Mission Statement

Christian Youth Theater develops character and creativity in kids of all ages through quality theater arts training that brings families and communities together while reflecting the Creator.


  • Treat each individual with respect and significance
  • Develop character traits including discipline, self-confidence, and integrity
  • Bring families together through the use of individual talents and abilities
  • Share the love of Christ in word and deed

I have built friendships that I know will last and I have so many incredible memories of having an absolute blast at rehearsals and classes.

CYT Student

Welcome to Christian Youth Theater

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 5-18. Since its founding in 1980, CYT has grown to be the largest youth theater program in the nation, with Branches across the country training thousands of students a year.

Each Branch’s yearly calendar is made up of three nine-week sessions: Fall, Winter,and Spring. These session involves after-school classes in theater arts and the opportunity to audition and perform in a Broadway-style musical or work behind-the-scenes. Additionally, CYT offers a Summer session consisting of camps, workshops, and performance opportunities.

CYT stands in the forefront in its commitment to the highest ethical, moral, technical, and artistic standards of excellence. Instructors are professionals, qualified in teaching and/or performing, who understand our mission statement, values, objectives, and goals.

What Does CYT Offer?

CYT offers classes over the course of three sessions during the school year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Weekly classes last for two hours and run for nine consecutive weeks. A variety of classes are offered in drama, voice, dance, and specialty classes that vary per session. Class sizes are small and offer supervision both inside and outside the classroom.

Parents send their children to CYT classes to learn, and that’s exactly what they will do! At the end of a CYT session, your student will come away with a new or improved skill in the area of emphasis. During the last week of class, a high-energy Showcase is presented by each class to show other students, family, and friends all they’ve learned.

CYT shows are always appropriate for the entire family and are an excellent way to introduce children to the arts at a young age!

CYT produces one Broadway-style musical each session. Enrollment in CYT classes provides students (ages 8-18) the opportunity to audition for their affiliate’s current production.

Students not cast in the show are encouraged to participate in other ways. Depending on age and ability, students (and siblings) can participate on the backstage crew, technical team, or the costume and makeup committees.

Week-long musical theater day camps are offered during the summer months for students ages 4-18. Typical camps include team competitions, drama, dance, music, and craft workshops, theme-related devotionals, and an impressive concluding showcase for family and friends.

CYT Summer Camps are all about fun, friendships, and theatrics. Camps are great yearly tradition for your child!


Date: Time: Event:
Mon, Jul 22 9:00 AM "The Greatest Show" Summer Camp (Ages 8-18)
Mon, Jul 22 9:00 AM "The Greatest Show" Summer Camp - Minis (Ages 5-7)
Fri, Jul 26 12:00 AM Class Registration Begins: Front Range Fall 2019
Tue, Sep 10 5:00 PM Class Registration Ends: Front Range Fall 2019
Sat, Sep 14 12:00 AM "Bye Bye Birdie" Tickets Go on Sale (Front Range)
Tue, Oct 15 12:00 AM Class Registration Begins: Front Range Winter 2020
Fri, Nov 1 10:00 AM "Bye Bye Birdie" Opening Night (Front Range)
Fri, Nov 1 7:00 PM "Bye Bye Birdie" Performance 2 (Front Range)
Sat, Nov 2 2:00 PM "Bye Bye Birdie" Performance 3 (Front Range)
Sat, Nov 2 7:00 PM "Bye Bye Birdie" Performance 4 (Front Range)
Sun, Nov 3 2:00 PM "Bye Bye Birdie" Final Performance (Front Range)
Tue, Nov 26 11:00 PM Class Registration Ends: Front Range Winter 2020
Sat, Nov 30 12:00 AM "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" Tickets Go on Sale (Front Range)
Sat, Nov 30 12:00 AM "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" Tickets Go on Sale (Front Range)
Fri, Feb 7 10:00 AM "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" Opening Night (Front Range)
Fri, Feb 7 7:00 PM "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" Performance 2 (Front Range)
Sat, Feb 8 2:00 PM "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" Performance 3 (Front Range)
Sat, Feb 8 7:00 PM "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" Performance 4 (Front Range)
Sun, Feb 9 2:00 PM "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" Final Performance (Front Range)

Once Upon a Time…

In 1980, Paul & Sheryl Russell had the dream of bringing wholesome family entertainment to their community. Along with a small band of theater-loving friends, they mounted a fully-staged production of The Sound of Music in San Diego, CA to a surprising audience of 5,000.

One year later, they started an after-school theater arts program specifically for youth ages 4-18. Their first show, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, had a cast of 24 students and the rest is history.

Nationally, CYT has grown to be the largest children’s theater organization in the country with more than 38 locations in 25 different cities and enrolling 18,000 students annually.