At Red Bank

Exciting performances by TCT on Tour

All shows performed on the Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage on Red Bank Road.
About the Shows:
SUFFRAGETTES: With Liberty and Voting for All
Bah Humbug! A One-Man Christmas Carol
Mrs. Claus Saves the Day
Coretta Scott King
Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta' The Underground
Cinderella Wore Cowboy Boots

Ticket Exchanges

For MainStage Subscribers

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

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

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.

Next season we are thrilled to present these performances on the weekend --  so families can attend and make memories together -- and one of our performances will be a weekday, school-time shows.

SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:

CASPER The Friendly Musical

Wednesday, October 16 at 12:15 PM Sensory-Friendly Performance

Tickets $8

A Charlie Brown Christmas

No Sensory-Friendly performance for this production.

Annie JR.

Sunday, March 8 at 11 AM Sensory-Friendly Performance 

Tickets $10 (with code)

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

Wednesday, April 29 12:15 PM Sensory-Friendly Performance

Tickets $8

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:

Visit this page to get your access code after June 1, 2019

All seats reserved.  Very limited wheelchair seating available.

HOW TO BUY TICKETS:

1. On this page, you 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

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.


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

Auditions

For the 2019-2020 Season

MainStage Season Auditions

The Children’s Theattre of Cincinnati (TCT) is holding auditions in May for two MainStage productions in the company's 100th Season: the World-Premiere Adaption of CASPER the Friendly Musicaland the holiday favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas.

TCT is the nation’s oldest children’s theatre and is a professional theatre company. All roles are paid positions.  

TCT is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace and committed to diverse casting process. All roles are open to all ethnicities and backgrounds. 

Upon audition registration, you may indicate which shows you would like to be considered for this season. Auditions are by appointment only.

Young Artists ages 9-18 and Adults 18+ may make an audition appointment. 

You only need ONE audition appointment even if you are interested in both productions.

Click here to sign-up for an audition appointment.

New to auditioning or want to know more about the process or the shows?  Click here to Sign up for TCT Audition Prep MasterClass on May 4th!

 Appointments can be made for:

·     Monday, May 13, 2019 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM

·     Tuesday, May 14, 2019 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM

·     Wednesday, May 15, 2019 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM 

·     Thursday. May 16, 2019 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM 

You may be asked to return and attend a “movement callback” on the day of your audition, which will take place from 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

CASPER the Friendly Musical callbacks will take place on Saturday, May 18, 10:00AM - 2:30PM

A Charlie Brown Christmas callbacks will take place on May 19, 6:00PM - 10PM

Auditions and Callbacks are held at TCT’s headquarters located at: 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati OH 45227.

For information concerning auditions email Eric Byrd at eric.byrd@tctcincinnati.com.

Click here to sign-up for an audition appointment. 

Please prepare one memorized song that best shows your vocal range. (1-minute max). The song must be an age appropriate. Remember to have your PIANO SHEET MUSIC, as we will NOT be auditioning your a cappella skills. An accompanist will be provided. Your sheet music MUST have the piano part, not just the vocal line, and music should be in a 3-ring binder with the cut CLEARLY marked for the accompanist. 

PREPARE

You only need a song. You do NOT need to prepare a monologue. 

You may be asked to show your dance ability later in the evening. Please bring attire with you to change into in case we ask you to return.

You must bring a RECENT 8x10 headshot and UPDATED performance resume. Even if you upload to the audition website, a hardcopy of your headshot and resume is required.

Plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes ahead of your appointment to check/correct previously submitted paperwork. If we are ahead of schedule, we may audition you early.

Due to concentrated rehearsal periods, we ask that you do not have conflicts during rehearsals. In an effort to best facilitate all rehearsal times, all those auditioning will be asked to list all conflicts at the time of the audition. Conflicts will result in a stipend adjustment. Please take note of when rehearsals begin, the day and evening tech and performance schedule, and bring your calendar with you to the audition. 

Book and lyrics: Stephen Cole

ABOUT THE SHOWS

CASPER the Friendly Musical

Music: Matthew Ward

Orchestrations: Luke Holloway & Dave Christensen

Adaptation: TCT and Roderick Justice. By special arrangement from Universal Theatrical Group. 

Directed by: Roderick Justice

Choreographed by: Eric Byrd

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! Casper the Friendly Musical is in the style of a typical big Broadway musical with standard vocal requirements.

