This year, we did more work for our youngest audience members! Please Bring Balloons wrapped up its run in March 2018. In October, Laurie Berkner’s Pillowland opened at The Flea, delighting audiences all over again!

This year we launched our music and storytime class – Boogie Woogie Books! It’s been so much playing, singing and, of course, dancing with all of you!

The Little Red Fish wowed audiences when it premiered at Theatre Row in April! We also loved giving puppet demonstrations after select performances!

New York City Children’s Theater held our 2018 Gala Celebration on Tuesday, April 17th at The Edison Ballroom. This year was our most successful event ever!

We loved bringing in school groups from all five boroughs of NYC to see our shows this year! For the first time this year, we had talkbacks after school performances – and they were a blast!

Finding new talent (both young playwrights and young actors) and reuniting with our actors from previous productions were just two of the highlights from the Middle School Playwriting Competition this year!

We’ve loved bringing FIVE to so many schools this year, but this particular performance was extra special: During our performance of FIVE at the Gillen Brewer School, a set of twin girls were particularly taken with the show, excitedly following Piper through every adventure with a keen curiosity. At the same time, throughout the performance they would need to take breaks and wander in the back of the room with a caretaker until they were ready to rejoin the show.

Following the performance their teacher approached Keila and me and thanked us for a wonderful show, specifically for these two girls. She said that both twins had received cochlear implants in the past week and were now observing the world in a whole new way. They were both mesmerized by Piper and the accompanying activities. She explained that if they stepped away from the performance it wasn’t for lack of enjoyment, rather they were at times overwhelmed by stimulation as they navigated this new sense.

Did you know our Afterschool Reading Club (ARC) program was expanded this year? We’re now bringing our literacy program to twice as many homeless shelters across NYC!

It’s been a blast coming to the Strand Bookstore for storytime throughout the year! You can join us at our next one in March!

We ended the year with The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories! This play with music enchanted families from November 24th – December 22nd at Theatre Row!

The best part of 2018? You! Whether you’re a donor, volunteer, audience member, teacher, artist, or friend – thank you for making 2018 one of NYCCT’s best year’s yet!