2022 TCT Gift Guide

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The holidays are right around the corner! If you are looking for more experience gifts this year, look no further! The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati provides many experiences for the young and the young at heart. Take a look at the gifts below that will never go out of style!

Tickets to TCT MainStage Show

Tickets are a great experience gift! Gather the family for a day out at the theatre and marvel in the Broadway-style productions put on by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Make it a whole day of family fun with Graeter’s after the show.

MainStage Subscription

Gift a whole 4-show subscription for those theatre lovers in your life. 23-24 Subscriptions will be available after December 10.

Academy Gift Certificate

Let the love of theatre grow with an Academy Gift Certificate. These can be used towards any TCT Academy Class. Know a child who is destined to be on stage? Let them build performing skills and confidence with classes like Musical Theatre Dance, Page to Stage, Voice, Improv, Musical Theatre Medley, and more.

TCT Cincy Shirts

TCT has partnered with Cincy Shirts for our show t-shirts. For the TCT super fan, gift them with a shirt from their favorite past TCT show! A portion of proceeds directly benefits The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s mission.

See shirts from DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS: THE MUSICAL, THE WIZ JR., ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR., and more!

Call for Asian-American Pacific Islander Voiceover Actors for TCT’s DISNEY’S MOANA JR.

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Cincinnati – The nation’s oldest professional theatre for youth, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, is searching for American Samoa, Hawaiian, Filipino and other AAPI community members or talent to contribute their voices to DISNEY’S MOANA JR. running at the Taft Theatre April 15-24, 2023. This paid voiceover work will be low commitment and pre-recorded. Compensation will be a stipend. Older voices are encouraged to submit. 

In TCT’s imaginative and puppet-centric version of DISNEY’S MOANA JR., some actors will be singing live on stage, and some will be operating puppets in blacklight. For the roles that will not be live on stage, voiceovers will be recorded.

Ideal and Minimum Qualifications:

To apply, please send the following to submissions@tctcincinnati.com with the subject line “Voice Submission.”

Questions? Please reach out to TCT Associate Artistic Director, Maddie Jones, at maddie.jones@tctcincinnati.com.

Get Ready to Go Guide

So, you’ve got tickets to a show with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati… YAY!

Photo credit: Sarah McGough

Here’s everything you need to know before you load the family in the car on the day of the show.

Before you leave:

Have your kids wear their Crown Club or TCT merch shirt from Cincy Shirts.

Bring their Crown Club lanyards to get stickered at the show.

Check your tickets – are they for the right day?

Print your tickets or download the PDF to show on your phone.

Subscribers – Don’t forget your parking pass!

Getting downtown:

Once the family is loaded into the car and buckled in, be sure to get directions to the TAFT THEATRE.

All performances of DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS: THE MUSICAL, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED JR., PRINCESS & FROG, and DISNEY’S MOANA JR. will be at the Taft Theatre.

Taft Theatre address: 317 E. 5th Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

Conveniently located at the corner of 5th & Sycamore Streets in downtown Cincinnati.

Parking:

Here are some suggestions for parking near the Taft Theatre:

During Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals home games, and Heritage Bank Arena events parking is traditionally more difficult. Please leave additional time before the show begins to secure a parking spot.

View more parking options on Downtown Cincinnati.

Grab a bite to eat:

TCT fans love to get Graeter’s before or after the show! The Fountain Square location is within walking distance of the Taft Theatre.

There are lots of quick bites and family-friendly options near the Taft Theatre.

View Downtown Cincinnati’s full list of restaurants.

In the theater:

Be sure to check out the TCT merch on sale before each show.

Crown Club members – be sure to pick up your special show item!

Photo credit: Courtney Snow

After the show:

Share your experience with us on social media – tag us @tctcincinnati!

Subscribers & Crown Club members – there will be autograph sessions after each show. Keep an eye on your email for more details.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Cast Announced for 2023 Junior Theatre Festival Competition Group

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Congratulations to the cast of JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL JR.! These students will be performing a medley of songs from the show at the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta.

