Creative Clubhouse Backstage

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Holiday Favorites!

Holiday Favorites!

NYCCT's My First Nutcracker is a hit holiday tradition now in it's third year live at Theatre Row! We asked the cast to share their favorite parts of the holidays with you!

Meaningful Gifts!

Meaningful Gifts!

Drosselmeyer gifts Clara Marie a very special gift - a nutcracker! We asked the cast to tell us about the most meaningful gift they've ever given someone or had someone give to them!

Where Would You Dance?

Where Would You Dance?

Clara Marie and the Prince dance in so many exciting places! If you could dance anywhere, where would you most want to dance?

The Cast’s First Time Seeing The Nutcracker

The Cast’s First Time Seeing The Nutcracker

NYCCT's My First Nutcracker is designed as an introduction to the holiday classic for our youngest audience members - but when did our cast see The Nutcracker for the first time?

Meet NYCCT’s 2023-24 Season Junior Producers!

Meet NYCCT’s 2023-24 Season Junior Producers!

Meet Amaira, Eve, and MJ - three of NYCCT's Junior Producers!

Meet the Cast of My First Nutcracker!

Meet the Cast of My First Nutcracker!

Meet Kalia, Nicholas, Kaylin, Samuel, Kyle and Alex - the cast of our hit holiday tradition, My First Nutcracker!

What’s Your Favorite Family Meal?

What’s Your Favorite Family Meal?

Emily loves her Abuelita's tortillas! We asked the cast to share their favorite family meal with us!

Tell Us About Your Abuelita or Abuelito!

Tell Us About Your Abuelita or Abuelito!

In ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run! Emily has a special bond with her Abuelita! We asked the cast of the show to tell us about their abuelita, or the person who filled that role in their lives!

What’s Your Favorite Borough?

What’s Your Favorite Borough?

NYCCT's ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run! is traveling to all five boroughs this fall! We asked the cast to share their favorite borough with you!

Meet the Cast of ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run!

Meet the Cast of ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run!

Meet Erika, Jasmine, Maria, and Talia - the cast of NYCCT's new touring production: ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run!

Why You Should See ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run!

Why You Should See ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run!

The stars of NYCCT's touring production, ¡Corre, Abuelita, Run!, share why think you and your family should come see the show!

What was Your Favorite School Subject?

What was Your Favorite School Subject?

Join the cast of Fish in a Tree as they discuss their favorite school subjects!

What will Kids Learn from the Show?

What will Kids Learn from the Show?

Join the cast of Fish in a Tree as they discuss what kids in the audience will take away from the show.

Tell Us About Your Best Friends

Tell Us About Your Best Friends

Finding great friends can make all the difference. In the show Fish in a Tree, Ally finds two really great friends and it got us thinking about our own friendships. Here's what our cast had to say about their best friends.

Tell Us About a Teacher!

Tell Us About a Teacher!

Teachers have a significant impact on shaping the lives of their students. They have the power to inspire, encourage, and help students realize their potential. A teacher who believes in their students can make all the difference, as seen from the stories shared by Lily, Sadie, Alena, Darby, Madison, Anderson, and Louis!

Advice for Dealing with Bullying

Advice for Dealing with Bullying

The cast of Fish in a Tree, Lily, Sadie, Alena, Darby, Madison, Anderson, Louis, and Fernando, have advice for any young person who is currently being bullied.

Fish in a Tree Design Inspirations

Fish in a Tree Design Inspirations

From drawing inspiration from the work of Mister Rogers to the courage it takes to be yourself, each member of the Fish in a Tree creative team had their own unique sources of inspiration that helped to shape the final product.

Watch Melissa Jessel and Sammy Lopez on CBS Mornings!

Watch Melissa Jessel and Sammy Lopez on CBS Mornings!

Watch Sammy Lopez and Melissa Jessel discuss our hit new play with music, Fish in a Tree on CBS Mornings!

Meet Louis Baglio!

Meet Louis Baglio!

Louis, who plays Mr. Daniels in NYCCT's Fish in a Tree, discusses why he's excited to tell this story for young audiences!

Meet Lily Lipman!

Meet Lily Lipman!

Lily, who plays Ally in NYCCT's Fish in a Tree, discusses why being in the show is such a special experience!

Meet the Cast of Fish in a Tree!

Meet the Cast of Fish in a Tree!

Meet Anderson, Darby, Fernando, Lily, Louis, and Sadie - the cast of NYCCT's new production: Fish in a Tree!

