TCT AcademyLIVE! Little Shop of Horrors Cast

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Congratulations to the cast of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS!

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Little Shop of Horrors Cast 

November 3-4, 2023 *

Audrey – Lilli Hoel 

Seymour – Grayden Galloway 

Chiffon – Cora Koltak 

Crystal – Gabby Henderson 

Ronnette – Avery Fox 

Orin – Issiah Current  

Mushnik – Maggie McKenna 

Audrey II – Camryn Wilkinson 

Customer – Ava Goulle 

Interviewer (WSKID DJ) – Eva Sarakatsannis  

Mr. Bernstein – Henry Weghorst  

Mrs. Luce – Kinsey Clayton 

Skip Snip – Anna Thornburg 

Patrick Martin – Natalie Schmall  

November 10-11, 2023 *

Audrey – Chrissy Farria 

Seymour – Jackson Calvert 

Chiffon – Lucy Arnold  

Crystal – Sally Jones 

Ronnette – Celia D’Ascenzo  

Orin – Mac Bilyeu  

Mushnik – Logan Durek 

Audrey II – Avery Silvestain  

Customer – Lilli Edmiston   

Interviewer (WSKID DJ) – Ashley Hammond 

Mr. Bernstein – Sir Higgins 

Mrs. Luce – Louisa Joy 

Skip Snip – Evie Fortner 

Patrick Martin – Lucy Brock  

*Both casts are expected to be present at TCT for both weekends of the run.

Junior Theater Festival 2024 Cast

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Congratulations to TCT’s 2024 JTF group! We wish them luck as they compete in Atlanta at the Junior Theater Festival with their cut of Seussical JR. songs.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati 2024 JTF Cast 

JoJo – Lucy Argueta

Cat – Dez Hutchens 

Gertrude – Sienna McClain

Horton – Issiah Current

Mayzie – Jackson Calvert

Sour Kangaroo – Camryn Wilkinson  

Lil’ Roo – Parker Patton

Mr. Mayor Who – Grayden Galloway 

Mrs. Mayor Who – Lillian Edmiston 

Yertle – Avery Silvestain  

Elephant Bird – Declan Satterwhite  

Bird Girls – Celia D’Ascenzo, Kinsey Clayton, Avery Fox, Ashley Hammond, Sally Jones, and Keya Vadivelu

Wickersham 1 – Stella D’Ascenzo

Wickersham 2 – Audrey Satterwhite

Wickersham 3 – Lucy Arnold

Wickersham Ensemble – Jordan Finck, Grace Jeffreys, Benjamin Abes-Feldman, Anna Thornburg, Cora Koltak, and Danielle Riezman

Ensemble – Madeline Benoit, Mac Bilyeu, Patrick Everly, Evie Fortner, Natalie Gilb, Ashlynn Hezlep, Maggie McKenna, Clare Olliges, Sarina Patel, Layla Rowley, and Morgan Tracy

TCT Cincinnati Receives Anonymous $1.5 Million Gift

Pushing Emery Campaign to $30 Million & Hip-Hop Legend Gives an Additional $50K

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A gift of $1.5 million from an anonymous donor has powered The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati (TCT) to the $30 million milestone in its A Crown for the Queen City campaign to ensure its future as a premiere arts organization in the region and expand its innovative programming.

TCT launched its $48 million fundraising campaign to reimagine and restore the landmark Emery Theater as its permanent MainStage home and create a state-of-the-art venue unlike any in the region. Campaign chair Allison Kropp expressed her excitement and appreciation for this significant contribution to that effort.

“It is remarkable that a gift of this magnitude is fueling the home stretch of this campaign,” Kropp said. “We are so grateful for the generosity of all of those who have supported this project. You are helping us make history!”

The effort received an added $50,000 boost this month from actor, hip-hop legend, and entrepreneur Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. Bridges is a client of nationally recognized entertainment attorney Darrell D. Miller, who is a former TCT Board Member and current Emery Theater Campaign Cabinet member. Bridges announced his pledge of support on Thursday, July 20 from the stage of a sold-out show with Ashanti and Flo Rida at Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati.

“I’m drawn to the Children’s Theatre’s project in Cincinnati because of the plans to develop new works that hit on the topics that matter to kids today,” Bridges said. “The Emery project signals an incredible opportunity for more children to access the arts and see themselves in what happens on stage. As a father of four daughters and a philanthropist who’s constantly investing in the next generation, I’m honored to be a part of this.”

Miller, who is Founding Chair of the Entertainment & Sports Law Department and Los Angeles Office Managing Partner at the national law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP, served on the TCT Board of Directors from 1996 to 2010.

