"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 1981, CYT has grown to be the largest youth theater program in the nation, with Affiliates across the country training thousands of students a year.

Each local program conducts three ten-week sessions (Fall, Winter, and Spring) teaching drama, voice, dance, and specialty theatrical workshops at weekly two-hour classes. Enrolled students have the opportunity to audition and perform (or work behind-the-scenes) in a Broadway-style musical performed for the community. CYT also offers summer camps for kids ages 4-18, where they will spend a week learning musical theater skills resulting in a showcase performance for family and friends!

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

CYT is dedicated to developing character in children and adults through training in the arts and by producing wholesome family entertainment, all of which reflect Judeo­ Christian values. 

  • Placing the maximum worth on people and treating each individual with respect and significance.
  • Developing character values in individuals including commitment, discipline, self esteem, confidence, and integrity.
  • Supporting the family unit through the direct involvement of each family member’s talents, interests, and abilities.
  • Providing a quality product without compromising a wholesome environment.
  • Being a godly role model promoting the awareness of a higher accountability.

What Does CYT Offer?

CYT 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. Class sizes are small and offer supervision both inside and outside the classroom.

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 high­energy Showcase is presented by each class to show other students, family, and friends all they’ve learned. 

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

CYT produces one Broadway­ style musical each session. Enrollment in CYT classes provides students (ages 8­-18) the opportunity to audition for their affiliate’s current production.

Students not cast in the show are encouraged to participate in other ways. Depending on age and ability, students (and siblings) can participate on the backstage crew, technical team, or the costume and makeup committees.

Week­ long musical theater day camps are offered during the summer months for students ages 4-­18. Typical camps include team competitions, drama, dance, music, and craft workshops, theme ­related devotionals, and an impressive concluding showcase for family and friends.

CYT Summer Camps are all about fun, friendships, and theatrics. Camps are a 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. 
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 $50. 

HYPE! Highschool Youth Pursuing Excellence (bi-weekly meetings, Mondays 5pm-6:15, Creekside Church in Rocklin, 290 Technology Way #300) (Advisor, Nate Turton) By application only.  


Date: Time: Event:
Mon, Feb 5 6:15 PM Class Registration Ends: Auburn Spring 2018
Fri, Feb 9 10:00 AM "Cinderella" Opening Night (Roseville)
Fri, Feb 9 7:00 PM "Cinderella" Performance 2 (Roseville)
Sat, Feb 10 2:00 PM "Cinderella" Performance 3 (Roseville)
Tue, Feb 13 5:00 PM "Mary Poppins Jr" Tickets Go on Sale (Auburn)
Fri, Feb 16 10:00 AM "Cinderella" Performance 4 (Roseville)
Fri, Feb 16 7:00 PM "Cinderella" Performance 5 (Roseville)
Sat, Feb 17 2:00 PM "Cinderella" Final Performance (Roseville)
Sat, Mar 10 5:00 PM Class Registration Ends: Roseville Spring 2018
Mon, Mar 12 12:00 AM Class Registration Begins: Auburn Summer 2018
Mon, Mar 12 12:00 AM Class Registration Begins: Roseville Summer 2018
Sat, Mar 24 12:00 PM "Seussical Jr." Tickets Go on Sale (Roseville)
Fri, Apr 13 10:00 AM "Mary Poppins Jr" Opening Night (Auburn)
Fri, Apr 13 10:00 AM "Mary Poppins Jr" Performance 2 (Auburn)
Fri, Apr 13 7:00 PM "Mary Poppins Jr" Performance 4 (Auburn)
Fri, Apr 13 7:00 PM "Mary Poppins Jr" Performance 3 (Auburn)
Sat, Apr 14 2:00 PM "Mary Poppins Jr" Performance 5 (Auburn)
Sat, Apr 14 2:00 PM "Mary Poppins Jr" Performance 6 (Auburn)
Fri, Apr 20 10:00 AM "Mary Poppins Jr" Performance 7 (Auburn)
Fri, Apr 20 10:00 AM "Mary Poppins Jr" Performance 8 (Auburn)
Fri, Apr 20 7:00 PM "Mary Poppins Jr" Performance 10 (Auburn)
Fri, Apr 20 7:00 PM "Mary Poppins Jr" Performance 9 (Auburn)
Sat, Apr 21 2:00 PM "Mary Poppins Jr" Final Performance (Auburn)
Sat, Apr 21 2:00 PM "Mary Poppins Jr" Performance 11 (Auburn)
Fri, May 11 7:00 PM "Seussical Jr." Opening Night (Roseville)
Sat, May 12 2:00 PM "Seussical Jr." Performance 2 (Roseville)
Sat, May 12 7:00 PM "Seussical Jr." Performance 3 (Roseville)
Wed, May 16 9:30 AM "Seussical Jr." Performance 4 (Roseville)
Wed, May 16 12:30 PM "Seussical Jr." Performance 5 (Roseville)
Fri, May 18 7:00 PM "Seussical Jr." Performance 6 (Roseville)
Sat, May 19 2:00 PM "Seussical Jr." Final Performance (Roseville)
Wed, Aug 1 12:00 AM Class Registration Ends: Roseville Summer 2018
Wed, Aug 1 12:00 AM Class Registration Ends: Auburn Summer 2018