Fairy Godmother Program
About the Program
Our other major educational outreach initiative is the Fairy Godmother Program, which brings 1,200+ economically disadvantaged children from Over-the-Rhine and other underserved Greater Cincinnati areas to see our holiday musicals at no charge. These shows are bright and entertaining stories with positive messages, and benefit children who are most in need of the arts as an emotional healing source in their lives.
These shows take classic fairy tales and give them a fresh, modern spin with contemporary cultural references to make the shows' message accessible for the next generation of arts patrons. In addition, students are provided transportation to and from the theatre, given snacks at intermission, and the chance to meet the cast and ask questions after the show. Ensemble Theatre also provides teachers with an in-class assignment that reinforces the play's ethical message. For most students who attend, this is their first experience with live theatre.
The Fairy Godmother Program was founded in 1990 in the memory and celebration of Ginny Hoffman, a member of ETC who played the first Fairy Godmother role in an Ensemble Theatre holiday production.
Ensemble Theatre is able to arrange street space for bus parking. For schools participating in Fairy Godmother school matinees, Ensemble Theatre may be able to underwrite or help offset the cost of buses, but this requires a minimum of four weeks' notice.
Ensemble Theatre recognizes that all schools struggle to find funding to provide arts opportunities to their students and we carefully consider all requests for assistance. Please note, Fairy Godmother performances fill quickly and are distributed based on several criteria, including: financial need, past relationship, and timing of application. Waiting lists are available for sold-out performances or in the event more Fairy Godmother shows are added. Please call our Director of Education & Outreach for availability.
As a non-profit organization, Ensemble Theatre's resources are also quite limited and we can only fulfill those requests from schools and organizations with the most need.Schools that have 90% or more of their overall student body eligible for federal free‐ or reduced‐lunch programs are automatically qualified for free programming. Schools that have less than 90% of their student body eligible for federal free‐ or reduced‐lunches may qualify for subsidized programming on a sliding fee scale.
Fairy Godmother requests are accepted beginning August 1 and may be submitted by completing our Fairy Godmother Application.