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 over an eight to ten week period. The session culminates with a showcase 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 @ Auburn Grace Community Church

Mondays 4:30pm - 6:30pm ages 4-18
 
SPRING 2020 CLASSES
Mon. Feb. 17th to Mon. Apr. 27th

Auburn Grace Community Church, map
3126 Olympic Way, 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

SPRING 2020 CLASSES
Fri. Feb. 28th  to Fri. May 1st (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:
Acting: Subtext,Tone and Movement for Teens 12-18 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 4:15pm - 6:15pm Feb 28 May 01
Big Songs from Tiny Musicals: Teen Voice 12-18 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 6:30pm - 8:30pm Feb 28 May 01
Crush Your Callbacks 8-12 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 4:15pm - 6:15pm Feb 28 May 01
Crush Your Callbacks: Kids Drama 8-12 Auburn
(Spring 2020)
Auburn Grace Community Church Mon 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 17 Apr 27
Go Figure: Introduction to Group Irish Dancing 12-18 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 4:15pm - 6:15pm Feb 28 May 01
Hip Hop with Props: KID Edition 8-12 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 6:30pm - 8:30pm Feb 28 May 01
Hip Hop with Props: Teen Dance 12-18 Auburn
(Spring 2020)
Auburn Grace Community Church Mon 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 17 Apr 27
Hip Hop with Props: Teen Edition 12-18 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 4:15pm - 6:15pm Feb 28 May 01
HYPE 0-0 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Mon 6:30pm - 8:30pm Feb 24 Apr 27
Improv Team 12-18 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 6:30pm - 8:30pm Feb 28 May 01
Introduction to Videography - Auburn 12-18 Auburn
(Spring 2020)
Auburn Grace Community Church Mon 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 17 Apr 27
Introduction to Videography - Roseville 12-18 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 6:30pm - 8:30pm Feb 28 May 01
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Our Gang 6-7 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 4:15pm - 6:15pm Feb 28 May 01
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Our Gang 6-7 Auburn
(Spring 2020)
Auburn Grace Community Church Mon 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 17 Apr 27
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Wiggles 4-5 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 4:15pm - 6:15pm Feb 28 May 01
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Wiggles 4-5 Auburn
(Spring 2020)
Auburn Grace Community Church Mon 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 17 Apr 27
Middle School Musicals: Kids Voice 8-12 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 4:15pm - 6:15pm Feb 28 May 01
Secrets of the Stage (aka How’d They Do That?!) 12-18 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 6:30pm - 8:30pm Feb 28 May 01
Sing for Your Soul: 3 Week Vocal Workshop for Adults 19-79 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 6:30pm - 8:30pm Feb 28 Mar 13
Villains, Sidekicks, & Heroes, Oh My! 10-18 Auburn
(Spring 2020)
Auburn Grace Community Church Mon 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 17 Apr 27
Worship Dance & Sign Language - Auburn 8-14 Auburn
(Spring 2020)
Auburn Grace Community Church Mon 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 17 Apr 27
Worship Dance & Sign Language - Roseville 8-14 Roseville
(Spring 2020)
Valley Springs Church Fri 6:30pm - 8:30pm Feb 28 May 01

Current Teachers:

Amy Petersen

Amy earned her Bacholars of Dance and minor in business at San Jose State University. While she was a student she was cast in Company One; the resident musical theater troupe, and University Dance Theater; the resident contemporary company. Upon graduation she moved to New York City where she was a part of Transform Arts (Campus Crusade for Christ), a ministry to the professional world of artists to evangelize in the arts. With her time in NYC she was cast with the Emma Elliot Dance Company, Hillsong Church dance team, and The Ovation Television Network. With Hillsong she performed in venues such as Madison Square Garden, The Manhattan Center, and the Barkley’s Center. She had the opportunity to teach dance with an amazing team at Greenhouse Arts Center located in Harlem. Also her heart was developed for dance missions and she had the opportunity to travel to Cuba, and Mexico City; teaching and performing worship dance. Amy currently teaches and choreographs with Thrive Arts Academy. She currently dances with Jacob Gutierrez-Montoya’s Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theater. She is planning and preparing to dance and evangelize in Paris with Transform Arts this upcoming summer. Amy is honored and excited to start teaching with CYT!


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.


Bianca Christiansen

Bianca, a CYT Sacramento alumni, is currently a student at William Jessup University majoring in Musical Theater and Graphic Design. She performed in thirteen CYT productions and several other productions outside of CYT. Some of her favorite roles include Marian Paroo in Music Man, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Olive in 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee and most recently Martha, a bride, in 7 Brides for 7 Brothers at William Jessup University. Bianca is also part of the UCO choir at William Jessup University and is part of the worship team at her church. She is passionate about her relationship with Christ and would like to bring that passion to the performing arts community some day. She loves CYT and the family she has built there. She is excited about giving back where she discovered her love of the 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.


