Now a typical angle for a story involving CYT--- Christian Youth Theatre---is to talk about their latest production, in this case “Spongebob: The Musical." But for this one, the extra angle is about coming home. Coming to a building that has been way more than just a building.
“We were thrilled to be back in and for UL to allow us back in,” explains CYT Artistic Director Kallie Broussard. “Our kids were so ecstatic some have been performing here since we were eight years old and so it feels like coming home for us.“
The homecoming to UL’s Angelle Hall… the re-transition from indoor to outdoor and back to indoor performances involves “Spongebob: The Musical." And CYT- Lafayette is one of the few theatre groups in the country that has the performance rights to our oceanic celebrity with the distinctive voice.
“I can do it very fluently and I can do the laugh,” says 14-year old Leighton Soignier. “Nyah!! It’’s pretty easy.” Soignier plays Spongebob in the teen performances, and he’s the eternal optimist, says Soignier’s counterpart in the 8-12 group, Colin Liles. “Spongebob is energetic, he’s full of joy and he always looks on the bright side of things.”
Essentially, Spongebob puts together a team of heroes to save it. There will be eight performances, some by the 8-12 group and others by teen actors--- with over 80 young actors involved and live music from the orchestral pit. Again, these will be shows done---finally—back at Angelle Hall. “We’re one of the first people to do an actual show, it’s awesome, I love it,” adds Liles.
And for Soignier, a CYT veteran of five years, it’s a very pleasant return. “It’s very nostalgic. I personally, to be able to come back here, really holds a special place in my heart.”
Performances Thursday night through Sunday afternoon… and the entire theater is finally available for you to buy your tickets. Theater in a theatre? Or theatre in a theater? “Yes, having the lights and the sound, and the curtains it adds so much more to the production. And air conditioning, too,” laughs Broussard.
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