About

CYT offers three sessions of classes in three different locations 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 every session. Most of our classes are small to ensure 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, either a high-energy showcase or a parent observation night 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 brandy@cytlafayette.org. We have waiting lists and can potentially create a new class if there are students who are interested. 

Classes (Lafayette, Vermilion, and Central)

CYT classes are offered each session for students ages 4 to 18. Lafayette classes have two different class time slots on Tuesday nights, and they are called Act 1 and Act 2. Act 1 classes meet from 4:30-6:30 and Act 2 classes meet from 6:15-8:15. Lafayette also offers Wednesday night classes. CYT Vermilion classes meet on Monday nights, and CYT Central classes meet on Thursday nights. Students ages 8 to 18, who are enrolled in our classes, also have the chance to audition for one of our three mainstage shows each session. Auditioning for a mainstage show includes extra rehearsal time commitment and a separate production fee. 

"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:
Ace the Audition (Ages 8-12) 8-12 Vermilion
(Spring 2024)
Cecil Picard Elementary School Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 04 May 13
Acting for Kids - Harry Potter - Act 2 8-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 6:15pm - 8:15pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Acting for Musical Theater - Act 1 8-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Advanced Acting (Ages 13-18) 13-18 Vermilion
(Spring 2024)
Cecil Picard Elementary School Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 04 May 13
Advanced Acting for Musical Theater 13-18 Lafayette Central
(Spring 2024)
Lift City Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 29 May 09
Advanced Acting for Musical Theater -The Works of Andrew Lloyd Webber - Act 2 13-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 6:15pm - 8:15pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Advanced Musical Theater - Wednesday 12-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Wed 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 21 May 01
Advanced Musical Theater for Kids - Disney Classics - Act 2 8-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 6:15pm - 8:15pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Broadway Bound for Beginners I - Silly Seussical Songs - Act 1 4-5 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Broadway Bound for Beginners II - Silly Seussical Songs - Act 1 6-7 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Broadway Bound: Youth Musical Theater 8-12 Lafayette Central
(Spring 2024)
Lift City Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 29 May 09
Choreography for Musical Theater - Act 2 13-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 6:15pm - 8:15pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Comedy and Improv - Act 2 10-16 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 6:15pm - 8:15pm Feb 20 Apr 30
D.R.E.A.M.S. Musical Theater - Wednesday 13-79 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Wed 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 21 May 01
Directing for Musical Theater - Act 2 13-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 6:15pm - 8:15pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Dramatic Interpretation & Public Presentation - Act 2 13-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 6:15pm - 8:15pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Gospel Choir 12-18 Lafayette Central
(Spring 2024)
Lift City Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 29 May 09
How to Cast a Show: Deep Dive Into Casting (Ages 13-18) 13-18 Vermilion
(Spring 2024)
Cecil Picard Elementary School Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 04 May 13
Intermediate Musical Theater for Kids - High School Musical - Act 1 10-14 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Jazz It Up! (Ages 13-18) 13-18 Vermilion
(Spring 2024)
Cecil Picard Elementary School Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 04 May 13
Jazz It Up! (Ages 8-12) 8-12 Vermilion
(Spring 2024)
Cecil Picard Elementary School Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 04 May 13
Musical Theater (Ages 4-7) 4-7 Vermilion
(Spring 2024)
Cecil Picard Elementary School Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 04 May 13
Musical Theater (Ages 8-12) 8-12 Vermilion
(Spring 2024)
Cecil Picard Elementary School Mon 6:00pm - 8:00pm Mar 04 May 13
Musical Theatre Dance 8-12 Lafayette Central
(Spring 2024)
Lift City Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 29 May 09
Script Writing for Kids - Act 1 7-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Special Effects Makeup and Character Design - Act 2 10-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 6:15pm - 8:15pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Stage Makeup and Fantasy - Act 1 8-12 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Stars in the Making 4-7 Lafayette Central
(Spring 2024)
Lift City Church Thu 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 29 May 09
Vocal Techniques for Teens - Act 2 13-18 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Tue 6:15pm - 8:15pm Feb 20 Apr 30
Vocals for Musical Theater - Wednesday 7-14 Lafayette
(Spring 2024)
CYT Lafayette Hub Wed 5:30pm - 7:30pm Feb 21 May 01

Current Teachers:

Celia Theriot

Celia Theriot is a 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!


