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Resident Stage Manager Sought by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

TCTC_new logoResident Stage Manager
(FULL-TIME) 

Organizational Overview:
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s mission is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. We fulfill our mission through three primary programs:

  • TCT MainStage at the Taft Theatre
  • TCT On Tour
  •  TCT Academy 

Vision: To awaken a lifelong love of theatre in children and the young at heart.

Core Beliefs:

  • We believe in the power of theatre to enrich lives and create deeper understandings of people, cultures, and perspectives.
  • We believe that our audiences deserve high-quality experiences that are rich with wonder, honesty, compassion, joy, and wisdom.
  • We believe that the arts and education are not mutually exclusive.
  • We believe that the art we create must respect the diversity of our community.
  • We believe in the power of integrated arts education to enrich our lives and our communities. 

Position Overview:
The Resident Stage Manager will assist the organization in fulfilling its mission of educating, entertaining and engaging audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming.  The Resident Stage Manager coordinates rehearsal and performance needs for TCT.

This position will report directly to the Production Director, and will work in tandem with The Technical Director, the Associate Artistic Director/Company Manager, and contracted creative teams, which make up the key members of the Production Department.

Responsibilities:
Duties include but are not limited to:

TCT MainStage 

  • Stage Managing productions for TCT
  • Assist in managing schedules for technical departments and casts with Producing Director
  • Attending all production meetings, rehearsals, and performances
  • Assist in scheduling of rehearsals and performances with stage director and creative team members
  • Assist in paperwork generally associated with Stage Management including crew running paperwork, character costume breakdowns, and prompt book creation.
  • Assist in performer choreography and blocking record-keeping
  • Assist with coordination of MainStage season auditions
  • Recruit and manage Assistant Stage Managers and Stage Management Interns with the help of the Production Director
  • Along with Production and Artistic teams, manage schedules for technical department and casts
  • General Stage Management duties required for the production, including set up of the rehearsal room, taping out the rehearsal room, prop tables, and creating, maintaining, and distributing all paperwork including a prompt book containing blocking and production cues. 

Education and Outreach

  • When available, acts as the Stage Manager for the final performances of TCT Academy and STAR performances.

Casting

  • Assist the Associate Artistic Director to coordinate and attend auditions and callbacks, assisting with paperwork where necessary.

Technical Theatre Coordination

  • Along with the Production Director, create and manage technical schedules and IATSE crew needs.
  • Oversee unloading scenery, prop, and wardrobe trucks after load-out from the theater as available.
  • Along with the Production Director, supervise strike of all TCT performances.

 Ideal and Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts or related field, or equivalent work experience in Theatre Production/Stage Management
  • Ability to work and maintain schedules for technical departments and performers
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to read written music
  • Broad understanding of all aspects of technical theatre
  • Experience working with Labor Union Crews, and Volunteers[RJ1] [RJ2] [RJ3]
  • Ability to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Annual Salary:  $40,000
  • Health, vision, and dental benefits available, partially subsidized by employer contributions, after a waiting period
  • 403(b) retirement plan participation available with eligibility for an employer match after one year of credited service
  • Generous PTO based on years of service
  • Generous paid holiday schedule

To Apply: 

Qualified candidates should submit whatever they feel best reflects their qualifications. This can come in the form of a video, cover letter/resume, portfolio, and/or demo reels. (Files should be less than 3MB in total, links are welcome). No phone calls, please.

Please submit materials and any references by September 3, 2021 to submissions@tctcincinnati.com.  Subject Line: Stage Manager Submission   

Start Date:
Mid-October, 2021

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati believes the stories on our stages and the work we do behind the scenes must reflect the diverse communities we serve. We believe inclusive work cultures spark wide-ranging, exploratory conversations and learning. Therefore, we strongly welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds, identities, abilities, and ages to apply as we continue our commitment to diversity and build an inclusive environment at TCT.

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Postpones DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS

TCTC_Descendents Cancelled

Rhys Boatwright as Jay, Aubrey Jones as Evie, Claire Northcut as Mal & Thomas Les Smith as Carlos. Photos by Mikki Schaffner.

