Shows for Kids

Coming up this summer!


$7.00 per person.  General Admission.  Show running time is roughly 45 minutes.

In the imaginative world of toys, life begins when humans leave the room.  When one group of toys discovers a velveteen rabbit, they learn what it means to be truly loved by their owner.  Adapted from the classic children’s story, this unique “toy story” tells the “tail” of the unconditional love between a child and his toy bunny.  Children (and adults!) are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed toy to the performance with which to enjoy the performance!


Dr. Frankincense and the Christmas Monster!

Performances Dec 14th and 15th 2016 at the Homer Center for the Arts.

Produced in partnership by the Center Players and CRTYP!

Directed by Kris Valentine Behnke (CRTYP)




Workshops for Kids

CRTYP Winter Programming 2017

at CRT Downtown!

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Next Series begins Saturday, March 11!

Held at CRT Downtown:  

24 Port Watson St, Cortland

*Each class series will culminate in an exciting and professional presentation for family and friends!

March 11-April 8th!


*Each class series will culminate in an exciting presentation for family and friends!

$10/class, $50 for series


K-2nd Grades: 9:30a-10:30am: The Boy (and Girl!) Who Cried Wolf!  We will use a version of this classic tale to work on stage directions and storytelling! Lots of focus on creativity and working together, using games to explore fun theatre concepts! We will perform the story for family and friends on April 8th!


3rd-6th Grades: 11a-12:30p: Because I said so! Students in grades 3-6 begin to diagnose characters through dialog! Truly integral to any acting work, this supplies empathy and cooperation in real life as well! Students will work on two separate scenes with differing characters to learn to portray honest and interesting people! We will perform the scenes for family and friends on April 8th!


7th-12th Grades:  1p-2:30p: Decisions, Decisions! We will use this monologue-based class to work on decisive character decisions in performance. Each member will choose a monologue early in the session, and will work on developing the character fully for performance on April 8th!

Click here to download a registration form!

Call 607-753-6161 to register by Credit Card

Email with questions!

Announcing: Spring Break 2017 for

Grades 3-8!

CRTYP, Cortland Repertory Theatre’s Youth Program, is proud to present a NEW musical theatre workshop for grades 3-8 this spring break,

April 17-21!

CRTYP is proud to present Theatre [Untitled], a NYC based children’s theatre group specializing in intensive workshops for beginning and intermediate young artists!

“Art is the imagination at play in the field of time. Let yourself play!” –Julia Cameron

Theatre [Untitled] focuses on confidence, comedy, collaboration and play to explore development as young artists in grades 3-8!  Working toward a musical theatre cabaret final performance, Theatre [Untitled] teaches techniques like Viewpoints and Linklater and applies them to fun and challenging musical theatre choreography and vocally performed songs!  Theatre [Untitled] uses improvisation and comedic scene work to encourage an open and fun environment while developing critical action skills, all done in collaboration with other artists to encourage unified and creative art! 

The program will run Monday through Friday, April 17-21. Each day will look like this:

10am-11am: Vocal/Physical Warmup

11am-12pm: Vocal Rehearsal

12pm-1pm: Choreography Rehearsal 

1pm-2pm: Lunch

2:00pm-3:00pm: Master Class or Activity 

3:00pm-5:00pm: Scene Work/Putting The Show Together!


We will present a final performance for parents and friends on Friday, April 21st at 7pm!


Additionally, the students will design their own t-shirts to wear for the performance, and will have a hand in creating our major scenic element!


Theatre [Untitled] will bring a fresh new perspective on young musical theatre training to central NY! 

Week-long program is $125/student. Please note that lunch is not provided (but a lunch BREAK is!)

Call 607-753-6161 to register today! Please feel free to call or email with questions. Hope to see you there!

Click here to download a registration form!

Pavilion Awards



The winners for the 14th annual Cortland Repertory Theatre “Pavilion Awards” were announced on Sunday, June 12, at the national historic Little York Pavilion, home to CRT.  The awards, sponsored by First Niagara Bank, recognize outstanding achievement in local high school theatre during the 2015-16 school year.

Trophies were presented to the winners in a ceremony hosted by Producing Artistic Director Kerby Thompson and CRT Youth Programs Manager Kris Behnke. Presenters included cast members of CRT’s productions of “The Fox on the Fairway”.  Each of the six nominated high schools that produced musicals - Cortland, Dryden, Groton, Homer, McGraw and Tully - performed a musical number from their production. Before the ceremony, the CRT Board and Guild hosted a reception downstairs in the Pavilion, where photos were taken of all the nominees in each category.

The student and production recipients of the awards are as followings:

Best Musical: My Fair Lady (Groton)

Best Play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Homer)

Visual Musical Ensemble: My Fair Lady (Groton)

Vocal Musical Ensemble: My Fair Lady (Groton)

Play Ensemble: 12 Angry Jurors (Tully)


Lead Actor in a Musical: David Perfetti (Homer)

Lead Actor in a Play: David Perfetti (Homer)

Lead Actress in a Musical: Brooke Jackson (Groton)

Lead Actress in a Play: Haley Fowler-Conner (Tully)


Supporting Actor in a Musical: Kenian Ulrich (Homer)

Supporting Actor in a Play: Stephen Hyde (Homer)

Supporting Actress in a Musical: Kate Halstead (Homer)  

Supporting Actress in a Play: Elsa Gauss (Tully)


Featured Actor in a Musical: Evan Ulrich (Homer)

Featured Actor in a Play: Gerrit Van Dyne (Tully)

Featured Actress in a Musical:  Hope Twitchell (Groton)

Featured Actress in a Play: Liz Ferguson (Tully)


Technical Achievement: Connor Beattie (Cortland)


“Rising Star” Award, recognizing middle school students who were in high school productions:  Brok Montesano (McGraw)


“Theatre As Education” Award: McGraw’s production of “Suessical”

Student Written One-Act Play: “Gal Pals” by Rhianna Eleck & Katie Musci (Cortland)

Scholarships, for students continuing their education in the performing arts:  Each recipient received a check for $500.  Connor Beattie (Cortland), Cassidy Halpin (Cortland), Kendra Walkuski (Dryden), Brooke Jackson (Groton), Bailey Kote (Homer), David Perfetti (Homer) and Joel Perfetti (Homer).

“Most Valuable Player” Awards, voted by the students themselves, a winner from each production: Brian Barnes (Cortland: One-Act Play Festival), Mollie Walts (Cortland: The Nut Factory), Cassidy Halpin (Cortland: Loserville), Laurie Hickie (Dryden: Zombie Prom), Logan Roberts (Groton: My Fair Lady),  Mikaela Elkins (Homer: A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Joel Perfetti (Homer: South Pacific), Asia Stauber (McGraw: Suessical), Peyton Wolf and Lucas Peterson (Tully: 12 Angry Jurors), and Emily Teeter (Tully: Lucky Stiff).