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TO:Columbus Children’s Theatre Employees, All Locations  FROM:Susan Pringle, Executive Director   DATE:3/3/2020  RE:Coronavirus Pandemic Response Plan   Columbus Children’s Theatre (CCT) is strongly committed to the health and safety of our students, employees, and...

Sleepy hollow: A musical tale opens October 20!

(Columbus, OH) Columbus Children's Theatre will present Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale October 20 – November 6 at Park Street Theatre located at 512 Park Street. Book, Music and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman. This production is directed by Chris Rusen....

     Contact: Lisa Morales Cook, Marketing Director

Lisa@columbuschildrenstheatre.org

December 3, 2019

Coming Soon to CCT

(Columbus, OH) This spring, Matilda and the other ‘revolting children’ will discover what they will be like when they grow up. Until then, it is time to prepare for auditions for Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. CCT is presenting Matilda in co-production with CATCO is Kids and will run from May 7-24, 2020 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center in the Shedd Auditorium.

In preparation for this spectacular and playful show, CCT and CATCO is Kids will be offering audition workshops this winter. Audition workshops are for both inexperienced and experienced performers alike. They are a one-time opportunity to try out your audition material prior to the audition. Participants will hone and refine their audition skills guided by members of the CATCO is Kids and CCT Matilda production staff. The casting team will share their wisdom and experience gained from being on both sides of the audition table to teach the students tools needed to stand out from the crowd.

The audition workshop will be held December 9-12, 2019 from 6:15-8:15pm at the Columbus Performing Arts Center (549 Franklin Ave). The workshop has a limited enrollment and those interested must register online at columbuschildrenstheatre.org to reserve a spot.

Auditions for Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical will be January 11-12, 2020. Children 10 and up will audition Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 12pm. Children can email auditions@columbuschildrenstheatre.org to secure an audition spot. Adults will audition on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 1pm. Adults must email auditions@catco.org to secure an audition spot. Callbacks for children 10+ will be Monday, January 13 at 4:30pm and callbacks for adults will be Monday January 13 at 6pm. Tickets for Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical are on sale now.

About Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

2 Act Musical with Intermission, 120 Minutes

Recommended for 4th Grade and Up

Performed at the Columbus Performing Arts Center – Shedd Auditorium, 529 Franklin Ave, Columbus 43215

Wild and witty Matilda makes an impact on everyone she meets! Coming from an unloving home, Matilda forms a bond with her kind teacher, Miss Honey, but must evade the unjust punishments of the strict headmistress. Matilda’s imagination and psychokinetic powers help the other pupils have the courage to rise up! Enjoy this Tony Award-winning show with the audiences of all ages!

Calendar Details

Reserved Seating: Child $15; Adult/Senior $20

Columbus Children’s Theatre will present “Tuck Everlasting” Thursdays and Fridays at 7:00pm, Saturdays at 1pm and 5:00pm, and Sundays at 3pm.

Thursday and Friday at 7:00pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm; Saturday May 16 at 7:00pm – at the Columbus Performing Arts Center – Shedd Auditorium, 529 Franklin Ave, Columbus 43215. Tickets are $15-$20. Call 614-224-6672 or visit www.columbuschildrenstheatre.org.

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Contact: Lisa Morales Cook, Marketing Director

Lisa@columbuschildrenstheatre.org

October 17, 2019

Special Engagement

(Columbus, OH) After more than 14 performances in area schools, the Resident Company of Columbus Children’s Theatre (CCT) is proud to bring Apollo: To the Moon to Park Street Theatre for a special engagement on Saturday, October 26 at 11:00 am and 2:00pm. Tickets are $5 in advance, available through CCT box office at 614-224-6672. Ticket price at the door is “pay as you can,” with a recommended minimum of $5. CCT Executive Director Susan Pringle says, “We offer this special engagement with our thanks to the Columbus community for their ongoing support for CCT since 1963. We also hope the ticket price for this show will give new families the opportunity to enjoy the theatre together and create lasting memories through the power of the stage.”

Apollo: To the Moon was written by Mary Hall Surface and produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first humans ever to land on the moon. The show is currently touring Ohio through the 2020 season as part of the CCT’s School Programs offering.

“Just as Apollo brought new technology advancements into the age, we’re taking on new technology ourselves to give the kids a new and engaging story,” says Kelsey Hopkins, Resident Company Member and director of Apollo: To the Moon. “It will be really cool to talk about this monumental and historic time to a generation that has grown up with such advanced technology in their daily lives. We get to share with them the excitement of discovering these developments and show them how it has made such a big impact for the years to come.”

