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Join us for the TCT 2022 Monster Bash event! This year’s theme is “Chillin’ with Villians.” Bring the whole family and come dressed in your best costumes for food, fun, games, and more!

Impact of the Harold and Lorraine Hoffman Scholarship Fund

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

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

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

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

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

The Hoffman’s loved this story of transformation and Brian could completely relate to Toby, his hesitancy and growth as he found his confidence in the arts. They congratulated Angelo Cerniglia, TCT Education Director, 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!

Macy’s Internship for Diverse Arts Administrators & Production Artists

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

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

Background

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How It Works

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

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

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

Eligibility

Applicants must be:

How to Apply

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

Applications must be received by June 30, 2022. 

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

THE WIZ JR. Sensory-Friendly Guides

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

We have compiled the following guides for this performance:

These are available in PDF and Word Doc file formats.

Please find the guides linked here on Dropbox.

Or download individual files below.

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2022 Gold Star Teacher Nominees

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

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

*denotes Finalist

Adams County Christian School

Mandi Pease

Aldersgate Christian Academy

Melissa Gresham

Amanda Elementary School

Rebecca Parsons

Amity Elementary School

Jason Dopp

Annunciation Catholic School

Kelly Delisio

Anthony Wayne Elementary School

Mrs. K. Meyer

Batavia High School

Angela Kovacs

Batesville Primary School

Shannon Wells

Beechgrove Elementary School

Courtney Eckerle

Beechwood Elementary School

Jessica Enzweiler

Bellevue Middle and High School

Sarah Nestheide

Blanchester Middle School

Melissa Fornes

Bondurant Middle School

Holly Smith

Boone County High School

Erin Tharpe

Boyd E. Smith Elementary School

Sarah Baker

Boyle County Elementary School

Kandyce Black

Breckinridge Elementary School

Shannon Hopper

Bridgeport Elementary School

Kathy Petrovitch

Bright Local Schools

Beth Applegate

C.O. Harrison Elementary School

Shannon Brown

Stephanie Junker

Camp Ernst Middle School

Shannon McDonald

Camp Washington Head Start

Whitney Childers

Campbell County High School

Joshua Huff

Campbell County Middle School

Jessica Conley

Katlynn Prindle

Carlisle Local Schools

Brandy Osborne

Carroll County Middle School

Mollie Mason

Carson Elementary School

Arielle Berry

Central Academy

Lauren Houser

Charles L. Seipelt Elementary School

Nicole Reuss

Chase Elementary School

Shirley Easley

Clark Montessori

Corey Dyke

Delaney Krisel

Clifton Area Neighborhood School

Laurie Maull

Clough Pike Elementary

Kim Johnson

Sarah Shoemaker

Colerain Elementary

Mrs. Brown

Alison Riggs

Compass Elementary

Ronda Lawdon

Tiffany Mason

Conner High School

Chris Hedges

Jonathan Moore*

Donna Redding

Kal Sharma

Conner Middle School

Sarah Kuhse

Covedale School

Allison Gibson

Covington Holmes High School

Angele Rehfuss

Crawford Woods Elementary School

Kristina Hamester

Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary

Mattison Bingham

Crosby Elementary School

Cheryl Dorsch

Kate Gloyeske

