2022 STAR Auditions

Children ages 9-18 (going into their senior year of High School) can now register to audition for the renowned STAR ntensive NKU and STAR Red Bank Intensives with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Auditions will be held virtually from Friday, January 14- Sunday, February 13, 2022.

Virtual auditions are mandatory for all auditionees. Please follow the link below to send in your virtual audition form and video.

Please do not come to TCT’s Red Bank facility. All auditions are strictly online.

What to Prepare:

Upon online registration, you MUST upload a RECENT picture and CURRENT resumé. You will also be prompted to paste a link of your video submission. Please upload your virtual audition to YouTube or other online video publishing platform before submitting your audition form. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your virtual audition submission, please email Maddie Jones, STAR Intensive Director at Maddie.Jones@tctcincinnati.com.

STAR Programs are in-person experiences and being such will adhere to all TCT and State COVID-19 guidelines regarding gatherings, PPE, and cleaning standards.

ABOUT STAR INTENSIVE NKU:

Our STAR Intensive NKU program 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 theatre business to help them become well-rounded performers in all areas of Musical Theatre. The 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 Play festival! STAR NKU Intensive participants will have the opportunity to be considered for additional high-level training in our Academy through our invitation-only classes.

When: July 5 – July 29, 2022, weekdays 10 AM to 4 PM at Northern Kentucky University with performances July 30 and July 31.

Tuition: $660

Security deposit of $160 due upon acceptance into the program. Payment plans and scholarships are available.

ABOUT STAR CAMP RED BANK:

STAR Camp Red Bank is our program for gifted and talented students who are advanced in some areas of musical theatre and who have progressed beyond the basic levels of training. For three weeks in July, a select number of students will work with leading professionals in the theatre business to help them improve and become well-rounded performers in all areas of Musical Theatre. STAR Red Bank culminates in a Musical Theatre showcase featuring some of the most popular songs and scenes from the Broadway repertoire!

When: July 5 – 22, 2022, weekdays 10 AM to 4 PM with performances on July 22 at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s facility, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227

Tuition: $525

Security deposit of $125 due upon acceptance into the program. Payment plans and scholarships are available.

JumpStart Theatre Program

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

About the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF)

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

Questions?

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

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

Junie B Jones the Musical logo

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

Junie B. Jones – Sienna McClain 

Daddy – Jackson Calvert 

Mother – Lillian Edmiston  

Lucille – Giselle Aagaard  

Camille – Madeline Mozlin 

Chenille – Madeline Benoit  

Grace – Lila Sager 

Bobbi Jean Piper – Parker Patton 

Mr. Woo – Mackenzie Bilyeu 

Herbert – Hunter Meadows  

May – Lucy Arnold  

Lennie – Nathan Lester 

José – Layla Rowley 

Mr. Scary – Zel Auger 

Shirley – Riley Verdin 

Lunch Student 1 (soloist) – Vivie Kate Keeney 

Sheldon – Preston Borchardt  

Gladys Gutzman – The Snack Queen – Kinsey Clayton 

Student 1 (Soloist) – Eliza Miller 

Student 2 (Soloist) – Gabby Henderson 

Student 3 (Soloist) – Charlotte Blase 

Student 4 (Soloist) – Avery Fox  

Student 5 (Soloist) – Kaiyah Schlafman 

Cheerleader 1 –Sabrina Kohus 

Cheerleader 2 – Kelly Lonneman 

Cheerleader 3 – Ashley Hammond 

Cheerleader 4 – Clare Olliges  

Cheerleader 5 – Tuula Hicks 

Cheerleader 6 – Harper Coleman 

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

Health & Safety for TCT’s AcademyLive! Heathers The Musical — High School Edition Performances

COVID-19 Guidelines

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati asks audiences to join with us in providing the safest space possible for patrons big and small, cast, crew, volunteers, and staff. 

The following protocol will be in place strictly for the TCT AcademyLive! Performances of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL — High School Edition, November 18-20, 2021, on TCT’s Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage on Red Bank Road.

1. Masks are required for ALL ticketholders age 2+, regardless of vaccination status.

2. All patrons ages 12+ must provide proof of *full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result administered within 72 hours of show start time. A negative rapid antigen test administered within 24 hours. Proof of natural immunity via antibodies will also be accepted — that test would need to have occurred within six months from the date of the show you are attending. Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, a laboratory, or a health care provider cannot be accepted.

To enter the theater, please bring a **photo ID and one of the following:

*Fully vaccinated means the performance you attend is at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose. 

**Please note: photo IDs are not required for children.

Guests who need a reasonable mask accommodation for medical reasons must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the theater regardless of vaccination status. A negative rapid antigen test administered within 24 hours will also be accepted.

