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May 22, 2024

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati students after they presented Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. for adjudication. Photo credit: Avery Brunkus/JTF

Local TCT Students Win National Award at 2023 Junior Theater Festival

Kids with The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati brought home a Freddie G Excellence in Ensemble Work award.

The 2023 Junior Theater Festival (JTF) which rewards and celebrates excellent student-driven musical theater programs such as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT), took place January 13 – 15 at the Cobb Convention Center in Atlanta.
TCT students were proudly awarded the Freddie G Excellence in Ensemble Work award and others.

At the festival, 125 groups from 28 states performed 15 minutes of a Broadway Junior musical for adjudicators.

TCT students presented Junie B. Jones The Musical, Jr. to Broadway composer and lyricist Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical); Khalia Davis, artistic director of Bay Area Children’s Theatre, and actor Evan Ruggiero (Drama Desk Nominated Actor). with energy and precision. Every child used focus and energy to tell a strong story, and they didn’t disappoint.
The groups enjoyed a New Works Showcase of performance selections from upcoming Broadway Junior musicals presented by JTF groups and other main stage performances featuring Broadway guests who took part in the workshops. 

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Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a mom of three with one on the way. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.