Shows for Kids

For the holidays - At CRT Downtown!


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

A live, interactive holiday performance presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company! 

The classic holiday story is re-imagined with just two actors, and participation by the kids in the audience! Ebenezer Scrooge is a nasty, mean, snarling old geezer who cares only for his money. His one and only friend visits him as a ghost, and starts him on a journey that melts his icy heart and teaches him the joys of caring for, and giving to others. A fun and funny retelling of the classic tale, just for kids!


Announcing auditions for a holiday play partnership between CRTYP and the Center for the Arts!


Audition call for teens!


Dr. Frankincense and the Christmas Monster!

Performances Dec 14th and 15th 2016

Produced in partnership by the Center Players and CRTYP!

Directed by Kris Valentine Behnke (CRTYP)


Casting:  Students age 12-19 to participate in Dr. Frankincense and the Christmas Monster (A Holiday Comedy!) rehearsing and performing at the Center for the Arts in Homer!

17 roles available, 6 men, 6 women, 5 as cast.

Some examples of roles available:

Narrator: (M or F) the host! A bit smarmy with lots of humor! Carries us through the play.

Dr. Frankincense: (M) Misunderstood genius mad scientist

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer: (M) famous reindeer working his way through law school

Sugar Plum Fairy: (F) Sassy member of the Christmas court with a penchant for distributing treats

Christmas monster: (M or F) built from Christmas items

The show will rehearse at the Center for the Arts in Homer beginning  Monday, Nov 28th. Rehearsals will be M-F from 4:30-7:30pm from Nov 28th through the performances on Dec 14th and 15th.   Students have busy lives, and some amounts of conflicts with the rehearsal schedule will be planned for and accepted.  All students may not be required at all rehearsals. Participation is free!

To participate, you MUST be available on Tuesday, Dec 13th (dress rehearsal), Wednesday, Dec 14th (performance) and Thursday, Dec 15th!


Auditions will be held at C4A on Tuesday, November 22nd from  6:30-9:30pm!

For the audition:  You can come prepared with your own 1 minute comedic monologue, OR  you can read a monologue provided at the audition.  You can find the provided monologues here: frank-audition-monologues-pdf


No prior acting or stage experience is necessary! Fun and learning is the name of the game here—making a fun holiday show, learning about stage craft and making some friends! Also, we will be looking for students interested in backstage work like props, costumes, stage management, and more! 

Feel free to contact Kris with questions at!


Workshops for Kids

CRTYP Winter Programming 2017

at CRT Downtown!

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Next Series begins Saturday, January 7!

Held at CRT Downtown:  

24 Port Watson St, Cortland

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

K-2nd Grades, 9:30-10:30a: The Little Red Hen!
We'll work together to act in this famous tale, telling the story of hard work and good rewards! We'll play our favorite games and learn about working together on stage! $10 per class, $50 for series.
3rd-6th Grades, 11a-12:30p: Musical Maniac Myths!
An original retelling of some of your favorite Greek myths with music and mayhem! This class will feature song and dance in a big way, to tell larger than life stories!  We'll work on actor training through games and scenework!  $10 per class, $50 for series.
7-12th Grades, 1-2:30p: Honestly, Actors!
Achieving honesty in presenting a character is one of the greatest challenges in the art form.  We will work together to discover motivations and apply honest emotions to scenes and monologues!
$10 per class, $50 for series.
Series 3 begins March 11!
Email with questions!
Call 607-753-6161 to register by Credit Card



This past class session, Sept to Oct, CRTYP partnered with the Cortland Area Communities that Care to produce three PSAs (public service announcements) to educate teens and parents about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Check out their videos below!


Wednesdays 7-9 p  Sept 21-Nov 16

Back for its third session--  the Playmakers Club!  

Designed for grades 6-12, this session's club will feature work in DIRECTING!

The club will take scenes from CRT Downtown's Mainstage show, The Birds, and work on acting and directing choices! We'll attend the show as guests of CRT on Opening Night, Wednesday Oct 12th, and see how our versions compare! We will work on script analysis, concept, casting, and other directing topics that make for a successful production (and also make you a better performer!) With plenty of the well-loved skill developing games and discussion about theatrical arts, the Playmakers Club is a great way to meet theatre kids from other school districts and investigate new theatre topics! Not just for actors- Playmakers Club works on performance, design, and tech!

$20 for the session, Sept 21-Nov 16

Click here to download Playmakers Registration Form!

Email for questions, or call 607-753-6161 to register by credit card!

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).