Rehearsals: September 7 – October 5, 2019  

Mon – Thurs: 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat: 10AM - 4PM                      

Tech in the Taft Theatre: October 9 – 11, 2019  

Daytime/Evening                                     

Performances: October 12 – 21, 2019

Morning and Afternoon performances during school days. Afternoon and evening performances Friday-Sunday. 

CASPER: Young Male, Unchanged voice. Portrays 11-12 years old. A joyful and curious boy whose life was recently cut short because of a lightning storm. Must be able to carry the show and captivate the audience. Will fly. Loveable and friendly, but never scary. Actor, Singer, Dancer. Experience flying and using heely shoes a plus. 

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING:

MAGDALENA: Adult Female between 60-70 years old… but being a big Hollywood star... she doesn’t look it. Her style is a mixture of Daphne Guinness, Iris Apfel, and Elvira. Fame and treasure are all she seeks and will do whatever it takes to find the greatest treasure of all. Actor, Singer, Dancer. Alto

DONALD: Young Male, changed-voice Bari-tenor, Portrays 12-13 years old. Clumsy and an outsider, but not a pushover. He is revealed as Magdalena’s nephew, and she has asked him to rig the competition. 

UNCLES STRETCH, STINKY, and FATSO: Adult Males. Casper’s Uncles. As former Vaudeville performers, they miss their tap-dancing days. Unlike Casper, the Uncles are a bit grouchy they are no longer living and are pretty annoyed they are unable to cross over to the other side because Casper is waiting for his parents to return. Unfortunately, they do not have the heart to tell him they’ve already on the other side. Character Singer/Actors, with strong tap skills. Experience using heely shoes a plus. 

BETTINA: Teen Female, Belter, Portrays 15 years old. Bettina is the oldest of the kids in the competition and the tallest. She is a popular, beautiful, bully. But she eventually changes her ways. Bettina experiences flight when Casper takes her hand during a game of pretend. Flight experience a plus. Actor/Singer/Dancer. 

MINNIE, COCO, and LANE: Casper’s Aunts (wives of Stinky, Fatso, and Stretch) return after a failed “ghostbusting” attempt by Magdalena. The Aunts were also zapped in the lightning storm which offed Casper and the Uncles. Unfortunately, they were soaking their feet in water and are footless ghosts. With the Uncles, the Aunts are part of a big show-stopping blacklight tap number to reunite with their feet. Tapper, Actor, Singers

PIERCE: Teen Male. Pierce is your typical 15-year-old, beach loving, wave surfing, California tween. Dude, everything is like so totally awesome in Pierce’s world! Actor, Singer, Dancer

GRETCHEN: Teen Female. Portrays 14-15, Alto. Tough, Tall, Mighty. Don’t mess with her.  She is Bettina’s side kick and does whatever Bettina wants her to do. Actor, Singer, Dancer

PRECIOUS: Young Girl. Very small. Must Portray 7-8 years old. Tiny, adorable and LOVES sweets of any kind.  She is always seen with some form of candy in her hand.  Actor, Singer, Dancer. 

BRADLEY:  Young Male. Portrays 10-11 years old. Smallest boy. Slightly smaller than Casper. He is a Preppy, technology loving fashion plate. Think Ritchie-Rich from a very well-off family. 

ENSEMBLE: A group of 10+ Adults and Teens who play a wide variety of characters and features including parents, television crew members, tappers, and flashback characters. Many of these roles understudy other characters. Dancer, Singer, Actors.

By Charles M. Schulz.  

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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. 

Directed and Choreographed by: Roderick Justice

Back by popular demand! The whole family can celebrate the season with our live rendition of your favorite holiday special! Following the famous television special word-for-word (and frame-by-frame), Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all about what’s most important during this Yuletide season.  

Rehearsals: November 4 – 27 and December 1, 2019

Mon – Thus: 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat: 10AM - 4PM, Sun the 1st: 6:30-9pm

Tech in the Taft Theatre: December 4-6 

(Daytime/Evening)           

Performances: December 7 – 16

Morning and Afternoon performances during school days. Afternoon and evening performances Friday-Sunday. 

