The Caryl Crane Children's Theatre began in 1986 as a dream of Miss Caryl Crane. The first production was "The Motely Tales" at the Coach House Theatre. During the next few years, the program staged productions and workshops at various locations, until 1991, when the program was brought on-campus to BGSU Firelands for its permanent home.
Dr. Ronald Ruble, a BGSU Firelands faculty member, was designated as its artistic director. It has remained a part of the campus scene since, and has maintained a strong emphasis on the educational aspects of theater as entertainment and an artistic discipline. BGSU Firelands is the only regional branch campus in Ohio with an in-house children's theater program.
Productions and workshops are vital parts of the CCCT program. A fall production, usually a non-musical, and a spring production, usually a musical play, are scheduled, with opportunities for new as well as experienced actors. Auditions are open to children ages 10 and older, college students and adults.
Workshops are hosted in the spring and fall semesters.
Past topics have included tips for auditioning, developing characters, and many more. Separate workshops are hosted for pre-teens and for teens and are directed by experienced artists in the field.
The mission of the Caryl Crane Children's Theatre is to enrich the community and encourage an appreciation for the arts by developing theatrical skills for its participants.
Through live performances, rehearsals, workshops, and other programs, CCCT uses the magic of the stage to broaden dreams and build character among youth and adults. The focus in the arts is centered on music, dance and human experiences that are reflected in literature for, about, or involving youth.