“I will always cherish being on the Board of The Children’s Theatre during this period of rapid growth that brought life-changing, professional theatrical productions to a diverse community of young audiences,” Miller said. “It was a transformative experience in my life that formed my commitment to never stop giving back to my hometown Cincinnati community. I am grateful for Chris’s generous support for this worthy cause that is so close to my heart.”

With The Emery as its home, TCT will unlock its potential to inspire diverse audiences with original works and even more innovative programming. TCT will also expand programming for younger children (theatre for the very young) and teenagers, with works considered a revenue risk in its current rented space.

What TCT imagines is not simply a restoration but a reinvention of the theater into a modern and memorable venue equipped with the latest technology that both inspires and teaches. TCT’s plans to incorporate the most modern technology, a stage lift, an automated fly system, a 40′ x 60′ video wall, and projection mapping will provide an immersive audience experience and overcome backstage and wing space limitations.

TCT envisions a space that belongs to the community. Bringing TCT to The Emery ensures Cincinnati’s premiere children’s theatre can continue to provide arts access, education, and foundational well-being to the families and students of our region and across the Midwest for generations to come. This effort will revitalize a treasured cultural asset, provide a permanent home for children’s theatre in Cincinnati’s vibrant urban core, and put Cincinnati on the map as a family theatrical destination.

After the completion of fundraising and construction, The Children’s Theatre plans to open the Emery in Fall 2025 with its 2025-2026 MainStage season.

History of The Emery Theater

Imagined by philanthropist Mary Emery and designed by the famed architectural firm of Samuel Hannaford & Sons, the Emery Auditorium opened in January 1912 with an inaugural concert by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The acoustically exceptional 2,200-seat theater in Over-the-Rhine was once considered one of the top concert halls in the country. Sergei Rachmaninoff, John Philip Sousa, George Gershwin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bette Davis, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. all stood on the Emery stage at various points in its history.

The Emery was also the performance home of TCT until 1969 when the University of Cincinnati took ownership of the property and ran it as the College of Applied Sciences until 1989. The theater was used for films, lectures, and meetings for the next decade. While the building’s upper floors were developed as apartments in 2001, the theater has fallen into disrepair since that time. TCT is the Emery Theater’s best hope to be restored to its former glory and to regain its place as a memorable and iconic arts venue. This video highlights the planned transformation.

About The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Celebrating 104 years this season, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is the oldest professional theatre for young audiences in the country, creating lifelong memories and lasting impact for children and families for more than a century. TCT brings art to life through three divisions: TCT MainStage productions, TCT on Tour/WorkShops, and TCT Academy. TCT draws approximately 100,000 youth and adults to its MainStage productions, over 40,000 PreK-8 students to TCT on Tour Shows, and 1,200 students participate in TCT Academy. Each season, 50,000 students attend TCT MainStage productions with their schools. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer JR., the company’s 2022 holiday show, was the highest-grossing production in the history of TCT. This video offers a glimpse into the scope and vibrancy of programming offered by TCT.

Delivering much more than entertainment, TCT offers an inclusive space and innovative programming for children and adults to learn confidence, patience, and imagination. TCT’s partnerships with regional schools allow thousands of students each year to reap the lifelong benefits of a quality arts education that they might otherwise not experience.

Arts Education

Students who participate in the arts, both in and outside of school, demonstrate improved academic performance, increased standardized test scores, and lower dropout rates (American for the Arts). An NEA report shows the potential benefit of arts education for at-risk youth, including better academic outcomes, higher career goals, and more civic engagement. Students with access to the arts in high school were three times more likely than students who lacked those experiences to earn a bachelor’s degree. Amongst students with lower socioeconomic status, those with high arts exposure in school had the highest rates of choosing a major that aligns with a professional career compared to students with lower arts exposure (NEA, The Arts and Achievements in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies).

Despite the clear benefit of theater programming, only 4% of public elementary schools have a drama program (National Center for Education Statistics). TCT often fills this gap left by the reduction of arts education in our public schools. In fact, surveys we conducted with educators that utilize our programming demonstrated the following:

• 51% of educators reported a reduction in arts education at their schools

• 94% of educators who had experienced a reduction in arts education at their schools reported that TCT productions fill the gap caused by these cutbacks

• 100% of educators reported TCT effectively creates access to theatre for children who would not otherwise benefit

Auditions Announced for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella: Youth Edition & Disney’s Finding Nemo JR.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is holding auditions in August for the final two MainStage productions in their 2023-2024 season at the Taft Theatre.

All roles are paid positions.

TCT, the nation’s oldest theatre for children, is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace and is committed to a dynamic casting process. All roles are open to everyone regardless of ethnicity, background, ability, or gender identity.

