Oregon Children's Theatre

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"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss

For more than three decades we’ve had the privilege of being a trusted gathering point for children and families sharing the wonder of storytelling together. We now need your help to continue serving our community.

Earlier this week, as the scope of the COVID-19 emergency became clear, we made the heartbreaking decision to cancel the remainder of our 2019-20 season. The health and safety of our cherished audience demanded nothing less. And while the decision itself was clear, its implications for OCT are dire. The future of the company—and the livelihoods of a whole community of artists, technicians, teachers, and support staff—are on the line during this uncertain period. We must raise $200,000 in gifts by the end of May if we are to reopen our doors this summer.

During this frightening time—as we fight to protect what we’ve built over three decades—we need your support now more than ever and are asking you to give whatever you can. If you believe, as we do, that the power of storytelling can provide precious light in times of fear and darkness, we need your help. If your family has been enriched by the stories OCT brings to the stage, please help ensure they will be there for future audiences.

Please make a tax-deductible donation today to help guarantee we can come together, with light and laughter, tomorrow.

MARCH 18, 2020

As a mission-driven organization whose core value has and always will be to put children and families first, we have come to the heartbreaking decision to cancel the remainder of our 2019-2020 performance season, as well as our 2020 Spring Acting Academy classes. The threat posed by the spread of COVID-19, Oregon’s extended ban on public gatherings, and CDC guidelines have led us to this difficult decision. If we want to ensure your well-being, as well as that of our staff, our artists, and our community, we have no choice.  

This means that The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Last Stop on Market Street and the Young Professionals at OCT’s The K of D will not be opening as planned, and all public performances and schools field trip shows will be cancelled. 

If you have purchased tickets to any of these productions, you may exchange your tickets for a credit that can be redeemed anytime in our next season by filling out this online form. On the form, you will see that another option is to donate the cost of your ticket in lieu of exchanging for credit. We are humbled by the support we have seen from our community over the past week and extend our deepest gratitude to the many people who have already chosen to donate their ticket cost in support of OCT in this uncertain time. Should you have additional needs or requests, please contact our box office directly at (503) 228-9571, Monday through Friday, 9:00am—5:00pm, or email us at tickets@octc.org.

Read the full statement from Oregon Children's Theatre

Oregon Children's Theatre presents professional stage adaptations of classic and contemporary children's literature. Well-loved stories, fantastic characters, full-scale sets, elaborate costumes and brilliant lighting come together to bring the magic of theater to tens of thousands of children each season.

For 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.

Oregon Children's Theatre (OCT) was originally 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 in 1990, Pearlman formed Oregon Children's Theatre, which became a resident company of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts in 1991. Oregon Children's Theatre celebrated its one-millionth patron during the 1999-2000 season. 

All of our mainstage shows run about 60-75 minutes and are presented without intermission.

Event details pages are listed below. Click on the show title for more information.