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2016-2017 EAST

Plan to join us for auditions for our
EAST Production of
AUDITIONS:  February 27th
CALLBACKS:  March 4th
East Audition Information

CYT offers three sessions each year!
Fall, Winter & Spring
Each session includes a Showcase performance highlighting what students have learned in their classes.
Spring registration opens: February 6th at 10:00am
Early Bird Registration:  February 6th-12th (midnight CST)


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EAST EARLY | Ages 5-12 | Thursdays, 5 to 6:45p
Our Spring Classes begin Thursday, March 2nd

Our Gang: Adventures with Trolls!
(ages 5 - 7)   Ashton Dixon

Join Poppy and Branch to bring joy and happiness to all! We will learn singing, dancing and acting techniques that will make even the grumpiest Bergen smile! Come celebrate along with us as we learn to shine as brightly as the Trolls!

Drama I - Character Counts
(ages 8 - 12)   Jana Latchaw

What makes a character come alive? In this class you will learn how to give your character depth and to create believable relationships with others on stage.  Discover why character is more than skin deep...

Drama I - End Scene: Improv
(ages 8 - 12)   Jessie Chipchase Ehl

Are you ready for the unexpected? Do you jump at the chance to wing it in front of an audience? Then this class is for you! Improv is just acting without a script, but not without a plan.

Musical Theatre I - Wildcats in the House!
(ages 8 - 12)   Sasha Ferguson

Are you a Disney fan? Do you enjoy singing and dancing? Ever feel like "Breaking Free" from the status quo? Then this is the class for you! Inspired by the songs of Disney's High School Musical, students in this class have the opportunity to create characters, contribute to a class script, and develop choreography.  "We're all in this Together" and, with lots of singing, dancing, and creative opportunities, students will have a blast strengthening their talents and learning new skills! Get ready to "Bop to the Top"!     (This class has been filled)

EAST LATE | Ages 12-18 | Thursdays, 7 to 8:45p
Our Spring Classes begin Thursday, March 2nd

Drama II - The DiCaprio Award
(ages 12 - 18)   Jessie Chipchase Ehl

Dominating a character doesn't always get you an award, but it will in this class. The best characters start with committed actors trying to tell a story and if they are successful, they deserve recognition. Want to earn the DiCaprio Award? Join us and join the competition.

Specialty II - Big Fish: Tell Your Story
(ages 12 - 18)   Daniel Verschelden

Based on the celebrated novel and Tim Burton's epic movie, Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to the fullest. His stories are larger than life, but are they too good to be true? Join us as we explore the music of Big Fish and the stories the music creates. Learn how to access your emotion and your passion to tell a character's story.  Take what you learn and be the hero of your own story!     (This class has been filled)

Voice II - Sing in the Rain: A Tribute to Debbie Reynolds
(ages 12 - 18)   Ashton Dixon

What is known as one of the greatest movie musicals ever made, Singing In the Rain highlights a high-spirited depiction of Hollywood in the 1920s. With comedy and beautiful music the movie was destined for great success! Not to mention, the outstanding Debbie Reynolds who gave a breathtaking performance with the lead role as Kathy Selden. Join us in strengthening your musical theatre skills while paying tribute to the late great Debbie Reynolds.

Drama II - Juliet the Jet meets Romeo the Shark
(ages 12 - 18)   Jana Latchaw

What did kids in the 1590's and the 1950's have in common with you? A lot.  How do we know? Shakespeare and Laurents/Bernstein/Sondheim illustrated it for us.  400 years ago The Bard wrote Romeo and Juliet, the story about peer pressure, prejudice, pride, and love.  In 1957, Shakespeare's play inspired West Side Story.  In this class, you will discover the connection of the characters in both shows.

TWO CLASSES ONLY: Saturday, April 1 and 8, 8am to 12pm

What's So Funny? - Comedy in Film
(ages 14 - 18)   Rick Mundy

As a great actor is rumored to have said on his deathbed, "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard." What's so difficult about making people laugh? For the class clown, maybe nothing. But for young actors, the art of allowing an audience to find humor in what, for the character, is a painful or difficult moment is very demanding. It requires commitment to character, emotional transparency, and superb timing. It's a delicate balance that is difficult to achieve. Fortunately for aspiring actors, the masterful performances of many comedy greats have been captured for us to learn from. In this class, students will view and discuss great moments in film and television comedy to learn to identify styles of comedy, (satire, parody, farce, etc.) and the elements of comedy (surprise, incongruity, etc.) as a foundation for learning how to perform comedy. And apart from all that, it'll be a great opportunity to share a laugh. The Master Class will be taught by Dr. Rick Mundy, a Kansas City-based acting teacher/director with advanced degrees in theatre and film from Regent University and KU.     (This class has been filled)

* designates a core CYT class which is also a great beginning class for the new CYT student

Please Note:  All classes and teachers are subject to change.

Important Class Information Below

East Class Coordinator
Rebecca Long

East classes meet: Thursday nights once a week.

Ages & Times
Ages  5-12 - 5:00-6:45pm
Ages 12-18 - 7:00-8:45pm

Location ( Map )

Abundant Life Baptist Church CORE
400 SW Persels Road
Lee's Summit, MO  64081

First Night of Classes: Thursday, March 2

Class Dates
March 2, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4

No Classes: March 9
Showcases*: May 4

Class Showcase Performance:
Thursday, May 4 at 6 pm and 8 pm (students arrive at 5 and 7, their usual class time)
( map )
Grace United Methodist
2400 E US Highway 50
Lee's Summit, MO

Tuition Costs and Discounts
Early-bird tuition: $170.00* available from February 6th-12th

Regular Tuition: $180
Note: *Early bird tuition discounts are only available for a short time so register early! *Registrations must be paid in full and before the deadline to receive the early bird discount. 

Class Confirmations:
Once you are enrolled in a class, you will receive an email class confirmation before your class begins with reminders and general information. 

The HEART program
Helping to Encourage Awareness and Recognition in Theater is a full inclusion program that provides individuals with special needs the opportunity to participate in classes, shows and camps.

If your child has a learning disability or special needs, please contact our HEART Coordinator, Josie Strickler at for detailed class information and to enroll in CYT classes. First time HEART families will receive a full scholarship for classes!

Are you interested in auditioning for one of our shows?
Students ages 8-18 and enrolled in a class may audition for any musical production during that session!

Find out more about our audition process here:   Audition Information

Refund and Cancellation Policy
If a student is withdrawn from a course prior to the second day of class, tuition fees will be refunded less a $25 processing fee. Refunds or pro-rates are not given after the second class or if a student has auditioned for a show. Classes and teachers are subject to change. CYT reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment. If this occurs, families will receive an option to choose another class or receive a full refund.

Returned Check Policy
If a check is returned by your financial institution, a $25 charge will be assessed.

 Buzz Word - Trust!
Proverbs 3:5, 6 
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."



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