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.

Curriculum

CYT offers a wide variety of classes, and they all enable students to gain valuable theater arts training, develop confidence and make friends!

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!

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. They have been trained in the CYT methods of instruction and agree with the CYT values and outcome goals.  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.

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!

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Being Funny - Improv for Teens! 12-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 11 Jun 06
CYT Players 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 9:00pm Apr 11 Jun 06
CYT Players - Bulverde 8-18 Boerne/Bulverde
(Spring 2019)
Gloria Deo Christian Academy/Riverside Community Church Tue 3:45pm - 5:45pm Mar 19 May 14
Do-Re-Mi! Voice for Kids 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Apr 11 Jun 06
Meet the Bard 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Tue 6:45pm - 8:45pm Apr 09 Jun 04
Musical Theater Bootcamp - Mary Poppins! 12-15 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 08 Jun 03
Musical Theater Dance for Kids 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Apr 11 Jun 06
Musical Theater for Kids! 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Tue 6:45pm - 8:45pm Apr 09 Jun 04
Open Up a Book - Reader's Theater! 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Apr 11 Jun 06
Our Gang! 6-7 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Apr 11 Jun 06
Set the Stage 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 11 Jun 06
Stage Stew 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 08 Jun 03
Toy Story - Tap for Teens 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 11 Jun 06
Tuesday Night Live! 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Tue 6:45pm - 8:45pm Apr 09 Jun 04
Voice for Teens 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 11 Jun 06
Wiggles and Giggles 4-5 New Braunfels
(Spring 2019)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Apr 11 Jun 06

It is wonderful that there is a local organization that includes children of all races and religions, fosters their self- confidence in a nurturing environment and even finds ways to involve those young people who may not be interested in appearing on stage, but can fulfill a vital role, and gain much needed self-esteem, by being involved behind the scenes.


Elementary Educator

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 will turn in your Medical/Photo Release Form and your Behavior Contract form. After that, 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

Current Teachers:

Amy Busse

I am so excited to return to CYT after a break of a few sessions. I will teach Wiggles and Giggles again this session. I have been an early childhood teacher for over 20 years. I have also been in high school and community theater, so CYT mixes two of my favorite things. I am homeschooling my 5th grader and my kindergartner this year and I am excited to be back!


Bailey Garner

Bailey Garner is excited to be working with your kids this session! Her love of music started when she joined the Texas Children's Choir. As a four year member, she had the incredible opportunity to perform at both the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York City. With CYT she developed her skills in musical theater and found her calling. With performances in Aladdin, Jr., Honk!, Bye, Bye Birdie, Willie Wonka, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Women, and Shrek the Musical, her skills have really grown. She has also stepped behind the curtain as the stage manager for Godspell, Addams Family, Tarzan and ASM for Fame, Jr, Elf Jr, Annie Jr, Alice In Wonderland Jr, Legally Bonde Jr. She previously worked as a counselor for Hermann Sons Youth Camps. The past two summers she also worked as camp counselor for CYT. She is looking forward to continuing her growth in the musical theater industry. She thanks God for the opportunity to share her love of theater with others.


Beth Riddle

My name is Beth Riddle and I am 25 years old. I have been in theatre my whole life, the last 10 years of which I have also written and directed theatre in New Braunfels. Theatre is my absolute passion and I am excited to be working with CYT SA this Winter Season!


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 performing at the Magik Theater in San Antonio and has also been seen at the The Public Theater in San Antonio (Newsies as Crutchie) and has also recently performed at the Zilker Hillside Theater in Austin in 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 choreography, music, green room, tech and backstage crew. He most recently directed and choreographed CYT's production of Shrek the Musical and choreographed Alice In Wonderland Jr. 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


Charles (Chip) Reynolds

Chip Reynolds has been performing and directing theatre for many years, and is excited to put his experience to work for the students at CYT. As a high school theatre director, he especially enjoyed preparing performers and tech crews to compete in the annual UIL One Act Play competition, and two of his casts made it all the way to the State finals. Now a pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church here in New Braunfels, Chip continues to enjoy acting, singing, and directing whenever possible. As one of CYT’s new teachers, he will focus on building essential technical theatre and performance skills that will prepare students to find success as they pursue theatre.


