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.

*NOTE If the class your child wants to take is full, please email patti@cytlafayette.org. We have waiting lists and can potentially create a new class if there are students who are interested. 

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:
All things Hamilton (Musical Theater) 12-18 Vermilion
(Spring 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 09 May 18
CCT Acting Class 18-79 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 8:00pm - 9:00pm Mar 31 May 05
D.R.E.A.M.S. Theater 13-79 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 18 May 05
Dance 215 - Contemporary Broadway Dance 13-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 18 May 05
Dance 225 - Sing AND Dance 8-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 18 May 05
Dance to Evolve (Teen Dance) 13-18 Vermilion
(Spring 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 09 May 18
Drama 180 - Scenes from Hollywood 8-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 18 May 05
Drama 220 - Path to Broadway 13-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 18 May 05
Drama 270 - Advanced Youth Drama 8-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 18 May 05
Drama 301 - Advanced Acting 14-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 18 May 05
Improv-abilities 12-18 Vermilion
(Spring 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 09 May 18
Move your Feet (hiphop or jazz dance class) 8-12 Vermilion
(Spring 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 09 May 18
Musical Theatre 101 - Training a Triple Threat 8-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 18 May 05
Musical Theatre 115 - From Auditions to the Stage 8-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 18 May 05
Musical Theatre 171 - Disney on Broadway 8-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 18 May 05
Musical Theatre 201 - Intermediate Musical Theatre for Teens 13-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 18 May 05
Musical Theatre 301 - Advanced Musical Theatre 13-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 18 May 05
Next Level Acting 13-18 Vermilion
(Spring 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 09 May 18
Our Gang - Frozen 2 6-7 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 18 May 05
Our Gang Vermilion (Ages 4-7) 4-7 Vermilion
(Spring 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 09 May 18
Specialty 130 - Improvisational Theatre 8-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 18 May 05
Specialty 215 - Improving Your Improv 13-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 18 May 05
Specialty 225 - Scriptwriting 8-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 18 May 05
Specialty 310 - Advanced Stage Make Up 8-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 18 May 05
Techniques in Acting 8-12 Vermilion
(Spring 2020)
First Baptist Church Abbeville Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 09 May 18
Voice 325 - Advanced Voice from Phantom to Hamilton 13-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 6:00pm - 8:00pm Feb 18 May 05
Wiggles 4-5 Lafayette
(Spring 2020)
The Bayou Church Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 18 May 05

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!


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.


Ian Bonin

Ian is currently studying Mathematics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette after which he plans to teach high school math. He has spent the past decade of his life performing on many stages in New Iberia, Abbeyville, and Lafayette. Contact: imbonin99@gmail.com


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!


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


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!


Maria Williams

Maria was born in Lafayette Louisiana, and 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, acting and vocals, and then to watch them as they grow and develop in their skill.


Melissa Bowen

Melissa Bowen has had a life-long love affair with musical theatre, beginning as a 16-year old in "Leader of the Pack".  She received a Minor in Dance at U(S)L, where she was also choreographer of the University showchoir.  Musical theatre continued to be a part of her life in Seattle and back to New Orleans and Lafayette. Most recently, she took on the role of Donna Sheridan in CCT’s “Mamma Mia” and was part of the talented ensemble in IPAL’s “Side by Side by Sondheim”.  She is excited to share the experience and love of musical theatre with the students of CYT Lafayette!


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.


Nicholas LeBlanc

I am a freshman in college, a cantor, a member of my church choir, and I am passionate about Theater and singing.


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!


Ronni High

Ronni High, is a freshman at UL majoring in Organizational Communications. Ronni has always had a passion for theatre since she was a child. When she moved to Lafayette from Bettendorf, Iowa a little over 7 years ago, she found CYT and instantly fell in love. She has been heavily involved in CYT since she first joined in the show The Little Mermaid. She knew she had found where she belonged. Ronni has also been a part of almost every Ascension theatre production from 7th grade through senior year. Some of her favorite roles include Boris the Spy in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Gertrude in Seussical, Glinda in Wizard of Oz, Katherine in Freaky Friday, Cinderella in Into the Woods, and Newsie Dancer #12 in Newsies. Now she is moving from the stage to being a CYT leader! Ronni hopes to stay involved with CYT for as long as she can. She loves doing her favorite thing with her favorite people.


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!


Whitney Petree

Whitney is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in History. Upon graduation she became a full time employee at The Bayou Church where she continues to be the Worship Ministry Administrative Assistant. It was also then that she was encouraged to apply to work with CYT Lafayette and became the Wiggles teacher. Over the past seven years, Whitney has directed, assistant directed and stage managed several Christian Youth Theatre productions including Shrek the Musical, Hairspray and Les Miserables, and Newsies.


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!