Winter 2022 Class Registration is here!

Winter 2022 Classes - registration is OPEN now

***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: Wicked 8-18 East
(Winter 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 30 Feb 01
East (Kingwood) - Beginning/Intermediate Drama: Animal Fun 8-18 East
(Winter 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 30 Feb 01
East (Kingwood) - Beginning/Intermediate Voice: Frozen 8-18 East
(Winter 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 30 Feb 01
East (Kingwood) - Intermediate/Advanced Voice: West Side Story 12-18 East
(Winter 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 30 Feb 01
East (Kingwood) - Musical Theater: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 12-18 East
(Winter 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 30 Feb 01
East (Kingwood) - Our Gang: The Wizard of Oz 5-7 East
(Winter 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 30 Feb 01
East (Kingwood) - PROJECT PLAY: Totally RED! 8-18 East
(Winter 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 30 Feb 20
East (Kingwood) - Specialty: Spongebob! Props 10-18 East
(Winter 2022)
Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tue 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 30 Feb 01
North (Spring) - Beginning/ Intermediate Drama: Frozen Fast Forward 8-18 North
(Winter 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 29 Jan 31
North (Spring) - Beginning/Intermediate Tap Dance: Happy Feet! 8-18 North
(Winter 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 29 Jan 31
North (Spring) - Intermediate/Advanced Drama: Behind the Curtain 12-18 North
(Winter 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 29 Jan 31
North (Spring) - Intermediate/Advanced Tap Dance: 42nd Street 12-18 North
(Winter 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 29 Jan 31
North (Spring) - Intermediate/Advanced Voice: Sing the 80's Dance Party! 12-18 North
(Winter 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 29 Jan 31
North (Spring) - Our Gang: Pirate Party 5-7 North
(Winter 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 29 Jan 31
North (Spring) - PROJECT PLAY: Beast of the Baskervilles 13-18 North
(Winter 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 29 Feb 20
North (Spring) - PROJECT PLAY: The Great Alphabet Adventure 8-13 North
(Winter 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 29 Feb 20
North (Spring) - Speciality: Disney Audition Workshop 10-18 North
(Winter 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 7:00pm - 8:50pm Nov 29 Jan 31
North (Spring) - Specialty: Sound - I Like the Sound of That! 12-18 North
(Winter 2022)
Klein United Methodist Church Mon 5:00pm - 6:50pm Nov 29 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 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:

Abby Cleverly

My passion for theater arts started very young with plays at home in front of my family. From there it grew to include church productions and community theater. I am so excited to share this love of acting with students in this play. It will be a great time of learning different styles and working together to produce a great play!


Ashlie Driver

I hold two choral music degrees (UT Austin, UH Moores School of Music) and I love my jobs as Executive Director of CYT and Church Music Director. I have been involved as a CYT parent, director and teacher since the fall of 2013. My husband Steve, and children; Maddie, Travis, and Elise, feel incredibly blessed to have found CYT and become so involved...it is our second faith-family! I pray that everyone who becomes part of CYT will experience the joy and love that we have encountered here. To God be the Glory!


Courtney Laird

Courtney is a proud CYT alum. She is a lover of each aspect of musical theater, however is interested most in dance and movement. Her passion for dance began when she joined the Klein Oak High School Color Guard, and continued to flourish after she returned to CYT after taking a four year hiatus. She is a third generation Aggie, and a former Walt Disney World character performer. Courtney enjoys choreographing for CYT's productions, and is excited to teach her first class!


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!


Donna Frogge

Hello! I am excited to teach dance to CYT students for the first time! I have a BFA in dance from William Woods University and an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado/Boulder. I have taught dance for over 35 years to people of all ages (2-90). I have taught in both private dance studios as well as college and have choreographed for musicals in both regional theatre and at the college level. I am married to Bruce Frogge, Senior Minister at Cypress Creek Christian Church, in Spring, Texas. We have one son, Zach, who we adopted from Guatemala. Zach was a CYT student in high school, and is currently in his freshman year at Culver-Stockton College in Missouri pursuing a theatre degree.


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.


Hannah Watson

Hannah discovered her love for theatre in middle school and joined CYT as a student during the first ever production of the Music Man in 2010! In the summer of 2012, she was selected to attend the Young Actor’s Conservatory at Stages downtown, where she was given the opportunity to expand her acting and technical knowledge with some of the best teachers in Houston. She acted and worked as a technician throughout high school at Klein Oak, but took a break from the stage to study Communication at Texas State University. Hannah is so excited to be back at CYT as an adult and can’t wait to see the life change that comes with doing what you love in such a positive and supportive environment!


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 your little ones to the exciting world of the stage.


Ryan Ramsower

Ryan Ramsower has been in CYT shows since 2008 and has performed in over 30 shows during his career. He graduated from Lone Star Community College with an associates degree in Live Entertainment Technology. Besides theater, his greatest joy is to make terrible puns.


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.


Vanessa Pribble

Vanessa Pribble has a Bachelors Degree in Communication Design from Texas State University. She worked in all areas of advertising and graphic design in Austin, Texas before earning a teaching certificate in Art and jumping into the classroom. Vanessa’s favorite mediums are paint and collage and she enjoys anything that lets her get creative. She has been a CYT mom for 5 years now and is so excited to start working with students behind the scenes to bring their skills to the stage.