Classes Overview

CYT Sacramento 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. Most of the classes are small to ensure personal attention and growth. At the end of a CYT session, students will come away with improved skills in the area of emphasis. During the last week of class, a high-energy showcase is presented by each class to demonstrate to other students, family, and friends what they have learned.

Enrolled students, ages 8 – 18, have the opportunity to audition for a CYT Broadway-style musical! Younger students may serve as ushers at CYT shows, and students ages 10 and up may work on a backstage crew.

Classes may include but are not limited to:
  • Wiggles (Ages 4-5)
  • Our Gang (Ages 6-7) 
  • Dance/Movement
  • Drama 
  • Voice
  • Musical Theater
  • Auditions and Callbacks 
  • Comedy and Improv 
  • Technical Theater; such as Makeup, Set Design, etc.
  • Stunts and Combat.
Classes are held once a week for two hours, and run for ten consecutive weeks. During the tenth class week, a showcase is presented in which each class performs a brief prepared presentation, showcasing what they have learned over the session. Every CYT student participates in the Class Showcase!  

CLASSES/CAMPS REFUND POLICY-
NO REFUNDS OF ANY KIND OR CHANGES 2 weeks before the first day camp/class begins. Prior to 2 weeks a $25.00 cancellation fee per class is applied to refunds. Refunds are returned to the original form of payment. Camp/class changes are subject to availability. Tuition must be paid in full in order to register online for camp/class.

Mondays @ Parkside Church

Mondays 4:30pm - 6:30pm ages 4-7 (Wiggles/Our Gang)
Mondays 4:30pm - 6:30pm  ages 8-18  

WINTER 2020 CLASSES
Mon. Nov. 4th to Mon. Jan. 13th (Showcase)

Parkside Church, map
3885 Richardson Drive, Auburn, CA 95602


 

Fridays @ Valley Springs Presbyterian Church

ACT I  @ Valley Springs
Fridays 4:15pm - 6:15pm ages 4-18
ACT II @ Valley Springs
Fridays 6:30pm - 8:30pm ages 8-18

WINTER 2020 CLASSES
Fri. Nov. 22nd  to Fri. Jan. 31st (Showcase)

Valley Springs Church, map 
2401 Olympus Blvd, Roseville, CA

 

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 5­-10 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:
Broadway Babies: Wiggles 4-5 Auburn
(Winter 2020)
Parkside Church Mon 4:30pm - 6:30pm Nov 04 Jan 13
Boylan Girls & Jersey Boys: Teen Harmony 12-18 Roseville
(Winter 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 6:30pm - 8:30pm Nov 22 Jan 31
Broadway Kids: Our Gang 6-7 Auburn
(Winter 2020)
Parkside Church Mon 4:30pm - 6:30pm Nov 04 Jan 13
CCT: Adult Tap 19-79 Roseville
(Winter 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 6:30pm - 8:30pm Nov 22 Jan 31
Character Study for Kids 8-12 Roseville
(Winter 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 4:15pm - 6:15pm Nov 22 Jan 31
Classic Theater Dance 8-14 Auburn
(Winter 2020)
Parkside Church Mon 4:30pm - 6:30pm Nov 04 Jan 13
Core Ballet & Jazz Combo 8-14 Roseville
(Winter 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 6:30pm - 8:30pm Nov 22 Jan 31
Going Buggy: Our Gang 6-7 Roseville
(Winter 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 4:15pm - 6:15pm Nov 22 Jan 31
Going Buggy: Wiggles 4-5 Roseville
(Winter 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 4:15pm - 6:15pm Nov 22 Jan 31
Hair & Makeup Design for Theater 12-18 Auburn
(Winter 2020)
Parkside Church Mon 4:30pm - 6:30pm Nov 04 Jan 13
Happy Songs from the Great Depression 8-12 Auburn
(Winter 2020)
Parkside Church Mon 4:30pm - 6:30pm Nov 04 Jan 13
Hip Hop/Broadway Mashup 12-18 Roseville
(Winter 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 4:15pm - 6:15pm Nov 22 Jan 31
HYPE 0-0 Roseville
(Winter 2020)
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Tue 6:30pm - 8:30pm Nov 19 Jan 28
Improv Team 8-18 Roseville
(Winter 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 6:30pm - 8:30pm Nov 22 Jan 31
Monologue Madness 12-18 Roseville
(Winter 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 4:15pm - 6:15pm Nov 22 Jan 31
Scenic Design for the 21st Century (My Dad Didn’t Make This Tree!) 12-18 Roseville
(Winter 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 6:30pm - 8:30pm Nov 22 Jan 31
So You Think You Can’t Dance? 8-12 Roseville
(Winter 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 4:15pm - 6:15pm Nov 22 Jan 31
Triple Threat: Performance Tools 10-18 Auburn
(Winter 2020)
Parkside Church Mon 4:30pm - 6:30pm Nov 04 Jan 13

