Every time I step out onto that stage, I have the opportunity to use my God given talents and passion to portray a soul, a portion of another’s story.


Nina Noelle Russell, CYT Student

About CYT Shows

CYT shows are appropriate for the entire family and are an excellent way to introduce children to the arts!
CYT produces one Broadway-style musical each session. Enrollment in CYT classes provides students (ages 8-18) the opportunity to audition for their branch’s current production. Students not cast in the show are encouraged to participate in other ways. Depending on age and ability, students (and siblings) can participate on the backstage crew, technical team, or the costume and makeup committees.

Previous CYT Colorado Springs shows and this season's productions
Winter 2021- You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Spring 2021- Aladdin Jr.
Summer 2021- Jungle Book Kids (Show in a Week, ages 8-13)
Summer 2021- Godspell Jr. (Two Week Teen Master Camp)
Fall 2021- Willy Wonka
Spring 2022- The Little Mermaid

 

Current Shows:

Fall 2021 Musical- Willy Wonka

 
Willy Wonka has been cast!  See our cast list by clicking on the Willy Wonka graphic above.
 
  • Students ages 8-18 are eligible to Audition for Willy Wonka.    Details on eligibility age: Students must turn 8 years old by our last performance (November 21) to be eligible.  Students must be no older than 18 on the first day of class, but they can turn 19 during our fall session.
  • Students must be registered for a fall session class to audition.
  • After you register for a class, you will be able to sign up for an audition time in your family account on our website.
  • Callbacks will be held Saturday, September 11.
  • A cast list will be posted on our website by Sunday, September 12, at 5:00pm.
  • Auditions, rehearsals & performances will be held at Colorado Springs Christian Schools.
  • Rehearsals will be Fridays from 5:00-8:00 & Saturdays between 12:00-5:00.  Not all cast members will be called to all rehearsals or for the whole rehearsal.
  • Tech week rehearsals will be 4:30-8:30 on November 15-18.
  • Our performance dates are November 19, 20 & 21.
  • If cast in our production, there is a production fee of $175.  Siblings' production fee is $150
  • See below for more information about auditions and parent involvement.
Contact Kyla Kay with any questions. kyla@cytcoloradosprings.org

How do I sign up to audition?

First, you must be registered for a class! As you are registering, you will be asked if you would like to sign up for an audition time. At that point, you may request an audition appointment. If you do not want to sign up at that moment, you can later go into your family account and request an audition appointment through there.

Second, prepare for your audition! CYT auditions are fun and exciting!  Our auditions are open for anyone to come and watch and cheer on their friends. In fact, we encourage you to come early for your audition time or stay later to watch auditions because a lot can be learned from watching others audition.

What do I need to prepare for an audition?

This is your minute to shine! Each student auditioning will sing a song of their choice from a Broadway musical or musical movie.  This vocal audition should be 60- 90 seconds or shorter and must be sung with an instrumental only backing track.  Your backing track needs to be downloaded onto your device and ready to go.  Please don't rely on using a YouTube track that is not downloaded because the reception in the auditorium is not always great. We do not allow a capella auditions.  Students auditioning will sing in groups of 10.
The second part of the audition is a dance audition. After all 10 students in the vocal audition group have performed, you will all go with the choreographer to learn a dance number together, then return to the stage to perform the dance in groups for the artistic team.  
A monologue is not a part of our auditions.  This is because it is rare in a musical that you would perform a monologue and we want to see your acting skills while you sing and dance!
After all the auditions are complete, the artistic team will meet to decide who they need to see more from.  Those students will then receive what is called a "callback". Students with a callback will return the next day at the time given to them so the artistic team can see them again.  They should be ready to sing, dance or perform scenes.  Students who audition can check late Friday night or Saturday morning in their family account to see if they have a callback or not.  If you do not receive a callback, that does not mean you were not cast in the show.  It just means that the directors saw all they needed from you during the auditions.  Many roles are cast without needing a callback.
Callbacks are closed.  Parents are asked to drop their students off and leave the building. They will get a call when it is time to pick their student up.

How do Absences Play into Casting?


The directing team needs to know what rehearsals you will be missing.  It is imperative that they have this information on the audition form.  Absences that come up after casting will not be excused.  There is no “magic number” of excused absences that will make or break getting cast, however, the more absences you have the more difficult chances of getting cast become. CYT understands 2 absences during a rehearsal process. 

What if I am unsure about my rehearsal conflicts?

Any information is helpful. If you are unsure about a conflict, list it as “negotiable”.   If you list conflicts as “negotiable”, the artistic team may contact you during casting to ask if you are willing to remove the conflict all together. 

Rehearsal schedules may vary by show, but tfor Willy Wonka, we will rehearse on Friday evenings from 5:00-8:00pm and Saturdays between 12pm-5pm.

What If My Child is Out of Town On Audition Weekend?

If you are unable to attend auditions, we do accept video audition submissions. Please work this out in advance with Kyla Kay, the Artistic director. All video submissions must be submitted before the first night of auditions. kyla@cytcoloradosprings.org

What is the Parent Commitment?

Families are a huge part of CYT. We could not put on our shows without our families' help on our production committees.  Each family is required to have at least one parent serve on a pre show committee and a show committee.  This commitment will be 20+ hours. If a parent is not able to make this time commitment, then they are able to ask a friend or family member who is at least 21 years old to step in and fulfill this commitment for their student. This person must be identified on the parent commitment form at auditions.

Parents commit to attend two mandatory parent meetings.  One will be the first rehearsal weekend and the second will be the 7th rehearsal weekend.  

Parents are also committing to getting their student to every rehearsal that they are called to, and not adding any conflicts after auditions, including for birthday parties, dances, family trips, etc.  Anything that you know might come up should be listed on the conflict form at the time of auditions. No conflicts may be added after auditions.

Parents or other family members or friends on production teams or helping out with any volunteer area need to have a background check through CYT.

 

What is the Financial Commitment?

There is no cost to audition for a CYT show, but if your child is cast in the production, there will be a $175 ($150 for any siblings) production fee added to your account. The production fee covers a show t-shirt for the cast member.  Extra show shirts may be purchased by family members and friends at the first parent meeting.

Although costumes are provided by CYT, items like socks, shoes and underdressing as needed will need to be purchased by the student. 
 
Parents and other volunteers need a background check through CYT.  The cost for this is about $20. A new background check is not needed each show.

Each family is also responsible to sell at least 12 tickets to our production.  To help you with this, each family will have an online box office link that they can give to families and friends to purchase discounted tickets in their child's name. If the 12 tickets are not sold by the last performance of Willy Wonka, the discounted cost of the number of tickets not sold (from the 12) will be added to the family account and must be paid before the student can register for a future class session or camp.

What if my child has a birthday during the rehearsal process? Does it affect show eligibility?

On the back end, a child must be no older than 18 on the first night of their areas classes in order to participate & audition for the show. but can turn 19 during the session. A student age 7, must turn 8 by the cast party to participate in the production.

Have You Ever Wanted to Understand the Casting Process?

This is an excellent video where Dr. Heather LaForge discusses the CYT casting process. I encourage every parent and student to watch it!