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Mission and History

Who We Are

Mission

Enriching the lives of youth by providing quality musical theatre performance and educational opportunities.

Vision

To be recognized as a premier teaching and performing arts organization for youth, their families, and our community.

CMT's History

The summer of 2000 saw the birth of a new non-profit, fine arts program in Bartlesville, Oklahoma with the premiere of Children’s Musical Theatre of Bartlesville's Main Stage Summer Musical.  It was truly a “Cinderella” story as a small group of people with a desire to see a children’s theatre program in our hometown, banded together to do what many thought impossible.  From the beginning, those who have attended annual CMT Main-Stage programs have always been impressed with the quality of work children are capable of when given professional instruction and theatrical support.

With the support of large groups of creative, hard working volunteers, the Main-Stage Summer Musical productions of Cinderella in 2000, The Wizard of Oz in 2001, Bye, Bye Birdie in 2002, The Sound of Music in 2003, Peter Pan in 2004, Annie in 2005, Beauty and the Beast in 2006, Oliver in 2007, High School Musical in 2008, The Wizard of Oz in 2009, The Music Man in 2010, Annie Get Your Gun in 2011, and Willy Wonka in 2012 were outstanding performances of full-scale musicals, complete with quality vocal and orchestra music, special effects, beautiful sets, realistic costuming, challenging choreography and top-notch character portrayals. To be eligible to audition for the Main-Stage Summer Musical program, kids must be age 7 to 17 on September 1 following spring auditions. There is no fee to audition or tuition charged to participate in this 5 week, theatre arts cornerstone of CMT programs.

CMT, a 501(c)3 organization, has had many milestones since the Cinderella story of 2000. In 2012, CMT consolidated into one building renovated as offices, rehearsal rooms, and scene and costume shops. In 2013, CMT hosted the Oklahoma premiere of a new musical, A Little Princess, and Kids and Junior Summer Camps programs were started.  CMT began its 15th Anniversary by reprising Peter Pan as its 2014 OKMain-Stage Summer Musical program. That 15th Anniversary year was capped off with Mary Poppins performed to record-breaking audiences in 2015. Also in 2015, CMT started administrating SPOTLITE and Missoula Children's Theatre's residency program in Bartlesville. In partnership with the Bartlesville Community Center, grants from the disbanded Allied Arts and Humanities Counsel provide support for SPOTLITE and Missoula.  The 2016 reprise of  Beauty and the Beast broke all CMT Main-Stage Musical program attendance records. Also in 2016, CMT’s Stage School started offering year-round dance and acting classes. 

The future is bright for CMT. Auditions for Annie, the 2017 Main-Stage Summer Musical program, were held in February, 2017  culminating with performances to be held on July 20 - 23, 2017. A Black Box Theatre and improved parking for on-site classes and program performances are coming soon!

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