The CYT Summer Intensive is our first ever summer training program geared to the older theatrical performer ages 12-18. This event is comprised of four Master Classes taught by experts in their fields. Each Intensive class is jam-packed with information that will enable actors to take their performance to the next level. Checkin begins at 7:45am and checkout is at 5:00pm. Throughout the day students will rotate between 4 two hour classes in Acting, Vocals, Tap, and Auditions (See description below). Students are expected to bring plenty of water, lunch, snack, tap shoes, and a notebook and pen. Please have your student wear modest clothes that are appropriate for movement. If your student is planning on auditioning for future CYT productions this intensive is recommended to help get them "show ready". Sign up begins July 15th.
ACTING CLASS: Deciphering the Director's Desires
TEACHER: Michael Shelton
Theater at its best required excellent acting. Excellent acting begins with a great foundation of theater knowledge that can be applied to analyzing scripts and creating characters so students can obtain their best performance in auditions and on stage. Join Theater Director, Michael Shelton, as he incorporates his years of knowledge and theatrical training into a Drama Intensive that will elevate each student's abilities to a new level. Students will learn to understand how to develop their character and to express their character with authenticity. Story telling will be taken to a whole new level as students learn more advanced acting techniques.
VOCALS CLASS: Make your Voice Sing out above the Rest
TEACHER: Christopher Benjamin
This CYT Vocal Master class is an opportunity for older CYT students to connect with a Professional Vocal Instructor with years of experience. Christopher Benjamin not only will guide students through various vocal techniques that will improve their stage performance, but will also help build their confidence as a singer. Mr. Benjamin is excellent at working with students who have various levels of expertise and can take each performer to a new level. His enthusiasm and love for music, people, and performing is infectious. This class is like no other vocal class you have experienced before. From the first warm-up exercise to the last note of class you will be engaged in a musical experience that will take you beyond.
TAP CLASS: Razzle and Dazzle 'em with your Dance Technique TEACHER: Suz Ruddock
Tap dance is an essential element of CYT's Musical Theater Program. In the dance portion of our Intensive, join CYT's own Veteran Tap Teaching Artist, Suz Ruddock, as she refines some basic steps and teaches a variety of more advanced skills. All CYT students who would like to be considered for upcoming tap roles will want to acquire knowledge of this genre of dance as tap will be incorporated into most shows. Students are required to bring their own tap shoes for this class. Don't for get your water bottle.
AUDITIONS CLASS: Create the Character you want Them to see
TEACHER: Kyle Allison
In this Auditioning for Success Master Class students will learn how to make an impactful impression for any Artistic Team as they come to their audition prepared to highlight their unique talents and abilities. From an impressive slate, to selecting the right audition song for the character you want to audition for, each student will learn tools to help them get there. Students will learn how to successfully analyze character information and how to utilize that information when selecting an audition song and then applying the knowledge to the side reading. Training will include tips on how to identify your acting qualities and style that might "type cast" you and then either embrace those characteristics or break away from those, depending on which roles your most desire to play. Students are encouraged to have a one minute audition song prepared with music tracks as several students will have the opportunity to practice how to apply these techniques taught in class.
Hey folks! Welcome to CYT! We are so glad you are here. My name is Michael. I'm a father of four, a husband, an artist, educator and theater director. I've been teaching high school theater for 15 years and have worked in the Portland area theater and film scene for the past 20. My experience ranges from youth theater camps with kiddos as young as 1st grade, to published writing projects and acting credits in shows for HBO and Netflix. I'm so grateful for the chance to work with CYT and to meet you. I'll be teaching a a master class in acting during our August session. I hope to see you there.
Christopher Benjamin hails from Portland, OR, though raised a good portion of his young life in Jackson, Mississippi, of which he declares home. Chris is connected to music and drama in many ways. While living in Portland, he sang in the Portland Symphonic choir, one of Oregon's finest classical choirs as both a paid choir member and a soloist. He also participated in the Oregon Bach Festival from 2007 to 2012. Chris has traveled as a professional Tenor & Counter Tenor to perform in California, Washington, and of course his residing state, Oregon, but his personal favorite was to New York City's Avery Fisher Hall where he was the tenor soloist for Handel's Dettingen te deum. His favorite conducted concert was the Vivaldi Master work of Magnificat. Graduate of George Fox University, with a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance, and also received a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. During his career in music, he also finds time to teach at his private voice studio, Higher Heights Vocal Studio, which he founded in February of 2014. As for the dramatic side of things, Mr. Benjamin has had leading roles in “Les Miserales” and Val Jean, “ Jekyll and Hyde” as Jekyll and Hyde, the “Golden Compass” as King Iorek Byrnison. The most recent being "Parade" as "Jim Conley” and “Songs for a New World Song Series” as Man 3.
Benjamin has also worked as a Special Education Para Professional and girls basketball coach at Rosa Parks Elementary. Along with these things, Chris is the Oregon State Jurisdiction Youth President, he is a Worship Leader for quite a few ministries in Klamath and Pastoral Assistant to his Pastor at, Consumed by the Harvest Family Worship Center, under the leadership of Pastor B. R. Moore, Sr. and Lady D. T. Moore. Mr. Benjamin has now lived in Klamath Falls, OR for 7 years, where he now works as an Elder at Freewill COGIC, and enjoys teaching at Henley High School as the Director of Choirs, where his choir recently won first place at the solo and ensemble competition and fourth place at the OSAA State Choir competition. He is also the Klamath Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director. Chris’ heart is to continue to bring hope, joy, life and love to all through the Arts. His heart is to also plant a seed of love and respect for the arts in the hearts of the next generation! So that it may never die!
Kyle has been singing, dancing, and performing since high school. Notable performance at Whitworth University as Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress. First joining CYT as an Assistant Teacher for the Swing Dance Class with his wife, Lisa Allison, in 2017. He believes passing on what you have learned is one of the greatest gifts one can give to the next generation and that theatre performance is one of the best ways to build empathy for the outcast. He also helps with his church worship team singing and playing both guitar and cello. When not helping his wife with their three kids, Alexandra, Marcus, and Jinora, he can most often be found playing all types of games with his friends, both online and at the local game store.
Susan Ruddock began dancing at age 16, taking an Interpretive Dance class from Sr. Jeanine Therese. She found her passion & escalated her talent by taking thousands of diverse dance classes: modern, ballet, tap, jazz & musical theatre. Tap dancing so fascinated her that she dedicated 35 years to The Skylark Tappers dance company, retiring in Dec 2018. 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 taps masters Cholly Atkins, Brenda Buffalino, Honi Coles, Linda Sohl-Elison, Fred Strickler, Portland’s own 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. A recent venture was choreographing Disney’s The Lion King for Kids.