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.
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!
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/
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.
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.
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!
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!
Columbia County Youth Theatre, Inc. (CCYT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Providing young actors from Columbia County and neighboring communities in the Capital Region and beyond with the skills, training, and experience to enable them to succeed in the discipline of performing arts, apply these learned skills to further career goals and to serve their community through their work and performances.