Monthly Archives: January 2021

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s 102nd Season

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A. James Jones as Buddy the Elf in TCT’s 2016 production of ELF THE MUSICAL JR. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Welcome home to the Taft Theatre this October!

Cincinnati – After a much smaller, socially-distant season inside the company’s Showtime Stage on Red Bank Road, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome patrons home to the Taft Theatre in Downtown Cincinnati starting this October 2021.

The previously announced Disney Channel smash hit movie musical, Disney’s Descendants, will open the theatre’s 2021-22 MainStage Season at the Taft, followed by the Junior versions of ELF The Musical, ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL,and a world-premiere adaptation of THE WIZ.

For the safety of patrons and artists, and based on restrictions for large gatherings, the nation’s oldest children’s theatre postponed large-scale productions to the upcoming 2021-22 season.  Kim Kern, TCT’s Managing Director and CEO says, “While there are certainly unknowns still to be dealt with, I think it’s safe to say the worst-case scenario of having to shutter completely next season is off the table. Vaccine distribution is underway with herd immunity expected in late summer/early fall. We will continue to develop scenario plans, but I am fully confident that we will have a MainStage season at the Taft Theatre in 2021-22!”

Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice, says: “We look forward to a “brand-new day” and a new season – including productions which didn’t see the curtain rise in 2019 and 2020– like ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR. We still have a commitment to keep audiences and artists safe while keeping our mission in focus. I’m looking forward to producing great live family theatre – because there really is no place like home at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.”

TCT’s 2021-2022 MainStage Season at the Taft Theatre:

  • DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS:  October 9 – 17, 2021
  • ELF THE MUSICAL JR.:  December 4 – December 13, 2021
  • MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR.:  February 5 – Feb. 13, 2022
  • THE WIZ JR.:  April 2 – April 10, 2022

Public Performances: October 9-10, 15-17, 2021
Ideal for ages 4+

About the Show:
It is present-day, and in the kingdom of Auradon, all of Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains and troublesome sidekicks they have banished to the magic-free Isle of the Lost. That is until Ben, the benevolent teenage son of Belle and King Adam (The Beast), offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of the evilest villains. Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos – the children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Jafar – are welcomed to Auradon Prep to attend school with the children of their parents’ sworn enemies. Now entering a completely foreign world and way of life, the four Villain Kids have a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good?

Book by Nick Blaemire; Songs by Johan Alkenas, Adam Anders, Aristeidis Archontis, Antonina Armato, Howard Ashman, Par Astrom, Stephen Mark Conley, Doug Davis, Charity Daw, Andrew C. Dodd, Josh Edmondson, Pipo Fernandez, Nikki Hassman, Samuel Hollander, Ben Hosteler, Hannah Jones, Jack Kugell, Craig Lashley, Andrew Lippa, Jeannie Lurie, Alan Menken, Grant Phillip Michaels, Anthony Mirabella, Shayna Mordue, Chen Neeman, Susan Paroff, Shelly M. Peiken, Joacim Persson, James K. Petrie, Timothy James Price, Adam Schlesinger, Adam Schmalholz, Tyler Shamy, Jodie Shihadeh, Nikki Ann Sorrentino, Thomas Armato Sturges, Ali Dee Theodore, Matthew Wong, David Zippel. Music Adaptation by Madeline Smith. Vocal and Incidental Arrangements by Madeline Smith. Additional Lyrics by Nick Blaemire. Orchestrations by Matthew Tishler. Music Produced by Matthew Tishler.

Public Performances: December 4-5, 11-13, 2021
Ideal for ages 4+

About the Show:
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Music by Matthew Sklar. Lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum. Originally produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures In Association with Unique Features.

Public Performances: February 5-6, 11-13, 2022
Ideal for ages 4+

About the Show:
Broadway’s biggest little hero, Matilda, is an extraordinary little girl with a vivid imagination. Unloved by her cruel parents, Matilda is armed with astonishing wit, intelligence and mysterious powers. At school, she catches the eye of her sweet schoolteacher, Miss Honey, but also the mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who loves to think of clever ways to punish children. Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other and together they dare to take a stand against Miss Trunchbull to change their destiny.

Book by Dennis Kelly. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

Public Performances: April 2-3, 8-10, 2022
Ideal for ages 4+

About the Show:
Like an emerald, this precious Broadway gem infuses L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. The Wiz JR. is a vibrant take on Dorothy’s adventures through the Land of Oz and a fun, family-friendly musical that is considered one of the most popular and creative theatrical adaptations of all time. Packed with iconic songs like “Ease On Down the Road” and “Brand New Day,” this musical includes exciting dance numbers which blend traditional movement from African culture with ballet, jazz, and modern dance! The Wiz originally opened on Broadway, January 5, 1974, a film adaptation, starring Diana Ross, premiered October 24, 1978, and in 2015, NBC presented The Wiz Live!, a live television adaptation of the stage musical starring Shanice Williams as Dorothy Gale.

THE WIZ Adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” By L. Frank Baum. Book by William F. Brown. Additional Material by Tina Tippit. Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls. Copyright 1975, 1979, 2006, 2010. This Sixty-Minute Version of THE WIZ JR. was developed by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Deondra Kamau Means, Resident Artist.

Season Subscriptions & Flex Pass Packages

Traditional subscriptions and flex pass packages to the TCT 21-22 MainStage Season are available now at

In honor of TCT’s 102nd season – this week only, premium subscriptions are available for $102 dollars for all 4 shows! (New subscribers only, through January 31.)  Regular subscriptions start at just $43!  All subscriptions remain refundable during the pandemic.  Please note: Becoming a Traditional Subscriber is the only way to guarantee seats to DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS.  

