Oklahoma Children's Theatre provides extraordinary live theatre and interactive educational experiences for young audiences. We inspire young people to visualize their potential, enhance family relationships and invest in the future of our communities.
Our regular season consists of 8 productions – 7 geared for Pre-K thru 5th grade, 1 for 5th grade and up. Each production is performed in one of three performance spaces on the OCU campus. We do approximately 70 performances per season, including both daytime weekday field trip performances and weekend performances for families.
We normally do 1 co-production per season; this show is usually more mature and are geared for 5th grade and up. These are part of our regular season as well as part of the TheatreOCU season, and roles are cast primarily with OCU students.
We do one touring production each year, which may or may not be included as one of the regular season shows. We tour throughout the state to approximately 25 to 30 different communities, primarily those that are too far away to make a field trip to us.
We host one-week camps for 11-12 weeks in the summer and during all seasonal school breaks (spring, fall, and winter). We offer choices for children and teens aged 3-16 years old in a diverse range of creative, performing, and visual art disciplines.
Throughout the school year, we run a range of classes and workshops that explore the performing arts.
Young Company is our year-round student production program that allows young actors to work alongside directors, adult actors, and technical staff, as they bring productions of full-sized adventure to life. Through a diverse and exciting production season, Young Company offers countless opportunities for children and teens to experience the excitement of the theatre as they hone their craft, develop new skills, overcome challenges, and make new friends in a safe and encouraging production environment. Each year Young Company presents seven different production, three which take place during the school year, and four that take place as part of our summer camp programs.
Our educational outreach residencies are housed in local Oklahoma City public school. Each semester we host up to four classes at each location and teach theatre skills as well as creative thinking and teamwork through drama education. Each class enjoys the thrill of a final performance for their friends and family. Educational outreach programs are provided at no or minimal cost to the school.
Page to Stage is a traveling, short-term workshop series for Title I schools that focuses on literacy and comprehension. Each participating class has three workshops in their classroom with an OCT teaching artist that focus on vocabulary and plot using a well-known story. A production of that story is then brought to the school, and finally, each student in the class receives a copy of the book on which the play was based. The entire Page to Stage experience is made possible by OCT program sponsors and is free to the school.
Each year OCT provides limited bus and ticket packages for local area Title I schools, made possible through generous donations from individual and corporate sponsors.
Our annual black-tie gala is a one-of-a-kind family-friendly event. Hosted in the Chase Tower in downtown Oklahoma City and open to guests of all ages, Fairy Tale Ball is a dazzling, fun, and fantasy filled evening.
The Youth Advisory Board is a self-lead teen leadership group that is advised by OCT administrative staff and serves its surrounding community of students, families, and educators. The Youth Advisory Board consists of seasoned children’s theatre kids, ages 12-16, who have volunteered, performed and/or worked with us as they’ve grown. This group’s goals include fundraising, volunteering and creatively enhancing OCT’s programming in the community.
Our teen volunteers are crucial during our seasonal camps and summer camp months, helping with a variety of tasks like stocking and running the Camp Store, creating the weekly programs, assisting different classes and Fun Time hours, escorting late/early campers to and from classes, and assisting the before and aftercare teachers. They also help with a variety of other tasks that are assigned as needed, during the summer and throughout the school year. Many of our volunteers have been campers for many years, and aspire to become teachers’ assistants when they are old enough.