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!

Workshops for Kids

CRTYP Fall Programming 2016/17

at CRT Downtown!

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Saturdays Sept 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, and 22nd!

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: Under the Big Top!

Clowns and Elephants, Dancing Bears and Music too! We will spend 5 Saturdays building a circus and will perform it for family and friends! Through dancing, singing, and acting, children will learn to be creative and work together onstage while we build our circus fun! $10 per class, $50 for series.

3rd-6th Grades, 11a-12:30p: Funny Modern Fables and a Futuristic Feature!
We'll work on using physical comedy and modern interpretations of fables to learn about ensemble acting. Using acting, singing, and musical staging, we will embrace our talents and create a show for family and friends on October 22nd!  $10 per class, $50 for series.
7-12th Grades, 1-2:30p: Acting for Film 2:
(Acting for Film 1 not necessary)! In partnership with the Cortland Area Communities That Care, this acting class will working on comedic timing and honest communication to create three world premier 1-minute films that will debut on social media and will be distributed to Cortland area schools! Aimed to ages 12-17, the films will use humor to warn youth of the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The class will feature true film experience and will be an asset to the community as well! Perfect for use in an audition reel and on a resume! We will premier the films for family and friends on Oct 22!
$10 per class, $50 for series.
Email with questions!
Call 607-753-6161 to register by Credit Card



Wednesdays 7-9p  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).