JumpStart Theatre

Build a sustainable musical theatre program in your school!

Three Tri-State Schools Awarded Fully-Funded JumpStart Theatre Program

After a three-month selection process, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) has named the newest tri-state area schools that will partner with the JumpStart Theatre Program.  The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), in collaboration with New York City-based companies iTheatrics and Music Theatre International (MTI) created JumpStart Theatre, a three-year scalable program designed to build sustainable musical theatre programs in underserved schools that previously had none.

Hartwell Elementary, Liberty Bible Academy, and Summit Academy Cincinnati Community School were selected to be part of the three-year program beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

The selection process included a formal written application, site visits to the schools and interviews with administrators and the faculty who would be spearheading the program. 

Kim Kern, Managing Director and CEO of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati said, “After a rigorous application and interview process, we are thrilled to welcome Hartwell Elementary, Liberty Bible Academy and Summit Academy as JumpStart Theatre partner schools for the 2019-20 school year.  All that applied were wonderful candidates and will be invited to the boot camp trainings and to apply again for the 2020-21 school year.  We are so excited to see the continued momentum of this program, and to work alongside the Educational Theatre Foundation to continue the growth locally while they expand the reach and impact nationally.”

The selected schools are incredibly enthusiastic about beginning the process:

Antwan Lewis, Principal of Hartwell Elementary, said, "We are excited to partner with JumpStart Theatre.  This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent of our diverse student population and welcome in our parents and community.  Students will now have another avenue to display their creativity through drama, art, music, technology and more.  We are ready to put this in motion!"

"Liberty Bible Academy is thrilled to be a part of the JumpStart Theatre program starting in the 2019-2020 school year,” said Julie Weber, LBA 5th and 6th Grade Teacher and JumpStart Theatre On-Site Director.  “The JumpStart Theatre team's knowledge and training will help us build a sustainable program for years to come, and we can't wait to watch our middle school students build confidence and strengthen their character because of this enriching opportunity."  

Lisa L. Singleton of Summit Academy Cincinnati Community School, said “We are very excited to get this program off the ground.  We plan to partner our lower school students with the upper school students.  This will open so many doors for our students who would not otherwise be exposed to theater.  Learning to make costumes; make props for the set and even mix the sounds for the production.  Students can be on stage or behind the scenes.  Our hope is that families will want to be involved as well.”

Each selected school will receive services and materials valued at $12,000 in the form of training, mentoring, and production support for a show for their community. Students will be involved in every aspect of the production, and TCT and ETF will also host an annual JumpStart Theatre showcase, bringing all the participants together to share their work.

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.

For questions about the JumpStart Theatre Program and application process, visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com or email Kim.Kern@tctcincinnati.com. 

About The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT): 

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is the oldest children’s theatre in the country.  Its mission is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. Its vision is to awaken a lifelong love of theater in children and the young at heart. Today, the Children’s Theatre brings art to life for our audiences through three key programs:  TCT MainStage at the Taft Theatre, TCT on Tour (including Workshops) and TCT Academy. Each season TCT strives to reach more than 200,000 people in our region.  For more information visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com.

About the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF):

The Educational Theatre Foundation  was launched November, 2017, as the philanthropic arm of the Educational Theatre Association, which is the home of the International Thespian Society. ETF provides essential financial support to enhance excellence in theatre education and to expand access to school theatre programs for every child, putting them on a more positive life path. ETF is focused on three areas: JumpStart Theatre–to create sustainable musical theatre programs where there previously were none; need-based grants to schools–to provide teaching and performance resources and equipment in under-resourced schools; and, merit and need-based grants to individuals—to nurture the next generation of theatre teachers and artists.  In its first year ETF has awarded more than $650,000 in grants, directly impacting high school theatre programs in 50 cities, and enabling the development of musical theatre programs in underserved middle schools in six states.

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.

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.

Applications are currently closed for the 19-20 school year. 

Timeline for 20-21:

January – February 2020 -- Applications accepted

February -- March 2020 – Interviews for schools who have applied and Site Visits for Finalists

March – April 2020 – Selected schools notified

April 2020 – Orientation for selected schools

May 2020 – Planning for 2020-2021 school year (submit show selections, bootcamp dates determined, contracts signed)

Fall 2020 – Program begins at selected sites

Questions?

Contact Kim Kern, Managing Director and CEO, kim.kern@tctcincinnati.com or call 513-569-8080 x11.

