CCYT 2018: A Year in Review!

What an amazing year we have had at CCYT! 2018 has brought so many new and excited things to our company. Let’s take a look back at our year!

MCSIS Drama Club

We started off our year with the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School Drama Club, which is our annual after school drama program for 2nd-5th grade students in the Hudson City School District. They had a spectacular performance of The Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon.

MCSIS Drama Club performance of The Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon
Hudson’s superintendent, DR. Maria Lagana Suttmeier said, The production was AMAZING! I have been hearing RAVE reviews from those that attended. I will be sharing this with the Board so they can see the great things happening. Thanks so much for staying involved and bringing such a valuable opportunity to our young students at MCSIS. This is a TREASURE…pun intended!

One of our students, Lily, and all of her CCYT swag!

CCYT Swag!

CCYT had some big changes this year when we introduced our new logo and website, along with CCYT Merchandise! Our staff and students have been thrilled to show off their CCYT swag all year long! You don’t have any CCYT merchandise? What are you waiting for! Head on over to our shop! https://ccyt.org/gallery/

Staff Accomplishments

A huge congratulations to two of our staff members, Danielle DeLamater (Associate Producer) and Devin Overington (IT Director) on their graduations from College! Danielle gradated with a BA in Theatre and minor in Arts Management. She plans to continue to bring her knowledge of theatre and management of non-profits to CCYT and help the company continue to grow.

Devin graduated with a BS in Information Technology. He recently completed his Masters in Computer Networks and Security and is currently working for GTel as a network engineer. Devin will continue to bring CCYT into the 21st century with all of his knowledge on computers, lights, sound, and more.

New Staff

We were lucky enough to gain a wonderful new staff member this year, Andrew Stein!Andrew has done so much with CCYT, just in one short year! He was the musical director for our Summer Workshop season, helped our CCYT Performance Company with their performances, and is running our Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School Lunchtime Drama Program in the Hudson City School District. We love having Andrew and can’t wait to see what more he has in store with us!

Summer Workshop Season

As always, we had a fun filled and busy summer with our Workshop season! Funshop kept us singing, “Stone soup. What kinda soup?!” after their adorable performance. Class 1 got to performance a Disney favorite, 101 Dalmatians KIDS, complete with lots of pups and spots. Class 2 graced us with the beautiful classic, The Music Man JR. And Class 3 finished us off with the story of a mean, green, scary, but lovable ogre, in their performance of Shrek: the Musical JR.

Dance number “Shipoopi” from The Music Man JR

Closing number of Shrek: the Musical JR
To see more photos from our 2018 Summer Workshop season, see our albums on Facebook or go to our gallery. https://ccyt.org/gallery/CCYT

CCYT Performance Company’s performance of Frog and Toad KIDS at the Crandell Theatre

Performance Company

Our CCYT Performance Company was very busy this year, rehearsing and performing at different events. This group of girls from all over Columbia County have been working to perform theatre for children, our supporters, and create new projects together as a team. They started off the year with a production of Frog & Toad KIDS for Chatham’s annual SummerFest at the Crandell Theatre. Every year we offer free performances during this event, and this year we received our larges audiences yet! They were then asked to perform at the Mental Health Association’s Pumpkin Walk at Columbia Greene Community College. It was a great way to kick off the fall season. Then, we slid into the Christmas spirit with a performance for our supporters at the Lion’s Club of Chatham. We have had such a great year working with these talented young ladies and can’t wait for what’s in store for them for 2019!

CCYT Performance Company before their Christmas show for the Lion’s Club

During our class on costumes and characterization, students took a trip over to our storage! They were read a story, and then prompted to create one of the characters based on the description and character traits they gathered from the story. In costume storage, they were then able to pick out a costume they thought fit their character best. Here is our student, Kiki, with her character drawing and costume.

Year-Round Enrichment Classes

Last, but certainly not least, we expanded our programing with Enrichment Classes year-round! For the first time, we offered fall Acting Classes for kids ages 7-18 on week nights and weekends. Classes were taught by our Associate Producer Danielle DeLamater. Each class focused on different topic such as acting terms, becoming a character, relationship with characters, expressing emotions on stage, and many others. Students enjoyed the classes so much, that we will be introducing more classes in the spring! Keep on eye out for information on new classes coming soon.

Wow! What a year we have had here at CCYT. We are so grateful for our staff, students, supporters, and audiences for helping us make 2018 a wonderful year. We can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring to our company!

Happy New Year from a silly, fun and loving CCYT Staff to you!