Celia Theriot

Celia Theriot is a 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, the stage manager for Matilda, co-choreographer for High School Musical and choreographer for Mary Poppins. 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!


Christy Taylor

I have 23 years of teaching experience from elementary to middle school. My goal as an educator has always been to bring arts and movement into the classroom. Dance, movement, and visual arts make learning fun and come alive for children of all ages. I have trained at the Bernstein Arts Academy and also worked as an individual arts teacher for children. I work closely with community programs like ACA through their many PACE artist programs and grant programs. My son Christopher has recently begun attending CYT for his theater classes and has participated in the play Frozen as Sven, The Addams Family Quarantined as Fester and so many more roles. We love CYT and the safe Christ-centered community it gives to our youth. I am excited to teach these students.


Derrick Millard

Derrick Lionel Millard II, graduated from Temple University with a BA in Theatre with a concentration in acting. He most recently performed in Theatre Horizon’s Philadelphia Regional Premiere of THE COLOR PURPLE, appearing as the PREACHER, BUSTER, GRADY, AND BOBBY amongst other ensemble roles which won a Barrymore Award for best ensemble. He has also been privileged to perform in several Philadelphia regional productions including “Death of a Salesman: at EgoPo Classic theatre, Moses: A Musical Retelling at John Graves Productions, and How to Kill A Child And A Demon by Donja R. Love. He is the founder of Dream L.ive Movement, a performing arts company that creates theatrical discourse on biblical and societal topics. His company’s productions include “The Visionary’s Journal”, “The Affirmation of Love” and The Fabric From Which We’ve Come. From 2016-2020 he was the Artistic Production Director at Spirit Of Faith Christian Center creating productions for more than 5,000 weekly attendees. Now he is the Creative/Worship Director for Lift City Church in Lafayette, Louisiana.


Emily Roy

Hello! My name is Emily Roy and I love teaching with CYT! I have taught several classes and have been on several artistic teams throughout the years and I can’t wait to get started for this session! I have had the wonderful opportunity to have previously directed CYT Lafayette’s High School Musical, Guys and Dolls, Lion King Junior, and Cinderella Junior, and SpongeBob Junior Version! What I love most about teaching is seeing kids grow from day one to showcase. I love helping kids discover their passions and helping them use their newfound skills to become over all over better performers. I can’t wait to see you at classes!


Isaiah Alexander

I am originally from Georgia. Graduated with a Bachelor's in Music Education from Shorter University in Rome, GA. I have had the pleasure in performing in a few productions in my college years such as Showboat, Death Takes a Holiday, Patience (The Duke of Dunstable), Tuck Everlasting, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Schroeder), and Cinderella (Prince). I have been in a couple of CCT productions so far: Hunchback of Notre Dame (Statue) and Footloose (Cowboy Bob). I have music directed CYT productions: Wizard of Oz Jr, Madagascar Jr, and Beauty and the Beast. I love being apart of a great team of people and loves working with these talented kids.