Emily & Colleen Mader

Emily and Colleen Mader are sisters with a passion for teaching, music, and the arts. Both former championship Irish Dancers, Emily and Colleen have competed on regional and national stages and were featured dancers for Leahy’s concert at the Mondavi Center. As Irish Dance choreographers, they enjoy creating beautiful dance steps that highlight the Irish culture and artistic precision. Beyond the world of Irish Dance, Colleen sings in the soprano section of the Sacramento Choral Society and Emily is a professional harpist who performs throughout all of Northern California.


Jonathon Horbaly

Jon Horbaly is a student at William Jessup University studying Computer Science. A CYT alum and proud older brother of two other CYT students, Jon started out nervously trying an Improv 101 class and quickly got hooked on the performing arts. Throughout his time at CYT, Jon performed in several shows, including The Little Mermaid, Jr. (as Grimsby) and Crazy for You (as Eugene Fodor), and has also worked on the crew for a few shows, including Fiddler on the Roof and Les Mis. Sticking with Improv as long as he could, Jon had the honor of competing with CYT's Improv Team at CYT Expo for three years. Jon uses his talents at Jessup to help stream, record, and edit video for a variety of on-campus events, including chapel services and sports games. He also regularly records audio and video of services at his home church. He is excited to have the opportunity to work with CYT on the teaching side, giving back and pouring into a new generation of students passionate about God and theatre.


Katie Toussaint

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Katie has been participating in the arts all of her life. Katie has a BA in Music, vocal performance from California Polytechnic State University. After graduation, Katie became a technical intern at California Musical Theatre's Music Circus for their 2011 season. There she worked for both the music production team, and wardrobe and fell truly head over heels for professional musical theatre. In 2012 Katie moved to southern California where she performed in numerous styles and performing venues such as Disney's California Adventures and Knott's Berry Farm, among others. Katie has taught voice, piano and music theory for several years, and has music directed several musical theatre productions. Katie moved back up to northern California late last year to be closer to extended family. She is loving life with her husband (Eric), daughters (Ellie & Addie) and 2 dogs, and pursuing life as a performer and teacher of the arts. Soli Deo Gloria.


Kaytlin McIntosh

Kaytlin McIntosh is so excited for the opportunity to be a part of the CYT Sacramento family as an instructor. She began taking American Sign Language classes in 2011 at Sierra College. This was where she fell in love with Deaf culture and sparked her passion for the Deaf community. After finishing Sierra College, she transferred to California State University Northridge, where she graduated with her BA in Deaf Studies in 2017. Currently Kaytlin works as a teacher's aid in an elementary school classroom with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Kaytlin was added to the CYT Sacramento family for the 2018-2019 season when she had the opportunity to stage manage Dear Edwina, Jr. She is delighted to both teach and stage manage this season with CYT Sacramento and see what God has for this season.


Kelly Benjamson

Kelly Benjamson hales from Southern California where she grew up singing in the church choir. She has her Masters in Music from Cal State Long Beach and has traveled all over the world singing, her favorite trip being a six-week mission chorale tour throughout Asia. She sang professionally with Opera Pacific Chorus, Pacific Chorale, and has performed throughout California. Kelly’s love for music and kids collided in her first job teaching inner city kids in Los Angeles. Since then she has taught all levels of singing privately and in groups, as well as in school settings. She recently directed the Kids Christmas Showcase at Bayside Adventure with 100 kids! Kelly has directed church choirs, bell choirs, musicals, showcases, worship teams, and the list goes on. After being in Sacramento for two plus years, her voice student invited her to a CYT performance. She is thrilled to be teaching for such a great organization.


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.


Suz Melton

Suz is thrilled to be joining CYT Sacramento! Originally from Kansas City, Suz joined CYT as a student in 2007. With CYTKC, she loved being able to grow as a performer as well as in her relationship with God. She was on Kansas City's improv team in 2009 and was even able to perform and teach a CYT summer camp in Japan in 2013. While earning her bachelor's degree at Sterling College, she enjoyed choreographing 3 musicals and tutoring her classmates in tap class. Every summer, she had so much fun joining CYTKC as a director at various summer camps. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Worship Leadership and Theatre, her love for performing took her to Orlando, Florida. For 4 years, Suz enjoyed making magic for thousands of guests as a performer at Walt Disney World. Her favorite place to perform, however, will always be Give Kids the World Village: a magical storybook-like resort for children with life-threatening illnesses who visit Orlando on their wish-granted trips. Suz was thrilled to swim in the resort pool as a mermaid, throw glitter as a fairy and teach tea party etiquette as a princess there. She believes that true magic in this world lies in the kindness that we show to others.


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.