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Second Vancouver Location for Fall of 2017!!
Tuesday Night: 4:30-6:30
Mill Plain United Methodist Church
15804 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98684
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(This is a tentative location - we will need 20 students enrolled to make it happen. If you are interested, you may enroll now by phone or email (see contact info below. All new families that enroll by August 1st: need only put $50 down to hold their spot, receive a $50 discount on registration, and will have input into classes offered at this location for the fall session.) 

North (Vancouver) Class Location: Monday Night: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Living Water Community Church
2901 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98661

Central Class Location: Monday Night: 4:30pm-6:30pm
The Bridge House
2816 SE Harrison St.
Milwaukie, OR 97222

South Class Location: Tuesday Nights: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Horizon Christian School
7400 SW Sagert Street
Tualatin, OR 97062

Class Cost: $195

CYT Portland Scholarships

Fall Scholarship Auditions will take place on August 19th at 2:00PM, location TBA.

Experts agree that training in the performing arts has positive lasting benefits for children. It is the passion of CYT Portland to see as many children receive this training as possible. That is why we provide a number of full and partial scholarships to deserving students based on talent, merit, and need. Each term students are screened through and application/audition process to determine eligibility. If you or someone you know would like more information on the CYT Portland scholarship program please click "links on the sidebar" on this page or contact our office.

Winter Term Class Scholarship Auditions are Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 2-3:30pm at Bridge House.

Please download the scholarship application found on this page under links, fill it out and bring it to auditions. Have your student come prepared with a one minute monologue (poetry works fine for smaller children), and a one minute no vocal karaoke track song to sing. In order for students to be eligible parents are REQUIRED to attend scholarship auditions with their student.

What Are CYT Classes?

Children ages 4 -18 may select one theater class per session (Fall, Winter and Spring). A variety of classes are offered in drama, voice, and movement, plus specialty classes, including technical theater training, which vary from session to session. Students will foster mutual respect, develop confidence, and create lasting friendships.

CYT offers small classes (usually 14-18 students) with adequate supervision both inside the classroom (teacher) and outside the classroom (CYT Area Coordinator). Each class lasts for two-hours and runs for 8-10 consecutive weeks, depending on the quarter.

During the last class week, a high-energy "SHOWCASE" is presented by each class for the other students, as well as family and friends. Every CYT student participates in the showcase.

CYT Portland/Vancouver teachers are professionally trained artists based in the Portland Metro area, who will inspire students to achieve their God-given artistic potential and pursue excellence. CYT teachers also seek to be positive role models, placing an emphasis on demonstrating Godly character traits in their own lives, as well as in the lives of their students.

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

NOTE: You must be enrolled in a CYT class in order to be eligible to audition for a show.

Our Education Process

Our core theater program begins with the Foundational Studies level in drama, dance and music in which each student is introduced to the basic elements of musical theater. Your child will be required to accomplish a minimum of three classes within each area of theater before proceeding to more intermediate or advanced levels of study. This training method will give each child an opportunity to master the basics before proceeding. Once a student receives teacher approval they will pass to the Secondary Studies level of training where they will refine techniques and take on more advanced tasks in each of the areas of study. This process of passing through a minimum of three classes within drama, dance and music will be repeated at the Secondary level. Again, with teacher approval your child will be allowed to continue on to the Advanced Studies level. This process is a long term training program that will take the student from novice to well-trained over the course of several years. Our goal is to equip each student with the skills and character to pursue a career in theater, if they wish; or to enjoy it as a life-long hobby or ministry.

During the first week of classes, teachers will be evaluating students to ensure that each student is in the class they need. Teachers will take into consideration outside training, natural talent and age. The student will be evaluated with parent input and CYT will help you find the right class placement for your child. Some students will be moved ahead to the secondary level, and some might be placed into a foundational studies class. This in no way reflects on the child's character or lack of talent—we merely want to ensure that each student is fully equipped to benefit the most from each level. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.

Besides the core theater classes CYT will offer your student other specialty classes to introduce them to a variety of other aspects of the theater. These classes might include: puppetry, mime, props, sound board training, set design, stage fighting, storytelling etc. These specialty classes will encourage students to explore other aspects of performing and of the theater world in general.