Current Teachers:

Andrea Smit

Andrea Smit brings to CYT her years of experience as an event planner, set dresser, set designer, and props master. While getting her BA in Interior Design, she interned with CBS studios working on the sets of television shows and commercials. During the years she spent with the Foothills Theatre Company, she worked in various positions as a set dresser, set designer, props master, and assisted with costume design. She is currently the Props Committee Chair for CYT Sacramento’s Roseville productions. Her two biggest passions are creativity and kids, and she feels so blessed to have the opportunity to share her experience with the students at CYT.


Aubrey Muffett

An English major at William Jessup University, Aubrey Muffett was blessed to be a former CYT student. Performing in two shows, her favorite role was Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast. In 2014, Aubrey was honored with 1st place in the National ‘My CYT Story’ contest at Expo in Houston. She has written several scripts for CYT showcases, taught a script writing class and CYT summer camp, and assisted taught drama and Improv. Aubrey was thrilled to lead Improv Team to 2015 CYT Expo! She has a music background in piano, cello, and some voice. Aubrey served as peer writing coach in Sacramento’s 916 Ink classes culminating in 3 collaborative published books. The 4th child in her own Von Trapp size family, Aubrey enjoys hiking, reading, and naturally – writing.


Austin Nunn

Austin Mark Nunn loves being a part of the CYT Sacramento family. He graduated with his BA in Performance and Directing from Vanguard University of Southern California. A few of Austin’s favorite productions as the director and/or choreographer include, Peter Pan, Kiss Me Kate, Metamorphosis, Dancing at Lughnasa, and The Addams Family. Austin is the resident choreographer for Reality Youth show choir which has performed all over the United States. Austin has performed professionally throughout Southern California and in the greater Sacramento area. Favorite roles include the Baker in Into the Woods, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Elton John in The Beat Goes On (a role he originated) Joe Cable in South Pacific and Captain Phoebus de Martin in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. For his performance of First Gangster in Kiss Me Kate, Austin was nominated for the Irene Ryan Outstanding Performance Award by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He is grateful for the opportunity to share his love for the arts with the students at CYT Sacramento and looks forward to all that God has in store.


Beverly Stewart-Short

Bev Stewart-Short started dancing at the age of 3 at her grandmother’s dance studio in Orange, CA. She has trained at various companies such as the National Ballet School of Canada, the Orange County Ballet Company, and Broadway Dance center in New York. She started her performing career as lead dancer/singer with Royal Viking Cruise Line. Some of her performing credits include “42nd Street” (CT), “No, No, Nanette” (NY), “Ziegfeld, A Night at the Follies” (Harrah’s, NJ), “Hello Dolly” & “Cinderella” (Long Beach CLO). Bev has been teaching ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, and musical theatre dance for over 30 years. Some of Bev’s award winning choreography credits include “Annie”, “Seussical The Musical”,“Crazy For You”, “42nd Street”, “Chicago”, “Godspell”, “Swing” and “Guys and Dolls”. Bev is thrilled to be part of the incredible teaching staff at CYT. She has especially enjoyed being the choreographer for CYT’s “Crazy For You” and “Footloose”. She is a wife, and mother of 4 teenagers and she is very passionate about sharing God’s love through performing arts!


Caitlyn Camacho

Born in San Jose, Caitlyn started dance at the young age of four. After moving to Northern California, she immediately continued her dance classes at a local studio, which ignited a passion and unleashed a gift. She began with ballet and jazz classes. Soon after, she expanded to tap, musical theater, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, and eventually pointe. Caitlyn joined the studio’s dance company, including musical theater and began competing at dance competitions. She was invited to perform alongside the Auburn Symphony at local school events to promote the arts, as well as choreograph for a local theater. Among the various dance awards, she was humbled when she was chosen by Stacey Tookey as her Die Hard dancer for the weekend at a convention, out of 500 other dancers. Caitlyn furthered her discipline by training at a private dance studio with dance teachers/choreographers, Keone and Mari Madrid (currently on NBC World of Dance), at Building Block Dance Studio in Carlsbad. She added stage manager to her resume, when she joined the CYT Sacramento family for the production of Little Mermaid Jr in 2015. In the Winter of that same year, Caitlyn had the pleasure of performing in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Being no stranger to the stage, she has since performed in Tarzan, Fiddler on the Roof, Crazy For You and Disney’s Aladdin Jr. One of Caitlyn’s greatest pleasures is to teach others the joy of movement through dance. She is thrilled to be a part of CYT Sacramento, where she can impart her knowledge and love of dance.


