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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents New Touring Shows for 22-23 Season

TCTC_new logoCincinnati – The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is thrilled to present four brand-new TCT On Tour productions and one returning crowd-favorite to audiences around the region.

New tours for this season are SHIRLEY CHISHOLM: THE CHISHOLM TRAIL, a seussified christmas carol, THE NIKOLA TESLA STORY, and CINDERELLA WORE COWBOY BOOTS. Shirley Chisholm’s inspiring story as the first black woman elected to U.S. Congress and the first black woman Democratic Presidential candidate comes to life with Brandi La’Sherrill. Four talented actors take the rhymes of Dr. Seuss and infuse them with the beloved story of A Christmas Carol – what could go wrong!? Learn more about Nikola Tesla’s inventions that changed the science world forever in THE NIKOLA TESLA STORY. Enjoy a western take on Cinderella’s story in the one-woman show, CINDERELLA WORE COWBOY BOOTS.

Young and old audiences alike will enjoy the larger-than-life fairy tale of jacqueline and the beanstalk, which is back by popular demand.

TCT’s 45-to-60-minute touring shows provide great programming for schools, libraries, senior centers, community centers, arts centers, churches, or anywhere! Each production features a 10-minute Q&A opportunity for audiences after the show. Book now on our website: https://thechildrenstheatre.com/tct-on-tour-form/

TCT’s 22-23 Touring Productions:

  • JACQUELINE AND THE BEANSTALK: June 11 – June 30, 2022; September 6 – November 4, 2022; February 1 – June 30, 2023
  • SHIRLEY CHISHOLM: THE CHISHOLM TRAIL: September 6 – November 4, 2022; February 1 – July 31, 2023
  • A SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL: November 28 – December 18, 2022
  • THE NIKOLA TESLA STORY: February 1 – April 30, 2023
  • CINDERELLA WORE COWBOY BOOTS: February 1 – April 30, 2023

JACQUELINE AND THE BEANSTALK
June 11 – June 30, 2022; September 6 – November 4, 2022; February 1 – June 30, 2023
Ideal for Grades PreK-4

About the Show: Girls are so often stereotyped, but Jacqueline will climb to great lengths to prove them all wrong! Once upon a time, Jacqueline had a brother named Jack. The entire village thought Jack was so smart, strong and witty, but when the family ran out of money it was Jacqueline who used her brain to get them out of trouble. Follow Jackie up the beanstalk as she shatters stigma to discover it wasn’t because she was less capable, but because she was made to believe so. Now, she has the chance to prove her worth. Whether you are young or old, this fun and interactive one-woman show is important for everyone to see. Not because it’s unique, but because it’s not. It is the story of many girls.

SHIRLEY CHISHOLM: THE CHISHOLM TRAIL
Touring September 6 – November 4, 2022; February 1 – July 31, 2023
Ideal for Grades 4-8

About the Show: Shirley Chisholm: The Chisholm Trail is inspired by the life and legacy of Shirley Chisholm. “Brandi La’Sherrill, the storyteller” challenges audiences to confront the pre-judgments made each time we step into a room full of strangers, much less step behind a podium as the first black woman elected to the United States Congress and the first black woman Democratic Presidential candidate.  As audiences learn of Shirley Chisholm’s impact as a woman who dared to be a catalyst for change, they also learn how snap judgments prevented her from having a seat at the table. But… “If they don’t give you a seat to the table, bring a folding chair.”- Shirley Chisholm.

A SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL:
Touring November 28 – December 18, 2022
Ideal for Grades PreK-4

About the Show: Dickens’ most beloved story, in wacky rhyming word, Our classic Christmas show this year is better seen and heard! From Ghosts of Past and Present, to Timmy Loo Hoo, This festive holiday tale is a gift from us to you! “A Seussified Christmas Carol” is not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

THE NIKOLA TESLA STORY
Touring February 1 – April 30, 2023
Ideal for Grades 3-12

About the Show: Travel back in time to the late 1800s and enter the dazzling mind of Nikola Tesla, a brilliant young engineer. Relying on his math and science skills, a photographic memory, and a mysterious blinding light containing flashes of inspiration, Tesla makes a discovery that could change the world of science—and the legacy of his mentor, Thomas Edison—forever! Learn the true story of this often-ignored inventor, whose work as a “mad scientist” eventually led to the Tesla coil, X-ray, RADAR, wireless energy, and artificial lighting.

