theatre arts education
by and for children
Children’s Theatre of Winnetka is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting theatrical experiences for children, grades 4-8. Children participate both onstage and backstage in two productions annually; fall and spring.
Scholarships are available.
The Sound of Music
April 28th, - May 1st, 2016
Tickets available online to the public March 12th, 7 a.m.
The Guys of CTW
CTW alum Josh Hoffman had a chance to catch up with a few of the boys from our fall production of Mary Poppins and asked what they enjoyed about being in the shows.
When many boys hear something about acting or musicals, they immediately dismiss it as silly and something they wouldn’t like. What they don’t realize is that they are missing out on a very fun and rewarding activity. During dress rehearsal of our most recent production, Mary Poppins, I had the opportunity to talk to a few of the boys in the cast about their experience at CTW, and why they decided to get involved in theatre. Most CTW productions are double cast, giving the opportunity for many children to participate in our productions. The following is an interview with three of the leads from Mary Poppins: James, Liam, and Andrew.
Q: What has your experience at CTW been like?
James: “Everyone here is very professional, but we also have a lot of fun. I have learned a lot in just the short time I’ve been in this show, and I have made so many great friends!”
Liam: “People have been very welcoming, since I’m new here. We all have a blast together, and everyone just wants to see each other improve.”
Q: What was your favorite part of Mary Poppins?
Andrew: “Learning the opening number was my favorite part of the show, because it is the first time the audience sees us, so we all had to work hard to make sure it was very good.”
James: “Being able to fly (in the role of Bert in Mary Poppins) has been the most amazing part of the whole experience to me. This is one of the only places around here that would be able to offer that, and it makes the show a whole lot better and more professional."
Q: How did you get involved in theatre?
Liam: “I started out doing plays at my school, and realized that I loved entertaining people. I decided it might be fun to continue doing it, that’s when I found CTW.”
Andrew: “I started doing theatre because I needed an escape from the stress in my life. Being on stage is an escape from reality, and it is something that I really enjoy.”
Q: What would you say to other guys to get them to try theatre?
James: “Even though I play some sports, I am still able to participate in theatre. They are completely different, but I love doing each. Don’t think that you can’t do both!”
Liam: “Don’t let what’s ‘popular’ influence what you do. Give it a shot and who knows, you may love it!”
Andrew: “If you want to get the satisfaction of making someone else entertained, try theatre, and you will surely entertain yourself!”