COVID is “Rotten to the Core”

Cincinnati: Although still weeks away from opening the first MainStage production in the company’s 102nd Season, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) feels that it is in the best interest of its littlest patrons to postpone all performances of DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS: THE MUSICAL, slated to run October 9 – 17, 2021 at the Taft Theatre to the 22-23 season.

When the Pandemic originally started, TCT formed a COVID Ad Hoc Committee, comprised of representatives from the medical community, including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and TriHealth, members of the TCT Board of Trustees, and staff. Since March 2020, this Committee’s recommendations have allowed TCT to safely navigate this very tenuous time, and the company is leaning on them again for direction.

TCTC_Descendents Cancelled backThe COVID Ad Hoc Committee feels it is TCT’s responsibility to help protect those who can’t protect themselves as a vaccine is not yet available for children ages 12 and under. Because MainStage audiences are mostly comprised of this particular age group, the group feels it would not be prudent to hold performances at the Taft Theatre this October.

“At The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, there is one thing we know for sure: you can always count on us to keep your children safe.  Upon seeing a first-hand increase in the number of children contracting COVID, with the Delta variant on the rise, increasing hospitalizations for children with respiratory conditions, and growing breakthrough cases for vaccinated adults, our COVID Committee feels this situation will likely get worse before it gets better,” says Kim Kern, TCT’s Managing Director and CEO.

Roderick Justice, Producing Artistic Director, echoes that sentiment saying, “Our productions pit the heroes against the villains, and there is no villain more insidious right now than COVID-19 and its variants.  We will continue to monitor the local situation and heed advice from our Committee as well as national recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. We want performances at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati to be a safe space filled with wonder, not worry.”

TCT 21-22 subscription holders will receive a refund equal to one-quarter of the original subscription price. Being the nation’s oldest children’s theatre, the company has kept going and growing through the generosity of loyal patrons who believe in the company’s mission. Patrons who choose to donate their ticket price back to TCT are asked to email tickets@tctcincinnati.com by Wednesday, August 25. Refunds will automatically appear on patrons’ credit card statements.

As of right now, TCT plans to keep ELF THE MUSICAL JR. on the schedule in December, as well as ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR. in February 2022 and THE WIZ JR. in April 2022.

TCT will continue its slate of touring productions as well as digital programming available online.

Last year, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s touring season was 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 the brand new “Pick-A-Path” Series, where audiences choose their own adventure and get to decide how they want the story to end. This blended interactive storytelling gives audiences an experience they will never forget. In-person performances 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 UNDERGROUNDand MARTIN’S DREAMFor details or to book a touring experience, email kamel.mccray@tctcincinnati.com

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Auditions Announced for HEATHERS the Musical at TCT AcademyLIVE!

TCTC_new logoClick here to visit the official audition page to sign-up to audition

TCT is a professional theatre company and here is when YOU can take the stage. This class combines instruction with the opportunity to perform in a fully-staged musical with props, costumes and sets. Our curriculum combines instruction with “doing,” to best help students internalize and master the theater skills taught. To complement and reinforce the learning process, students will also spend time rehearsing for their production that culminates in public performances.

Important Information – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

  • The audition form link will go live here on the website on Monday, August 2, 2021 and can be found on this page at that date. The audition link will close on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 11:59pm. Auditions are open to ages 13 -18.
  • Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm, September 8, 2021-November 10, 2021. Tech Rehearsals are Sunday, November 14, 11am – 4pm, and Monday – Thursday, November 15 – 18, 4:30pm – 8:30pm.
  • All Staff and Students will be required to wear a mask while in the building.
  • Students will film and upload themselves singing 1, 16-bar cut song of their choice and performing 1 of the 4 monologues provided below.  Please don’t sing from the show. Students may choose any monologue below to perform, regardless of gender.
  • While filling out your virtual audition form, you will select an “audition appointment”.  The time you select indicates when the creative team will view your audition video and has no connection to an actual audition time for you to be present.  There are no in-person auditions. “Audition Appointment” = when TCT Staff will watch your video.
  • If cast, you will be sent a payment link when announced.  All payments are due in full by the time of the first rehearsal.  The price is $535 per student. Please do not email about updates on casting.  All auditionees will be contacted regardless of casting outcome on August 30, 2021.
  • Due to the style of the show, some students might be asked to help supplement their costumes with some pieces brought from their own closets.

