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JumpStart Theatre Application Now Available

TCTC_new logoMiddle schools can apply for services and materials valued at $12K

 Applications are now available to participate in the middle school initiative, JumpStart Theatre, created by the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and managed by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

All Cincinnati tri-state area middle schools may apply to participate in JumpStart Theatre. Applications can be completed and submitted online beginning today, January 14, through February 15, 2019. Selected schools will be announced in the spring and will begin implementing the program in their school in the fall of 2019.

Participant schools are chosen through the online application which is now available at: https://tinyurl.com/JumpStartCincy1920.

Training & Ongoing Mentoring:

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 EdTA 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.


  • January 14 – February 15, 2019 (11:59 PM) – Applications accepted
  • February 22 – March 15, 2019 – Interviews for schools who have applied and Site Visits for Finalists
  • March – April 2019 – Selected schools notified
  • April 2019 – Orientation for selected schools
  • May 2019 – Planning for 2019-2020 school year (submit show selections, boot camp dates determined, contracts signed)
  • Fall 2019 – Program begins at selected sites

About JumpStart Theatre:

JumpStart Theatre is a collaboration among the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), and New York City-based companies, Music Theatre International (MTI) and iTheatrics. The program trains educators to develop sustainable arts programs at underserved middle schools that do not currently offer theatre in the curriculum or after school.

In October, the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) began their partnership with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) to entrust the management and administration of the nationally-recognized JumpStart Theatre program to the oldest theater for young audiences in the nation.  Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, TCT will oversee the day-to-day operations of the initiative that creates sustainable theatre arts programs in Cincinnati-area middle schools where there previously were none.

“Studies have shown that theatre education helps our young people become better students and citizens. The experience of being in a musical teaches life skills like accountability, respect, teamwork, discipline, risk-taking, and creativity,” said Julie Theobald Executive Director of EdTA.

Kim Kern, Managing Director and CEO of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati said, “JumpStart Theatre is a natural extension of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s goal to fill the gap left by the reduction of arts education in schools, and to provide equitable access to the arts for all children.  This program gives schools the tools they need to build a sustainable musical theatre program, while providing students with exposure to the arts and building life skills such as increased self-esteem and social skills.”



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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS

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Danielle Meo as Kaa the Snake and Will Graber as Mowgli from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s 2010 production of DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS.

Coming to the Taft Theatre this February

CINCINNATI:  The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS, February 16-25, 2019 at the Taft Theatre.

Adapted from the classic Disney animated film, this musical features a host of colorful characters and famous songs from the animated movie.  Based on the works of Rudyard Kipling, the “Man-Cub” Mowgli, bounds through the jungle and learns what it means to be human.  You won’t want to miss this culturally-infused and spectacular Disney classic!

Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and Terry Gilkyson.  Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Marcy Heisler.  Music Adapted and Arranged by Bryan Louiselle.  Based on the Screenplay by Larry Clemmons.  Based on the Novel, “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling.  Directed by TCT Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice.

In an effort to increase cultural diversity, as the production is set in the jungle of India, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is collaborating with various local groups to comprehensively infuse the production with Indian culture, in order to authenticate the production in a culturally-relevant and educational manner.

To that end, TCT has hired a Cultural Consultant and Associate Choreographer, Ms. Anupa Mirle, to focus on Indian authenticity within DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS. Ms. Mirle is working with the creative team, including: Choreographer, Paula Rakestraw; Assistant Director/Shadow Puppet Designer, Kevin Frisch; Costumer Designer, Jeff Shearer; Scenic Designer, Nate Bertone; and Music Director Steve Goers, to infuse culturally-relevant elements into the production.

Ms. Mirle is the Executive Director of NrityarpanA School of Performing Arts, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit performing arts academy dedicated to sustaining the Indian arts in the metropolitan Cincinnati area. Ms. Mirle is a member of the International Dance Council (a UNESCO organization) and was recognized as an Ohio Heritage Fellow in 2013. Ms. Mirle’s goal is to provide educational and cultural events that are innovative and thought provoking, serving the purpose to both entertain and inform participants and audiences of the vital American experience of Indian Heritage and Culture.

