Welcome to CYT In Person Christmas Term 2020!

CYT In Person Christmas 2020 Term is about to begin! This 5 week term from November 3-December 10 will have your tapping your toes as you Deck the Hall with dance, songs, and a little drama thrown in. CYT will open 10 classes (5 on Tues. and 5 on Thurs.) for 10 students each to allow as many CYT students as possible to experience once again the joys of musical theater with old and new friends alike. From our youngest kids to our more experienced students, everyone will find a class that is just right. The location of classes will be Boones Ferry Community Church at 20500 SW Boones Ferry Road in Tualatin. 

Registration Opens Wednesday October 7th at 7pm. Classes will fill quickly so don't wait. 

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
A Disneyland Christmas Fantasy Parade (THURSDAY) 8-12 Portland
(Fall 2020)
Boones Ferry Community Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Nov 05 Dec 10
A Disneyland Christmas Fantasy Parade (TUESDAY) 8-12 Portland
(Fall 2020)
Boones Ferry Community Church Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Nov 03 Dec 08
A Polar Express Dance Experience 13-18 Portland
(Fall 2020)
Boones Ferry Community Church Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Nov 03 Dec 08
Christmas Around the World 5-7 Portland
(Fall 2020)
Boones Ferry Community Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Nov 05 Dec 10
Cool Yule 11-18 Portland
(Fall 2020)
Boones Ferry Community Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Nov 05 Dec 10
Deck the Halls with Song and Drama! 8-18 Portland
(Fall 2020)
Boones Ferry Community Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Nov 05 Dec 10
Dramatic Elves Can Sing! 8-18 Portland
(Fall 2020)
Boones Ferry Community Church Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Nov 03 Dec 08
Hot Chocolate! 13-18 Portland
(Fall 2020)
Boones Ferry Community Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Nov 05 Dec 10
Jump off your cliff and Dive in: IMPROV 8-18 Portland/Vancouver Online
(Fall 2020)
ONLINE Thu 4:00pm - 5:15pm Oct 22 Nov 12
Tappin' Happy 8-12 Portland
(Fall 2020)
Boones Ferry Community Church Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Nov 03 Dec 08
The Happiest Christmas Tree 5-7 Portland
(Fall 2020)
Boones Ferry Community Church Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Nov 03 Dec 08

Current Teachers:

Isabelle VanWetten

Isabelle is a recent high school graduate and CYT alum and is excited to be the newest member of our teaching staff. She has always loved CYT because it's a place where everyone is able to feel accepted and valued. Her extensive experience with CYT's musical theater program, her gentle spirit, and her love for children makes her especially qualified to teach our youngest students. She began CYT at the age of 8 and has participated in over 20 CYT productions. Although she has enjoyed many roles onstage, especially being a principal dancer, she finds crew to be just as rewarding. Isabelle is currently attending Phagan's School of Hair Design and is looking forward to working with the 5-7 year olds as the CYT Our Gang Instructor.


Jay Tatco-Nowak

Jay started at CYT in 2017 as both the musical director for Beauty and the Beast Jr. and a vocal teacher. Since then he has been the musical director for Scrooge, Aladdin Jr. (Vancouver), Peter Pan Jr., and Tarzan. Jay has also continued to teach classes in music, acting, and dance. Alongside teaching and directing, Jay is also a performer. He has performed in Persephone at Bedrock Theatre and in Once at Broadway Rose Theatre. Jay’s background is in Music Performance, with a Bachelors of Music degree from BIOLA University. He also serves as a worship leader/musician at his church and also does film and television acting.


Myronie McKee

When not ironing her husband's tube socks Myronie loves to act, direct plays, write them and laugh while people succeed and fail at improv. On her way to having a ball in the theater world she got her Master's in Divinity, took classes at Second City, lived/preached/surfed in Hawaii, pastored in the Silicon Valley, traveled the world and somewhere in there, gave birth to a couple of humans who bring her endless joy (when they're not squabbling). She loves to help kids shine on stage and in life.


Segie VanWetten

Segie VanWetten has enjoyed being part of CYT since the age of 13. She leveled up to become an alumni in the Fall of 2017 and shortly after became one of CYT's favorite teachers. She has taught Our Gang, jazz, hip-hop dance, has participated on numerous Artistic Teams, Camps, Tech Teams, Stage Management, and has taken on the role of CYT@ School Coordinator. Her love of hair and makeup has allowed her to design for almost every CYT show for the past 8 years. She is currently attending Phagan's School of Hair Design and works for Well and Good Coffee Shop. Her creative, kind, and loving spirit allows her to connect with students, parents, staff, and teachers alike. In her free time Segie enjoys searching Pinterest for makeup and hair design ideas, doodling, and spending time with her family.


Suz Ruddock

Susan Ruddock is excited to be celebrating her 35th year with The Skylark Tappers! When Suz took her first Interpretive Dance class from Sr. Jeanine Therese, she knew she found her passion for dance. That passion parlayed into a lifetime of diverse dance forms: modern, ballet, tap, jazz & musical theatre. In 2010, Suz was chosen as a local Rockette to open the Radio City Rockettes’ show in Portland. Over the years, Suz honed her tap skills by interacting with Cholly Atkins, Brenda Buffalino, Honi Coles, Linda Sohl-Elison, Fred Strickler, local tap master Terry Brock & countless other tap masters. Suz enjoys engaging in theatre as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer or assistant director with over 40 shows to her credit. Her most recent venture was Disney’s The Lion King for Kids.


Theresa VanWetten

Theresa VanWetten is the Artistic Director for CYT Portland. Her passion for the arts began with her first Portland Park and Rec ballet class at the age of 5. She received her dance training through grade school and high school at Eckel's School of Dance in Sherwood and Anita Pienovi's School of Dance in Beaverton. At the University of Oregon Theresa was privileged to study dance under Susan Zadoff and Janet Descutner. She was a Thespian of troop #2833 at Tigard High School and continued acting in college and community theater. She coached and choreographed for various Oregon High Schools including, Tigard, Tualatin, and Clackamas, which gave her a wide range of experience working with students. She was a Blazer Dancer for 3 years and coached and choreographed the Portland Forrest Dragon Cheerleaders for 3 more years. At June Taylor School of Dance Theresa taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced dance for 6 years. She has been married to her best friend Ray for 32 years and they have 9 children and 4 grandchildren. As a follower of Jesus Christ, her greatest desire now is to help promote the arts in a safe, loving, and professional environment so students can develop their own passion for creativity and find their worth from God's perspective at the same time.


“Love art in yourself, not yourself in art.”
 


Konstantin Stanislavski ​​​​​​​

More on CYT Classes

Christian Youth Theater may produce incredible, Broadway-style musical theater, but at our heart we are an educational organization. Our purpose is to help childeren and adults grow in character, discovering their God-given gifts and becoming the best they can be.

Curriculum

CYT offers a wide variety of classes, and they all enable students to gain valuable theater arts training, develop confidence, and make friends!

There are currently over 50 different curriculum materials available in a variety of musical theater areas. Please note these classes vary per session. Check the Classes page to see what’s available now!

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!

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.
CYT is pleased to offer financial assistance to families who would otherwise not be able to participate in our programs. Click below for our scholarship application. Once the application is completed, please submit it to mfordice@cytportlandvancouver.org.