TCT Academy Classes Cancelled Feb. 15

In preparation and caution for tomorrow’s predicted weather, all in-person TCT Academy Classes for Monday (2/15) are cancelled. Please note:


Rescheduled 

  1. M.T. Dance (7-9) 4:15pm – 5:00pm rescheduled for March 15 from 4:15pm – 5:00pm 
  2. M.T. Dance (7-9) 5:15pm – 6:00pm rescheduled for March 15 from 5:15pm – 6:00pm 

Moved to Zoom

  1. Legally Blonde 4:30-6:00pm 

Be safe out there!

TCT Artist Spotlight: Michael Dillingham

photo courtesy of Amanda Boehmer

It may have been some time since you visited our lobby at Red Bank Road, but did you know we have a featured artist’s work on display? Meet Michael Dillingham, the artist behind Michael’s Creations. This inspiring artist, who began painting at age 14 while attending a program at United Cerebral Palsy in 2010, has some of his collection available to view near the dance studios in TCT’s Red Bank Road headquarters.  

Michael Dillingham

“My goal is to support myself with my art. When I think about what I want to paint, I think of the Cincinnati parks and trails where I ride my bike. I also think about the ocean, and the gardens I have worked in. Sometimes I paint characters from my favorite shows like “old school” Sesame Street.” 

– Michael Dillingham, Artist

He even has a few portraits of famous performers and historical figures. Check out some of his work below, and his website for even more! 

TCT’s 102nd Season Announcement

Welcome Home to the Taft Theatre this October!

After a much smaller, socially-distant season inside the company’s Showtime Stage on Red Bank Road, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome patrons home to the Taft Theatre in Downtown Cincinnati starting this October 2021. 

The previously announced Disney Channel smash hit movie musical, DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS, will open the theatre’s 2021-22 MainStage Season at the Taft, followed by the Junior versions of ELF THE MUSICAL, ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL, and a world-premiere adaptation of THE WIZ. 

For the safety of patrons and artists, and based on restrictions for large gatherings, the nation’s oldest children’s theatre postponed large-scale productions to the upcoming 2021-22 season.  Kim Kern, TCT’s Managing Director and CEO says, “While there are certainly unknowns still to be dealt with, I think it’s safe to say the worst-case scenario of having to shutter completely next season is off the table. Vaccine distribution is underway with herd immunity expected in late summer/early fall. We will continue to develop scenario plans, but I am fully confident that we will have a MainStage season at the Taft Theatre in 2021-22!” 

Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice, says: “We look forward to a “brand-new day” and a new season – including productions which didn’t see the curtain rise in 2019 and 2020– like ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR. We still have a commitment to keep audiences and artists safe while keeping our mission in focus. I’m looking forward to producing great live family theatre – because there really is no place like home at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.” 

TCT’s 2021-2022 MainStage Season at the Taft Theatre: 

DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS:  October 9 – 17, 2021 

ELF THE MUSICAL JR.:  December 4 – December 13, 2021 

MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR.:  February 5 – Feb. 14, 2022 

THE WIZ JR.:  April 2 – April 11, 2022 

Season Subscriptions & Flex Pass Packages 

Traditional subscriptions and flex pass packages to the TCT 21-22 MainStage Season are available now!

In honor of TCT’s 102nd season – this week only, premium subscriptions are available for $102 dollars for all 4 shows! (New subscribers only, through January 31.)  Regular subscriptions start at just $43!  All subscriptions remain refundable during the pandemic.  Please note: Becoming a Traditional Subscriber is the only way to guarantee seats to DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS.   

Single tickets for all shows will go on sale later this summer. 

Showtimes Are Changing in 20-21 

To best accommodate our youngest patrons, TCT has adjusted MainStage weekend showtimes. TCT will now host at 5 PM showtime the first Saturday, and an 11 AM show the second Saturday. The Friday 7:30 PM performances will be moving up to 7 PM. 

