2019-2020 Season

The Power of a Child

​The World-Premiere Musical Adaption of CASPER Kicks Off The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s 2019-20 Season 

Cincinnati –The nation’s oldest professional theatre for young audiences celebrates “The Power of a Child” with MainStage musicals following four young central characters with strength, grit, and a drive to succeed. From the not-so-scary Casper the Friendly Ghost and everyone’s favorite blockhead, Charlie Brown, to the spunky orphan Annie and the magical Matilda, audiences both young and old will enjoy every moment of this sensational season!

Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice says, “We wanted our season to celebrate the immense power children possess. Through these musicals centered around four bold young characters, we will entertain and inspire our young audiences, ages 4 to 104, to be the best versions of themselves. 

We kick off the season with an exciting world-premiere adaption of Casper the Friendly Musical. This show is filled with wonderful songs and relevant themes around loyalty, teamwork, kindness, and friendship. 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of Casper’s debut, entertaining generations through comics, books, television, film, and now the stage! This show will be a great way to gear up your kids for Halloween! (But don’t worry, the show isn’t scary at all.) Dress up and test those spooktacular Halloween costumes before they hit the streets!

Each year, we get hundreds of requests to revive our 2015 production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. We are excited to bring the beloved TV special back to life on our stage this December, as we celebrate the season with the whole Peanuts gang. The show you loved in 2015 is back and will be even better than before!

The classic musical Annie has always been one of my favorites. She may only be 10 years-old, but Annie is my hero. Seeing someone rise above their difficult circumstances always made me feel anything is possible. And of course… who doesn’t love a live dog on stage! 

Finally, Matilda closes our season. This recent Tony Award winning Broadway-hit will be sure to delight audiences of all ages.  Plus, you might see a few familiar faces on the stage… ahem… hint hint…

This season will be a celebration you will not want to miss!”

About the 19-20 MainStage Season at the Taft:

CASPER The Friendly Musical

October 12-21, 2019

Book and lyrics by Stephen Cole. Music by Matthew Ward. Adapted by TCT and Roderick Justice. With special arrangement from Universal Theatrical Group. 

TCT takes Casper center stage in this world-premiere musical adaptation for young audiences! Everyone’s favorite friendly ghost and his three uncles live a rather uneventful existence in the family mansion. Fifty years after their lives were cut short in a lightning storm, Magdalena, their former maid, re-enters their (after)lives! Now a celebrity TV Host, she is looking for the deed to the mansion… not because she wants the house, but because she believes there's a message on the back that will lead her to a “great treasure”. As competition reality TV is all the rage, she hosts a live treasure hunt in the mansion on Halloween. One lucky young contestant could win $1 million if they find the deed! It is up to young Casper and his new friends, the contestants, to save the mansion from Magdalena, and discover the greatest treasure of all!

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS                     

December 7-16, 2019           

By Charles M. Schulz.  Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson.  Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer.  By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. A Charlie Brown Christmas is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK. 

Back by popular demand, bring your family and celebrate the season with our live rendition of your favorite holiday TV special! Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down. Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us about what’s most important during the Yuletide season. 2019 marks the 54th anniversary of the animated TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the CBS program debuted on December 9, 1965.

ANNIE JR.

February 29-March 9, 2020

Book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, presented on Broadway by Mike Nichols, originally produced by Irwin Meyer, Stephen R. Friedman, Lewis Allen, Alvin Nederlander Associates, Inc., The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Icarus Productions.  Based on “Little Orphan Annie”® by Permission of The Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Leapin’ Lizards! Kick off Leap Year with us! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. 

Roald Dahl’s MATILDA The Musical

April 25-May 4, 2020

Book by Dennis Kelly. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

Broadway’s biggest little hero, Matilda, is an extraordinary little girl with a vivid imagination. Unloved by her cruel parents, Matilda is armed with astonishing wit, intelligence and mysterious powers. At school, she catches the eye of her sweet schoolteacher, Miss Honey, but also the mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who loves to think of clever ways to punish children. Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other and together they dare to take a stand against Miss Trunchbull to change their destiny. 

