November 1-3, 2018 at Isely Traditional Magnet School
It's time to carry the banner on your stage with Disney's Newsies! Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!
Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.
From her earliest memories Linda has been dancing, singing, acting, and organizing her way through family living room Christmas programs. She continues to enjoy this wild passion as it has flourished through the years. Her professional training in the arts and a degree in Elementary Education has allowed her to pursue her love of music and theater by teaching vocal music and performing nationally in both secular and Christian venues. After raising four children with her husband Tim, Linda received God’s invitation to open a CYT in Wichita. It has been an adventure that has surpassed her wildest dreams! She considers it a blessing to watch God bring joy, strengthen character, and create a new awareness of His power through the avenues of music and theater.
White Christmas is Doug's fifth show with CYT. Doug taught high school choral music for over 30 years in the Wichita and Hutchinson school districts. During this time, he was the musical director for over 50 productions. He has also taught classes at Friends University for 22 years and was a minister of music for over 30 years. He received his Bachelors in Music Education and Masters in Church and Choral Music from Friends University. During college, he was active in Music Theatre of Wichita. Doug keeps busy with his 13 – year old son, Paul, who is active in CYT and is a 7th grader at Central Christian Academy. Doug and Paul attend Newspring Church.
Amy L. Derstein is excited to be back choreographing her eighth show for CYT! She has been choreographing and teaching dance since 1996. She has also danced and performed professionally in New York, St. Louis, Chicago, and Wichita. She graduated from Friends University in 2001 with degrees in Fine Arts/Ballet and Psychology (with an emphasis in counseling). She is currently enjoying her time as wife to her beloved best friend, Christopher Derstein, and as mother to three amazing kids, Addie, 13, Meredith, 8 and Ellington, 3 months. Amy is also the director/teacher of Paquita Dance Center. She has a passion to provide classical and professional ballet/dance instruction to all ages, in an environment that honors and praises Jesus Christ.
Angela grew up performing music theatre in her hometown of Pratt, KS and continued that love for musical theatre on into her college years. Angela earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Friends University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Wichita State University. While at Friends University, Angela studied voice with Ann Marie Miller and Dr. Paul Smith, performed solos, and actively participated in Singing Quakers, Concert Choir, Opera Workshop, Music Theatre,and Student Government Association. She also spent a summer singing Opera overseas with Opera Classica Europa. Angela is active in the Wichita community as a member of the Wichita Chamber Chorale and a past member of the Wichita Symphony Chorus.She is currently teaching vocal music at Andale High School, and owns her own private voice and piano studio. Angela has been teaching classes, directing summer camps, and music directing shows for CYT Wichita for the past five years, she is excited to take on this new role as the Classes Area Coordinator for CYT Wichita.