The holidays are here and that means Santa-themed productions from The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati! Read on to learn more about their upcoming events, musicals, and a new podcast!
Enjoy the holidays with the little ones at one of the country’s oldest children’s theaters – The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.
The history of The Children’s Theatre dates by to 1924, when the Junior League of Cincinnati wanted to create a way to introduce children in Cincinnati to the magic of live theatre. They took the idea and ran with it – opened the Junior League Players, now known as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1949 and has since evolved into a professional theater company.
There is a variety of programming at The Children’s Theatre, according to Creative and Marketing Director Krista Katona Pille.
TCT MainStage at the Taft Theatre is performed in downtown Cincinnati and includes daytime performances for school audiences and weekend performances for the public. “Four production runs are held each year, with individual shows formatted into one-hour family friendly events,” says Katona Pille. “For each production, we present seven performances for public audiences and 10 performances for school students, reaching almost 103,000 families, children, and students annually.”
There’s also TCT on Tour, which brings the magic of live theatre directly to those who would otherwise be unable to attend. For this, there are five productions toured each season, serving children of all ages from kindergarten through high school, with titles taken from classic literature, fairy tales, history, and other works that are studied in school curricula.
According to Katona Pille, this program reaches an additional 83,000 students annually.
“The acting troupe travels with innovative sets, which are designed to be both portable and visually enticing,” she adds. “TCT on Tour prides itself on products that are educational and entertaining, as well as affordable for schools and other venues across the broad geographic spectrum of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and beyond.”
Children can go behind the scenes of theatre with TCT Academy. This program offers arts training to children in a variety of disciplines. “TCT Academy includes fifteen-week, one hour/week class sessions; one-week themed summer camps for introductory arts makers; our audition-based, two-week STAR Camp Red Bank program; and our one-month, audition-based STAR Intensive NKU summer program for children with demonstrated talent and interest in the performing arts,” says Katona Pille. “In addition to learning the arts, a primary objective for these classes is to provide students with the necessary tools to become successful adults. Whether the students continue in an arts field or choose a different career path, the skills they develop in these programs can be leveraged and will last a lifetime.”
The Children’s Theatre is also dedicated to providing children who wouldn’t necessarily be able to attend theater performances the chance to experience it. According to Katona Pille, during the 2017-2018 season, The Children’s Theatre provided more than $228,000 in ticket subsidies to children who would not have been able to attend one of their performances thanks to the School Underwriting Program.
“Our School Underwriting Program meets this need and aims to accomplish two key objectives: To secure funding for schools in financial need to attend a performance by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and to keep admission prices as low as possible for all other schools, between $6 and $8, to ensure that as many schools as possible can attend,” she says.
Currently, there are several shows around the corner for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.
Bah Humbug! A One-Man Christmas Carol will be held on December 1 at TCT’s Ralph & Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage on Red Bank Road. The show is ideal for kids and adults of any age and is a play on Charles Dickens’ famous holiday classic – with a twist. Adapted by Damian Gillen, Chris Logan Carter plays every role – from Scrooge to Tiny Tim.
“Audiences will be mesmerized by this imaginative and magical re-telling of the powerful holiday tale of hope and compassion,” The Children’s Theatre says.
Tickets for the show are $13 and are available exclusively through www.ticketmasters.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
TCT On Tour is also bringing the production around to schools and venues throughout the Tri-State from November 26 to Decemer 22. Contact Violet Rae Webster at 513-569-8080 x20 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Children’s Theatre is also hosting a Cookies with Santa event on December 2 from 1-5 pm. “Bring your camera and get a special holiday photo with The Man in Red, create crafts, enjoy a cookie from the BonBonerie, and make holiday memories to last a lifetime,” The Children’s Theatre said.
There will also be a special performance of Reindeer Games on the Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage at 2 and 4 pm.
Tickets are $35 per person.
Santa Claus: The Musical will run from December 8-17 at the Taft Theatre. The musical is packed full of fun, energetic, and original Christmas music. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by clicking here.
- Saturday, December 8 at 2 PM* (this performance is signed for the hearing impaired)
- Saturday, December 8 at 5 PM (this is a designated Sensory-Friendly performance)
- Sunday, December 9 at 2 PM and 5 PM
- Friday, December 14 at 7:30 PM
- Saturday, December 15 at 2 PM and 5 PM
- Sunday, December 16 at 2 PM and 5 PM
School performances of the musical will be held December 11-14 and 17 during daytime hours. There’s also a downloadable social narrative that is made available on The Children’s Theatre website one week before the performance.
Also during the show, Q102 and The Children’s Theatre are collecting items for the St. Joseph Orphanage at all performances. “Children and adults are encouraged to bring any new or unwrapped item to the show and we’ll collect them in the Taft Theatre lobby,” says Katona Pille. “In addition, TCT will collect gifts at our Red Bank Road location. Patrons can drop off items in the lobby of our building during business hours.”
The Children’s Theatre also has a new podcast called Audio Footlights. “This podcast is designed to look at the shows we produce, and to ignite, impact and inspire all of our young listeners to have a lifelong love of theatre,” says Katona Pille. “Flex your imagination and join us!”
The TCT Podcast is about 8 minuets in length and will soon be available on iTunes as well as Stitcher, SoundCloud, GooglePlay, TuneIn, and Spotify.
To learn more about The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, visit https://www.thechildrenstheatre.com/.