ALS interpretation and audio description will be offered on the first Saturday at 2 PM performances of all productions. Sensory-Friendly performances will be held on Wednesdays at 1 PM during the runs of DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS, ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR, and THE WIZ JR. 

Daytime, weekday school performances will be offered for all productions.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by ArtsWave and the generosity of tens of thousands of 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. 

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Looking for ways to celebrate one of the most notable leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in the US? Some of the best ways include giving back to your community and doing your own learning about the US Civil Rights Movement. Check out these fun and educational tools to help get you started. How will you celebrate? What have you learned? 

Watch TCT’s production of Martin’s Dream 

One of our most requested and beloved productions over the seasons, Deondra Kamau Means’ portrayal of the important historical figure is both moving and educational. This year, we have several ways to watch! Enjoy the entire production from start to finish on Broadway On Demand or try out our interactive Pick-A-Path option, where the viewer gets to make choices about what they see throughout the story. Just a note: there is some historically accurate language that may be considered inappropriate for younger viewers. For those ages 7 and younger, consider choosing the option “For Younger Audiences” when purchasing digital passes. 

Check out some of TCT’s Podcasts 

Over the last few years, TCT has produced several shows about important historical figures and events in the US Civil Rights Movement, including Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King. While those shows are not available digitally right now, the podcasts about those shows are! Give these 5–10-minute podcasts a listen throughout the weekend and beyond.  

Do some “homework” with our Study Guides 

Along with podcasts about each show, TCT provides digital and PDF study guides appropriate for all ages! They’re great for doing some solitary research and reflection as well as for facilitating family and group discussions. 

We hope these resources help inspire your journey to continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the work of the US Civil Rights & Black Lives Matter movements today and in the future! 

New Year New Online Offerings

We are just as happy as everyone else to finally put 2020 in the rearview and shift our focus to all the exciting new things happening in 2021 – starting this month! Read on to learn about all the exciting digital events coming up in January: 

Martin’s Dream 

Our ever-popular one-man show featuring the incomparable Deondra Kamau Means has gone digital! You can watch the show in its entirety on the Broadway On Demand platform, or you can try it with the interactive Pick-A-Path experience (there’s a version for younger audiences and for kids ages 8 and up). The perfect way to celebrate Black History Month and the weeks leading up to it, Martin’s Dream is available now across platforms.  

Garfield: The Musical With Cattitude 

January can definitely feel like the Monday of the calendar, so it’s a fitting time for this lasagna-loving feline to jump out of the comic strip and onto your screen. Digital streaming on Broadway On Demand begins January 28 and ends February 14. Purchase a pre-sale pass today and save 20%! 

TCT Academy Winter Classes 

Enjoy fun online classes from the comfort of your home! Drama Club, Theatre Games, and Musical Theatre Medley for ages 7-9 are all virtual, making it easier for students who are new to the artform to let loose and not let nerves get in the way of learning the craft! Classes begin the week of Jan. 25, but the last day to register is Jan. 19. With only 12 spots per class, they fill up quickly. Act fast! 

Bonus! One-Day Workshop with Broadway Dancers 

Participate in this one-time-only virtual dance workshop on January 23! Students will experience two dance workshops from the stars of Broadway’s hit musicals Holiday Inn and White Christmas. This back to back intensive will feature tap and jazz routines and a Q&A session.   

STAR 2021 Virtual Auditions 

Registration for our renowned STAR Summer Intensive program is now open for students ages 9-18! To register, students must submit a video audition that includes a monologue and a song to accompany a headshot and resume. Registration closes February 8. 

Auditions for 2021 STAR Programs

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is looking for children to make a splash this summer and audition for the company’s celebrated summer STAR Program. As an added bonus this year, all STAR NKU students will have the opportunity to participate in a full-length production of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL. 

Adapted from the iconic Nickelodeon series, the stakes are higher than ever in the staged production, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. 

Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice said, “In lieu of our annual one-act festival, I am excited to bring the entire STAR NKU program together with one big Broadway musical. Additionally, we plan to give students a 360-degree experience of the entire process of producing a show and how it happens behind the scenes.  

The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg and features a book by Kyle Jarrow, with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton, with additional music by Tom Kitt. The musical production was conceived by Tina Landau. 

Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants, and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. 

Children ages 9-18 (going into their Senior year of High School) can now begin preparing submissions to audition for the renowned STAR Intensive NKU and STAR Camp Red Bank programs with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Auditions will be held electronically via video submissions.

Registration and video submissions will be accepted until Monday, February 8 2021.

You MUST register online and include a youtube link (marked as unlisted) in the registration.

PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR VIDEO AUDITION. If you need to cancel or make changes, please follow the link in your registration email. Multiple slots for a single actor will be cancelled. You will need to register for a specific time which will be used for internal purposes only, DO NOT REPORT TO TCT IN PERSON.

Below is the link to fill out the audition form for the virtual auditions.  There is a spot where you can include the link to your audition video in the registration form.

Your video submission MUST include: 

ABOUT STAR INTENSIVE NKU: 

Our STAR Intensive NKU program is a four-week training program for students, ages 9-18. Students are accepted by audition only and will work with leading professionals in the theatre business to help them become well-rounded performers in all areas of musical theatre. The intensive culminates in a musical theatre showcase featuring some of the most popular songs from the Broadway repertoire as well as a fully produced One-Act Play festival! STAR Intensive NKU participants will have the opportunity to be considered for additional high-level training in our Academy through our invitation-only classes. 

ABOUT STAR CAMP RED BANK: 

STAR Camp Red Bank is our program for gifted and talented students who are advanced in some areas of musical theatre and who have progressed beyond the basic levels of training. For three weeks in July, a select number of students will work with leading professionals in the theatre business to help them improve and become well-rounded performers in all areas of musical theatre. STAR Red Bank culminates in a musical theatre showcase featuring some of the most popular songs and scenes from the Broadway repertoire! 

*ALL DATES,TIMES, and LOCATIONS are subject to change

Giving Thanks: A Message from our CEO

As we approach what is sure to be an unusual Thanksgiving holiday, I find myself more than ever focused on all of the things I have to be thankful for and am astounded that there are so many! I am blessed to have a family that is healthy and happy, and to be a part of an arts organization that continues to power through this pandemic in a mission-centric, yet efficient and responsible manner. 

We are able to do so due to passionate and creative staff and due to extremely engaged donors, volunteers and patrons such as yourself. Therefore, this puts YOU at the top of my list of things for which I am thankful.
And, here are just a few things we have been able to do recently because of you: 

On November 12th we opened our live production of The Velveteen Rabbit with limited-capacity, socially-distanced seating and many protocols in place to keep staff, volunteers and patrons safe. 
On November 19th the streaming version of The Velveteen Rabbit became available on Broadway on Demand for people around the globe to watch from the comfort of their own homes. 

We have a combination of limited-capacity, in-person and virtual classes going on right now so children may continue to engage in the arts and to build valuable life skills such as increased confidence, whether at our studios at Red Bank or in their homes. 

We have multiple other productions currently available via Broadway on Demand, and for two of these productions we have created Pick-A-Path options where children interact with the performance and are able to make choices that change outcomes of the production along the way. 

We are collaborating with venues around the country that are unable to open and do not have virtual offerings of their own who are marketing our digital products to their school contacts. These venues receive a percentage of the revenue resulting from their efforts. Our impact increases as a result, not just in terms of reach and revenue, but also in our contribution to helping to sustain struggling arts organizations throughout the country. 

