101 Stories: Pamela Myers

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. 

Pamela Myers in Jack and the Beanstalk

Cleves, Ohio native, Pamela Myers, is an American actress who made her Broadway  debut as Marta in Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Company, in which she introduced the song “Another Hundred People.” She was nominated for a 1971 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. In 1975, she appeared in the original San Francisco cast of Snoopy! The Musical. 

On television, she appeared as Mitzi the Waitress on the “Happy Days” Season 2 episode “Goin’ to Chicago.” She was also a main supporting player on the show Sha Na Na (she also did the announcing). She appeared twice on Alice, once playing a tour guide named Bobbi who falls for Mel,  and once playing a dental assistant, Ms. Dubro, who sang Broadway songs, rather off-key. In 2002, Pamela appeared in the Broadway revival of Into the Woods as Cinderella’s Stepmother.  

Pamela shared her thoughts about working with TCT on stage, as well as watching performances with her children and grandchildren: 

Pamela says, “I did four shows with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati in the 90s. It was exhilarating, funny, uplifting, and exhausting! I mean, the call time at the theater is 8 am!” 

She continues: “When I was doing JACK AND THE BEANSTALK with Anthony Munoz, we played catch with a football, unbelievably memorable…the beginning and end of my athletic career! Also, nothing made me happier than when the children jumped into the aisles to dance and deafened the theater with laughing and cheering. Their lives were changed that day!” 

“I started taking my son to live theatre when he was three years old. I was performing in THE WIZARD OF OZ when I took him backstage and showed him putting on my green makeup as The Witch…Yes, I was The Witch! He carried around the Tin Man figure for months.” 

“He saw the muppets on stage between ages two and three.  A HUGE hit with him! We went to THE NUTCRACKER Ballet when he was five…he loved that. Of course, now he loves and appreciates all theatre!” 

“Children love stories read to them, at home, at libraries, at school….they all transport a child out of themselves and into another reality. Puppet shows, animal characters, a parent reading with a character voice….It’s all theatre. Start taking children when they are babies to age-appropriate presentations. Language, music, color, facial expressions…all mind-opening.” 

“I wish we had attended Children’s Theatre when I was growing up in the ’50s. I never saw a live theatre musical until I was in high school! It was BYE BYE BIRDIE at the Shubert Theatre. Then it was…..WATCH OUT!” 

“The day we took my two grandsons, who were four and five, to their first show with The Children’s Theater was perfect. They were riveted! They became involved instantly…. and you know they remembered everything days later. The funniest detail is that they were completely flabbergasted that Grandma had been in shows like that….on that stage! We WILL be back!” 

Would you honor Pamela Myers with a gift to recognize the impact made on TCT?