About Us


Oregon Children’s Theatre is so much more than your average theater company. Learn about all the great work we have been doing for nearly 30 years!

 

 

Mission

Oregon Children’s Theatre creates exceptional theater experiences that transform lives. 

We believe theater and storytelling can educate, empower, inspire, and entertain in remarkable ways.

Vision

Our vision is that all children, families, and communities have opportunities to learn and grow through theater and the arts.

What We Do

For nearly three decades, Oregon Children’s Theatre has been creating extraordinary theater for young audiences. We bring great stories to life on stage, with productions distinguished by their professional polish and awe-inspiring staging.  For many children, attending an OCT production is their first experience with professional performing arts. 

Our work is grounded in the belief that theater and storytelling can educate, inspire, empower, and entertain in remarkable ways.  Each season, we reach more than 120,000 children and families through:

  • Unforgettable theater productions that delight and inspire families and school groups.
  • Acting Academy programs that teach the craft of theater while fostering life skills.
  • Dynamic performances, classes, workshops, and residencies in schools and in the community that use theater and storytelling to teach and inspire.

Equity and Inclusion

OCT’s mission and vision compel us to serve not only as a valued arts organization, but as a change agent advancing social justice in our community. We recognize the urgent need to address inequities on an institutional level, and we embrace our responsibility to mitigate real and perceived barriers to participation. Reaching out and engaging with all parts of our community will lead to a fuller understanding of the cultures that surround us, and provide us with insight into how we tell meaningful and relevant stories.  That’s how we build trust and credibility, build audiences, provide positive impacts on children, remain sustainable and relevant, and help grow the spirit and soul of OCT.

History

OCT was created by Sondra Pearlman as the "Theatre for Young People" under the auspices of the Portland Civic Theatre in 1988.  When Portland Civic Theatre closed its doors in 1990, Pearlman formed Oregon Children's Theatre with the goal of providing children their first exposure to theater and the performing arts through field trip performances.  Since that start, we evolved by adding family performances and robust arts education programs.

Production History

2016-2017
Goosebumps the Musical
Fly Guy: The Musical
Flora & Ulysses
Tomás & the Library Lady
Pinkalicious: The Musical

2015 - 2016
Junie B. Jones: The Musical
Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space
Bad Kitty: On Stage
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
James and the Giant Peach

2014 - 2015
Ivy + Bean: The Musical
Skippyjon Jones
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Schoohouse Rock Live!
Ramona Quimby
                
2013 - 2014           
Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans
Charlotte's Web
Zombie in Love
The Giver
Fancy Nancy
                
2012 - 2013           
Duck for President
Pinkalicious: The Musical                    
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Stinky Cheese Man                    
Gathering Blue                    
A Year with Frog & Toad
                                    
2011 - 2012                           
Pinkalicious: The Musical                    
The Magic School Bus Live: The Climate Challenge                    
Locomotion             
The Storm In The Barn      
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
                                    
2010 - 2011                                  
Alice & Wonderland                    
Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly
On the Eve of Friday Morning
How I Became a Pirate
A Wrinkle in Time
                    
2009 - 2010                                
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Giggle, Giggle, Quack: A Musical
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs: A Musical                
Small Steps                    
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
                                    
2008 - 2009                              
Gossamer                 
James and the Giant Peach                    
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Honus & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure
Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood

2007 - 2008                                 
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
The Ghosts of Treasure Island
Einstein is a Dummy

2006 - 2007                                  
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Miss Nelson is Missing
The Boxcar Children
The Red Badge of Courage
                                    
2005 - 2006                                  
The Giver
Charlotte's Web
Ferdinand the Bull
Alexander, Who's Not...Not Going to Move
                
2004 - 2005              
The Former One-on-One Basketball Champion
The BFG
Ramona Quimby
Winnie-the-Pooh
                
2003 - 2004               
Holes
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Velveteen Rabbit

2002 - 2003                                    
Sacagawea
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Cyrano
                                    
2001 - 2002                                    
It's A Wonderful Life
Stuart Little
Tuck Everlasting
                                
2000 - 2001                                
The Velveteen Rabbit
Tom Sawyer
The Boxcar Children
                                
1999 - 2000                                    
Miracle On 34th Street
The Adventure Of Treasure Island
Charlotte's Web
                                    
1998 - 1999                                    
A Christmas Carol
Pippi Longstocking
James And The Giant Peach
                                    
1997 - 1998                                    
(Tenth Anniversary Season)                    
Anne Of Green Gables                    
Ramona Quimby                    
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
                                    
1996 - 1997                                    
Claus
Little House On The Prairie
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
                                
1995 - 1996                                    
Claus
Stuart Little
A Wrinkle In Time
                                
1994 - 1995                                    
There's A Boy In The Girls' Bathroom
The Velveteen Rabbit
                                    
1993 - 1994                                
Charlotte's Web                    
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

1992 - 1993                                
Anne Frank Remembered
(In-School Workshop)
Journey To The Center Of The Earth
James And The Giant Peach
                                    
1991 - 1992                                    
The Wind In The Willows                    
Anne Of Green Gables
                                    
1990 - 1991                                    
The Secret Garden                    
Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing
                                   
1989 - 1990                                    
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Tom Sawyer
                                    
1988 - 1989                    
Charlotte's Web
Treasure Island