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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Re-Imagines 101st Season!

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Cincinnati – The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) originally announced that Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical, Disney’s Descendants, would open the theatre’s 2020-21 MainStage Season, followed by ELF THe Musical Jr., Doctor Dolittle Jr., and the world-premiere musical, Princess & Frog.  For the safety of patrons and artists, and anticipated restrictions for large gatherings, the nation’s oldest children’s theatre has decided to postpone these productions to the 2021-22 season.

Fear not! TCT has announced plans to replace the shows with four productions guaranteed to wow young and old alike, while keeping safety a priority. The new line-up includes in-person performances for those who would like to experience a socially-distanced live show, and digital experiences for those who would prefer to enjoy the production from the comfort of their home.

TCT’s Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice, says: “While we are sad Season 101 will be postponed, we are elated to announce a new re-imagined season, keeping audiences and artists safe while keeping mission in focus. As a theatre for young people which normally serves over 200,000 each season, we had to make some dramatic changes and start from scratch to curate a new season of titles which also grants us the license to stream the productions digitally.”

TCT’s first three MainStage shows will take place on the Ralph and Patricia Corbett SHOWTIME STAGE at TCT’s Red Bank location. Seating will be very limited, demand is high, and performances are expected to sell out quickly.

In April 2021, last season’s postponed TCT production of ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR. will take place at THE TAFT THEATRE in Downtown Cincinnati. TCT will follow all State and CDC guidelines with reduced capacity seating models and safety protocols in place as necessary.

“Accessibility to our programming is incredibly important right now,” says Kim Kern, TCT’s Managing Director and CEO. “The stories we tell give families hope and joy as we look to the future.  Due to the limited capacity of our Showtime Stage, TCT’s first three productions will be available to purchase digitally though our website in partnership with Broadway on Demand.”

Tralen Doler, Vice President of Broadway On Demand says, “Broadway On Demand is thrilled to have TCT joining our platform. Their innovation and dedication to creating art in these times is inspiring and exactly what we hope for in a partner. We look forward to sharing their thrilling work with viewers around the world.”

In addition, the TCT Creative Team has been working diligently to create and debut new safety protocols to protect the audience, staff, and the actors on stage.  Nose and mouth coverings will be integrated into many costumes and pre-recorded vocal amplification will be used to reduce the amount of respiration created by actors during a performance.

“The theatre has been using masks since 600BC!” Justice says. “I’m actually quite excited to wrap our imaginations around some creative storytelling solutions to provide unique theatre utilizing mask work and pantomime!”

The shows featured in TCT’s reimagined MainStage Season include:

AT RED BANK

  • THE VELVETEEN RABBIT:  November 12 – December 13, 2020
  • GARFIELD: THE MUSICAL WITH CATTITUDE:  January 21 – February 14, 2021
  • RAPUNZEL’S HAIRY FAIRY TALE:  February 25 – March 21, 2021

AT THE TAFT THEATRE IN DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI

  • ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR.:  April 17- April 25, 2021 (Not available digitally.) 

About the MainStage Shows

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
Public Performances: November 12 – December 13, 2020
Available digitally beginning November 19, 2020
Ideal for ages ALL AGES
Directed by Roderick Justice

Margery Williams’ award-winning classic tale of a stuffed toy rabbit made real by a child’s enduring love is retold in a modern and delightfully electric holiday musical. In an era of virtual reality and Minecraft, this musical captures the joy and magic of the book you know and love, with a 16-bit digital twist. This happy, hoppy, holiday show will get the entire family into the spirit of the season.

Credits: Adapted by William S. Kilborne Jr and Albert T. Viola. Music by Albert T. Viola. Lyrics by William S. Kilborne, Jr.

GARFIELD: THE MUSICAL WITH CATTITUDE
Public Performances: January 21 – February 14, 2021
Available digitally beginning February 4, 2021
Ideal for ages ALL AGES
Directed by Eric Byrd

In this musical adaptation of everyone’s favorite sarcastic tubby tabby, Garfield awakens to find his birthday – the most important day of the year – has fallen on a Monday. The horror! To make matters worse, all his friends – Jon, Odie, Arlene, and even his nemesis, Nermal – have completely forgotten it’s his big day. Only his beloved teddy bear, Pookie, understands his disappointment. Feeling rejected, Garfield leaves the comforts of home but soon realizes in the outside there’s no T.V., the food is garbage (literally), and animal control is always just around the corner.  In the end, Garfield learns little things like, you know, the value of friendship and that “home is where the heart – and the food – is.