Jacob Simon

Jacob Simon is the Assistant Principal at Ovey Comeaux High School. He was named the 2018-2019 OCHS Teacher of the Year and was named 2018 L.E.F. Top Finalist for High School Teachers. Having grown up with a passion for live theater and acting, Mr. Simon pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Education, graduating from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2013. He has been cast in numerous shows, most notably as Brian in Cite’ Des Arts’ production of “The Shadow Box” and as Russ in ULL’s production of “Clybourne Park”, for which he won the Kennedy Center Theater Award for Excellence in Acting. Along with being the Director of Theater, Jacob Simon has been the Director Speech and Debate at Comeaux High School in Lafayette, LA for the past 9 years. The Comeaux Speech Team is a group of competitive actors and public speakers who travel across the country competing against the best young talent in America. As the Director of Comeaux Speech, he has coached 28 individual State Champions in acting events and has coached his team to 5 consecutive State Team Sweepstakes Championships. As a coach, Mr. Simon has had success on the national level as well, coaching 31 National Finalists and 10 National Champions, all in acting events. With an educational focus in theater performance, Mr. Simon promotes developing honesty in acting and crafting the type of dynamic performances that move audiences emotionally and bring to light important stories that often go untold. He firmly believes that acting is not simply learning how to be a good liar…true acting comes from discovering the truth in the text, connecting to it empathically, and using that connection to perform with power, sincerity, and heart.


Jannah Gaspard

This is my fist session teaching with CYT, but I have 15 years of dance experience where I studied many different styles of dance such as Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, ect. I have choreographed multiple dances for Kaplan High's annual spring musicals, along with being head choreographer for Kaplan High's Theater Camp. I'm super excited to begin my CYT journey and share my craft with others.


Joy Broussard

Mrs. Joy Broussard a native of Imperial PA, has lived in Louisiana for seventeen years. She has a Music Degree from Kentucky Christian University, and is currently teaching at Acadiana Christian School. Previously, she had been at Harvest Time Christian Academy for 16 years. She is a member of LMEA, ACDA, President of District III Sr. High Honor Choir activities, and the Fine Arts Cordinator for ACEL-Association of Christian Educators of Louisiana. She is the Area Coordinator for CYT Vermilion, and loves being a part of the CYT family


Kailey Wilkerson

My name is Kailey Wilkerson, I graduated from Cosmetology Training Center as a licensed cosmetologist. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to teach this class! I have been wanting to teach a class since the day I graduated from CYT! I did the talented program for about 5 years, and I did CYT for about 4 years! Some of the shows that I was a part of include The HunchBack of NotreDame, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, Newsies, Matilda and High school Musical! I’m excited to be a part of this organization! I can’t say thank you enough for giving me the chance to teach your kids to love the art of comedy and improv!


Lauren Keating

Lauren has been with CYT for 10 years and absolutely loves working with those broadway babies!! She has worked in early childhood education for 12 years and is a Kindergarten Teacher at Cecil Picard Elementary in Vermillion Parish. Lauren’s favorite part of teaching anything is watching kids’ faces light up when they learn something new or find a new passion. Over the years at CYT Lauren has stage managed and directed for many shows including Elf Jr., The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Wizard of Oz, Hairspray, and Mulan Jr. She was also the Summer Camp Director for a few seasons. CYT holds a special place in her heart and she cannot wait to sing, dance, and act up with a new little friends this session.


Lindsay Council Breaux

Lindsay is a local musician in the Acadiana Area playing guitar and singing tunes for all ages. She has been a part of Acadiana Talent for years and enjoys playing along with others. She also enjoys musical theatre and has been in many productions through middle and high school. She started her journey with CYT as an adult in the production of “Footloose” with CCT. She looks forward to getting to know the younger generations who will be the future of music and acting!


Lydia Young

Born and raised in Acadiana, Lydia Young is a performer, teacher and choreographer. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts - dance concentration. During her college career, she was a member of Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honor Society and Infinity Dance Group where she held a position as head choreographer for 2 years. Lydia’s training consists of ballet(Cecchetti & Vaganova), jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and modern(Horton, Duncan, Graham, Dunham, etc). She participated in a Horton Teacher Workshop by way of The Ailey School and is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique for junior, senior and advanced programs. In 2018 she started a dance business, In Motion Dance, that offers training and performance opportunities for community dancers. In Motion’s first professional concert made its debut in Spring 2021 showcasing several transdisciplinary artists. Lydia’s professional resume includes Beyoncé’s Lemonade Project, Walt Disney World, Essence Festival, and many more. Recently, she choreographed two pieces,Mustard SeedsandTwo Busy, for UL’s Spring 2022 concert, An Evening of Dance, and is contracted as a guest choreographer for the Fall 2022 concert, State of La Danse. Lydia is a master's student at Wilson College where she will earn an MFA in Dance Choreography in Fall 2024. In the future, Lydia plans to become a certified Dunham technique instructor and open a performing arts center that will cater to children and adults.