Junie B. Jones – Sienna McClain

Daddy – Shawn Bilyeu

Bossy-Head May – Lucy Arnold

Lucille – Stella D’Ascenzo

Camille – Camryn Wilkinson

Chenille – Mackenzie Cook

Grace – Keya Vadivelu

Mr. Woo – Alexander Talbot

Bobbi Jean – Mackenzie Bilyeu

Herb – Benjamin Abes-Feldman

Sheldon Potts – Kip Richardson

Gladys Solo 1 – Kavan Vadivelu

Gladys Solo 2 – Chrissy Farria

Gladys Solo 3 – Avery Silvestain

Gladys Solo 4 – Margaret “Maggie” McKenna

Gladys Gutzman “Queen of Snacks” – Kinsey Clayton

Writing Down Solo 1 – Celia D’Ascenzo

Writing Down Student 3 – Julia Mozlin

Writing Down Student 4 – Avery Fox

Writing Down Student 5 – Amira Lavender

Writing Down Solo 2 – Audrey Satterwhite

Ensemble – Lucy Argueta, Olivia Czanik, Harper Duff, Lilli Edmiston, Patrick Everly, Eileen “Evie” Fortner, Natalie Gilb, Griffin Hatfield, Gabby Henderson, Sally Jones, Vivie Kate Keeney, Cora Koliak, Riley Lawrence, Clare Olliges, Sarina Patel, Anya Sperber, and Blake Stenson.

Cast Announced for AcademyLIVE! Chicago: Teen Edition

Congratulations to the cast of Chicago: Teen Edition! These talented students will be performing Chicago: Teen Edition as part of TCT AcademyLIVE! this fall.

VELMA KELLY – Lillian Hoel

ROXIE HART – Harlie Galloway

FRED CASELY – Alexander Talbot

SERGEANT FOGARTY – Eyre McCauley

AMOS HART – Shawn Bilyeu

VERONICA KELLY – Chrissy Farria

LIZ – Avery Silvestain

ANNIE – Mackenzie Cook

JUNE – Eva Sarakatsannis

HUNYAK – Avery Fox

MONA – Kinsey Clayton

MATRON “MAMA” MORTON – Nia Buchannon

BILLY FLYNN – Issiah Current

MARY SUNSHINE – Louisa Joy

KITTY – Olivia Wetzel

HARRY – Alex Talbot

Harry’s Girls – Avery Fox, Evie Fortner, and Eva Sarakatsannis

JUDGE – Addyson Darling

COURT CLERK – Mackenzie Bilyeu

Ensemble – Ireland Danner-Barnhill, Nicolette Coleson, Julia Mozlin, Emmarie Mason, Riley Lawrence, Anna Thornburg, Natalie Schmall, Gabby Henderson, and Margaret McKenna.

2023 Junior Theatre Festival Information

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TCT will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia in January 2023 to compete in a musical theatre festival. This is an audition-based group and we will only be casting a limited number of students. Students learn and compete with a 15-minute excerpt of an MTI JR. show. The festival also includes a full weekend of masterclasses from leading theatrical professionals, Broadway JR. DVD choreography auditions, pop-up concerts from notable theatre professionals, an opportunity to connect with over 6,000 other theatre students from around the world, and so much more!

This year’s JTF performance excerpt will be from JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL JR.

Parent Meeting

Please join us for a Parent Informational Meeting at TCT Monday, August 22, 2022 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

Audition Information

For Ages 9-18. Auditions will be held in-person at TCT Red Bank on Friday, August 26, 2022 from 4:30pm – 7:00pm. Auditions will include a dance section (please come ready to move) and a 16 bar acapella song. Please prepare a song about food from any musical of your choice.

Rehearsal schedule will be announced at the parent meeting. Junior Theatre Festival will be held in Atlanta, GA January 13 – 15, 2023. 

Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, November 28 – Thursday, December 15, 2022. Monday – Thursday, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Tuesday, January 3 – Wednesday, January 11, 2023. Monday – Thursday, 4:30-6:30pm. 

Makeup Day if any rehearsal needs to be canceled: Saturday, January 7, 2023. 10am-2pm. 

JTF Showcase: January 11, 2023. 6:30pm. 

Impact of the Harold and Lorraine Hoffman Scholarship Fund

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is thrilled to offer the Harold and Lorraine Hoffman Scholarship to students interested in classes at TCT Academy. We’d like to highlight a recent story that shows the deep impact of this scholarship.

Toby was a scholarship recipient and attended TCT Academy Classes last fall. His mother knew how much he loved to sing and dance, and applied for the scholarship without him knowing. Read the letter below to learn all about Toby’s experience.

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Angelo Cerniglia, TCT Education Director, says that Toby absolutely came out of his shell as time went on. On Day 1, Toby was too shy to even come into the classroom and watched from outside the door. Day 2 he sat inside and watched, and by Day 3 he was starting to engage. By the time Day 10 came around, he was so confident and interested that he saved the day by playing Tigger at the last minute. It is truly an amazing transformation.

Harold and Lorraine Hoffman believed that an education in the arts follows a child throughout their entire life. The study of music and theatre teaches life lessons, provides a hobby, a passion, and possibly even a career. Because of this, they knew that a little help to allow a child to do something extra can make an enduring impact.

Brian, Harold and Lorraine’s grandson, shared, “The Harold and Lorraine Hoffman Scholarship Fund is a loving tribute to my grandparents, who were always there with a few dollars to help their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren do a little something extra. Following their legacy, we hope that this scholarship gives the next generation of young artists that same opportunity.”

