Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of Orange County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing fun theatre opportunities for children, and entertaining children’s theatre productions for the community. Every child can experience the exhilaration of performing. Every child can enjoy the theatre experience!
Musical theatre helps children with reading skills, memorization skills, public speaking, music and movement, imagination and creativity, self-discipline, problem-solving, and working as a team, and we encourage and nurture each of these in our students.
In addition to offering productions and classes to the general public, we are available to produce school plays and have developed an in-class theatre curriculum for elementary schools called Theater In Action.
Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of Orange County
The Tom Thumb Players (ages 3-6) Mini-musicals perfect for this age group, produced throughout the calendar year. Not just rehearsing, much of each class is spent with exercises in music, movement, creativity and expressiveness. A great place to start in theater!
The Mainstage Players (ages 6-13) Most of our programming is for the Mainstage Players. One- and Two- act musicals written specifically for students in this age group to perform. Every student in each cast gets a speaking part. We produce two big two-act musicals for the Mainstage Players each year, one in the fall, one in the spring. Throughout the year we also offer one-act musicals, classes, and camps, with our signature show-in-a-week immersion camps in the summertime.
The Excalibur Players (6th-12th grade) Our most advanced troupe of performers, Excalibur Players work with more difficult material, and have much more expected of them. Usually Excalibur Players perform a big musical each spring with a Broadway script, and a straight play every summer. Excalibur Players are the core of the Camelot Players productions as well.
The Camelot Players (experienced 9 year olds – 12th grade) Also referred to as ‘Excalibur Players and Friends,’ students as young as 9 years old who have been in a minimum of four productions may join the Excalibur Players in performing more advanced material. They perform two big musicals each year: a spring musical with a Broadway script and a late fall/Holiday musical.
Theater in Action, and Performance Power! Programs providing theater education to every student in your school. Have your PTA purchase Theater in Action to have our wonderful instructors come to your school and teach six theater education classes, meeting and exceeding the common core requirements. Add on four more classes (Performance Power!) to have each class rehearse and perform a musical theatre scene on your school’s stage.
School Plays & Musicals – We produce school musicals for several schools across Orange County, and would be happy to add yours to our list. You provide the rehearsal and performance space and we can work together from there.
Children Achieving Theatre Excellence (C.A.T.E.) Awards We recognize our exceptional students at our own awards show, often described as “The Tony’s for Kids.” Don’t miss the CATEs!