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“You have the strength, the courage, the determination to reach for the stars and change the world!”Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ the Underground
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,
TCT AcademyLIVE! Spring 2021: Heathers The Musical — High School Edition
TCT is a professional theatre company and here is when YOU can take the stage. This class combines instruction with the opportunity to perform in a fully-staged musical with props, costumes and sets. Our curriculum combines instruction with “doing,” to best help students internalize and master the theater skills taught. To complement and reinforce the learning process, students will also spend time rehearsing for their production that culminates in public performances.
Important Information – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
- The audition form link will go live on the website on November 30, 2020 and can be found on this page at that date. The audition link will close on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 11:59pm. Auditions are open to ages 13 -18.
- We will have TWO different casts for Heathers so we can comply with COVID-19 guidelines on group sizes to room ratio. Students will be socially distanced when not rehearsing onstage. However, there is the possibility of students being staged closer than 6ft while performing.
- If selected, you will only be cast in ONE cast. Each cast will perform TWO shows. CAST A will rehearse Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30pm-6:00pm and CAST B will rehearse Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30pm-6:00pm. Being able to be considered for either group greatly increases your chances of being cast.
- All Staff and Students will be required to wear a mask while in the building as well as submit to a temperature check before each rehearsal.
- Students will film and upload themselves singing 1, 16-bar cut song of their choice and performing 1 of the 4 monologues provided below. Please don’t sing from the show. Students may choose any monologue below to perform, regardless of gender.
- While filling out your virtual audition form, you will select an “audition appointment”. The time you select indicates when the creative team will view your audition video and has no connection to an actual audition time for you to be present. There are no in-person auditions. “Audition Appointment” = when TCT Staff will watch your video.
- If cast, you will be sent a payment link when announced. All payments are due in full by the time of the first rehearsal. The price is $575 per student. Please do not email about updates on casting. All auditionees will be contacted regardless of casting outcome on December 14, 2020.
- Due to the style of the show, students might be asked to help supplement their costumes with some pieces brought from their own closets.
CAST A January 25th – May 5th, 2021Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30pm-6:00pm.
CAST B January 26th – May 6th, 2021Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30pm-6:00pm.
Tech week (both casts):A more detailed schedule will be sent out once closer. However, every cast member should be available:Sunday, May 9 from 10am – 5pm. Monday – Thursday 4:30pm-8pm.
Cast A: Friday, May 14th @ 7pm and Saturday, May 15th @ 2pm
Cast B: Saturday, May 15th @ 7pm and Sunday, May 16th @ 2pm
Female Option 1 You don’t get to be a nobody. Come Monday, You’re an ex-somebody. Not even the losers are gonna talk to you now. You can transfer to Washington and you can transfer to Jefferson, but no one at Westerberg is gonna let you play their reindeer games. I’m like oxygen: I’m everywhere. Really, Veronica? Making out with psycho trench coat kid? I will end you for this. Everyone in school is gonna know that “good little Veronica Sawyer” is nothing but a floozy tart. (VERONICA pukes on HEATHER CHANDLER’s shoes) AAAAAAAAAAHHH! I raised you up from nothing! And this is my thanks? I get paid in puke????? I know who I’m eating lunch with on Monday. Do you?
Female Option 2 Our children are dying! I hate to pull out my counterculture bonafides, here, but what this school needs is a good old fashion rap session. Now I suggest that we gather everyone into the cafeteria and just talk and feel together! (Pause) Go ahead, laugh at the hippy, but I am telling you we all misjudged Heather Chandler. This is the loveliest suicide that I’ve ever read.
Male Option 1 What is that I smell in the air? Tolerance? Inclusion? Love? You know, how often can you say it’s a good day to live Westerberg, Ohio? You’re welcome, town. Your love keeps me humble. So, who’s next to get rid of…Heather Duke? She started that rumor about you. I’ve already taken the liberty of underlining meaningful passages in her copy of Moby Dick, if you know what I mean. (beat) Look, any war has casualties. It doesn’t mean it’s not worth fighting! But what? You’d rather go to jail and give a free pass to the thugs who hurt people, evil people who make this world so unbearable you can’t stand to go on living?