New subscriptions to the 2019-2020 Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati MainStage season at the Taft Theatre will be available in early June after existing subscription renewals are completed.  Subscriptions range from $43 to $123 for all four productions.  Single tickets go on sale August 30.  For information call 513-569-8080 ext. 10 or visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com.

Important to note: The Children’s Theatre’s four Broadway-style MainStage productions are performed in the historic Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati.

TCT EXTRAS:

The following productions will be performed on TCT’s Showtime Stage at Red Bank:

SUFFRAGETTES: With Liberty and Voting for All -- September 21-22, 2019

BAH-HUMBUG! A One-Man Christmas Carol  -- November 30-December 1, 2019

MRS. CLAUS SAVES THE DAY! -- December 21-22, 2019

CORETTA SCOTT KING -- January 18-19, 2020

HARRIET TUBMAN: Straight Up Outta the Underground -- March 14-15, 2020

DOROTHY IN OZ -- MAY 16-17, 2020

CINDERELLA WORE COWBOY BOOTS -- June 5-7, 2020

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by ArtsWave and the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.  The Ohio Arts Council helps to fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Ticket Exchanges

For MainStage Subscribers

Only TCT MainStage Season Ticket Holders have the ability to exchange tickets.

​Showtime Series at Red Bank 18-19

Join us on Red Bank Road

Don’t miss this exciting performance on our Ralph & Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage on Red Bank Road!

TCT On Tour presents: RUMPELSTILTSKIN

Join us for a performance by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s touring division, TCT On Tour.

Is your name Harry? Or Sam? Or could it be Rumpelstiltskin?  TCT retells this classic tale of the miller’s daughter, her boastful father, a handsome prince and the ability to spin straw into gold.  Discover the magic and wonder of one of the world’s best loved fairy tales.

This show is ideal for children in grades K-5, with a question-and-answer session with the cast after the show.

Tickets are $13 each plus service fee and are available exclusively through ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.  Discounts are not available for these performances.

Click here to purchase seats.

Only 152 seats are available for each performance.

• Mar 15, 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (Fri)

• Mar 16, 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (Sat)

• Mar 16, 2019 at 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm (Sat)

• Mar 17, 2019 at 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm (Sun)

Single Tickets for MainStage at the Taft

Make Family Memories to Last a Lifetime!

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s 94th MainStage season will be one to remember, as TCT brings Tri-state families four fantastical productions they won’t soon forget.  The Man of Steel, The Man in Red, a “Man-Cub” and a sleepy (but spunky) princess will inspire and entertain audiences both young and old.

There are three ways to order tickets for our MainStage Performances at the Taft Theatre.  Single tickets are on sale now!

Online: 

www.ticketmaster.com

By phone: 

800.745.3000

In person:

At the Taft Theatre: Monday – Friday, 11 AM – 3 PM.  Located at 317 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202.  Beginning January 1, 2018 tickets purchased at the Taft Theatre box office using a credit card will incur a $2 service fee. Tickets purchased with cash will remain free of any service charges.

At The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Red Bank Road Ticket Office: Monday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM.  Located at 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH  45227.  A $3 per ticket fee applies.  (The Ticket Office will be closed for lunch each weekday from 12 PM to 1 PM.

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

You can reach the Red Bank Ticket Office by email or by phone at 513.569.8080 x10 for information only.

Every person, regardless of age, needs a ticket. Children 12 months-old and younger who do not need a seat and will sit on your lap will be required to have an Infant Lap Pass for each show in every seating location throughout the theater. Lap Passes are just $3 each.

To see what the view from your seats might look like, visit the Taft Theatre website and scroll down.

Sensory-Friendly Performances

Intended for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families

Tickets on sale now!  Click here to get your access code.

Click here for the Sensory Friendly visual supports for DISNEY'S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS.

At The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, we believe theatre is for everyone.  That’s why we are so excited to present the third season of MainStage Sensory-Friendly performances at the Taft Theatre.  

These are special performances intended for individuals on the autism spectrum who may benefit and their families, not for the general public.  Only a limited number of tickets will be sold.

This season we are thrilled to present these performances on the weekend --  so families can attend and make memories together.

SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:

DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 5 PM

TO CREATE A SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE:

• The show is being performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for those with sensory challenges. 

