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CYT offers classes for children ages 6-18 throughout the school year. Classes are two hours in length with the option of a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday class. They run for ten consecutive weeks in Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. A variety of classes are offered in drama, voice, dance, and specialty classes that vary per session. Most of the classes are small to insure personal attention and growth.

At the end of a CYT session, students will come away with improved skills in the area of emphasis. During the last week of class, a high-energy showcase is presented by each class to demonstrate to other students, family, and friends what they have learned.

Winter Session (Registration Begins 11/1) Cost - $199.00 ($179 with the early bird discount - ends November 24)
Refund Policy - Refunds are subject to a $25 processing fee, and a prorated fee for classes attended. No refunds will be issued after the second week of class.


Current Classes:

Class: Age: Chapter: Location: Day: Time: Start: End:
Advanced Voice 12-18 CDA
(Winter 2021)
SA Kroc Community Center Wed 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 13 Mar 15
CORE - Dance 8-18 CDA
(Winter 2021)
SA Kroc Community Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 14 Mar 15
CORE - Drama 8-18 CDA
(Winter 2021)
SA Kroc Community Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 14 Mar 15
CORE - Voice 8-18 CDA
(Winter 2021)
SA Kroc Community Center Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 12 Mar 15
Master Your Role 10-18 CDA
(Winter 2021)
SA Kroc Community Center Thu 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 14 Mar 15
Our Gang - Under the Sea! 6-7 CDA
(Winter 2021)
SA Kroc Community Center Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 12 Mar 15
Readers Theater ONLINE 8-18 CDA
(Winter 2021)
ONLINE Thu 4:30pm - 5:45pm Jan 14 Mar 15
The Lightning Thief - Percy Jackson The Musical 12-18 CDA
(Winter 2021)
SA Kroc Community Center Tue 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 12 Mar 15
Theatrical Design & Production 8-18 CDA
(Winter 2021)
SA Kroc Community Center Wed 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jan 13 Mar 15


CYT offers a wide variety of classes, and they all enable students to gain valuable theater arts training, develop confidence and make friends! There are currently over 50 different curriculum materials available in a variety of musical theater areas. CYT North Idaho offers classes in acting, dancing, and singing, as well as specialty classes. Specialty classes include curriculum such as special effects makeup, prop making, theater tech, and more! Please note these classes vary per session.


A CYT Teacher’s mission is to train and instruct students in such a way as to promote the development of character, self-esteem, and confidence. CYT teachers are qualified and experienced in the area in which they teach. They have been trained in the CYT methods of instruction and agree with the CYT values and outcome goals.  All CYT teachers have been background checked and adhere to our CYT Mission and Values. Our teachers truly care about their students and provide a constructive and fun environment for them to learn.


Parents, friends, and relatives are invited to attend CYT's Showcase performance on the last day / evening of classes, free of charge! Showcase is the grand finale of each session of classes, at which every class makes a 5-10 minute presentation of something they have learned and rehearsed during the session. Don't miss the action!

Current Teachers:

Britni Nash

Britni Nash is a mama to her own cast of 7, and stage mama to many more at CYT North Idaho! She spent her childhood through college years on stage as a dancer and then discovered the joys of coaching high school competitive dance teams. She fell in love with theater while working in the Green Room during the last seven CYT productions and recently enjoyed stage managing for a local professional theater. She is excited to combine her passion for teaching kids, with her new love for theater, and a whole lot of Jesus!

Chloe Turnbull

Chloe Turnbull is a CYT North Idaho Alumni and graduate of Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy and NIC. Currently attending Grand Canyon University and working toward a degree in Elementary Education. She was involved in CYT for ten years performing in over 20 shows. You may remember Chloe cast as Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, A Dream Dancer in Narnia, Snow White in Snow White and the Prince, with a favorite being a Disciple in Godspell.

Jenny Shotwell

Jenny Shotwell is a recent transplant from the Puget Sound with her husband Dalton and two cute kids, Clark (5) and Skye (2). She is an accomplished performer of Musical Theater and Opera and is a voice and piano teacher excited to grow her studio and be part of a new community!! Over in the Puget Sound, Jenny performed extensively with the 5th Avenue Theater, Village Theater, Tacoma Opera, and Seattle Opera. She also had the honor of singing the National Anthem for the Seahawks, Mariners, and Seattle Storm. She is featured on the original cast album of A Christmas Story and the studio cast album of Yankee Doodle Dandee. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Pacific Lutheran University. As a voice and piano teacher, Jenny loves to teach all ages, from beginners all the way to seasoned professionals. She is excited to get to know the CYT students and the wonderful community in Coeur d’Alene.

Jenny Keough

Hi! My name is Jenny. I’ve been married to my husband Josh for 15 years and our son Javin has been involved with CYT for a while now. I auditioned for my first CCT performance this year where I was cast as the role of Queen Constantina in the production of Cinderella. I have been performing off and on since I was young. I played the part of Cinderella and Ariel at Disneyland for 3 years and I've sang on church worship teams since 2012. I love all the beautiful things that CYT is about and I’m so thankful to be part of this theater family.