About the Program:

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.

To see a video about JumpStart Theatre, click here.

To see a video about the Educational Theatre Foundation, click here.

Study Guides for MainStage and Showtime Stage

Download our brand new interactive study guides from Nearpod

​​Our lesson plans utilize Nearpod, the interactive classroom tool created to engage with students. If you already have a Nearpod account, click on the links below to add our lesson plans to your library.

New to Nearpod?

Click on a link below to get started. You will be prompted to create a FREE account using an email address and password of your choosing. Once created, you can simply view the lesson or add it to your library. 

Adding the lesson plan to your library will allow you to add, delete or rearrange the slides of your choosing.

Once you have your account, you can follow the helpful on screen guides to get familiar with the functions of the site or jump right in and start a lesson.

What’s Included in the Lesson Plans?

Our lessons are filled with everything your students need to know pre and post show. Your students will be able to follow along with you on their own devices or as you project it on a screen. Interactive elements such as articles, videos, quizzes and polls are available in each lesson to help engage your students in the subject.

Although The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati makes every effort to ensure the quality of its published lesson plans, the teacher is ultimately responsible for providing successful and appropriate instruction. 

Please Be Advised:

Teachers should read lesson plans carefully and critically, with an eye to their own needs and the needs of their students. We encourage teachers to add, delete, or rearrange lesson plan slides as they believe appropriate.

Teachers should carefully review any resources linked from our website or recommended in lesson plans before presenting them to students. Please read or view any recommended books, films, articles, or other learning materials to confirm that they are appropriate to your classroom and students.

Although we review linked websites and resources before publishing a lesson plan, the content of external sites may change without notice. If you find something in a web resource linked from a lesson plan that is not appropriate for a K–12 audience, please let us know.

Study Guides for our 19-20 season will be available in September.

Theatre Etiquette

FOR GRADES K-6:

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FOR GRADES 7-12:

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Sleeping Beauty

GRADES K-2  PRE-SHOW:

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GRADES K-2  POST SHOW:

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GRADES 3-6 PRE SHOW:

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GRADES 3-6 POST SHOW:

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GRADES 7-12 PRE-SHOW:

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GRADES 7-12 POST SHOW:

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Click Here for a PDF download of our new Teacher's Guide.

Study Guides for TCT On Tour

Download our brand new interactive study guides from Nearpod

​Our lesson plans utilize Nearpod, the interactive classroom tool created to engage with students. If you already have a Nearpod account, click on the links below to add our lesson plans to your library.

New to Nearpod?

Click on a link below to get started. You will be prompted to create a FREE account using an email address and password of your choosing. Once created, you can simply view the lesson or add it to your library. 

Adding the lesson plan to your library will allow you to add, delete or rearrange the slides of your choosing.

Once you have your account, you can follow the helpful on screen guides to get familiar with the functions of the site or jump right in and start a lesson.

What’s Included in the Lesson Plans?

Our lessons are filled with everything your students need to know pre and post show. Your students will be able to follow along with you on their own devices or as you project it on a screen. Interactive elements such as articles, videos, quizzes and polls are available in each lesson to help engage your students in the subject.

Although The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati makes every effort to ensure the quality of its published lesson plans, the teacher is ultimately responsible for providing successful and appropriate instruction. 

Please Be Advised:

Teachers should read lesson plans carefully and critically, with an eye to their own needs and the needs of their students. We encourage teachers to add, delete, or rearrange lesson plan slides as they believe appropriate.

Teachers should carefully review any resources linked from our website or recommended in lesson plans before presenting them to students. Please read or view any recommended books, films, articles, or other learning materials to confirm that they are appropriate to your classroom and students.

Although we review linked websites and resources before publishing a lesson plan, the content of external sites may change without notice. If you find something in a web resource linked from a lesson plan that is not appropriate for a K–12 audience, please let us know.

Study Guides for our 19-20 season will be available in September.

Theatre Etiquette

FOR GRADES K-6:

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FOR GRADES 7-12:

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Martin's Dream

GRADES 3-6 PRE SHOW:

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GRADES 3-6 POST SHOW:

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GRADES 7-8 PRE SHOW:

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GRADES 7-8 POST SHOW:

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GRADES 9-12 PRE-SHOW:

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GRADES 9-12 POST SHOW:

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Click Here for a PDF download of the MARTIN'S DREAM Teacher's Guide.

