About

CYT 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. 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.

Classes (Lafayette and Vermilion)

Classes are held every fall, winter and spring for kids ages 4 to 18. Each session is 10 weeks long with one class a week. Each session ends with a family showcase to see what the kids have learned. In addition, at the beginning of each session kids 8 to 18 can audition for the big shows which if cast would require additional rehearsal days. 

"CYT Lafayette is a great way for your child to explore their creative side in a Christian atmosphere."


CYT Parent

Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Acting up 8-12 Vermilion
(Winter 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 11 Jan 27
D.R.E.A.M.S. Theater 13-79 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Dance 120 - Youth Hip Hop 8-12 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Dance 250 - Dance Callback Techniques 13-18 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Drama 101 - For Kids 8-12 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Drama 101 - For Teens 13-18 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Drama 170 - Advanced Youth Drama 8-12 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Drama 250 - Acting Techniques and Cold Reads 13-18 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Drama 301 - Advanced Acting 13-18 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Improv-abilities 12-18 Vermilion
(Winter 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 11 Jan 27
Musical Theater-101 8-12 Vermilion
(Winter 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 11 Jan 27
Musical Theatre 101 - Training a Triple Threat 8-12 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Musical Theatre 150 - Intermediate Musical Theatre 10-14 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Musical Theatre 301 - Advanced Musical Theatre (Beetlejuice) 13-18 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Our Gang - Trolls 6-7 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Our Gang Vermilion (Ages 4-7) 4-7 Vermilion
(Winter 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 11 Jan 27
Pitch Perfect (Advanced Vocals) 13-18 Vermilion
(Winter 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 11 Jan 27
Showstoppers (Dance 13-18) 13-18 Vermilion
(Winter 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 11 Jan 27
Specialty 120 - Readers Theater 8-12 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Specialty 125 - Scriptwriting 8-12 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Specialty 210 - Intermediate Stage Make Up 8-12 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Specialty 250 - Competitive and Musical Improv 13-18 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Oct 29 Jan 21
The Advanced Actor 13-18 Vermilion
(Winter 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 11 Jan 27
Voice 201 - Youth Show Choir 8-12 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Voice 350 - Advanced Voice (Hadestown) 13-18 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Wiggles - Pixar Pals 4-5 Lafayette
(Winter 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Oct 29 Jan 21
Youth Contemporary Dance 8-12 Vermilion
(Winter 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Nov 11 Jan 27

Current Teachers:

Anna Chambers

Anna is veteran CYT teacher. She is currently a teacher at First Baptist School, as well as the Hair/Makeup Coordinator for CYT. She had the privilege of being the stage manager for CCT’s Little Shop of Horrors and has been the stage manager for Lafayette’s Audience of One for eleven years.


Celia Theriot

Celia Theriot is a 20 year-old CYT alum who is super thrilled to be a CYT teacher! Along with being in over 20 CYT shows, she recently was the co-choreographer for CYT’s G2K Cinderella and the stage manager for Matilda. Celia is also a dance graduate of 15 years at Delarue Dance Centre! She loves sharing her love for dance and theater with this generation of kids, and can’t wait to see them grow in their love of theatre!


Danie Adams

Hi! My name is Danie Adams and I am so excited to begin my teaching journey with CYT! I'm a recent high school graduate and I've been in over 20 productions throughout the last 7 years with CYT/CCT and other theatre companies. I have 12 years of dance experience and have trained in many styles including jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and musical theatre. I was also recently the co choreographer for Ascension Episcopal Middle Schools production of Seussical Jr. I hope through my class your child can grow in not only their skills and knowledge of dance, but in confidence of their abilities and of who God created them to be.


Emily Roberts

My name is Emily Roberts and I am an 18 year old senior at Ascension. I have been a part of CYT for 7 years now and have been in 20 different productions with CYT and school. I was an assistant teacher for the Wiggles and Our Gang classes as well as a previous teacher for Our Gang. I have also been a CYT camp councilor for 5 years and choreographed the broadway babies camp. I hope my class teaches your children the different techniques used in acting, improve their open scene skills, and make them more confident on the stage.


Emily Roy

Hello! My name is Emily Roy and I will be teaching Drama 101! I have taught several classes over the years and I can’t wait to get started for this session! I have had the wonderful opportunity to have directed CYT Lafayette’s Guys and Dolls, Lion King Junior, and Cinderella Junior. What I love most about teaching is seeing kids grow from day one to showcase. I love helping kids discover their talents and helping them use their talents to become over all better performers. What I mostly love about classes, is seeing how CYT brings kids closer to God.


Holly Dotson

Holly Broussard Dotson is a proud native of Abbeville, Louisiana. She is also a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and now teaches at Harvest Time Christian Academy. She has served as stage manager for CYT Vermilion's Aladdin Jr. and Mary Poppins, but has greatly enjoyed her first assistant directing role in Seussical jr. She has a passion for the young people of Vermilion Parish and loves to see them using their talent for God's glory.


Jeremiah Rhinehardt

My name is Jeremiah Rhinehardt, and I graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Performing Arts with a Concentration in Dance. I have performed in several CCT shows, my first one being West Side Story & have also choreographed for two CCT shows (White Christmas & Little Shop). I am very excited to be teaching for CYT & even more excited to learn & grow more as a person & a teacher!


Joni Hebert


Joshua McClymont

Joshua P. McClymont is an actor, producer, and Shuler Hensley-nominated director whose current work is in the field of Theatre Education. A native of New Jersey, Joshua has appeared in over 35 university, regional, and summer stock productions, toured nationally with Missoula Children’s Theatre, and directed in schools and communities across the country. Most recently, Joshua has directed CCT’s Little Shop of Horrors, Oklahoma!, and Singin in the Rain. He currently lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, with his wife, Allison, and their two children.


