This year marks the 85th season of The Children’s Theatre of Charleston (CTOC) shows delighting audiences and introducing local children to the art of theatre. Unfortunately, we’ve recently experienced a different sort of drama at our workshop as roof leaks have caused water damage to the entrance and stage areas. Nothing is more important than keeping our young thespians safe. With that goal in mind, we are writing to inform you that the CTOC will be moving to a temporary workshop space at 1120 Kanawha Boulevard East.

 
A generous CTOC supporter offered this space at a discounted rate in response to our urgent and critical need to move, but it is not a long term solution to our needs. The rehearsal area at this space will be very tight. Our set building operations will be relocated to a separate warehouse. Some of our equipment is too large or heavy for the elevator, so it must be carried up and down stairs. The walls cannot support our costume racks. While we could make some alterations to this space, it does not seem fiscally responsible to spend our funds on a space that will never be a perfect fit or a permanent home.
 
There are a few ways you can help us during this transition: First, be patient with us. This move is solely in the interest of protecting the health of our cast and crew, and we believe the goal of providing a safe, habitable space is worthy of the compromises and challenges involved. Second, help us with our move. We have years’ worth of sets, costumes and “stuff” that need to be sorted, packed and organized. You can visit our online sign-up sheet (www.tinyurl.com/CTOCmoves) for specific times and tasks where volunteers are needed. Third, make a monetary donation of any size. While volunteer hours are enormously helpful in reducing costs, the process of moving and eventually identifying a permanent space requires funds far beyond what we raise in the course of normal operations.
 
On behalf of the entire CTOC board, thank you in advance for your support. We are looking forward to another season of exceptional performances, which would not be possible without each of you. If you have any comments, concerns or questions, please feel welcome to contact any board member or our company administrator.