The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents SANTA CLAUS: The Musical

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Ryan J. Poole as Santa. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Coming to the Taft Theatre this December

CINCINNATI:  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati gets audiences in the holiday spirit this season with SANTA CLAUS: THE MUSICAL, December 8-17, 2018 at the Taft Theatre.

After 1,000 years of faithful service, Santa Claus has decided to retire. But not all the elves in Santa’s Workshop are too thrilled about his chosen replacement. With the help of his tech-savvy daughter, Beatrice, website designer Nick is in for the adventure of his life as he prepares to take over the reins to Santa’s sleigh…before the next Christmas!

SANTA CLAUS: THE MUSICAL is jam-packed with a sleigh-full of fun as well as energetic and original Christmas music.  Book by Noah Putterman. Music & Lyrics by David Christensen & Luke Holloway.  Directed by Eric Byrd, TCT’s Associate Artistic Director.  The show features Local 12’s Bob Herzog as Nick, Santa’s chosen replacement.

Showtimes include:

  • Saturday, December 8 at 2 PM* (this performance is signed for the hearing impaired)
  • Saturday, December 8 at 5 PM (this is a designated Sensory-Friendly performance)
  • Sunday, December 9 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Friday, December 14 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 15 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday, December 16 at 2 PM and 5 PM

All of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Broadway-style MainStage productions, including SANTA CLAUS: THE MUSICAL, are performed in the historic Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets start at $10.  1-800-745-3000 and

School performances of SANTA CLAUS: THE MUSICAL will be held December 11-14 & 17 during the daytime hours.  TCT’s Sensory-Friendly performance on Saturday, December 8 at 5 PM is intended for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as children (and adults) with other special needs who may benefit. To create a sensory-friendly performance, the show is performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for those with sensory challenges.  Slight adjustments to lighting and sound are made and effects such as fog, strobes, and lights that extend into the audience are minimalized.  A downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) is made available on the TCT website one week before the performance.  At the theater, TCT provides an area staffed by specialists in the field where patrons can take a break from the performance if necessary, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has trained staff on hand.

For details about how to purchase tickets to TCT’s school or Sensory-Friendly performances, visit

Q102 and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati are proud to collect items for St. Joseph Orphanage at all performances of SANTA CLAUS: THE MUSICAL. Children and adults are encouraged to bring any new or unwrapped item to the show and we’ll collect them in the Taft Theatre lobby.  In addition, TCT will collect gifts at our Red Bank Road location. Patrons can drop off items in the lobby of our building during business hours.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of SANTA CLAUS: THE MUSICAL is made possible by the generosity of Production Sponsor Macy’s; Season Sponsors H.B., E. W. and F. R. Luther Foundation and the Charles H. Dater Foundation; and ArtsWave and the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.  The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.  Media sponsors are LOCAL 12 and Q102. 


  • Santa Claus….Ryan J. POOLE
  • Nick….Bob Herzog
  • Bee….Aubrey Elizabeth Jones†
  • Henchy….Kyle Krichbaum
  • Tenchy….Heather Hale
  • Punchy….Madeleine Burgoon
  • Chirpy….Ella Rivera
  • Dasher….Payton Hines†
  • Dancer….Faith Martin†
  • Prancer….Marlo D’Ascenzo†
  • Vixen….Madelynn Glenn†
  • Comet….Mia Bella D’Ascenzo†
  • Cupid…Yvonne (Evie) Herrmann†
  • Donner….Olivia Bayer†
  • Blitzen….Bailey Broxterman†
  • Elf Ensemble…. Nicholas Berninger, ANDREW BLAKE, Sophia Dewald, Maddi O’Connell† , Renee Stoltzfus


  • For Elf Ensemble – Mia Bella D’Ascenzo† and PAYTON HINES†


  • Renee Stoltzfus

For Nick & Santa – Nicholas Berninger; for Henchy – ANDREW BLAKE; for Bee MARLO D’ASCENZO† ; For Tenchy, Chirpy Punchy – Sophia Dewald; for Mrs. Claus – MADDI O’CONNELL†

† Denotes Young Artists Company





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