In addition to all of the above, we have been able to reduce our expenses by over $800,000 for the year so far, and yet have still kept a full and productive staff. They are grateful, and I am grateful, and we are all incredibly thankful. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

All My Best,

Kim KernManaging Director and CEO

KeyBank’s Lead Gift Unlocks the Door for Change at TCT

The Change Fund to Bring Diverse Voices to The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati 

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is proud to announce the lead gift in a new company initiative focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access initiatives. With funds of $5,000 from KeyBank, TCT plans to launch The Change Fund. KeyBank’s investment will be used for the very first Change Fund activity, likely a 2- or 3-month arts administration fellowship, beginning Fall 2021.  

“Our goal at TCT is to embrace and emulate inclusivity and to ensure that ALL members of our community see themselves represented across all facets of our organization,” said Kim Kern, Managing Director and CEO of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. “We commit to identifying, addressing and removing misconceptions, barriers and biases in our organization, including those pertaining to productions, process, practices, and programs. The Change Fund is designed to focus on this access across our staff, Board of Trustees, audiences, programs and artists regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, national origin, or educational background.” 

TCT hopes that the generosity of KeyBank will inspire others to follow their lead and support this much needed fund. The Change Fund will bring diverse voices to The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s stage and operations, providing artists, choreographers, administrators, playwrights, crew, and others with increased opportunities by eliminating systemic barriers and inequalities that have prohibited such opportunity in the past. 

 “KeyBank’s culture is built on a foundation of diversity, equity and inclusion for all,” said Cincinnati Market President Michael McCuen. “As a leader in the business community, we recognize the role we play and are committed to adding our voice and actions to drive progress toward ensuring equity, inclusion and justice for every individual in the communities we serve.  We are proud to help TCT launch The Change Fund and encourage other corporations to join us.”  

As a company recognized for its commitment to and advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices, KeyBank reaffirmed its strong stand for social justice and racial equity earlier this year with a $1 million commitment to provide social change grants in all its 26 markets, and has committed to a comprehensive community response plan to accelerate outcomes and create meaningful and lasting advancement toward racial equity and social justice across its footprint.   

To learn more about how you or your organization can support The Change Fund please contact Tera Pierce, TCT’s Development Manager, Corporate Partnerships, at tera.pierce@tctcincinnati.com or call 513-569-8080 x32. 

About KeyCorp/KeyBank: 

KeyCorp’s roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $170.5 billion at September 30, 2020. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of more than 1,000 branches and approximately 1,400 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC. 

Why Pronouns Matter on- and off-stage

You may recognize our guest blogger Jo Bennett from our 2019 production of Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS where they played Baloo the Bear. Read on for Jo’s take on why pronouns matter:

“My name is Jo Bennett and my pronouns are They/Them. I am an actor, writer, professional storyteller, and voice actor based in the Midwest. I came out as genderfluid in 2016. I was a natural storyteller growing up. It didn’t matter to me what the part was – I had to play it! When the neighborhood kids pretended to be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I wanted to be Master Splinter. When I played videogames with my brothers I voice acted every single character. I didn’t see many examples of people who felt like me as a youngster. I spent a lot of effort in the mirror trying to emulate examples of hyper-femininity, thinking people would like me better or hire me more. I came to the conclusion that doing so made me desperately unhappy. I just wanted to make my art – I just wanted to be me. Once I came out I was amazed at the warm reception I received! Sure, there were some missteps with pronouns and some rude folks who dismissed me, but for every 1 of those people I discovered 20 people who would tell me, ‘Thank you – I never knew there was someone like me out there.’

I had the pleasure of performing Baloo the Bear most recently for The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati’s production of Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS and the staff made every effort to respect my journey. My presentation of Baloo was not a feminine or a masculine one – it was a presentation of a fun-loving parent. I felt that presenting the character in this way was so much more truthful than forcing Baloo into a binary worldview.”

TCT is working to create an inclusive environment for staff, crew, cast, artists, and volunteers. We’re starting by making simple changes like putting our pronouns in our email signatures, Zoom name boxes, and on our name tags. When we make these small changes, we allow others – like Jo – to feel more at ease and welcome when they come into our space. Really, using pronouns is one of the bare necessities of life 🐻

TCT for your school year – however it looks!

