Who We Are

"A definite asset to our community!! CTP/YTP brings a variety of local talented individuals who share their passions for theater."  Lisa (parent)

Primary Mission

Our mission is “To enhance young people’s minds through education, application and exploration of the Performing Arts.” It further strives to provide each child with a feeling of self-identity and purpose.

Org. Information

Children’s Theater Project (CTP) was created in 2002 in Rockford, Illinois by a group of devoted artists who recognized the need to promote youth exposure to, and involvement in the Performing Arts. The focus has been on children ages 5 to 18. Our non-profit organization, 501(c)(3), has a Board of Directors. Paid staff includes an Executive Director, Artistic Directors, Choreographers, Music Directors, and an Administrative Assistant. We enjoy the benefit of hundreds of hours of volunteer work. We receive funding per project from local companies, Rockford Arts grants and independent contributors.

Project Description

Children’s Theater Project creates a “play with music” based on works of Broadway musicals adapted for children, TV musicals and shows from vendors such as Musical Theater International. These projects allow children ages 5 to 12 to learn and experience the art of improvisation, pantomime, dramatic arts, script writing, singing, and dancing. Our project allows a “Youth Theater Project” for teens from 13 to 18 years of age. Youth Theater Project (YTP) can further expand their theater knowledge by learning lighting, sound, set design, construction, costumes, make-up, technical assistance, stage management, choreography and box office, while honing their acting skills. It is the goal of this project to educate the participants in all aspects of a musical production.

CTP Productions serve K thru 6th graders and YTP Productions serve 7th thru 12th graders. Performances are staged in downtown Rockford where we reach a diverse audience. All children who are interested in performing are given an opportunity to be a part of our project as we reach out to all areas of the greater Rockford area.

As of 2014, over 25,000 people have attended CTP / YTP shows. Our plays strive for “life lessons” that are learned through literature. Evaluation criteria are audience reaction and verbal feedback. This embodies the nature of our project.

Project History

Children’s Theater Project began with one show in 2002 and since that first performance CTP has staged in excess of 65 musicals and plays to date thru 2019. 

Community Impact

Children’s Theater Project maintains a year-round presence in the local community.
Our children have performed at numerous local events including:


  • Charlotte’s Web

  • Discovery Center

  • Rockford Ice Hogs

  • Rockford First Night

  • Rockford Aviators

  • OSF Kids Safety Fair

  • On The Waterfront

  • Kiwanis Brat Days

  • Midsummer Fest

  • Jeremiah Project “Party In The Park”

  • NCNW’s Bethune Fest

  • Discovery Center “Charles Schultz” Exhibit


Our goal is to continue to provide this vital service for the betterment of our children and our community.