Spring 2022 Class Registration!

Spring 2022 Class Registration is open now! 
Class sizes are limited, so please register quickly to assure your placement.

***CYT Houston is actively monitoring the developing Covid-19 situation.  Please be aware that CYT Houston will remain compliant with Health Guidelines as they are suggested and/or required by health officials.  If it becomes necessary to change our protocol in response to the ongoing developments, you will be notified by email.  The current protocol can be found linked in the PDF menu at the top of this page.*** 

***CYT reserves the right to make policy changes as we see fit to preserve the health of the cast and ensure that our classes and shows have the best possible chance of getting through the entire session or run of the show.


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Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
East (Kingwood) - Beginning/Intermediate Dance: Mary Poppins 8-18 East
(Spring 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 5:00pm - 6:50pm Feb 15 Apr 19
East (Kingwood) - Beginning/Intermediate Drama 101 8-18 East
(Spring 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 7:00pm - 8:50pm Feb 15 Apr 19
East (Kingwood) - Beginning/Intermediate Voice: Vocals 101 8-18 East
(Spring 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 5:00pm - 6:50pm Feb 15 Apr 19
East (Kingwood) - Intermediate/Advanced Dance: Hamilton 12-18 East
(Spring 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 7:00pm - 8:50pm Feb 15 Apr 19
East (Kingwood) - Intermediate/Advanced Drama: Harry Potter 12-18 East
(Spring 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 5:00pm - 6:50pm Feb 15 Apr 19
East (Kingwood) - Intermediate/Advanced Voice - Hamilton 12-18 East
(Spring 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 7:00pm - 8:50pm Feb 15 Apr 19
East (Kingwood) - Our Gang: Encanto 5-7 East
(Spring 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 5:00pm - 6:50pm Feb 15 Apr 19
North (Spring) - Beginning/ Intermediate Drama: Pages to Stages 8-18 North
(Spring 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Feb 14 Apr 18
North (Spring) - Beginning/Intermediate Dance - Dance to Descendants 8-18 North
(Spring 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Feb 14 Apr 18
North (Spring) - Beginning/Intermediate Voice: Disney Friendship Favorites! 8-18 North
(Spring 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Feb 14 Apr 18
North (Spring) - Intermediate/Advanced Dance - Grease! 12-18 North
(Spring 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Feb 14 Apr 18
North (Spring) - Intermediate/Advanced Drama: Harry Potter 12-18 North
(Spring 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Feb 14 Apr 18
North (Spring) - Intermediate/Advanced Musical Theater: Addams Family 12-18 North
(Spring 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Feb 14 Apr 18
North (Spring) - Intermediate/Advanced Voice: West Side Story 12-18 North
(Spring 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Feb 14 Apr 18
North (Spring) - Our Gang: Ocean Friends 5-7 North
(Spring 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Feb 14 Apr 18
North (Spring) - Specialty: The Art of the Stage - Discovering Scenic Painting 10-18 North
(Spring 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Feb 14 Apr 18
North (Spring) - Specialty: The Magic of Illusions 10-18 North
(Spring 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Feb 14 Apr 18
North (Spring): Beginning/Intermediate Musical Theater - Greatest Showman 8-18 North
(Spring 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Feb 14 Apr 18

About

CYT Houston offers classes for students ages 5-18 throughout the school year. Classes include drama, voice, dance, and behind-the-scenes training in makeup, costumes, tech, and more. Classes are held for two hours once a week and run for nine consecutive weeks in Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. Class sizes are small and offer supervision both inside and outside the classroom. Each session culminates in a high-energy showcase to demonstrate to family, friends, and fellow students the skills acquired. 
 
Parents enroll their children in CYT Houston classes so that they have the opportunity to learn, and that’s exactly what they do! By the end of the session, students will have gained new or improved theater arts skills in the area of emphasis. During the last class session, students will showcase their skills, and it is always exciting to see what they’ve learned! 

Tuition for most classes is $225.

Project Play classes are $295 which includes extra weeks of rehearsal, production elements and 2 tickets to the Play Festival performance of all Project Play classes.  Project Play classes are not offered in every session.

Refund policyNo refunds will be given after classes are purchased, or if in-person classes move to an online format due to government regulations or safety protocols. Our refund policy is applicable regarding any policy changes due to Covid-19.

NOTE: Students must be enrolled in a CYT Houston class and be between the ages of 8- 18 yrs old in order to be eligible to audition for a show. If a student auditions and is not cast in the show they try out for,  the student may audition for another show in one of our other areas. It is permissible to enroll in classes in one area and audition for a show in another area. However, if you choose this option, please be aware that there may be some overlapping dates with classes or showcases. A class showcase in one location could be scheduled during the same week as a Tech Rehearsal in another location; therefore, Showcase participation would not be possible. Please be sure to check the online calendar for any conflicts before registering. Unfortunately, there is no way to always avoid these schedule conflicts with multiple areas as we must structure our schedules around open venue dates.

