Award Winning TADA! Youth Theater

Concludes Its


With the New York Premiere of a new family musical


Beginning July 9  

NEW YORK , NY – Featured in NY Magazine, NY Times, LA Times and the Wall Street Journal, and the recipient of a 2009 Drama Desk Award and one of 15 youth organizations nationally to win the 2009 Presidential “Coming Up Taller Award,” TADA! Youth Theater (Janine Nina Trevens, Executive & Artistic Director), concludes its 25th anniversary celebration with the New York premiere of The Magic Pot: Three Tales from China, book, music, and lyrics by Dane Stauffer, co-commissioned with the SteppingStone Theatre in St. Paul, MN.   

The conclusion of three original musical productions for the whole family this season, will open on July 9 and run through August 4.  Premium tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children; regular tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for children and can be purchased at or by calling (212) 252-1619 x5. Group sales are also available for parties of 20 or more starting at $6 each for kids and can be purchased by phone. Performances are Tuesdays – Fridays at 12PM & 2PM and Saturdays at 2PM & 4PM. TADA! Theater is located at 15 West 28th Street .  

The Magic Pot: Three Tales from China is an original musical for kids, performed by kids, about a young girl who finds herself in the middle of ancient tales, and her own extraordinary adventure, that teach her about life, honesty, and true happiness.  It is a first-time co-commission with the SteppingStone Theater in St. Paul , MN after Nina Trevens met SteppingStone Theatre’s Artistic Director Richard Hitcher at a conference in 2008.  Integral to the development of this a new piece of theater, and a main purpose of this collaboration, is the Youth Theater Exchange Project wherein 19 members of TADA!’s The Magic Pot cast travelled to St. Paul , MN to see SteppingStone’s production. Similarly, the young actors from SteppingStone’s production will come to New York during TADA!’s production.  Says Trevens, “This will be such a unique opportunity for TADA! Ensemble Members, as most of them have not been to the mid-west.  They will  meet and experience the lives of kids from a very different part of the country who are actually  very similar  to them due to their shared passion for theater..”  

Cast includes performers from Manhattan, Queens, Brookly, Bronx, New Rochelle and New Jersy  Katie Lerner Lee (14, Brooklyn), Anthony Sanchez (16, Bronx), Darius Davies (17, Brooklyn) Taylor Hogan (17, Queens), Donna Falzone (15, Queens), Jordan Austin-Harmon (15, Hackensack, NJ), Austin Tippograph (14, Manhattan), Romello Rodriguez (12, Bronx), Amiri Taylor (14, Brooklyn), Allison Korby (14, Manhattan), Victoria Cotton (12, Queens), Danikha Katada (13, Manhattan), Chinue Ellis (12, Brooklyn), Logan Riley Bruner (12, Manhattan), Martine Bowman (11, New Rochelle), Reynoldo Nunez (12, Bronx), Chloe Pae (10, Manhattan), Jacob Ross (12, Brooklyn), Kristin Callahan (12, Manhattan), Ceanna Bryant (11, Manhattan) , Miguel Maldonado (11, Jersey City), Tatiana Rosario (13, Bronx), LeAnn Martin (10, Irvington, New Jersey), Josiah Fluker McInnis (10, Brooklyn)., Brielle Raddi (13, Cedar Grove, NJ), Sofie Fusco (9, Manhattan).  


TADA!’s original productions employ professional directors, choreographers and designers who work with a multi-ethnic cast of NYC children (ages 8-18) who are members of the TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble, TADA!’s FREE Pre-Professional Training and Youth Development Program, that empowers children and teens from New York City and neighboring suburbs through theater training and performance opportunities, as well as youth development activities. Children are invited to join the Ensemble through an audition process that determines talent, skill and interest, but no previous experience is necessary.  TADA!’s productions lauded by critics around the country including New York Magazine who said, Since these young actors are a millisecond away from going pro, this is a good time to take a gander at stars on their way up.”  


For 25 years, the Drama Desk Award-winning TADA! Youth Theater has produced original musicals performed by kids aged 8-18 for family audiences. TADA! makes theater accessible through affordable classes, school residencies, and a free youth development program for the most talented kids in the area. TADA! believes in giving every child the chance to explore and perform musical theater together in an artistic, educational, supportive and professional environment.


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