Upon audition registration, you may indicate which shows for which you would like to be considered. Auditions are by appointment only.

You only need ONE audition appointment, even if you are interested in both productions.

Adult performers and young performers ages 9-18 who would like to be considered for TCT’s Young Artist Company, may make an audition appointment by visiting the link below.

Appointment dates:

Rodgers and Hammersteins Cinderella: Youth Edition callbacks will take place on Saturday, August 26th, 2023, 12:00 PM- 4:30 PM

Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. callbacks will take place on Sunday, August 27th, 1:00 PM- 5:30 PM.

Auditions and Callbacks are held at TCT’s headquarters located at: 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati OH 45227.

If you are unable to attend auditions in person and would like to inquire about a virtual submission, or for information concerning auditions email Maddie Jones at Maddie.Jones@tctcincinnati.com

PREPARATION CHECKLIST

  1. Please prepare the piano sheet music to a memorized song that shows your acting and vocal range. (1-minute max). The song must be age appropriate. Remember to have your PIANO SHEET MUSIC, as we will not be auditioning for a cappella skills. An accompanist will be provided. Your sheet music MUST have the piano part, not just the vocal line, and music should be in a 3-ring binder with any cuts CLEARLY marked for the accompanist.

You only need a song. You do NOT need to prepare a monologue.

ABOUT THE SHOWS 

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA: Youth Edition

Based on Cinderella by Charles Perrault

Directed by: Christopher Stewart

Choreography by: Tina DeAlterede

This magical musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein will feature a BIPOC creative team, and diversity will be celebrated as your favorite characters show us “Impossible” is possible! If you loved the 1997 film version of this classic musical, you won’t want to miss this enchanting production!

Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, this enthralling fairy tale still warms the hearts of children and adults alike.

Rehearsals: January 13- February 10, 2024; Mon – Thurs: 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat: 10 AM – 4 PM

Tech in the Taft Theatre: February 14- 16, 2024 Daytime/Evening

Performances: February 17- 26, 2024

The first Monday of the week is dark after opening. Throughout the week, TCT hosts morning and afternoon performances for school field trips. Afternoon and evening performances for the public take place Friday-Sunday.

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING:

CINDERELLA: (portrays female) A charming young lady with the kindest heart in the kingdom. Sees the good in everyone despite her hardships and suffering from her Stepmother and stepsisters. Dreams of and is determined to find a better life for herself. Must sing very well.

PRINCE (portrays male)Beloved Prince of the Kingdom. Though handsome and young, this prince is also lonely and unfulfilled. He is charming of course, but also moral, genuine, and in search for something more. Must sing very well.

STEPMOTHER: (portrays female) Ella’s selfish stepmother. A vain and tyrannical climber. Deeply concerned with status and image and entirely dismissive of her stepdaughter. Comic timing essential. Traditional musical theatre character voice.

JOY: (portrays female) One of Cinderella’s stepsisters. A brash, bratty young woman, who never passes up the opportunity to be the center of attention. Not particularly bright. Character singing.

PORTIA: (portrays female) One of Cinderella’s stepsisters. An obnoxious, self-centered, goofy young woman with a fatuous laugh and, unfortunately, little signs of intelligence. Character singing.

KING: (portrays male)The Prince’s father. A bit of a fuddy-duddy who loves his son and wife, and always has the best of intentions.

QUEEN: (portrays female)The Prince’s lovely mother. Always wants the best for her son and does her best to keep her husband in line. At times serious, but always affectionate.

GODMOTHER: (portrays female) An extremely pragmatic, no-nonsense, original, and mysterious character, who helps fulfill Cinderella’s wish to go to the ball and change her destiny. Character singing.

HERALD: (portrays male) The keeper of the court. Announces all events and must sing well.

ENSEMBLE: A variety of character types to play several featured ensemble roles; Actors with comedic timing, extremely strong golden age musical theatre voices and be able to move/dance very well; Seeking STRONG Dancer, Singer, Actors with versatile singing and acting ability who will cover principal roles.

 

DISNEY’S FINDING NEMO JR.

Book Adapted by: Lindsay Anderson

Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Music and Orchestrations Adapted and Arranged by: Myrna Conn

Directed by: Nate Bertone

Choreography by: Roderick Justice

Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves.

Featuring memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow,” Finding Nemo JR. brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage in a story full of family, friendship, and adventure.

Rehearsals: March 16- April 13, 2024; Mon – Thurs: 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat: 10 AM – 4 PM

Tech in the Taft Theatre: April 17-19, 2024 Daytime/Evening

Performances: February 20- 29, 2024

The first Monday of the week is dark after opening. Throughout the week, TCT hosts morning and afternoon performances for school field trips. Afternoon and evening performances for the public take place Friday-Sunday.

