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Glad you got to see the show!

There’s nothing like the experience of theatre. Laughing at the jokes, seeing how actors take on different characters, and being transported by the action that’s taking place just a few feet away.

The Ugly Duckling

Did you enjoy the performance? Just click the button for the survey that matches you. Fully complete the survey and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card!

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Performances of The Ugly Duckling were made possible through support from many sources. In particular, CTC wishes to thank the following:

The Shubert Foundation, WUOL and Louisville Public Media, Fund for the Arts, Kentucky Arts Council, Bales Foundation, Duke Energy, Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, Louisville Metro, WHAS Crusade for Children, and the Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast.

Welcoming new students ages 5-6, starting October 29!

CTC has a new class for ages 5-6. In IMAGINATION: PLAY Our youngest students ages 5 & 6 will use creative expression and role-play to act out familiar stories together with our skilled Teaching Artists as guides. Using process drama, children learn about acting in a non-competitive and nurturing environment, focusing on the experience of play.

Choice of Sessions:

  • Mondays 4:30-6:30 from October 29 through December 10.
  • Saturdays 9:30-11:30 from November 3 through December 8.

Price for this special one-time offering is $200 for the session.

Enroll Now!

Please contact the office for enrollment info or you can use our current enrollment form with the button above. Please note that this special shorter-term offering is new, so you should indicate when enrolling that you’d like to try this late-fall session before the next full-term begins in January.

There’s more theatre to see.
And more theatre to create!

Commonwealth Theatre Center offers classes for beginners to experienced young actors—and adults too! There’s also a full season of plays, from plays for very young audiences featuring our professional touring company of actors all the way up to the Young American Shakespeare Festival held every May and performed by skilled young actors taking part in CTC’s Walden Theatre Conservatory.


See your next play with CTC

September 20 – 29 — Blue Stockings
by Jessica Swale, directed by Heather Burns
In this moving, comical story of Victorian women fighting for the future of education, Tess and her fellow first-years are determined to win the right to graduate from Girton College, Cambridge. But distractions of love, the class divide, and the strength of the opposition stand in the way of change.

October 11-20 — The Laramie Project
by Moisés Kaufman & members of Tectonic Theater Project, directed by Mitchell Martin
CTC commemorates the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death by honoring the ongoing campaign for LGBTQ rights. “Hate is not a Laramie value,” but after a gay man is brutally beaten, a small town copes with an act of violence while the nation watches. Based on interviews, the play shows how people can directly or indirectly motivate hatred and intolerance, and how a community grows toward acceptance and hope.

November 8-17 — The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee
music/lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, directed by Mera Kathryn Corlett, music direction by John Austin Clark
An odd assortment of spelling champions learns that winning – and losing – isn’t everything. The tweens spell their way through a series of words while candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their lives. This 2005 Tony winner for Best Musical Book is a riotous ride, complete with audience participation!

January 17 – 26 — Almost, Maine
by John Cariani, directed by Charlie Sexton
Falling in love is tough. Falling out of love is tough. In the mythical town of Almost, Maine, residents find themselves falling in or out of love in unusual, hilarious, and magical ways. This play of vignettes captures the moments when life takes us by surprise, and looks at love from different angles.

Take the stage yourself!

Whether you’re a beginner or have a ton of roles behind you, the Conservatory is a way to get world-class pre-professional theatre training right here in Louisville! Classes are available throughout the school year and camps run throughout summer.

Info and Enrollment Info

  • ages 5-18 + adults, beginners to pre-professional
  • all levels of experience
  • No audition is required

Graduates are sought-after by the top undergrad and graduate theatre programs in the nation (and abroad), and alumni go on work at Broadway, Hollywood, and everything between in a wide range of disciplines. Actors, opera sopranos, arts administrators, theatre lighting/costume/set designers, filmmakers, stage managers, lawyers, doctors, and business leaders all develop their skills here.

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