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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents RUMPELSTILTSKIN on the Showtime Stage

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Joey Logan as Rumpelstiltskin. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Remember his name!  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) brings an exciting 45-minute performance of RUMPELSTILTSKIN presented by TCT On Tour (TCT’s touring division) to the Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage March 15-17, 2019.

​TCT retells this classic tale of the miller’s daughter, her boastful father, a handsome prince and the ability to spin straw into gold. Discover the magic and wonder of one of the world’s best loved fairytales.

The 4-person cast includes members of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Resident Artist Company:  Joey Logan, Ryan-Chavez Richmond, Brandi Langford-Sherrill and Maddie Vaughn.  The production was directed by Deondra Kamau Means.  Thematic Connections include:  Literary Classic, Reading, Folktales, Fairytales, Self-Esteem, Friendship, Kindness, Strength of Character, and Bullying. 

RUMPELSTILTSKIN is most enjoyed by those in grades PreK-5 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.  A question-and-answer session follows every show.

Performances will be held:

  • Friday, March 15 at 11 AM – great for HomeSchoolers!
  • Saturday, March 16 at 11 AM and 2 PM
  • Sunday, March 17 at 2 PM

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

Don’t miss The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s brand-new Podcast, Audio Footlights. Hosted by Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice, listeners will get to know the actor playing Rumpelstiltskin, Joey Logan. 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 is currently available on iTunes as well as Stitcher, SoundCloud, GooglePlay, TuneIn and Spotify!

Here’s a link to SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/tctcincinnati/audio-footlights-rumpelstiltskin-edition

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s TCT On Tour production of RUMPELSTILTSKIN is made possible 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 Presents SLEEPING BEAUTY

World-premiering at the Taft Theatre this spring!

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Aurora as imagined by Nate Xopher: illustrator, cartoonist, and creator of the comic, The Wyld.

CINCINNATI:  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s world-premiere production of SLEEPING BEAUTY wakes up the Taft Theatre April 27-May 6, 2019.

A clever take on the classic fairy tale, this new rock musical comedy is packed with humor, heart and a powerful message!

The impulsive but courageous Princess Aurora (who prefers “Rory”) doesn’t quite fit in with the other princesses in ‘Princess School.’  After meeting her prince by kissing a frog (because how else do you meet guys in Princess School) Rory sets out on her own to discover all the Kingdom has to offer. Along the way, she encounters her evil Fairy Godmother, the Magnificent Magnilda, who placed a curse on Rory when she was a child, causing her to fall into a deep sleep. This sleeping beauty will awaken only with a kiss from her prince. Once she is fully awake and ready to rock, the feisty Princess Rory begins a whirlwind quest to save her Princess Schoolmates: Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, the Snow Queen and Rapunzel, and defeat Magnilda.

Story and book by Ken Jones, music by Jamey Strawn and lyrics by Christine Jones.  The show will be directed by Ken Jones and choreographed by Eric Byrd.  In addition, Kevin Frisch and the Frisch Marionette Company are designing at 20-foot dragon appearing in the production.

The creators of Sleeping Beauty previously wrote TCT’s 2016 production of Snow White and the Dancing Dwarfs, and TCT’s 2013 holiday production of The Day Before Christmas as well as other successful shows including:  Burgertown, CHURCH GIRLS, and A. LINCOLN: A Pioneer Tale.

Showtimes for SLEEPING BEAUTY include:

  • Saturday, April 27 at 2 PM* (this performance is signed for the hearing impaired)
  • Sunday, April 28 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Friday, May 3 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 4 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday, May 5 at 2 PM

All of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Broadway-style MainStage productions, including SLEEPING BEAUTY, 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 SLEEPING BEAUTY will be held April 30-May 3 and May 6, 2019 during the daytime hours.  For details about how to purchase tickets to TCT’s school performances, visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of SLEEPING BEAUTY is made possible by the generosity of Production Sponsor P&G; 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. 