Maria Kimball

My name is Maria Kimball and I have been involved with CYT for 5 years through my daughter who began with ‪the Wiggles‬ at 5 years old. I have been a teacher in St. Landry Parish for 24 years with the last 15 years in Pre-K. I am looking forward to fostering the development of a lifelong love of music, theatre, and the arts through this class!


Mia Lucas

My name is Mia Lucas and I am a 21 year old Senior at UL Lafayette and a part time teacher for Sylvan Learning of Lafayette. I have been performing on stage since the 6th grade and have been a part of over 25 productions as an actor and tech with multiple companies including CYT, Abbey Players, KPAC, 4th Wall and The Looking Glass. I was involved in CYT for 6 years as a student and most of the time I couldn’t wait to teach a class of my own one day. I can’t wait to share what I know with my students!


Michaela Mallery-Orebeaux

My name is Michaela Mallery-Orebeaux and I am a native of lafayette, LA. I am married and have 4 kids . I am a graduate of Grambling State University with a masters in public administration. I have been teaching elementary education for 14 years. While in school I was able to travel the US and sing and perform with a local choir. I enjoy singing, acting, playing games with my family and supporting my kids. I love teaching at CYT it gives me a chance to help students show off their talents. A quote that I tell my students is : "If you have no confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life with confidence you have won even before you have started."


Michelle Flott

I’m a homeschooling mom to 4 kids between the ages of 12 & 7. I’ve been a “CYT mom” for 8 years since my oldest started CYT classes in Lafayette at age 4. I have a bachelor's degree from UL Lafayette in Child & Family Studies and a Children's Ministry degree from Christ for the Nations in Dallas, TX. I'm the owner of Happy Little Trees Acadiana which offers art classes and parties for kids. This will be my 3rd session teaching the 4-7 year olds in Vermilion. I have so much fun with this age group and I'm looking forward to another great session!


NeeKee Hall

NeeKee Hall has been involved in theatre for over 16 years. She is the Assistant Division Head of Lower and Middle school at Ascension Episcopal School and also teaches private vocal and piano lessons. When not on the stage, in the classroom, or in the director's chair, you can find her gigging with Bandemic or playing music at local churches. NeeKee has performed in, directed, or music directed nearly 40 productions, and after many years of wishing her life was a musical, she can finally say it's true! NeeKee is beyond thrilled to be teaching for CYT this session!


Rylie Denais

I am currently taking classes at LSUE, where I will be majoring in Elementary Education! I found my love for teaching at a little dance studio in Maurice, called Dance With Liz. There, I studied and practiced Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop for 15 years. And I have been teaching at CYT for five years and haven't looked back since. I have truly been blessed to grow up in CYT and teach my own dance classes, as well as, direct, choreograph, and assistant direct shows at CYT! It's more than younger me could have ever hoped or dreamed for, as a dancer! I am so excited to share my dance experience and journey with others!


Samantha Lasater

My name is Samantha Lasater. I am 21 years old, and I attend UL where I major in Organizational Communications. I have been involved with CYT for 8 years. I used to love going to my acting class at CYT every week. It gave me a safe place to use my emotions to grow in my skills. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to create that same safe space for others to grow.


Seth Cormier

I’m a current student at UL; I originally studied theater but have switched my studies to kinesiology. My theater career started in high school, and I performed in a variety of shows, including “Beauty and the beast Jr.” and “High School Musical Jr.” I am so excited to meet and work with you guys throughout the next session!!!