Joy Broussard


Kaedron Hall

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, I moved to Lafayette in August of 2015. I am currently the Middle School vocal teacher at Ascension Episcopal School downtown. I sing tenor in a local community choir, and I serve as music director and worship leader at Harvest Center Church. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. I went on to complete a Master of Music in conducting at Georgia State University. Music is my passion, and I am so blessed do what I love everyday. I love to laugh and have fun, but I can be a bit of a workaholic. In my off time I enjoy reading, journaling, and composing music. I find a great deal of joy teaching kids, and I’m so excited to be a part of the CYT family.


Kami Allen

Kami Allen is a senior at Ascension Episcopal School. She has been in five productions throughout her school career and stage managed Ascension’s most recent play. She has been in 9 shows with CYT, her most recent role being “Ursula” in CYT Vermilion’s “The Little Mermaid.” Kami was a member of CYT Lafayette’s improv team this year which placed 4th at “Improvathon” in San Diego. Kami is so excited to share her love for Theater and Improv with her CYT family!


Karissa Sorrell

Karissa has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is the author of the poetry chapbook Evening Body. Her poems have also been published in a variety of literary journals. In addition, Karissa is an K-12 ESL teacher with 18 years of teaching experience. She is excited to be involved with CYT!


Katie Broussard

Katie Broussard has been involved with CYT since CYT Lafayette’s first show, Godspell. She has helped with many summer camps, taught Our Gang for 4 years, helped with hair and makeup for many shows, serves as the current graphic designer for CYT, and previously assistant directed Cinderella Jr. She is currently working as a freelance photographer and graphic designer. CYT is a place where she has met many amazing and lifelong friends. She always wants CYT to be a place where kids can grow and learn together and make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.


Katy Guidry

Katy has been involved with CYT for over 9 years! She started dancing when she was 4 years old at Academy of Christian Arts, and joined CYT when she was 12 and has been involved in it ever since. In that time she was in over 17 shows including 4 CCT shows, been a part of many summer camps with CYT as both a counselor and a camper, and has also been teaching Our Gang for students involved in the organization for the past few years! She was involved with CYT’s Peter Pan and Wizard of Oz helping with choreography and also Ascensions Mulan Jr. Being in this organization has helped Katy come out of her shell and make friends that’s going to last a lifetime!


Lauren Keating

Lauren Keating is so excited to be back and teaching for the Winter Session! Lauren has been with the CYT family for 6 years teaching and helping with various productions and activities. Lauren began her CYT journey teaching both the Wiggles and Our Gang Classes for several years. She has previously directed Elf Jr., The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and most recently The Wizard of Oz. Lauren is also the CYT Lafayette Camp Coordinator and loves spending her summers watching kids discover a love for performing arts and CYT. In real life, Lauren teaches preschool and kindergarten at Ascension Episcopal School here in Lafayette and is an active member and volunteer at her church the Bayou. Lauren loves teaching kids in any capacity and cannot wait to meet her new Wiggle Friends!!


Maria Williams

Maria was born in Lafayette Louisiana, she has always had a love for the dramatics. She has been teaching for CYT for the last 9 years and has loved it more than anything else she has ever been a part of. Maria is a graduate from ULL with a bachelors degree in Spanish and Criminal justice. In 2017 she started a non profit to fight against human trafficking. She has been a music teacher for the last 19 years. She feels it is a beautiful opportunity to be able to teach children instruments and vocals, and then to watch them as they grow and develop in their skill.


Michelle Flott


Natalie Bodkin

Natalie currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance, as well as a master’s degree in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette under Dr. Kristen Marchiafava. Natalie has performed in fabled venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and the National Opera Center. She has been the featured artist of “Modern Singer Magazine” as well as the featured artist in the August 2018 edition of “The Advertiser”. Natalie has placed 3rd in the 2014, 2015, and 2017 Tri-State National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, and was a 2017 and 2019 finalist in the Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser competition. Natalie enjoys teaching a wide age range of students in both a large classroom setting and in private lessons. In the past, she has been the Children’s Music Teacher for Community Baptist Church’s summer camp, and currently teaches Class Voice I and II at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


NeeKee McDonald

NeeKee McDonald has been involved in theatre for more than 12 years. She is the lower school music and middle school theatre teacher at Ascension Episcopal School and also teaches private vocal and piano lessons. NeeKee has performed in, directed, and music directed many shows. She is currently music directing CYT’s production of Matilda. NeeKee is beyond thrilled to be teaching for CYT this session!


Rachel Moore

Rachel Moore has been a part of CYT Lafayette since 2013; first as a student and currently as a teacher. She has been in been in over 15 shows both with CYT and CCT, and has helped with summer camps, backstage crew, and taught Our Gang classes. She is currently enrolled in The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, pursuing an English degree with a concentration in Linguistics. She loves seeing how each and every student can bring stories to life on stage through CYT, and can’t wait to help them make stories of their own!


Rylie Denais


Tiffany Poirrier

Tiffany Poirrier is an IPAL Board Member and theater teacher at Southside High School. She was last seen as Serena in Legally Blonde the Musical. She also enjoys spending time with her family, Billy and Chase.


Trevor Menard

Trevor Menard is a 20 year-old CYT alum who has been a part of CYT for over 7 years! He has performed in 15 CYT shows, 4 CCT shows, and shows with multiple other companies around Acadiana! He has also assistant directed Lion King Jr. with CYT, and most recently directed Into the Woods last winter! He is super excited to be continuing his CYT journey by working as a CYT teacher! He’d like to thank CYT for this wonderful opportunity, but more importantly, God, for putting this organization in his life. He would not be the person he is today without CYT!


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.

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!