Joann Harmon

Crossroads Elementary School

Allyssa Fessler

Brooke Leffingwell

Annette Morgan

Diane Rinehard

Crossroads Middle School

Michele Masanek

Dater Montessori

Mary Beth Hill*

Ann Myers

Dayton Kentucky Middle School

Sarah Davenport Bauman

Denver Elementary School

Andrew Lefevre

Dry Ridge Middle School

Tara Haynes

East Clinton Local Schools – Sabina Elementary

Sarah Morgan

Jaysha Milburn

Edgewood City Schools

Gary Clemmons

Darren Steiner

Edythe J. Hayes Middle School

Susan Bayes

Elda Elementary School

Lori Ellinghausen

Angela Strack

Elkhorn Middle School

Angela Coulson

Emerson Academy of Dayton

Charla Robson

Ethel M. Taylor Academy

Paige Wilson

Evanston Academy

Amy Graff*

Fairfield Compass Elementary

Susan Kneipp

Latrice Watkins

Fairfield Local School District

Tina Hughes

Fairfield North Elementary School

Katie Braun

Shannon Hoffman

Fairfield South Elementary School

Katie Witt

Fairwood Elementary School

Kiara Berry

Sara Turner

Faith Community Preschool

Jenny Vhynalek

Felicity-Franklin Elementary School

Mrs. McElfresh

Tara Miller

Frederick Douglass Elementary School

Jennifer Smith

Georgetown Elementary School

Emily Myers

Glendale Elementary School

Erica Pritchett

Goodridge Elementary School

Karen Behne

Leighanna Parton

Kelsey Roessner

Rachael Thompson

Grandview Elementary School

Hunter Ash-Fox

Grant County Middle School

Megan Matsumura*

Shawn Stewart

Grants Lick Elementary School

Margie Grainger

Chrissy Roseberry

Great Crossing High School

Kristy Johnson

Happy Days Preschool

Laura Reed

Heritage Early Childhood School

Katie Abner

Heritage Hill Elementary School

Elaine Stubblefield

Hillcrest Academy

Mr. Spraggins

Hillsboro Elementary School

Jenna Horick

Kristin Walker

Holly Hill Elementary School

Angela Giwer

Danielle Hardin

Lauren Henslee

Jessica Moss Garrett

Holmes Elementary School

Amanda McFadden

Holy Cross Elementary School

Jenny Harnist

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Elizabeth Craver

J.F. Dulles Elementary School

Karen Volpe

John G. Carlisle Elementary School

Madison Knaley

Taylor Shields

John P. Parker School

Amira Michalowski

John Paul II Catholic School

Jeanie R. Casey

Kelly Langenbrunner

Johnson Elementary School

Olivia Bryant

Kenton Elementary School

Katie Cahill

KinderCare – Anderson

Courtney Otis

Kings Junior High School

Erik Poggi

Kings Mills Elementary School

Rachel Immerman

Lakota East High School

Mrs. Edwards

Latonia Elementary School

Tricia Thomas

Lebanon High School

Hannah Ledford

Life Learning Center

Rev. Robert Ashley Beagle

Lincoln Elementary School

Barb Berringer

Michelle Litzler

Linden Grove School

Cindi Naveh

Little Miami Early Childhood Center

Eileen Frederick

Little Miami Elementary School

Chelsea Stacy

Little Miami Primary School

Jenny Farlow

Seneca Taylor

Lloyd High School

John Wilmhoff

Longbranch Elementary School

Rachel Bauer

Loveland Elementary School

Heidi Weber

Loveland High School

Shawn Miller

Kelly Partridge

Manchester Elementary School

Rhonda Brandenburg

Maple Dale Elementary School

Ashley Rosa

Mariemont Middle School

Merrell Welage

Marr/Cook Elementary School

Amy Ellerman

Danielle Stiles

Jamie Titcomb

Mrs. Whitley

Mary A. Goetz Elementary School

Chris Zimmerman

Maurice Bowling Middle School

Jamie Ann Bowlin

Merwin Elementary School

Tonya Montavon*

Miami Valley Christian Academy

Brooke Singleton

Russ Theisens

Alicia Weber

Middletown High School

Julie Dehaven

Middletown Middle school

Dwight Smith

Millcreek Elementary School

Savannah Vice

Monroe Elementary School

Michael Lausche

Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School

Kyle Wirthwine

Mount Notre Dame High School

Joann Felczan

Mt. Healthy Elementary School

Angela Hall

Mt. Healthy South Elementary School

Katie Milbower

Mt. Washington Elementary School

Laura Barlage

Mulberry Elementary School