CINDERELLA WORE COWBOY BOOTS
Ideal for Grades K-5
Touring February 1 – April 30, 2023

About the Show: “Hear, Ye! Hear, Yeee-Haw!” The King is throwin’ a royal ball! In this one-woman show, our storyteller will round-up audiences as they get pulled into this hilarious, interactive and kneeslappin’ adaption of Cinderella. That’s right, pardner! Members of your audience become part of the action! Saddle up as Cinderella Wore Cowboy Boots lassos the power of childhood imagination to tell this rags-to-riches story in a way you will never forget.

Booking Information
Selected with state and national educational standards in mind, these TCT On Tour productions explore historical events, celebrate cultural heritage, and set the stage for learning.

Book now on our website: https://thechildrenstheatre.com/tct-on-tour-form/

TCT On Tour is made possible by TCT on Tour Sponsor Time Timer, as well as Season Sponsor The Patricia A. Corbett Trust. Additional funding for TCT on Tour is provided by PNC Foundation and The Sutphin Family Foundation. 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 helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. 

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Call for Applicants: Macy’s Internship for Diverse Arts Administrators & Production Artists at TCT

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The mission of The Children’s of Cincinnati (TCT) is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. Now entering its 103rd season, TCT is the oldest professional theatre for young audiences in the country and is recognized as one of the top children’s theatres in the nation. TCT brings art to life through three divisions: TCT MainStage at the Taft Theatre, TCT on Tour/WorkShops, and TCT Academy.

Arts organizations have the power to heal, uplift, and create lasting cultural change. Our goal is that the quality and inclusivity of TCT productions will continue to inspire all youth, with increasing numbers from historically marginalized populations, to love theatre and/or pursue careers both on- and off-stage, particularly through a practice of diverse representation in all areas of our operations.

The Change Fund at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati was launched in October 2020 with the goal of creating an inclusive culture and innovation through the addition of previously excluded voices. The Change Fund provides exclusive funding for projects dedicated to eight pillar areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. TCT has currently identified these pillars as:

  1. Diverse Arts Administrators
  2. Diverse Educators, Guest Speakers, Ambassadors, & Cultural Consultants
  3. Development of diversity-focused new works and adaptations
  4. Diverse Playwrights & Composers
  5. Diverse Directors & Choreographers
  6. Diverse Designers & Artists
  7. Diverse Production Crew
  8. Diversity-Focused Community Engagement Initiatives

The Change Fund seeks to offer opportunities for diverse individuals throughout the country including those of various races, ethnicities, religions, genders, abilities, socio-economic status, and more.

In the 2022-23 season, a generous donation from Macy’s will provide exclusive funding for The Change Fund in support of advancing a more equitable future for present and future theatre artists and administrators. In alignment with Macy’s Mission Every One, TCT will provide learning and leadership opportunities for underrepresented youth through the Change Fund Internship for Diverse Arts Administrators or Diverse Production Artists.

Macy’s has previously supported The Change Fund by funding the filming of the TCT on Tour production of ABIYOYO, a diversity-focused new work that was brought to life in the 2021-22 season.

How It Works

The Change Fund at TCT will provide professional and educational opportunities for diverse people interested in pursuing a career in the arts through internships for arts administrators and/or theatre production artists. Internships will amplify the voices of individuals who have been historically underrepresented. The Change Fund will be an educational resource dedicated to projects that specifically and intentionally propel the perspectives of people who are of varying race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and more, for many years to come.

Interested participants may apply for internships related to their professional goals in non-profit arts management and/or theatre production. Applicants may be aspiring non-profit marketing directors, CEOs, producers, development leaders, venue managers, scenic designers, technical directors, lighting designers, and beyond. Interns will lead various programming efforts, share in mentorship by TCT leaders, partake in professional development, engage in networking opportunities with other arts and business leaders in the community, and will be provided with valuable educational opportunities pertaining to their field of choice. Interns will also offer fresh expertise and perspective to TCT’s operations and programming departments.

