Winter 2023 Registration begins October 30, 2022 at 5:00pm

Winter is almost here and this term CYT wants to encourage all of you to “Come in From the Cold”! With heartwarming wintery themes learning to act, sing, and dance has never been so inviting. So, even if the winter’s weather turns bitter and blustery or wet and rainy, students ages 4-18 will always feel the warmth of good friends and the magic of making musical theater. Remember, when you sign your student up for classes you are invited to sign them up to audition for this term's winter production of Disney's Frozen Jr. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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:
Thursday-Costuming: Sewing Basics 12-79 Portland
(Winter 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jan 05 Mar 16
Thursday-Dance II: Lyrical/Jazz: At the Beginning with You 12-18 Portland
(Winter 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jan 05 Mar 16
Thursday-Improv: That's Too Funny! 12-18 Portland
(Winter 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jan 05 Mar 16
Tuesday Drama II: Excellent Acting 11-18 Portland
(Winter 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jan 03 Mar 14
Tuesday-Dance I: Bridge the Great Dance Divide: Hip Hop & Jazz 8-18 Portland
(Winter 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jan 03 Mar 14
Tuesday-Dance II: Men's Ballroom Dance: 12-18 Portland
(Winter 2023)
Northwest Christian Church - Tigard Campus Tue 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jan 03 Mar 14

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:

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.

Kyle Allison

Kyle has been singing, dancing, and performing since high school. Notable performance at Whitworth University as Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress. First joining CYT as an Assistant Teacher for the Swing Dance Class with his wife, Lisa Allison, in 2017. He believes passing on what you have learned is one of the greatest gifts one can give to the next generation and that theatre performance is one of the best ways to build empathy for the outcast. He also helps with his church worship team singing and playing both guitar and cello. When not helping his wife with their three kids, Alexandra, Marcus, and Jinora, he can most often be found playing all types of games with his friends, both online and at the local game store.

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 theatres 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 Alexandra, Marcus, and Jinora.

Megan Toews

I got bit by the theater bug when I was very young, performing in church and school productions. In high school I not only spent lots of time onstage but also backstage. I learned to create and inspire through many aspects of technical theater. I have continued to enjoy being involved in community theater and recently have had the pleasure of teaching kids theater classes and being involved in CYT productions. I have spent my adult life working with kids to educate, encourage and help them find what makes them special. Theater has taught me to push myself further than I thought I could and I hope to inspire kids to find that passion in themselves.

Michael Shelton

Hey folks! Welcome to CYT! We are so glad you are here. My name is Michael. I'm a father of four, a husband, an artist, educator and theater director. I've been teaching high school theater for 15 years and have worked in the Portland area theater and film scene for the past 20. My experience ranges from youth theater camps with kiddos as young as 1st grade, to published writing projects and acting credits in shows for HBO and Netflix. I'm so grateful for the chance to work with CYT and am looking forward to meeting you in my drama class.

Segie VanWetten

Segie VanWetten has enjoyed being part of CYT since the age of 13. She leveled up to become an alumni in the Fall of 2017 and shortly after became one of CYT's favorite teachers. She has taught Our Gang, jazz, hip-hop dance, has participated on numerous Artistic Teams, Camps, Tech Teams, Stage Management, and has taken on the role of CYT@ School Coordinator. Her love of hair and makeup has allowed her to design for almost every CYT show for the past 8 years. She is currently attending Phagan's School of Hair Design and works for Well and Good Coffee Shop. Her creative, kind, and loving spirit allows her to connect with students, parents, staff, and teachers alike. In her free time Segie enjoys searching Pinterest for makeup and hair design ideas, doodling, and spending time with her family.

“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?

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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.