CTC gave a featured performance at the United Nations General Assembly as part of the presentation for WORLD INTERFAITH HARMO NY WEEK 2012
Congratulations to each and every child, youth, parent and CTC staff who took part in this amazing performance for heads of state, dignitaries and the President of the UN and Secretary General of the United Nations.
The Children's Theater Company presented quotes from historical figures, peace makers, and from different faiths. One World was led by Lory Lazarus, the song's composer whose stirring song, along with the kids' soulful singing, brought tears to the audience. It was truly a highlight of the season, when our Company Members received a standing ovation at this prestigious event.
3 TIME TONY AWARD WINNER HINTON BATTLE (M iss Saigon, the movie, Dreamgirls, and The Wiz to name a few) who directed Terms of Dismemberment Written By DOROTHY MARCIC, Co-Written by CTC's Artistic Director, MEHR MANSURI, and Com posed by CTC's resident composer FRANK SAN CHEZ has graciously performed on our musical and audio book recording for our original play, Henry Box Brown.
* A special thanks also goes out to Jennifer Fouche and Tracey Conyer Lee from the cast of Sister's (Also Produced by Battle) who also lent their amazing talents to the recording of Henry Box Brown music and audio book recording.
Founded in 1999 in New York City, and in 1989 in Los Angeles, the Children's Theatre Company is a non-profit 501(C)(3) educational theater organization and publisher of over 15 original and professionally recorded musicals designed to complement an ethical and social studies curriculum for young audiences. Committed to character and ethical development, CTC is rooted in the belief that through the incomparable magic of theater combined with a robust ethical education curriculum, children and youth can indeed become the voices of positive change. Serving over 4,000 children in underserved populations nationwide, CTC's musicals correlate with a social studies curriculum according to State Learning Standards. Professional artists direct four age groups at over ten after-school programs and community-based chapters in a multi-disciplinary program which consists of Drama, Dance, Musical Theatre, Choral and Ethical Education.
The Children's Theatre Company is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization funded in part by generous contributions by * National Endowment for the Arts * New York State Council on the Arts * Department of Youth and Community Development * Fraydun Foundation * Jack Lenz * Amir & Rosita Manocherian Family Foundation * Reja Sabet * Andrew Sabin Foundation * Theodore & Renee Weiler Foundation*
"Dizzy Gillespie" Space Grant provided by The Baha'i Unity Center
Benefit Committee Chairs
Benefit Committee Members
Sample Choral Music or Sample Musical Songs
A Selection of Video Clips
From Our Professional Performances,
Behind the Scenes Cast Albums and
Take a look at a CTC Rehearsal at
one of our After-School Sites, PS/MS 105 in Far Rockaway.
Broadway singers recording the tutorial cast album of "Henry 'Box' Brown"
Highlights from Rescue Me: A Musical History of Women Performed for over 2,000 people at the
UN Commission on the Status of Women,
Hillary Clinton and Peggy Kerry.
CTC on Local News,
Sesame Street, and More!
If you would like to see this work continue
by supporting the creation of a new catalogue
of relevant musical theatre that addresses ethical
and global issues as well as serving children
and families in underserved neighborhoods.
Then join us in championing Theatre for Social Change
and children as the voices of positive change.
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Oprah and Tyler Perry's Oscar Nominated Film
"Precious" stars Children's Theatre Cast Members Cast members of the Children's Theatre Company auditioned among thousands of other candidates for three featured roles in the movie Precious.
Role of "Young Precious" (the lead character as a young girl),
her best friend and the number one school bully!
All three roles were booked by CTC performers, Maya, Tarell "Roy" and Nia!!
Artistic Director, Mehr Mansuri, was approached by leading New York Casting Directors, Jessical Kelly at Hopkins, Smith and Barden (Monster's Ball, Unfaithful, Pineapple Express, Boys Don't Cry, Cider House Rules) to prepare and coach the young Children's Theatre candidates for the highly emotionally charged scenes.
Children's Theatre Company Peformance
at the 2010 NGO GLOBAL FORUM FOR WOMEN: Beijing +15
for the NGO Commission on Status of Women
Cast and Crew of the New York and Long Island Children's Theatre Company will be performing highlights of the musical by Dorothy Marcic, "Resue Me" for the 2010 NGO GLOBAL FORUM FOR WOMEN: Beijing +15 at the SALVATION ARMY THEATER
for 1600 VIP and dignitaries.
You can download the playbill of Artistic Performers at the Forum in PDF format.
The program featured a keynote address by Dr. Sima Samar from Afghanistan as well as panelists Patricia Licuanan, Charlotte Bunch, Nyaradzai Gombubsvana, and Cai Yi Ping. In addition to the Children's Theatre Company, the cultural events included Kinding Sindaw, a colorful dance troupe celebrating the Filipino oral history of women and a reading by Pulitzer Prize winning writer, Lynn Nottage.