Interns will work with TCT for a total of two months during the 2022-23 season. Interns will be provided of stipend of $500 per week as well as a housing or travel allowance if from outside of the Greater Cincinnati region.

Eligibility

Applicants must be:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate students, or recent Graduates, who identify with a diverse population
  • Interested in pursuing a career in Arts Administration and/or Theatre Production
  • Available for a minimum of 20 but up to 35 hours per week for a maximum of twelve weeks during the Fall or Spring.

How to Apply 

Interested applicants should submit their resume/cover letter via submissions@tctcincinnati.com.  In addition, please submit an essay not to exceed 500 words, or a video not to exceed five minutes, indicating how an internship at TCT is of interest to you and how it will impact you personally, and how you hope to impact TCT in the context of arts administration and/or theatre production. 

Applications must be received by June 30, 2022.  

Questions? Contact Development Manager Annie Bloemer annie.bloemer@tctcincinnati.com (513) 569-8080 ext. 32.

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World-Premiere of THE WIZ JR. Takes the Queen City By Storm

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Tia Seay as Glinda & Brandi La’Sherrill as Dorothy. Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Cincinnati – The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) celebrated the end of the 21-22 Season with a world-premiere production of THE WIZ JR. The brand-new adaptation ran from April 2-11, 2022 for a total of 17 performances (public and school) at the Taft Theatre in Downtown Cincinnati. Over 15,000 people attended across the 17 performances, breaking attendance goals. 7,179 students attended the show for school performances, and 7,453 patrons attended the public performances. Thanks to American Rescue Plan funds from the City of Cincinnati, administered by ArtsWave, 797 people attended a Free Preview Performance of THE WIZ JR.

Not only was the show a spectacle on stage, but behind the scenes as well. TCT brought on a talented cast and staging team that is 100% BIPOC. Director Zhailon Levingston (the youngest Black Broadway director in history), Choreographer Tislarm Bouie, Music Director Jason Alexander Holmes, Costume Designer Daryl Harris, and Scenic Designer Seth Howard helped bring this beloved story to life.

Enthusiastic social media comments and positive survey responses flooded in after each performance. The show welcomed patrons of all ages from across the Tri-State and saw significantly increased audience diversity. TCT believes this diverse audience will lead to increased awareness of TCT performances and programs in the future, along with building a lifelong love of theatre in young audiences.

Director Zhailon Levingston said, “I hope for the kids that may not want to be active participants in storytelling – professionally or recreationally – that they understand that the institution of theatre is a place that can be for them. It’s a door that is open for them.” “Representation matters. I think it’s very important for people to see themselves on stage. Or to look in the program and see that there is a Black set designer. And I hope that the kids that see the show take that with them for the rest of their lives,” said Choreographer Tislarm Bouie.

THE WIZ JR. is made possible by the generosity of Production Sponsors PNC Foundation and Procter & Gamble, Hotel Sponsor The Summit Hotel, Dress Run Sponsor TriHealth, and The Change Fund Sponsor The Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation. Special thanks to Season Sponsors The Patricia A. Corbett Trust, The Charles H. Dater Foundation, H.B., E. W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees. 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. Free preview nights of this production are made possible by American Rescue Plan funds from the City of Cincinnati, administered through ArtsWave. The Children’s Theatre is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

THE WIZ JR. 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 60-Minute Version of THE WIZ JR. was developed by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Deondra Kamau Means, Resident Artist. Directed by Zhailon Levingston, straight from Broadway’s Chicken & Biscuits, Hadestown, and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. Choreographed by Tislarm Bouie. Music Directed by Jason Alexander Holmes. Costume Designed by Dr. Daryl Harris, Scenic Design by Seth Howard. Lighting Design by Benjamin Gantose. Sound Design by Donald Moore. Stage Managed by Jadi Davis. 