The Hoffman’s loved this story of transformation and Brian could completely relate to Toby, his hesitancy and growth as he found his confidence in the arts. They congratulated Angelo on creating an environment where Toby felt safe to explore and let his true interests naturally emerge. Brian is hopeful that sharing this story will help inspire more donors to come forward and fund opportunities for incredible kids like Toby. 

Angelo is delighted with this opportunity to welcome more students to the TCT Academy.  “Access to performing arts classes for students who want to discover or grow their artistic abilities is a major focus at TCT, and we can’t wait to witness the spark and delight made possible by this scholarship. I am thankful that Harold and Lorraine pursued their artistic interests and provided great inspiration to their family and friends!”

If you are interested in signing up your child for Academy classes, click here. Scholarship information can be found here.

Glass Slipper Gala 2022

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati hosted its Glass Slipper Gala on the evening of May 19, 2022 at the Hilton Netherland Plaza. It was a wonderful evening, hosted by Bob Herzog, as staff, board members, and friends gathered to celebrate the following honorees:

The Enchanted Award honors individuals who have made an impact on The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. This year, we are honoring Susie and Jack Louiso, the former Executive and Artistic Directors of The Children’s Theatre.

The Glass Slipper Award honors an individual and/or organization who “Turns the Ordinary into the Extraordinary” through significant volunteerism and civic service for the betterment of our community. We are delighted to present this year’s Glass Slipper Award to Mrs. Beth Guckenberger and Back2Back Ministries.

View some of the photos from the event below!

Closed for 2022: Macy’s Internship for Diverse Arts Administrators & Production Artists

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21-22 Change Fund Intern Aleah Vassell with TCT Artistic Director Roderick Justice

Thank you for your interest. The 22-23 application has closed.

Background

The mission of The Children’s of Cincinnati (TCT) is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. Now entering its 103rd season, TCT is the oldest professional theatre for young audiences in the country and is recognized as one of the top children’s theatres in the nation. TCT brings art to life through three divisions: TCT MainStage at the Taft Theatre, TCT on Tour/WorkShops, and TCT Academy.

Arts organizations have the power to heal, uplift, and create lasting cultural change. Our goal is that the quality and inclusivity of TCT productions will continue to inspire all youth, with increasing numbers from historically marginalized populations, to love theatre and/or pursue careers both on- and off-stage, particularly through a practice of diverse representation in all areas of our operations.

The Change Fund at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati was launched in October 2020 with the goal of creating an inclusive culture and innovation through the addition of previously excluded voices. The Change Fund provides exclusive funding for projects dedicated to eight pillar areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. TCT has currently identified these pillars as:

  1. Diverse Arts Administrators 
  2. Diverse Educators, Guest Speakers, Ambassadors, & Cultural Consultants
  3. Development of diversity-focused new works and adaptations
  4. Diverse Playwrights & Composers
  5. Diverse Directors & Choreographers
  6. Diverse Designers & Artists
  7. Diverse Production Crew
  8. Diversity-Focused Community Engagement Initiatives

The Change Fund seeks to offer opportunities for diverse individuals throughout the country including those of various races, ethnicities, religions, genders, abilities, socio-economic status, and more.

In the 2022-23 season, a generous donation from Macy’s will provide exclusive funding for The Change Fund in support of advancing a more equitable future for present and future theatre artists and administrators. In alignment with Macy’s Mission Every One, TCT will provide learning and leadership opportunities for underrepresented youth through the Change Fund Internship for Diverse Arts Administrators or Diverse Production Artists.

Macy’s has previously supported The Change Fund by funding the filming of the TCT on Tour production of ABIYOYO, a diversity-focused new work that was brought to life in the 2021-22 season.

How It Works

The Change Fund at TCT will provide professional and educational opportunities for diverse people interested in pursuing a career in the arts through internships for arts administrators and/or theatre production artists. Internships will amplify the voices of individuals who have been historically underrepresented. The Change Fund will be an educational resource dedicated to projects that specifically and intentionally propel the perspectives of people who are of varying race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and more, for many years to come.

Interested participants may apply for internships related to their professional goals in non-profit arts management and/or theatre production. Applicants may be aspiring non-profit marketing directors, CEOs, producers, development leaders, venue managers, scenic designers, technical directors, lighting designers, and beyond. Interns will lead various programming efforts, share in mentorship by TCT leaders, partake in professional development, engage in networking opportunities with other arts and business leaders in the community, and will be provided with valuable educational opportunities pertaining to their field of choice. Interns will also offer fresh expertise and perspective to TCT’s operations and programming departments.