The webcast can be viewed here on February 27 and 28 from 9:00am to 1:00pm EST.
It can also be found on February 27 and 28 at The Salvation Army of Greater New York website.
20101 NGO Global Forum for Women
UNICEF Performance & CTC Artistic Director as Keynote Speaker Young Performers of the New York and Long Island CTC appear at UNICEF Social Integration Conference which was followed by CTC's Artistic Director, Mehr Mansuri, presenting a full overview of the CTC's programmatic and philosophic framework to various NGO's (non-governmental organizations).
National Endowment for the Arts &
New York State Council on the Arts Rewards CTC
Children's Theatre Company has garnered a three-year grant for
"Artistic Excellence"; "Publishing"; "Professional Performance"
and its "Educational Model".
Serving numerous community theaters as well as public schools, CTC Headquarters is thrilled to be able to provide its full gamut of services including its robust musical theater catalogue, teacher training and community development model to under-served schools as well as community theaters around New York as well as through CTC Chapters around the country.
CTC New York & CTC Long Island: Performances run through end of March 2011
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Providence: The Story of Roger Williams and the Ugly Duckling
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WHAT THE NEW
YORK TIMES SAYS ABOUT CTC:
"...rousing songs..." "... colorful and lighthearted..." "...pithy statement on the abuses of power..."
"...acted with great brio..."
"...tuneful fairy tale..."
"...mature words that sound all the more stirring
when uttered by young voices."
" .includes a civil rights medley, several
rousing songs by the group's music director, Eric Dozier..."
"Acted with great brio, this tuneful fairy
tale emphasizes the value of service without being preachy..."
" an acrobatically enhanced King Kunka Bunka and the Rotten
Royal Rascals an intriguingly original musical in rap
with rousing Russian-style music and dance and a salsa-fied
"Horton the Elephant "
"They also present the mini-musical "Myrtle
& Yertle," a pithy statement on the abuses of power....
Performed with hilarious music by Lory Lazarus, it includes a
country-western odes by Mack and Jack, the turtles who are literally
at the bottom of society."
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WHAT A SESAME STREET CASTING-DIRECTOR HAS SAID
"I was both impressed and touched by what I saw. The children are not only taught how to be a great performer, but they are taught a true sense of community... As the Casting Director for Sesame Street... [t]he transformation I saw these children go through in the 15-20 minutes Mehr worked with them in the audition was astounding!"
"[I]t was astounding to see some of the shy, timid kids from the audtion onstage with such confidence and talent."
"Watching the performance is more than entertaining, it is enlightening."
-Carrie Haugh, Casting Director, SESAME STREET PRODUCTIONS
Sesame Street Site Visit Report
Sesame Street Performance Report
WHAT OUR CELEBRITY
FRIENDS HAVE SAID
(Academy Award Winning Actor)
"I was very touched by the beauty and love behind
the efforts of the Children's Theatre to provide children with a magical
yet practical approach to life and a new way of viewing themselves as
noble creations "
(Photo: James Earl Jones and Laura A)
-Verizon Literacy Awards: Casey at the Bat
Belafonte (Harry Belafonte [UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador] and his wife Julie
"The balance you create -- between seriousness
and humor, roots of power and flights of optimism, intellect and unabashed
joy -- is exquisite. What you are doing is truly wonderful and you should
be very proud of your efforts and accomplishments."
-United Nations Say Yes Concert for Children's
(Photo: L. to R. Sarayah, Brittany, Vim, Fariba- at the close of the
Marsalis(Pulitzer Prize Winning and 9 Time Grammy Award Winning
Trumpeter & Jazz Composer)
"Yours is an example of what service to the community
means. [CTC] serves as an example that our potentials are unlimited "
(Mehr and Karida with Wyton Marsalis and CTC Kids)
(World renowned & award winning children's songwriter & entertainer)
"Your work is easily among the most noble artistic
endeavors I've ever seen. Not to mention totally entertaining and deeply
touching. Few 'grown-up' performances have achieved as much. Your premise
and practice of art & humanity is nothing shy of laying groundwork
for future leaders of true peace."
Raffi with Mercy @ UN Special Session on
"Although politics is practiced by adults, it always
has effects on children. Young performers from the Children's Theatre
Company are exploring those realities now in a production that draws
on the writings of sages ranging from Dr. Seuss to the Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr
"Their musical-theater adaptations of Dr. Suess's
The Sneetches and The Lorax emphasize the Doc's message of tolerance."
"One of New York's most successful working models of 'unity
in diversity' "
Barbaria Aria, TIME-OUT NEW
" a colorful and lighthearted way of
teaching children about the dangers of prejudice." Shelly Goldberg, NY1 NEWS