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Columbus Children’s Theatre

Special Message Regarding COVID-19

Dear Friends of CCT,

I wanted to personally provide a CCT update as we manage the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our paramount concern is that everyone remains vigilant to limit the impact of the pandemic. Much of what we have come to accept as normal is in question. What is not in question is our commitment to our students, families, staff and collaborators.

Please note the status update for the following productions and programs as of June 25, 2020:

Thank you for your patience with us as we worked through our 2020 CCT Summer Camp strategy. As you might imagine, the CCT Board of Trustees and staff had - and continue to have - difficult decisions to make during this unprecedented time. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our organization in ways we did not anticipate – operationally, logistically, financially, and emotionally. 

Theatre companies around the globe have shuttered their doors; some until as late as March 2021. Even Broadway, the pinnacle of live theatre in America, has postponed all productions until September 2020.

Given current circumstances, we have concluded that we cannot guarantee the safety of children and their families. As such, we are cancelling all “IN-PERSON/Face to Face” CCT Summer Camps scheduled between July 6 and August 9, 2020. However, we have converted several of these summer camps to a digital platform in an effort to still offer them virtually. Of course, each virtual camp will have a significantly reduced fee, which will allow for parents to…

  1. Donate the remainder of your registration fees back to CCT for a Tax Deductible Donation.
  2. Apply the full amount of previously paid registrations fees to MORE than one of the new virtual camps (up to the amount previously paid).
  3. Convert their registrations fees into one of our 2021 CCT Family Value Packages (details below).
  4. Request a refund for overpayment (less the virtual camp fee) OR a full refund.

This decision was not taken lightly as there are significant financial ramifications for our organization that come with this choice. Of course, the safety of your children and families outweighs any financial damages we suffer. Our promise to this community has always been, “To Provide a Safe Space for Children to Explore, Learn, and Thrive.” SAFE is the operative word here.

We deeply regret the impact this decision might have on your summer plans.

We respectfully ask you that you accept the following 2021 CCT Value Pack in lieu of a refund:

  1. Family 4-Pack of Premium Ticket Vouchers (Orchestra Level) for our April 2021 production of the beloved classic, THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Lincoln Theatre. (This title has NOT been announced yet. Please keep CONFIDENTIAL).
  2. Guaranteed backstage passes for your entire family (upon your request) for THE WIZARD OF OZ.
  3. $50.00 Discount Voucher for 2021 Academy classes or Summer Camps.

It is a little known fact that small arts organizations like CCT rely heavily on contributed income – donations from people like you and me. If you would like to donate the full amount of your registration fees, we will issue you an official Tax Credit Letter to use as a 2020 income tax deduction. Letters will be sent following the end of our 2020 Summer Camp season.

In the event that you do not wish to participate in our Virtual Summer Camp offerings, please consider our request to convert your 2020 Summer Camp registration fees to donations or the 2021 CCT Value Pack to help protect YOUR Columbus Children's Theatre. Working together will be the very best way to ensure CCT is stable and secure once it is safe to reopen.

If you have not already done so, please contact John Faas at john@columbuschildrenstheatre.org to secure your Value Pack or with any questions, comments or concerns. Email is the preferred method of communication due to our remaining staff working from home. Please DO NOT call the office general line as we are all still working remotely.

Other Updates following the end of the 2019-2020 Season:

Heathers: The Musical (High School Edition) – postponed until summer 2021

Matilda: The Musical – cancelled
Please contact the CAPA Ticket Center at 614-469-0939 to either donate your ticket purchase price or request a refund. Donated ticket sales revenue will be equally divided between Columbus Children’s Theatre and CATCO is Kids, our production partner and are greatly appreciated to sustain our organizations during this unprecedented time.

The negative financial impact of these cancellations is enormous for a company of our size. However, the financial impact is minimal compared to the disappointment of the students, families, and local artists impacted by the COVID-19 virus. As a small/mid-sized cultural institution, we rely heavily on the community to sustain our operations...and now more than ever.

If our organization has touched your family through our Academy Classes, Summer Camps, Productions, Volunteerism, or through your Philanthropic Support...I ask you to make a contribution to Columbus Children's Theatre today.

We have no idea how long we will have to "weather this storm." However, when the sky does clear and the "gates swing open", we hope to remain the place where the youth of Columbus can come running for their artistic fulfillment.

Your support can ensure this.

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Sincerely,


Susan Pringle
Executive Director
Columbus Children's Theatre

CCT At Home!

 

CCT is hoping to make theatre digitally

accessible from the comfort of your own

homes! While we are sad we can’t perform in

theatres and schools, this is the next best

thing! Make sure to follow along with our

Study Guides for each specific show that

we will stream!

Our Mission

Transforming families through the power of the stage.

FOR FAMILIES

For Parents

Celebrate families with us this season through our shows and your trip to CCT.

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FOR ASPIRING ACTORS

For Young Actors

Take a class with us.

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FOR SCHOOLS

For Schools

Book our touring company to visit your school and provide a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

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Operating Support for CCT is provided by:

Great Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
Nationwide
National Endowment for the Arts
American Electric Power
Columbus Makes Art
The Columbus Foundation
The Shubert Foundation
O'Neill Foundation

About CCT

At Columbus Children's Theatre we educate and involve young people of all backgrounds in the theatre arts. Through our programs we foster self-esteem and self-discovery by emphasizing discipline, integrity, team-building, and communication skills in a positive and creative environment.
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