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Photo Coverage: CCT Kicks Off 50 Years with CYJO and THE LITTLE MERMAID JR in a Night Under the Stars at Columbus Commons

The Columbus Children's Theatre kicked off a celebration of their 50th Birthday with the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra on August 2 at the Columbus Commons. A beautiful night, Mark Donavan led the CYJO in a Duke Ellington roundup of smooth jazz. The young, talented troupe played like seasoned professionals as they showcased their mature skills. Making an appearance from the swamp land was Shrek and Fiona as they danced with the crowd to "I'm a Believer", promoting the show at the Lincoln Theatre, which will run September 19-29.

The Summer Youth Performance Conservatory cast of Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. then took the stage to showcase a few numbers from their upcoming production as Director, Ryan Scarlata, encouraged the audience to donate to their fundraising campaign. $7,500 is needed for the talented cast to travel to Atlanta to perform in the prestigious Junior Theatre Festival in January. A successful night of entertainment and fundraising, CCT managed to snag about $500 from the crowd that evening.

Check out all the photos from the event below!

CCT's The Little Mermaid Jr. runs August 7-18, 2013 at the Park Street Theatre. The first weekend is completely sold out, so get your tickets now!

For more information on Columbus Children's Theatre or to make a donation, please visit: The direct link to donate is here.

Photo Credit: Christina Mancuso

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The Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra

Fiona and Shrek


Director, Ryan Scarlata with the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra


Tina Hohman

Lucy Porter with Kyle Swearingen and Sophia Friend

Tina Hohman, Carolyn LaLonde and Cast


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Christina Mancuso Christina Mancuso, a mother of 3, has traveled to well over 70 cities on various Broadway National Tours. She is now residing in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio after spending a year in NYC to support her daughter's Broadway debut. Besides writing, traveling, and mothering, she is a 12-time marathon runner (including the 2015 Boston Marathon), freelance artist, classical violinist, and a previous Paralegal with over 20 years of writing and research experience. Mancuso is listed in 'Who's Who Worldwide' and has been recognized for "Outstanding Leadership in Media" by the International Women's Leadership Association. A former Theatre Critic for both Columbus and NYC, Christina is currently the Regional Managing Editor of and Editor-in-Chief of

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