About CYT Classes- Where the fun begins!

CYT offers classes over the course of three sessions during the school year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Weekly classes last for two hours and last 10 classes. A variety of classes are offered in drama, voice, dance, and specialty classes that vary per session for ages 4-18.  At the end of a CYT session, students will come away with improved skills in the area of emphasis. During the last week of class, either a high-energy showcase or a parent observation night is presented by each class to demonstrate to other students, family, and friends what they have learned.


Session Information

Spring 2022 Registration is now closed but check out our Summer Camps by clicking the Camps tab! 

CLASS LOCATION: Sale Street Baptist

TIME: Mondays 4:45-6:45 PM   


COST: Class fees for this session are $180/student per session.

PLEASE NOTE: The enrollment age is the child's age as of the class start date. Special considerations will be made on an individual basis for students who have birthdays soon after the session starts.

No refunds will be given after classes are purchased, or if in-person classes move to an online format due to government regulations or safety protocols.

Email Class Coordinator with any questions- Jessica Menard: Classes@cytlakecharles.org  

It is wonderful that there is a local organization that includes children of all races and religions, fosters their self- confidence in a nurturing environment and even finds ways to involve those young people who may not be interested in appearing on stage, but can fulfill a vital role, and gain much needed self-esteem, by being involved behind the scenes.

Elementary Educator

How To Register

Set up a Family Account before you register for classes
  1. Click on the "person" icon at top right corner of our website (to right of "DONATE" on any page).
  2. Click on "NEW ACCOUNT" in the pop up window.
  3. Fill out the information required, with the parent's info first.
  4. To add a child to the account, click on the +Family Member button.

If you are already have a Family Account, then (while logged in) follow these steps:
  1. Register for Classes- Go to the "Classes" page
  2. First select your "Student's Age"
  3. Click on the Class Name of your choice
  4. Click on the "Register Now" button
  5. Select the family member that will be in the class


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


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!

Current Teachers:

Ashley Dickerson

Ashley has been involved with theatre for over 10 years. She has experience in acting, directing and stage managing. This is her third session teaching for CYT. "I am a mom to a wonderful 1 year old boy, Harrison, and I have an awesome husband, Alex. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and I am so excited to be a part of CYT!"

Brittany Menard

Mrs. Brittany is the Show Coordinator for CYT and has been with the program since it opened it’s doors. She has performed in several community theatre productions and has a passion for performing art. “I never dreamed that I would be given the amazing opportunity to work with kids and in theatre! I believe whole heartedly that God puts you where he wants you. I’ve been singing and dancing my whole life and performed for school events as well as weddings. Performance has always been a part of my life and I’m so lucky to share what I love with my family and the community! “

Chelle Martin

Chelle is a freelance artist and life long resident of Sulphur. She is a graduate of Sowela where she received her Associates Degree in Commercial Art. She has been creating art professionally since 1990. Be it anything from graphics, murals in homes and schools, props and sets, to face painting and decorative cookies, she stays quite busy. She currently resides on the Board of CYT and is part of the Marketing, Set Design and Makeup Committees. Her life long dream is to work at Walt Disney World. But that is a very BIG dream so she strives to bring a bit of Magic to CYT to share and to inspire everyone in the Lake Area.

Kane Todd

Kane is a Senior at MSU majoring in history and minoring in theatre. He has always had a passion for theatre and grew up on the stage. Kane defines his greatest joy in life as “helping someone find love for their craft and themselves on a stage.” He has been a part of the CYT family for over three years now, instructed a variety of classes/workshops, worked on five stage productions, and is currently the Director for Into the Woods the Musical, here at CYT Lake Charles.

Karlie Powers

Karlie will be serving as our Choreographer for the Oh The Places You'll Go Summer Camp. She was a dancer for 16 years, and performed in theatre for 5 years. Her CYT Credits Include teaching choreography for 3 sessions and she was she Choreographer for James and The Giant Peach Jr. She is currently a hairstylist and enjoys dancing, being creative, and spending time with my friends and family. "I love all things musical theatre and I love being a part of CYT!"

Kelly Rowland

Kelly is a classically trained mezzo-soprano with a passion for theatre. She has a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance from McNeese State University. Kelly has performed in 30+ musical/theatrical productions, including the alto soloist in Handel's Messiah, over the past 8 years. She ran a private studio for two semesters and also spent several hours observing and student teaching in the classroom. Kelly has been with CYT since it opened it’s doors. “I look forward to getting to know your children, and I can't wait to work with them!”

Layla Peloquin

Layla is theatre major at MSU. "Growing up I always loved the idea of theatre and when I saw my first play in high school I fell in love and knew that this was my calling. I've taught preschool in the past and I've been a long term sub in the past so I have lots of in classroom experience and wouldn't trade that for anything. I love working with kids and am very thankful for being able to join the CYT family!"

Rebecca Bruce

Becca is a Junior at MSU. Her major is currently General Studies, but she has the goal of being an Early Education Teacher. She has seen many of the shows performed by CYT, so she jumped at the opportunity to be Stage Manager for James and the Giant Peach. She instantly fell in love with theatre even more. She’s always had a passion for helping kids and is excited to be a part of the CYT family. She is married and has two kids of her own, Camryn and Colton. She is so excited to work with all of the kids and help them grow their love for theatre!

Stefanie Self

Mrs. Stefanie is also our CYT Camp Coordinator. She resides in Westlake with her husband, Israel, and their three children, Caleb, Cooper, and Cicily. Stefanie graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Child Life and Early Childhood Education. She then earned her Master's Degree from Lamar State University in School Counseling and Leadership/Administration. Stefanie has been employed by Calcasieu Parish School Board for the last 18 years. Her teaching career consists of 16 years in elementary education and currently as the school counselor at Westwood Elementary. Stefanie is an active member of First Baptist Church in Westlake serving in Kid Ministry as a nursery school leader. She is an energetic and outgoing person who looks forward to creating an environment that will help children build lasting friendships and great memories. She has been with CYT Lake Charles since the doors opened .

Taylor Simon

Taylor is a New York based Actor/Singer/Dancer. Born and raised in SWLA, Taylor moved to New York City at 18 to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Professional credits include: Elf The Musical (Broadway National Tour) Mary Poppins (Palace Theatre) A Chorus Line (State Theatre) Early To Bed (Off-Broadway). Apart from performing Taylor has spent time Directing and Choreographing for educational theatre.

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