COVID-19 and CYT Classes

Even though Covid-19 has affected how we meet in groups, the fun is not ending with CYT! Fall Classes are both Online AND In Person! CYT students are sure to develop community, build their character, and grow in their craft!

The big changes to classes this session include: In Person classes are only an hour and half, there is no group snack break, and we'll be following tight Covid-19 protocols like we did over the summer. Class Showcase will definitely look different, and we are exploring options!

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Acting 101 8-12 New Braunfels
(Fall 2020)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Sep 03 Oct 29
Character Quest! Creating Characters for the Stage 8-12 New Braunfels
(Fall 2020)
The CYT Studio Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Aug 31 Oct 26
Competitive Improv Team Prep 13-18 New Braunfels
(Fall 2020)
The CYT Studio Mon 6:30pm - 8:00pm Aug 31 Oct 26
CYT Online: Fall Workshop Series 8-18 New Braunfels
(Fall 2020)
ONLINE Wed 12:00am - 12:00am Aug 31 Oct 30
Do-Re-Mi! Voice for Kids 8-12 New Braunfels
(Fall 2020)
The CYT Studio Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Aug 31 Oct 26
HYBRID - Creating a Show Part 1: Development & Creation 13-18 New Braunfels
(Fall 2020)
The CYT Studio Mon 6:30pm - 8:00pm Aug 31 Oct 26
Musical Theater for Kids! 8-12 New Braunfels
(Fall 2020)
The CYT Studio Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Aug 31 Oct 26
Sell a Song - Musical Theater Studio 13-18 New Braunfels
(Fall 2020)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:00pm Sep 03 Oct 29
Shakespeare on Stage 13-18 New Braunfels
(Fall 2020)
The CYT Studio Mon 6:30pm - 8:00pm Aug 31 Oct 26
Theatrical Street Jazz 13-18 New Braunfels
(Fall 2020)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:00pm Sep 03 Oct 29
Those Tappin' Feet - Tap for Kids! 8-12 New Braunfels
(Fall 2020)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Sep 03 Oct 29
Voice for Teens 13-18 New Braunfels
(Fall 2020)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:00pm Sep 03 Oct 29

About

CYT offers classes for students ages 4-18 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 ten 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 send their children to CYT classes to learn, and that's exactly what they will do! At the end of a CYT session, your student will come away with a new or improved skill in the area of emphasis. During the last week class, a high-energy Showcase is presented by each class to show other students, family, and friends all they've learned.

The CYT registration fee is for the whole session, not a monthly fee. We think that's pretty cool! Sibling discounts are also applied on multi-sibling registrations.

Showcase

Parents, friends, and relatives are invited to attend CYT's Showcase performance on the last day/evening of classes, free of charge! Showcase is the grand finale of each session of classes, at which every class makes a 5-8 minute presentation of something they have learned and rehearsed during the session. Don't miss the action!

*With Covid-19 still being present during this upcoming season, Showcase may look different that normal, but we are excited to create unique opportunities that will allow our students to present their skills for family and friends in a fun way!*

Curriculum

CYT offers a wide variety of classes, and they all enable students to gain valuable theater arts training, develop confidence and make friends! Our curriculums are developed by teachers, directors, and performers both at our local branch and from CYT HQ in California. These classes vary per session!

Some of our classes include:
Wiggles and Giggles - An Introduction to the arts (4-5)
Our Gang - Theater Basics for Kids (6-7)
Acting 101 (8-12)
Voice for Kids (8-12)
Musical Theater for Kids (8-12)
Tap for Kids (8-12)
Hip Hop for Kids (8-12)
Voice for Teens (13-18)
Theatrical Street Jazz (13-18)
Shakespeare for Teens (13-18)
Off the Top of Your Head - Improv (13-18)
CYT Players - A One Act style acting class (13-18)
Set the Stage - an introduction to theatrical design (13-18)

Teachers

A CYT Teacher (or as we call them, Teaching Artist) has a mission is to train and instruct students in such a way as to promote the development of character, self-esteem, and confidence. Teaching Artists  are qualified and experienced in the area in which they teach. Many of them actively performing and working in the performing arts industry, or working as educators outside of CYT either in the education system or in dance studios, private studios, and more. They have been trained in the CYT methods of instruction and agree with the CYT values and outcome goals. All our Teaching Artists at CYT have been background checked and adhere to our CYT Mission and Values. Our Teaching Artists truly care about their students and provide a constructive and fun environment for them to learn!

