Through Theatrical Arts Productions, CCTA has been able to develop many partnerships throughout Howard County and the state of Maryland. These partnerships help to produce five professionally staged productions each year that are rich in curricular connections, address issues and themes that are relevant to today's youth, and represent exceptionally high standards of theatrical excellence.

The goal of TAP is to reach every elementary, middle, and high-school student we can by giving them the opportunity to experience the power of live theatre. It is CCTA's belief that this experience will help to create world class citizens which in turn betters the community.

One of TAP's most successful productions is Ben Carson, M.D. It is based on the life of Howard County's own Dr. Ben Carson, the African-American neurosurgeon who has emerged as a role model for our youth. This production has been presented every year to thousands of students. It emphasizes that you can be anything you want to be no matter where you come from and that you should never allow anyone to define who you are.
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Theatrical Arts Productions (TAP) is the producing arm of CCTA. Each year, TAP produces theatrical works that are chosen to instill and reinforce good values. These plays/musicals are all related to school curriculum, and reflect current social issues and concerns.

These aims are further supported by workshops and study guides which allow the exploration and understanding of the themes of various productions.
2014 - 2015 Season
Book by Carole Graham Lehan. Adapted from Gifted Hands
by Ben Carson, M.D. & Cecil Murphey & Think Big
by Ben Carson, M.D. with Cecil Murphey.

An original biography of a contemporary African-American hero. This is the inspirational story of a Johns Hopkins doctor who was raised in inner-city Detroit by a mother with a third grade education. Dr. Carson is world renowned for his skill as a pediatric neurosurgeon as well as his commitment to inspire people to be the very best they can be.
Recommended for Grades 4 and up
Dates: January 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30
February 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20
2014 - 2015 Season:
Goldilocks and the Three Billy Pigs Gruff
Ben Carson, M.D. 
A Pocket Full of Rhymes 
The Diary of Ann Frank
One of the most cherished Holocaust documents brought to the stage. A young girl’s account of her two years in hiding. “A testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit.” Brings to life this young girls struggles with the effects of racism in a war-torn country.
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

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Book by Carole Graham Lehan
Music by Chris Youstra

One of our most popular original musicals featuring Goldilocks in three tales of three. The story seamlessly weaves through "The Three Little Pigs", "The Three Bears", and "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." Each villian is faced with the decision to make a good choice or a bad choice. The upbeat music and colorful costumes makes this a must see. It explores themes of responsibility, bullying, determination, consequences of actions and friendship.
Recommended for Grades 1-4
Dates: October 21, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, 31
November 3, 6, 7, 18, 20, 21
December 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19
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Curricular Connections: Teamwork, Community, Relationships, and the Language of Lessons
Curricular Connection: bullying, focus on education, goal setting, diversity, discovering your gifts, kindness, individuality, overcoming great odds
Adaptation, book and lyrics by Jim Eiler
Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy
This exciting show is an energetic musical revue featuring Mother Goose's "greatest hits." Classic nursery rhymes are set to a catchy contemporary score as Mother Goose teaches her young friends a variety of lessons. Moving through a variety of styles of 20th Century American music, Mother Goose and the kids explore favorites like "The Spider and The Fly", "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." They end with Mother Goose telling the story of a thousand years of human civilization in music and rhyme. Full of songs and fun costumes, this is perfect for our younger audiences! With themes of community, working together, geography and history.
Recommended for Pre-Kindergarten
through 1st grade
Dates: March 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27
Curricular Connections: Making a difference, Heroes, Actions speak louder than words, Investigating Personal Strength, and Determination
Curricular Connections: Making a Difference, Facing Injustices, Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Investigating Personal Strength, and Determination
Recommended for Upper Elementary,
Middle & High School
Dates: April 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 28, 30
May 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22
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