Why Should You See Fish in a Tree

Why Should You See Fish in a Tree

There are many reasons to come see Fish in a Tree, but today our cast and creative team share why they think you should see the show!

Go Inside the Fish in a Tree Rehearsal Room!

Go Inside the Fish in a Tree Rehearsal Room!

Get a sneak peek behind-the-scenes as the cast and creative team prepares to bring the show to life!

What is Dyslexia?

What is Dyslexia?

Fish in a Tree tells the story of Ally, a young girl with dyslexia. But what is dyslexia?

Melissa Jessel and Sammy Lopez on Fish in a Tree

Melissa Jessel and Sammy Lopez on Fish in a Tree

Co-Directors Melissa Jessel and Sammy Lopez discuss what excites them about bringing Fish in a Tree to the stage!

Contribute to NYCCT’s Sketchbook of Impossible Things

Contribute to NYCCT’s Sketchbook of Impossible Things

To celebrate our new play with audiences, Fish in a Tree, NYCCT is creating our own Sketchbook of Impossible Things and would like to ask your family to be a part of it!

The Cast Shares Their Favorite Sweets!

The Cast Shares Their Favorite Sweets!

Clara-Marie and the Prince travel to the land of sweets! We asked our cast: What's your favorite sweet?

Behind the Scenes of My First Nutcracker

Behind the Scenes of My First Nutcracker

Go behind the scenes of My First Nutcracker with the stars of the show: Hilary, John, Alex, and Fernando!

Advice for Fighting with Your Siblings

Advice for Fighting with Your Siblings

Clara Marie's brother, Fritz, get into an argument and then Fritz accidentally breaks her nutcracker. We asked our cast: What advice would you give young people who may fight with their siblings?

Your Favorite Thing About the Holidays!

Your Favorite Thing About the Holidays!

We asked the cast of My First Nutcracker to tell us their favorite thing about the holidays! Read on to hear all about their favorite parts of the holidays!

Meet the Cast of My First Nutcracker!

Meet the Cast of My First Nutcracker!

Meet Alex, Fernando, Hilary, and John: the cast of My First Nutcracker!

Watch Barbara Zinn Krieger and Melissa Riker on CBS Mornings!

Watch Barbara Zinn Krieger and Melissa Riker on CBS Mornings!

Watch Barbara Zinn Krieger and Melissa Riker discuss our hit holiday show, My First Nutcracker on CBS Mornings!

My First Nutcracker Design Inspirations

My First Nutcracker Design Inspirations

To celebrate the opening weekend of performances of My First Nutcracker, we asked some members of the creative team what inspired their designs for the show! See what they had to say...

Why Should You See My First Nutcracker

Why Should You See My First Nutcracker

There are many reasons to come see My First Nutcracker, but today our cast and creative team share why they think you should see the show!

Behind the Scenes of The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical

Behind the Scenes of The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical

Go behind the scenes of The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical with three of the stars of the show: Eli, Scotland, and Marissa!

Tell Us About Your Family!

Tell Us About Your Family!

Daddy, Papa, Honey, and Leon are a family! We asked the cast of The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical to Leon to tell us about their families!

Advice If You Feel Worried!

Advice If You Feel Worried!

In our show, Leon is a bit of a worrier! We asked the cast of The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical to Leon to give us their advice for young people who may get worried like Leon

Watch Min Kahng on CBS Mornings!

Watch Min Kahng on CBS Mornings!

Watch Min Kahng, who wrote the lyrics, music, and book for our new show The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical, discuss the show, NYCCT, what he's working on next, and more on CBS Mornings!

The Best Trip Ever!

The Best Trip Ever!

We asked the cast of The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical to tell us about the best trip they've ever taken! Read on to hear all about their adventures in Australia, Mexico, NYC, and more!

Meet the Cast of The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical!

Meet the Cast of The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical!

Meet Colette, Eli, Jack, Scotland, and Marissa: the cast of The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical!

The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical Design Inspirations

The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical Design Inspirations

To celebrate the opening weekend of performances of The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical, we asked members of the creative team what inspired their designs for the show! See what they had to say...

Why Should You See The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical

Why Should You See The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical

There are many reasons to come see The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical, but today our cast and creative team share why they think you should see the show!

Our 2022-23 Season

Our 2022-23 Season

NYCCT's Artistic Director, Barbara Zinn Krieger, discusses New York City Children's Theater's 2022-23 season!

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Design Inspirations

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Design Inspirations

To celebrate the final weekend of performances of Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, we asked members of the creative team what inspired their designs for the show! See what they had to say...