Male Option 2 How was work?? It was miserable. Some group of withered old women is trying to stop me from blowing up this fleabag hotel all because Glenn Miller and his band once took a picture there. Just like Kansas. Do you remember Kansas? Save the Memorial Oak Society. Showed those tree huggers 30 bricks of C4 explosives strapped to the trunk! Arraigned but acquitted. Damn, I love Kansas.
TCT’s Online Auction
Bid on fabulous gift items for your family and friends this holiday season! Your generosity funds artistry and programming to ensure ongoing education, entertainment and engagement despite the challenges of this pandemic season.
All proceeds benefit The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.
Auction ends Sunday, November 22 at 11:59 PM
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is auctioning a number of fun and unique items and experiences to raise funds to sustain its mission of educating, entertaining and engaging audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. This robust, nationwide, online auction is hosted through the Bidding for Good platform.
There are fabulous items and unique experiences to bid on, including:
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
In Logan, OH. Enjoy a two-night stay and breakfast.
Mohican Lodge Overnight
Bed and Breakfast for 2 with $50 Kroger gift card for gas.
4 Zoo Passes & Parking
Includes $50 gift certificate for Cincy Shirts
Signed UK Basketball
Autographed by Coach Calipari
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is the oldest children’s theatre in the nation and has been creating lifelong memories for families with children and school audiences since 1919. Our acclaimed productions are the perfect first live theatre experience for children but enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Whether enhancing a school’s arts curriculum (TCT on Tour), training the next generation in the performing artists by cultivating talent, increasing self-confidence, and developing social skills (TCT Academy), or an engaging family experience you will remember forever (TCT MainStage), TCT’s legacy is just getting started as we look towards the next 100 years.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-569-8080 x32.
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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:
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
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
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
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
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Ticket Office: Individual & Family Tickets
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 email@example.com.
Thank you so much.
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
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
- At The Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell
- We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
- Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger
Books for Ages 7-9
- Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson
- Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes by Wab Kinew
Books for Ages 10-12
- Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp
- In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
Books for Ages 13+
- If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
- Dreaming in Indian by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Leatherdale
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.
- 1st Grade: Math and Multiplying by 3s
- 2nd & 3rd Grades: E.L.A. Acronyms and Conjunctions
- 4th & 5th Grades: American History featuring The Preamble
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
- Entire production pre-recorded on tracks so actors will not actually sing or talk during the performance (for first two shows only, not Rapunzel‘s Hairy Fairy Tale)
- Masks incorporated into costumes (first two productions only — The Velveteen Rabbit and Garfield, The Musical With Cattitude)
- Tickets sold at 30% capacity in theater (44 seats) – will enable a waiting list online so as we assign seats we may be able to open additional tickets based upon group sizes and social distancing requirements
- Exchanges and refunds as they relate to COVID concerns or directives will be allowed
- Tickets sold online but will indicate assigned seating based upon group sizes and social distancing needs – we will constantly monitor sales and create seat assignments by group as they come in to ensure proper distancing and to know when/if more seats can be made available
- COVID-specific waiver signed when tickets are purchased online
- Masks will be required as per state guidelines
- TCT Lobby opens half an hour before performance time
- Social distance markers on sidewalk outside and on floor of lobby
- No contact day of ticket sales will be allowed if seats are available, guests will be directed to use their mobile device to purchase the tickets via our online platform
- Guest temperatures taken in lobby vestibule before entry allowed and hand sanitizing station for mandatory use before entering
- Guests checked in via list at TCT merchandise counter, six feet separation maintained during check-in
- Patrons will go immediately into theater
- Volunteer or staff ushers assist with ensuring guests are seating themselves in a socially distant manner from other families – need to determine exact needs in terms of personnel and see if needs can be filled by staff without overtaxing them, then fill in volunteers as needed (repeat volunteers preferred to limit additional people in the building if possible)
- Digital programs available via smart devices –email sent with link/QR code reiterating required safety precautions to guests prior to their show. Signage in theater visible from seats telling patrons how to access the digital programs
- Restroom capacity restricted to 4 with every other stall closed, ensuring this is done in such a manner to allow accessible stall to remain available
- If someone leaves the theater during a performance, hand sanitation will be required again before reentry and have staff/volunteer available to open door for them as they exit
- Live Q&A with one actor after the performance who will remain at least 10 feet from audience members
- Guests dismissed from theater by rows at end of performance to ensure social distancing maintained as they exit
- No activities in lobby before or after performances
- Theater and restrooms sanitized between in performances (currently evaluating UV light tripods)
- Contract tracing should we hear of someone who tests positive for COVID after attending one of our performances, but we will be gathering necessary contact information through online orders