Just like our Theatre season (and basically everything in 2020), this school year is nothing like we originally imagined! As teachers, administrators and parents alike navigate planning a curriculum for this unusual school year that keeps kids both learning and safe, TCT is here to offer a variety of supplemental tools for education through the arts! Check out everything we have going on this school year: 

Virtual Shows 

Not just another “educational video,” most of our shows this season are available digitally in their entirety for a very low price on Broadway On Demand. The shows can be purchased in a bundle for the entire school or class, or by individual streaming pass for families. All you need to watch is an internet-connected device, and you can even stream to a Smart TV! 
Available Shows:  Harriet Tubman; Jacqueline & The Beanstalk; Martin’s Dream; The Velveteen Rabbit; Garfield; Rapunzel: A Hairy Fairytale

Buy passes for individuals & families

Pick-A-Path Shows 

A new offering this year! One of the great things about a digital pivot for the theatre means we get to try new ideas – like this one! Perfect for viewing individual, professionally recorded and edited versions of three of our touring productions include fun interactive components where the class or students at home make different selections along the way to direct the action of the play. All leading to the same outcome, of course, because we don’t want to change the story. Just different twists and turns to engage the audience and provide greater viewing pleasure and interest. 
Available Shows: Harriet Tubman; Jacqueline & The Beanstalk; Martin’s Dream

Virtual Live Talkbacks 

“ZOOM” in for a close and personal Q&A following your scheduled viewing of a TCT On Tour or TCT MainStage virtual production. Meet with a TCT Touring and/or Teaching Artist to further engage with the play content or ask general questions about the musical theatre process. The TCT Talkback is scheduled through Zoom for a specific date and time with an advance invitation including the link to access the session. It is ideal for just one class of up to 30 whether the students are physically at school in a socially distanced classroom or accessing from home on an individual basis. Available Shows: Harriet Tubman; Jacqueline & The Beanstalk; Martin’s Dream; The Velveteen Rabbit; Garfield; Rapunzel 

Available for Schools & Venues Only

Live Shows 

Won’t be deterred by a pandemic? Well, lucky for you we do still have options to see live theatre with all the state and national health and safety measures in place to ensure the utmost safety for our cast, crew, and audience. We have limited tickets available for in-person shows at Red Bank Road, as well as touring one- or two-person shows! 
Available Shows:  Harriet Tubman; Jacqueline & The Beanstalk; Martin’s Dream; The Velveteen Rabbit; Garfield; Rapunzel

WorkShops 

Looking for something more interactive? Try our Academy Scholars digital STEAM WorkShop for grades 1-5. Each module contains grade level linked curriculum lessons taught through the arts in one single video. Lessons can be done as a class or independently, and modules include 45 minutes to 1 hour’s worth of activities that can be done at the teacher’s chosen pace. Each lesson introduces students to Common Core standards through song, movement, and activity packets lead by our TCT Education Team. All paper activities are delivered digitally for teachers to print off. Modules can be purchased as a package for the entire school or individually per grade and team. 
Available WorkShops: Academy Scholars 

Questions? Need More Info?

Contact:

Violet Rae Webster: School Sales
513-569-8080 x20

Ticket Office: Individual & Family Tickets
513-569-8080 x10

TCT’s Living Room Musicals

An Introduction from TCT Education Director, Angelo Cerniglia

It’s a lifelong company goal of TCT’s to be able to reach every kid, any kid, regardless of ability or circumstance with a robust arts education.

The arts are one of our first languages we learn, communicate, and express ourselves through. Before we know words, we draw what’s in our mind, sing what’s in our hearts, and dance to the beats of our emotions. The arts are a universal language that is, at one point, understood by all. Kids at heart and age all require exposure to the arts to excel in and out of the classroom and teaches soft skills that will carry them through life.

We recognize that although everyone should have an arts education experience, not all methods of disseminating them are conducive learning environments or strategies for every student.

