COVID-19 and CYT Classes

Even though Covid-19 has affected how we meet in groups, the fun is not ending with CYT! Spring Classes are In Person with a few Hybrid options for those who would like to stay at home and would like to Zoom in to a class! CYT students are sure to develop community, build their character, and grow in their craft!

We are continuing to monitor changes that affect youth educational organizations, and as those changes come, our procedures and protocols have the potential to loosen or tighten.

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 Covid-19 protocols. Class Showcase will look different, but we are looking forward to an in person showcase!

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Acting 101 10-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Mar 25 May 27
Acting 101 8-9 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Mar 22 May 24
All that Jazz 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:00pm Mar 25 May 27
Ballet for Kids 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Mar 22 May 24
CYT Competitive Improv Team Prep 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:00pm Mar 25 May 27
CYT Players 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Mar 22 May 24
Do-Re-Mi! Voice for Kids 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Mar 25 May 27
HYBRID: Become the Playwright! 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:00pm Mar 25 May 27
Musical Theater for Kids - MONDAY 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Mar 22 May 24
Musical Theater for Kids - THURSDAY 8-12 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Mar 25 May 27
Our Gang! 4-7 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm Mar 25 May 27
Sell a Song 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:00pm Mar 25 May 27
Stage Makeup 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Mon 6:30pm - 8:00pm Mar 22 May 24
Tap 2 12-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Thu 6:30pm - 8:00pm Mar 25 May 27
Tune In Now! Radio Theatre 10-14 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Mon 4:30pm - 6:00pm Mar 22 May 24
Voice for Teens 13-18 New Braunfels
(Spring 2021)
The CYT Studio Mon 6:30pm - 8:00pm Mar 22 May 24

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. The calendar to the right can also be found as a pdf at the top of this page. 

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, in person!*

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

How do I register for a class?
Set up a Family Account before you register for classes!
  1. Click on the "person" icon at top right corner of our website (to right of "DONATE" on any page).
  2. Click on "NEW ACCOUNT" in the pop up window.
  3. Fill out the information required, with the parent's info first.
  4. To add a child to the account, click on the +Family Member button.
If you are already have a Family Account, then (while logged in) follow these steps:
  1. Register for Classes- Go to the "Classes" page
  2. First select your "Student's Age"
  3. Click on the Class Name of your choice
  4. Click on the "Register Now" button
  5. Select the family member that will be in the class.
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 Spring?
At CYT, we value gathering together in person and that's how our classes are designed. However, we will have a few Hybrid classes that will allow students to Zoom into an in person class.

Current Teachers:

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).


Araya Feeney

Araya Feeney is a CYT alum, having graduated from high school this past spring. She received theatrical training from a young age, and was a member of ZACH theatre's Pre-Professional Company for 3 years. Araya decided to take a gap year due to Covid-19, however will be attending school for Musical Theatre next fall. Araya was blessed with the opportunity to choreograph for CYT's production of "The Wizard of Oz", and is super excited to be teaching Beginning Ballet and Musical Theater for Kids. Psalm 46:1-3


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


Chelsea dePaula

Chelsea dePaula is a performer and instructor whose passion is discovering other people’s strengths and creating opportunities for them to meet their potential. She earned her BFA in Dance from Texas State University and has performed in various productions across the UK and USA. Chelsea is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Talent Development and Exercise Sport Science, and trains with The Broadway Collective, an elite musical theatre academy. Chelsea is so excited to share her knowledge and coach musical theatre students with CYT!


Emily Evans

Soprano Emily Evans earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University and her Bachelor of Music degree fromMoody Bible Institute. In Chicago she worked with The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, The Floating Opera Company, and The DePaul Opera Theater, where she was seen most notably as the Queen of the Night in "The Magic Flute." In Dayton, Ohio she was an adjunct vocal professor at the University of Dayton, and performed with the Dayton Opera, and La Comedia Dinner most recently in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Emily can be seen at the Public Theater of San Antonio as Sibella in the upcoming performance of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder". She is excited to have recently relocated her passions and teaching to San Antonio, and is looking forward to helping young singers glorify God through their music in the theater world and at CYT.


HannahBelle Gamble

HannahBelle Gamble has always had a love for storytelling. Her theatre journey began at the age of fourteen, when she wrote her first play and produced it at a private school. Since then, HannahBelle has written, directed, and acted in, and worked tech for many shows, including Lincoln’s Little Jewly, Narnia, Pride and Prejudice, Steel Magnolias, The Brothers Grimm: Out of Order, and The Little Mermaid, and CYT's productions of Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz. Her life passion is to bring God’s light to the entertainment industry through theatre and film. When she’s not at theatre, HannahBelle can often be found writing, doing art, exploring American history, watching movies, and running two Etsy stores. She is honored to have the opportunity to work with CYT and share her love of theatre with students!


Ivy Cantu

Ivy Cantu is a recent graduate from Texas State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She is an accomplished soprano, with several world premieres and well known opera roles under her belt, including Mother in Hansel and Gretel, 1st Lady in The Magic Flute, Mrs. Gleaton in Susannah, Queen Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and a soloist in Howl (world premiere). She made her debut with Alamo City Opera in their production of Maria de Buenos Aires (2016),Texas Concert Opera Collective in their production of Susannah as Mrs. Gleaton (2019), Austin Opera in their production of Everest (2019), and Local Opera Local Artists (LOLA) in Dido and Aeneas as the lead, Queen Dido (2019). She recently won first place in the Edward Baird Singer of the Year competition at Texoma NATS in 2018 and third place in the Meistersinger Competition at AIMS in Graz, Austria in 2019. Miss Cantu had her own voice studio for two consecutive years of high school students at San Marcos High School in San Marcos, TX. She also has worked as a freelance make-up artist and has worked make-up backstage for several operas. She loves to create and is known for her bright spirit and encouraging demeanor.


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.


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!