CBACT Festival!

From 2008 to 2012, the Consortium of Boston Area Children's Theatres brought its members together for a fun and entertaining day of workshops and shows suitable for family fun. The summer of 2013 will be a time for CBACT theatres to rest and re-group as we plan for a different kind of programming for 2013-14!

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The mission of CBACT's Children's Theatre Festival is to provide the Boston area community with an annual opportunity to experience and celebrate the entertaining, artistic, educational, and multi-transformational effects of live children’s theatre. This non-competitive festival brings together multiple Boston-area children’s theatres to perform an artistic variety of diverse performances suitable for audiences of all ages.

Festival Information

The 2012 CBACT Festival was hosted by JCC Kaleidoscope Camp and Showstoppers at the JCC in Newton, MA.

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Photographs from the 2012 CBACT Festival

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FAQ's for particpating theaters and audience members.

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CBACT Festival Child Supervision/Personal Item Policy:

The CBACT Children’s Theatre Festival is not intended to be used as a day-care service for unattended children. It is the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s), not that of festival staff, to supervise their children and promote safe and appropriate behavior.

CBACT and all participating organizations are not accountable for any personal items that are lost or stolen during the festival.

CBACT Festival Pictures

CBACT Festival Press

2011 CBACT Festival in the South Shore's Patriot Ledger!

2011 CBACT Festival video report, Patriot Ledger

Review of 2009 Festival by the National Youth Theatre

Boston Globe coverage of the 2008 Festival

TheaterMania coverage


Some comments about the CBACT Festival from parents and kids:

  • I really liked the variety, the energy, my daughter's enthusiasm at seeing everything...

  • It was fun for me to perform with my friends and participate in the workshops.

  • ...getting to know tons of new theatre people.

  • ...learning about all the local theater groups for kids.

  • I loved the shows, the scavenger hunt, the well-organized schedule for the day.

  • It was great to see the talent of the other theatre groups.

  • I like the atmosphere and spirit of the festival.

  • I wanted to thank you for getting us involved in today's program. My son and I ended up staying the entire day and every minute was absolutely worth it! I really enjoyed the improv group and my son liked the improv workshop. It seemed to me that every group was more talented than the previous and it was a clean, well-run, fun day. We can't wait to bring our other son and my husband next year!