Showtimes for DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS include:

  • Saturday, February 16 at 2 PM* (this performance is signed for the hearing impaired)
  • Saturday, February 16 at 5 PM (this is a designated Sensory-Friendly performance)
  • Sunday, February 17 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Friday, February 22 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 23 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday, February 24 at 2 PM and 5 PM

All of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Broadway-style MainStage productions, including DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS, are performed in the historic Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets start at $10.  1-800-745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.

School performances of DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS will be held February 18-22 & 25, 2019 during the daytime hours.  TCT’s Sensory-Friendly performance on Saturday, February 16 at 5 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 in a 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 are minimalized.  A downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) is made available on the TCT website one week before the performance.  At the theater, 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 how to purchase tickets to TCT’s school or Sensory-Friendly performances, visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS is made possible by the generosity of Production Sponsor Chemed; Season Sponsors H.B., E. W. and F. R. Luther Foundation and the Charles H. Dater Foundation; and ArtsWave and the generosity of almost 40,000 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.  Media sponsors are LOCAL 12 and Q102.



  • Kavan Vadivelu as Mowgli†
  • Joanna Bennett as Baloo
  • Matt Krieg as Bagheera


  • Rhys Boatwright (Ensemble)
  • Madeleine Burgoon (Ensemble)
  • Donald Burns (Ensemble)
  • Jordan Collins (Ensemble) †
  • Marlo D’ascenzo (Ensemble) †
  • Ian Timothy Forsgren (Ensemble)
  • Nick Godfrey (Ensemble)
  • Anna Gortner (Ensemble)
  • Nicholas Gundrum (Ensemble) †
  • Heather Hale (Ensemble)
  • Chanduni Herath (Ensemble) †
  • James Jones (Shere Khan)
  • Ava Jewell Kroener (Baby Elephant) †
  • Rishi Mathur (Ensemble) †
  • Ashley Olivia Morton (Ensemble)
  • Dain Alan Paige (Colonel Hathi)
  • Jeremiah Plessinger (Ensemble)
  • Edrico Evans- Pritchett (Ensemble) †
  • Caroline Rakestraw (Ensemble)
  • Rosvic Siason (Ensemble)
  • Renee Stoltzfus (Kaa)
  • Nyla Jolie Thomas (Shanti) †
  • John Woll (King Louie)


For Shanti – Marlo D’ascenzo†; for Hathi – Nick Godfrey; for Mowgli & Baby Elephant – Rishi Mathur †; for Bagheera & Shere Kahn –  Jeremiah Plessinger; for Baloo – John Woll

† Denotes Young Artists Company


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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Holding Auditions for STAR Programs

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Children ages 9-18 (going into their Senior year of high school) can now register to audition for the renowned STAR Intensive NKU and STAR Camp Red Bank programs with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Auditions will be held at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s new facility, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 on:

  • Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 1 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 1 PM to 5:30 PM

Appointments are mandatory. You MUST set up an audition in advance. Audition time slots are on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register for an audition please visit: www.thechildrenstheatre.com/audition

What to Prepare:

  • A memorized, age-appropriate monologue (1 minute MAX). It should showcase your acting skills.
  • A memorized 16-bar song selection that best shows your vocal range. Remember to bring your PIANO SHEET MUSIC for your song in a 3-ring binder with music CLEARLY marked. An accompanist will be provided. The sheet music MUST have the piano part, not just the vocal line.
  • You may be asked to show us your dance ability, so come prepared. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing you can move in. No flip flops.
  • Upon online registration, you MUST upload a RECENT picture; please ALSO bring your 8×10 headshot and theatrical resume with you to your audition. We WILL request a paper copy.
  • Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes ahead of your appointment for check-in. If we are ahead of schedule, you may audition early. 