Interns will work with TCT for a total of two months during the 2022-23 season. Interns will be provided of stipend of $500 per week as well as a housing or travel allowance if from outside of the Greater Cincinnati region.

Eligibility

Applicants must be:

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their resume/cover letter via submissions@tctcincinnati.com.  In addition, please submit an essay not to exceed 500 words, or a video not to exceed five minutes, indicating how an internship at TCT is of interest to you and how it will impact you personally, and how you hope to impact TCT in the context of arts administration and/or theatre production.

Applications must be received by June 30, 2022. 

Questions? Contact Development Manager Annie Bloemer annie.bloemer@tctcincinnati.com (513) 569-8080 ext. 32.

THE WIZ JR. Sensory-Friendly Guides

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is thrilled to welcome back audiences for our Sensory-Friendly Performance of THE WIZ JR. on April 6.

We have compiled the following guides for this performance:

These are available in PDF and Word Doc file formats.

Please find the guides linked here on Dropbox.

Or download individual files below.

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2022 Gold Star Teacher Nominees

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Congratulations to all of the following nominees for TCT’s and Gold Star’s 2022 Teacher Award. We will be announcing this year’s Gold Star Teacher soon – keep an eye on our social channels for the announcement!

These wonderful educators received nominations from students, parents, family members, and colleagues because they embody the qualities of a Gold Star Teacher. A Gold Star Teacher goes above and beyond for their students and treats everyone like they are family. They have courage and integrity in the work they do, and a clear passion that shows their love of their job and students.