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING:

NEMO: A curious young clownfish who brims with excitement to explore the wonders that lie beyond the Great Barrier Reef. Born with a “lucky fin” – or what humans would call a limb difference. Nemo quickly learns that the world possesses incredible dangers in addition to the promise of big adventures. By making new friends, finding strength within, and practicing teamwork, Nemo transforms into a capable and brave leader, able to self-advocate and take on challenges big and small.

MARLIN: (portrays male) An anxious clownfish and Nemo’s overprotective father, who, after the tragic death of his wife Coral, prefers the safety of his anemone to the frightening unknowns of the open ocean. Forced to travel across the sea in search of Nemo, Marlin develops the courage to face the unpredictable ocean and the wisdom to trust others – including his own kid.

DORY: (portrays female) An optimistic and bubbly blue tang, experiences frequent short-term memory loss and finds herself wandering through the ocean with no place to call home. Sparking friendships with whomever she meets, Dory immediately offers to help Marlin find his lost child, and the two set out on an adventurous journey through the ocean. Along the way, Dory’s kindness and bright spirit ease Marlin’s fears, and the unlikely duo finds comfort and family in each other.

CRUSH: (portrays male) Crush, a 150-year-old sea turtle who knows how to hang loose, teaches Marlin a thing or two about being a good parent.

SQUIRT: Squirt, offspring of Crush, fearlessly twirls through turbulent waters of the ocean and enjoys trying out cool new moves in the high-speed EAC.

BRUCE/ PROFESSOR RAY/ BLOAT: (portrays male) Bruce is an intimidating great white shark, is the sharks’ ringleader. Despite Bruce’s best efforts to adopt a vegetarian diet, Bruce loses control and is sent into a frenzy, threatening to devour every fish in sight. Part of the Sharks.

Professor Ray is a stingray and Nemo’s enthusiastic teacher, takes pride in sharing the curiosities and marvels of the world with the class and encourages every student to be a brave explorer.

Bloat is part of the “Tank Gang” that helps Nemo escape the Sydney Harbor Aquarium and return to the ocean. An open-minded and supportive blowfish, is proud to be part of the Tank Gang family and helps keep everyone’s spirits up, even when things seem bleak.

CHUM, ANCHOR: Two of Bruce’s shark friends, try to live vegetarian lifestyles but are eventually forced to restrain an out-of- control Bruce from eating innocent fish. Part of The Sharks.

NIGEL: A sharp-eyed pelican, Nigel is the Tank Gang’s feathered friend and only connection to the outside world. This bird is someone you can count on to know all the latest news on the happenings of Sydney Harbour.

GILL: (portrays male) Part of the “Tank Gang” that helps Nemo escape the Sydney Harbor Aquarium and return to the ocean. A relentless and inspiring leader who will stop at nothing to return to the freedom of the ocean. This Moorish idol fish believes in the Tank Gang and concocts countless plans to bust them out of the aquarium. Gill is the first fish Nemo has ever met with a similar “fin difference,” quickly becoming a mentor and inspiration for the young clownfish.

PEACH: (portrays female) Part of the “Tank Gang” that helps Nemo escape the Sydney Harbor Aquarium and return to the ocean. A mature and down-to-earth starfish, offers guidance and reassurance to all those who need it.

CORAL: (any gender) A loving mother-to-be clownfish, married to Marlin, who will stop at nothing to protect her eggs.

BUBBLES: (any gender) Part of the “Tank Gang” that helps Nemo escape the Sydney Harbor Aquarium and return to the ocean. A yellow tang who is captivated by bubbles, is the first to welcome Nemo to the tank. This friendly fish exclusively uses the word “bubbles” to communicate.

GURGLE: (portrays older male) Part of the “Tank Gang” that helps Nemo escape the Sydney Harbor Aquarium and return to the ocean. Frightened of strangers and the germs they carry with them, is a royal gramma who enjoys the safety and regulated cleanliness of the tank.

PEARL, SHELDON, TAD: (any gender)

Pearl, a friendly flapjack octopus who is, quick to befriend Nemo.

Sheldon, an H2O-intolerant seahorse with an appetite for trouble who taunts Nemo to swim beyond the reef.

Tad, a self-admittedly obnoxious butterflyfish who joins Sheldon in encouraging Nemo to swim past the Drop-Off. 

ENSEMBLE: A variety of character types to play several featured ensemble roles; Actors with puppeteering experience is preferred, extremely strong character musical theatre voices and be able to move/dance very well; Seeking STRONG Dancer, Singer, Actors with versatile singing and acting ability who will cover principal roles.