CHARLIE BROWN: Adult or Potentially a Teen Male. Portrays a Young Boy. Must embody the essence of the classic cartoon character. Must Ice Skate. Actor, Singer, Ice Skater 

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING:

SNOOPY:  Adult Male. Must embody the essence of the classic cartoon character. Must be able to do pratfalls, howl, and pantomime to tell a great story. Actor, Singer, Ice Skater. Tumbling a plus!

LUCY: Adult or Potentially a Teen Female. Portrays a Young Girl. Must embody the essence of the classic cartoon character. Must Ice Skate. Self-assured, somewhat bossy friend to Charlie Brown. Actor, Singer, Ice Skater

LINUS:  Adult or Potentially a Teen Male. Portrays a Young Boy. Must embody the essence of the classic cartoon character. Best friend of Charlie Brown. Actor, Singer

PIG PEN:  Adult or Potentially a Teen Male. Portrays a Young Boy. Must embody the essence of the classic cartoon character. Messy and dusty friend of Charlie Brown and part of the gang. Must be able to ice skate. Actor, Singer, Ice Skater

FRIEDA:  Adult or Potentially a Teen Female. Portrays a Young Girl. Must embody the essence of the classic cartoon character. Part of the gang. Lovely red head very proud of her curls. Must be able to ice skate. Actor, Singer, Ice Skater

SCHROEDER:  Adult or Potentially a Teen Male. Portrays a Young boy.  Part of the gang. Plays the toy piano and love interest of Lucy. Must be able to ice skate. Actor, Singer, Ice Skater

VIOLET:  Adult or Potentially a Teen Female. Portrays a young girl.  Part of the gang. Must embody the essence of the classic cartoon character.

SALLY:  Adult or Potentially a Teen Female. Portrays a young girl.  Charlie Brown’s sister who is in love with Linus. Must be able to ice skate. Actor, Singer, Ice Skater

PATTY:  Adult or Potentially a Teen Female. Portrays a young girl.  Part of the gang. Known as Peppermint Patty. Must embody the essence of the classic cartoon character. Actor, Singer. 

FRANKLIN: Adult or Potentially a Teen Male. Portrays a young boy. Must embody the essence of the classic cartoon character. Part of the gang. Franklin was the first African American character in the strip. Must be able to ice skate. Actor, Singer, Ice Skater

MARCIE: Adult or Potentially a Teen Female. Portrays a young girl.  Part of the gang. Must embody the essence of the classic cartoon character.

SHERMY: Adult or Potentially a Teen Male. Portrays a young boy.  Part of the gang. Must embody the essence of the classic cartoon character.

WOODSTOCK: Adult or Teen, Any Gender. Must embody the essence of the classic cartoon character. Must be able to puppeteer and pantomime to tell a great story. Actor, Puppeteer. 

ENSEMBLE: The group of Teen Actors and Singers portraying a variety of iconic characters from the Peanuts gang and will understudy principle roles. Must embody the essence of the classic cartoon. They sing, dance, skate, and help make the television special come to life on stage. 

The ability to ice skate is a plus for all characters.

Click here to register for an audition

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

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 Office 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 2 ($30 Balcony) or BOGO in Price Level 3 ($25 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.

Military Discount

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati offers a special military discount for the active military personnel and their families.

You can purchase half-price tickets for each MainStage production ($20 and $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 valid military ID when purchasing tickets.

Cannot order by phone.

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 ($20 and $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 valid personnel ID when purchasing tickets.

Cannot order by phone.

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.

Donation Requests

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is located in Cincinnati, OH and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

While we would like to grant all requests made to us, as a non-profit organization we must limit the number of contributions we make.  

Requests will only be accepted during the month of August 2019 for the 2019-20 Season.  

An online submission form will be posted here on August 1, 2019.

No phone calls or emails please.

It is our policy to donate only to other 501(c)(3) organizations.

Priority will be given to the following groups:

  • The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati constituents
  • Local education organizations
  • Arts organizations
  • Local social service organizations dealing with children
  • Local social service organizations that complement TCT’s mission of diversity and inclusion

Due to limited availability, we are not always able to contribute to priority organizations. Please note, we will often only be able to donate every 24 months to the same organization.

We regret we are unable to make donations to the following types of benefits and organizations:

  • Benefits for a specific individual or family
  • Fundraisers for political purposes
  • Secondary requests on behalf of a National Organization (for-profit organizations or individuals raising money for another group such as United Way, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, etc…)

We are unable to provide cash donations/sponsorships.

Thank you so much.