Why Should You See I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Why Should You See I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

There are many reasons to come see Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, but today our cast and creative team share why they think you should see the show!

Go Behind the Scenes of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Go Behind the Scenes of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

On Saturday, May 28th, Cherrye J. Davis took over NYCCT's Instagram and gave us a behind the scenes look at Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings! Watch the videos today!

An Interview with Cherrye J. Davis

An Interview with Cherrye J. Davis

In Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Cherrye J. Davis plays Maya Angelou! Get to know the actor playing the iconic poet.

Creative Conversations: Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Creative Conversations: Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Director Khalia Davis and actress Cherrye J. Davis discuss the themes, vision and inspiration behind NYCCT’s stage adaptation of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Our Actor’s Advice for You!

Our Actor’s Advice for You!

We asked the cast of Dory Fantasmagory to tell us their advice for young people who want to be actors when they grow up!

Tell Us About Your Family!

Tell Us About Your Family!

Dory's family consists of herself, her mom, her dad, her brother, and her sister - but every family is different! Today, our cast tells us about their families!

Your Imaginary Friends

Your Imaginary Friends

We asked the cast of Dory Fantasmagory to tell us about their imaginary friends! Read on to learn about Alex, Tina, and how many extra dinner places were needed at the table!

Where’s Our Cast From?

Where’s Our Cast From?

We asked the cast of Dory Fantasmagory to tell us where they're from - and they're from all over the US! Read on to see where our cast calls home!

If I Weren’t An Actor…

If I Weren’t An Actor…

A dentist, a mail carrier, a zoo keeper - find out what the cast of Dory Fantasmagory would be doing if they weren't actors!

Dory Fantasmagory Design Inspirations

Dory Fantasmagory Design Inspirations

See what inspired the creative team of Dory Fantasmagory as they created the show!

Creative Conversations: Dory Fantasmagory

Creative Conversations: Dory Fantasmagory

Director Michelle Tattenbaum, writing team Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth, NYCCT Founder and Artistic Director Barbara Zinn Krieger and author of the book Dory Fantasamgory Abby Hanlon discuss the themes, vision and inspiration behind NYCCT’s newest show.

Filming a Scene for My First Nutcracker in 30 Seconds!

Filming a Scene for My First Nutcracker in 30 Seconds!

Have you ever wondered what it looks like when the cast and crew come together to film the show? See them film one scene in 30 seconds!

Why Should You See My First Nutcracker?

Why Should You See My First Nutcracker?

There are many reasons to celebrate the holidays with My First Nutcracker, but today three of our cast members want to tell you why they think you should see the show!

My First Nutcracker Design Inspirations

My First Nutcracker Design Inspirations

Did you ever wonder what inspires what you see on the stage when you go to a show?

Creative Conversations: My First Nutcracker

Creative Conversations: My First Nutcracker

Director and Choreographer Melissa Riker and Artistic Director and script adapter Barbara Zinn Krieger discuss how they both upheld and challenged tradition to create an inclusive Nutcracker that is a first in more ways than one.

Storyland Cabaret at the Staten Island Children’s Museum and Rockefeller Center

Storyland Cabaret at the Staten Island Children’s Museum and Rockefeller Center

See some highlights from NYCCT's Storyland Cabaret at the Staten Island Children's Museum and Rockefeller Center!

Storyland Cabaret at the Brooklyn Public Library and NY Botanical Garden

Storyland Cabaret at the Brooklyn Public Library and NY Botanical Garden

See some highlights from NYCCT's Storyland Cabaret at the Brooklyn Public Library and NY Botanical Garden!

Meet the Cast of NYCCT’s Storyland Cabaret

Meet the Cast of NYCCT’s Storyland Cabaret

What's Kevin's favorite children's book? Where is Michelle from? What's Hannah's favorite musical? And what's Quinn's advice for young actors? Get to know the cast of NYCCT's Storyland Cabaret!

Storyland Cabaret at Socrates Sculpture Park

Storyland Cabaret at Socrates Sculpture Park

See some highlights from our first performance of NYCCT's Storyland Cabaret!

Creative Conversations: The Traveler

Creative Conversations: The Traveler

Created by legendary mime Bill Bowers and Director Andrew Frank, The Traveler tells the story of one man who must say goodbye to the life he knows and pursue a brand new one. Bill and Andrew discuss the themes, vision and inspiration behind the show and its artistic role in 2021 America.

Creative Conversations: Same, Same, But Different

Creative Conversations: Same, Same, But Different

Director Sammy Lopez, playwrights Maximillian Gill and Barbara Zinn Krieger, dramaturg Deepmala Tiwari and author of the book Same, Same but Different Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw discuss the themes, vision and inspiration behind NYCCT’s newest show.

