2020 Children’s Musical Theater Festival

We are thrilled to announce information for the 9th Annual Children’s Musical Theater Festival in NYC!

The Children’s Musical Theater Festival is 9-day performance based theater program. The 2020 Festival will take place Saturday July 11- Sunday July 19, 2020! The Festival is by audition only. Students cast in the Festival will have the opportunity to originate roles in new musical works by up-and-coming theater writers or new cut-down versions of established musicals. The CMTF program is open to students ages 8-19.

Students are split into two groups based on age. Each show will have 2 performances in an Off –Broadway state of the art theatre in New York City.

For Summer 2020 we are thrilled to continue our relationship with Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), Beat By Beat Press and Broadway Licensing, We will be work-shopping new titles for their catalogues! Past productions that had their start in the Children’s Musical Theater Festival include the school versions of The Addams  Family, SPAMalot, Curtains, We Will Rock You, Flight of the Lawnchair Man, Vote! The Musical, Like You Like It, Beat Bugs, Cyrano and many others!

More info can be found on the CMTF WEBSITE 




Live Auditions for the 2020 festival will take place in January in NYC and video submissions will open in November.


Full Program Dates: Saturday July 11, 2020 – Sunday July 19, 2020
Program Location: Ripley Grier Studios 305 West 38th Street (Between 8th & 9th Ave) & Theater Location – TBA

Saturday, July 11
10:30 a.m – 1:45 p.m. Placement Audition for Show One (Ages 8-13)
2:00 p.m – 5:45 p.m. Placement Audition for Show Two (Ages 13-19)

Sunday July 12
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. First Rehearsal Day

Monday July 13 – Friday, July 17
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for Show One (8-13 year-olds)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for Show Two (13-19 year-olds)

Performance Schedule

  • July 18, 2020 – 11 a.m. dress rehearsal, 3 p.m. performance
  • July 19, 2020 – 11 a.m. call, 1 p.m. performance (Possible change to 12 Noon performance)


  • July 18, 2020 – 4 p.m. dress rehearsal, 8 p.m. performance
  • July 19, 2020 – 4 p.m. call, 6 p.m. performance (Possible change to 5PM performance)

This is a tuition-based program. The fee is $1,125 /performer and includes not only the opportunity to perform in the New York City premier of a new musical, but also a week full of creating and rehearing new musical material. There are a few need-based scholarships available for families that qualify. Click here to complete a scholarship application. Please complete the online scholarship application prior to your audition or YouTube submission.

For more information of the festival and the audition process visit our CMTF site www.CMTFNYC.com

We are thrilled to share with you our 2020 Hotel Partner – Hilton Garden Inn, located in the heart of the theatre district. A special rate has been created for our CMTF cast and their families. This rate is ONLY available if you are booking on-line. Please note this hotel is located in the Times Square area and near Ripley Grier Studios (Where the first part of this program takes place) and not near the theater venue (TBA) where most rehearsals and all performances take place. Baruch College is a very quick subway or cab ride away to the east side of manhattan.

Hilton Garden Inn Times Square – (Not open for booking till 11/1)
790 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York, 10019, USA +1-212-581-7000
Travel Partner: 42nd Street Tours & Travel


Past CMTF Productions

Children’s Musical Theater Festival Past Pilot Productions

2019 – Cyrano De Burger Shack & Wind in the Willows 2.0
2018 – Wind in the Willows & Beat Bugs
2017 – We Will Rock You & Giants in the Sky 
2016 – The Addams Family & Changing Minds
2015 – SPAMalot & Space Pirates 
2014 – Curtains & The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever 
2013 – Flight of the Lawnchair Man & We are Monsters 
2012 – Vote & The Grunch 
2011 – Like You Like It & Musicville