Credits: Based on the Comic Strip Garfield by Jim Davis / Book by Michael J. Bobbitt and Jim Davis.  Music and Lyrics by John L. Cornelius II. 

RAPUNZEL’S HAIRY FAIRY TALE
Public Performances: February 25-March 21, 2021
Available digitally beginning March 4, 2021
Ideal for ages ALL AGES
Directed by Eric Byrd

The classic fairy tale of “Rapunzel” comes to life in an exciting world-premiere musical adaptation adventure featuring everyone’s favorite long-locked lady in a tower. But don’t forget the array of other characters braided in this hairy fairy tale, comically played by only two actors! Yes, your read that correctly. ONLY TWO ACTORS! This fresh new adaptation will make your audiences throw their heads of hair back in laughter and delight as two incredibly talented and versatile actors untangle this hairy fairy tale like you’ve never seen it before!

ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR.
Public Performances: April 17-18, 23-25, 2021
Not available digitally
Ideal for ages 4+
Directed by Nate Bertone

Broadway’s biggest little hero, Matilda, is an extraordinary 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.

Credits: Book by Dennis Kelly. Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin.

Season Subscriptions and Individual Tickets
Current subscribers to the postponed 2020-21 MainStage Season will be refunded, but will be able to secure the same seats for the 2021-22 Season. All subscribers from our 2019-20 season will also be able to secure the same seats for the 2021-22 season. Prices for the re-imagined 2020-21 Season range from $25-$30 for all live shows**. Access to each Broadway On Demand production is $15. A pre-sale price of $12 is available until shows begin streaming.  Details as to how to purchase shows through Broadway on Demand coming soon to TCT’s website.  Tickets for the live performances will be available beginning today, August 24, and can be purchased on TCT’s website: www.thechildrenstheatre.com. Due to capacity restrictions, performances may sell out very quickly.    

Showtimes **
Live performances located at the RED BANK facility will take place Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 11am, 2pm, and 5pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 5pm. At THE TAFT THEATRE, performances will take place Friday at 7pm, Saturdays at 11am, 2pm and 5pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 5pm. Mandatory masks and social distancing will be required.

ALS interpretation and audio description will be offered for ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR. on the first Saturday at 2 PM performance at the Taft Theatre. Sensory-friendly performances will be announced at a later date.

TCT on Tour:
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s touring season has also been redesigned with the ability to perform shows at schools and community venues either in-person or through two different styles of digital presentations: A streamed version of the show through Broadway on Demand, or our brand new “Pick-A-Path” Series, where audiences choose their own adventure and get to decide which way they want the story to end. This blended interactive storytelling gives them an experience they will never forget. In-person performances will include a live, post-show talk-back with actors to engage students in the production’s message. For digital performances, teachers will have the opportunity to schedule a live, post-show talk-back via Zoom.

“Pick a Path” is in partnership with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, and titles include: JAQUELINE AND THE BEANSTALK, Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ the Underground, and MARTIN’S DREAMFor details or to book one of our touring experiences, email violet.webster@tctcincinnati.com.

TCT Academy:
TCT’s Virtual Summer Camp was a huge success with more than 160 students participating.  TCT’s Fall Academy programming is ready to offer students virtual training experiences. Details about the virtual sessions and registration is available at www.thechildrenstheatre.com. Registration for the first seven-week Fall session ends September 1.

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.

** Live productions are subject to capacity restrictions and safety protocol through the CDC and the State of Ohio and may be converted to a digital ticket if the performance must be canceled for any reason due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Announces JumpStart Theatre Program Winners

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2019 JumpStart Showcase at the Taft Theatre. Each school wore a different color t-shirt: Aiken New Tech High School – Cherry Red, Finneytown Middle School – Lime green, Gamble Montessori High School – Purple, Dater High School – Gold, Felicity Franklin Middle School – Texas Orange, Holmes Middle School – Heliconia (Magenta), Clark Montessori High School – Kelly Green, Oyler School – Sapphire Blue. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

May 29, 2020, CINCINNATI:  After a months-long in-person and “virtual” selection process, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) has named the newest tri-state area schools that will partner with the JumpStart Theatre Program.  The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), in collaboration with New York City-based companies iTheatrics and Music Theatre International (MTI) created JumpStart Theatre, a three-year scalable program designed to build sustainable musical theatre programs in underserved schools that previously had none.

