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2018-19 Youth Theater Season


Our 2018 – 2019  season brings back a bunch of familiar favorites: a new version of a classic and beloved children’s story (Cinder-Ella), a visit to the criminal side of Nursery Rhymes (Law & Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit), a contemporary musical exploring the teen experience (13) and our Youth Theater’s return visit with the amazing characters and creations of Dr. Seuss (Seussical).

You can call for group rates and to schedule your spot at one of our special student matinees. Individual tickets go on sale August 1, 2018 ~ excluding Law & Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit (call 216.521.2540 x10 for details).

Tickets: $12 Adult/Senior and $10 Children/Student (18 & Under). Reserve tickets at, call 216.521.2540 x10 or simply stop by Beck Center in person

Cinder-ella squareCinder-Ella 
October 25-28, 2018 | Mackey Theater

Written and Directed by Russel Stich
Poor Ella longs to be like the other girls of the village, spending carefree days laughing and playing with friends, but instead she's forced to spend her time tending to the needs of her seven vain stepsisters. Excitement sweeps across the countryside when The King announces that his son will be seeking a bride. With the help of her friends, a group of feisty mice, and a mysterious fairy godFATHER, Ella sets out to meet the Prince and change her future.   Join us for this original re-imagining of the classic children's tale from the author and director of last season's hit Snow White's Adventures!

Student Matinee: Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 28, at 3:00 p.m.

Law and Order squareLaw & Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit
December 14 - 23, 2018 | Studio Theater

Written by Jonathan Rand
Directed by Rachel Spence

In the fairy tale criminal justice system, citizens are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime, and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. But some days, these heroes must face a far darker challenge: nursery rhymes. These are their stories.

Student Matinee: Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Fridays, December 14 & 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, December 15 & 22, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, December 16 & 23, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

*Students must be enrolled in the same semester that the show performs in to be eligible to participate in the production.  You do not have to be enrolled at the time of auditions.


13 square13 
April 5-14, 2019 | Teen Theater Production | Mackey Theater

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Dan Elish & Robert Horn
Directed by Jonathan Kronenberger
Music Direction by Larry Goodpaster
Choreography by Caitlin Riley

Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast-paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents divorce. Surrounded by an array of simpleminded middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link of the food chain ... or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?!? With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!

Fridays, April 5 & 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, April 6 & 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 & 14, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Student Matinee: April 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

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May 10-19, 2019 | Mackey Theater

Music & Book by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics & Book by Lynn Ahrens
Directed & Choreographed by Sarah Clare
Music Direction by Jordan Cooper

Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once on This IslandRagtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Fridays, May 10 & 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, May 11 & 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, May 12 & 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Student Matinee: Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

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Auditions are open to students ages 6 – 19.*
Auditions: Saturday, February 9 & Sunday, February 10, 2019
Callbacks: Monday, February 11, 2019

*Students must be enrolled in the same semester that the show performs in to be eligible to participate in the production.  You do not have to be enrolled at the time of auditions.

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Programming at Beck Center for the Arts is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council. Beck Center gratefully acknowledges the generous funding provided by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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