Gillian Smit

Gillian Smit is excited to bring her passion for theatre and experience in theatrical design to CYT Sacramento. While studying English and journalism at Long Beach State, she took a step back from performance and poured her creativity into designing and creating sets, props, and costumes. A former CYT student, Gillian has assisted with “backstage” classes and continues to work on the sets and props team in Roseville. If you can’t find her at rehearsal, she is probably off somewhere tinkering with tricky props, faux painting boxes, or climbing a fake tree to dress the set.


Jenny Guemmer

From musicals, to solo performance, to accompanying, directing or singing in choirs, Jenny has been performing most of her life. She began teaching voice and piano at Broadway Academy in Sacramento, CA, and has continued teaching for more than 20 years. She received her BA in Vocal Performance and Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. Since then, Jenny has taught general music, choir, piano and music theory at every grade level in public, private and charter schools. Jenny has been a church choir director, a founding member of The Choral Project, and has sung eight seasons with the Sacramento Master Singers. Jenny has been the vocal director for numerous youth musical theatre classes and productions, most recently with Stage Right Productions and CYT Sacramento. Jenny, her husband, Pastor Scott Guemmer, and Owen Myers form the Guemmer & Myers Trio, who sing inspirational music throughout Northern California. Jenny greatly enjoys helping people grow in confidence in their musicianship, performing skills, and other God-given gifts. Her greatest joy is spending time with her husband and their two boys.


Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson Kevin Johnson is an actor, singer, dancer, director and visual artist. His visual art is signed “KJohnson”. He has worked as an actor for 40 years and a graduate from the University of Evansville. He has worked with IRT, the Phoenix Theatre, Edyvean Theatre, Indianapolis Civic Theatre, Soul People Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Inc., San Francisco Mime Troupe, Intersection of the Arts in San Francisco, Indianapolis Opera Company, Footlite Musicals, where he won an encore award for the musical “Grand Hotel”. He toured Europe with the Chorale Ayers while studying in England. He has worked Summer-stock Theatres with Cross- Roads Repertory Theatre in Terre Haute, The Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield, New Hampshire, and Memphis Black Rep in Memphis, TN. He has also worked in film and TV. Though he lived ten years in San Francisco he has returned to Indianapolis, his home town, to care for his mother, who has now passed on. He is thankful for the time he had with her. He is the son of the late- Alonzo “Pookie” Johnson an Indianapolis Jazz Legend. He had a feature character role in the Movie film Short: “A Song for Jade” which won awards in San Francisco, Oakland and the Los Angeles Black Film Awards. Since his return to Indianapolis, He has worked with Asante Children’s Theatre, Freetown Village, Spotlight Players, Indy Bard, No Exit Productions, Phoenix Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Philip Watt Productions, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe to name a few. He also has 2 commercials playing one for L.S. Ayres at the Indiana History Society where he is an employee for the Cole Porter Room and the Healing Bodies, Changing Minds exhibit. He also has a commercial running for the St. Vincents Cancer Care.


Kylie Raby

Kylie (Ehlert) Raby was one of the two students in CYT Sacramento’s first graduating class in 2013. Since then, she had taught at two summer camps, helped choreograph for Charlie Brown and Little Mermaid Jr., and taught the Stomp! class in Spring of 2015. More recently, Mrs. Raby has become the Camp Coordinator for the past two Summer Camps and has Stage Managed Into the Woods (Fall 2017) and Mary Poppins Jr. (Spring 2018), as well as taught Wiggles/Our Gang in Auburn, a Makeup Class, and a kids stomp class. She graduated in May 2017 with a BA in Music Education from Fresno Pacific University, with an emphasis in Percussion and Conducting. Recently married, Mrs. Raby moved back into town and is now living in Citrus Heights with her new husband. She has been working on her credential and a Masters of Arts in Education through Alliant University (online) and hopes to be the Director of Bands at a high school. Her passion is to educate students in music, and hopes to pursue this in both band and theater.


