CCT exists for the youth of eastern Multnomah County. Period. It doesn't get any more basic
CCT is staffed 100% by volunteers who give their time for the benefit of the kids. We strive to
provide a safe place for the youth of East County to stretch their wings in all areas of the theatre
arts, regardless of who they are or where they come from.
At CCT we believe every student not only has value, but great value. As a result we work to
nurture every young person with a goal of helping each one recognize their potential.
This also includes working with the youth to help them develop the tools they need to overcome
the challenges of life – and the rigors of the theatre are a great place to learn such an important
It is our desire that any young person can find a place at CCT, regardless of their ambitions in
the theatre, where they can grow as an individual and become better equipped for the demands
You see, the theatre is a fun way to learn skills that will serve the individual for life. Things like:
Teamwork - A theatrical production only comes together only when a group of people of
varying skills learn to appreciate what the other brings to the table and begins to
How to meet a deadline – The curtain rises on time. There are no excuses. In order to
make certain this happens youth must learn to prioritize.
Problem Solving - Things go wrong during performances, and it is up to the performers
and crew to come up with a way to fix it in such a way that the audience is never aware
To Think Creatively – See above – there is no set way to fix things in the theatre.
To Think Analytically – In order to turn a script in a show the participants must
understand what the author intended with each element of the show.
The Value of Hard Work – Memorization, sometimes many pages. Long nights of
practice are obvious, but this also includes all the technical trades that come together to
create a theatre from construction to graphic arts to lighting.
Increased Literacy – In the theatre, youth are challenged to read more than in just about
any other discipline and the exposure ranges from things like Dr. Seuss to more serious
works such as Flowers for Algernon to classic literature such as Oliver Twist, The
Scarlet Pimpernel, and Little Women.
Public Speaking – The practice in public speaking that comes natural as a result of
taking a role on stage is invaluable.
Confidence – The theatre stretches and challenges every participant and as youth make
new discoveries about themselves confidence becomes the byproduct.
The list goes on, but you get the idea. At CCT we are dedicated to seeing each individual
bloom into a productive member of society. Some will go on in the theatre, but some will not.
Our alumni now range from theatre professionals to doctors – and we couldn't be more proud of
all their accomplishments!
One thing that makes childhood unique is the opportunity to explore and discover interests, talents, and gifts. However this poses a challenge to most parents. After all, no one has an unlimited skill set and there is no guarantee that our children will only be interested in the skills we do possess. Fortunately, we can add extended family and sometimes the opportunities for our children to find their area of passion expands.
As a part of our commitment to nurturing the youth of the Portland area, CCT is committed to helping parents by providing more opportunities for youth to get a taste of some of the practical skills of life. You see, the theatre is a multidisciplinary field. We can't mount a show without hair and makeup, builders and artisans, as well as lighting and sound, to name just a few of the more common disciplines, and we welcome youth who are interested in age appropriate learning in most disciplines.
Opportunities for Learning in Live Theater:
Typically when people think of the theatre they think of acting, singing, and dancing. Those are certainly core skills that are used in the theatre and they provide benefit that goes far beyond the stage, but they do not define the opportunities within CCT. The reality is that there are many areas within the theatre that enable youth to stretch themselves and explore their role in a related field. Moreover, while we can't promise any specific opportunities at any given time (the needs of each show are different and our volunteers vary), we are committed to providing whatever opportunities we can.
Check Out This Partial List:
Fashion: Each show provides an opportunity for youth to learn about fashion history or theory (or both). As a Junior costumer a young person can learn the skills that range from theory to basic seamstress skills such as alterations.
Psychology: Want to learn basic psychology? Learn to act. Acting is not merely pretending; it involves understanding why the events of life affect people the way it does. At CCT no one will say, "This is a classic ____complex…" but discussions about why people do what they do are common.
Fitness and Coordination: Get involved in Dance. The person who does will become more coordinated and will develop physical strengths that will serve them a lifetime.
Video: Interested in videography? Occasionally there are opportunities to get an overview of the field, from planning to being a camera operator, and potentially even editing.
Interior design: Every set needs to be dressed and often times that means an indoor setting. This area involves learning the history of design as well as aesthetics.
Construction: Every show needs a set. Some are simple, others are complex, but at least basic construction techniques are used in every production.
Electrical: Likewise, every show needs lights and sound so the opportunity to become familiar with lighting and sound equipment is common.
Photography: Learn how to use a camera, composition, and so much more!
Graphic Arts: Posters, Flyers, and more, oh my!
Cosmetology: Hair and makeup at CCT is a great place for budding cosmetologists to get their start!
The truth is, businesses that are looking for skilled craftsmen often search the local theatre community for individuals with the specific skill set they need so it make sense for parents to take advantage of what CCT has to offer in their search for each child's field of interest.
Contact us today to find the opportunity that is right for your family!
At CCT we are committed to promoting and preserving the positives in our community; things like learning to work hard and together to create something that enriches everyone it touches. That's exactly the opportunity that we have and we do that in at least three ways that reach beyond the obvious benefit of any afterschool program.
First, by the production of plays and musicals CCT promotes literacy in a way that is fun. Participants have to read, not just the words but the intent and theme of a piece in order to create a show that is fun and meaningful for all.
The beautiful part of the role CCT plays in the promotion and preservation of literacy in our community is that participants are having so much fun they look forward to their next opportunity and reading becomes a natural part of their lives.
More, our actors are challenged to figure out the meaning behind every word choice their characters utter. This means that they need to understand what the author meant when they created the character and how that character fits into the overall structure of the story. So the promotion and preservation of literacy is not simply limited to being certain the youth of our community can read words, but ideas and literature!
Second, CCT is committed to the understanding and preservation of culture. You see, we are fully committed to producing plays and musicals the way the author intended. As a result we catch a glimpse into another culture for the length of that production. Perhaps the culture is closely related to ours, only separated by a generation, but sometimes the culture presented comes from another continent and another time completely.
Preserving culture doesn't mean we necessarily agree with the viewpoints or behavior presented, it simply means that we do our best to accurately represent it so today's youth can see and understand a differing point of view.
Finally, at CCT we are committed to promoting and preserving quality family entertainment for the enrichment of the community of eastern Multnomah County because we believe it is healthy for families to be able to enjoy life together without having to worry about the well-being of our children.
How do we achieve a balance between preserving the cultures represented in the plays and promoting quality family entertainment? Carefully. We choose all our scripts very carefully. It's not easy, but both goals are valuable so at CCT we make both a priority.
If you have time and skills (or a desire to learn) we can use you, adult or student! Volunteer to help with a production. Each actor’s family is required to volunteer 10 hours during the production time and 2 hours for the post production strike.
Production Volunteer Jobs:
Costume Crew – shopping for costumes, sewing, gluing, laundering.
Set Crew – design, build, paint, strike.
House Crew – usher, box office, concessions.
Tech Crew – sound and light
Music Crew – band and vocal coaches
General Volunteer Jobs:
Cleaning Crew – would your family consider adopting CCT for a month to help?