Spring 2024 Registration Opening February 7th!

Welcome to the Jungle!

Swing into fun this spring term with CYT's Welcome to the Jungle themed term. Students will have a wild time learning singing, acting and dancing with a jungle beat.  Students ages 8-18 who are enrolled in a class are eligible to audition for our spring shows, Tarzan or Disney's The Jungle Book Kids. Classes start in March.
See you then!

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:
Mon Dance 1: Jungle Beats 8-18 Portland
(Spring 2024)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Mon 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 18 Jun 10
Mon Drama 1: Party in the Jungle with Puppetry 8-11 Portland
(Spring 2024)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Mon 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 18 Jun 10
Mon Drama 2: It's a Jungle Out There 12-18 Portland
(Spring 2024)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Mon 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 18 Jun 10
Mon Our Gang: Sing-Along Safari 5-7 Portland
(Spring 2024)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Mon 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 18 Jun 10
Thurs Beg/Int Dance: Jungle Jam 8-18 Portland
(Spring 2024)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 14 Jun 06
Thurs Costuming: Jungle Threads 12-79 Portland
(Spring 2024)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 14 Jun 06
Thurs Drama 2: It's All Greek to Me 12-18 Portland
(Spring 2024)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 14 Jun 06
Thurs Fitness: Survival of the Fittest 12-79 Portland
(Spring 2024)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 4:30pm - 5:15pm Mar 14 Jun 06
Thurs Musical Theater 2: Dr Dolittle 12-18 Portland
(Spring 2024)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 14 Jun 06
Thurs Our Gang: A Jungle Book Adventure 5-7 Portland
(Spring 2024)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mar 14 Jun 06

Snack Cards

Parents,
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 Philipsen

Anna grew up in Portland, Oregon and has been a musician from a young age. At 5 she began playing the violin and continues to play to this day. Throughout high school she performed in several choirs and orchestras, including the pit orchestras for all the musicals at her high school. Anna also took drama classes and was a member of the International Thespian Society. In college she continued to pursue music classes, took vocal lessons, performed improv violin with worship teams, and taught violin lessons. In addition to a love for music, Anna has always had a passion for design. She received a BA in Graphic Design & Health Education from George Fox University. Over the years she has used her gifts in design for developing events, marketing, styling weddings, interior design, and most recently CYT sets. Anna lives with her husband Josiah and their three boys, Landon, Dash, and Clay. She currently works part-time as a Project Manager for a non-profit while also homeschooling her three boys.


Brianna Phelps

Brianna is an 18-year-old college student at George Fox University, studying to receive her Elementary Education Degree and Special Ed Certificate. She is part of a huge family and has always loved working with and being around children. In the past, she has coached boy's 3rd-4th grade and girl’s 5th-6th grade basketball and absolutely loved getting to know each of her players and helping them to grow not only in their skills but also in confidence and good sportsmanship. She has also spent the last year being a T.A. and substitute teacher for a local private Christian school, for all elementary grades. Last summer, she also spent her time being a camp counselor for CYT, and loved it! This led to her helping to paint sets for some of the recent shows, and even to being a volunteer helper for the Dalmatians show. She is excited to continue her work with CYT and see her two sisters in the upcoming CYT shows!


Jessica Hays

I have been involved in the arts in some capacity for the majority of my life. After serving on the costume team for several shows, I am excited to join the teaching team and teach others how to sew. I live in Sherwood with my husband and three kids. When I'm not sewing costumes for a show you can find me outdoors, hiking to some mountain peak.


Kiersten Krajcar

Kiersten brings over 20 years of teaching experience in class settings and church kiddo instruction and homeschool spaces to CYT's excellent learning community. As a lifelong appreciator of musical theater, she deeply believes that we are all created by a Creative creator with hearts for creating! Drama is a great venue for us as storytellers (with a wonderful story to tell!) Patience and enthusiasm with a sprinkling of joy describes Kiersten's teaching approach. The classroom is a community and when we all bring our best and respect each other well, it opens the doors to learning. Kiersten and Tim are homeschooling Sophie and Anya and nary a day goes by without music and worship in the Krajcar home. It's a delight to connect with other creative souls in CYT!


Lisa Allison

Lisa has been dancing and performing 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.


Sara Stanton

Sara is a mom of four, three of whom are in CYT. She trained in various styles of dance in her youth and throughout college, and was blessed to teach jazz, ballet, and tap at her church's dance studio in Sacramento. She was also part of the dance ministry and loves to worship God through dance. She is delighted to teach kids in CYT dance fundamentals.


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.


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


Konstantin Stanislavski ​​​​​​​

Curriculum

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!

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!

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@cytportland.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.