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THE WIZ JR. Runs April 2-10

TCTC_The Wiz Jr logoTHE WIZ JR.
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
April 2-10
Taft Theater [Downtown]

Directed by Zhailon Levingston
Music directed by Jason Alexander Holmes
Choregraphed by Tislarm Bouie

Cast: Will Gibson as Scarecrow, Je’Shaun Jackson as Lion, Kyndra Jefferies as Addaperle, Dorion Katriel as Tin Man, Jazz McMullen as The Wiz/Munchkin #6, Spring Starr Pillow as Evillene/Munchkin #5, Tia Seay as Glinda/Winkie #6, Brandi Langford Sherrill as Dorothy, Kathy Wade as Aunt Em/Ozian #6
Ensemble: Brittany “Harmony” Hayes, *Diana Hutchinson, *Rosie Kipperman, Deondra Means, *Peyton Morgan, Ashley Morton, Kayla Sankofa & Thomas Les Smith
Vocal ensemble: Kevin Bell, LaShondra Hood, DeAndre Smith, Tangernika Wyatt & Aleah Vassell

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! Ages 4 and up. Grades K-8.

  • Sat, April 2 at 2pm & 5pm
  • Sun, April 3 at 2pm
  • Fri, April 8 at 7pm
  • Sat, April 9 at 11am & 2pm
  • Sun, April 10 at 2pm

3/3/22 – Health and Safety Protocol

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TCT Presents The World-Premiere Adaptation of THE WIZ JR. 

TCTC_The Wiz Jr logoAt the Taft Theatre this April   

Cincinnati – Audiences are invited to “Ease On Down The Road” to the Taft Theatre when The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) presents the world-premiere adaptation of THE WIZ JR., April 2-11, 2022. This fresh 60-minute version rounds out the company’s 21-22 MainStage Season. Tickets are on sale now.

THE WIZ JR. features an all-BIPOC staging team. Director Zhailon Levingston comes to Cincinnati straight from directing Chicken & Biscuits on Broadway, as well as Hadestown, and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. Choreographer Tislarm Bouie has appeared in numerous Broadway shows, commercials, movies, and live events like SNL and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Seth Howard, a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, is the show’s Scenic Designer. Jason Alexander Holmes, renowned music educator, performer, and Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Boychoir, serves as the Music Director. Contributing spectacular costume designs to the show, Dr. Daryl Harris is a professor teaching diverse interdisciplinary theatre courses at the Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts (SOTA).

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 on January 5, 1974. A film adaptation starring Diana Ross premiered on October 24, 1978. In 2015, NBC presented The Wiz Live!, a live television adaptation of the stage musical starring Shanice Williams as Dorothy Gale.

THE WIZ JR. 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 60-Minute Version of THE WIZ JR. was developed by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Deondra Kamau Means, Resident Artist. Directed by Zhailon Levingston, straight from Broadway’s Chicken & BiscuitsHadestown, and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. Choreographed by Tislarm Bouie. Music Directed by Jason Alexander Holmes. Costume Designed by Dr. Daryl Harris, Scenic Design by Seth Howard. Lighting Design by Benjamin Gantose. Sound Design by Donald Moore. Stage Managed by Jadi Davis.

Ideal for ages 4+.

Showtimes for THE WIZ JR. include:

  • Saturday, April 2 at 2pm
  • Saturday, April 2 at 5pm
  • Sunday, April 3 at 2pm
  • Friday, April 8 at 7pm
  • Saturday, April 9 at 11am
  • Saturday, April 9 at 2pm
  • Sunday, April 10 at 2pm

All The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Broadway-style MainStage productions, including THE WIZ JR.are performed in the historic Taft Theatre, at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets start at $10. Visit thechildrenstheatre.com for tickets.

School performances of THE WIZ JRwill be held April 5-8 and 11, 2022, during thedaytime hours.