Rachel Trocke

Hi, I'm Rachel! I'm 22 years old, and my whole heart is enveloped in my passion for dance, theater, and using my gifts to serve The Lord. I committed my heart to following Jesus when I was 18, after that I attended Calvary Chapel Bible College and through that I was given the opportunity countless times to witness miracles firsthand of how God uses broken people to form something beautiful. I started dancing when I was 3 years old, and I've loved it every day since then! Through high school I was a part of a theater program, which I loved, and when I was 18 I began working for CYT. I've been with the company on and off for about 5 years now, and I am so happy to be working with them still!


Staci Potter

Staci Potter has worked with kids her entire life; from preschools to Sunday schools she has a passion for seeing kids learn. She graduated with a BA from San Jose State in 2017 and moved back to the area soon after. Since moving back she has been part of the arts ministry at First Baptist Church where she has used her skills in many productions through set design, prop making, and teaching. After volunteering at and seeing many productions, she knew she wanted to join the CYT staff and was thrilled when the opportunity arose.


Susie Peaslee

Susie was born and raised in the Bay Area. She received her BA in Child Development and has performed as an Assistant Director and a Program Coordinator of child education for USSA. She has enjoyed several years teaching preschool and working with school-aged children.

Her own dance and theater experience started as a young child. Susie and her husband Rand are busy parents to their active children Drew, Zoe and Avery. She is a dedicated Girl Scout Leader since 2010. She is an avid supporter of her children’s sports, church and creative arts development as well as a weekly volunteer at their local elementary school. Susie has a love for CYT and has happily been involved since 2013.


Tanner Coppernoll

CYT alumni, Tanner Nolan Coppernoll, is ecstatic to fulfill a position in teaching students of all ages his knowledge of the arts. Called to be a pastor from the Lord, he feels as if he is receiving a head start in beginning his ministry when working at CYT. Tanner has done eight major performances in his life. Pertaining to those performances, his favorite roles have been Tommy Djlas (CYT’s “Music Man”), Perchik (CYT’s “Fiddler on the Roof”), and Johnathan Northbrook (CYT’s “Mary Poppins Jr.”). Tanner has always been involved with visual arts, singing, and some times dancing (in his home kitchen, that is). High school sparked the interest of the arts in Tanner’s life. It was there where he would take on two years of drama and choir classes, speech, two years of yearbook, and six musicals. In his second year at Sierra College, majoring in Photography has blessed him with many opportunities to take arts classes (such as: Poetry, History of Music, History of Theatre, and Photography). He now successfully owns his very own business, “Vision Photography”, displaying the love of Christ through the gift of visual arts God blessed him with. Alongside his business, God has placed him in the ministry where he fulfills the position of a high school counselor at First Baptist Church of Auburn (where he runs the social media, leads bible studies, and does worship). Tanner plans to focus on the character of students' hearts, teach visual concepts in a unique way, and how that interconnects with theatre and art as a whole. His concept of teaching will always be Christ-centered and wants to glorify Him through all of the classes he teaches.


Wendy Hoover

Wendy Hoover has worked professionally as a singer, actor, and violinist for more than 20 years. A proud member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity Association, Wendy’s love for the theater was sparked when she first took to the stage as one of the original students in the founding years of CYT San Diego. She co-founded CYT Sacramento in 2012 and has enjoyed directing, music directing, teaching classes and choreographing in CYT’s Roseville and Auburn Chapters. Beyond CYT, Wendy studied at the University of New Mexico, where she earned a degree in Music with an emphasis in voice. After gaining experience in dinner theater, cabaret, musical theater and opera, Wendy returned to Southern California and went on to play lead and supporting roles in theater, television, and film. Some highlights of Wendy's career include roles in the Hallmark Movie, Santa Jr., the world premiere of Current Nobody at the La Jolla Playhouse, Alice in Alice in Modernland at Sledgehammer Theater and Christine in The Phantom in Concert, at the Santa Fe Music Hall. She starred in the one woman show, Marilyn...Sleepless Nights, playing Marilyn Monroe, at the American Theater in Kansas City. She has also worked as a principal actor in a number of national, regional, and local commercials. As a violinist, Wendy played for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change for productions at San Diego Repertory Theatre and Starlight, and also for several productions of A Christmas Carol at The Rep. Wendy moved to the Sacramento area in 2010 and is excited to bring her love of the stage and passion for developing character to a new generation of aspiring actors.