Three Tri-State Schools Awarded Fully Funded JumpStart Theatre Program

Cincinnati – After a three-month selection process, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) has named the newest tri-state area schools that will partner with the JumpStart Theatre Program. The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), in collaboration with New York City-based companies iTheatrics and Music Theatre International (MTI) created JumpStart Theatre, a three-year scalable program designed to build sustainable musical theatre programs in underserved schools that previously had none.

Batavia Middle School, Shroder High School (grades 7-8), and Covedale Elementary School were selected to be part of the three-year program beginning in the 2023-2024 school year.

The selection process included a formal written application, site visits to the schools, and interviews with administrators and the faculty who would be spearheading the program.

Kim Kern, Managing Director and CEO of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Batavia Middle School, Shroder High School, and Covedale Elementary School as JumpStart Theatre partner schools for the 2023-24 school year. TCT has seen over 10 schools complete this program and build their theatre programs into self-sustaining entities. We are so excited to see the momentum of this program, and to work alongside the Educational Theatre Foundation to continue the growth locally while they expand the reach and impact nationally.”

Each school will receive services and materials valued at $12,000 in the form of training, mentoring, and production support for a full-scale show for their community. Students will be involved in every aspect of the production, and TCT with EdTA will also host an annual JumpStart Theatre showcase, bringing all the participants together to share their work.

The selected schools make a three-year commitment, and teams of three or more teachers from each school will participate in professional development “boot camps” in a variety of areas lead by a master teacher in the fall and spring. These workshops will provide training in all areas of musical theatre production, with the goal of empowering the teacher teams to guide the programs independently.

For questions about the JumpStart Theatre Program and application process, visit https://thechildrenstheatre.com/jumpstart-theatre-program/.

About The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT):

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is the oldest children’s theatre in the country. Its mission is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. Its vision is to awaken a lifelong love of theater in children and the young at heart. Today, the Children’s Theatre brings art to life for our audiences through three key programs: TCT MainStage at the Taft Theatre, TCT on Tour (including Workshops) and TCT Academy. Each season TCT strives to reach more than 200,000 people in our region. For more information visit https://thechildrenstheatre.com/.

About the Educational Theatre Association:

The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) is the fundraising arm of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).

ETF’s mission is to provide all students with equitable access to quality theatre education. The Foundation achieves this mission by providing financial support to programs that expand access to and participation in school theatre for underserved and marginalized communities and funding theatre programs’ growth and sustainability.

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 Association 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

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

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 104th 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.

A generous donation from Macy’s will provide a second season of 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. During the 2022-23 season, Macy’s funded its inaugural Change Fund Internship for Diverse Production Artist R’reyonna Parker, who joined the Stage Management Team for Disney’s Descendants.

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 8 weeks during the 2023-24 season. Interns will be provided of stipend of $500 per week as well as a housing and/or travel allowance of $1,000.

2022 Change Fund Intern R’reyonna Parker with TCT Director of Production Dani Lobello and TCT Resident Stage Manager Jadi Davis

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 2, 2023.

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

How to apply for Ohio ACE funds

At TCT, you may use these funds for: (*subject to availability)

Here is how to apply, from the Ohio ACE website:

STEP 1

Parents and guardians can apply through the Ohio Department of Education for a $1000 educational savings account to be used to pay for goods or services that provide their student with an academic opportunity to make up for a learning loss that occurred due to Covid-19. Income verification is required.

STEP 2

Qualifying parents and guardians will receive an email from Merit International, Inc. notifying them of their award, and inviting them to accept their digital access credential, or “merit.” This credential will be used as the login for the Ohio ACE app.

STEP 3

Next, parents should sign up their child and pay for TCT Academy Classes (Fall or Spring session). You will get reimbursed for the total payment after you submit your claim through Ohio ACE. This will get you your money back much faster.

STEP 4

Parents and guardians can search the Ohio ACE Education Marketplace to find The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Search by Hamilton County for easy access.

STEP 5

Parents and guardians use Merit’s Ohio ACE app on the web, or for Android or iOS to submit claims* and check the balance of their educational savings accounts.

Please note: All claims must include a valid, educational reason for the service/good purchased and the service or activity must have started on/after the beginning of the Ohio ACE program.

STEP 6

Parents will receive an email from Ohio ACE notifying them when a claim has been approved or rejected. 

STEP 7

Once a claim is approved, payment will be made either to the parent/guardian or the Qualified Educational Service Provider, depending on what payor the parent/guardian selects during the submission of the claim. Claims submitted through the app may take 6-8 weeks for payment to be issued.

If your claim is not approved, it will come back with a reason for being rejected. You are able to fix your claim and resubmit for reimbursement.