3. If you are experiencing symptoms (i.e., fever, chills, cough), please stay home and do not attend the event. Contact the Box Office at 513-569-8080 x10 to discuss your ticket options. Read about our refund policy here.

4. Our public performance seating will not be socially distanced. Please contact the TCT Box Office with any questions at 513-569-8080 x10 or email us.

5. No food or drinks will be allowed in the theater.

6. Protect yourself and others. Thank you!

We are keeping a close eye on virus rates in our community, progress with a vaccine for children under the age of 12, and continued guidance and national recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and our TCT COVID Ad Hoc Committee to aid in that decision.

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

Health and Safety for TCT MainStage Productions at the Taft Theatre

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati asks audiences to join with us in providing the safest space possible for patrons big and small, cast, crew, volunteers, and staff. 

The following protocol will be in place for our 21-22 MainStage season, beginning with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. in December.

1. Masks are required for ALL ticketholders age 2+, regardless of vaccination status.

2. All patrons ages 12+ must provide proof of *full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result administered within 72 hours of show start time. A negative rapid antigen test administered within 24 hours or proof of natural immunity via antibodies will also be accepted — that test would need to have occurred within six months from the date of the show you are attending. Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, a laboratory, or a health care provider cannot be accepted.

This rule applies to teachers and chaperones during our daytime school performances, as well as at all public and homeschool shows.

To enter the theater, please bring a **photo ID and one of the following:

*Fully vaccinated means the performance you attend is at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose. 

**Please note: photo IDs are not required for children.

Guests who need a reasonable mask accommodation for medical reasons must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the theater regardless of vaccination status. A negative rapid antigen test administered within 24 hours will also be accepted.

3. If you are experiencing symptoms (i.e. fever, chills, cough), please stay home and do not attend the event. Contact the Box Office at 513-569-8080 x10 to discuss your ticket options. Read about our refund policy here.

4. Our public performance seating will not be socially distanced. Please contact the TCT Box Office with any questions at 513-569-8080 x10 or email us.

5. School show capacities will be limited, and school groups will be separated from one another to the best of our ability during daytime school performances.

6. No concessions will be sold during any performance.

7. No food or drinks will be allowed in the theater. Beverages or food of any kind will not be permitted at the entrance.

8. No merchandise will be sold during any performance.

9. Autographs for subscribers and Crown Club members after public performances have been postponed indefinitely.

10. Protect yourself and others. Thank you!


We are keeping a close eye on virus rates in our community, progress with a vaccine for children under the age of 12, and continued guidance and national recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and our TCT COVID Ad Hoc Committee to aid in that decision.

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

Open Auditions for The Wiz JR.

Be a part of the magic and take a leap into the spotlight for TCT’s production of The Wiz JR.

This audition is open to all people, ages, and talents!

Whether you see yourself as a beginner who only sings in the shower and dances in the kitchen, or you’ve performed with us before, everyone is welcome on our stage. We want you to show us what you’ve got for a chance to be a part of TCT’s modern telling of this classic story we all know and love.

black and white headshot portrait of Zhailon Levingston

Work with a Broadway Director! Directed by: Zhailon Levingston 

Straight from Broadway’s Chicken & BiscuitsHadestown, and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

THE WIZ JR.

Book: William F. Brown

Music & Lyrics: Charlie Smalls

Additional Material: Tina Tippit

Adaptation: Deondra Kamau Means

Directed by: Zhailon Levingston

Choreographed by: Ayodele Casel, Torya Beard & Amanda Castro

A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz infuses L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. This timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventures through the Land of Oz is a fun, family-friendly, and modern musical.

Rehearsals: February 28 – March 26, 2022

Tech in the Taft Theatre: March 30-April 1, 2022
(Daytime/Evening)  

Performances: April 2-11, 2022

Morning and Afternoon performances during school days. Morning, afternoon and evening performances Friday-Sunday.

AUNT EM: Female Identifying, Dorothy’s Aunt. Life has not been easy for her and promises little else. Harsh towards Dorothy at times, but acts out of love.

DOROTHY: Female Identifying, Bright eyed and alive as can be. Would rather remain a child as long as possible instead of accepting the responsibilities of adulthood.

UNCLE HENRY: Male Identifying, Dorothy’s Uncle. Physically run-down from years of hard work on the farm. Often acts as the voice of reason towards Aunt Em.

ADDAPERLE: Any gender identity, any age, Good Witch of the North. Has magic powers they refer to as “doing tricks.” Their magical abilities don’t always pan out as well as they would like them to.

SCARECROW: Any gender identity, any age, Tired of being a scarecrow and the prospect of not going anywhere. Embarks on the journey to see The Wiz in hopes they can provide a brain.