In our efforts to combat the effects of COVID-19, and maintain healthy learning environments, we took to the internet to continue our passion for expanding the minds of young artists.

Upon developing a new digital distant learning course, we discovered that we were creating a differentiated approach to musical theatre education that can be applied to a broader reach of students – specifically our students with developmental disabilities who enjoy our MainStage Sensory-Friendly performances.

Originally created for our young performers, ages 4 through 6, TCT’s LIVING ROOM MUSICALS was designed to bring arts education to the comfort of homes without the use of live virtual software.

Not only does this new course provide a gentle stepping stone into arts education for young performers but has also proven successful to some of our students with learning differences of ALL AGES!

Sometimes, our students with developmental disabilities can struggle being in an arts classroom because of many factors that naturally occur in theatrical settings such as bright lights, loud noises, and spikes in energy and movement. These distractions create learning obstacles that are difficult for our students to overcome and with no way to turn the proverbial knob down, these students can become frustrated and left feeling defeated. Not because they can’t learn the material, but rather, they don’t have the ability to remove the factors from that classroom.This unique series of videos delivers new content bi-weekly for 7 weeks.

This option allows for flexibility on when a student has class and how much of the class they want to complete in one sitting.Subscribers will receive a total of 4 musical video tutorials and 1 vocal/dance warmup over the course of their 7-week class that will teach young artists the fundamentals of musical theatre. In the bi-weekly email that is sent out, parents will receive a printable art activity, sheet music, accompaniment and guide vocal tracks, and tutorial videos to access for up to two weeks to allow students to learn on their own time, at their own pace.

Each video tutorial not only teaches the song,dance, and craft featured that week to a specific musical, but also lays the groundwork for teaching techniques, practices, and terminology to build knowledgeable artists. Each class/musical is chosenin a way to be able to scaffold their learning journey by building on each previous lesson and guiding them towards more difficult songs, dances, and projects.

We are always striving to create classrooms acceptable for every student to attend, but even the most well laid out plan will leave someone out. Having these lessons digitally allows students who haven’t mastered the ability to turn those knobs down in those situations and are instead able to learn their musicals in an environment that they can control. The sound can be lowered on videos, screens dimmed, and rooms secluded from outside activity that could lead to a distraction.

We are hoping to take the techniques we are learning and be able to partner with outside organizations to bring more programming, both live and digitally, to all students.Once students have mastered their song and dance, we encourage their parents/guardians to show off their star’s talent by posting it to our TCT social media accounts (at theirdiscretion) with the hashtag #TCTLIVINGROOMMUSICALS so the TCT family can cheer them on throughout their journey!

I welcome any questions you might have. Feel free to email me at angelo.cerniglia@tctcincinnati.com.

Thank you so much.

Angelo Cerniglia
TCT Education Director

TCT’s Living Room Musicals is made possible in part by The Children’s Home.

Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day by reading their stories

From the 2018 TCT On Tour production of Pocahontas

All great theatre is based on great storytelling. Below is a list of stories by Indigenous People appropriate for kids of all ages! A great way to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day is to first read about the origin of the holiday and defining the terms. Then, check out some or all of these stories below. Read them, talk about them, and see if you can create your own theatrical interpretation of them for friends and family! Have a feature presentation via video chat – and don’t forget to hit record and tag us in your final production masterpiece. 

Books for Ages 0-3 

Books for Ages 4-6 

Books for Ages 7-9 

Books for Ages 10-12 

Books for Ages 13+ 

TCT’s Academy Scholars

A digital S.T.E.A.M. resource for grades 1 through 5

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Workshops bring professional Teaching Artists into the classroom (either virtually or in person) to teach a range of lessons and life skills. We aim to expand students’ appreciation for music, drama and theater through lessons that are aligned with curriculum. 

This year, as an online response to COVID-19, TCT’s Education team has created a new option for teachers — Academy Scholars — available starting October 15, 2020.  

