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CYT Waco offers classes over the course of three sessions during the school year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Weekly classes last for two hours and run for ten consecutive weeks. A variety of classes are offered in drama, voice, dance, and specialty classes that vary per session. Most of the classes are small to ensure personal attention and growth. At the end of a CYT session, students will come away with improved skills in an area of emphasis. During the last week of class, a high-energy showcase is presented by each class to demonstrate to other students, family members, and friends what they have learned.

Enrolled students, ages 8 – 18, have the opportunity to audition for a CYT Broadway-style musical! Younger students may serve as ushers at CYT shows, and students ages 13 and up may work on a backstage crew.

How To Set Up A New Family Account

All families will need to register for a new account on our new website. Here's a handy tutorial to walk you through it. Questions? Contact Waco@cyt.org.

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CYT Waco Student

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Broadway Jr. - Our Gang 5-7 Waco
(Fall 2019)
Victorious Life Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Sep 10 Nov 12
Les Miserables - Advanced Vocals 8-18 Waco
(Fall 2019)
Victorious Life Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Sep 10 Nov 12
Making a Musical 13-18 Waco
(Fall 2019)
Crestview Church of Christ Thu 6:00pm - 8:00pm Sep 12 Nov 14
Nailed It! Perfecting your Audition/Monologue 8-13 Waco
(Fall 2019)
Crestview Church of Christ Thu 6:00pm - 8:00pm Sep 12 Nov 14
Readers Theater 8-18 Waco
(Fall 2019)
Victorious Life Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Sep 10 Nov 12
Riverdance 8-18 Waco
(Fall 2019)
Crestview Church of Christ Thu 6:00pm - 8:00pm Sep 12 Nov 14
^^^To Register for a class please click on the Blue Links above!!^^^
 

Classes may include but are not limited to:
  • Our Gang (Ages 5-7) 
  • Dance/Movement
  • Drama 
  • Voice
  • Musical Theater
  • Auditions and Callbacks 
  • Comedy and Improv 
  • Technical Theater; such as Makeup, Set Design, etc.
  • Stunts and Combat.
Classes are held once a week for two hours, and run for ten consecutive weeks. During the tenth class week, a showcase is presented in which each class performs a brief prepared presentation, showcasing what they have learned over the session. Every CYT student participates in the Class Showcase!  

Current Teachers:

Jennie Smith

Jennie is so excited to be teaching again this session! She moved to Waco from College Station in June of 2016, and is a homeschooling mother of 4. She has been performing since she was 3, all the way through college, where she studied Vocal Performance at Oral Roberts University. As an adult, she sang with the Brazos Valley Chorale, taught music at a private school, along with teaching private vocal lessons. Her passion for finding and teaching harmonies comes from her many years of leading worship in church, in addition to her performing experience. Jennie has directed and choreographed various productions at church, and brought those talents to us at CYT Waco in the Spring of 2017, when she was the Vocal Director for Seussical Jr. Last season her Artistic Team contributions were as Vocal Director and Co-Choreographer for School House Rock Live, Choreographer for Into The Woods Jr., as well as Vocal Directing our Spring show, James and the Giant Peach. She substituted & assisted in the Fall & Winter sessions, & taught our musical theatre class, Tarzan, in the Spring. This past summer she served as a counselor during Trolls Camp and Vocal Directed our Greatest Show Camp, and went on a "High Adventure" teaching the Aladdin Musical Theatre class for this fall session. She is driven by her passion to for the kids to find their character & their voice.


Malachi Key

Malachi Key is a student at MCC aiming to transfer to Baylor to get a degree in Special Education, and eventually a PHD in Clinical Psychology. He has been working in various roles in the theatre world for about 5 years, performing with PATH Co-op in Amman Jordan, Waco Civic Theatre, and the Midway High Panther Players. He has performed in, directed, and written various plays over the years, but his first passion is still acting, with personal favorite performances being in “Bye Bye Birdie”, “The 39 Steps”, and “Baskerville”. Though he’s been a long time admirer of their incredible shows, this is Malachi’s second time teaching at CYT, and he’s incredibly excited to rejoin everyone this year!


Melissa Lohr

A Central Texas native, Melissa Lohr is a graduate of Baylor University with degrees in Sociology, Educational Psychology, and Curriculum & Instruction. Growing up, she spent numerous hours in traveling show choirs and pit orchestras in addition to her 16 years of experience in violin, viola, piano, and vocal training. Melissa is the Academic Advisor and Head of Recruitment for Texas Tech University here in Waco. She is so thankful and excited for the opportunity to live in her favorite city in the world while working for her favorite theater program in the world!


Rebekah Schroeder

Rebekah Schroeder is a BFA in Theatre Education & BA in Christian Education, she grew up in a Christian home school environment and has been doing dance and theatre from an early age. Having thought everything from bread baking at age 10 to vaulting in summer camp, Rebekah natural bent towards teaching has always been evident. Her love of the arts and other kinesthetic endeavors has lead her on an exciting journey, providing her with a creative outlook and view as she seeks to become a stage director. Her Christian faith keeps her grounded as she steps into the world of fine arts and adds her voice to that of many before her. Hoping to be a light as she brings a new perspective to stage and Christian theatre. She has preformed in several plays and musicals such as Anne, Hello Dolly and Christmas Carol. Also Directing and assistant Director for shows like Twelfth Night, Teen Beach & Camp Awesome.


Sarah Robins

This will be Sarah's second session with CYT! She brings with her 15 years of tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary and Hip Hop. She Choreographed CYT Waco's Elf Jr, Fall of 2018. She also assisted in choreographing her sorority's routine for stomp fest at Baylor. She has also taught private dance lessons. Sarah has her Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor.


Tara Hoover

Tara has just recently moved to Waco and is so excited to join the CYT family! She grew up in theatre around the East Texas & Dallas area. Serving in her community as actress, stage manager, assistant director, choreographer, director & Camp Coordinator for Tyler Civic Theatre & countless others. She has been awarded 2 distinctions from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Best Actress in OAP & doesn't count any of her talents for herself but for The Lord. Tara was a licensed actress for the Linicomn Agency for 3 years. This training was crucial, vulnerable & now very teachable in how the Film Industry is so different than Theatre & ways they both compliment each other. Her motto is "Theatre/Acting/The Industry is a raw & vulnerable craft... one that needs more of Jesus and less of ourselves. If I can help kids realize their potential, what God says about their gifts and how to go out and make disciples w/the talents they ALL possess? Then that's why I had all of the years of training, 50+ shows & countless 'Aha!' moments. Not for me, but to give back."


"It is aways a place where we can learn and grow in God and theatre."


CYT Waco Student

Teachers

A CYT Teacher’s mission is to train and instruct students in such a way as to promote the development of character, self-esteem, and confidence. CYT teachers are qualified and experienced in the area in which they teach and have been trained in the CYT methods of instruction.  All CYT teachers 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.

If you are interested in teaching, please email your cover letter and resume to waco@cyt.org.

Showcase

Parents, friends, and relatives are invited to attend CYT's Showcase performance on the last day of classes, free of charge! Showcase is the grand finale of each session of classes, at which every class develops a presentation of the material and skills they have learned and rehearsed during the session. Don't miss the action!

Curriculum

CYT offers a wide variety of classes, and they all enable students to gain valuable theatre arts training, develop confidence, and make friends! CYT is currently teaching over 50 different curriculums in a variety of musical theater areas. Please note these classes vary per session.
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