Single tickets for all shows will go on sale later this summer.

Showtimes Are Changing in 21-22

To best accommodate our youngest patrons, TCT has adjusted MainStage weekend showtimes. TCT will now host at 5 PM showtime the first Saturday, and an 11 AM show the second Saturday. The Friday 7:30 PM performances will be moving up to 7 PM.

ALS interpretation and audio description will be offered on the first Saturday at 2 PM performances of all productions. Sensory-Friendly performances will be held on Wednesdays at 1 PM during the runs of DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS, ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR, and THE WIZ JR.

Daytime, weekday school performances will be offered for all productions. Visit for details.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by ArtsWave and the generosity of tens of thousands of 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.


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Set, Props and Costume Sale at New Edgecliff Theatre

NETNew Edgecliff Theatre is selling its stock of set pieces, furniture, props and costumes this Saturday, January 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at our storage facility behind St. Aloysius in Bond Hill. The address is 4721 Reading Rd.

We have a variety of items, including but not limited to:

  • Several Door Flats
  • 1 Window Flat
  • Several Doors with frames
  • Chaise Lounge
  • Full Size Bed
  • 5 Vertical Filing Cabinets (excellent for storing props)
  • 1 Working Kitchen Sink Insert
  • 2 Iron Pipe Costume Rails
  • A Pipe-and-Drape System Frame
  • Various tools and hardware
  • Men’s and Women’s mid-20thcentury to contemporary clothing including shoes and handbags
  • And more

To get to the storage space, take either I-71 or I-75 to the Norwood Lateral. Exit the Lateral at Reading Rd. St. Aloysius will be on your left and Mercy Health will be on your right. Take the second entrance into St. Aloysius (across from Berkley Ave) and follow the drive around to the back of the main building. Our storage is in the small brick building on the right.

Payment can be made in cash, credit card or established theatre companies can pay with a check.
If you have any questions, call Jim Stump at 513.325.3720.

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Digital Photos Sought for Cincinnati Music Theatre

cmt_logoDo you have photos from your involvement with CMT? We’re compiling digital content and are interested in any and all photos you may have from rehearsals, orchestra rehearsal and pit, back stage, the scene shop, or any CMT functions!

If you have photos to share, please email the digital files to the CMT Secretary ( no later than 2/1/2021. By submitting photos you are giving CMT permission to use the photos for any CMT business, marketing, or other purposes.

If you have any questions, feel free to email We can’t wait to see all of your memories.

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Auditions Announced for ACT Cincinnati 2021 Performance Scholarships

ACT_logoApplications are currently being accepted for our Performance Scholarship Competition.

Deadline for submission is midnight, January 31, 2021.
Late application submissions cannot be accepted.

There are seven scholarships this year ranging from $2,500. to $350.

Freshman to Junior college students currently enrolled in an accredited bachelor’s degree program are eligible. Student must attend a college within 50 miles of the greater Cincinnati area and/or have a connection to one of our ACT Cincinnati member theatre groups.

  1. All portions of this application must be completed and uploaded at the same time, so please collect all components before starting your application.
    Required items
    • Theatre Resume
    • Biography (one paragraph; third person)
    • Headshot photo with your full name visible
    • One (1) recorded uninterrupted (five (5) minute maximum) performance of two contrasting theatrical pieces, (any combination, song, dance, monologue) with an introduction, accompaniment of your choice and no editing.
    • Valid email address
      NOTE: Submissions will be reviewed by the judges only and will not be used or distributed without prior written permission.
  2. Materials cannot be changed after application submission.
  3. You will receive a confirmation of successful submission immediately after completion.
  4. Each submission will be reviewed and evaluated by a five (5) adjudicator panel during the month of February 2021.
  5. Scholarship winners will be notified via phone and or email. Then all winners will be announced publicly on our ACT Cincinnati webpage — approximately mid-March 2021 – ACT Facebook page, etc.
  6. The name and photo associated with your Google account will be recorded when you upload files and submit your application.
  7. Prior participation in an ACT Cincinnati member group production is not required for scholarship competition submission.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa M. Smith, Scholarship Chair,

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Auditions Announced for GODSPELL at Xenia Area Community Theatre

xactAuditions and rehearsals will be held with safety precautions in mind.  All will wear masks and social distance as appropriate.  Singing, dancing and acting will take place in separate areas to allow proper distancing, until further into the rehearsal process.  Hand sanitizer will be available for all cast and crew.

Auditions for GODSPELL will take place Monday and Tuesday, February 15 & 16 at 7pm at  X-Act. Callbacks are Wed, Feb. 18.

Directed by Kirk & Melodee Bass

Cast Requirements (All the following roles are open.)

  • Jeffrey
  • Lamar
  • Herb
  • Judas
  • Jesus 
  • Robin
  • Joanne
  • Peggy
  • Sonia
  • Gilmer
  • Possibly up to 3 extra roles

Audition Requirements:

  • Cold reading from script, singing and dancing for all auditionees
  • Dance will be taught at auditions.
  • Each auditionee will sing one song of their choice … songs from GODSPELL are fine. This can be done a Capella or with piano accompaniment (which will be available)

Questions? Email director Melodee Kirk at

Performances are June 4-13 at Sorg Opera House in Middletown.

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