CYT Wichita History
After initially visiting several Christian Youth Theater affiliates across the country, Linda McGinness, CYT Wichita's Artistic Director, gathered a Steering Committee together in January 2009 to explore the possibility of bringing CYT to Wichita, Kansas. In hope of generating interest in a Christian Theater group, a postcard invitation was distributed to area churches to attend an informational meeting. With the support of a team from Kansas City CYT, and to our delight, the building filled with over 200 interested people. Thus, the Steering Committee incorporated Christian Youth Theater Wichita as a 501(c)(3) in April 2009. CYT Wichita opened the summer of 2009 with 2 Broadway Kids Summer Camps; a June camp served 100 campers and the July camp reached capacity a month prior to camp with 130 campers! We were on our way!
Our first production in the fall of 2009, Robin Hood: The Musical, was cast with 36 students out of the 72 students registered for classes. In the winter, 110 students registered for classes and we had a cast of 42 who performed You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. In the Spring of 2010 we exploded with over 175 students enrolled in class, and after auditioning 95 students, cast 75.
As of fall 2015, hundreds of families have experienced 20 Broadway-style Music Theater productions, 22 class sessions and 18 summer camps. Each season brings new shows and opportunities for more children and families to experience the wonder of theater.
The Board, Staff, and supporters of CYT Wichita wish to express a sincere thank you to the many hours of volunteer support parents and patrons contributed. CYT Wichita is here to stay!