Rosa Parks

GRADES 3-6 PRE SHOW:

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GRADES 3-6 POST SHOW:

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GRADES 7-8 PRE SHOW:

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To download the presentation to your Nearpod library, click here:  https://app.nearpod.com/library/preview/lesson-L40926801

GRADES 7-8 POST SHOW:

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To download the presentation to your Nearpod library, click here:  https://app.nearpod.com/library/preview/lesson-L40926894

Click Here for a PDF download of the ROSA PARKS Teacher's Guide.

Rumpelstiltskin

GRADES K-2: PRE-SHOW

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To download it to your Nearpod library, click here.

GRADES K-2: POST SHOW

To preview it, click here.

To download it to your Nearpod library, click here.

GRADES 3-6: PRE-SHOW

To preview it, click here.

To download it to your Nearpod library, click here.

GRADES 3-6: POST SHOW

To preview it, click here.

To download it to your Nearpod library, click here.

Click Here for a PDF download of the RUMPELSTILTSKIN Teacher's Guide.

For Homeschools

Check out our special offerings for homeschoolers!

​MainStage at the Taft Theatre 

We welcome all Homeschoolers to our Homeschool performances on Mondays at 1 PM for the 2019-2020 MainStage season.

Please be advised that children age three and under are only permitted at these performances.  

Every person, regardless of age, needs a ticket.  Tickets are $8 each or $6 for each show if you are purchasing a 4-show subscription.

We adjusted the date and time of our Homeschool performances to make things easier on Homeschooling families – no more waiting outside or waiting in line while we unload the 2,000 children who attended the earlier performance.

If you are unable to attend our Monday 1 PM performances, you may attend one of our other school performances.  Just a few rules to which there are no exceptions:

  • Your Homeschool Co-Op must have a group of 15 or more
  • Children under three years old are not permitted
  • All reservations must be on one advance order form accompanied by one payment for the group
  • Orders will not be accepted at the door
  • No strollers
  • Passengers cannot be unloaded in front of the Taft Theater
  • Seating will be assigned
  • Click here to order tickets online.

    Click Here to Download an 19-20 Homeschool Order Form.

    TCT On Tour on the Showtime Stage

    Don’t miss these special performances in our small 150-seat theater on Red Bank Road.   Enjoy these special 45-minute productions.  Click here for details.

    Content Search

    Search our site for material based on grade and subject

    We understand the extra effort it takes for a teacher to enrich the lives of their students. That’s why we strive to make The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati an entertaining and educational environment that fits easily within your curriculum. To facilitate learning, we’ve created FREE study guides based on each of our shows to supplement your visit. Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, we invite you to engage your child on a whole new level.

    Resources For Teachers

    Ticket Discounts and More!

    Ticket Subsidy Program

    Schools with 50% or more Free and Reduced Lunch may qualify for the The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Ticket Subsidy Program for assistance to select performances. Please fill out and submit our official form. You will be contacted by either Tina Marshall, our Education Sales Director, or Pam Young, our School Coordinator, with details.

    Click Here for the 19-20 Ticket Subsidy Guidelines.

    Click Here for the 19-20 Ticket Subsidy Application.

    We know that sometimes arts funding is hard to come by. Here are some ideas for assistance.

    TCT Study Guides

    Stay tuned for brand new digital study guides coming later this fall!  We hope these resources enhance your students' theatrical experience.

    Target Grants

    It’s become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help, Target launched Field Trip Grants in 2007. Since then, they’ve made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip. As part of the program, Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700. They accept grant applications between noon CST Aug. 1 and 11:59 PM CT October 1.

    Target's Field Trip Grants

    ArtBus

    For assistance with busing to the Taft Theatre, please consider ArtBus.

    Email artlinks@cpsboe.k12.oh.us or call 513-562-3031.

    Ohio Arts Council's Big Yellow School Bus

    The OAC recognizes the important role that school field trips play in comprehensive arts education efforts. The Big Yellow School Bus program provides up to $500 to help schools meet the transportation costs of educational field trips to arts and cultural activities. The recently published Status of Arts Education in Ohio’s Public Schools report documented that field trips in the arts were less prevalent in Ohio than nationally. The inability to travel was cited as a barrier to cultural participation for Ohio schools with limited funds. This grant enables schools and associations for home-schooled students to fund student field trips to art galleries, museums, exhibits, and music, dance, and theater performances.

