Oregon Children’s Theatre creates extraordinary theater for young audiences. Over the company’s illustrious 30-year history, many of these audience members have their first experiences with professional performing arts at an OCT production. Grounded in the belief that theater and storytelling can educate, inspire, empower, and entertain in remarkable ways, OCT brings great stories to life onstage, with productions distinguished by their professional polish and awe-inspiring staging.
This season, OCT will open with Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt, a nautical adventure and world-premiere collaboration between OCT and six other children’s theaters around the country, with the OCT production to be the first among them. Also new this season is The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, featuring 75 gorgeously detailed puppets backed by very talented human puppeteers.
Beyond their stage productions, OCT’s renowned acting classes connect children with professional teachers/actors eager to share their experience, skills, and passion. The Young Professionals Company, OCT’s yearlong mentoring program for teens, combines college-level theater training and professional production experience for 60 aspirant theater artists who select, produce, and perform three plays in the on-site black box theater.
In pursuit of their vision of reaching children with limited access to the arts, OCT hosts thousands of regional schools on field trips and offers funding assistance and free companion texts for each student through their Ticket to Read program. They’ll also take a production of last season’s hit Tomás & the Library Lady on the road to six communities across the state.