About CYT Classes- Where the fun begins!

Every session (Fall, Winter and Spring) CYT Lake Charles offers 10-week theater arts classes to children & youth ages 4 – 18. 

These two hour after-school classes are held once a week. On the final week of classes, students will display a portion of what they've learned by participating in a SHOWCASE for family and friends.

Enrolled students, ages 8 – 18, have the opportunity to audition for a CYT Broadway-style musical!

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

SCROLL DOWN BELOW "CURRENT CLASSES" LISTING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT  CLASSES.
 

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
ACE The Audition 8-11 Lake Charles
(Winter 2019)
Christian World Ministries Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Nov 05 Feb 06
IMPROV 12-18 Lake Charles
(Winter 2019)
Christian World Ministries Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Nov 05 Feb 06
Intro to Drama 8-11 Lake Charles
(Winter 2019)
Christian World Ministries Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Nov 05 Feb 06
Our Gang 6-7 Lake Charles
(Winter 2019)
Christian World Ministries Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Nov 05 Feb 06
Teen Drama 12-18 Lake Charles
(Winter 2019)
Christian World Ministries Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Nov 05 Feb 06
Teen Master Class 12-18 Lake Charles
(Winter 2019)
Christian World Ministries Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Nov 05 Feb 06
Voice 8-11 Lake Charles
(Winter 2019)
Christian World Ministries Tue 4:45pm - 6:45pm Nov 05 Feb 06
Wiggles- Muppet Show 4-5 Lake Charles
(Winter 2019)
Christian World Ministries Tue 4:45pm - 5:45pm Nov 05 Feb 06

Lake Charles Winter Session - "BACK TO THE 80's"

Winter Session classes will begin November 5th. 

REGISTRATION OPENS UP ON OCTOBER 11TH!


CLASS LOCATION: Christian World Ministries - 2001 E Gauthier Road

TIME: 4:45-6:45 PM    Wiggles class is - 4:45 - 5:45PM** Please see class description for more detailed information. 

DATES: 
November: 5, 12, 19
December: 3, 10, 17
January: 7, 21,  28
February: 6th Showcase ***Thursday***

COST: Class fees for this session are $175 per student per class.  Wiggles tuition is $100.
We do offer sibling discounts. 

Early Bird Discount- $15 off will run 10/11-10/12

ATTENDANCE: Students are only allowed to miss two classes per session. Staff must be notified.

DEVOTIONAL: Each class will begin by us joining together for praise and worship, a devotional and announcements the first 15 minutes. 

PARENT MEETINGS:
Mandatory Parent Orientation will be held on the first night of classes at 4:45pm. All new and returning students MUST complete the online Medical/Photo/Behavior Contract this session.You can find this form located under the LINK drop-down menu on the "classes" page.

SHOWCASE DATE: Thursday, February 6th

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.
 

Refund Policy

Refund Policy
Please note that we hire our teachers based on enrollment, and if students withdraw within two weeks before classes start CYT still has to pay the teachers that were hired.
 
  No refunds will be issued after the second day of class.
 
  No class tuition refunds for students who audition for a show.

Lake Charles Class Coordinator is 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

Curriculum

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

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.

Current Teachers:

Abigail Guillory

I am so excited to be a member of the CYT staff! I have been teaching theatre for 7 years now and I am thrilled to be with CYT! I am a recent graduate of McNeese State University with a major in English Education and a minor in Theatre Arts. While at McNeese I was actively involved in The Department of Performing Arts, Newman Center, Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society) and Chi Omega. I am thrilled to see what God has planned for this next step of my journey!


Brooke Betbeze

Bonjour! I am a French teacher and enthusiastic supporter of the arts in our community. This will be my 9th year teaching in Calcasieu parish. I also teach PREP classes at my church and volunteer in the community. I absolutely believe in the positive impact a quality educational experience can have in the lives of young people. I have Bachelors degrees in Public Relations and in French Studies from LSU, and I received my Masters of Arts in Teaching from McNeese. Besides teaching French, my other job is being mom to a dynamic young actor. I am excited to become a part of the CYT family. I know that together, The Wiggles and I will all grow in our understanding and love of theatre. Laissez les bons temps rouler!


Bryce Louviere

My name is Bryce Louviere: singer, pianist, composer, theory nut, musician. I am currently a music director at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. I majored in Music Education, Worship Leadership, and Vocal Performance in college and am now looking to expand and share what I know. I am a classically trained singer and recreationally study many vocal genres. I’m also an improvisational pianist - mostly playing in churches, weddings, funerals, special events, etc. I’m the owner of Play-by-Ear Studio where I teach private voice and piano lessons as well as being a voice coach in collegiate and local musical theater productions.


Casey Doucet

Casey Doucet has a bachelor degree in Vocal Music Education from McNeese State University and a master degree in Music Education from the University of Central Missouri. He is currently the choir director at Acadiana High School and Judice Middle School in the Lafayette area. Doucet currently resides in Lafayette, LA where is a member of the Our Lady of Fatima Choir and Episcopal Church of the Ascension Choir. Doucet has appeared on stage in such roles as Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia, Shrek in Shrek: The Musical, Bob Wallace in White Christmas, Dennis Dupree in Rock of Ages, Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde: The Musical, and Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Doucet has also music directed such shows as Mamma Mia; Annie; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and Nuncrackers. Doucet is so excited to be co-teaching his first class with CYT Lake Charles. “As performers, we’re insecure. That’s why we get up on stage.” -Audra McDonald


Jillian Engel

Hi there! I’m Jill, I’m a full time student at McNeese State majoring in Mass Communications: Public Relations with minors in History and Theatre Arts. I’m passionate about theatre, photography and of course, my bloodhound. I look forward to being able to share the joy of theatre with my students this spring, and showing them how beneficial and thrilling live performance can be!


Kelli Cooley

I am a full time Arts Education teacher in Calcasieu Parish. I am a graduate of McNeese State University with a bachelor's in General Studies with a concentration in Arts and Humanities, an associate's in Visual Arts and I have my teaching certification in Arts Education. I have been teaching for 8 years and was a Children's Ministry Director for First Baptist Westlake for 6 years. I will be teaching Our Gang group for CYT. I love watching students grow and realize they CAN do anything they set their minds to. I am so excited about CYT and all we will do. I have been praying for your student and can't wait to see all they accomplish this session!


Kelly Rowland

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


Macee LeBlanc

Hi everyone, my names Macee LeBlanc. Im from Sulphur, Louisiana, I was homeschooled my whole life and now I attending online college. I’ve been dancing for 18+ years! It’s always been a passion of mine and I’m so blessed to have this opportunity to share that with all the children of CYT, But when I’m not dancing I’m a full time Veterinarian Technician. I can’t wait to see what the future at CYT holds!


Natalie Sell

I was born and raised in Spring, TX, a suburb just north of Houston. I am an alumnus of Lamar University in Beaumont, TX where I graduated with a B.S. in Theatre with a minor in Writing. In Spring of 2016, I completed my Disney College Program at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL where I worked as a Character Attendant. As for my day job, I work as a nanny and absolutely love it! Theatre and working with children are my two passions! I am so grateful to CYT for inviting me to work with them and I am in awe of all they do!


Noelie Puckett

Hello everyone! My name is Noelie Puckett and i'm so excited to be teaching Intro to drama this session! I have studied theatre for the past 7 years and have grown such a passion for all aspects of it. Some of the areas I have studied include: directing, lighting, costume, sound and set design, as well as acting with numerous theatre companies in Lake Charles. Over the years, my love for theatre has grown immensely and i'm excited that I get to share it with the younger generation!


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