Karen Hunt

Karen Hunt is a passionate performer and producer of opera, concert, art song, and theatrical music. A native of North Idaho, the coloratura soprano has frequently worked with Inland Northwest Opera in both mainstage and outreach productions, as well as the University of Idaho Opera Workshop. Her diverse repertoire includes roles such as La Comtesse Adèle/Le Comte Ory, Drusilla/The Coronation of Poppea and Samuel Pummill’s new opera Opera Noir. Other favorite roles include Gretel/Hansel und Gretel, Cendrillon/Cendrillon, and Julie Jordan/Carousel. This spring she made her debut with Transgressive Theatre-Opera in their concerts of Le Comte Ory and Letters of Love and Subterfuge, and also performed Finette in Offenbach’s Bagatelle and Sophie in von Suppe’s The Finishing School at Roosevelt University, where she has just finished with her M.M. in Voice Performance as a student of Judith Haddon. Her oratorio repertoire includes the soprano solos in Schubert’s Mass in G and Samuel Pummill’s Transanguineal Requiem, and Marion in Handel’s Israel in Egypt. Her art song repertoire is more wide-ranging, with a special emphasis on American art song, including the works of emerging composer Jesse Hampsch. Outside of singing, she is also a director, producer, and volunteer. In these roles, she is a facilitator of meaningful and empathetic programming that brings together community, inspires individuals, and shapes the character of patrons and performers alike. In 2019, Karen founded The Valkyrie Ensemble, a non-profit company whose mission is to promote and empower women in and through music. She is currently serving as the organization’s General and Artistic Director with several productions slated for the coming year. In her senior year of high school, she organized a 24-hour immersive Homeless Awareness event for her school while serving as the president of the Key Club (Kiwanis International). At the University of Idaho she served in leadership positions with student chapters of the American Choral Director’s Association and Sigma Alpha Iota, as well as serving as a student ambassador for both the Lionel Hampton School of Music and the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences. As a director and producer, she has worked professionally with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Karen also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Idaho, where she graduated magna cum laude. When she is not pursuing the arts, she loves to cuddle with her corgi, Rosie and read Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien and Harry Potter.

Laura Foster

Laura Foster is an elementary school teacher, and has been teaching now for over 23 years. She has been married to her husband for 20 years and together, they have a beautiful 13 year old daughter. Laura discovered a love for theater through her daughter. They started attending musicals together when Aleesia was just 3 years old. Both of them fell in love with the magic of the stage. As soon as Alee was old enough, she started taking CYT camps and classes. She was cast in her first show at age 7 and hasn’t stopped since. During Alee’s shows, Laura started volunteering more time, and learning all there was to know. Along with her daughter, she fell more in love with theater. A few years back, she taught one of the Our Gang Classes for CYT. She loved that so much, she knew she wanted to bring theater to the school where she taught. She, along with a couple of her coworkers, embarked on a journey to start an after school Drama Club, which quickly became a huge success. The first year, they produced the show Seussical Kids, where the students brought theater magic to the Garwood stage. The second year, they embarked on the musical, Lion King Kids. Unfortunately, like so many other things, it was cut short too early when COVID struck, ending the show 2 weeks before the kids were to perform. This year, Laura decided to take on the challenge of teaching online for her school district in their new Lakeland Online Academy. She is currently teaching 3rd grade online and loving it! She is excited to embark on teaching virtually for CYT this session. She is hoping to bring her enjoyment and love of online teaching and learning to the students at CYT.

Machaiah Bradshaw

Machaiah Bradshaw is a CYT alumni and she is very excited to be back in a teaching capacity. She spent almost 10 years with the program and loved the musical aspect the most. So much so that she is now pursuing a career as a voice teacher! Machaiah has been working with kids for many years and hopes as a voice teacher she can help kids cultivate a love for music and performing. She is training under her voice teacher and hopes to start teaching lessons herself this summer. Machaiah is grateful to be able to teach for CYT and hopes the students will enjoy what she has to offer!

Paisley DuPuis

Paisley DuPuis is a CYT North Idaho alumni, her first show with CYT dating back to 2008. As well as being involved in CYT Paisley is also a trained dancer and has taken classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop and has been teaching dance for the past five years. She recently graduated from North Idaho College with an AA in music. Paisley has loved being involved over the years in many different aspects of CYT including being a CYT camp counselor and choreographer , teaching classes and choreographing for both CYT and CCT productions. She is very excited to be teaching for CYT this session and to be able to be a part of a new generation of CYT students experience in the program.

Presley DuPuis

Presley DuPuis is a proud CYT graduate who flipped over to the grown-up side and hasn't looked back since. He has worn many different hats in various CYT leadership roles with his work as a teacher, music director and director, pit musician, HYPE adviser, and improv coach. He has gone from being the kid who would play the piano when he wasn't allowed to, to one of the the accompanists himself, with his involvement in CYT dating back to 2008 at CYT North Idaho's first fully staged production: "Snow White." (I played the Magic Mirror). Focusing on all aspects of music and theatre in his studies, Presley holds an A.S. in Music from North Idaho College and is currently finishing his degrees in both Collaborative Piano and Vocal Performance at Eastern Washington University. He has musically directed and played piano for many productions with local high schools, college productions, elementary choirs, community theatres, and his all time favorite gigs: CYT North Idaho and CYT Spokane.