Shows for Kids

Coming up this fall!


$7.00 per person.  General Admission. 

The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company returns with this interactive holiday tale! The classic story is re-imagined with just two actors, and participation by the kids in the audience! A fun and funny retelling of the classic tale, great for the whole family! Approximately 45 minutes in length.

Workshops for Kids

​Shakespeare: Unrehearsed! 

  April 23-27,  10a-4pm   

Performance on April 27 at 7pm! 

Actors in Shakespeare’s time performed every day, presenting a variety of different plays in repertory (sometimes a different play every night!).  
This left them no time to rehearse anything but fights and
dances---so how did they do it? This exciting new workshop introduces some of the fundamental rules of performing the First Folio edition of Shakespearean scripts without rehearsal.
Believe it or not, it can be done!  
Featuring Bill Kincaid, long time CRT director and expert in this technique, and the methods in Bill’s new book
Performing Shakespeare Unrehearsed: A practical Guide to Acting and Producing Spontaneous Shakespeare, this in-depth workshop will build technique in acting and improvisation, as well as taking a fresh new look at Shakespeare and performing classic theatre! Shakespeare: Unrehearsed students will work as a well-functioning team, using textual clues embedded in Shakespeare’s plays to unlock information about blocking and relationships, and releasing surprising humor not normally seen in modern interpretations of the work.  
Whether you fear Shakespeare or love him,  
this workshop is for you!

Participants will perform the techniques at a CRT Performance of

Shakespeare: Unrehearsed!

on Friday, April 27th at 7pm!

Important information:
Workshop and performance will take place at CRT Downtown,   
24 Port  Watson St, Cortland.
The workshop will run from 10am-4pm Monday through Friday, April    
There will be a 1 hour lunch break from 1-2pm.  
**Lunch is not provided
Participation includes a Shakespeare: Unrehearsed! T-shirt

Workshop participation is $125 per student.   

Who will be there?

Bill Kincaid, professor of acting at Western Illinois University, is a three-time winner of the NAPAT Classical Acting Coach Award, and recipient of the Illinois Theatre Association Award of Honor.  He is the founder of Bard in the Barn, a project that produces Unrehearsed Shakespeare in Illinois, and has acted at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the New England Shakespeare Festival.  He has directed such loved CRT productions as I Hate Hamlet, Chicago, Six Dance Lessons, Souvenir, and others. His book, Performing Shakespeare Unrehearsed: A Practical Guide to Acting and Producing Spontaneous Shakespeare, will be published by Routledge in April, 2018!
Louise Felker, local Shakespeare enthusiast and much loved director of years of Homer High School’s Shakespeare Society productions, will function as Bill’s assistant in this workshop!

Spring Break Unrehearsed Shakespeare registration form






Next session begins March 10-April 14. Check back soon for class announcements!


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).