*denotes Finalist

Adams County Christian School

Mandi Pease

Aldersgate Christian Academy

Melissa Gresham

Amanda Elementary School

Rebecca Parsons

Amity Elementary School

Jason Dopp

Annunciation Catholic School

Kelly Delisio

Anthony Wayne Elementary School

Mrs. K. Meyer

Batavia High School

Angela Kovacs

Batesville Primary School

Shannon Wells

Beechgrove Elementary School

Courtney Eckerle

Beechwood Elementary School

Jessica Enzweiler

Bellevue Middle and High School

Sarah Nestheide

Blanchester Middle School

Melissa Fornes

Bondurant Middle School

Holly Smith

Boone County High School

Erin Tharpe

Boyd E. Smith Elementary School

Sarah Baker

Boyle County Elementary School

Kandyce Black

Breckinridge Elementary School

Shannon Hopper

Bridgeport Elementary School

Kathy Petrovitch

Bright Local Schools

Beth Applegate

C.O. Harrison Elementary School

Shannon Brown

Stephanie Junker

Camp Ernst Middle School

Shannon McDonald

Camp Washington Head Start

Whitney Childers

Campbell County High School

Joshua Huff

Campbell County Middle School

Jessica Conley

Katlynn Prindle

Carlisle Local Schools

Brandy Osborne

Carroll County Middle School

Mollie Mason

Carson Elementary School

Arielle Berry

Central Academy

Lauren Houser

Charles L. Seipelt Elementary School

Nicole Reuss

Chase Elementary School

Shirley Easley

Clark Montessori

Corey Dyke

Delaney Krisel

Clifton Area Neighborhood School

Laurie Maull

Clough Pike Elementary

Kim Johnson

Sarah Shoemaker

Colerain Elementary

Mrs. Brown

Alison Riggs

Compass Elementary

Ronda Lawdon

Tiffany Mason

Conner High School

Chris Hedges

Jonathan Moore*

Donna Redding

Kal Sharma

Conner Middle School

Sarah Kuhse

Covedale School

Allison Gibson

Covington Holmes High School

Angele Rehfuss

Crawford Woods Elementary School

Kristina Hamester

Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary

Mattison Bingham

Crosby Elementary School

Cheryl Dorsch

Kate Gloyeske

Joann Harmon

Crossroads Elementary School

Allyssa Fessler

Brooke Leffingwell

Annette Morgan

Diane Rinehard

Crossroads Middle School

Michele Masanek

Dater Montessori

Mary Beth Hill*

Ann Myers

Dayton Kentucky Middle School

Sarah Davenport Bauman

Denver Elementary School

Andrew Lefevre

Dry Ridge Middle School

Tara Haynes

East Clinton Local Schools – Sabina Elementary

Sarah Morgan

Jaysha Milburn

Edgewood City Schools

Gary Clemmons

Darren Steiner

Edythe J. Hayes Middle School

Susan Bayes

Elda Elementary School

Lori Ellinghausen

Angela Strack

Elkhorn Middle School

Angela Coulson

Emerson Academy of Dayton

Charla Robson

Ethel M. Taylor Academy

Paige Wilson

Evanston Academy

Amy Graff*

Fairfield Compass Elementary

Susan Kneipp

Latrice Watkins

Fairfield Local School District

Tina Hughes

Fairfield North Elementary School

Katie Braun

Shannon Hoffman

Fairfield South Elementary School

Katie Witt

Fairwood Elementary School

Kiara Berry

Sara Turner

Faith Community Preschool

Jenny Vhynalek

Felicity-Franklin Elementary School

Mrs. McElfresh

Tara Miller

Frederick Douglass Elementary School

Jennifer Smith

Georgetown Elementary School

Emily Myers

Glendale Elementary School

Erica Pritchett

Goodridge Elementary School

Karen Behne

Leighanna Parton

Kelsey Roessner

Rachael Thompson

Grandview Elementary School

Hunter Ash-Fox

Grant County Middle School

Megan Matsumura*

Shawn Stewart

Grants Lick Elementary School

Margie Grainger

Chrissy Roseberry

Great Crossing High School

Kristy Johnson

Happy Days Preschool

Laura Reed

Heritage Early Childhood School

Katie Abner

Heritage Hill Elementary School

Elaine Stubblefield

Hillcrest Academy

Mr. Spraggins

Hillsboro Elementary School

Jenna Horick

Kristin Walker

Holly Hill Elementary School

Angela Giwer

Danielle Hardin

Lauren Henslee

Jessica Moss Garrett

Holmes Elementary School

Amanda McFadden

Holy Cross Elementary School

Jenny Harnist

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Elizabeth Craver

J.F. Dulles Elementary School

Karen Volpe

John G. Carlisle Elementary School

Madison Knaley

Taylor Shields

John P. Parker School

Amira Michalowski

John Paul II Catholic School

Jeanie R. Casey

Kelly Langenbrunner

Johnson Elementary School

Olivia Bryant

Kenton Elementary School

Katie Cahill

KinderCare – Anderson

Courtney Otis

Kings Junior High School

Erik Poggi

Kings Mills Elementary School

Rachel Immerman

Lakota East High School

Mrs. Edwards

Latonia Elementary School

Tricia Thomas

Lebanon High School

Hannah Ledford

Life Learning Center

Rev. Robert Ashley Beagle

Lincoln Elementary School

Barb Berringer

Michelle Litzler

Linden Grove School

Cindi Naveh

Little Miami Early Childhood Center

Eileen Frederick

Little Miami Elementary School

Chelsea Stacy

Little Miami Primary School

Jenny Farlow

Seneca Taylor

Lloyd High School

John Wilmhoff

Longbranch Elementary School

Rachel Bauer

Loveland Elementary School

Heidi Weber

Loveland High School

Shawn Miller

Kelly Partridge

Manchester Elementary School

Rhonda Brandenburg

Maple Dale Elementary School

Ashley Rosa

Mariemont Middle School

Merrell Welage

Marr/Cook Elementary School

Amy Ellerman

Danielle Stiles

Jamie Titcomb

Mrs. Whitley

Mary A. Goetz Elementary School

Chris Zimmerman

Maurice Bowling Middle School

Jamie Ann Bowlin

Merwin Elementary School

Tonya Montavon*

Miami Valley Christian Academy

Brooke Singleton

Russ Theisens

Alicia Weber

Middletown High School

Julie Dehaven

Middletown Middle school

Dwight Smith

Millcreek Elementary School

Savannah Vice

Monroe Elementary School

Michael Lausche

Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School

Kyle Wirthwine

Mount Notre Dame High School

Joann Felczan

Mt. Healthy Elementary School

Angela Hall

Mt. Healthy South Elementary School

