Columbus Children's Theatre to Stage CRASH This Spring

Columbus Children's Theatre to Stage CRASH This Spring

Columbus Children's Theatre will present the regional premiere of CRASH April 6 -23 at Park Street Theatre located at 512 Park Street. Directed by William Goldsmith and written by Y York; Based on the novel by Newberry Award-winning author Jerry Spinelli.

CRASH is Y York's play based on Jerry Spinelli's book of the same title. The story focuses on Crash who seems to have it all - good grades, natural athleticism, and popular friends. He is also selfish, self-centered, unstoppable, a boy running so fast he can't see the chances for love and connection that are all around him. His new friend, Mike, cherishes all of Crash's bold and bully characteristics, while his Old Acquaintance, Penn Webb, sees a deeper secret hidden within Crash. Life presents Crash with a chance to win big, but to do so, he's going to have to come in second.

For our production of CRASH, we recommend students from grades 4th - 8th, which is where the book is commonly read in schools. Though it is popular for these age ranges in the classroom, the story is one that will stick with them for a lifetime. This play is in two acts and 105 minutes long.

CRASH takes you on a journey that is understood and experienced by many students. The ever-so-common battles with peer pressure, bullying, and competition are put to the test with themes of love, acceptance, and joy. Theatre is a wonderful way of communicating to an audience compared to the typical ways of lecture, reading, and discussion. CRASH tells a story of bullying and how to steer one's life into the right direction through their own choices.

CRASH is brought to you by North Steppe Realty. CCT thanks season sponsors Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, American Electric Power, The Shubert Foundation and Nationwide.

CCT has expanded our programming to give more options! If you are looking to give your students an out-of-the-classroom experience in a professional theatre, then daytime field trip shows are just what you need. Enjoy tickets at just $10 each on April 21during CRASH. Call the CCT Ticket Office at 614.224.6672 and mention Daytime Shows to make reservations.

Adult tickets are $20-$25 and Child/Student/Senior (ages 55 & over) tickets are $15-$20. On Thrifty Thursdays, tickets are $12 for all seats, all ages. Reservations are recommended. Group rates are available. Please contact the Ticket Office for more at 614.224.6672 or

(Cast listed by zip code. Youth actors indicated with *)

Cast Member Role City Zip
Tyton Ballew* Penn Webb Dublin 43016
Carleigh Benson* Jane Forbes Dublin 43017
Rayli Boyd* Abby Coogan Columbus 43222
Steven McGann Dan Coogan Columbus 43204
Lisa McGann Marion Coogan Columbus 43204
Tanner Sells* Crash Coogan Grove City 43123
Scott Willis Scooter Columbus 43202
James Zalimas* Mike Deluca Gahanna 43230


Name Role
William Goldsmith Director
Catherine Abbott Stage Manager
Sumner Dobrava Directing Intern
Angela Barch Costumer
Carla Chaffin Scenic Designer
Darin Keesing Lighting Designer

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