Elizabeth Wanamaker

Nagel Middle School

Andrea Besl

Janna Frank

New Miami Elementary School

Tekila Fullam

Newport Intermediate School

Shannon Childers

Emily Kenner

Rachel Redden

Molly Turner*

Nicholas County High School

Shawna Irvin

Ninth District Elementary School

Melia Fox

Kayla Gibson

North Adams High School

Brittany Burns

North College Hill Elementary School

Raven Jackson*

Northern Kentucky University

Mahdi Yazdanpour

Northpointe Elementary

Stephanie Blevins

Northwest High School

Melinda Woodward

Norwood View Elementary School

Laura Kolenz

Oak Hills High School

Lori Franklin

Oak Hills Local School District

Jennifer Mansu

Ockerman Elementary School

Karrie Cook

Mrs. Crupper

Alison Lageman

Ockerman Middle School

Bea Torrence

Olentangy Liberty Middle School

Olivia Grilliot

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School

Leslie Spegal

Our Lady of Victory School

Tricia DiTullio

Park Layne Elementary School

Amanda Crowell

Parker Woods Montessori

Amber Lovett

Pattinson Elementary School

DeAnn O’Toole

Peebles Elementary School

Chasity Chamblin

Piner Elementary School

Jessica Schwalbe

Pleasant Hill Academy

Leona Tolliver*

Pleasant Run Middle School

Elizabeth Bailey

Prince of Peace Montessori

Melissa Royse

Putman Elementary School

Jessie Brandenburg

Mary Ann Reinhart

R.C. Hinsdale Elementary School

Teri Cox

Lori Frommeyer

Kristin Stainforth

Randall K. Cooper High School

Karen Wiebe

Reading Community School

Kim Mahan

Reiley Elementary School

Candice Kelsch

Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Elementary School

Aimee Carpenter

Tina Wright

River Ridge Elementary School

Renee Buckner

Roberts Paideia Academy

Becky Perry

Robertson County Schools

Dan Hildebrand

Tamara Leadingham-Jones

Roll Hill Elementary School

Keisha Jackson

Rosa Parks Elementary School

Debbie Murphy

Royal Redeemer

Sarah Beck

Russell Independent School District

Catherine Del Valle

Sacred Heart of Jesus School – Fairfield

Mrs. Grammel

Katie Whitacre

Sands Montessori

Caitlin Levine

Margaret Walters

School for Creative and Performing Arts

James Jones

Amanda Lees

Scott High School

Sara Remley

Sharonville Elementary School

Jeanne Benoit*

Sherwood Elementary School

Rob Hampton

Shirley Mann Elementary School

Pat Morgan

South Avondale Elementary School

Michael Brown*

Nicole Williams

South Vienna Middle School

Brad Whip

Southern Elementary School

Bart Bellairs

Ann Easterling

Patricia Easterling

Melissa Hagan

Samantha Hall

Becca Martin

Lakin Mullins

Amber Sharpe

Mrs. Wilbers

Southern Hills Career & Technical Center

Julie Evans

Southern Middle School

Keely Tarter

Southgate Independent School

Ryan Egan

Spaulding Elementary School

Abigail Fischer

Springboro High School

Sarah Benedict

Springdale Elementary School

Ashley Gerbus

Squires Elementary School

Shanna Williams

St. Agnes School

Rachael Sharp

St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School

Alyssa Snyder

St. Antoninus School

Emily Gruber

St. Augustine School

Katie Fedders

St. Bernadette School

Jennifer Duffey

Walter “Wally” Shaffer

Londa Thomas

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

Carly Anderson

St. Catharine of Siena School

William Kuebler

St. Clement School

Ellen Gilardi

St. Gabriel Consolidated School

Bruce D. Bosse

St. Ignatius of Loyola School

Kelly Bien

St. James School – White Oak

Julia Mulvey

St. Joseph – Cold Spring

Susie Kahmann

St. Joseph Catholic School

Darlene Burse

St. Louis School

Patty Van Ha

St. Mary School – Hyde Park

Sarah Ash

Laura Bobay

Katie Easton

St. Michael School

Cheryl Braam

St. Philip School

Jennifer Twehues

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School

Michelle Stevens

St. Therese School

Ellen Lonneman

St. Thomas More Catholic School

Julia Mulvey

Kellie Pairan

St. Veronica School

Leslie Mueller

Stephens Elementary School