Attendance Policy: It is especially important that your student attend classes regularly and that they do not miss the Showcase performance. Many showcase performances rely on every student being present, and other students are affected if one person is missing. CYT Houston is an Educational 501c3 organization, and the classes, and attendance in those classes, allow CYT to maintain our tax-exempt status. All communication regarding absences must be done by contacting the Class Coordinator. Quality performing arts education and character development are primary goals of CYT. Therefore, students should not plan to miss more than two classes. Special consideration may be granted regarding absences due to illness or family emergency. In these instances, please make requests to the Class Coordinator in advance and as promptly as possible for consideration. Should your child’s attendance in classes (or rehearsals) exceed the maximum allowed absences, he/she is subject to replacement in the production in which they are currently cast and they may be removed from the class Showcase. If your child has a conflict during Showcase, please notify the Class Coordinator and the Instructor as soon as possible. 
There will be no refunds for classes or production fees if a student is removed due to absences.

If you have additional questions about classes, please email your Class Coordinator.

East (Kingwood/Humble/Atascocita) area - Jen Shoemake at jen@cythouston.org

North (Spring/Klein/Woodlands) area - Dawn Leal at dawn@cythouston.org


Project Plays/Master Classes - Mary Ramsower at Mary@cythouston.org

CYT was one of the many things that has made me who I am today. Being a part of this organization brought me out of my shell and out into the musical world! Christian Youth Theater is a wonderful organization and one of the best decisions I've ever made!


Kayli Curda

Curriculum

CYT Houston offers a wide variety of classes that will enable students to gain valuable theater arts training, develop confidence, and make friends! CYT's goal is for our classes to be Vibrant, Imaginative, Inclusive, and Uplifting! 
 
There are currently over 50 different curriculum materials available in a variety of musical theater areas. Please note these classes vary per session. Check the Classes page to see what’s available now!

Showcase

Parents, friends, and relatives are invited to attend, free of charge, CYT Houston's Showcase performance on the last evening of classes. Showcase is the grand finale of each class session, during which every class makes a 5-10 minute presentation of something they have learned and rehearsed during the session. Don't miss the action!
 

Teaching Artists

At CYT Houston, a Teaching Artist's mission is to train and instruct students in such a way as to promote the development of character, self-esteem, and confidence. CYT Houston Teaching Artists are qualified and experienced in the area in which they teach. They have been trained in the CYT methods of instruction and agree with the CYT values and outcome goals.  All CYT Houston Teaching Artists have been background checked and adhere to our CYT Mission and Values. Our teachers truly care about their students and provide a constructive and fun environment for them to learn. 

Current Teachers:

Carolyn Mena

Carrie Mena graduated from Baylor University, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Elementary Music. Carrie taught 13 years in the Klein ISD as an elementary music teacher and led before school choirs, drum groups and Orff ensembles in addition to teaching K-5 in the classroom. She has enjoyed using various methods of teaching, including Orff/Schulwerk, which inspired her to complete her Orff Level I certification. Carrie and her husband of 13 years have a five-year-old daughter, a two-year-old son, and two adorable mini schnauzers. Carrie is grateful that she has been able to be home since having children. She has also been blessed to have been a director of several CYT events-Woody’s Round-Up summer camp, Dr. Doolittle and two classes (Intermediate Musical Theatre Class and Audition Workshop). She looks forward to working with Our Gang for this session’s classes!


Debbie Moore

My name is Debbie Moore and I am so excited to be involved with CYT this coming season!! I am a 1979 graduate of McAllen High School where I was a two year member of the Texas All-State Choir. I can't remember when I wasn't involved in music. I graduated from college at The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Music degree with a K-12 teaching certificate. I have been very lucky in that in my 29 years of teaching, I have indeed taught every level. I retired from Klein ISD in 2013. I am extremely active in the music ministries at Klein UMC and am founder and director of the Tapestry Women's Choir here at Klein. I cannot wait to get to know each one of you as we begin a journey together!!


Dee Willis

I have been a part of CYT since 2010 when my daughter joined this wonderful organization. She is now all grown up with kids of her own and I'm so happy to still be with CYT! I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music in Therapy from Sam Houston State University and I LOVE to sing! During the past 10 years I have been honored to serve at CYT in the capacity of Costumer, Teacher, Director, Vocal Director, Tour Group Director, Show Coordinator, and CYT@school Coordinator. I'm so blessed that God has given me the opportunity to work with so many talented individuals and to share His love with others through CYT!


