What are the C.A.T.E. Awards?
The Children Achieving Theatre Excellence (C.A.T.E.) Awards is our very own awards show! Combined with a gala aspect, it is also our major fundraiser of the year. Fashioned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the CATE Awards Show is a wonderful production recognizing the achievements of our performers from the past calendar year. Interspersed with the award presentations will be performances by our amazing instructors as well as highlights from each of our shows from the year. For our Jan, 2019 production we will once again be at the fabulous 900 seat Memorial Hall at Chapman University, and hope to fill every seat. It is going to be a wonderful celebration!
Learn more in this video narrated by our co-founder, Michele Sheehy Bowren
We need volunteers! We are very grateful to the Canyon Chapter of the National Charity League who will be helping us with this event. We are looking for a few additional people to help out:
- Sell Raffle Tickets, CKP Script Bags and Car Decals during the gala and during intermission
- We need a small army to help us set up from 12-1 pm
- We need help to tear down and load out after the show
- Do you have photography skills? We’d love to have your help photographing the event!
Email Elizabeth@CreativeKidsPlayhouse.com if you want to volunteer at this amazing event.
Seeking Raffle/Auction Items
The only thing better than a great event is going to a great event and home with a fabulous prize. We are hoping to have 40 wonderful raffle items or baskets for people to win, and 5-10 big blind auction prizes. Do you have something that you can donate to make our event even better? Please contact Maureen Kinney, firstname.lastname@example.org with your donation!
SAVE THE DATE FOR 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020
1 pm Gala
2 pm Performance
Chapman University Memorial Hall, 1 University Drive, Orange CA 92866
Arrive at 1 pm wearing your red carpet best to enjoy the Gala on the lawn in front of the theater. We will have some amazing raffle items and and auction items that you could win! Enjoy light snacks, raffle prizes, and photo opportunities.
Give yourself plenty of time to park, and make sure you bring a printed copy of the complimentary parking pass that will be emailed to you by Jan 24. Parking is available in several locations, but they are each a block away. Be in your seat inside the theater by 2 pm for the performance.
If you purchased a ticket online, just bring your receipt or show the electronic version of it to present to the ticket takers at the door, no need to wait in line. Any seats that are left will be available for purchase at the box office, but we strongly recommend that you pre-purchase your ticket. Only tickets purchased prior to January 24 come with the complimentary parking pass.
Cookies will be served at intermission. The raffle and auction ends at the end of intermission, so make sure that you have participated! The show will be over by 4:45 pm, and winners will be posted at the exit.
Be a Sponsor
Sponsoring quality theater education at the C.A.T.E. awards doesn’t just give you visibility to the nearly 900 attendees on January 26! If you buy an ad in the gorgeous 8.5 x 11″ Souvenir C.A.T.E. Show program, your ad will run in all of the Creative Kids Playhouse’s 5.5 x 8.5″ programs for major productions throughout 2019. Your ad will be seen by approximately 8000 attendees at our performances, and you will be listed as a sponsor on our webpage. The bigger the sponsorship, the bigger the list of perks. Are local families your target market? Do you see the good that Creative Kids Playhouse is doing by growing our next generation of leaders? Use your corporate marketing budget, or philanthropy budget, and know that your sponsorship will benefit you as well as the children in Orange County.
Buy a Starlet Ad in the Show Program
The only show program all year in which you are invited to buy an ad to honor your child is the C.A.T.E. Show Program. Generally treasured as keepsakes already, the C.A.T.E. Show Program will be extra special with a printed note from you! Starlet Ads are $100. You may print and mail the Starlet Ad form with a $100 check to CKP, 23382 Madero, Suite K, Mission Viejo CA 92630, OR you may just click on the DONATE button on the right side of this page, and include your note in the special instructions.
Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of Orange County is a nonprofit organization not just committed to quality theater education in a fun encouraging environment, but in growing children. The skills that we work on with these children will help them their entire life – teamwork, empathy, problem solving, creativity, expressing themselves, confidence, self-discipline and more. These qualities are focused on in every program that we produce, and celebrated at the C.A.T.E. awards show. Creative Kids Playhouse produced 37 shows in 2018, by using community centers, schools and churches around the county. In 2018 we gave $8400 in scholarships, nearly doubling 2017’s $4,333, and hope to grow that amount for next year. We cannot exist without the support of our community, and are currently working toward obtaining a rehearsal and performance space of our own. Please consider being a founder of our theater, or donating now.
At Creative Kids Playhouse everyone gets a part in the production, not everyone gets an award. Attending the C.A.T.E. Awards to support your friends is a great reason to attend! There are three ways to be honored at the C.A.T.E. Awards.
C.A.T.E. HALL OF FAME
CARIS OVERALL PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR
2017 Genevieve LeLeux
2017 Ruby Michel-Hall
2016 Rachael Patin
2016 Karlie Zuckerman
2015 Natalie Bright
2015 James Slaybaugh
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
2017 The Excalibur Players’ Stinky Cheese Man
2016 The Mainstage Players’ The Emperor’s New Clothes, Red Cast
2015 Mission Basilica School’s Bye Bye Birdie
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST, HONORABLE MENTION
2017 Mission Basilica School’s Shrek
2017 Camelot Players’ Best of Broadway
2016 Mission Basilica School’s Crazy for You
2016 The Camelot Players’ Wizard of Oz
2015 Excalibur Players’ Bye Bye Birdie
EXCALIBUR PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2017 Brooke Chansler
2017 Danielle Reyes
2016 Tegan Gie
2016 John Perone
2015 Maryclare Ramirez
2015 Nick Trafton
CAMELOT PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2017 Emma Van Heeringen
2017 Kaylie Viloria
2017 Raquel Watson
2016 Aidan Machesky
2016 Amy Rose Evans
MAINSTAGE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2017 Morgan Mecklenburg
2017 Eden Neville
2017 Michael Quane
2016 Hannah Lopez
2016 Sierra Schwarz
2016 Kayla Schmidt
2015 Carissa Diller
2015 Peyton Mobasseri
TOM THUMB PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2017 Frankie Dickson
2016 Gianna Caponera
2015 Samantha Shelley