The sensory-friendly performance of THE WIZ JR. on Wednesday, April 6 at 1 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 ina 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 areminimalized. A downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) is made available on the TCT website one week before the performance. At thetheater, 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 howto purchase tickets to TCT’s School orSensory-Friendly performances, visit https://thechildrenstheatre.com/shows/the-wiz-jr/.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati asks audiences to join us in providing the safest space possible for patrons big and small, cast, crew, volunteers, and staff. The following protocol will be in place for THE WIZ JR.:

  1. Masks are required for ALL ticketholders age 2+, regardless of vaccination status.
  2. All patrons ages 12+ must provide proof of *full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result administered within 72 hours of show start time. A negative rapid antigen test administered within 24 hours or proof of natural immunity via antibodies will also be accepted — that test would need to have occurred within six months from the date of the show you are attending. Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, a laboratory, or a health care provider cannot be accepted. This rule applies to teachers and chaperones during our daytime school performances and at all public shows.

To enter the theater, please bring a photo ID and one of the following:

  • Original vaccine card or test result
  • Photograph or copy of vaccine card or test result
  • Photograph of vaccine card or test result stored on your electronic device
  • *Fully vaccinated means the performance you attend is at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose.
  • Please note: photo IDs are not required for children.
  • Guests who need a reasonable mask accommodation for medical reasons must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the theater regardless of vaccination status. A negative rapid antigen test administered within 24 hours will also be accepted.
  1. If you are experiencing symptoms (i.e., fever, chills, cough), please stay home and do not attend the event. Instead, contact the Box Office at 513-569-8080 x10 to discuss your ticket options. Read about our refund policy here.
  2. Our public performance seating will not be socially distanced. Please contact the TCT Box Office with any questions at 513-569-8080 x10 or email us at tickets@tctcincinnati.com.
  3. School show capacities will be limited, and school groups will be separated from one another to the best of our ability during daytime school performances.
  4. No concessions will be sold during any performance.
  5. No food or drinks will be allowed in the theater.
  6. No merchandise will be sold during any performance.
  7. Autographs for subscribers and Crown Club members after public performances have been postponed indefinitely.
  8. Protect yourself and others. Thank you!

2022-23 Season Subscriptions

Regular subscriptions for our next 22-23 MainStage Season are on sale now and start at just $43. All subscriptions and single tickets remain refundable during the pandemic if you are unable to attend due to COVID-19. Find out more about subscribing at https://thechildrenstheatre.com/subscribe/.

THE WIZ JR. is made possible by the generosity of Production Sponsor: the PNC Foundation, Hotel Sponsor: The Summit Hotel, Dress Run Sponsor: TriHealth, The Change Fund Sponsor: The Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation, and Season Sponsors: ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, The Patricia A. Corbett Trust, The Charles H. Dater Foundation, H.B., E. W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees. 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.

CAST (In Alphabetical Order) 

  • Kevin Bell – Vocal Ensemble
  • Will Gibson – Scarecrow
  • Brittany “Harmony” Hayes – Ensemble
  • LaShondra Hood – Vocal Ensemble
  • *Diana Hutchinson – Ensemble
  • Je’Shaun Jackson – Lion
  • Kyndra Jefferies – Addaperle
  • Dorion Katriel – Tin Man
  • *Rosie Kipperman – Ensemble
  • Jazz McMullen – The Wiz/Munchkin #6
  • Deondra Means – Ensemble
  • *Peyton Morgan – Ensemble
  • Ashley Morton – Ensemble
  • Spring Starr Pillow – Evillene/Munchkin #5
  • Kayla Sankofa – Ensemble
  • Tia Seay – Glinda/Winkie #6
  • Brandi Langford Sherrill – Dorothy
  • Thomas Les Smith – Ensemble
  • DeAndre Smith – Vocal Ensemble
  • Kathy Wade – Aunt Em/Ozian #6
  • Tangernika Wyatt – Vocal Ensemble
  • Aleah Vassell – Vocal Ensemble

*Denotes Youth Ensemble

Understudies: For Dorothy – Diana Hutchinson; for Tin Man and Scarecrow – Thomas Les Smith; for Evillene – Brittany Hayes; for Uncle Henry, Lord High Underling, and Gatekeeper – Kevin Bell; for Glinda and Aunt Em – Tangernika Wyatt; for Addapearle – LaShondra Hood; for Lion and The Wiz – R. DeAnde Smith  

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