2022 TCT Gift Guide
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.
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.
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:
- Clear speaking voice
- Ability to portray a character
- Ideally come to TCT Red Bank to record lines and/or songs
To apply, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Voice Submission.”
- A headshot or photo of yourself
- Any previous acting, voiceover, or theatrical experience
- May share ethnicity and/or cultural background
Questions? Please reach out to TCT Associate Artistic Director, Maddie Jones, at email@example.com.
Get Ready to Go Guide
So, you’ve got tickets to a show with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati… YAY!
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!
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.
Here are some suggestions for parking near the Taft Theatre:
- BROADWAY GARAGE: 310 Broadway, 45202
- COLUMBIA PLAZA GARAGE: 250 East 5th Street, 45202 — entrance also on Sycamore
- QUEEN CITY SQUARE GARAGE: 301 East 4th Street, 45202 — entrances on Broadway and Sycamore
- MASONIC LOT: 331 East 5th Street, 45202 — outdoor parking lot on the corner of 5th and Broadway
- OUTDOOR LOTS: At the corner of Sycamore and 7th
- FOUNTAIN SQUARE GARAGE: Underground parking available at Fountain Square
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!
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
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
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.
Please join us for a Parent Informational Meeting at TCT Monday, August 22, 2022 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm.
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.
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.
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
Thank you for your interest. The 22-23 application has closed.
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:
- Diverse Arts Administrators
- Diverse Educators, Guest Speakers, Ambassadors, & Cultural Consultants
- Development of diversity-focused new works and adaptations
- Diverse Playwrights & Composers
- Diverse Directors & Choreographers
- Diverse Designers & Artists
- Diverse Production Crew
- 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.
Applicants must be:
- Undergraduate or Graduate students, or recent Graduates, who identify with a diverse population
- Interested in pursuing a career in Arts Administration and/or Theatre Production
- Available for a minimum of 20 but up to 35 hours per week for a maximum of twelve weeks during the Fall or Spring.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit their resume/cover letter via firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com (513) 569-8080 ext. 32.
THE WIZ JR. Sensory-Friendly Guides
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:
- Character Guide
- Social Narrative
- Theatre Sequence and Checklist
- Tip Sheet
These are available in PDF and Word Doc file formats.
Please find the guides linked here on Dropbox.
Or download individual files below.
2022 Gold Star Teacher Nominees
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.
Adams County Christian School
Aldersgate Christian Academy
Amanda Elementary School
Amity Elementary School
Annunciation Catholic School
Anthony Wayne Elementary School
Mrs. K. Meyer
Batavia High School
Batesville Primary School
Beechgrove Elementary School
Beechwood Elementary School
Bellevue Middle and High School
Blanchester Middle School
Bondurant Middle School
Boone County High School
Boyd E. Smith Elementary School
Boyle County Elementary School
Breckinridge Elementary School
Bridgeport Elementary School
Bright Local Schools
C.O. Harrison Elementary School
Camp Ernst Middle School
Camp Washington Head Start
Campbell County High School
Campbell County Middle School
Carlisle Local Schools
Carroll County Middle School
Carson Elementary School
Charles L. Seipelt Elementary School
Chase Elementary School
Clifton Area Neighborhood School
Clough Pike Elementary
Conner High School
Conner Middle School
Covington Holmes High School
Crawford Woods Elementary School
Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary
Crosby Elementary School
Crossroads Elementary School
Crossroads Middle School
Mary Beth Hill*
Dayton Kentucky Middle School
Sarah Davenport Bauman
Denver Elementary School
Dry Ridge Middle School
East Clinton Local Schools – Sabina Elementary
Edgewood City Schools
Edythe J. Hayes Middle School
Elda Elementary School
Elkhorn Middle School
Emerson Academy of Dayton
Ethel M. Taylor Academy
Fairfield Compass Elementary
Fairfield Local School District
Fairfield North Elementary School
Fairfield South Elementary School
Fairwood Elementary School
Faith Community Preschool
Felicity-Franklin Elementary School
Frederick Douglass Elementary School
Georgetown Elementary School
Glendale Elementary School
Goodridge Elementary School
Grandview Elementary School
Grant County Middle School
Grants Lick Elementary School
Great Crossing High School
Happy Days Preschool
Heritage Early Childhood School
Heritage Hill Elementary School
Hillsboro Elementary School
Holly Hill Elementary School
Jessica Moss Garrett
Holmes Elementary School