Rehearsals

Mondays and Wednesdays, September 8 – November 10, 2021.

4:30pm – 6:30pm.

Tech week (both casts):

Sunday, November 14, 11am – 4pm

Monday- Thursday, November 15 – 18, 4:30pm – 8:30pm.


Audition Monologues

Female Option 1 You don’t get to be a nobody. Come Monday, You’re an ex-somebody. Not even the losers are gonna talk to you now. You can transfer to Washington and you can transfer to Jefferson, but no one at Westerberg is gonna let you play their reindeer games. I’m like oxygen: I’m everywhere. Really, Veronica? Making out with psycho trench coat kid? I will end you for this. Everyone in school is gonna know that “good little Veronica Sawyer” is nothing but a floozy tart. (VERONICA pukes on HEATHER CHANDLER’s shoes) AAAAAAAAAAHHH! I raised you up from nothing! And this is my thanks? I get paid in puke????? I know who I’m eating lunch with on Monday. Do you?

Female Option 2 Our children are dying! I hate to pull out my counterculture bonafides, here, but what this school needs is a good old fashion rap session. Now I suggest that we gather everyone into the cafeteria and just talk and feel together! (Pause) Go ahead, laugh at the hippy, but I am telling you we all misjudged Heather Chandler. This is the loveliest suicide that I’ve ever read.

Male Option 1 What is that I smell in the air? Tolerance? Inclusion? Love? You know, how often can you say it’s a good day to live Westerberg, Ohio? You’re welcome, town. Your love keeps me humble. So, who’s next to get rid of…Heather Duke? She started that rumor about you. I’ve already taken the liberty of underlining meaningful passages in her copy of Moby Dick, if you know what I mean. (beat) Look, any war has casualties. It doesn’t mean it’s not worth fighting! But what? You’d rather go to jail and give a free pass to the thugs who hurt people, evil people who make this world so unbearable you can’t stand to go on living?

Male Option 2 How was work?? It was miserable. Some group of withered old women is trying to stop me from blowing up this fleabag hotel all because Glenn Miller and his band once took a picture there. Just like Kansas. Do you remember Kansas? Save the Memorial Oak Society. Showed those tree huggers 30 bricks of C4 explosives strapped to the trunk! Arraigned but acquitted. Damn, I love Kansas.

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Auditions Announced for Touring Actors at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

TCTC_new logoTCT is holding online auditions for the 21-22 TCT on Tour Acting Company!

All roles are paid positions.

Auditions and Callbacks will be conducted via video submissions.

To be considered, email a PDF of your current headshot and resume, as well as a youtube link (marked unlisted) with a 1-minute song selection (Pop/Rock or Contemporary Musical Theatre) that shows off your range and personality.  Email to eric.byrd@tctcincinnati.com with subject line “ACTOR SUBMISSION-TCT On Tour.”  PLEASE SUBMIT BY AUGUST 1, 2021

You must follow all instructions above to be considered.  If we are considering you for our touring company, we will reach out with additional submission instructions and may ask you to put sides from the show on tape.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati believes the stories on our stages and the work we do behind the scenes must reflect the diverse communities we serve. We believe inclusive work cultures spark wide-ranging, exploratory conversations and learning. Therefore, we strongly welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, gender, gender identities, religions, abilities and ages to apply as we continue our commitment to diversity and build an inclusive environment at TCT.

ABOUT TCT on TOUR

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is seeking a diverse company of actors for the 2021-2022 TCT on Tour season, a division of the organization that brings the magic of live theatre to schools, libraries, event spaces, and beyond, with company members responsible for all aspects of production including tour management, travel and load in/out.  The ideal candidate is flexible, hard-working, and passionate about their craft and the organization’s mission.  They should be able to lift 50 lbs. safely, and have a valid driver’s license.   Local Actor Salary $500+ per week.  TCT on Tour rehearses each show for two weeks, and performs 5 days a week with two guaranteed days off each week.

