MYT alum Tristan Crist owns and operates the Tristan Crist Magic Theatre in Lake Geneva, WI - Chicago’s resort town getaway. His live magic and illusion shows have been rated the popular vacation destination’s “Number One Thing to Do” on TripAdvisor for two years running and have entertained over 50 thousand audience members since opening in December of 2015. Tristan’s company recently broke ground on a 1.5-million-dollar expansion and looks forward to opening a brand-new theatre for the show in 2019. Tristan spent most of his early teenage years at the original MYT location in Bay View soaking up as much knowledge about performing, set construction, costuming, lighting and sound as he could. He started as an actor in one of the first productions in the early 1990s and after that positive experience he asked MYT founder Peter Daniels if he could run the light and sound board for the next production. From the very beginning, MYT was a great place for kids to gain experiences they would never find at a typical theatre school or acting camp. The concept of allowing kids to participate in all elements of a theatrical production allowed them to not only learn skills for in front of the curtain but also the variety of important jobs that go on behind the scenes. MYT was also the location of one of Tristan’s first live magic shows. A precursor of things to come! Ultimately MYT gave Tristan the knowledge and confidence to go out in the real world and pursue a career in the performing arts. Tristan is proud to say he has never held a “real job.” Following his years at MYT he obtained a BFA degree in theatrical technology and design from UW-Stevens Point and worked his way through college performing as a magician. Tristan immediately dived into the world of being a full-time performer after college. He took the MYT mindset of learning and trying new things with him as he has developed into a business owner, marketing guru and ultimately the driving force behind the creation of a financially successful performance attraction in Lake Geneva. Tristan is thankful for his MYT start and points to it as a major catalyst to his success in the performing arts. He encourages any parent looking for a unique opportunity for their children’s theatrical education to seriously explore the opportunities MYT has to offer!
Tristan Crist Magic Theatre 609 W. Main St. Lake Geneva, WI (262) 248-0505 http://www.lakegenevamagic.com/