101 Stories: Pat Miceli

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. 

The “West Side Six Pack” From left to right: Pat Miceli, Mary Pagano, Kathy Kauffman, Peggy Swobee, Sue Asher, Lin Flower

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati could not function without the involvement of a legion of dedicated volunteers. One of TCT’s long-time helpers is Ms. Pat Miceli and her team, known as “The West Side Six Pack.”  

We caught up with Pat, and she shared her thoughts about her time with TCT: 

Pat says: “I got involved with TCT because a friend of mine was an usher and invited me to volunteer with her. I love “live” theater more than “movie“ theater, so I wanted to be involved somehow, but since I cannot act, sing, or dance this allows me to help.”  

She continues: “I do remember one incident in particular where I know TCT affects children’s appreciation of live theatre. I was leading a class into the theater up in the balcony, and a small boy just stopped dead in his tracks, and his eyes got big. He just stood there in awe of the stage, and he mouthed the words, WOW. I feel that a lot of the children feel that exact same way the first time they enter the theater.”  

“What I missed in not having the shows this past year was the camaraderie with the staff from TCT and the other ushers. But what I miss the very most is seeing the looks on the children’s faces as they  come through the doors.”  
 

“What we ushers try to do is add little things to our outfits to complement the current production. That causes the children to wave to us, and want to touch our headpieces or hats, and interact with a big smile. We also help with a question-and-answer session after the show in which the children can ask anything on their minds. I love the questions they have because they are so sincere, like when they ask, “Is that really Santa?” or “Are those really reindeers?” or “Does Peter Pan really fly?”  

“The one word I would use to describe TCT is ENCHANTING! I feel very honored to be a part of exposing children to live theater. The show that they are going to see may be the thing that changes their life for the better and sparks an interest in being on stage.” 

“We are really looking forward to live theatre in the fall!”  

Would you honor Pat Miceli with a gift to recognize the impact made on TCT?