STEP 8

The student’s educational savings account balance will reflect the reimbursement.

If you have any questions about the Ohio ACE program, please refer to their Help Center here.

JumpStart Theatre Program

Stay tuned for applications for the 2024-2025 School Year

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 2024-2025 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 23-24

January 2023Application opens
March 31, 2023Application closes
Early April 2023Interviews for schools who have applied and site visits for finalists
April 2023Selected schools notified & orientation for selected schools
May 2023Planning for 2023-2024 school year (submit show selections, bootcamp dates determined, contracts signed)
Fall 2023Program 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.

JumpStart 23-24 Sponsors:

23-24 MainStage Season Announcement

Cincinnati – The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) brings an exciting 23-24 Season full of adventure, discovery, and transformation to the Taft Theatre stage.  

The season will open with the yellow sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL: youth edition in a fun-filled adventure to save Bikini Bottom! Based on the beloved book by C.S. Lewis The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, NARNIA THE MUSICAL transforms the stage into a winter wonderland, bringing Christmas back to Narnia and to the Taft Stage. TCT’s production of RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA: YOUTH EDITION will feature a BIPOC creative team, and diversity will be celebrated as your favorite characters show us “Impossible”, is possible! If you loved the 1997 film version of this classic musical, you won’t want to miss this enchanting production. Closing out the season is DISNEY’S FINDING NEMO JR. that is sure to delight audiences young and old, reminding us to “just keep swimming”!

TCT’s 23-24 MainStage Season at the Taft Theatre:

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL: YOUTH EDITION: October 14 – 23, 2023

NARNIA THE MUSICAL: December 9 – 18, 2023

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA: YOUTH EDITION: February 17 – 26, 2024

DISNEY’S FINDING NEMO JR.: April 20 – 29, 2024

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL: YOUTH EDITION:

Public Performances: October 14 & 15, 20 – 22, 2023

Ideal for ages 4+

About the Show:

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL: YOUTH EDITION is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg.

Credits:

Based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg. Book by Kyle Jarrow. Musical Production Conceived by Tina Landau. Original Songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I. And Songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley. Additional Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton / Additional Music by Tom Kitt. Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants, and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

NARNIA THE MUSICAL:

Public Performances: December 9 & 10, 15 – 17, 2023

Ideal for ages 4+

About the Show:

Based on C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. NARNIA THE MUSICAL tells of four English schoolchildren – brothers and sisters – sent away from London during World War II to stay in the manor house of their uncle – who stumble upon (and through) a wardrobe into the magical kingdom of Narnia, held in the power of the White Witch, whose evil spell has frozen the land, so that it is “always winter – and never Christmas.” In this spellbound landscape, filled with creatures of myth and fable, the children face temptation and fear, but learn deep lessons of courage, unselfishness, and wisdom that help them grow in spirit and prepare them for life in our world. NARNIA THE MUSICAL wants to sing, and from the excitement of the opening number “Doors and Windows” to the poetry of “Narnia (You Can’t Imagine),” to the stirring “To Make the World Right Again,” your spirits will soar with all those in this enchanted land.

Credits:

Book by Jules Tasca. Music by Thomas Tierney. Lyrics by Ted Drachman.

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA: YOUTH EDITION:

Public Performances: February 17-18, 23-25, 2023

Ideal for ages 4+

About the Show:

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm, and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, this enthralling fairy tale still warms the hearts of children and adults alike.

Credits:

Music by Richard Rodgers. Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

DISNEY’S FINDING NEMO JR.:

Public Performances: April 20 – 21, 26 – 28, 2024

Ideal for ages 4+

About the Show:

Explore the big blue world with this lively new stage musical based on the beloved Pixar film! DISNEY’S FINDING NEMO JR. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin, and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves. Featuring memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow,” DISNEY’S FINDING NEMO JR. brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage in a story full of family, friendship, and adventure.

Credits:

Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Book Adapted by Lindsay Anderson. Music and Orchestrations Adapted and Arranged by Myrna Conn. Based on the 2003 Disney / Pixar film Finding Nemo written by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds and directed by Andrew Stanton.

Season Subscriptions

Traditional subscriptions to the TCT 23-24 MainStage Season start at $43. Subscribe today at www.thechildrenstheatre.com. Single tickets will go on sale in Spring 2023.

ALS interpretation will be offered on the first Saturday at 2 PM performances of all productions. A Sensory-Friendly performance will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at 1 PM for DISNEY’S FINDING NEMO JR.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by ArtsWave and the tens of thousands of people who give generously to the annual ArtsWave Campaign, the region’s primary source for arts funding. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Princess & Frog Sensory-Friendly Guides

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is thrilled to welcome audiences to our Sensory-Friendly Performance of PRINCESS & FROG on February 22.

