We encourage students to audition for one (or more) of our exciting CYT shows! We offer three musical production opportunities every session, and this year we are also offering Black Box Theatre classes!
Students ages 8 to 18 enrolled in classes are eligible to audition for any area for that session. Students who are nearing the age of 19, must be 18 on the day of auditions in order to audition for the production. Also, students who are seven may audition but must turn eight before the last show of the production. If a student is cast in one area's show, they are not eligible to audition for another area's show for that session.
Students need to prepare a one-minute vocal audition. After the vocal presentation, students then learn a short dance routine as part of the audition process.
- Keep your song limited to one minute or less.
- No acappella singing; bring an accompaniment track without vocals or, if an accompanist is available, sheet music. Please contact your local Area Coordinator ahead of time if an accompanist is needed.
- Choose a show tune or a children's song.
- Do not sing a song from the show for which you are auditioning; this is considered poor theater etiquette.
- In most cases, an upbeat song is best. Show energy and enthusiasm!
- Make sure your song is within your vocal range.
- No costumes, props or choreography;
the directors want to see you at your best.
- Practice your song in front of people until
you are comfortable enough to perform.
- Confidence is key! If you are not a singer, that's okay!
Give the directors a show and win them over.
- Directors want actors who will look comfortable on stage.
Be sure to smile and convey big energy to communicate your ability.
Students auditioning must be ages 8-18 and bring the following forms completely filled out and signed by a parent. See downloadable
- Audition Form - with Parent Committee selection and parent signature.
- Medical Release Form and Behavioral Contract
Costume Information Sheet
- Bio Form
- Conflict Sheet filled out for the area in which you are auditioning.
- Current Photo
- Music - Bring an instrumental-only cued tape/CD recording for your one-minute song or sheet music for the pianist. Please contact your local Area Coordinator to make arrangements for an accompanist.
Consideration for casting includes:
- Stage presence, enthusiasm & energy
- Vocal and dance auditions
- Rehearsal availability
- Potential growth
Other casting considerations, if applicable, may include:
- Past behavior and attitude.
- Past performance in shows, camps and class.
- Past participation by parents.
How to budget for CYT
The following is an example of production fees and optional costs if your child is cast in our show. We hope this helps you enjoy your experience with CYT.
Due at the first Parent Meeting
- Production Package-$150 (includes production fees, the show t-shirt, a DVD* and 4 show tickets) *DVD's may be full-production or simply clips & highlights depending on which production and the securing of rights for filming. We do our best to secure rights but cannot guarantee every show can be filmed.
- Makeup Kit - $13/$22
- Possible costs of costume items not supplied, including: shirts, socks, tights, shoes, etc.
- Congratulatory Ad - $5
- Additional Show T-shirts - $13 & up
- Cast Party Meal - $7 & up
- Rehearsal Meals - $6 & up
- Strike Party Meal - $8 & up
- Souvenirs - $5 & up
- Cast Pictures - $8 & up
Choosing to Drop a Show
- Cast members are required to be at every rehearsals for which they are scheduled and ALL shows. This may include missing one or two days of school for performances.
- Only conflicts listed on your audition form will be excused at the discretion of the directors.
- If an absence is necessary, in case of illness or emergency, it will only be excused if the Area Coordinator is called for permission. More than two absences may result in dismissal from the show.
- Cast members may not leave rehearsal early unless cleared with the director.
- Cast members will be committed to approximately 50 hours of rehearsal time before move-in and dress rehearsal week.
- Each cast member will be required to pay a $150 Production Package Fee
- Parents are required to attend two parent meetings and to serve a minimum of 20 - 25 hours on a
It is the policy of Christian Youth Theater Kansas City that if an actor auditions for a show and is cast, they must
accept the role they are given. If the actor chooses not to participate in the production following the cast list being posted, they may NOT audition for another area's show in the same session.
That actor will also NOT
be considered for a principle role in the next production they audition. In addition, this action may be considered in future
casting decisions and any written references.
Not only is dropping a show unprofessional, it is disrespectful to the directors, cast members, and above all to the craft of theatre itself. 3
…Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function
so in Christ we, though many, form one body
, and each member belongs to all the others. 6
We have different gifts,
according to the grace given to each of us.
Romans 12:3-6 (italics added). Theater is a discipline! Part of the great tradition of the theatre is a code of ethics that belongs to every worker on or behind the stage. This code has been observed throughout the centuries and will continue long after us. It is neither superstition, nor dogma, not a statute enforced by law. It is an attitude toward craftsmanship, a respect for other actors and a dedication toward the audience.This code helps build self-discipline which, far from robbing one of individuality, increases personal esteem and dignity through cooperation and common purpose. Therefore, being a part of CYT is a discipline in which only good behavior is accepted and respect for directors, parents, and other students at all times is paramount.
(Excerpt from A Parent’s Guide to CYT