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Don't Be a Scrooge!
Donate goods and see Mr. Scrooge's Ghosts for $5!
Don't be a Scrooge this winter! Help our friends at Providence House A Crisis Nursery collect items to support their mission to protect children, support families, and strengthen communities. If you bring in an item to the 7PM Dec. 2 or 7PM Dec. 9 performances of Mr. Scrooge's Ghosts (a Dickens of a Tale), your ticket will only be $5! Check out their fall/winter wishlist HERE!
Science & a Show
The Children's Museum of Cleveland's creative, energetic staff will be at Talespinner Children's Theatre for science before the show!
Join us at 1PM, Saturday, December 2, for some brainy brilliance, then stay for the 2PM performance of, "Mr. Scrooge's Ghosts!"
This time, the staff has a winter experiment in store for your youngster that is sure to delight. Grab your tickets to the December 2 performance and all other performances HERE!
Stay & Play
At Talespinner Children's Theatre, we love to play! That's why we're hosting a FREE workshop after our 2PM Sunday, November 26 production of "Mr. Scrooge's Ghosts." We hope you and your family will join us!
Our professional teaching artists and members of our cast will lead a series of games related to the "A Christmas Carol" theme of our show. There's one guarantee: you're going to have a ton of fun!
Introducing our 2017 Harlequinade Honorees, Leti Lopez and Charles Hargrave!
Letitia Lopez found her passion in art, culture and community in 2008 when she became a volunteer at Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center whose mission is dedicated to transforming lives by preserving, educating, and promoting Latino heritage through the teaching and practice of the visual, performing and literary arts. Shortly after she became a volunteer she joined the Board of Trustees and in 2009 proudly accepted the position of Executive Director. The most she enjoys about her position is witnessing how the arts, in all forms, impacts the youth and families she serves. She has also found her strength in planning events and celebrations where she is able to reach the community beyond the center.
In 2013 she become part of an advisory committee that would go on to create the first Latino theatre ensemble. That same year she performed in her first play and four years later continues to be an active committee member and actor of Teatro Public de Cleveland. Outside of her community work she enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren, gardening and taking road trips. Letitia currently resides in Garfield Heights with her husband and youngest son.
Charles Hargrave started with TCT as Technical Director and a member of the acting company in TCT's inaugural season. Since then, he has helped to shape the face of TCT, both backstage, and in front of audiences in the company. Audiences here may remember him in such roles as Menastatos in The Magic Flute, Artem in The Tinderbox, Ivan in Prince Ivan and the Firebird, and Prince Setna in The Mummies and the Magic Prince. Charles also became a member of TCT's first touring company with his portrayal of Ostrich in the remount of The Tale of the Name of the Tree. He is a Cleveland State University graduate, with a BA in performance. During his tenure with TCT, Charles has also performed with Ohio City Theatre Project, Clague Playhouse, Mamai Theatre Co., Ensemble Theatre, and several years of Ingenuity Festival. Among his other achievements, Charles was one of the founding members of the World Without Windows theatre company. Lastly, he has sound designed for multiple productions around Cleveland, at theaters such as Clague Playhouse, Con-con Theatre, and Dobama, among others.
TCT's Pay What You Can program is now officially the Ohio Savings Pay What You Can Series
Ohio Savings Bank, an organization known for understanding the importance of the arts for children, has been a generous supporter of Talespinner Children's Theatre. We are thrilled that they have underlined their belief in us and the children and families in our community by extending their support to one of our most important programs here at TCT. Thanks to their generous underwriting of our Pay What You Can Program, TCT can continue to provide and expand on its commitment to providing the opportunity for families to attend our productions regardless of financial standing.
Pay What You Can... and when we say "what you can," we mean it!
At TCT we believe the arts should be in the community and the community should be in the arts.
TCT Founder and Executive Artistic Director Alison Garrigan Receives 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship
TCT Founder and Executive Artistic Director, Alison Garrigan, has been chosen to receive a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship grant. The grant, awarded to 40 artists in Cuyahoga County in the disciplines of craft, dance, design, literature, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts each receive $15,000 in 2016 through the Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Fellowships are awarded by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), the local arts service and research organization that operates the program. The organization’s board of trustees approved the awards, which are made possible by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the County’s public funder for arts and culture.
CPAC’s president and CEO, Tom Schorgl says, “These Creative Workforce Fellows are providing new opportunities for residents and visitors alike to engage with a wide array of art forms. Their work is contributing to youth education and a heightened awareness of our environment, community and place. The work these artists make is intelligent, playful, striking and skillful. CPAC is fortunate to be able to support this talented group of individuals through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.”
More than 400 artists submitted applications for Fellowships, which were reviewed anonymously in two groups, based upon discipline. The two panels were comprised of professional artists from across the United States based on recommendations from CPAC & CAC’s national peers. The top 40 applications in each review group were discussed in open panel meetings in November. The top 20 scoring applications in each group—a total of 40 artists—were recommended for Fellowships.
The grants are designed to further each artist’s work and to connect them more broadly and deeply with the community. Each artist will hold a public activity in 2016 to engage directly with residents and showcase their work. Starting in 2016, visit www.CultureForward.org/fellowship to learn more.
Ms. Garrigan will use her Fellowship year to grow and expand on her devised and unique approach to theatre arts for children. To do so, she will be traveling around the country, visiting and observing other children's theatres with ground-breaking programs, learning from them, and sharing her own vision on the subject. She will also be doing a series of workshops to impart the unique style of devised theatre that she has created for other artists, both professional and young, both in Cleveland, and in the cities she visits.
The 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Funding for the Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.