Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is coming to Denham Springs. Starting this fall, CYT will meet at Amite Baptist Church in Denham Springs on Thursday nights at 6:00 p.m. for 10 weeks, beginning August 10.

Submitted by Micki Talbot

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is coming to Denham Springs.

Baton Rouge native, Tonja Rainey, brought CYT, a national organization that started in San Diego, California, to our area in 2013.

Since then, children in the local area have participated in classes that teach acting, dance and vocal performance as well as theater tech.

In addition, CYT Baton Rouge produces three high-quality, Broadway-style shows each year. Students ages 8-18 are eligible to audition for the shows, and there are classes for children as young as 4.

Baton Rouge classes are currently held at Jefferson Baptist Church, but starting this fall, CYT will also meet at Amite Baptist Church in Denham Springs on Thursday nights at 6:00 p.m., beginning August 10.

The fall session will consist of weekly two-hour practices and last for 10 weeks, culminating in a showcase on the final day of classes Thursday, October 19. Cost for the program is $175 per student.

Registration will open in July, and late registration will begin August 7, though a $25 late fee will be added to class fee.

There will be a mandatory parent orientation on the first night of classes Thursday, August 10, at 6:00 p.m. Parents must bring a signed carpool form and behavior contract with them.

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About Christian Youth Theater

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4-18.

Since its founding in 1981, CYT has grown to be the largest youth theater in the nation. There are affiliates across the country training thousands of students a year in drama, music, dance, technical theater, and more.

CYT Baton Rouge is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization funded primarily through its tuition, ticket sales and outside contributions.

Because CYT does not own facilities for classes or productions, the organization works through the local community, utilizing classrooms and stages in churches, schools and local theaters. CYT is not affiliated with a church body, and people of all faiths are welcome.

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