Katie Milbower

Mt. Washington Elementary School

Laura Barlage

Mulberry Elementary School

Elizabeth Wanamaker

Nagel Middle School

Andrea Besl

Janna Frank

New Miami Elementary School

Tekila Fullam

Newport Intermediate School

Shannon Childers

Emily Kenner

Rachel Redden

Molly Turner*

Nicholas County High School

Shawna Irvin

Ninth District Elementary School

Melia Fox

Kayla Gibson

North Adams High School

Brittany Burns

North College Hill Elementary School

Raven Jackson*

Northern Kentucky University

Mahdi Yazdanpour

Northpointe Elementary

Stephanie Blevins

Northwest High School

Melinda Woodward

Norwood View Elementary School

Laura Kolenz

Oak Hills High School

Lori Franklin

Oak Hills Local School District

Jennifer Mansu

Ockerman Elementary School

Karrie Cook

Mrs. Crupper

Alison Lageman

Ockerman Middle School

Bea Torrence

Olentangy Liberty Middle School

Olivia Grilliot

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School

Leslie Spegal

Our Lady of Victory School

Tricia DiTullio

Park Layne Elementary School

Amanda Crowell

Parker Woods Montessori

Amber Lovett

Pattinson Elementary School

DeAnn O’Toole

Peebles Elementary School

Chasity Chamblin

Piner Elementary School

Jessica Schwalbe

Pleasant Hill Academy

Leona Tolliver*

Pleasant Run Middle School

Elizabeth Bailey

Prince of Peace Montessori

Melissa Royse

Putman Elementary School

Jessie Brandenburg

Mary Ann Reinhart

R.C. Hinsdale Elementary School

Teri Cox

Lori Frommeyer

Kristin Stainforth

Randall K. Cooper High School

Karen Wiebe

Reading Community School

Kim Mahan

Reiley Elementary School

Candice Kelsch

Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Elementary School

Aimee Carpenter

Tina Wright

River Ridge Elementary School

Renee Buckner

Roberts Paideia Academy

Becky Perry

Robertson County Schools

Dan Hildebrand

Tamara Leadingham-Jones

Roll Hill Elementary School

Keisha Jackson

Rosa Parks Elementary School

Debbie Murphy

Royal Redeemer

Sarah Beck

Russell Independent School District

Catherine Del Valle

Sacred Heart of Jesus School – Fairfield

Mrs. Grammel

Katie Whitacre

Sands Montessori

Caitlin Levine

Margaret Walters

School for Creative and Performing Arts

James Jones

Amanda Lees

Scott High School

Sara Remley

Sharonville Elementary School

Jeanne Benoit*

Sherwood Elementary School

Rob Hampton

Shirley Mann Elementary School

Pat Morgan

South Avondale Elementary School

Michael Brown*

Nicole Williams

South Vienna Middle School

Brad Whip

Southern Elementary School

Bart Bellairs

Ann Easterling

Patricia Easterling

Melissa Hagan

Samantha Hall

Becca Martin

Lakin Mullins

Amber Sharpe

Mrs. Wilbers

Southern Hills Career & Technical Center

Julie Evans

Southern Middle School

Keely Tarter

Southgate Independent School

Ryan Egan

Spaulding Elementary School

Abigail Fischer

Springboro High School

Sarah Benedict

Springdale Elementary School

Ashley Gerbus

Squires Elementary School

Shanna Williams

St. Agnes School

Rachael Sharp

St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School

Alyssa Snyder

St. Antoninus School

Emily Gruber

St. Augustine School

Katie Fedders

St. Bernadette School

Jennifer Duffey

Walter “Wally” Shaffer

Londa Thomas

St. Bernard-Elmwood Place Jr./Sr. High School

Carly Anderson

St. Catharine of Siena School

William Kuebler

St. Clement School

Ellen Gilardi

St. Gabriel Consolidated School

Bruce D. Bosse

St. Ignatius of Loyola School

Kelly Bien

St. James School – White Oak

Julia Mulvey

St. Joseph – Cold Spring

Susie Kahmann

St. Joseph Catholic School

Darlene Burse

St. Louis School

Patty Van Ha

St. Mary School – Hyde Park

Sarah Ash

Laura Bobay

Katie Easton

St. Michael School

Cheryl Braam

St. Philip School

Jennifer Twehues

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School

Michelle Stevens

St. Therese School

Ellen Lonneman

St. Thomas More Catholic School

Julia Mulvey

Kellie Pairan

St. Veronica School

Leslie Mueller

Stephens Elementary School

Barbara Stegman

Stepping Stones Learning Center

Carly Bisenbender

Step-Up Autism Alternative Education

Alex Perry

Stewart Elementary Princeton City Schools

Lauren Felsheim

Stewart Home School

Rachel Stewart

Straub Elementary School

Jennifer Kidd

Struble Elementary School

Jeremy Osterfeld

Summit Country Day School

Martha Rich

Sycamore High School

John Whapham

Talawanda Middle School

Beth Ziepfel

Tates Creek Elementary School

Tiffaney Russell

Temple Christian School

Kristin Smith

Terrace Park Elementary School

Lindsay Merten

Thornwilde Elementary School

Bonnie Schobert

Three Rivers Elementary School

Betty Reynolds

Turkey Foot Middle School

Courtney O’Donnell

Allison Peeno

Turpin High School

Nate Williams

Tutor Time Learning Center

Maite Rodriguez

Villa Madonna Academy

Marianne McGhee

Walnut Hills High School

Jayma Hazelbaker

Warren County Career Center

Kim Banks

Warren County Learning Center

Elizabeth Jacques

West Clermont High School

Timothy Ryan Conley

West Clermont Middle School

Mrs. Love

William Bick Primary

Madison VanCuren

William Henry Harrison High School

Shawn Sowders

Williams Avenue Elementary School

Lauren Weinheimer

Williamsburg High School

Samantha Williams

Williamsburg Middle School

Christi Cleaver

Williamstown Elementary School

Amber Lobenstein

Williamstown Middle School

Kyle Knarr

Winton Woods City Schools

Patty Davids

Alexandra Haggerty

Christina Jeranek

Mary Whittaker

Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School

Ann Birrer

Sarah Buchheit

Kathy Haught

Woodland Middle School

Lisa Clark

Yealey Elementary School

Saylor Norton

Tiffany Watkins

No School Listed

Karen Brown

Susie Louiso

TCT’s former (and first official) Executive Director and M.O.M. (Master Of Management)