  • Narrator/Bishop…Brandon Bentley
  • Ensemble…Evan Blust
  • Ensemble…Cammi Caldwell
  • Grinhilda, Little Mermaid…Jordan Collins
  • Trinhilda, Cinderella…Lauren Everett
  • Prince Phillip …George Ivan
  • Ensemble…Alyssa Johnson
  • Prince Christopher…Sam Johnson
  • Prince Edward…A. James Jones
  • Prince Charming…Evan Koons
  • Prince William…Matt Krieg
  • Ensemble…Kevin Lausche
  • Ensemble…Caleb McKenzie
  • Prinhilda, Snow Queen…Ashley Morton
  • Ensemble…Claire Northcut
  • Brinhilda, Snow White…Mikayla Renfrow
  • Queen Genevieve …Ella Rivera
  • Ensemble…Kara Scullin
  • King Charles, Prince Frederick…Spenser Smith
  • Drinhilda, Rapunzel…Renee Stoltzfus
  • Aurora…Jenna VanWeelden
  • Magnilda the Magnificent…Michelle Wells



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Properties Master Sought by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

TCTC_new logoThe Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is seeking a Properties Master for the 2019-2020 Season. The Properties Master 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.

Position Summary
The Properties Master will have the opportunity to work with a talented team of dedicated artists to create props for whimsical stories to inspire and entertain the next generation of theatre lovers. The Properties Master will be directly responsible for obtaining props for TCT’s Productions and promotional events, in collaboration with the design, production, and artistic teams. They will be responsible for maintaining, tracking, and organizing additions to our prop stock as well as coordinating arrangements and documents for props leaving storage for use within the company or for an outside rental.

The Properties Master should be available for production meetings prior to and during the rehearsal process, technical and dress rehearsals as assigned and to meet the deadlines for completed show designs.

The Properties Master will have access to a company vehicle for transporting items as necessary, tools, stock, and facility use in our Scenic Shop. Standard health and safety protocol must be used when working in the shop.

The ideal candidate should be able to creatively blend existing stock with their own design, building props from scratch, or purchasing creative solutions to satisfy the director’s vision for the productions in the 2019-2020 season within budget constraints. This person would hold the skills listed below and be able to complete the following tasks for all MainStage and Touring productions:

  • Must have experience with photoshop, carpentry, woodworking, sewing, crafting, upholstery, and artistic painting
  • Must have working knowledge of electrics and implementing electronic functions
  • Must be able to work with power tools
  • Basic puppet building, welding, 26’ Box Truck driving, and forklift skills is a plus
  • Able to lift up to 75lbs with assistance.
  • Create or otherwise obtain props for all MainStage and Touring productions
  • Produce quality work within a given deadline and in adherence with the production schedule
  • Shop for necessary materials with budgetary mindfulness
  • Keep documents to track spending and retain receipts
  • Alter existing props to fit the scenic designer and director’s vision
  • Conduct progress check-ins with the directors on props with specific vision or needs
  • Coordinate transportation of props to and from TCT and outside locations with the technical director
  • Repair and maintain props as necessary during performance periods
  • Create a master prop list for each show with Stage Management Teams
  • Read and respond to daily rehearsal and performance reports in a timely manner
  • Build relationships with other arts organizations, share prop stock as available

The Properties Master would work within the following timeline:

SEASON PREP: (June 15-July 31st)

Re-Organize and clean prop storage; Prepare and transport props for upcoming rehearsals; Assist summer programming with prop check out and return; Attend production and design meetings as assigned.

TCT ON TOUR (smaller shows performed with 4 actors)

  • SUFFRAGETTES: With Liberty and Voting for All: Rehearses Aug. 5-16 (Strike Nov. 4, 2019)
  • DOROTHY IN OZ:  Rehearses Aug 19-30, 2019 (Strike May 31st, 2020)
  • CLAUS SAVES THE DAY:  Rehearses Nov. 4-15 (Strike Dec. 22, 2019)
  • CORETTA SCOTT KING: Rehearses Jan. 6-17, 2020 (Strike May 31, 2020)

TCT ON TOUR (One-Person shows)

  • BAH-HUMBUG: Rehearses Nov. 4-15 (Strike Dec. 22, 2019)
  • HARRIET TUBMAN: Rehearses Jan 6-17, 2020 (Strike April 1, 2020)
  • CINDERELLA WORE COWBOY BOOTS: Rehearsals begin April 1, 2020 (Strike TBD) 

TCT MAINSTAGE (larger scale, broadway-style shows at The Taft Theatre)

  • CASPER THE FRIENDLY MUSICAL: Rehearsals begin Sept. 7 (Strike Oct. 21, 2019)
  • A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS: Rehearsals begin Nov. 4 (Strike Dec. 16, 2019)
  • ANNIE JR.: Rehearsals begin Jan 25, 2020 (Strike March 9, 2020)
  • ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL.: Rehearsals begin March 14, 2020 (Load out May 4, 2020)

This is an 11-month contract with a stipend of $25,000, divided into 22 payments and paid bi-monthly.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, references and portfolio of past work via email to submissions@tctcincinnati.com by March 29th, 2019.