Ellie Williams

Hi! My name is Ellie Williams and I have been dancing for seven years. I have studied with companies such as the Houston Ballet and Texas Academy of Dance Arts. My favorite styles of dance are jazz and contemporary, and I love to perform in musicals in the local community theaters. I have also taken dance with Bob Fosse Dancers and Beyonce's choreographer. I look forward to sharing my love of dance with my students!


Emily Bauserman

I love all things dance, but my favorite is tap and ballet. I trained with many dance studios in Louisiana while growing up, and was on pointe by the early age of 9. I was captain of my high school dance line and was on our college dance line at Northwestern State University. I have been a dance instructor for many years. One of the most rewarding parts of being a dance teacher is watching a student go through the process from frustration to delight in learning a new skill. I also hold a certificate in Rhythm Works Integrative Dance that allows me to teach dance skills to children and adults with developmental disabilities. I love to vacation in the mountains of Colorado, and spend time with family. A fun fact about me is that I carried the Olympic torch in 1984 on horseback.


JaiMichael Leal

JaiMichael is a CYT alumni that enjoyed helping make shows come to life on stage and behind the scenes. He's a graduate of the the University of Houston with a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management and he now works in the hospitality industry. JaiMichael learned magic and illusions as a CYT student. He continued learning more advanced skills and was able perform as a semi-professional magician for events.


Jamie Desel

All her life, Jamie was surrounded by talented artistic people from woodworkers, seamstresses and artistic painters. In 2010, she created a successful Etsy company built on handcrafting pieces using colors, textures and various painting styles. She was blessed to be asked in 2019 to chair sets for CYT’s Seussical. Since then she’s worked in many shows such as Les Miserables, My Son Pinocchio, Willy Wonka and other musicals in the Conroe area. She is excited to share her love of artistic painting with CYT students!


Jenifer Shoemake

Hi! My name is Jen Shoemake, and I am beyond thrilled to be teaching drama in the North and coordinating classes for our awesome east side in Houston! I have been a part of CYT since 2015. I've served as a teacher, camp and show coordinator, committee member and Chair, Artistic Team intern and most importantly, parent! I grew up loving theater and feel right at home on the stage and behind the scenes. I am looking so forward to working with all of the children God is sending our way, and helping them glorify Christ through the arts!


Lisa Woods

Lisa’s love for singing and musical theater began at a very early age. She was born into a musical family and has never met a stage she didn’t like! Some of her favorite roles include Amaryllis (Music Man), Brigitta (Sound of Music), Sarah (Guys and Dolls), Mrs. Potts (Beauty & the Beast), and Dolly Levi (Hello, Dolly!). In college, Lisa became a member of the Alpha Psi Omega National Theater Honor Society and received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater during her senior year. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and has been blessed with numerous opportunities throughout the years to combine her passions for music and teaching. Lisa has been both an assistant director, and a director for children’s, youth, and adult choirs, as well as for many children’s musicals. She was the Middle School Choir Director at The Woodlands Christian Academy and is currently the Elementary Music Teacher at Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy. Lisa and her family have lived in the United Kingdom, Angola (Africa), and the United Arab Emirates, and in each of those places she has had the opportunity to be the vocal director for high school productions such as Oliver! and Into the Woods, an assistant choir director (Elmbridge Community Choir), and an elementary music teacher. Last fall, Lisa taught a CYT class in ventriloquism and puppetry, and she’s thrilled to have another opportunity to work with some of her favorite people on the planet--CYT students!


Michelle Ochoa

Hi! My name is Michelle Ochoa and I am very excited to be teaching Our Gang this semester. I have always loved theater, so when my kids started working with CYT, I was thrilled! I have a Master of Arts in Teaching and was a high school Spanish teacher before having kids. Since then, I've had the opportunity to work with younger kids in preschool and church settings. Last Spring, I was the Crew Coach for Alice and learned a lot about the behind the scenes of shows. I look forward to introducing our CYT kids to the exciting world of the stage.


Sarah Steindl

Sarah has been acting since she knew how to play pretend and began writing her own plays and putting them on with her friends when she was six. Fast forward 15 years to when she graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in Creative Writing and a minor in Theatre Arts. She currently serves as a teaching assistant with the A.D. Players Performing Arts Academy, and her favorite role to date is the goofy, adorable Annelle Dupuy-DeSoto in "Steel Magnolias." She is so pumped to begin this new journey with CYT and can't wait to meet everyone's smiling faces!