Founder Diana Green was an actor in the original Children's Shakespeare Theatre in 1972. It began as a small group of children gathered in the living room of Jean Brock, an actress and teacher. They first assembled simply to read through Macbeth before attending a production starring two of Ms. Brock's friends. Their enthusiasm grew until they had enough children for a full-scale production. The original group was in existence for 5 years and produced 6 plays.
The development of the present troupe began in September of 1999 when actors were gathered from the community by Diana Green and formed into the first new company. They rehearsed for 6 months at the Palisades Presbyterian Church where they then mounted their first production in March of 2000. It was a full-length production of A Midsummer Night's Dream which involved 24 actors between the ages of 3 and 14. They held 3 packed-house performances, generating great enthusiasm in the community.
In the second season, 2000-2001, the company almost doubled as the children in the audience from the previous season clamored to join the troupe. They now had 2 casts with a total of 43 children for a full-length production of As You Like It. Many community volunteers also participated in the areas of drama coaching, production, scenic design, concessions, music and choreography. They held 6 performances for packed houses at both the Church and the South Orangetown Middle School.
Since then, CST has put up more than 50 productions with more than 250 students (and counting). In addition to holding productions at the Palisades Presbyterian Church, the cast now ventures out into the wider community, holding performances at Tallman Park, the Union Arts Center in Sparkill, and other venues. Please visit the Productions section of our site - feel free to look through past productions.