Shea Best

Shea Best moved to Lafayette, LA from Cypress, CA in 2004 with her husband, Terry. Together they share 5 amazing kiddos! She is currently working at Massage Envy as a licensed esthetician and is also the lead singer for Beach Blvd and the Hot Sause Band. Shea loves all things music, theater, and makeup and has been active with CCT and CYT since 2018. She has performed in 4 CCT shows including Singing in the Rain, White Christmas, Mamma Mia, & Footloose and has served on many committees for CYT including makeup, props and posters. Although she loves performing she is very excited to step into a teaching role!


Theresa Kate Cavell

Theresa Cavell is 20 years old and has been a vocal performer since 2010, starting in school choir and working into show choir and finally theatre. She has appeared in Annie, Les Misérables, and Hairspray. She competed with the Louisiana State Interact placing 1st 3 times in the vocal performance finals . Theresa is a part of Our Lady Queen of Angels Church choir. She was a member of the UVA Glee club/show choir, ULL vocal arts camp for 3 years. Theresa cavell performed in two shows with CYT and has worked shows with them as well. She is now a teacher at CYT and teaches musical theatre for kids. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater and a minor in English Literature.


Trevor Menard

Trevor Menard is a CYT alum! He has performed in 15 CYT shows, 5 CCT shows, and shows with multiple other companies around Acadiana! He has also directed Into the Woods, Descendants, and most recently Mary Poppins! 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!


Trevor Menard

Trevor is a CYT alumnus now teacher/director who has been with the organization for almost 13 years! He has performed in multiple CYT/CCT shows! He assistant directed The Lion King Jr and Matilda with CYT, and directed Into the Woods, Descendants, and Mary Poppins. Theater has been Trevor’s passion since he was 5 years old, and he loves that he now gets to share his passion with the next generation of thespians! “Don’t be afraid to be different…be afraid to be just like everyone else.”


Vanessa Lomas

Vanessa is a Board Certified Music Therapist in Lafayette, Louisiana. She owns TheraCare Music Therapy LLC where she engages clients from infants to adults with physical, mental health, emotional, social, and academic needs in music based activities. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and a Masters Degree in Music Therapy from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She serves as secretary on the board of directors for the Autism Society of Acadiana and on the Children's Church Leadership team at Pathway Church.


Teaching Artists

A CYT Teaching Artist’s mission is to train and instruct students in their area of expertise while helping develop character, self-esteem, and confidence. CYT teaching artists 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, goals and mission statement. All CYT teaching artists have been background checked and child safety trained.

CYT’s Triple Threat

Each class will be infused with character developing, arts training for each student. Our goal is that every student leaves our classes feeling more confident in who they were created to be as well as their performing arts skills. CYT is recognized for excellence in theater arts training. Our uniqueness, however, goes beyond our programming, and instead lies in our dedication to CYT’s Character, Culture, and Craft. These three elements comprise CYT’s Triple Threat.

CYT Character

CYT believes in building character on and off the stage, and that character is rooted in CHRISTIAN values such as love, joy, peace, kindness, perseverance, and dedication. Every instruction is rooted in these values.

CYT Culture

CYT’s culture is one of inclusiveness. We welcome all and remain committed to providing a vibrant and fun atmosphere with our focus on YOUTH. With this commitment comes a promise of providing family-friendly productions that are appropriate for young audiences.

CYT Craft

CYT is committed to providing excellent training in our THEATER craft by staying informed of National VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) standards. CYT hires qualified Teaching Artists and Artistic Teams who consistently elevate our students’ knowledge of theater arts.

Inquiring about financial assistance?

CYT’s mission is to allow every child the chance to experience the magic of the performing arts. If your student is in need of a scholarship, please apply below and contact brandy@cytlafayette.org with any questions.