Bellevue Middle School in Bellevue, KY; St. Bernard Elmwood Place Schools in St. Bernard, OH; and Pleasant Ridge Montessori in Cincinnati, OH, were selected to be part of the three-year program beginning in the 2020-21 school year.  They join Hartwell Elementary, Liberty Bible Academy, and Summit Academy Cincinnati Community School who were selected last year. 

The selection process included a formal written application, site visits to the schools and interviews with administrators and the faculty who would be spearheading the program.

Kim Kern, Managing Director and CEO of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati said, “After a rigorous application and interview process, we are thrilled to welcome Bellevue Middle School, St. Bernard Elmwood Place Schools and Pleasant Ridge Montessori to the JumpStart Theatre Program for the 20-21 school year.  All the schools that applied were wonderful candidates and will be invited to the boot camp trainings and to apply again for the 2021-22 school year.  We are so excited to see the continued momentum of this program, and to work alongside the Educational Theatre Foundation to continue the growth locally while they expand the reach and impact nationally.”

The selected schools are incredibly enthusiastic about beginning the process:

“The staff and students of St. Bernard are excited to have been chosen to work with Children’s Theatre to put on a school musical! This is an amazing opportunity for our students and community! We are extremely grateful!” — Erin Cupito, Teacher, St. Bernard Elmwood Place Schools

“We’re deeply grateful for this opportunity to provide options for our students to continue and explore new pathways of performance. We hope to use the transformative power of performance to enrich the lives of our students.” — Chris Wheeler, Band Director and Performing Arts, Bellevue Middle School

“It is a huge honor for Pleasant Ridge Montessori to be selected for this great opportunity.  Our students have always loved being involved in the arts and the JumpStart Theatre program will bring our school to the next level.  It aligns with our school goals of putting students at the center of all we do.  Not only will students be able to perform in a full-scale musical, but they will be able to participate in all aspects of the production.  This exposure to the arts not only will encourage our students, but also will give lasting memories and a life-long love of theatre.” — Maria Kitsinis, Music Specialist, Pleasant Ridge Montessori

Each selected school will receive services and materials valued at $12,000 in the form of training, mentoring, and production support for a show for their community. Students will be involved in every aspect of the production, and TCT and ETF will also host an annual JumpStart Theatre showcase, bringing all the participants together to share their work.

Three teachers from each participating school are taught the techniques and skills to develop and manage a musical theatre program (everything from casting, to rehearsal schedules, to staging/choreography and technical requirements, to cultivating parent/community engagement, to achieving economic sustainability) through a series of three, full-day professional development “boot camps” each year of the three-year program, plus an ongoing mentoring/coaching relationship with an experienced theatre teaching artist.

For questions about the JumpStart Theatre Program and application process, visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com or email mary.wright@tctcincinnati.com.

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 www.thechildrenstheatre.com.

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.

As of 2019, JumpStart Theatre is being implemented in Cincinnati, OHSan Diego, CASt. Louis, MOAtlanta, GA; and Frostburg, MD.

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, CINCINNATI:   The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is proud to welcome four new members to its Board of Directors:  Jeanette M. Altenau, Director of Community Relations for TriHealth; Toyia Montgomery, HR: Vendor Partnerships & Employment Branding at Kroger and Executive Director of Relate Marketing; Ryan L. Messer, Regional Business Director at Johnson & Johnson and Vice President of the Cincinnati School Board, and Paul Griscom, interim Chief Accounting Officer at Macy’s, Inc.

Kim Kern, TCT’s Managing Director and CEO, said: “We feel incredibly fortunate and honored that these talented community leaders have chosen to join our Board of Directors.  In these challenging times, positivity and forward momentum are not to be taken for granted, and we appreciate and celebrate all that these individuals we add to our mission and focus.”

About TCT’s New Board Members:

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Jeanette M. Altenau

Jeanette M. Altenau
Jeanette Altenau currently serves as the Director of Community Relations for TriHealth, one of Cincinnati’s largest healthcare organizations and the fourth largest employer within the city.  In this role, she has responsibility for all community collaborations and engagement across extensive geographic areas in which TriHealth physicians practice and their patients live, work and enjoy life.  Prior to her current role, she was Director of Strategic Community Initiatives for Local 12, WKRC Television in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the nation’s top CBS affiliates and #1 local station in the tri-state area.

