Nine Area Schools to Celebrate Musical Theatre Achievements Tonight

TCT_Disney's Aladdin JR. Oyler School

Oyler School’s production of Disney’s Aladdin JR. Photo by Susan Doremus.

CINCINNATI:  On April 30, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT), The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), in partnership with New York City-based iTheatrics and Music Theatre International (MTI), will present the 2019 JumpStart Theatre Showcase at the Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati.

TCTC_Hairspray JR Aiken

Aiken’s production of HAIRSPRAY JR. Photo by Susan Doremus.

What:  JumpStart Theatre is a three-year scalable program that trains educators to develop sustainable arts programs at underserved schools that do not currently offer theatre in their curriculum or after school.  The JumpStart Theatre Showcase celebrates the program’s achievements and features exciting performances by nine Cincinnati-area schools enrolled in the program.

TCTC_Disney's The Littler Mermaid JR Felicty Franklin Middle School

Felicity-Franklin Middle School’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. Photo by Travis Willhoite.

When: Tonight, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6 PM to 7 PM. A reception immediately follows.

Where:  At the Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202

The Schools:

TCTC_Annie JR Clark Montessori

Clark Montessori’s production of ANNIE JR. Photo by Susan Doremus.

About the Schools:

Nine schools are currently part of the JumpStart Theatre program.

Three schools moved to self-sustainability last year after completing three years in the program: Holmes Middle School, Finneytown Middle School, and James N. Gamble Montessori High School.

TCTC_Aladdin JR Roberts Academy

Roberts Academy’s production of Disney’s ALADDIN JR. Photo by Susan Doremus.

Three schools graduating to self-sustainability this year are:  Aiken New Tech High School, Dater High School and Felicity-Franklin Middle School.

Three more schools: Hartwell Elementary, Liberty Bible Academy, and Summit Academy Cincinnati Community School, were selected to be part of the new three-year program beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

Sponsors Include:

  • Gold Sponsors: The Lila Gallimore Trust; James and Lauren Miller
  • Silver Sponsor: Benefits Network Insurance
  • Bronze Sponsors:  Barnes Dennig, The Mayer/Langley Family
  • Food Sponsors:  Apple Spice Junction, Gordon Food Service

About The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT):
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is the oldest children’s theatre in the country.  Its mission is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. Its vision is to awaken a lifelong love of theater in children and the young at heart. Today, the Children’s Theatre brings art to life for our audiences through three key programs:  TCT MainStage at the Taft Theatre, TCT on Tour (including Workshops) and TCT Academy. Each season TCT strives to reach more than 200,000 people in our region.  For more information visit

About the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF):
The Educational Theatre Foundation  was launched November, 2017, as the philanthropic arm of the Educational Theatre Association, which is the home of the International Thespian Society. ETF provides essential financial support to enhance excellence in theatre education and to expand access to school theatre programs for every child, putting them on a more positive life path. ETF is focused on three areas: JumpStart Theatre–to create sustainable musical theatre programs where there previously were none; need-based grants to schools–to provide teaching and performance resources and equipment in under-resourced schools; and, merit and need-based grants to individuals—to nurture the next generation of theatre teachers and artists.  In its first year ETF has awarded more than $650,000 in grants, directly impacting high school theatre programs in 50 cities, and enabling the development of musical theatre programs in underserved middle schools in six states.

The JumpStart Theatre program creates sustainable theatre arts programs in middle schools where there previously were none.  Participating schools are chosen through a rigorous application process and receive training, materials, and budget support to produce their first full-scale musical production. The support continues for three years until the program becomes self-sustaining.  Non-theatre teachers are equipped with skills and resources to produce their school’s first musical through a proven combination of bootcamp style training and hands-on mentoring. The Educational Theatre Foundation operates JumpStart Theatre through a national network of regional theatre company partners who are selected based on their track-record of success in running educational programs for children. JumpStart Theatre partners are:  Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Ga.; La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, Calif.; Mountain City Center for the Arts, Frostburg, MD; Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; The Children’s Theatre, Cincinnati, OH*

*original pilot site


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