Spring 2023 Registration begins February 12, 2023 at 5:00pm

Extra, Extra, Read All About It. Spring classes are right around the corner and our teachers are ready to help your students be front page news. Join us in classes to build singing, dancing and acting skills in students 4-18. This will be such a fun term working with students to help them shine bright for the Lord with the gifts He has given them. Along with our Headline Making classes, students can also audition for our spring show of Newsies Jr. This will be an action packed term. We hope to see you all there!

About CYT Classes

CYT Portland 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 ten consecutive weeks. A variety of classes are offered in drama, voice, dance, and specialty classes that vary per session. Most of the classes are small to insure personal attention and growth.

There is something for everyone ages 4-18. As our students sing, dance and act they will also work on the “Find Your Character” elements of CYT. This focuses on developing and growing positive character within our students with themes such as endurance and joy. We seek to create a positive environment where every student’s unique personality is embraced and accepted.

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, a high-energy showcase is presented by each class to demonstrate to other students, family, and friends what they have learned.

Enrolled students, ages 8 – 18, have the opportunity to audition for a CYT Broadway-style musical! Younger students may serve as ushers at CYT shows, and students ages 12 and up may work on a backstage crew.

Classes may include but are not limited to:
  • Wiggles (Ages 4-5)
  • Our Gang (Ages 6-7) 
  • Dance/Movement
  • Drama 
  • Voice
  • Musical Theater I & II
  • Auditions and Callbacks 
  • Comedy and Improv 
  • Technical Theater; such as Makeup, Set Design, etc.
  • Stunts and Combat.
Classes are held once a week for two hours and run for ten consecutive weeks. During the tenth class week, a showcase is presented in which each class performs a brief prepared presentation, showcasing what they have learned over the session. Every CYT student participates in the Class Showcase!  

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Production Crew: 101 Dalmatians Kids 11-14 Portland
(Spring 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Fri 4:30pm - 8:30pm Apr 05 Jun 08
Strength, Stretch, Balance, Core 12-79 Portland
(Spring 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Tue 4:30pm - 5:15pm Mar 21 Jun 06
Strength, Stretch, Balance, Core 12-79 Portland
(Spring 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 4:30pm - 5:15pm Mar 23 Jun 08
Thursday-Dance 1: Funky Time 8-18 Portland
(Spring 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 23 Jun 08
Thursday-Dance 2: Choreography Creations 12-18 Portland
(Spring 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 23 Jun 08
Thursday-Drama 1: Big News: Mother Goose is Missing 8-11 Portland
(Spring 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 23 Jun 08
Thursday-Musical Theater 2: Spotlight on Footloose 12-18 Portland
(Spring 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 23 Jun 08
Thursday-Wiggles: "Newsies on a Mission"- Ages 4-6 4-6 Portland
(Spring 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 23 Jun 08
Tuesday-Drama 2: The 12 Angry Pigs 12-18 Portland
(Spring 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 21 Jun 06
Tuesday-Musical Theater 2: Rumor in St Petersburg 11-18 Portland
(Spring 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 21 Jun 06
Tuesday-Vocal 1: Young Performers 8-12 Portland
(Spring 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 21 Jun 06
Tuesday-Wiggles: Broadway Babies: Front Page News! 4-6 Portland
(Spring 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 21 Jun 06

Snack Cards

This is where you can purchase a Snack Card for your Student to use for snacks during CYT Classes.
Each Snack Card costs $10.

Current Teachers:

Anna Wagner

Jody Williamson

Jody joyfully homeschools her five children, who she spends many hours singing and dancing with. She has loved musical theater for as long as she can remember. She brings years of teaching experience with her where she taught fine arts and PE & third grade and she also directed summer camps and afterschool programs for the YMCA. She has loved CYT from the first time she experienced her first show and she is excited to be part of the CYT team.

Lisa Allison

Lisa has been dancing and preforming since she was very young. She received a BA in theatre performance and theatre administration from Whitworth University. She has studied numerous styles of dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, swing, ballroom, and latin. Since graduating, she has been active working with professional and community theaters in the Portland and Salem area stage managing and choreographing. She believes we were all made with the ability to dance, and with a little practice and instruction, we can create something very beautiful through movement. For Lisa, dance is a joyful expression of the soul, and she is excited to share that joy with others. When not working on a production, she enjoys going on adventures with her husband, Kyle, and their children Lexie, Marcus, Jinora, and Ezra.

Sandy Shaner

Sandy Shaner has been involved with the performing arts for 40 years. She studied both Dance and Early Childhood education at PSU, in addition to her training through multiple dance academies, including The Portland Dance and Northwest Dance Academies. Sandy has been an instructor of both drama and dance and is currently in her 21st year at Lake Oswego Academy of Dance. She also enjoys choreographing musical productions for schools in Portland, but most of all she loves being a part of the CYT family, where her dance background and her love of Jesus come together.

Suz Ruddock

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.

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.

Tim Rosenberry

Tim was born in the wilds of Pennsylvania, with an Appalachian mountain as his backyard. He began singing solos at the age of 5 and his parents taught him how to hold a microphone by swapping out an ice cream cone each time he finished a song in practice. He took that vocal background and made both district and regional high school chorus in south central Pennsylvania. He also was a soloist and member of a traveling vocal group called Living Miracles that was made up of counselors from Camp Joy-El and represented CBM Ministries. Tim attended Messiah College and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in music. The elective work for his major was focused on youth and children. Tim led the summer vocal team, New Light, representing the college. Tim served as the road manager of the 6 member ensemble for two summers, which included a 19+ state summer tour each year while performing at churches and camps across the eastern and midwestern United States. Tim started with CYT as a substitute vocal teacher during the fall of 2022. He enjoys hiking, camping, reading, singing, and playing and watching baseball, volleyball, and football. Any day he can get his wife Melissa and two daughters (Sophie and Lainie) outside and in view of some mountains is a good day.

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

Konstantin Stanislavski ​​​​​​​


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!


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!


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.

If you are interested in teaching, click the link!

Have Questions?

Don't worry, we have answers! Just follow the link below to read through our Frequently Asked Questions. You can also send an email to office@cytportlandvancouver.org  and we will get back to you promptly!

Inquiring about scholarships?

CYT Portland 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.