Jeanette has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Dedication Award by the Northern Kentucky Branch of NAACP; the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau Spirit of Cincinnati Champion Award; and the Silver Crime Stopper Challenge Coin (the second highest award given by the organization) in recognition of her work with the non-profit organization.  She is also a two-time Emmy nominee and in 2012, she was recognized as one of the “100 Minds – Thought Leaders in the Greater Cincinnati Region”, recognizing individuals who excelled in thought leadership within their industry, their ideas/personality as an individual and/or their involvement within the community.  In 2019, she was named a Health Care Heroes finalist by the Cincinnati Business Courier. In 2018, she was honored by Healthy Moms and Babes for her commitment to pregnant women and their children. In 2017, she received the Ovarian Cancer Alliance Teal Power Caring Community Champion Award, recognizing an individual or group from the community who has stepped up to help in the fight against ovarian cancer.  In 2016, she was awarded the Friars Award in recognition of her leadership and assistance to the organization in an exceptional manner while exemplifying her life in the Franciscan tradition of service to others. In 2013, she received the Cincinnatus Award, in recognition of civic virtue, service to community, family values and ongoing support of the tri-state community.

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Toyia Montgomery

Toyia Montgomery
Toyia Montgomery has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University (OU), where she majored in advertising. In her sophomore year of college, she studied Sociology and Mass Communications at the University of Leicester in England. After graduation from OU, she earned her MBA and founded a non-profit organization called Relate Marketing while working for Cincinnati Public Schools. Relate Marketing was established to expose children from single parent homes to a world outside of their communities through educational trips and community events. Toyia has done work for several organizations including, but not limited to: Cintas, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, The E.W. Scripps Company, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and most recently the Kroger Company. Additionally, she has taught marketing and sales courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, the University of Phoenix and Mount St. Joseph University.

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Ryan L. Messer

Ryan L. Messer
Ryan Messer is a Region Business Director with Johnson & Johnson leading sales in the Midwest. He is known at J&J for leading diverse, high-performing teams as well as his strategic mindset and his ability to work collaboratively throughout the organization over the past 23 years. Throughout his career, he has had access to some of the best training available in the business world in areas such as financial management, strategic planning and organizational development.

Ryan is a graduate of Purdue University. He currently serves at the Vice President of the Cincinnati School Board and also is a member of the Cincinnati Opera Board. In the past, Ryan served as a two-term president of the Over-the-Rhine Community Council, a Board member of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, a founder of the Cincinnati Human Rights Campaign and is a graduate of C-Change and Leadership Cincinnati through the Chamber of Commerce. Ryan & husband Jimmy are residents of North Avondale and they have four children who all love The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

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Paul Griscom

Paul Griscom
Paul is currently the interim Chief Accounting Officer at Macy’s, Inc. and previously led the company’s financial reporting, accounting services and capital administrative teams.  Prior to joining Macy’s, Inc. in 2016, Paul worked at a small boutique accounting advisory firm, GAAP Dynamics, where he advised public companies and smaller accounting firms on the economic and financial reporting impact of significant corporate activity and transactions.  Paul began his career at KPMG LLP in their financial services audit practice after graduating with a B.B.A in Accounting from Chicago’s Loyola University.

A Cincinnati transplant, Paul currently lives in Madeira with his wife and three children.  He began working with TCT in 2019 as a member of the Audit Committee and got a first-hand look at the importance of Cincinnati’s art organizations when chairing Macy’s 2019 ArtsWave Workplace Giving Campaign and co-chairing their 2018 campaign.  He is a committee member on the Board of Managers of Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) and previously served on the 3CDC Board of Managers’ Investment Committee.

TCTC_exterior of building with masks (1)About The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati:
For 100 years, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has provided education and entertainment for children and the young at heart through the art of stage performance. TCT is the oldest children’s theatre in the nation, and the only professional theater in the region that devotes its entire MainStage season to children. TCT directly impacts the lives of nearly 200,000 families and children annually, through Broadway-quality TCT MainStage performances as well as TCT on Tour touring productions and TCT Academy performing arts instruction for children ages 18 months to 18 years.

In March of 2020, in response to COVID-19 and school closures, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati launched TCT EVERYWHERE  — an online resource for parents, teachers and students featuring crafts, acting and vocal exercises and contests from the professional artistic staff of TCT Academy; along with study guides, podcasts, videos of past productions, and more.