[ACTOR 1] – Male identifying, any ethnicity, versatile comedic singing actor to play multiple roles in Rapunzel’s Hairy Fairy Tale, Nutcracker Rocks and Lewis, Clark, and York. Puppeteering ability a PLUS! Contract dates on/about November 8, 2021-April 30, 2022. 

[ACTOR 2] – Female identifying, BIPOC Actress, versatile singing actor to play Rapunzel in Rapunzel’s Hairy Fairy Tale, multiple roles in Nutcracker Rocks and Sacagawea and others in Lewis, Clark, and York.  Puppeteering ability a PLUS! Contract dates on/about November 8, 2021-April 30, 2022. 

[ACTOR 3] – Male identifying, Black/African American Actor, versatile singing actor to play York in Lewis, Clark, and York, multiple roles in Nutcracker Rocks, and Rapunzel’s Hairy Fairy Tale.  Puppeteering ability a PLUS! Contract dates on/about November 8, 2021-April 30, 2022.  

Organizational Overview:

TCT’s mission is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming.  We fulfill our mission through three primary programs:

  • TCT MainStage at the Taft Theatre 
  • TCT On Tour
  • TCT Academy 

Vision: To awaken a lifelong love of theatre in children and the young at heart.

Core Beliefs:

  • We believe in the power of theatre to enrich lives and create deeper understandings of people, cultures, and perspectives.
  • We believe that our audiences deserve high quality experiences that are rich with wonder, honesty, compassion, joy, and wisdom.
  • We believe that the arts and education are not mutually exclusive.
  • We believe that the art we create must respect the diversity of our community.
  • We believe in the power of integrated arts education to enrich our lives and our communities.

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Virtual Casting Announced for Role of Jay in Disney’s DESCENDANTS at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

TCTC_new logoTCT VIRTUAL CASTING CALL FOR THE ROLE OF JAY
DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is STILL SEEKING the role of JAY for the first MainStage production in their 102nd Season, Disney’s Descendants!

To be considered, email a PDF of your current headshot and resume, as well as a youtube or VIMEO link with a 1 minute song selection (Pop/Rock or Contemporary Musical Theatre) that shows off your range and personality.  Email to eric.byrd@tctcincinnati.com with subject line “ACTOR SUBMISSION-JAY.”  PLEASE SUBMIT BY JULY 10, 2021.

TCT is the nation’s oldest children’s theatre. All roles are paid positions.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati believes the stories on our stages and the work we do behind the scenes must reflect the diverse communities we serve. We believe inclusive work cultures spark wide-ranging, exploratory conversations and learning. Therefore, we strongly welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, gender, gender identities, religions, abilities, and ages to apply as we continue our commitment to diversity and build an inclusive environment at TCT.

PREPARE

  • Please prepare one memorized song that best shows your vocal range. (1-minute max).
  • You only need a song. You do NOT need to prepare a monologue.
  • You must submit a RECENT 8×10 headshot or photo and an UPDATED performance resume.

Please take note of when rehearsals begin, the day and evening tech and performance schedule, before submitting.

ABOUT THE SHOW

DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS

Rehearsals: August 28 – October 2, 2021 (off September 3-6 for Labor Day)
Mon – Thurs: 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat: 10AM – 4PM

Tech at the Taft Theatre: October 6-8, 2021
Daytime/Evening

Performances: October 9-19, 2021
Morning performances during weekdays/school days. Morning, afternoon and evening performances Friday-Sunday.

STILL SEEKING THE FOLLOWING:

JAY: Male identifying, Jafar’s son, an outwardly arrogant thief who conceals a strategic, collaborative nature. Seeking strong singer, actor, dancer with pop/rock vocal sensibility, vocal range Eb3-G4

Direct link to TCTC’s audition page.

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