When kids take a class at any of the area's nine
Christian Youth Theater centers, they'll learn much more than
singing, dancing and performing. Without even realizing it, they'll
also learn about leadership, responsibility and character.
"We're not just teaching theater. We're committed to kids'
character and to who they are going to grow up to be," says Lindsey
Branson, marketing director for CYT. "It's a very positive
experience. Kids feel accepted, they feel like they belong, and for
some kids, that's so important."
CYT accepts all children age 4-18, regardless of religious
affiliation. And, despite the name, it's committed to Christian
values but doesn't teach religion as part of the program, Branson
Children from age 4-7 can participate in CYT through
performing arts classes, while 8- to 18-year-olds can take classes
and perform in actual productions. Classes are 10 weeks, with a
performance at the end of the session. Parents are required to take
part, too, and may find themselves helping with sets or costumes or
manning the ticket booth.
During the summer, CYT offers day camps in about 55
locations. There's also an overnight camp for middle and high
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
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