TIN MAN: Any gender identity, any age,  Human at one time. Lost all their limbs to a cursed axe. Joins in the journey in hopes the Wiz will provide them a heart because “it isn’t enough to be good looking.”

LION: Any gender identity, any age, Travels around the jungle scaring people, but has “a yellow streak a mile wide.” Coward state stems from deeper mother issues and gets. Joins in the journey to see the wiz to gain some courage.

THE WIZ: Any gender identity, any age, All-powerful leader over the land of Oz. Hides their true nature behind the façade of a temperamental leader. Their true identity is an enigma.

EVILLENE: Any gender identity, any age, Wicked Witch of the West. Low-down evil. Not a kind bone in their body nor kind thought in their rotten mind.

GLINDA: Any gender identity, any age, Good Witch of the South. Prettiest of all the witches. Very wise in the way of show-business.

ENSEMBLE: A group of Adults, Teens, and children to play a wide variety of characters and features including munchkins, Citizens of Oz, Gatekeeper, Lord High Underling, Winged Monkeys and understudy principal roles.  Seeking extremely strong and versatile Dancer, Singer, Actors. Tumbling and tap ability a HUGE plus

THE WIZ Adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” By L. Frank Baum. Book by William F. Brown. Additional Material by Tina Tippit. Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls. Copyright 1975, 1979, 2006, 2010.

This Sixty-Minute Version of THE WIZ JR. was developed by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Deondra Kamau Means, Resident Artist.  

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

TCT ACADEMY COVID-19 GUIDELINES – Fall 2021

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is committed, first and foremost, to the safety of our students.  We’ve always maintained a high level of attention to ensure a safe learning environment where students are free to express their creativity and be their unique selves.  

We are requiring all staff, students, and parents/families entering the building to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth, regardless of vaccination status.  

We believe everyone has the right to make their own decisions for what is best for their student(s) and family.  If you’ve already enrolled in a class and wish to receive a refund, please don’t hesitate to call us before the semester begins on September 7, 2021.  If you request a refund after the semester has started, you will receive a prorated refund based on the number of classes already passed. 

Thank you for allowing us to commit to safe practices as we navigate the pandemic and continuously find ways to serve our arts community and young artists.  

–Angelo Cerniglia, TCT Education Director


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.

“Pick a Path” is in partnership with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, and titles include: JAQUELINE AND THE BEANSTALK, Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ the Underground, and MARTIN’S DREAM. For details or to book a touring experience, email kamel.mccray@tctcincinnati.com

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.

Our request form is only available during the month of August.

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.

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. 

Applause and Appreciation

Celebrate TCT’s 101st season as we applaud and appreciate those who contributed to the organization’s magic throughout our century-long journey.  During many weeks of recognition, we honor individuals who have been instrumental in the success of TCT, and who have not only helped TCT grow in mission, but also thrive, thanks to their passion.  It is these people and their moments in our history that shaped TCT to become what it is today.

Thank you, Martha Lindner, for making a difference in our community by serving six years on the TCT Board of Trustees and sharing TCT productions with both families and staff of Back2Back Ministries and students and families of CHCA Armleder School.

Thank you, Martha S. Lindner, from students at CHCA Armleder School.

“I was so grateful to have had 250 friends of Back2Back Ministries watch the unbelievably well-done production of Annie. I sang and cried through the whole thing, remembering a childhood of singing those songs and loving stories where the lonely are set in family. Thank you, Martha Lindner and The Children’s Theatre for a great night. The cast was amazing. It was a win-win for our Back2Back community and the overall public to see this subject put on display in such a high quality and meaningful way.” 

Beth Guckenberger, Co-Executive Director, Back2Back Ministries

Martha S. Lindner involvement at TCT:

Applause and Appreciation

Celebrate TCT’s 101st season as we applaud and appreciate those who contributed to the organization’s magic throughout our century-long journey.  During many weeks of recognition, we honor individuals who have been instrumental in the success of TCT, and who have not only helped TCT grow in mission, but also thrive, thanks to their passion.  It is these people and their moments in our history that shaped TCT to become what it is today.

Thank You Mrs. Lindner! For inspiring children to grow in their understanding of themselves and others through the art of stage performance with your support of TCT!

“It is a thrill to know of the good work being done at TCT and how many children benefit from the efforts of all the staff!” 

Edyth B. Lindner, Emeritus member of the TCT Board of trustees

Edyth B. Lindner provided sponsorship for:

What’s That Mean, Mr. Means?

This five-episode video series features elements of the theatre in five-minute educational lessons conducted by TCT Resident Playwright and Workshop Teaching Artist, Deondra Kamau Means.

Episode 1: Masks

Episode 2: Puppetry

Episode 3: Makeup

Episode 4: Costumes

Episode 5: Props