• Slight adjustments to lighting and sound will be made for the performance. Effects such as fog, strobes and lights that extend into the audience will be minimalized. 

• In the theater lobby, there will be an area staffed by specialists in the field where you and your child can take a break from the performance.

• A downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) with pictures of the theater and the production will be available on our website, designed to personalize the experience for individuals wishing to prepare for the show. These will be posted one week prior to each production.

• Additional resources for this performance, such as a Character Guide, and a Guide to Attending the Show will also be available one week prior to each production.

• A committee of experts in the field was created to aid TCT with these performances, including staff members from Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theatre Initiative -- the organization that implements sensory-friendly performances on Broadway, along with members from Children's Hospital Medical Center/The University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Institute, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati and Q102.  

TICKETS ON SALE:

Now!  Click here to get your access code.

Tickets: $20 each plus fees

All seats reserved.  Very limited wheelchair seating available.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS 

Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and Terry Gilkyson.  Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Marcy Heisler.  Music Adapted and Arranged by Bryan Louiselle.  Based on the Screenplay by Larry Clemmons.  Based on the Novel, “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling.  

The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, this musical features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the animated movie.  Based on the works of Rudyard Kipling, the “Man-Cub” Mowgli, bounds through the jungle and learns what it means to be human.  You won’t want to miss this culturally-infused and spectacular Disney classic! 

HOW TO BUY TICKETS:

1. Click here to get your access code.  This will direct you to a special webpage.

2. Answer the questions to receive your special password.

3. Go to ticketmaster.com to get your tickets.  

4. Tickets may sell out, so we encourage you to order in advance.  A small number of tickets may be available at the Taft Theatre Box Office on the day of the show, but that is not guaranteed, especially if the performance sells out.

5. Questions?  Email tickets@tctcincinnati.com

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?

Tickets for children and adults are $20 each plus fees.

WHERE WILL THE PERFORMANCES TAKE PLACE?

All MainStage performances will be held at the Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202. Conveniently located at the corner of 5th and Sycamore in downtown Cincinnati.

HOW LONG ARE THE SHOWS?

The shows last approximately 60 minutes without intermission.

HOW CAN I PREPARE OUR FAMILY FOR THESE PRODUCTIONS?

Our guides and social narratives will be available here on our website one week before each production.

ADDITIONAL TIPS:

• Seat changes: We are unable to change or refund your order once it is place, due to the volume of customer service requests and our limited staff.

• Wheelchair locations: Wheelchair locations and companion seats are simple to purchase, clearly labeled, but limited. We will not have extra wheelchair locations to move you to if you buy in another location that is not designated wheelchair seating.

• Current TCT MainStage Subscribers interested in attending these performances:  Just email tickets@tctcincinnati.com for details.

We can make no assurances that this performance will be suitable for everyone with autism. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for their children’s viewing and engagement with the performance.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS or need additional assistance, please contact Krista Katona Pille at krista.katonapille@tctcincinnati.com or call 513-569-8080 x15.

To receive ticket information when it becomes available, please click here to join our mailing list.  

This program/project was financially assisted by The Louis and Melba Schott Foundation, Fifth Third Bank Trustee.

Click Here to download this information as a flyer.


Group Tickets for MainStage at the Taft

Bring your group to a show!

Hosting a Scout troop?  Having the relatives in town for the holidays?  You can order a block of tickets for your group!

All MainStage shows remain at the Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati.

For Group Sales of 20 or more, please call our Box Office at 513.569.8080 x10.

Click here to download a Group Order Form.

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Crown Club

Formerly the TCT Kids Club

Please note:  Show tickets are not included with membership.

Just a reminder that we'll see all members in the lobby of the Taft Theatre before our upcoming performances of DISNEY'S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS.

There are no more pre-show events.  The Taft Theatre lobby opens 1 hour before showtime, so feel free to arrive early if you'd like.  Take your time, pick up your gear, get a Bonbonerie cookie to enjoy before you get to your seat.

If you were able to join us for SUPERMAN, or SANTA CLAUS: THE MUSICAL, or for our September event and received your gear and Crown Club lanyard, please bring the lanyard with you.  If not, no worries! You can pick up everything at our new booth in the Taft Theatre lobby.  (And if you ever happen to forget your lanyard, don't panic! We'll always have a list.)

