CYT show gets IndyFringe spot


The latest Christian Youth Theater offers a treat for parents as well as their children.

“This show has been a blast to put together because it is such a small cast. It’s a new experience to get closer with my fellow castmates and directors while bringing everyone back to their childhoods,” Westfield High School junior Ellye Tibbets said. “I would listen to the songs in school. My parents and other adults get very excited when I tell them I am in ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ because it’s a show where they can reminisce about their childhoods of Saturday mornings on the couch and watching the show.”

Christian Youth Theater is presenting “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Fringe Edition” for IndyFringe Festival Aug. 15 to 25. The show is based on the Emmy-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series.

The 10-student cast includes five Carmel residents, Christian Baltz, Grace Kubek, Natalie Kern, Lillian Williams and Kate Smith.

Other members include Abigail Drake, Westfield; Hannah Doran, Zionsville; Bridget Tuttle, Indianapolis; and Trey Weger, Fishers.

Baltz said he watched the show when he was younger.

“My dad has the DVD boxed set and my brother and I used to watch them in the car,” Baltz said. “It’s a different process than we are used to in CYT because it’s a lot faster paced, and we didn’t have as much time to put it together.”

Doran, a Zionsville Community High School sophomore, said she hasn’t been in a show like this before.

“It’s so many shows coming together,” she said. “I watched the videos in school when I was younger. I really like ‘Elbow Room’ and ‘Unpack Your Adjectives.’”

Weger, a Fishers High School freshman, said the production involves everyone.

“It’s super fun and we get to hang out as a class,” Weger said. “I like a lot of numbers, but ‘A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing’ is my favorite.”

There are six performances at Oasis Theater at the Murat Shrine Center, 501 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis. For a schedule, visit