For more information about the TCT mission, check out our website or enjoy our programming through TCT EVERYWHERE

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Sixteen Children’s Theatres Honor Frontline Workers with National Tribute Song

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is proud to participate

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Friday, May 22, 2020, CINCINNATI:   Amid the global pandemic which has forced the temporary closure of many performing arts venues, 16 youth-serving theatres across the country have come together to share a national tribute, performed by children within each community, to honor frontline workers, including five students from the Greater Cincinnati area representing The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT). These young Cincinnati artists include:

  • Brinley Culver
  • Celia D’Ascenzo
  • Diana Hutchinson
  • Annabelle Price
  • Nyla Thomas
  • Kavan Vadivelu

Bios can be found below.

Led by Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Interim Artistic Director Kathryn Van Meter, the project titled So Many Heroes empowers and amplifies the voices of young people during this time.

“We will be forever changed by our current events, and forever connected and bound together by our shared experience of isolation. As we begin to redefine what it is to share space, there is hope in our future because we are resilient…just like the young people in our communities,” said Van Meter.

Jeff Revels, Artistic Director of Orlando Repertory Theatre and writer for the nationally televised Memorial Day parade, presented the idea knowing that the network of theatres for young audiences could mobilize this tremendous effort. Together, Revels, Van Meter and Rich Gray, songwriter of So Many Heroes, began collaborating on what the national tribute could be.

“We have heard from the doctors and politicians, but not much from the kids of America. Writing musicals for young audiences has taught me how observant kids are. They see everything and absorb it all. They have been processing this like crazy, so, when asked to write this tribute, I knew it had to be in the direct, honest language that kids use,” said Gray, emphasizing the importance of hearing from young people during this time.

The tribute, which will be released today, Friday May 22, can be viewed on the participating theatre’s Facebook pages (including The Children’s Theatre’s page) at 6 a.m. (HST), 9 a.m. (PST), 11 a.m. (CT) or 12 p.m. (EST):

Adventure Theatre MTC (Glen Echo, MD)

Childsplay Theatre (Tempe, AZ)

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)

Dallas Children’s Theater (Dallas, TX)

First Stage (Milwaukee, WI)

Growing Stage (Netcong, NJ),

Honolulu Theatre for Youth (Honolulu, HI)

Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD),

Lexington Children’s Theatre (Lexington, KY)

Northwest Children’s Theater & School (Portland, OR)

Oregon Children’s Theatre (Portland, OR)

Orlando Repertory Theatre (Orlando, FL

Seattle Children’s Theatre (Seattle, WA).

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)

Trike Theatre (Bentonville, Arkansas)

Wheelock Family Theatre (Boston, MA)

TCT’s Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice, said: “On behalf of everyone at TCT, we are forever thankful to the heroes who keeps us safe, happy and healthy in a time where we can’t physically come together to entertain our audiences. Through this collaboration with the Nation’s leading children’s theatres, we deliver a powerful and unified voice of gratitude. These heroes keeping us safe will also keep our mission alive for another 100 years.”

About The Artists:

Brinley Culver
Brinley appeared as Precious in TCT’s October 2019 production of Casper the Friendly Musical. She appeared as Little Girl in TCT’s Cinderella. Some of her favorite shows include: Seussical (JoJo), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Flounder), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Chip), and Disney’s Frozen (Middle Anna). During the last three summers, Brinley has participated in TCT’s STAR Intensive NKU program, and last year in TCT’s STAR ALL STARS. Brinley just completed seventh grade at Liberty Junior School. Off stage, she loves producing her own movies, dancing, and watching Master Chef.

Celia Joy D’Ascenzo
Celia made her TCT MainStage debut earlier this year in Annie JR. as Molly. In addition to being an avid singer, dancer, actress, pianist, and tumbler, Celia is a passionate storyteller. Other credits include: Awaited, Disney’s Cinderella KIDS (Fairy Godmother), Seussical (Young Kangaroo), and Disney’s High School Musical JR. (Cheerleader). Celia loves her homeschool community at HELP and CC and dances at Just Off Broadway. She enjoys spending time with her sisters, creating their own shows.