Susie and Jack Louiso

Susan G. Louiso, age 79 of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away January 31st, 2022.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Louiso; daughters, Janie, Lynnie and Nancy H. Schwartz; grandson, Mateo Orlando Martinez Schwartz; stepsons, John Louiso and Todd Louiso (Sarah); step-grandsons, August and Bruno Louiso; sister, Edie Slotkin; and cousin, Kathy Buchman. Susie was Aunt Susie and an amazing friend to many. She was the daughter of the late Bert and Dr. David Graller.

Visionary. Advocate. Backbone. Glue. M.O.M. (Master of Management, that is.) As the former Executive Director of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Susie Louiso kept the company focused, fiscally responsible, and allowed creativity to soar.

Susie was an unsung hero. She produced all productions of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati between 1993 and 2011. She was the heartbeat of what went on behind the scenes. Without her, there would be no Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati as you know it today.

Many people don’t know what a theater producer does. But, according to wikipedia.com, a theater producer is the person “ultimately responsible for overseeing all aspects of mounting a theater production.” From fundraising to creating and overseeing budgets, working with directors and playwrights, negotiating with unions, day-to-day business with creative and backstage staff, dealing with theater issues, and basically shepherding each production element for each show from start to finish, this is the job Susie Louiso so carefully undertook for 18 years.

So, where does a woman of such influence get her start?

Kindergarten through first grade, Susie attended South Avondale Elementary School. In 1949, she attended North Avondale Elementary School when it opened, from second grade until sixth grade. Then, Walnut Hills High School from 1955-1960. Susie graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in K-3 Education in 1963 she decided to study primary education because she didn’t want her students to be taller than she was! She student-taught at Whitacre Elementary School in Finneytown. In 1976, Susie co-chaired a Jewish Hospital holiday show, which Jack Louiso was directing. It was there that the two met for the first time.

In 1978, Susie was the President of the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Adolescent Clinic, Inc., a division of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She also volunteered (what was supposed to be) one day a week to work on publicity at the celebrated Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). Instead, she ended up being a five-day-a-week volunteer.

After two 90-hour weeks of volunteering during SCPA Music Theatre performances of The Wiz in Washington D.C., Susie was offered a job. She served as Development Director at the School for Creative and Performing Arts from 1981-82. One of her most significant accomplishments was instating the school’s first fundraising Gala celebrating the production of The King and I.

Susie also was the Production Coordinator and Producer for all of the school’s productions from 1982 to June 1993, including overseeing performances in Japan, Germany, and France. In addition, she produced the opening of Procter & Gamble Company’s International headquarters and the opening ceremony of the World Figure Skating Championships.

The year before Susie Louiso became Executive Director at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, the company’s budget was $50,000, and the organization served 22,000 people. When she, Artistic Director Jack Louiso, and one box office manager became the staff, they had to fundraise their own salaries and increased the budget to $450,000.

Fast forward 18 years. When Susie retired, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s budget was $2 million, the company served 250,000 people, and the staff was 14 people strong.

At the end of the 2010-2011 season, Susie Louiso stepped down as Executive Director. Words can never describe the debt of gratitude the staff, the Board of Directors, and the city has to this one tiny powerhouse who transformed a small arts organization into a magical institution that has made a difference in the lives of countless young people.

A foundation will be established in the coming weeks in the names of Susie and Jack Louiso, for the benefit of youth arts education organizations including The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and SCPA.

At this time, we ask you to please allow the family space and time to grieve, and continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers or immediate donations, the family would like everyone to register for information or pledge donations to the foundation by emailing susieandjacklouisofoundation@gmail.com.

By registering, you will be notified about the details of the memorial service and the official announcement of a foundation.

JumpStart Theatre Program

Now Accepting Applications for the 2022-2023 School Year

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 15

Are you a middle school teacher in the Tri-State area looking to start a musical theatre program at your school? You may be eligible to participate in the JumpStart Theatre Program and do so for free! Learn more and apply today for funding for the 2022-2023 school year.

Apply Today

The JumpStart Theatre program creates sustainable theatre arts programs in middle schools where there previously were none.  Participating schools are chosen through a rigorous application process and receive training, materials, and budget support to produce their first full-scale musical production. The support continues for three years until the program becomes self-sustaining. 