Barbara Stegman

Stepping Stones Learning Center

Carly Bisenbender

Step-Up Autism Alternative Education

Alex Perry

Stewart Elementary Princeton City Schools

Lauren Felsheim

Stewart Home School

Rachel Stewart

Straub Elementary School

Jennifer Kidd

Struble Elementary School

Jeremy Osterfeld

Summit Country Day School

Martha Rich

Sycamore High School

John Whapham

Talawanda Middle School

Beth Ziepfel

Tates Creek Elementary School

Tiffaney Russell

Temple Christian School

Kristin Smith

Terrace Park Elementary School

Lindsay Merten

Thornwilde Elementary School

Bonnie Schobert

Three Rivers Elementary School

Betty Reynolds

Turkey Foot Middle School

Courtney O’Donnell

Allison Peeno

Turpin High School

Nate Williams

Tutor Time Learning Center

Maite Rodriguez

Villa Madonna Academy

Marianne McGhee

Walnut Hills High School

Jayma Hazelbaker

Warren County Career Center

Kim Banks

Warren County Learning Center

Elizabeth Jacques

West Clermont High School

Timothy Ryan Conley

West Clermont Middle School

Mrs. Love

William Bick Primary

Madison VanCuren

William Henry Harrison High School

Shawn Sowders

Williams Avenue Elementary School

Lauren Weinheimer

Williamsburg High School

Samantha Williams

Williamsburg Middle School

Christi Cleaver

Williamstown Elementary School

Amber Lobenstein

Williamstown Middle School

Kyle Knarr

Winton Woods City Schools

Patty Davids

Alexandra Haggerty

Christina Jeranek

Mary Whittaker

Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School

Ann Birrer

Sarah Buchheit

Kathy Haught

Woodland Middle School

Lisa Clark

Yealey Elementary School

Saylor Norton

Tiffany Watkins

No School Listed

Karen Brown

Susie Louiso

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JumpStart Theatre Program

Now Accepting Applications for the 2022-2023 School Year

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 15

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

Apply Today

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

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

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

 *original pilot site

How it works

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

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

Training & Ongoing Mentoring

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

Timeline for 22-23

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

About the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF)

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

Questions?

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

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

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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 Wednesday, May 11, 2022, for entry to or participation in any TCT programming: 

Safety is always our highest priority, so while we love seeing smiling faces again at TCT, we respect your decision to keep using an added layer of protection (a mask) if you choose. Above all, 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. 

2022 JTF Competition Team Announced

Congratulations to the following students on being selected for our 2022 Junior Theatre Festival competition team!

Ireland Danner-Barnhill

Lydia Trout

Alex Talbot

Riley Verdin

Avery Silvestain

Ayden England

Claire Jeffreys

Leah Christman

Izzy Stringer

Ellie Haas

Annmarie Schultz

Mia D’Ascenzo

Addy Darling

Mackenzie Cook

Olivia Czanik

Hadley Wick

Elijah Kenny

Gabby Henderson

Eileen Fortner

Camryn Martin

Amy Pham

Kinsey Clayton

Chrissy Farria

Cast Announced for TCT AcademyLive! Heathers The Musical — High School Edition

Congratulations to both casts of TCT’s AcademyLive! production of Heathers. We had over 60 students submit an audition for this production!

Those who were cast should have received an email with details on rehearsals and show schedules.

