101 Stories: The Taft Theatre and MEMI

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 Taft Theatre, located at 317 E. 5th Street in Downtown Cincinnati

The Taft Theatre is a 2,300-seat theater, built in 1928 and located in Downtown Cincinnati. It is part of the Masonic Temple Building at Fifth and Sycamore streets. The Taft is the current home to The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s MainStage productions. 

Since 2010, The Taft Theatre is operated by Music & Event Management Inc., (MEMI) a subsidiary of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. MEMI also operates Riverbend Music Center and PNC Pavillion, as well as the brand new Andrew J. Brady ICON Music Center opening soon. 

In 1969, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati began performing at the Taft Theatre after moving from the Emery Auditorium. 

Originally performing only two to three shows each season, TCT added a fourth show to the lineup in 1996. A “Young Adult Series” production played each year for just six seasons. Starting in 2001, TCT began its current season model featuring four shows for children ages 4-10. 

Ed Morrell, General Manager of the Taft Theatre, says:  “TCT is like a resident company here at the Taft Theatre. They have been coming in and performing every year since before we inherited the theatre! TCT is always looking for ways to further engage with the community. We believe that their addition of the sensory shows truly demonstrates this effort for engagement. The shows are amazing quality as well!” 

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is most grateful to Ed Morrell, MEMI, and the entire Taft Theatre staff for treating us like family through the last 52 years. We look forward to being back in the Taft Theatre again starting this October 2021 when we kick of TCT’s 102nd season. 

Would you honor The Taft Theatre and MEMI with a gift to recognize the impact made on TCT?

The Taft Theatre interior view from the stage

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