** 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.
A Kids Book About, Inc. has offered all viewers a discount code of $5 off the book when purchased through their website https://akidsbookabout.com/collections/all-products/products/a-kids-book-about-racism.
The code is KIDSPLAY.
Transcendence Theatre Company’s Fantastical Family Night
You’re invited to the Best Night Ever Online for Fantastical Family Night!
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.
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!
What is Juneteenth?
The holiday Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19 every year and commemorates the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Texas to ensure that all enslaved people were freed and the American Civil War officially ended. The holiday should be celebrated as the day when all Americans were liberated from slavery, and traditional celebrations usually include a mix of storytelling, music, food, parades, and celebrations of black culture. Find out more about the history of this day and ways you can celebrate at home with your family!
Read More About It:
- Juneteenth: The 155-year-old holiday’s history explained
- History of Juneteenth
- So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?
- The Juneteenth flag is full of symbols. Here’s what they mean
- More Resources
- Juneteenth Cincinnati Virtual Festival
- Educational Videos about Juneteenth for Kids
- New Victory Theatre Arts Break – Juneteenth
Join our Magnify Kindness Challenge! Let’s flood our timelines with words of hope and encouragement through poetry. Watch the video below Mr. Means will show you how! Type your Haiku in the comments section of the post on Facebook, or send it to us directly. Help us work to spread, share, and Magnify Kindness!
Our Commitment to Anti-Racism
A Statement from TCT’s Managing Director and CEO, Kim Kern
Whenever I am asked the question, “If you had one wish, what would you wish for?” my response is always, and without hesitation, “I wish I had a button that when pushed, would eliminate all evil from this world.” Given the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee, Chris Beaty, Dave Patrick Underwood, Italia Kelly, Calvin L. Horton Jr., James Scurlock, Timothy Thomas, Samuel DuBose, Roger Owensby Jr. and many others who have experienced violence and hate, I now wish more than ever that I had such a button.
Those who know me know that I am an incredibly, and sometimes annoyingly, positive person. I live by the mantra of assuming positive intent, but even I am struggling to find the positive given all that has and is occurring. I struggle with the realization that there are people out there who refuse to change, and who will never understand the importance of embracing differences and emulating acceptance, kindness, inclusion and equality.
Where I am finding the positive is in the vital role that TCT is playing in the long-term health of our nation by investing in our most important asset, our youth. We are committed to infusing our productions and programming with messages of acceptance, respect, friendship, inclusion and kindness.
At TCT, black lives have always and will always matter. True equity and inclusion is about systemic change in the intricate infrastructure of what we produce as a company. We are committed to listening to our community and will always strive to do and be better.
We will continue to be a resource for parents as they raise kind children in a world that is too often not a kind place. As such, we are providing a link to resources that we hope will help with challenging, and often difficult, conversations with your children.
Wishing You Health and Peace,
Kim Kern, Managing Director & CEO