Behind the Scenes of Forest of Feelings

Behind the Scenes of Forest of Feelings

What does it take to put on a show live on Zoom? Join Dan and Rachel to get a look at how we're making Forest of Feelings happen!

Meet Hit the Lights! Theatre Co.

Meet Hit the Lights! Theatre Co.

Meet the team behind Taste the Clouds and our Storytime with Buddy series and make a shadow puppet of your own!

Where I Fit In • NYCCT Sing-Along

Where I Fit In • NYCCT Sing-Along

Palmer has just let Dorothy in on his big secret – he’s become friends with a pigeon named Nipper! And now that the three of them have found each other, a friendship begins to form…

Little Miss Fix-It • NYCCT Sing-Along

Little Miss Fix-It • NYCCT Sing-Along

One of our favorite things to do when we’re home? Dance and sing! NYCCT is going to be providing video and lyrics of some of our favorite songs from our musicals so you and your little ones can sing and dance at home!

Watch Prince Astral’s Space Parade!

Watch Prince Astral’s Space Parade!

Have you ever been to a space parade? Interstellar Cinderella has - and today she's inviting you to come with her!

Can You Find the Little Red Fish?

Can You Find the Little Red Fish?

The Little Red Fish is at it again! He's getting lost in some books - can you find him?

Five Years of A Band of Angels!

Five Years of A Band of Angels!

Five years ago today, NYCCT's production of A Band of Angels closed off-Broadway. In honor of this anniversary, enjoy the cast performing This Little Light of Mine!

Warren’s Blacking • NYCCT Sing-Along

Warren’s Blacking • NYCCT Sing-Along

One of our favorite things to do when we're home? Dance and sing! NYCCT is going to be providing video and lyrics of some of our favorite songs from our musicals so you and your little ones can sing and dance at home!

Interstellar Cinderella • NYCCT Sing-Along

Interstellar Cinderella • NYCCT Sing-Along

One of our favorite things to do when we're home? Dance and sing! NYCCT is going to be providing video and lyrics of some of our favorite songs from our musicals so you and your little ones can sing and dance at home!

Heave Ho • NYCCT Sing-Along

Heave Ho • NYCCT Sing-Along

One of our favorite things to do when we’re home? Dance and sing! NYCCT is going to be providing video and lyrics of some of our favorite songs from our musicals so you and your little ones can sing and dance at home!

No, No, NO! • NYCCT Sing-Along

No, No, NO! • NYCCT Sing-Along

One of our favorite things to do when we’re home? Dance and sing! NYCCT is going to be providing video and lyrics of some of our favorite songs from our musicals so you and your little ones can sing and dance at home!

Go Behind the Scenes of Taste the Clouds!

Go Behind the Scenes of Taste the Clouds!

Hit the Lights! Theater Co. has been taking us behind the scenes of NYCCT's upcoming production, Taste the Clouds! Get a sneak peek at our new show...

We Asked the Cast

We Asked the Cast

We asked the cast of This is Sadie: Where would you fly if you had wings, just like Sadie?

We Asked the Cast

We Asked the Cast

We asked the cast of This is Sadie: What advice do you have for kids who feel left out?

We Asked the Cast

We Asked the Cast

We asked some of the cast of This is Sadie to tell us about their childhood best friends!

We Asked the Cast

We Asked the Cast

We asked the cast of The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories: Which of the stories in the show is your favorite and why?

We Asked the Cast

We Asked the Cast

We asked the cast of The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories: What’s the kindest thing someone has done for you?

We Asked the Cast

We Asked the Cast

The Emperor of the South says “Nothing can be learned from books” We asked the cast of The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories: what are some things you’ve learned from books?

We Asked the Cast

We Asked the Cast

We asked the cast of The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories: What’s your advice for kids on how to overcome an embarrassing situation?

Pillowland Wishes

Pillowland Wishes

We asked the cast of Pillowland: If the King and Queen of Pillowland granted you one wish, what would you wish for? See what they said and share your wishes with us too!

The Cast of The Little Red Fish Answer Your Questions!

The Cast of The Little Red Fish Answer Your Questions!

The cast of The Little Red Fish answers some of our audience's burning questions about the magic of the show!

Behind the Scenes of Interstellar Cinderella

Behind the Scenes of Interstellar Cinderella

What happens behind the scenes of a NYCCT show? Follow along with the Interstellar Cinderella cast to find out!

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