Please visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com to discover everything that The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is working on!

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


TCT is holding auditions in March for the 19-20 TCT on Tour Acting Company!

All roles are paid positions. All roles are open to all ethnicities. Auditions are by appointment only.

You only need ONE audition appointment.

Adults 18+ may make an audition appointment. Appointments can be made for:

  • Sunday, March 10 2:00PM-4:00PM

You may be asked to return and attend a “short callback” on the day of your audition, which will take place from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Auditions and Callbacks are held at TCT’s headquarters located at:  4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati OH 45227.

For information concerning auditions call Eric Byrd at 513-569-8080 ext. 21 or email eric.byrd@tctcincinnati.com. Visit https://tinyurl.com/TCTonTour to sign-up for an audition appointment.


2 contrasting 16-Bar songs that show off your range.  An accompanist will be provided. Your sheet music MUST have the piano part, not just the vocal line, and music should be in a 3-ring binder with the cut CLEARLY marked for the accompanist.  Women should prepare the FEMALE SIDES PACKET, Men should prepare the MALE SIDES PACKET.  You may be asked to read from the sides. Sides can be found by clicking the link below… http://tinyurl.com/TCTonTourSides

 You may be asked to show your dance ability, Please bring attire with you to change into in case we ask you to return.

You must bring a RECENT 8×10 headshot and UPDATED performance resume.  Even if you upload to the audition website, a hardcopy of your headshot and resume is required.

Plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes ahead of your appointment to check/correct previously submitted paperwork. If we are ahead of schedule, we may audition you early.

Due to concentrated rehearsal periods, we ask that you do not have conflicts during rehearsals. In an effort to best facilitate all rehearsal times, all those auditioning will be asked to list all conflicts at the time of the audition.


The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is seeking a diverse company of FULL TIME actors for the 2019-2020 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.   Contract dates vary per casting needs. Local Actor Salary $400+ per week.  TCT on Tour rehearses each show for two weeks, and performs 5 days a week with two guaranteed days off each week, plus generous holiday time off.  Show titles run in rep.

[ACTOR 1] – Female, versatile African American singing actress to play multiple roles in Suffragettes, Dorothy in Oz, Mrs. Claus in Mrs. Claus Saves the Day, and Coretta in Coretta Scott King. Puppeteering and musical instrument ability a PLUS! Contract dates August 1st 2019 – May 31st 2020. 

[ACTOR 2] – Female, versatile singing actress, any ethnicity, to play multiple roles in Suffragettes, Mrs. Claus Saves the Day, Coretta Scott King, and Dorothy in Dorothy in Oz.  Puppeteering and musical instrument ability a PLUS!.  Contract dates August 1st 2019 – May 31st 2020.

[ACTOR 3] – Male, versatile African American singing actor to play multiple roles in Dorothy in Oz, Mrs. Claus Saves the Day, Frederick Douglas in Suffragettes, and Martin Luther King Jr. in Coretta Scott King. Puppeteering and musical instrument ability a PLUS! Contract dates August 1st 2019 – May 31st 2020.

[ACTOR 4] – Female, versatile singing actress, any ethnicity, to play multiple roles in Suffragettes, and Dorothy in Oz.  Puppeteering and musical instrument ability a PLUS! Contract dates August 1st 2019 – November 3rd 2019.

[ACTOR 5] – Male versatile singing actor, any ethnicity, to play multiple roles in Mrs. Claus Saves the Day, Coretta Scott King, Dorothy in Oz.  Puppeteering and musical instrument ability a PLUS! Contract dates November 4th, 2019 – May 31st 2020.

