AUGUST 2020
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
- Phillippians 4:6-7
LOOKING AHEAD AT CYT KANSAS CITY
Like many other organizations and families, CYT KC is continuing to adjust to the guidelines, rules, and realities that have come with the coronavirus pandemic. We know many of you are anxiously awaiting our plans for the upcoming year, and we can't wait to share them with you! However, we are still hard at work finalizing them in order to ensure that we are meeting all national, state, and county guidelines and regulations and that we are keeping all our CYT families and staff safe.

While we can't share all the specifics of everything that's in the works, we want to give you a little taste of what is coming:

Office Hours: Beginning Monday, August 10, the CYT Office will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Schedule Changes: Like many colleges and universities, we are making adjustments to our schedule to avoid holiday travel and cold and flu season. This year, we will offer two sessions: fall and spring. Our fall session will begin August 24 and run through November 16.

Programming Updates: For fall, we are excited to be offering both in-person and virtual opportunities to grow your theatre skills. Specifics will be posted on our website in the next few weeks, but you can expect to see the following:
  • In-Person Dance Classes for both Studio Track and Musical Theatre Track students (for more info, see below)
  • Zoom Class Track
  • Musical Theatre
  • Acting
  • Zoom and Live Workshop Tracks
  • Musical Theatre
  • Musical Theatre Dance
  • Voice
  • Acting
  • Small Cast Fall Shows
  • Plays - one drama and one comedy
  • Elementary School Musical - 2 casts
  • Middle School Musical - 2 casts
  • High School Musical - 2 casts

COVID-19 Regulations: We will continue to follow the current guidelines and regulations from national, state, and local officials for the health and safety of our students. This means that, at this time, per the Kansas mask order, all students will be required to wear masks at all in-person functions. Other safety procedures such as temperature checks and cleaning protocol will also be in place for in-person events.
UPCOMING DANCE STUDIO CLASSES
We are so excited to get back to dancing! Take a look at our upcoming dance classes and events, and make plans to join us and get moving and grooving.

PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 guidelines including limited numbers, temperature checks, and cleaning protocol will be in place for all classes. Under the Kansas mask mandate, all students will be required to wear masks at all times when inside the CYT KC Studios.

August Dance Workshops (Individual Classes Held from August 5-20)
Have you missed dancing? We have too! Join us for a variety of dance workshops throughout the month of August in preparation for the return of dance classes in the fall! We will have Open Level classes for anyone to join as well as Intermediate/Advanced Level options for those with a bit more experience. There will be a total of 13 workshops throughout the month. Each workshop will run 1 hour and 15 minutes and will cost $20/class. Registration is open, and workshops have a limited capacity, so make sure you don't miss your chance to dance this August!

Fall Dance Classes (Weekly Classes Begin August 24)
Our fall dance class schedule is now available on our website! Registration will open Tuesday, August 4 at 10 a.m. We are excited to offer both our Studio Track and Musical Theatre Track classes in a 13-week session this fall. We hope you will join us in-person at the CYT Studios to dance.
GALA REGISTRATION IS COMING SOON
We hope you will "Be Our Guest" for our virtual gala celebration in October. We will still celebrate 20 years and look forward to the next 20 with your favorite gala features, so you won't want to miss out! First, join us throughout the week of October 11-17 for performances, testimonies, interviews, and silent auction bidding. Then, tune in for our live auction, games, and more on October 17th at 7 p.m. Registration is coming in the next few weeks, so follow us on social media and check our website and your email to make sure you get signed up!
OFFICE HOUR UPDATES
As mentioned above, our hours are changing. Beginning Monday, August 10, the CYT KC office will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. If you need to stop by, we do require that, under the current KS mask mandate, that you wear a mask when in the building. Our staff will be wearing masks, as well. You can also call our office during this time by dialing 913-681-3318, and we will be happy to assist you.
STAFF CONTACT UPDATES
Our office staff is always happy to answer your questions by email. Please direct your questions and comments to the appropriate staff member email:
  • Classes/Workshops: Gina Milbourn - classsupport@cytkc.org
  • Productions: Kristie Mitchell & Gina Milbourn - artistic_director@cytkc.org
  • Dance: Liz Watkins - dancedirector@cytkc.org
  • Box Office: Kristie Mitchell - boxoffice@cytkc.org
  • Communications: Rachel Phillips - commassistant@cytkc.org
  • Executive Director: Becky Talken - executivedirector@cytkc.org
  • For all other inquiries, please email contactus@cytkc.org or fill out the contact form on our website
This month HYPE will be doing a fundraiser for CYT that everyone can participate in. Whether your thing is video games, baking, or even arts and crafts we are taking donations from anything to go toward CYT KC! We encourage students to think of things that they can do to help raise funds to support our community. More examples would be a garage sale, mowing lawns, and cleaning out your closet and selling old clothes. We will be matching all donations up to $1500! We’re so grateful for any help we can get. Let us know you’ve donated via email at hype@cytkc.com and donate at https://www.cytkc.org/support/ ! Remember to keep an eye out on our social media and in future newsletters for more awesome fundraisers we may do!
CYT is a blessing to our families and communities. All families are welcomed and invited to join us for fun amazing opportunities that our leaders and staff create, teach and guide students as they learn and grow they become the very best they can be.

If your child has a developmental disability, we invite you to register under the HEART (Helping to Encourage Awareness and Recognition in Theater) program by filling out the Heart Program Application and Student Support Form that will provide valuable information to help us plan for accommodations that will benefit your child’s experience with us.

Please contact  heartcoordinator@cytkc.org  for more information.

Blessings,
Josie Strickler
Heart Program Coordinator
CYT Kansas City - (913) 681-3318 - cytkc.org