Our STAR Intensive NKU program is a four-week training program for students, ages 9-18. Students are accepted by audition only and will work with leading professionals in the theater business to help them become well-rounded performers in all areas of Musical Theatre.  The intensive culminates in a Musical Theatre showcase featuring some of the most popular songs from the Broadway repertoire as well as a fully produced One-Act Play festival!  STAR Intensive NKU participants will have the opportunity to be considered for STAR ALL STARS, a select group of students who participate in year-round training and coaching.  Participants will train with our expert teaching staff and have exclusive access to workshops, master classes, and concerts from some of Broadway’s biggest names.  They also perform a showcase and a fully-produced musical within the training year.

When:  July 1 – July 28, 2019 (off on July 4th), weekdays 10 AM to 4 PM at Northern Kentucky University

Tuition: $650

Security deposit of $150 due upon acceptance into the program.  Payment plans and scholarships are available. 

STAR Camp Red Bank (formerly known as stARTs) is our program for gifted and talented students who are advanced in some areas of musical theatre and who have progressed beyond the basic levels of training.  For three weeks in July, a select number of students will work with leading professionals in the theatre business to help them improve and become well-rounded performers in all areas of Musical Theatre.  STAR Red Bank culminates in a Musical Theatre showcase featuring some of the most popular songs and scenes from the Broadway repertoire!

When:  July 8-26, 2019, weekdays 9 AM to 4 PM at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s new facility, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH  45227

Tuition: $500

Security deposit of $100 due upon acceptance into the program.  Payment plans and scholarships are available.


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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents MARTIN’S DREAM on the Showtime Stage

TCTC_Martin's Dream ImageCelebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the one-man production of MARTIN’S DREAM.

Created, directed and performed by the talented and charismatic Deondra Kamau Means, this show explores the real person behind the pictures: a funny, intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history. Watch the story of his life unfold — from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

MARTIN’S Dream is most enjoyed by those in grades 2-12 (and adults too) and will be presented on the Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH  45227.  Only 152 seats are available for each performance.  Performances will be held:

  • Saturday, January 19 at 11 AM and 2 PM
  • Sunday, January 20 at 2 PM

A question-and-answer session follows every show.

Tickets are $13 each (plus service fees) and are available exclusively through ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.  Tickets available now.

The United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day officially on Monday, January 21, 2019.

TCT On Tour is bringing the production of MARTIN’S DREAM to schools and venues around the Tri-State and throughout the region from January 14 – March 1, 2019.  If you’re interested in booking, please contact Violet Rae Webster at 513-569-8080 x20 or by emailing violet.webster@tctcincinnati.com.

Don’t miss our brand-new Podcast, Audio Footlights. Hosted by Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice, listeners will get to know Deondra Kamau Means, the creator of MARTIN’S DREAM. This podcast is designed to look at the shows we produce, and to ignite, impact and inspire all of our young listeners to have a lifelong love of theatre. Flex your imagination and join us!

This free TCT Podcast runs about 8 minutes, and will be available soon on iTunes as well as Stitcher, SoundCloud, GooglePlay, TuneIn and Spotify!  Here’s a link to SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/tctcincinnati

TCT On Tour is sponsored by Macy’s, PNC and Mercy Health Foundation.  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by the Ohio Arts Council and the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.


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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s COOKIES WITH SANTA Event

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Joey Logan, Brandi Langford-Sherrill, Ryan-Chavez Richmond and Maddie Vaughn are featured in TCT On Tour’s REINDEER GAMES. Cookies with Santa attendees get to see the production at the event. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Deck the halls with Santa and the Reindeer this December at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. TCT’s Cookies with Santa event will take place on Sunday, December 2, 2018 between 1 PM and 5 PM.

Tickets are just $35 per person.

Bring your camera and get a special holiday photo with The Man in Red, create crafts, enjoy a cookie from the BonBonerie, and make holiday memories to last a lifetime.

Guests will also enjoy a special performance of REINDEER GAMES on the Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage at 2 PM or 4 PM (included in your ticket price).

All children and adults in attendance must have a ticket for this event. Infants will not require a ticket if they are under 1 year of age and not eating solid foods.

No refunds will be given after November 23, 2018.

Questions?  Contact Mary Wright at mary.wright@tctcincinnati.com or call 513-569-8080 x14.

At The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH  45227

Presented by Fourth Street Performance Partners.  Also made possible by Park National Bank.


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