We strive to not just teach theater arts skills in our classes, but life skills through the arts. All of our instruction is tailored to the students in our classes, and each instructor brings something different to the classes we offer. No two CYT classes will ever look the exactly the same!

FAQ's for Classes

Are parents allowed to sit in during classes?
While we love to have parents involved at CYT, we do ask that parents not be in the room once instruction begins. This is for several reasons. Some students do not perform well with parental supervision, and other students sometimes get nervous when another in-related parent is in the room. We also want the Showcase performance to be an awesome surprise for you and your family! If you feel like you need to sit in on a class for any reason, please contact our Class Coordinator.

What should we expect on the first day of class?
When you arrive, you'll be greeted by our staff and our HYPE team! We'll make sure we have you registered in the right class, then all parents and students will head into our Main Studio Room for a brief welcome meeting before the students head to class. If it is you first time in a CYT Class, one of our HYPE Students will be available to answer any questions and help your student feel at home! Our Class Coordinator will send out an email with specific instructions for the first night of class, so be on the lookout for that!

What does my child need to bring to class?
A water bottle, a pencil, closed toe shoes, and good attitude are all good things to have! If your child needs anything specific to their class (especially for dance classes) you should receive an email from your instructor detailing what you need.

Is there a break during class?
Yes! After an hour of class time, your student's class will break for a 10 minute water and snack break. We have water cooler in our studio and we also sell small snack items for 50 cents. We encourage all students to bring a water bottle!

What is the refund policy?
Refunds are not issued once classes begin. Classes cancelled two weeks before start date are subject to a $25 cancellation/processing fee. For any questions, please contact our Managing Director at md@cytsanantonio.org

I've already registered for a class, but I want to switch to a different class. Is that ok?
We are totally fine with students moving to another class. HOWEVER, any requests to move to another class must be submitted and approved two weeks before the class begins. If you need to switch classes in that two week time period, a $25 fee will apply.

Will there be online classes in the fall?
At CYT, we value gathering together in person and that's how our classes are designed. However, we will continue to offer online classes in addition to in person classes as a result of Covid-19 for those who would like that option!

Current Teachers:

Alliyah Campbell

Alliyah has been teaching with CYT for some time now and after taking a small break she is back and excited to teach again! Alliyah has been a dancer for most of her life! Her favorite dance styles are Hip-Hop, Ballet, and Jazz. She has attended many professional workshops and classes to develop her skills and grow as a dancer/performer. She is passionate about all things dance and loves to share her knowledge with students. CYT is a family affair for Alliyah as her younger sister D’Lani is a current CYT student, her older Brother has directed, and her Mom is a member of the CYT Board. Not only is Alliyah passionate about dance but she is also passionate about kids, she has taught kids since the early age of 8 years old and has no plans on stopping. Alliyah is excited to work with your students!


Annelise Leifeste

Annelise is a recent graduate of Texas Lutheran University, where she received a BA in Dramatic Media, with a concentration in acting and directing for theatre. Currently she works as an ESL teacher, and is very involved in her home church, Northpoint, where she serves as the young adults leader and as a member of the worship team. She is thrilled to be a new addition to the CYT family, and already feels at home! If you don't know Annelise, you should know that she loves to talk about Jesus and that her great theatrical love will always be Shakespeare. Annelise has tutored students in Shakespeare and other dramatic literature and has spent considerable time teaching children within church settings and VBS camps, as well as through her job as an ESL instructor. Her acting credits include: I and You (Caroline), The Crucible (Mrs. Putnam), Othello (Emilia), The Fantasticks (Luisa), The Little Mermaid (Ursula).


Beatrice Pelicano

Beatrice is excited to be a part of the CYT Family! She has her degree in Vocal Music Education from Texas Lutheran University and is thrilled to be helping students develop their gifts and talents while glorifying the Lord.