We have compiled the following guides for this performance:

These are available in PDF and Word Doc file formats.

Please find these guides linked here on Dropbox.

Or download individual files below.

Princess-Frog_Sensory-Friendly-Character-GuideDownload
Princess-Frog-Sensory-Friendly-Tip-SheetDownload
Princess-Frog-Sensory-Friendly-ChecklistDownload
PF-Sensory-Friendly-Show-DocumentDownload

23-24 TCT on Tour Productions

Brandi Sherrill as Harriett Tubman on stage

Cincinnati – The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is thrilled to present four TCT On Tour productions to audiences around the region – and the country!

Kicking off the 2023-2024 touring season is the world-premiere PINOCCHIO: THE WOODEN BOY. Young and old audiences alike will enjoy TCT’s unique and meaningful storytelling experiences.

Back by popular demand are the following tours:

TCT’s 45-minute touring shows provide great programming for schools, libraries, senior centers, community centers, arts centers, churches, or anywhere! Each production includes a live Q&A opportunity for audiences after the show. Book now on our website:


PINOCCHIO: THE WOODEN BOY

Touring Live: September 5 – October 29, 2023

45-minute storytelling experience, including a Q&A session

Ideal for Grades Pre-K-4

About the Show: “Dreams are what you make them” in this new adaptation of the classic children’s fantasy. Geppetto, a lonely Italian toymaker, dreams of having a family, but when his wish is unexpectedly granted, he is shocked to be in the company of a talking puppet! When the two don’t quite get along, Pinocchio ventures off on his own… Now, it’s up to Geppetto to shape up and save Pinocchio from danger in this comedic cat-and-dog chase around Europe. Join Pinocchio as he learns important lessons in honesty and morality, while Geppetto has a few lessons to learn on growing up as well… 

A SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL

Touring Live: November 13 – December 22, 2023

(Performances not available November 22-27)

50 minutes, including a Q&A session

Ideal for Grades PreK-4

About the Show: Back by popular demand!

Dickens’ most beloved story, in wacky rhyming word,

Our classic Christmas show this year is better seen and heard!

From Ghosts of Past and Present, to Timmy Loo Hoo,

This festive holiday tale is a gift from us to you!

“A Seussified Christmas Carol” is not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

HARRIET TUBMAN: STRAIGHT UP OUTTA’ THE UNDERGROUND

Touring Live: January 15 – March 1, 2024

Also available via Pick-A-Path Interactive

45-minute storytelling experience, including a Q&A session

Ideal for Grades 3-8

About the Show: Bring the past to the present and change the future with this one-woman interactive storytelling experience. Uncover the truth about America’s 200-year-old struggle with slavery when you play a part in this historic retelling. On this journey, you’ll follow Harriet Tubman, the most recognized conductor of the Underground Railroad. Nicknamed “Moses,” Harriet Tubman lived up to her name by gaining her own freedom, as well as traveling back and forth from North to South over 19 times and freeing over 300 slaves.

CINDERELLA WORE COWBOY BOOTS

Touring Live: January 22 – May 12, 2024

45-minute storytelling experience, including a Q&A session

Ideal for Grades K-5

About the Show: “Hear, Ye! Hear, Yeee-Haw!” The King is throwin’ a royal ball! In this one-woman show, our storyteller will round-up audiences as they get pulled into this hilarious, interactive and kneeslappin’ adaption of Cinderella. That’s right, pardner! Members of your audience become part of the action! Saddle up as Cinderella Wore Cowboy Boots lassos the power of childhood imagination to tell this rags-to-riches story in a way you will never forget.

Booking Information

Selected with state and national educational standards in mind, these TCT On Tour productions explore historical events, celebrate cultural heritage, and set the stage for learning.

Study Guides

TCT creates a show companion activity packet for each show that relates to classroom curriculum standards. Use this for 30 minutes of self-guided, show-related activity with answer key. Study guides for each show will be added here:

TCT On Tour is made possible by TCT on Tour Sponsor Time Timer. Additional funding for TCT on Tour is provided by PNC Foundation. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by ArtsWave and the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Upcoming AcademyLIVE! Shows

TCT would like to announce the following shows for upcoming AcademyLIVE! seasons:

Seussical KIDS

This summer, dive into the world of Dr. Seuss with Seussical KIDS! This will be offered as part of our one-week Summer Camps June 5-9, 12-16, and 19-23. Participating students (Ages 7-13) will audition, rehearse, and perform a full musical with props, lights, and costumes in just one week! Registration for AcademyLIVE! Summer Camp will open February 15.