REMEMBER: Crown Club is EXCLUSIVE.

ALL children ages 0-18 must be registered Crown Club Members to receive their gear and gifts.

A sneak peek at the furry JUNGLE BOOK gift!
A sneak peek at the furry JUNGLE BOOK gift!

Have an extra guest with you at a performance? No problem!  Members can purchase additional TCT Crown Club gifts for just $10 each at the show (while supplies last!)  And your guest can join you in the autograph line after the show too!  (To be eligible, you must have at least one current TCT Crown Club Member in your party.) 

Memberships are still available! Less than 90 remain!

Questions? Email Krista Katona Pille at krista.katonapille@tctcincinnati.com. 

Scouting Badge Program

Information

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is proud to support our Tri-State Scouting organizations. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as well as American Heritage Girls can earn a special Children’s Theatre badge by attending a production, then responding to the performance as follows:

  • Under 12 years old:  Your troop can attend a MainStage production at The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, then each Scout must create their own artwork or a 25-50-word review of the show. Submissions may be posted on our website or included in our email newsletter; we can't guarantee that every submission will appear.
  • Over 12 years old:  Scouts can attend a MainStage production at The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, then then each Scout must create their own artwork or submit a 150-200-word review of the show. Submissions may be posted on our website or be included in our email newsletter; we can't guarantee that every submission will appear.
  • Eligibility:  We want you to enjoy all that The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati has to offer; however, TCT on Tour performances are not applicable for the Scouting Badge. We can only provide badges for submissions/ticket stubs for MainStage productions or shows that are part of the Showtime Series at Red Bank.  Submissions can be mailed in together.

For additional questions about our Scouting Badge email Krista Katona Pille or call 513.569.8080 x15.

Mail submissions and ticket stubs to:

Attn: Scouting Badge

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati

4015 Red Bank Road

Cincinnati, OH 45227

For more information about Group Ticket Sales call 513-569-8080 x10 or email tickets@tctcincinnati.com.

Click here to download a Group Order Form.

Click here to download information about our WorkShops for Scouts.

Click here to download information about our Touring Productions and Scouts.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do MainStage productions take place?

All MainStage performances are held at the Taft Theatre at 5th and Sycamore in Downtown Cincinnati.

How do I purchase single tickets for MainStage public performances?

Click here to visit ticketmaster.com or call 800.745.3000 to order tickets.  Or click here to find a Ticketmaster retail outlet.

You may walk up to the Taft Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday during Box Office hours 11 AM to 3 PM or one hour before showtime.

Schools wanting to attend weekday school performances should email Pam Young.

How long are The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's MainStage performances?

Shows typically last less than 70 minutes.

Is there an intermission?

No, all of our shows run without an intermission.

What should we wear to The Children's Theatre?

Casual or formal attire is always welcome. Sometimes children even dress as their favorite character from the show. It's all up to you!

How old should my child be to attend The Children's Theatre?

For our school performances, children under the age of three are only permitted at our designated Home School performances on Mondays at 1 PM. For our public performances, we have age suggestions for each production listed on each show's page, but we usually look to parents and guardians to make their own choices. If your child can attend a children's movie in a movie theater, they should be just fine seeing one of our shows. Our shows are actually shorter than the typical children's film. If your child gets antsy during a production, you're always welcome to join us in the lobby area.

What are the public Box Office hours?

The Childrens Theatre of Cincinnati Ticket Office at 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH  45227 is open 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday - Friday.  The Ticket Office is closed for lunch each weekday from 12 PM to 1 PM.  You can still reach the Ticket Office staff by emailing or calling 513.569.8080 x10.

Please note, tickets for our Showtime Stage performances may be purchased in person on Red Bank Road, but not at the Taft Theatre

The Box Office at the Taft Theatre at 5th and Sycamore is open Monday-Friday 11 AM to 3 PM or one hour before show time.

Do I need to pay for my infant?

Every person, regardless of age, will need a ticket.  Children ages 12 months-old or younger who do not need a seat and will sit on your lap will be required to have an Infant Lap Pass for each show in every seating location throughout the theater.  Infant Lap Passes are just $1 and are available before the show at the Taft Theatre.