DINOSAUR CAST

VERONICA SAWYER – Abigail Woltz

JD – Shawn Bilyeu

HEATHER CHANDLER – Madeline Smith

HEATHER MCNAMARA – Mia D’Ascenzo

HEATHER DUKE – Kelsey Huff

MARTHA DUNNSTOCK –  Mackenzie Cook

RAM SWEENEY/RAM’s DAD – Charlie Perkins

KURT KELLY/KURT’s DAD – Elijah Kenny

BIG BUD DEAN/VERONICA’S DAD – Addyson Darling

COACH RIPPER – Delaney Gorman

MS. FLEMING – Ellie Haas

VERONICA’S MOM – Tierney Rasmussen

PRINCIPAL GOWAN –  Yolee Louis

BELEAGUERED GEEK  – Zel Auger

PREPPY STUD – Lilli Hoel

HIPSTER –  Rosie Kipperman

NEW WAVE GIRL – Eileen Fortner

BURNOUT CHICK – Ellie Haynes

YOUNG REPUBLICANETTE – Audree Terry

CHEERLEADER –  Chloe Stewart

NERD – Lainey Zurcher and Airikah Hays

BLUE SLUSHIE CAST

VERONICA SAWYER – Addy Probasco

JD – Shawn Bilyeu

HEATHER CHANDLER – Bella Randle

HEATHER MCNAMARA – Marlo D’Ascenzo

HEATHER DUKE – Alexa Massey

MARTHA DUNNSTOCK –  Natalie Hillgrove

RAM SWEENEY/RAM’S DAD – Charlie Perkins

KURT KELLY/KURT’S DAD – Elijah Kenny

BIG BUD DEAN/VERONICA’S DAD – Eyre McCauley

COACH RIPPER – Olivia Czanik

MS. FLEMING – Louisa Joy

VERONICA’S MOM – Olivia Wetzel

PRINCIPAL GOWAN –  Hailey Graber

BELEAGUERED GEEK  – Chrissy Farria

PREPPY STUD – Charlotte Blase

HIPSTER –  Nia Buchannon

NEW WAVE GIRL – Kinsey Clayton

BURNOUT CHICK -Savannah Eveslage

YOUNG REPUBLICANETTE – Julia Trenary

CHEERLEADERS ENSEMBLE –  Avery Fox and Addison Kennedy

NERDS ENSEMBLE – Gabrielle Henderson

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Postpones DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS: THE MUSICAL

COVID is “Rotten to the Core”

Although still weeks away from opening the first MainStage production in the company’s 102nd Season, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) feels that it is in the best interest of its littlest patrons to postpone all performances of DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS: THE MUSICAL, slated to run October 9 – 17, 2021 at the Taft Theatre to the 22-23 season.

When the Pandemic originally started, TCT formed a COVID Ad Hoc Committee, comprised of representatives from the medical community, including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and TriHealth, members of the TCT Board of Trustees, and staff. Since March 2020, this Committee’s recommendations have allowed TCT to safely navigate this very tenuous time, and the company is leaning on them again for direction.

The COVID Ad Hoc Committee feels it is TCT’s responsibility to help protect those who can’t protect themselves as a vaccine is not yet available for children ages 12 and under. Because MainStage audiences are mostly comprised of this particular age group, the group feels it would not be prudent to hold performances at the Taft Theatre this October.

“At The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, there is one thing we know for sure: you can always count on us to keep your children safe.  Upon seeing a first-hand increase in the number of children contracting COVID, with the Delta variant on the rise, increasing hospitalizations for children with respiratory conditions, and growing breakthrough cases for vaccinated adults, our COVID Committee feels this situation will likely get worse before it gets better,” says Kim Kern, TCT’s Managing Director and CEO.

Roderick Justice, Producing Artistic Director, echoes that sentiment saying, “Our productions pit the heroes against the villains, and there is no villain more insidious right now than COVID-19 and its variants.  We will continue to monitor the local situation and heed advice from our Committee as well as national recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. We want performances at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati to be a safe space filled with wonder, not worry.”