CYT teachers are qualified instructors who are trained in their field and are passionate, godly educators. Our teachers' background and training will be posted on the CYT website for your review.

Our goal is to develop well-rounded, highly accomplished musical theater arts students. We have every intention that your child will meet and exceed their goals, while at the same time discovering their value as a person. 

Dress Code

In order to lend to a professional atmosphere all enrolled CYT Students will be required to come to class in the CYT student uniform. These uniforms include: Black class polo uniform shirt or current CYT Portland production t-shirt, jeans or black no stripe sweat pants, and tennis shoes. Black jazz dance pants and black jazz shoes are required for dance classes (or specific dance shoes may be required for other types of dance class).  Your student will receive their first CYT uniform polo with a first time enrollment. Additional class polos may be purchased for $15 from your class coordinator. Class coordinators will have spare black clothes on hand for students that are not dressed appropriately. Thank you for your cooperation.

Refund Policy

CYT strives to communicate fully with our customers to help them make informed decisions when signing up for camps, classes and shows. In order to do this we have created this refund policy. If you have questions about this please contact us through our website.

  • All registrations must be made online (assistance over the phone is available by
    calling: 503-272-6600 Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm)
  • Tuition must be paid in full in order to register for a CYT Portland class.
  • Class changes (subject to availability) may be made after the 1st class day, but before the 2nd class day.
  • Cancellations (subject to fees) may be made through the 2nd class week and may be eligible for a partial refund.
  • Eligible refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee per student.
  • Cancellations made after the 1st class day will be subject to an additional $20 class fee to cover the cost of the 1st class.
  • Cancellations made after the 2nd class day will be subject to an additional $40 class fee to cover the cost of the 1st and 2nd classes.
  • There will be absolutely no refunds after the 2nd class day.
  • Late registration will be accepted through the 2nd class week, but must be paid for in full, regardless of missed classes.
  • There will be NO CLASS REFUND for any students who have auditioned for the current show, regardless if it’s before the 2nd class day.
  • There will be no refund due to snow closures.
  • All production registrations are handled in person at our Audition Fair that happens each session prior to the beginning of rehearsals. Production fees are paid in full at this time. Additional fees and optional add-ons may also be paid at this time.
  • Production Fees must be paid in full for a cast member to participate in rehearsals, unless special arrangements have been made through the Managing Director.
  • Cancellations made before the 1st rehearsal begins are eligible for a refund, less a $50 processing fee per cast member.
  • Production Fees are non-refundable after the beginning of the 1st rehearsal. Other fees and optional add-ons may be refunded if the item in question has not yet been ordered. (For example, if a Show Hoodie was ordered at the audition fair, and the order had already been placed with the manufacturer before the family decided to cancel their participation, then that cost would be non-refundable.)
  • There are no refunds due to snow closures, sick-days, vacation days, or any other form of missed day, or if a cast member is asked to leave the production for behavior reasons.

Sickness & Snow Day Policy

Sickness Policy:
In order to have productive CYT rehearsals and classes, each child needs to be well enough to fully participate. Therefore, please have your child stay home if they are sick or contagious with fever, strep throat, head lice, a cold that involves excessive sneezing or coughing, conjunctivitis (pink eye), chicken pox, flu, rash, or have other illnesses that are contagious. Please make sure that your child is free of contagious illness for 24 hours before returning to rehearsal or class.

If a child needs to miss a rehearsal or class due to illness, they must have an excused absence. Please call (no text messages please) the area coordinator the day prior, or as soon as possible to be excused. Unexcused absences are not permitted.

If a child becomes ill during rehearsal or class and is unable to continue participating, they must immediately notify the area coordinator so that their parent or guardian can be called to come and get them. This will be considered an excused absence.
Snow Day Policy:

Unexcused absences from rehearsal or class could result in removal from showcase, a production scene, or the entire production and will also be considered in future casting decisions.

Snow Day Closure Policy:

CYT Portland classes will follow the public school snow closure schedule. If your area public schools close due to snow then there will be no CYT classes that day. If your area schools have a delayed opening then CYT classes will be held that afternoon. Students are allowed to make up snowday classes at another CYT location. If your student wants to make up a missed snowday class please inform your area class coordinator.  No refunds will be given due to snowday closures.


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