How do I redeem a ticket coupon/voucher?

Ticket vouchers can be presented in person at the Taft Theatre one hour before show time only.  Only two ticket vouchers per family is permitted.

Can I exchange tickets and how?

MainStage public show tickets may only be exchanged by 4-Show Season Ticket Holders.

We are unable to exchange tickets purchased directly through Ticketmaster or purchased at the Taft Theatre Box Office.

Tickets may only be exchanged for a different performance day and time for the same production. Exchanging tickets for a different production within the season is not permitted. No exceptions. 

Subscribers receive one free exchange per production.

In order to accommodate your busy schedule, we ask that your exchange be dated by the Friday prior to Opening Night.  Please note: You will not receive the same seats as your regular season tickets. The best available seats within your price level, or if not available, seats of a lesser value will be assigned to your account.  Refunds will not be given if there is a difference in price.

All ticket exchanges are subject to availability at the time of the exchange.

Once the date on your tickets has passed, the tickets are invalid and cannot be exchanged.

Exchange deadlines for this season are:

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5 PM for Superman™

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 5 PM, 2016 for Santa Claus: The Musical

Friday, February 8, 2019 for Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 for Sleeping Beauty

Ways to Exchange Tickets

Email your exchange request to Ticket Office at tickets@tctcincinnati.com.  Please include your name, phone number, date and time of the performance that you would rather attend,  and a photo of your tickets, torn in half. If you don't have access to the internet, please call 513.569.8080 x 10 for further instructions.

All ticket exchanges are subject to availability at the time of the exchange.

MainStage public show tickets may only be exchanged by 4-Show Season Ticket Holders.

Ticket Additions

Seats may be added to your order at any time prior to two weeks before a production opens, subject to availability. Please note that your current seats may be moved if you require all of the seats to be together or in close proximity.

What happens if I am late for a performance?

We know sometimes lateness is unavoidable. We will do our best to seat you regardless of how late you are; however, please know that this can be distracting to the actors and other patrons. In order to minimize distraction, we can't guarantee that we will be able to seat latecomers in their reserved seat, but we will seat you in the best available seats at an appropriate moment in the performance.

What happens when I miss a performance?

Tickets for missed performances are not exchangeable or refundable.

Can I get a refund for unused tickets?

Tickets are non-refundable but you may turn them in to the TCT Box Office before the performance. The value of the returned tickets can be considered a fully tax deductible gift to The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati.

We also encourage you to donate your tickets to Most Valuable Kids of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. MVK overcomes the financial obstacles associated with live events by distributing unused tickets to kids who would enjoy the opportunity to go to an event, but would otherwise not be able to because of the high costs associated with tickets. These tickets are distributed to boys and girls,18 and under, through local tax-exempt organizations that focus on children in low-income and underserved households. They require 24 hours in advance or by noon on Friday for a Saturday or Sunday performance.  For details visit:  Most Valuable Kids.

What if there is inclement weather and TCT must cancel a performance?

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

How far in advance should I order my tickets?

We suggest ordering tickets in advance, so you will not be surprised by a sold-out show. The earlier you order your tickets, the better selection of seats you will have.

Can I get a block of tickets for my group?

Yes, for Group Sales of 20 or more, please call our Box Office at 513.569.8080 x10.

Who do I call if I have other Ticketing questions?

Our Box Office can be reached at 513.569.8080 x10 for public performances. For ticketing questions regarding school performances, call Pam Young at 513.569.8080 x13.

Are there places to eat nearby?

Visit Downtown Cincinnati for more information on all eateries located downtown.

Where is The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati located?

All of our MainStage performances are at the Taft Theatre at 5th and Sycamore in Downtown Cincinnati. 

Our administrative offices are located at 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227. No performances take place at our administrative offices; however, our TCT Academy classes are held here.

How large is the Taft Theatre?

The Taft Theatre holds 2200 seats.

Click here to see some old time photos of the Taft Theatre.

Taft Theatre Seating Chart

Click here to see the Taft Theatre Seating Chart

What should I do if my child is restless during a performance?