“The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is elated to unveil our a new virtual TCT Workshop experience: Academy Scholars,” said TCT Education Director, Angelo Cerniglia. “Our newly developed virtual workshop provides a link between academics and art by teaching curriculum-based standards through arts integrated activities and lessons. Our STEAM based approach to lessons are designed to be done as a group or independently.  All of our TCT Academy Scholars Workshops we’re designed to incorporate social distancing protocols to keep students safe and learning – while still having fun!”

Each module contains grade level linked curriculum lessons taught through the arts in one single video. Lessons can be done as a class or independently.

Modules includes 45-60 minutes worth of activities that can be completed at the teacher’s chosen pace. Each lesson introduces students to Common Core standards through song, movement, and activity packets lead by our TCT Education Team. All paper activities are delivered digitally for teachers to print off.

Modules can be purchased as a package for the entire school or individually per grade and team.

Modules include:

Your Family’s Safety Is Our Priority

TCT has been working diligently behind the scenes to create and debut new safety protocols to protect the audience and the actors on stage.

COVID-19 Protocols for Live Performances at Red Bank


** Live productions are subject to capacity restrictions and safety protocol through the CDC and the State of Ohio and may be converted to a digital ticket if the performance must be canceled for any reason due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TCT Teams Up With Theatres Around The Nation

This groundbreaking online performance for families explains what racism is, how to know it when you see and experience it, and ideas for what you can do about it. 

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is proud to bring this to bring this world premiere, online theatrical experience to children and families in our community in partnership with 41 other TYA theatres across the country including:

Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Alliance Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre as Lead Producers.  

Adapted and Directed by Khalia Davis

Lyrics by Davied Morales

Music by Justin Ellington

Based on the book by Jelani Memory, A Kids Book About Racism.

Streaming August 1 and 2 FREE on Broadway on Demand. 

The work is produced by Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Alliance Theatre, in partnership with Adventure Theatre MTC, Arts on the Horizon, Atlantic for Kids (Atlantic Theater Company), Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Children’s Theater of Madison, Children’s Theatre Company, Childsplay, Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Coterie Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theater, Dare to Dream Theatre, Des Moines Performing Arts, Duluth Playhouse, Filament Theatre, First Stage, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Imagination Stage, The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Magik Theatre, Metro Theater Company, Nashville Children’s Theatre, New York City Children’s Theater, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orpheum Theatre Group, Pink Umbrella Theater Company, ReNew Productions, Rose Theater, Seattle Children’s Theatre The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, The Gottabees, The Open Eye Theater, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, TheatreWorksUSA, Trike Theatre, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, and Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University.

Cast and Creative Team for A Kids Play About Racism

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Transcendence Theatre Company’s Fantastical Family Night

You’re invited to the Best Night Ever Online for Fantastical Family Night!

July 24-26

(Five showtimes)

Get ready to fly through the sky on this phenomenal ride of song and dance. Starring a cast of some of the best and brightest young people in Sonoma County, California, performing alongside Broadway Under the Stars favorites. This ride is sure to be unlike any other with twists and turns, magic and mayhem, animals and aliens all on board as we unite to seek the transformative power of art and find it knows neither time nor limits. You and your entire family will enjoy songs from Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, and some of your favorite Disney classics! So huddle up your best team and get ready for a night of performance with young artists coming into their own. The “Best Night Ever” is for all ages.

Performances on Saturday, July 25, feature a pre-show conversation with TCT’s Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice.


You must reserve a ticket, FREE or donation, to receive sign-in information for the show.


About Transcendence:

Transcendence Theatre Company is an award-winning, nonprofit arts organization, comprised of artists with professional experience from Broadway, film, and television. Based in Sonoma, CA, Transcendence specializes in producing high caliber Broadway concerts that go beyond the usual limits.

Transcendence Theatre Company was founded by TCT alumnus, Steven Stubbins, the brother past Board President, Scott Stubbins, and son of past TCT Board President, Chris Stubbins!  

From a past Transcendence Theatre Company production