101 Stories: Carlotta Walls LaNier

By The Children's Theatre

Celebrate TCT’s 101st season as it comes to a close as we applaud and appreciate those who contributed to the organization’s magic throughout our century-long journey.  During 10 weeks of recognition, we honor individuals who have been instrumental in the success of TCT, and who have not only helped TCT grow in mission, but also thrive, thanks to their passion.  It is these people and their moments in our history that shaped TCT to become what it is today. We encourage you to consider giving a gift in their honor to ensure the sustainability of TCT’s mission for the next 100+ years.

Carlotta Walls LaNier answers questions at a post-show talkback after Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, March 2018

In 1957, at age 14, Carlotta Walls LaNier and eight other black students integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Known as the Little Rock Nine, their courage became the inspiration behind The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s 2018 production— POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL. 

On March 24, 2018, Mrs. Walls LaNier attended the performance and gave an inspirational talkback after the show. 

Watch the talkback here: 

Would you honor Carlotta Walls LaNier with a gift to recognize the impact made on TCT?