Told through the story of a young man, Scott (played by Morgan Thomas-Mills), who dreams of becoming an astronaut, Apollo: To the Moon is an exploration of the American Space program and its effect on the nation. Scott’s story teaches viewers to follow their dreams and work towards their goals, no matter the obstacles that may appear.

Just like Apollo brought new technology to America, the Resident Company is bringing a fresh new touring set, projections, and sound to the school programming. With over 40 years of providing enriching learning opportunities in schools, CCT continues to stretch the limits of what has been done before and bridges the gap to where the world is headed in technology.

Columbus Children’s Theatre is committed to making the inspiring, enriching, and engaging experience of live theatre accessible to all children and families. CCT offers a Sensory Friendly Performance for each show, Touch Tours, Audio Described performances, and American Sign-Language (ASL) interpreted performances to help maintain CCT’s value of bringing theatre to all.

Park Street Theatre

512 Park Street Columbus OH 43215

CCT box office 614-224-6672

www.ColumbusChildrensTheatre.org

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Bring CCT Into Your School!

September 30, 2019

(Columbus, OH) In 1969, Americans took one small step on the moon, and in 2019, CCT will take one giant leap to your school! Columbus Children’s Theatre will launch their touring season with the Resident Company performing Apollo: To the Moon, by Mary Hall Surface and produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first humans ever to land on the moon. With new developments in the Resident Company, and an ever-growing education department, CCT’s school programming is blasting off to a great start!

“Just as Apollo brought new technology advancements into the age, we’re taking on new technology ourselves to give the kids a new and engaging story,” says Kelsey Hopkins, Resident Company Member and director of Apollo: To the Moon. “It will be really cool to talk about this monumental and historic time to a generation that has grown up with such advanced technology in their daily lives. We get to share with them the excitement of discovering these developments and show them how it has made such a big impact for the years to come.”

Told through the story of a young man, Scott (played by Morgan Thomas-Mills), who dreams of becoming an astronaut, Apollo: To the Moon is an exploration of the American Space program and its effect on the nation. Scott’s story teaches viewers to follow their dreams and work towards their goals, no matter the obstacles that may appear.

Just like Apollo brought new technology to America, the Resident Company is bringing a fresh new touring set, projections, and sound to the school programming. With over 40 years of providing enriching learning opportunities in schools, CCT continues to stretch the limits of what has been done before and bridges the gap to where the world is headed in technology. The new set will be clean and crisp, offering plenty of visual effects for the young learners who attend the shows!

With the success of the Theatre for the Very Young show, Balloonacy, which toured last season, and the in-house success of Nutt and Bolt, the Resident Company will be expanding the target audiences to even the youngest classrooms. Nutt and Bolt has been added to the touring season in order to bring a fun and interactive performance perfect for early childhood, pre-K, and kindergarten classes. With these Theatre for the Very Young shows and Apollo: To the Moon, CCT’s Resident Company has something for all ages, including five touring shows and daytime performances of the mainstage productions!

Along with the in-school performances and workshops that bring CCT into your school, CCT offers education opportunities for the mainstage shows as well! There are daytime performances for five of the productions in the 2019-2020 season, as well as the opportunity for pre- and post-show workshops to give students a first-hand look at the production.

Columbus Children’s Theatre is committed to making the inspiring, enriching, and engaging experience of live theatre accessible to all children and families. CCT offers a Sensory Friendly Performance for each show, Touch Tours, Audio Described performances, and American Sign-Language (ASL) interpreted performances to help maintain CCT’s value of bringing theatre to all.

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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 May 15, 2020:

Summer Camps 2020 - we have made the difficult decision to cancel camps between June 1-July 3. We are still accepting registrations for camps starting on July 6, with modified precautions based on the state's requirements for social distancing. 

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 Box Show – postponed, dates to be determined
Crawls, Flies & Squirms – postponed, dates to be determined
Spring Academy classes – cancelled

For productions that are postponed or Academy classes that are cancelled we ask that you allow CCT to direct those payments to future productions or classes. Once we are back in the office we will be happy to provide assistance.

We are continually monitoring communications, and we remain attentive to your needs. Stay connected to CCT via Instagram (cctcolumbus), Facebook and YouTube for new digital content.
I hope you stay vigilant, yet find optimism in this time of uncertainty.

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