Little Shop of Horrors

During the 2023 fall session of TCT Academy, high schoolers can be a part of Little Shop of Horrors. Kids ages 13-18 can audition for this deviously delicious musical. Audition and rehearsal dates to come.

Auditions: Wednesday, July 26, 2023 from 5:30-7:30pm

Please come prepared to move and have memorized a 16-32 bar cut of music from any musical or movie musical that premiered from 1980-1989 that you will sing a capella. 

Rehearsals: TBA

Tech Rehearsals: TBA

Performances: November 3 – 4, 2023 and November 10 – 11, 2023

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.

You may know the super popular Flat Stanley books – watch it come to life on stage! For ages 9-18, be part of a full scale musical in the 2024 spring session of TCT Academy.

Auditions: Saturday, January 20, 2024, from 10am – 12:30pm. 

Please come prepared to dance and have memorized a 16-32 bar cut of music from an “I Wish” or an “I Want” song that you will sing a capella. 

Stay tuned for more info on all these shows!

Also mark your calendars for 2024 JTF!

Junior Theatre Festival Auditions: Saturday, July 22, from 10am – 12:30pm

Please come prepared to dance and have memorized a 16-32 bar cut of any song by Lynn Ahrens and/or Stephen Flaherty that you will sing a capella. No Seussical Songs Please! 

Rehearsals: TBA

Parent Preview: TBA

JTF: January 11 – 15, 2024. 

Use Ohio ACE funds at TCT

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The Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) educational savings account program provides funds for students and families to use on various enrichment and educational activities, including tutoring, day camps, music lessons, study skills services and field trips.

Use Ohio ACE funds at TCT

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is now an education provider for this program. That means you can apply to get the following paid for with funds from Ohio ACE:

Parents and Guardians can apply below.

More about Ohio ACE:

The ACE Educational Savings Account program provides qualifying families with a $1,000 credit that can be used to pay for a variety of enrichment activities that will accelerate learning for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds can be used for:

Which Students Qualify?

The ACE Educational Savings Account program is available to any student between the ages of 6 and 18 years old whose family income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. Qualifying children include those who attend any Ohio public or nonpublic school or are home educated by their parents and have been excused from the compulsory attendance law for the purpose of home instruction. An eligible student can be enrolled in a public or nonpublic school or has been excused from compulsory attendance law for the purpose of home instruction.

Questions?

Visit the Ohio ACE Help Center here.

Shelby Coleman can answer questions about using funds for TCT Tickets.

2023 STAR Camp Auditions

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Children ages 9-18 (entering their senior year of high school) can now register to audition for the renowned STAR Intensive with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Auditions will be held in-person on Sunday, January 29, 2023. 

Appointments are mandatory. You MUST set up an audition in advance. New to STAR this year – auditions will happen in larger groups and will include a dance audition. If you need to cancel or make changes, please follow the link in your registration email. If you are unable to attend one of the slots listed, please email Maddie Jones, STAR Intensive Director, at Maddie.Jones@tctcincinnati.com for further instructions. 

What to Prepare: 

ABOUT THE STAR INTENSIVE: 

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

When: July 5 – July 28, 2023, weekdays 10 AM to 4 PM with performances July 29 and July 30. Location will be announced later.  

Tuition: $675 

Security deposit of $175 due upon acceptance into the program. Payment plans and scholarships are available.

Spring TCT on Tour Public Shows

TCT is thrilled to bring TCT on Tour to schools, libraries, and venues across the Tri-State. Closer to home, you can catch our spring touring shows at the venues below. These shows are open to the public!

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THE NIKOLA TESLA STORY

Memorial Hall in OTR – January 28, 2023 at 12 PM and 2 PM

Oxford Community Arts Center – March 17, 2023 at 7 PM

blue background with yellow Shirley Chisholm letters

SHIRLEY CHISHOLM: THE CHISHOLM TRAIL

Memorial Hall in OTR – February 25, 2023 at 12:00 and 2:00pm

The Women’s Art Cultural Center – May 6, 2023 at 10:00am – Book tickets here

burnt orange background with text Cinderella wore cowboy boots with blue dress

CINDERELLA WORE COWBOY BOOTS

John McIntire Library – February 25, 2023 at 10:30 AM

Boone County Public Library (Hebron Branch) – April 20, 2023 at 6 PM – Get Tickets starting March 1

Perry County District Library – April 25, 2023 at 6 PM – Reserve Your Tickets

Beech Acres Park Amphitheater – April 28, 2023 at 6:30 PM

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JACQUELINE AND THE BEANSTALK

Goodyear Theatre in Akron, OH – February 19, 2023 at 2:30 PM

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