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The World-Premiere Musical Adaption of CASPER Kicks Off The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s 2019-20 Season

TCTC_new logoCincinnati –The nation’s oldest professional theatre for young audiences celebrates “The Power of a Child” with MainStage musicals following four young central characters with strength, grit, and a drive to succeed. From the not-so-scary Casper the Friendly Ghost and everyone’s favorite blockhead, Charlie Brown, to the spunky orphan Annie and the magical Matilda, audiences both young and old will enjoy every moment of this sensational season!

Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice says, “We wanted our season to celebrate the immense power children possess. Through these musicals centered around four bold young characters, we will entertain and inspire our young audiences, ages 4 to 104, to be the best versions of themselves.

TCTC_Casper logoWe kick off the season with an exciting world-premiere adaption of Casper the Friendly Musical. This show is filled with wonderful songs and relevant themes around loyalty, teamwork, kindness, and friendship. 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of Casper’s debut, entertaining generations through comics, books, television, film, and now the stage! This show will be a great way to gear up your kids for Halloween! (But don’t worry, the show isn’t scary at all.) Dress up and test those spooktacular Halloween costumes before they hit the streets!

Each year, we get hundreds of requests to revive our 2015 production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. We are excited to bring the beloved TV special back to life on our stage this December, as we celebrate the season with the whole Peanuts gang. The show you loved in 2015 is back and will be even better than before!

The classic musical Annie has always been one of my favorites. She may only be 10 years-old, but Annie is my hero. Seeing someone rise above their difficult circumstances always made me feel anything is possible. And of course… who doesn’t love a live dog on stage!

Finally, Matilda closes our season. This recent Tony Award winning Broadway-hit will be sure to delight audiences of all ages.  Plus, you might see a few familiar faces on the stage… ahem… hint hint…

This season will be a celebration you will not want to miss!” 

About the 19-20 MainStage Season at the Taft:

CASPER The Friendly Musical
October 12-21, 2019
Book and lyrics by Stephen Cole. Music by Matthew Ward. Adapted by TCT and Roderick Justice. With special arrangement from Universal Theatrical Group.

TCT takes Casper center stage in this world-premiere musical adaptation for young audiences! Everyone’s favorite friendly ghost and his three uncles live a rather uneventful existence in the family mansion. Fifty years after their lives were cut short in a lightning storm, Magdalena, their former maid, re-enters their (after)lives! Now a celebrity TV Host, she is looking for the deed to the mansion… not because she wants the house, but because she believes there’s a message on the back that will lead her to a “great treasure”. As competition reality TV is all the rage, she hosts a live treasure hunt in the mansion on Halloween. One lucky young contestant could win $1 million if they find the deed! It is up to young Casper and his new friends, the contestants, to save the mansion from Magdalena, and discover the greatest treasure of all!

December 7-16, 2019
By Charles M. Schulz.  Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson.
Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. A Charlie Brown Christmas is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK.

Back by popular demand, bring your family and celebrate the season with our live rendition of your favorite holiday TV special! Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down. Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us about what’s most important during the Yuletide season. 2019 marks the 54th anniversary of the animated TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the CBS program debuted on December 9, 1965. 

February 29-March 9, 2020
Book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, presented on Broadway by Mike Nichols, originally produced by Irwin Meyer, Stephen R. Friedman, Lewis Allen, Alvin Nederlander Associates, Inc., The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Icarus Productions.
Based on “Little Orphan Annie”® by Permission of The Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Leapin’ Lizards! Kick off Leap Year with us! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.

Roald Dahl’s MATILTA The Musical
April 27-May 4, 2020
Book by Dennis Kelly. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

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

New subscriptions to the 2019-2020 Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati MainStage season at the Taft Theatre will be available in early June after existing subscription renewals are completed.  Subscriptions range from $43 to $123 for all four productions.  Single tickets go on sale August 30.  For information call 513-569-8080 ext. 10 or visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com.

Important to note: The Children’s Theatre’s four Broadway-style MainStage productions are performed in the historic Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati. 


The following productions will be performed on TCT’s Showtime Stage at Red Bank: 

SUFFRAGETTES: With Liberty and Voting for All
September 21-22, 2019 

BAH-HUMBUG! A One-Man Christmas Carol
November 30-December 1, 2019

December 21-22, 2019 

January 18-19, 2020 

HARRIET TUBMAN: Straight Up Outta the Underground
March 14-15, 2020 

May 16-17, 2020

June 5-7, 2020

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by ArtsWave and the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.  The Ohio Arts Council helps to fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.


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