Holy Cross Elementary School
Immaculate Heart of Mary
J.F. Dulles Elementary School
John G. Carlisle Elementary School
John P. Parker School
John Paul II Catholic School
Jeanie R. Casey
Johnson Elementary School
Kenton Elementary School
KinderCare – Anderson
Kings Junior High School
Kings Mills Elementary School
Lakota East High School
Latonia Elementary School
Lebanon High School
Life Learning Center
Rev. Robert Ashley Beagle
Lincoln Elementary School
Linden Grove School
Little Miami Early Childhood Center
Little Miami Elementary School
Little Miami Primary School
Lloyd High School
Longbranch Elementary School
Loveland Elementary School
Loveland High School
Manchester Elementary School
Maple Dale Elementary School
Mariemont Middle School
Marr/Cook Elementary School
Mary A. Goetz Elementary School
Maurice Bowling Middle School
Jamie Ann Bowlin
Merwin Elementary School
Miami Valley Christian Academy
Middletown High School
Middletown Middle school
Millcreek Elementary School
Monroe Elementary School
Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School
Mount Notre Dame High School
Mt. Healthy Elementary School
Mt. Healthy South Elementary School
Mt. Washington Elementary School
Mulberry Elementary School
Nagel Middle School
New Miami Elementary School
Newport Intermediate School
Nicholas County High School
Ninth District Elementary School
North Adams High School
North College Hill Elementary School
Northern Kentucky University
Northwest High School
Norwood View Elementary School
Oak Hills High School
Oak Hills Local School District
Ockerman Elementary School
Ockerman Middle School
Olentangy Liberty Middle School
Our Lady of Grace Catholic School
Our Lady of Victory School
Park Layne Elementary School
Parker Woods Montessori
Pattinson Elementary School
Peebles Elementary School
Piner Elementary School
Pleasant Hill Academy
Pleasant Run Middle School
Prince of Peace Montessori
Putman Elementary School
Mary Ann Reinhart
R.C. Hinsdale Elementary School
Randall K. Cooper High School
Reading Community School
Reiley Elementary School
Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Elementary School
River Ridge Elementary School
Roberts Paideia Academy
Robertson County Schools
Roll Hill Elementary School
Rosa Parks Elementary School
Russell Independent School District
Catherine Del Valle
Sacred Heart of Jesus School – Fairfield
School for Creative and Performing Arts
Scott High School
Sharonville Elementary School
Sherwood Elementary School
Shirley Mann Elementary School
South Avondale Elementary School
South Vienna Middle School
Southern Elementary School
Southern Hills Career & Technical Center
Southern Middle School
Southgate Independent School
Spaulding Elementary School
Springboro High School
Springdale Elementary School
Squires Elementary School
St. Agnes School
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School
St. Antoninus School
St. Augustine School
St. Bernadette School
Walter “Wally” Shaffer
St. Bernard-Elmwood Place Jr./Sr. High School
St. Catharine of Siena School
St. Clement School
St. Gabriel Consolidated School
Bruce D. Bosse
St. Ignatius of Loyola School
St. James School – White Oak
St. Joseph – Cold Spring
St. Joseph Catholic School
St. Louis School
Patty Van Ha
St. Mary School – Hyde Park
St. Michael School
St. Philip School
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School
St. Therese School
St. Thomas More Catholic School
St. Veronica School
Stephens Elementary School
Stepping Stones Learning Center
Step-Up Autism Alternative Education
Stewart Elementary Princeton City Schools
Stewart Home School
Straub Elementary School
Struble Elementary School
Summit Country Day School
Sycamore High School
Talawanda Middle School
Tates Creek Elementary School
Temple Christian School
Terrace Park Elementary School
Thornwilde Elementary School
Three Rivers Elementary School
Turkey Foot Middle School
Turpin High School
Tutor Time Learning Center
Villa Madonna Academy
Walnut Hills High School
Warren County Career Center
Warren County Learning Center
West Clermont High School
Timothy Ryan Conley
West Clermont Middle School
William Bick Primary
William Henry Harrison High School
Williams Avenue Elementary School
Williamsburg High School
Williamsburg Middle School
Williamstown Elementary School
Williamstown Middle School
Winton Woods City Schools
Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School
Woodland Middle School
Yealey Elementary School
No School Listed
TCT’s former (and first official) Executive Director and M.O.M. (Master Of Management)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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, 2022||Application opens|
|March 31, 2022||Application closes|
|March 2022||Interviews for schools who have applied and site visits for finalists|
|April 2022||Selected schools notified & orientation for selected schools|
|May 2022||Planning for 2022-2023 school year (submit show selections, bootcamp dates determined, contracts signed)|
|Fall 2022||Program 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.
Contact Mary Wright, Development & Volunteer Manager, email@example.com or call 513-569-8080 x14.
Cast Announced for TCT AcademyLive! Junie B. Jones the Musical JR.
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.