This weekend, CYTKC preformed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It was by far one of the best shows I have ever been a part of and I am so thankful for the whole experience. A few days have gone by since we closed the show, and there have been a few things on my mind.
To the parents:
Thank you so much for everything that you do. You are the reason that we as cast members are able to have incredible shows. Thank you for the many, many hours of work that you poured into the production. And to my wonderful parents, thank you for always supporting me through this six year journey with CYT. You have always been at every show and make me feel so loved. There have been many sacrifices made, and I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to be a part of something like this with my family.
To Meghan and Alisa:
Oh man, you ladies are awesome. Thank you so much for being great examples of Christ-like love and making sure that we stay on track. You do so much for us that we never see, and it’s awesome. You both have lifted me up on days when I was down and I am so glad to have gotten to see you every time I walked into rehearsals.
To Lana, Nick, Lindsay, Jen and Michael:
You guys are the dream team. Thank you so much for investing your time and energy into helping all of us look and sound fantastic. You put up with 92 very noisy kids/teenagers for three months and still managed to love us even when we wouldn’t stop talking. Thank you for always pushing us to be better and never giving up on us. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to staff this show.
To the cast:
I love you all so much.
It was wonderful to get to grow closer to all of you and I’m so thankful to have gotten to go through this incredible show with you all. I am constantly amazed by each of you and I’m so glad to have gotten to hang around with really awesome people. This cast was so loving and talented and one that I will never forget. Shout out to my suitor and suitorette family; ya’ll are the bee’s knees ;P
This will be a show that I will treasure in my heart for years to come. I learned so much, from dancing to loving others, and I am so thankful for the past few months. Each show is so special, and I am so happy that I got to be a part of this one 🙂
Until next time,
There are days were it just feels like yesterday when I was sitting at the kitchen table playing Jenga after dinner when my mom got the phone call. That night, some of my CYT family came over to my home to just be together as we tried to process the unimaginable. As I went to school that week, I would wander around campus, numb, not knowing what to do with myself as I tried to understand what had happened. In all honesty, I was mad at God. I was mad that He had taken Houston St. John off of this earth. I was mad that I would never get to see such a wonderful person again, and I was mad that my family was so devastated.
But oh, God is so good.
Through the devastation of losing Houston, CYT Kansas City banded together like nothing I have ever seen. People who had issues with each other forgave each other. Every hug was so meaningful. We wiped each other’s tears away and we loved each other like we never had before. As we worked through the pain, God worked through us.
A day hasn’t gone by where Houston hasn’t crossed my mind, and I couldn’t be more thankful that God let me have such an amazing person come into my life, even if it was for a short time. Houston was a prime example of what it means to really love people. He was one of the most, if not the most, talented human beings I have ever met, yet he was also one of the most humble. He didn’t let his talents get in the way of being a friend to everyone he came into contact with. He would never deny a hug, and would tell people “I love you” so easily. You don’t meet too many people like this, especially in high school. Houston didn’t waste any time; he was always working to become a better performer, but he was also working to spread as much joy to others as possible.
In the midst of heart break, God refined so many spirits. There are so many people who now strive to be the kind of person that Houston was on earth, and CYT KC has been shaped for the better because of it. As you go about your day, remember that you don’t know how much time you have left to love other people. God gave us the ability to love each other and share the grace that He has given to us. Life is a vapor, so view every day as an opportunity to spread love to everyone around you. It’s something that Houston was extremely good at 🙂
We miss you so much Houston, but thank you for helping us to better understand what it means to live life to the fullest.
Until Next Time,
Philippians 4:13 For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Legend tells of a place called CYT Kansas City. Once a year, when the warm winds and humidity comes, creatures called teenagers gather together to do the unthinkable: learn a musical in a week. Guided by the wisdom of the Great Milbourn and her trusted team, these students sing, dance and sweat for hours upon hours, putting together an incredible show for all to see. Those who have experienced the final product of these fabled camps are astounded and amazed, while those who haven’t question whether this legend is true. They scoff at the idea of something so extraordinary being a possibility, even though through God, all things are possible.
It has come time once again for the high schoolers to gather in the Great Hall to work together to tell a hilarious and entertaining story involving love, betrayal, and the word, “pee” being said many, many times. They will push past their limits, and then push a little bit farther, and because of their hard work, they will put on an incredible show. And though they work hard during the daylight, in the evening, they come together and do something even more beautiful than performance; they worship their Creator as one, huge body of believers. It is a fantastic week of growth that not only blesses the audience with a wonderful show, but the campers with a deeper relationship with fellow believers and Christ. So to the scoffers and skeptics, come see for yourself what teenagers can really do when given the chance to step up to the plate.
If you have yet to see a CYTKC Master camp, this is the show to come to. I highly suggest ordering your tickets online, because in the past, they have had to turn people away. It’s an incredible week and will be an awesome show. You don’t want to miss it! Here’s a link to order tickets: https://www.cytkc.org/gettickets.aspx
I hope to see you at the show!
Until next time,