What a wonderful first show experience for Paige!...I'm sure this will be the first of many.

Laura P., CYT Tri-Valley parent

Student Crew

If you would like to apply to be a volunteer on our Backstage, Tech, or Front of House teams, please complete this application.


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 Chapter’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.


Students enrolled in CYT classes are invited to audition for their Branch's current production.* Auditions typically consist of a one­ minute song performed for the Artistic Team, with the possibility to learn and perform a short dance routine. The audition process may also include a “callback” in which a student may be asked to read for a speaking role in the play. Auditions are a wonderful way for students to gain self­ confidence and to show the best of their talents!

*Students must be at least 8yrs old, and no older than 18yrs, prior to auditions in order to audition for a CYT Tri-Valley production. High School Students may finish out the season in which they turn 18yrs old under the following conditions:

1. Background check clearance ($15 fee)**
2. Complete Child Safety training online course
3. Sign the Commitment to Character form for CYT Tri-Valley adults
**Fee will be added to the family account and must be paid prior to registration.

Production Team

Parents are the backbone of CYT! Without them, CYT would not be the family-oriented organization that it is and could not produce the high-quality community shows that it does.
Parents are required to commit to production volunteer hours, you can find more information on specific requirements on the Parent Portal.
Production Teams may work on Set building, costuming, make up, sound and media tech, ticketing, ushering, backstage coordinator, snack counter, props, etc. etc. etc.

School Days

CYT brings the best in children’s theater to students throughout the county. Literature from the classroom comes to life on stage in quality productions with colorful costumes, professional staging, energetic choreography and singing. All performers and crew members are students ages 8 –18. Docents are available for classroom presentations to help prepare your students for the performance, discussing the story and explaining theater etiquette. The docent may also display props and costumes, demonstrate stage techniques or bring along a cast member.
CYT School Day performances are designed specifically for elementary and middle school classes. Last year over 40,000 students attended CYT productions.
For information, contact us at info@cyttrivalley.org

Hey, CYT, if you're Christian, why do you choose certain shows?

Sometimes we get asked, "Why Does CYT Produce Fairy Tales and Classic Children’s Stories? Why doesn’t CYT do more Biblical stories? What is Christian about doing Fairy Tales? Why are we training children to work in the entertainment field? What is spiritual about children’s literature?"

Click here to read our answer straight from the folks at CYT HQ 

Click here to read an interview with our CYT founder, Paul Russell, about our philosophy of using dark to teach light and trying to use theatre to help our kids successfully navigate an increasingly secular world.