Creative Arts Theatre Company

Creative Arts Theatre

Touring Productions

Creative Arts Theatre is the City of Tampa's resident, professional theatre company for young audiences. A staff of 5 professional artists create and perform innovative theatre experiences, inspired by classic and contemporary children’s literature. Their mission is to encourage literacy throughout Hillsborough County through the magic of live performance.

They present over 200 performances annually at community centers, libraries, and schools, reaching an audience of approximately 15,000 people. Over the past 50 years, they have performed for more than one million children and their families. Creative Arts Theatre Company is a proud member of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA.

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The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus
By Eric Coble

The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus

School is out for the summer, the weather is hot and the boredom is heavy. But 8-year-old Sheila and her pack of pals aren’t going to let the summer heat wear them down. When their fantastical junkyard fort draws the attention of a walking, talking, surprisingly well-dressed coyote, Sheila and her friends jump at the chance to embark on the adventure of a lifetime! A unique twist on traditional storytelling, where a bit of moonlight brings a menagerie of found objects to life, this, funny and magical play shows the power of memory and imagination.

The show will be followed by a live question and answer session with some of the cast and crew. Best suited for children 5 and up.

To experience the show with your family, please register for a FREE virtual showing through the Hillsborough County Library Cooperative for one of the dates listed below.

  • Saturday, June 19, 9:30am
  • Monday, June 21, 6:30pm
  • Thursday, June 24, 11am
  • Friday, June 25, 9:30am
  • Saturday, June 26, 9:30am
  • Tuesday, June 29, 4:30pm

Youth Workshops

We will also be offering two specialty workshops for youth that correlate directly with our production of The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus. To experience either of these FREE, virtual workshops, please register through the Hillsborough County Library Cooperative on one of the respective dates listed below.

The Magic of Storytelling

Discover playful and creative ways to tell a story! Storytelling is an art form that dates long before movies and even books.  In this workshop, students will use their bodies, voices, and imagination to portray different characters.  They will use these new skills to bring a familiar story to life and capture an audience’s imagination! Recommended for ages 5-9.

  • Saturday, June 19, 11am
  • Wednesday, June 30, 11am

Found Object Puppetry

Anything can be a puppet!  Using drama and theater skills, students will create their own original puppets made from things found around the house. Learning basic puppetry techniques, students will leave with the tools to unlock the extraordinary stories hidden within common objects. Parents/guardians will need to assemble a small list of common household objects prior to this workshop.  Recommended for ages 5-9.

  • Tuesday, June 22, 6:30pm
  • Saturday, June 26, 11am

#HappyAtHomeTPA with TPR

There are so many ways to get the kids (and the family) entertained, engaged, and safe with our #HappyAtHomeTPA with TPR virtual rec page. There you can find past theatre performances, dancing, play, and storytime videos and many other resources.

You can also visit the City's YouTube channel for our full playlist!

Creative Arts Theatre Programming During COVID-19
Creative Arts Theatre
The Making of a Creative Arts Theatre Production
Kids dressed up in masks and capes
Summer Camps

Creative Arts Theatre Company offers camps during the summer for youth 6-13 years of age. Topics include acting, improvisation, musical theatre, character creation, and comedy.

There will be no Theatre Camps for the 2021 Summer Camp season. We look forward to returning in 2022.