TCT 21-22 subscription holders will receive a refund equal to one-quarter of the original subscription price. Being the nation’s oldest children’s theatre, the company has kept going and growing through the generosity of loyal patrons who believe in the company’s mission. Patrons who choose to donate their ticket price back to TCT are asked to email tickets@tctcincinnati.com by Wednesday, August 25. Refunds will automatically appear on patrons’ credit card statements.

As of right now, TCT plans to keep ELF THE MUSICAL JR. on the schedule in December, as well as ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR. in February 2022 and THE WIZ JR. in April 2022.

TCT will continue its slate of touring productions as well as digital programming available online.

Last year, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s touring season was redesigned with the ability to perform shows at schools and community venues either in-person or through two different styles of digital presentations: A streamed version of the show through Broadway on Demand, or the brand new “Pick-A-Path” Series, where audiences choose their own adventure and get to decide how they want the story to end. This blended interactive storytelling gives audiences an experience they will never forget. In-person performances include a live, post-show talk-back with actors to engage students in the production’s message. For digital performances, teachers will have the opportunity to schedule a live, post-show talk-back via Zoom.

Donation Requests

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  It is our policy to donate only to other 501(c)(3) organizations.  While we would like to grant all requests made to us, as a non-profit organization we must limit the number of contributions we make.  

Please fill out the below form to request a donation.  Requests must be made 6 weeks prior to the date by which you need the donation. No phone calls, please.

Requests can be submitted at anytime and will be reviewed and processed in August, January, and May of each year.

Priority will be given to the following groups:

Due to limited availability, we are not always able to contribute to priority organizations.  We will often only be able to make a donation every 24 months to the same organization.

We regret we are unable to make donations to the following types of benefits and organizations:

We are unable to provide cash donations/sponsorships.

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The Harold and Lorraine Hoffman Scholarship Fund

Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman

Lifelong Love of the Arts Honored with a Legacy Gift Providing Class Scholarships

Lorraine Hoffman grew up in New York City in the 30s and 40s, surrounded by original Broadway runs of Oklahoma! and Porgy and Bess, but with no money for a dress to wear to the theatre, let alone a ticket. Despite this, her love of Broadway lasted her entire life. After marrying Harold and saving all of their money to buy a house and provide for her children, Lorraine eventually had the means to attend several Broadway shows every year. She then passed on her love of theatre, singing excerpts from La Cage and Guys and Dolls to her great-grandkids and playing VHS tapes of Fiddler on the Roof and Grease on a seemingly endless loop.

Harold Hoffman grew up dreaming of leading a big band like Tommy Dorsey or Glenn Miller. As a young man on leave from the Navy, he got a taste of his dream in a contest to conduct a real big band. This passion temporarily took a backseat as he started his own successful HVAC company. But upon retirement, Harold finally realized his dream. Starting with just a handful of musicians in his basement, he became the leader of his own 19-piece big band: The Hal Hoffman Orchestra. His orchestra would become one of the most popular bands for weddings and events on Long Island, NY, as well as the official band of the local jazz and swing radio station.

Grandson Brian Hoffman and his wife Daniella now live in Cincinnati. We recently chatted with Brian, and he said: “Because my grandparents grew up with little means and a lifelong love of the arts, they were always quick to help out with money for dance lessons, instruments, or tickets to a Broadway show. When I only had a small keyboard to play at my house, they bought me my first real piano. This one small opportunity put me on a path that ended with a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a happy career in music and theatre.”

Harold and Lorraine 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 or passion, and can even launch 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 further 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. “

Angelo Cerniglia, TCT Education Director, is delighted with this new 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!”    

The Harold and Lorraine Hoffman Scholarship Fund provides partial scholarships for students interested in classes at TCT Academy.  Upon class registration, students may complete an application (https://thechildrenstheatre.com/tct-scholarship-application/) for scholarship consideration. 

Annually, one scholarship will be awarded in the fall, and one in the spring.  Scholarship award preference will be given to those with demonstrated confirmation of need.