Diana Hutchinson
Diana was proud to make her theatre debut with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati in the title role of TCT’s production of Annie JR.. Diana was born and raised in Cincinnati. She is currently heading into her sophomore year at Walnut Hills High School. Diana enjoys dancing, singing, and spending time with her family and friends. She is excited about sharing her love for the arts as she continues her performing career.

Annabelle Price
Annabelle is a recent eighth grade graduate of Summit View Academy in Northern Kentucky. She is an avid fan of TCT and has participated in their summer camp programs and other special events. Annabelle has performed in numerous school and community theatre projects including the role of Piggie in a pilot production of Elephant and Piggie – We are in a Play.  She is passionate about the arts and hopes to continue in high school and beyond. Other credits include: Disney’s Lion King JR (Zazu), Alice in Wonderland JR (White Rabbit) and Madagascar JR. (Marty). Annabelle studies voice, acting and dance at Moss Performing Arts Academy and looks forward to more TCT opportunities in the future.

Nyla Thomas
Nyla is a recent eighth grade graduate of Crossroads Middle School in Fairfield, where she sings in the choir. She appeared in TCT’s 2020 production of Annie JR. and the 2019 production of Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS (Shanti). Nyla has a background in competitive hip-hop dancing and studies in voice. She was a TCT STAR Program participant from 2017 to 2019 and a TCT STAR All Stars participant in 2018 and 2019. Nyla received the TCT STAR Program “Rising Star” Award in 2018.

Kavan Vadivelu
Kavan is headed into the eighth grade at The Seven Hills School. In addition to theater, Kavan enjoys dancing and playing soccer for his club team. His previous credits include TCT’s 2019 production of Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS (Mowgli), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Charlie), and Disney’s Aladdin KIDS (Aladdin).

About The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati:
For 100 years, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has provided education and entertainment for children and the young at heart through the art of stage performance. TCT is the oldest children’s theatre in the nation, and the only professional theater in the region that devotes its entire MainStage season to children. TCT directly impacts the lives of nearly 200,000 families and children annually, through Broadway-quality TCT MainStage performances as well as TCT on Tour touring productions and TCT Academy performing arts instruction for children ages 18 months to 18 years.

In March of 2020, in response to COVID-19 and school closures, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati launched TCT EVERYWHERE  — an online resource for parents, teachers and students featuring crafts, acting and vocal exercises and contests from the professional artistic staff of TCT Academy; along with study guides, podcasts, videos of past productions, and more.

For more information about the TCT mission, check out our website or enjoy our programming through TCT EVERYWHERE

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Virtual Summer Camps

TCTC_new logoAct, Sing, Dance, and Create with us this summer from the comfort and safety of your own home!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, CINCINNATI:   Due to COVID-19 and in the interest of social-distancing and keeping the health and safety of all local families in mind, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has moved all One-Week Summer Camps to an online platform for June & July 2020.

TCT is now offering week-long Musical Theatre Intensive Virtual Camps for three different age groups:

  • 6 to 7 years old: Featuring Disney’s 101 Dalmatians
  • 8 to 10 years old: Featuring: Disney’s Descendants
  • 11 to 14 years old: Featuring The Addams Family

The deadline to register for June Camps is THIS FRIDAY, May 22 at 12 noon. (No exceptions due to TCT prep time required.)

TCT’s Virtual Camps are designed to be fun!  Here’s what Campers can expect:

  • 3 hours of activities daily Monday-Friday
  • A balance of on-screen instruction and off-screen projects
  • Small class sizes
  • A bag full of supplies and activities to keep at home
  • Live theatre arts training from TCT Professionals
  • Pre-recorded tutorials
  • Fun & memorable experiences 

Tuition is just $100 for the week. with a choice of a morning half-day camp, or an afternoon half-day camp. Each half-day session will be three hours long, Monday-Friday. 

Only a limited number of spots are available. Sign up today for these exclusive online camps and add a little structure to your child’s summer at home.

Visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com/camps for more information or to register.

For 100 years, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has provided education and entertainment for children and the young at heart through the art of stage performance. TCT is the oldest children’s theatre in the nation, and the only professional theater in the region that devotes its entire MainStage season to children. TCT directly impacts the lives of nearly 200,000 families and children annually, through Broadway-quality TCT MainStage performances as well as TCT on Tour touring productions and TCT Academy performing arts instruction for children ages 18 months to 18 years.

For more information about the TCT mission, check out our website or enjoy our programming through TCT EVERYWHERE

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