Non-theatre teachers are equipped with skills and resources to produce their school’s first musical through a proven combination of bootcamp style training and hands-on mentoring. The Educational Theatre Foundation operates JumpStart Theatre through a national network of regional theatre company partners who are selected based on their track-record of success in running educational programs for children.

JumpStart Theatre partners are:  Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Ga.; La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, Calif.; Mountain City Center for the Arts, Frostburg, MD; Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; The Children’s Theatre, Cincinnati, OH*

 *original pilot site

How it works

Schools are rigorously screened on multiple criteria, most notably, passion and commitment. Participant schools receive the materials, funding, expert training, and experienced teaching artist mentor support to produce one full-scale musical production each year on a three-year path to sustainable capability.

Schools that apply must be middle schools or feature grades 5-8 within their school.

Training & Ongoing Mentoring

Three teachers from each participating school are taught the techniques and skills to develop and manage a musical theatre program (everything from casting, to rehearsal schedules, to staging/choreography and technical requirements, to cultivating parent/community engagement, to achieving economic sustainability) through a series of three, full-day professional development “boot-camps” each year of the three-year program, plus an ongoing mentoring/coaching relationship with an experienced theatre teaching artist.

Timeline for 22-23

January 15, 2022Application opens
March 31, 2022Application closes
March 2022Interviews for schools who have applied and site visits for finalists
April 2022Selected schools notified & orientation for selected schools
May 2022Planning for 2022-2023 school year (submit show selections, bootcamp dates determined, contracts signed)
Fall 2022Program begins at selected sites

About the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF)

The Educational Theatre Association is an international association with approximately 125,000 active members whose mission is shaping lives through theatre education. EdTA is home of the International Thespian Society, which has inducted more than 2.3 million students since its founding in 1929. The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) is the fundraising arm of EdTA, providing financial support to enhance theatre education and expand access to school theatre programs for every child. Learn more about ETF.

Questions?

Contact Mary Wright, Development & Volunteer Manager, mary.wright@tctcincinnati.com or call 513-569-8080 x14.

Cast Announced for TCT AcademyLive! Junie B. Jones the Musical JR.

Junie B Jones the Musical logo

Congratulations to the cast of Junie B. Jones the Musical JR.!

Junie B. Jones – Sienna McClain 

Daddy – Jackson Calvert 

Mother – Lillian Edmiston  

Lucille – Giselle Aagaard  

Camille – Madeline Mozlin 

Chenille – Madeline Benoit  

Grace – Lila Sager 

Bobbi Jean Piper – Parker Patton 

Mr. Woo – Mackenzie Bilyeu 

Herbert – Hunter Meadows  

May – Lucy Arnold  

Lennie – Nathan Lester 

José – Layla Rowley 

Mr. Scary – Zel Auger 

Shirley – Riley Verdin 

Lunch Student 1 (soloist) – Vivie Kate Keeney 

Sheldon – Preston Borchardt  

Gladys Gutzman – The Snack Queen – Kinsey Clayton 

Student 1 (Soloist) – Eliza Miller 

Student 2 (Soloist) – Gabby Henderson 

Student 3 (Soloist) – Charlotte Blase 

Student 4 (Soloist) – Avery Fox  

Student 5 (Soloist) – Kaiyah Schlafman 

Cheerleader 1 –Sabrina Kohus 

Cheerleader 2 – Kelly Lonneman 

Cheerleader 3 – Ashley Hammond 

Cheerleader 4 – Clare Olliges  

Cheerleader 5 – Tuula Hicks 

Cheerleader 6 – Harper Coleman 

Student Ensemble – Emmeline Coleman, Lola Sawyers , and Maggie McKenna

Health and Safety for 22-23 TCT Programming

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is committed to providing the safest space possible for patrons big and small, cast, crew, volunteers, and staff.  

We are keeping a close eye on community transmission rates as well as continued local and national guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our TCT COVID Ad Hoc Committee to aid in our decision-making. If changes are warranted, we will inform all participants immediately. 

As of August 17, 2022, for our 22-23 MainStage shows at the Taft Theatre, we do not have any restrictions. Masks are welcome, but not required. 

Safety is always our highest priority, and we hope you’ll treat each other with kindness and respect throughout your theatrical journey with us. 

If you are experiencing COVID-19, flu, or cold symptoms or have recently been exposed, please stay at home and contact our Box Office or TCT Academy staff for information. 

Our protocols are subject to change at any time based on levels of COVID-19 in our community, CDC recommendations and/or changes to federal, state, or local guidelines. Additionally, if you are uncomfortable with any of these changes, please contact us for a refund. 

Stay tuned our website and social media channels for any updates.