Danielle Martinez

Danielle Martinez is a proud graduate of Texas State University where she earned her BFA degree in Theatre: Performance and Production, with a minor in Music. She trained for many years at Amy’s All Star Dance Studio in Schertz, TX where she was not only a member of the competition team, but also had the opportunity to choreograph some of their award winning routines. She has also performed in several musical theatre productions in the San Antonio/New Braunfels area. However, most of her production credits can be found as part of an artistic team. Danielle choreographed over thirty musical theatre productions in her five years of being the Resident Choreographer at a theatre in San Antonio. When not teaching dance, theatre, or art, Danielle also works with theArtsFund as a teaching artist for San Antonio’s Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts affiliate program. She is also a proud member of her church’s Saturday evening choir and works with Edge, their middle school youth group. In addition to teaching classes at CYT, she is blessed to be the adviser to HYPE. She loves being a part of the CYT family and being able to share her God-given passion for the arts!


Devon Zukowski

I'm a homeschooling mother of 3 and wife to Joe! I have a vocal performance degree from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and LOVE jazz and blues and musical theatre! I'm so glad to be back teaching at CYT and to have my son try out for his FIRST show!


Heather Stamper

Heather Stamper comes to CYT with over 30 years performance experience, including professional solo work, choirs, select ensembles, musicals, operettas, church praise bands, and the occasional wedding. Some of her favorite roles include Eliza in My Fair Lady, Maria in Sound of Music (twice!), and leads in both The Mikado and The Threepenny Opera. A bit of trivia: Over the years, she’s sung the National Anthem more than 100 times, including one time for a televised national sporting event. Heather studied Music Education and Theatre in college, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University in NY. Heather loves to teach others to take their voices to new heights. Her private voice clients develop and strengthen their voices, gain confidence, and have gone on to receive scholarships, opera fellowships, and Disney contracts, not to mention starring in many musical theatre performances. These days most of her time is occupied raising her sons Tim and Eli. A military family, the Stampers are proud to call the San Antonio area home and look forward to a continued involvement in CYT. Psalm 104:33: “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”


Joshua Scott

Josh was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri and is a huge St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He’s been married to his high school sweetheart, Gina, for 21 years, and the Scotts have three children: Kiersten (18, Texas Lutheran University), Isaiah (17, Canyon H.S.), and Elijah (13, Canyon M.S.). Josh taught in the North Carolina public school system for twelve years. Along the journey, he picked up professional acting, directing, and stage manager experience in New York, Virginia Beach, the mountains of North Carolina, and San Antonio. His favorite plays are Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Hamlet. Other favorites include: The Diviners, Noises Off, and the Broadway musical, Ragtime. Josh loves to teach and direct at the studio as CYT SA-NB's artistic director. His actor training is rooted in Meisner and Practical Aesthetics. B. S. - Appalachian State University M. Ed. - University of North Carolina at Greensboro MFA - Regent University


Kathryn (Kat) Reynolds

Kat is thrilled to begin working with students at CYT! A classically trained singer, she feels blessed to have had opportunities to perform in many different areas including church praise bands, operas, cantatas, and many musical theatre productions. Some of her favorite past roles include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She most recently worked as a contract actor at an improv comedy theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah where she performed in multiple musical parodies. Now settled back in Texas, she is excited to once again work with students and help them discover and strengthen their own unique, God-given talents. Her hope is that each student she works with will not only gain singing and performance skills, but also gain confidence that will help them both onstage and off.


Kiersten Scott

As a CYT alumni, Kiersten is so excited to be working at a place she called home! Kiersten has been performing all her life which is explainable since she has two theater educators for parents! Some notable roles include JoJo in Seussical the Musical, Marmee in Little Women, and Jesus in Godspell. Kiersten is thrilled to work with students and help them develop their God-given talents and grow as performers!


Megan Gullion

Megan is blessed to be a part of CYT! Her family has been involved with CYT for over 4 years. During that time, Megan has worked on Props and Costume committees, has taught classes, taught summer camps, and is now on the Board! She loves being a part of CYT with her family, and her daughter is an active CYT'er.


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!