While the content of many of our shows is appropriate for a broad age range, we know that many children under the age of four will become restless or talkative during a performance. If you plan to bring children under the age of four, please consider purchasing tickets closer to the back of the auditorium and near the aisle. This will make it easier for you and your child to move to the lobby if your child grows restless during the production. It will also ensure that you, your child, and those around you are able to enjoy the experience of the performance.

Do you sell concessions?

The Taft Theatre sells simple snacks and beverages in the side lobbies before the show that you may bring into the theater. The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati will also have gummy bears and other merchandise available to purchase in the lobby.  Proceeds of that merchandise supports the programs of The Childrens Theatre of Cincinnati. In addition, a variety of delicious baked goods from the Bonbonerie will be available before and after the performances.  In addition, Graeter's Ice Cream has also been available in the Taft Theatre lobby.

How do I audition for TCT?

For Audition information, click here.

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati holds auditions for our MainStage productions featuring professional child and adult actors twice a year, usually in May and August. To sign up for more information click here.

How do I get to and where do I park for The Taft Theatre?

Directions & Parking

Unless otherwise specified, all Children's Theatre of Cincinnati performances take place at The Taft Theatre, which is conveniently located at the corner of 5th & Sycamore Streets in downtown Cincinnati.

  • From the North: Take I-71 South to the Reading Road/Gilbert Avenue exit. Follow Reading Road to Sycamore Street and turn left. Follow Sycamore Street south to 5th Street.- or -Take I-75 South to the 5th Street exit. Go east on 5th Street to Sycamore.
  • From the South: Take I-75 North to the 5th Street exit. Go east on 5th Street to Sycamore.
  • Via Public Transportation Get route and schedule information online from Metro or TANK.

Parking Options

  • Broadway Garage: 310 Broadway
  • Queen City Square Garage: 301 East Fourth Street
  • Chiquita Building Garage: on Sycamore Street, between 5th and 6th Streets
  • First Financial Center Garage: on Main Street, between 4th and 5th Streets
  • Queen City Square Garage: on Sycamore Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets
  • There is an outdoor parking lot on the corner of Fifth and Broadway
  • Underground parking available at Fountain Square
  • Limited street parking is available along 5th Street, Sycamore Street and Broadway

Please note: you WILL need to pay parking meters on Saturdays and Sundays.

During Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals home games as well as US Bank Arena events, parking is traditionally more difficult. Please leave yourself additional time before the show begins to secure a parking spot.

Does TCT host birthday parties?

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati does not currently host birthday parties.

What else can we do while we are downtown?

There is so much to do -- especially during the holidays!  For information about other attractions and experiences downtown, visit www.downtowncincinnati.com and www.cincinnatisua.com.

Is the Taft Theatre available to rent?

Yes, although The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati is not responsible for rentals. Please contact the Taft Theatre directly for more information and have a great show.

Does The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati make donations to silent auctions?

Each season, The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati has a limited number of family four-packs of tickets for upcoming performances to donate to charitable events. To make a ticket donation request, please fill out our online form on this page.

Accessibility information

Wheelchair and/or Special Needs Seating

Please remember there is no elevator in the Taft Theatre. For wheelchair/special needs seating for our public performances, please call 513.569.8080 x10.

For our school performances, please indicate the number of wheelchair and/or special needs accessible seats you need on your school order form. Accessible seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed unless reserved in writing.  For questions, please call Pam Young at 513.569.8080 x13.

My school 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 school group.

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

We make every effort to seat school 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 theatre until the show has concluded.

We are pleased to present two sensory-friendly performances this season at at the Taft Theatre. Click here for details.

ASL Performances

Typically, our first public Saturday performances at 2:00 PM will be signed for the hearing-impaired. Please confirm on a show-by-show basis by checking the production's web page or calling the Box Office at 513.569.8080 x10.

School performances on Mondays are 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. For more information contact Pam Young at 513.569.8080 x13 or email Pam Young.

Costume and Set Rentals

For information on prop rentals, please email Jenn Picone.

For information on set and costume rentals, please email Roderick Justice.