    Learning in the arts is critical to a child's academic development. These educational visits will help to foster creativity and innovation, among the most important skills for students to develop. The Big Yellow School Bus program is designed to cultivate partnerships between schools and arts and cultural organizations so students across the state can explore their creativity and experience all that Ohio’s cultural life has to offer.

    Application Deadline: Applications are due no later than eight weeks prior to the date of the proposed event. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a rolling basis for as long as funds are available. Priority status will be given to rural and urban students from underserved areas of Ohio.

    Click Here for more information.

    Ohio Arts Council's Artist Express

    Ohio Arts Council grant supporting artist visits for schools and community organizations -- great for our WorkShops and TCT On Tour. Rolling applications are due at least eight weeks prior to the date of the proposed visit.

    Click here for more information.

    MainStage School Policies and Procedures

    Policies and Procedures

    PRIOR TO YOUR FIELD TRIP

    Theater Location

    All MainStage performances take place at the Taft Theatre at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati.

    Adjusting Your School Order Additions, Cancellations & Alterations

    Seats can be added to your school order at any time (subject to availability), however, Pam Young must know prior to your arrival at the Taft Theatre.

    We will never cancel or alter the total reserved seats on your order without receiving a change in writing.

    Decreasing to existing orders MUST be submitted in writing at least 30 days prior to a production and a written confirmation forwarded to you or by our office to confirm the change was received. If you do not receive a written confirmation from us before your scheduled performance, please contact Pam Young at 513.569.8080 x13.

    Refunds

    Reservation cancellations must be submitted 60 day prior to your scheduled performance date.

    Refunds are not possible for absences or unused seats. You will be responsible for your final number of reserved seats.

    Chaperones

    We recommend a minimum of one adult for every 15 students. Adult/Teacher ticket prices are the same as student ticket prices at our school matinees. Schools will receive one free adult admission for every 15 students.

    Homeschool Performances

    Performances on Mondays at 1 PM are designated for homeschooling families.

    Preschool Children

    Infants and children age 3 and younger are only permitted at our designated home school performances on Mondays at 1 PM. Please advise parent chaperones to make alternate arrangements for their younger children.

    Special seating needs

    Last-minute seating accommodations are not always possible. Please notify us early to ensure your needs are met.

    Wheelchair/Special Needs Accessible Seating

    Please indicate the number of wheelchair and/or special needs accessible seats you need on the order form. Accessible seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed unless reserved in writing.

    My group will have at least one student that requires handicap accessible seating. Will our entire group be seated on the floor together to accommodate this need?

    We will always assign students and adult patrons with special needs seating on the orchestra floor allowing for a care-giver or other student to be seated with them if they are age appropriate. For groups including more than one patron with multiple disabilities, they will be seated on the floor but may be separated into various accessible seating. Special needs seating is distributed throughout the theater and not located in just one section.

    * Requiring special needs seating for select students does not guarantee orchestra floor seating for your entire group.

    We have autistic students in our group for our upcoming field trip. How does the Children’s Theatre assign seating for patrons with autism?

    We make every effort to seat groups including autistic patrons near exits for easy access to the surrounding hallways and the lobby if an individual become restless. Feel free to use the nearest exit to wait in one of the hallways or the lobby of the theater until the show has concluded.

    Hearing-Impaired Students

    Performances on Mondays at 1 PM are signed for hearing-impaired students. If your group cannot attend this performance and requires an interpreter, then your school may provide one for you. Please notify us in advance so that we may arrange appropriate seating for your group and the interpreter.

    Free Curriculum-Based Study Guides Easy to Download From Our Website

    We have been focusing on improving our Study Guides and making them better resources for you and your students and to enhance the theatrical experience.  Click here for details.

    Study Guide Page

    Tickets and Seat Assignment

    No paper tickets will be issued for school performances. Seating selection for groups will be based on the date orders are received. Groups will be seated within their designated seating area based on order of arrival to the theater. Upon arrival, our staff of volunteer ushers will show your group to their seats predetermined by our seating chart.

    Information for chaperones

    • Always accompany children to the restroom.
    • Keep students in a single file line.
    • Fill all seats in your row.
    • If you need to rearrange your seats, please do so after your entire group has been
    • seated.

    INCLEMENT WEATHER

    In the event that hazardous weather or other inclement conditions dictate closure, the decision to cancel our performance will be made at least two hours prior to show time. 

    TCT closure information will be posted on the front page of our website, on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as provided to the media.