Bobby Tschoepe

A native Texan, Bobby Tschoepe is recent graduate of Texas Lutheran University receiving his Music Education degree with Vocal Emphasis. Bobby has performed in many environments, including church dramas, choirs, and several worship teams, including his home church, Northpoint. Bobby is currently an active performer at the Magik Theater in San Antonio and has also been seen at the The Public Theater of San Antonio (Newsies as Crutchie) and has also recently performed at the Zilker Hillside Theater in Austin in The Little Mermaid (Jetsam) & Shrek the Musical (Pinocchio). As a CYT alumni, Bobby has been in shows including Peter Pan Jr. and Seussical the Musical, and he has assisted with several seasons of CYT shows in multiple capacities, including directing, choreography, music, green room, tech and backstage crew. He enjoys helping kids develop the gifts and abilities God has given them. Bobby looks forward to working further with our awesome CYT students and parents this year, and looks forward to an awesome season of classes and shows! Psalms 92 and 103


HannahBelle Gamble

HannahBelle is so excited to be teaching with CYT! An active writer, film enthusiast, and theater techie and performer, she is excited to share her knowledge with CYT students!


Jeremiah Jordon

Jeremiah is so excited to be teaching at CYT again this session! He has taught at CYT the past three sessions, has aided the choreographer for CYT's production of Shrek, and most recently choreographed Fame Jr., CYT's Summer Intensive Production. Jeremiah has taught dance all over the state of Texas and has a passion to help students grow.


Kaitlyn Zoeller

Theatre has always been central to Kaitlyn Zoeller’s life. Even during her studies at Rice University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English, she focused specifically on dramaturgical analysis. Before Rice University, Kaitlyn discovered the joys of improv at age twelve through her education with CYT Houston. Kaitlyn performed as an improviser for CYT Houston’s competitive team for two consecutive years at CYT's National Improvathon. After leaving CYT for college, Kaitlyn performed with Rice University’s improv troupe Spontaneous Combustion for four years, during which she performed at various improv houses, including the Upright Citizens’ Brigade’s New York location during the Del Close Marathon. Aside from her collegiate experience, Kaitlyn has worked as an improviser for Station Theatre, as well as for the experimental longform improv troupe Magical Lying Hour, with whom she has performed in various improv festivals nation-wide. Most importantly, Kaitlyn is thrilled to work with the students at CYT San Antonio-New Braunfels and help foster a love for improvisation in all interested students.


Lyndsea Woodall

An alumna of CYT Houston, Lyndsea was inspired by her many years spent with CYT and is currently pursuing a degree in music education at Texas State. While at school, she has performed regularly across Texas with both the Texas State Chorale and VocaLibre. She has also performed in various Texas State musical theater productions and operas, including the title role in Massanet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella). Outside of Texas State, she has won several awards through the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) including being named a finalist in Classical Voice and winning 1st place in Musical Theater. In addition to performing, she has held teaching positions working with both Conspirare Youth Choir and the Hill Country Youth Chorus. Lyndsea is also passionate about music education across the globe, and travels regularly to teach music workshops in countries such as Haiti and Guatemala.


Perice Foster


Raye Zahn

Raye Zahn grew up dancing from a very early age. In college, she was a member of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes where she had many opportunities to perform in places such as the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Cotton Bowl Halftime Classic, as well as the Dallas Cowboys Halftime Spectacular with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. In 2005, Raye married her high school sweetheart, Matthew. They now have two amazing little boys, Maddix, 7 yrs, and Paxton, 5 yrs, and a sweet little girl Jovie Lucille, 1 yr. Raye was the proud owner of The Element New Braunfels Dance Center for over seven and a half years where she had the privilege of instructing students ranging in age from 2-18. She began working for CYT in 2012 and has choreographed CYT shows including The Little Mermaid, Freckleface Strawberry, and Honk! Raye has not only judged CYT’s “Dancing with the Stars of New Braunfels” for several years, but has also choreographed many numbers for the show. Raye cannot wait to work with students and share with them her love of the performing arts!


Thank you to our scholarship sponsor!

"For over 30 years, H-E-B’s Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust has contributed to worthy causes throughout Texas, and we continue to support our community as strongly as ever. H-E-B’s Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust is a special fund that receives its money from an annual golf tournament sponsored by H-E-B’s vendor community. This golf tournament provides the funds for charitable projects and programs that have a positive impact on our communities within the areas of youth, children, education and health."

Thank you H-E-B for allowing us to offer scholarships for our 2017-2018 class season!