Frequently Asked Questions
How long are The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's MainStage performances?
Shows typically last about one hour.
Is there an intermission?
No, all of our shows run without an intermission. The average length of our shows is 55 minutes.
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 Tuesdays at 12:30 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.
How can I buy MainStage tickets?
There are two ways to purchase MainStage tickets for public performances:
- Tickets may be purchased by phone through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or via ticketmaster.com
- 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 show time.
To attend a weekday school performance, call Pam at 513.569.8080 x13 to make reservations.
What are the public Box Office hours?
The Childrens Theatre of Cincinnati Ticket Office on Oaklawn Drive is open 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday - Friday.
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?
Children under age 2 do not require a ticket, but must sit in a grown-ups lap.
How do I redeem a coupon/voucher?
For coupons, you can call The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati Box Office at 513.569.8080 x10 to redeem, or it can be presented in person at the Taft Theatre one hour before show time only.
Can I exchange tickets and how?
MainStage public show tickets may only be exchanged by Season Ticket Holders. We will exchange tickets for Non-Season Ticket Holders for a special $5 per ticket fee.
Tickets may only be exchanged for a different performance day and time for the same show. Exchanging tickets for a different production within the season is not permissible. No exceptions.
We ask that you please exchange your tickets at least one week before the day of your scheduled performance.
Once the date on your tickets has passed, the tickets are invalid and cannot be exchanged.
Ways to Exchange Tickets
1. Call The Children's Theatre Box Office at 513.569.8080 x10. Email a photo of your tickets, torn in half, to the Box Office or fax a copy of the torn tickets to 513.569.8084.
2. Mail your actual tickets to Box Office, The Childrens Theatre of Cincinnati, 5020 Oaklawn Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45227.
3. Come to The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati offices at 5020 Oaklawn Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45227 between 8 AM and 4 PM with your tickets to exchange them. Please call ahead to confirm your visit at 513.569.8080 x10.
Season Ticket Holders may exchange tickets at no fee. Non-season ticket holders may exchange for a $5 per ticket fee. We are unable to exchange tickets purchased directly through Ticketmaster or purchased at the Taft Theatre Box Office.
All ticket exchanges are subject to availability at the time of the exchange.
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 TCTC 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 TCTC 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 10 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 5020 Oaklawn Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45227. No performances take place at our administrative offices; however, our Learning the Craft Classes are held here.
How large is the Taft Theatre?
The Taft Theatre holds 2200 seats.
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 an hour-long performance. If you plan to bring children under the age of four to attend a performance, 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.
How do I audition for TCTC?
For Audition information, click here.
The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati holds auditions for professional child and adult actors once a year, usually in 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.
- 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.
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 TCTC host birthday parties?
The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati does not currently host birthday parties. You can however, purchase tickets at a discount for a group of children celebrating a birthday. For Group Rates click here.
What else can we do while we are downtown?
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 send a letter on your organization's letterhead to:
Box Office, The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, 5020 Oaklawn Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45227-1434
Or Fax: 513.569.8084
Or email our Box Office
Requesting organizations must be registered non-profit organizations. Please, only one request per year. The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati reserves the right to refuse such requests on a case-by-case basis.