Winter 2023 Class Registration opens Oct 21st!

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - $25 off per class - Oct. 21-29!
Class sizes are limited, so please register quickly to assure your placement.

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If you have questions about classes, pre-requisites, or the registration process, please email your Class Coordinator:

East (Kingwood/Humble/Atascocita) area - Jen Shoemake at jen@cythouston.org
Houston (Spring/Klein/Woodlands) area - Dawn Leal at dawn@cythouston.org
North (Conroe/Willis/Montgomery) area - Pam Puente at pam@cythouston.org

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

Scholarships for 1/2 class tuition are available to those who qualify.  

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
East (Kingwood) - Beginning/Intermediate Dance: Princess and the Frog 8-18 East
(Winter 2023)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 15 Jan 31
East (Kingwood) - Beginning/Intermediate Voice: Encanto 8-18 East
(Winter 2023)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 15 Jan 31
East (Kingwood) - Intermediate/Advanced Voice: Hunchback of Notre Dame 12-18 East
(Winter 2023)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 15 Jan 31
East (Kingwood) - Our Gang: Annie 5-7 East
(Winter 2023)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 15 Jan 31
East (Kingwood) - PROJECT PLAY: Here Be Dragons 10-18 East
(Winter 2023)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 15 Feb 11
East (Kingwood) - Specialty: Props - Tarzan 12-18 East
(Winter 2023)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 15 Jan 31
Houston (Spring) - Beginning/Intermediate Dance: Seussical 8-18 Houston
(Winter 2023)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 14 Jan 30
Houston (Spring) - Beginning/Intermediate Drama: Fairy Tale Survivor 8-18 Houston
(Winter 2023)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 14 Jan 30
Houston (Spring) - Beginning/intermediate Voice: The Greatest Showman 8-18 Houston
(Winter 2023)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 14 Jan 30
Houston (Spring) - Intermediate/Advanced Dance: LaLa Land 12-18 Houston
(Winter 2023)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 14 Jan 30
Houston (Spring) - Intermediate/Advanced Voice: Guys & Dolls 12-18 Houston
(Winter 2023)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 14 Jan 30
Houston (Spring) - Our Gang: Tangled 5-7 Houston
(Winter 2023)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 14 Jan 30
Houston (Spring) - PROJECT PLAY: Mack to the Future 10-18 Houston
(Winter 2023)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 14 Feb 11
Houston (Spring) - Specialty: Theatrical Makeup 12-18 Houston
(Winter 2023)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 14 Jan 30
North (Conroe) Beginning/Intermediate Drama - Readers Theatre 8-18 North
(Winter 2023)
Covenant Christian School Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 15 Jan 31
North (Conroe) Our Gang - The Little Mermaid - Under the Sea! 5-7 North
(Winter 2023)
Covenant Christian School Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 15 Jan 31
North (Conroe) Specialty - Theatrical Make-Up 12-18 North
(Winter 2023)
Covenant Christian School Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 15 Jan 31
North (Conroe): Beginning/Intermediate Voice - Peter Pan 8-18 North
(Winter 2023)
Covenant Christian School Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 15 Jan 31

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 a 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.

***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.

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:

Ashley Petterson

I am the proud mom of one beautiful, theatre loving daughter. I have a wonderful husband, and four awesome dogs. During the day I am a 504 District Specialist for Humble ISD. I have a Masters in Education Administration and Leadership and I am a certified Theater Arts teacher for grade K-12. I have taught several different classes for CYT including props, improv and beginning drama. I have served on the artistic team for many CYT shows, most recently assistant director for Into the Woods Jr. I am beyond blessed to call CYT my family.


Carol Neill

Our family's journey with CYT started 8 years ago with Camp Enchanted and we have never looked back. I started working with Props on parent committees and eventually moved into teaching classes for Props ranging from Beginning to Advanced classes. My classes worked on props for shows from Peter Pan to Tarzan to The Adam's Family. Interning on several Artistic Teams and then moving into the Director role for School House Rock Live Jr and Descendants has been amazing and I can't wait to get back into teaching.


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!


Hannah Cook

Hannah is extremely excited to be in Marry Poppins! You may have seen her on stage at the Owen Theatre or at Lonestar Montgomery. Whenever she is not on stage, she enjoys drinking coffee while curled up with a good book. She would like to thank her parents; friends, and her cats, Carrot and Tilly, for supporting her through this journey.


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!


Morgan Yovanovich

Howdy! I’m Morgan and am thrilled to be teaching classes for CYT! I’ve participated in dance, to include ballet, tap, jazz and partner dancing, since the age of 4 and in musical theater productions since the age of 12. I found my real theater family after moving to Texas my freshman year of high school and joining CYT where I participated in 17 productions throughout high school. My hope is that all students at CYT will be blessed with the same joy, friendships, love of theater and growth in faith that I’ve experienced here!


Paula-Beth Toller

Paula-Beth grew up loving the arts—acting, singing, dancing and playing the piano and flute. She began teaching piano at the age of 15 and has directed Children’s choirs throughout Texas and Illinois. She has appeared in multiple stage productions over the years and most recently served as the vocal director for Stars Theater Company from 2017-2021. She currently leads chapel for her church’s Mothers Day Out program and serves as a pianist and vocalist in her church’s worship team.


Paulina Guerra

Paulina Guerra recently graduated with a Master of Music from University of Mobile. She has cognates in theater as well as vocal pedagogy. Prior to her M.M., Paulina received B.A. in Music with a concentration in vocal performance and a minor in theatre from Louisiana Tech University. Paulina has a private voice studio where she teaches both musical theater and classical styles. Some of Paulina's favorite roles are Ms. Todd (The Old Maid and the Thief) and The Monitoress (Suor Angelica).


Sean Ramsower

Sean Ramsower has been with CYT for over a decade. Whether it be interning, working backstage, or teaching, it is always a blast for him here at CYT. I hope that everyone who takes my class will learn something that will assist them in the future either on stage or just in general!


Stacy Hamsher

I have an Masters of Arts in Speech Communication and Theatre from Arkansas State University. I have been a part of many theatre productions but my favorite roles were Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest, Babe in Crimes of the Heart and Luciana in Boys from Syracuse. I am excited to share my love of theatre with my four children and all the children in CYT.


Stephen Driver

Stephen has a B.A. in Music from U.T. Austin with an emphasis on Vocal Performance. He has trained in acting and voice at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, TASIS - England, and the Austrian-American Mozart Academy near Salzburg, Austria. He has performed in operas, operettas, musicals, oratorios, and choirs in the U.S. and abroad. He has appeared in every CCT Houston with roles as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof,” Pulitzer in "Newsies,” Pharaoh in “Joseph ATATDC” and Cogsworth in "Beauty and the Beast." He has also appeared as Judas in The Player's "Godspell". Stephen serves on the Board of CYT and can usually be found running lights during CYT show weeks. Stephen was Cubmaster for Pack 1947, has trained civilians and law enforcement, and has regularly taught adult Sunday School classes. Stephen is proud husband to Ashlie, dad to Maddie, Travis, and Elise and is an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County.


Sunnie Curda

Hi! I'm Sunnie, and I've been with CYT since I was 8 years old. I've been in over 37 shows and have been dancing for 6 years. I studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip-Hop at TADA; and have worked professionally downtown with 'artFACTORY Houston'. I'm so excited and thankful to be able to share the joy that CYT gifted me when I was younger! Treat People with Kindness!