2019 Children’s Musical Theater Festival – Casting Announced

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

Thank you to all that auditioned for our 2019 Children’s Musical Theater Festival. We had the largest number of auditions ever for this exciting program. If you have been cast in this year’s festival, you will receive more information on how to register. If we were not able to offer you a space, please consider joining us for one of our Summer Intensives!

The Children’s Musical Theater Festival is 9-day performance based theater program. The 2019 Festival will take place Saturday July 6- Sunday July 14, 2019! 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 2019 we are thrilled to continue our relationship with Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), Beat By Beat Press and Broadway Licensing, We will be workshopping 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 and many others!

More info can be found on the CMTF WEBSITE 


Auditions for the 2019 festival have concluded. Thank you to everyone who attended a live audition or sent in an audition video!


Full Program Dates: Saturday July 6, 2019 – Sunday July 14, 2019
Program Location: Ripley Grier Studios 305 West 38th Street (Between 8th & 9th Ave) & Baruch Performing Arts Center – 55 Lexington Ave at 25th Street.

Saturday, July 6
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 7 
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. First Rehearsal Day

Monday July 8 – Friday, July 12
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 13, 2019 – 11 a.m. dress rehearsal, 3 p.m. performance
  • July 14, 2019 – 11 a.m. call, 1 p.m. performance


  • July 13, 2019 – 4 p.m. dress rehearsal, 8 p.m. performance
  • July 14, 2019 – 4 p.m. call, 6 p.m. performance

This is a tuition-based program. The fee is $1025/performer and includes not only the opportunity to perform in the New York City premier of a new musical, but also a week filled with special workshops just for Festival participants. 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 2019 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 Baruch College 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 – Click this link for booking!
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

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