly had a blast. All the cast members approached the material with such poise and quickly memorized the lines!! (Go CYT!!!)”

– Challenges –

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Learning music takes time, but nailing it feels great!

“The most challenging part of the day was probably learning all the harmonies. The full-cast songs in this musical have so much depth and complexity to them which will sound phenomenal on stage, but can be very challenging to learn in the mean time.”

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The fun begins at CYT once you walk through the door! It’s hard to leave!

“The most challenging part of the day was leaving rehearsal. It is truly an honor to be working on an outstanding Disney classic alongside such talented and graceful performers. It’s awesome!”

– Looking Ahead –

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Working on the “text” with Ms. Corrie to develop fun characters!

“The thing I am looking forward to most for rehearsals next week is continuing to explore and develop my character more. The Silly Girls are so flirty and fun and I am really enjoying developing my own character.” 

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Gaston is getting into character during rehearsal!

“I am most looking forward to continuing to learn and run the show. It’s great to discover new ways to make my character even more arrogant and egotistical. I can’t wait to run the last part of the show when I fight the Beast! (He wins though.)”

– Service Spotlight –

“My cast mates are so caring. At CYT rehearsal you get the vibe that it is such a strong community and we’re not just here to portray our characters. We are always having a blast and it is truly amazing!”

 

– Prayer Request –

“My prayer for the Beauty and The Beast cast members is that we will all grow closer to God and to each other in this process. The opportunity we have as kids and teenagers to come together and perform under His name is truly remarkable. I pray that each cast member will receive a new revelation of God’s grace and goodness and form unbreakable, godly friendships in every part of this process.”

 

 

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

Beginning the Journey!

– Highlight –

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Friends from NJ & NYC reunited at rehearsal #1

The highlight of not only the day, but of the whole week, was seeing all of my friends in NYC. I live in New Jersey, so I haven’t seen any of them since last June when CYT NYC’s production of Willy Wonka ended. In fact, there was one kid who I haven’t seen in three years, but we were reunited at rehearsal on Saturday and it was pretty cool! 

– Challenge –

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Beauty and the Beast Dance Auditions

The most challenging part of the audition process was keeping focus. As someone auditioning, an important thing to keep in mind is that you’re not just auditioning for a role in the musical. When you audition, you’re auditioning for a role in leadership. Anything and everything that you say and do are being watched by those casting the show. Keeping quiet has always been a challenge for me, but for CYT auditions, you have to remember that you’re always being watched, and not just for your talent in singing, acting, or dancing.

– Looking Ahead –

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Cast & Crew of last year’s production of Willy Wonka

The thing I’m most looking forward to in upcoming rehearsals is seeing all of my NYC friends yet again. It’s just incredible to me that so many people from different locations can all come together in one spot to make something as fantastic as a show. It’s gonna be great!

– Prayer Request –

I pray that the cast can have enough energy to fill up the stage, but have enough self-control that the staff involved doesn’t ever feel overwhelmed. I also pray that everyone involved in this production (cast, crew, staff, parents, etc.) remembers that they are a vital part of the production.

Keeping this in mind, I also pray that everyone remembers that all of this is possible, thanks to God, and that we would continue to praise Him for every member of our team, no matter how little their “role” may seem.

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