"Every time I step out onto that stage, I have the opportunity to use my God given talents and passion to portray a soul, a portion of another’s story."

Nina Noelle Russell, CYT Student

Welcome to CYT!

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4-18. Since its founding in 1980, CYT has grown to be the largest youth theater program in the nation, with Branches across the country training thousands of students a year.

Each Branch’s yearly calendar is made up of three ten-week sessions: Fall, Winter,and Spring. These sessions involve after-school classes in theater arts and the opportunity to audition and perform in a Broadway-style musical or work behind-the-scenes. Additionally, CYT offers a Summer session consisting of camps, workshops, and performance opportunities.

CYT stands in the forefront in its commitment to the highest ethical, moral, technical, and artistic standards of excellence. Instructors are professionals, qualified in teaching and/or performing, who understand our mission statement, values, objectives, and goals.

Mission Statement

Christian Youth Theater develops character and creativity in kids of all ages through quality theater arts training that brings families and communities together while reflecting the Creator.
  • Treat each individual with respect and significance
  • Develop character traits including discipline, self-confidence, and integrity
  • Bring families together through the use of individual talents and abilities
  • Share the love of Christ in word and deed

What Does CYT Offer?

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 of class, a high-energy Showcase is presented by each class to show other students, family, and friends all they’ve learned.

Enrollment in CYT classes provides students ages 8-18 the opportunity to audition for the current production. CYT Chapters produce one Broadway-style musical each session (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Students who want to be part of the show without performing can participate on the backstage crew, technical team, or as an usher.

CYT shows are always appropriate for the entire family and are an excellent way to introduce children to the arts at a young age!

During the summer, CYT Branches put on week-long musical theater day camps for students ages 5-18. Camps are designed to be a fun and energetic immersion into the world of musical theater. Camps are jam-packed with games, activities, and interactive workshops that build performance skills, self-confidence, and teamwork. Typical camps include team competitions; rotations through drama, dance, and music workshops; and a concluding showcase for family and friends. 

CYT Summer Camps are all about fun, friendships, and theatrics. Camps are great yearly tradition for your child!

There are many ways to be part of CYT beyond the stage! CYT programs consist of everything that is not a class, camp, or show. Some of the available programs include CYT@school, HYPE, Improvathon, and the yearly CYT EXPO.

Our Story
Paul and Sheryl Russell were both teachers at Christian High in San Diego when they began a community theater from their family garage. It was the summer of 1980 and the show was The Sound of Music. The purpose was to provide a vehicle for talented aspiring performers in San Diego’s local churches.

The families involved in this newly-founded organization, Christian Community Theater (CCT), asked Paul and Sheryl to start an after-school theater arts program for their children. Paul and Sheryl, with two small children of their own and another one on the way, founded Christian Youth Theater (CYT). CYT began with 24 students producing the show You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and continued to grow throughout San Diego County.

In 1997 families from San Diego moved to Chicago, IL and Spokane, WA. Their desire to have CYT in their communities motivated them to start their own local branches under the CYT umbrella.
CYT has now grown to be the largest children’s theater organization of its kind with branches in 17 states. CYT trains more than 20,000 young people annually (as of March 2018).
The CYT Decathlon Award recognizes exceptional CYT students who have demonstrated their love for theater by pursuing a well-rounded education in the theater arts and who have exhibited a character that is consistent with CYT values.

The Decathlon Award will be awarded to students, aged 16-18, who have met the requirements listed in the CYT National Decathlon Award Document, within the past five seasons. For any questions, please email us at decathlon@cytsacramento.org.
HYPE is a yearlong program for high school youth involved in CYT to develop their leadership capacity. The goal of HYPE is to challenge and grow the advanced students of CYT to be leaders and to get involved by serving the community around them, both within CYT and the community beyond.

Registration fee for the year is $150 and will be divided up into three payments: fall, winter and spring.  Bi-weekly meetings, Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm, VSPC. HYPE participation is by application only.  

Contact wendyhoover@cytsacramento for more information.


Date: Time: Event:
Fri, May 10 7:00 PM "The Addams Family" Opening Night (Roseville)
Sat, May 11 2:00 PM "The Addams Family" Performance 2 (Roseville)
Wed, May 15 9:30 AM "The Addams Family" Performance 3 (Roseville)
Wed, May 15 1:00 PM "The Addams Family" Performance 4 (Roseville)
Fri, May 17 7:00 PM "The Addams Family" Performance 5 (Roseville)
Sat, May 18 2:00 PM "The Addams Family" Performance 6 (Roseville)
Sat, May 18 7:00 PM "The Addams Family" Final Performance (Roseville)
Wed, Jul 10 9:00 AM Class Registration Begins: Auburn Fall 2019
Wed, Jul 10 9:00 AM Class Registration Begins: Roseville Fall 2019
Fri, Aug 2 11:00 PM Class Registration Ends: Auburn Summer 2019
Fri, Aug 2 11:00 PM Class Registration Ends: Roseville Summer 2019
Sat, Aug 24 11:00 PM Class Registration Ends: Auburn Fall 2019
Fri, Aug 30 11:00 PM Class Registration Ends: Roseville Fall 2019
Sat, Aug 31 10:00 AM "Les Miserables" Tickets Go on Sale (Roseville)
Sat, Aug 31 10:00 AM "Disney Frozen Jr" Tickets Go on Sale (Auburn)
Fri, Oct 11 10:00 AM "Disney Frozen Jr" Opening Night (Auburn)
Fri, Oct 11 7:00 PM "Disney Frozen Jr" Performance 2 (Auburn)
Sat, Oct 12 3:00 PM "Disney Frozen Jr" Performance 3 (Auburn)
Fri, Oct 18 10:00 AM "Disney Frozen Jr" Performance 4 (Auburn)
Fri, Oct 18 7:00 PM "Disney Frozen Jr" Performance 5 (Auburn)
Sat, Oct 19 3:00 PM "Disney Frozen Jr" Final Performance (Auburn)
Fri, Nov 1 10:00 AM "Les Miserables" Opening Night (Roseville)
Fri, Nov 1 7:00 PM "Les Miserables" Performance 2 (Roseville)
Sat, Nov 2 2:00 PM "Les Miserables" Performance 3 (Roseville)
Fri, Nov 8 10:00 AM "Les Miserables" Performance 4 (Roseville)
Fri, Nov 8 7:00 PM "Les Miserables" Performance 5 (Roseville)
Sat, Nov 9 2:00 PM "Les Miserables" Performance 6 (Roseville)
Sat, Nov 9 7:00 PM "Les Miserables" Final Performance (Roseville)