Public Ticket Discounts and Donations

All You Need to Know

Ticket Discount and Incentive Programs

**Please note: 

TCT Red Bank Road Ticket Office hours:  Monday-Friday 10 AM to 4 PM  (The Ticket Office will be closed for lunch each weekday from 12 PM to 1 PM.)

Taft Theatre Box Office hours:  Monday-Friday 11 AM to 3 PM

On days of shows, Taft Theatre Box Offices opens 60 minutes prior to showtime.

ArtsWave ArtsPass

For the TCT MainStage production of SLEEPING BEAUTY on Saturday, April 27 at 2 PM.

Members receive BOGO in Price Level 3 ($25 Balcony) or BOGO in Price Level 4 ($20 Balcony seats).  Redeemable exclusively via Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 (Ticketmaster service fees apply).  Use the password you received from ArtsWave.

Offer can be used 1 time during the 18-19 Season.  Limit 4 tickets, while supplies last.  Valid for first Saturday at 2 PM performances only during the 2018-2019 MainStage season at the Taft Theatre, excluding our Showtime Series at Red Bank productions.  Single ticket purchases only.  Cannot be used to purchase subscriptions.  Subject to availability.  Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.  Tickets must be purchased via Ticketmaster, not via phone or in person.  All MainStage performances are at the Taft Theatre at 317 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202.  Please note:  Every person regardless of age, needs a ticket.  Children ages 12 months-old or younger who do not need a seat and will sit on your lap will be required to have an Infant Lap Pass for $1 for every show in every seating location throughout the theater. These may be purchased at the theater on the day of the show up to 60 minutes before showtime.

Armed Forces Tickets Association

As a way to say thank you to the region's active military, this program has brought together 35 partner organizations offering active military and their families free or discounted tickets to local attractions, including The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati school shows. Learn more at www.afta-cincinnati.org.

First Responders Discount

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati offers a special first responder discount for the region's police officers, firefighters and paramedics.

You can purchase half-price tickets for each MainStage production ($10 seats are not discounted);Up to four tickets.

Single ticket purchases only. 

Cannot be used to purchase season tickets.

Subject to availability. 

Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.

Redeemable at the Taft Theatre Box Office one hour before the show begins.

Please present your first responder ID when purchasing tickets.

Cannot order by phone.

Cincinnati Museum Center Members

Starting August 29, 2018, Cincinnati Museum Center Members who visit THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF CINCINNATI will receive $5 off Price Level 2 or Price Level 3 seats for TCT's 2018 production of SUPERMAN at the Taft Theatre.

Redeemable in person at the TCT Red Bank Ticket Office (for $3 per ticket service charge).

Please present your current Cincinnati Museum Center membership card and photo ID at our Red Back Road Ticket Office.  Hours: M-F 10 AM to 4 PM.(The Ticket Office will be closed for lunch each weekday from 12 PM to 1 PM.)

Offer valid for our October SUPERMAN performance only.

Limit four tickets.

Good for all MainStage performance dates and times of SUPERMAN only.

Single ticket purchases only.  Cannot be used to purchase subscriptions.

Subject to availability.  Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.

Single Tickets go on sale August 29, 2018.

The TCT Red Bank Ticket Office is located at 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH  45227. 

All MainStage performances are at the Taft Theatre at 317 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202.

Please note:  Every person regardless of age, needs a ticket.  Children ages 12 months-old or younger who do not need a seat and will sit on your lap will be required to have an Infant Lap Pass for $1 for every show in every seating location throughout the theater. These may be purchased at the theater.

Most Valuable Kids

Tickets to The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati are non-refundable, but if you can't attend a show you may turn them in to the TCT Box Office before the performance. The value of the returned tickets can be considered a fully tax deductible gift to The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati.

We also encourage you to donate your tickets to Most Valuable Kids of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. MVK overcomes the financial obstacles associated with live events by distributing unused tickets to kids who would enjoy the opportunity to go to an event, but would otherwise not be able to because of the high costs associated with tickets. These tickets are distributed to boys and girls,18 and under, through local tax-exempt organizations that focus on children in low-income and underserved households. They require 24 hours in advance or by noon on Friday for a Saturday or Sunday performance.  For details visit:  Most Valuable Kids.

Ticket Donations