HISTORY AND ABOUT CIC:
Create. Inspire. Change. Theater Company started when Daniel Hutchins IV (producing artistic director) produced and directed an outreach-oriented production of Disney’s On the Record. His aim was not only to have the show performed for the paying public, but to also have it performed for children in the Boston area who would not normally have the means to see a live performance. The “always chase your dreams” theme of the show proved that the most important part of the “creative” process was “inspiring” the local children to never lose their imaginations or themselves as unique individuals and to “change” the stigma of theater being financially unavailable to most urban children; thus forming the name of our company.
Expanding from their original programming, CIC now offers:
-Take a Step: Outreach Events, geared towards exposing low-income students and their families to professional caliber performances. See our Take a Step page for more information!
-Take the Stage: Theater Workshop, the natural "next step" to the Take a Step Program, Take the Stage gets students out of the seats and up onto the stage!
CIC works with organizations in the Metro-Boston area, and is expanding to the Greater Metrowest area.
A NOTE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Fall 2019: Season Five
Thank you for your interest in the Create. Inspire. Change. Theater Company!
It’s hard to believe that we are entering our fifth year of operation. It feels like just yesterday I was collaborating with many of our current staff members on Disney’s On the Record, which lead to CIC’s incorporation six months later. I look back fondly on our first season as an incorporated company with our debut production of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan; or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. This play, with its amazing heart, humor, and hopeful outlook, set the stage for all future CIC productions to come. Through this production and the entirety of Season One, we also met some of the incredible partner organizations that we are lucky to continue to call our colleagues, such as The Friends of the Children – Boston and The Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. We expanded our breadth of stories in Season Two with our two productions, first the the heart string-tugging A Thousand Cranes and second the contemporary spin on the timeless classic, James and the Giant Peach. Season Three brought new excitement and challenges with our first original musical, How Christmas Feels, and the regional premiere of Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, which tells a story based off the inspiring Little Rock Nine. We took on two classic stories for Season Four with our first ever benefit concert of Disney’s The Little Mermaid and our upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz. We are delighted to bring such classic tales to our audience and students!
Through our previously named Outreach Events, we have reached over 500 students and have a goal of quadrupling that number by Season 10! It has been a thrilling half of a decade, and I am excited to cap it off with our most robust year of programming including exciting productions, and firm commitment to diversity and inclusion.
We have our most exhilarating lineup of productions to date in store for Season Five! Our students at our newly named Take a Step! Events in addition to our public audience are sure to be entertained, intrigued, and inspired by these titles. Kicking us off in January 2020 is our second annual benefit concert, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins. We are thrilled that this practically perfect nanny will be landing in Boston for just enough time to pay us a visit and tell her story. Mary Poppins has been delighting audiences for generations with her humor, wit, and charm, and we have no doubt this will be a major hit. In Spring 2020, we are beginning our new program, CIC On the Road!, where we take a play to local schools and organizations to continue our mission of making theater accessible to all. I could not think of a better story to kick off this program than E.B. White’s classic tale, Charlotte’s Web. This enduring story tells the tale of Wilbur, the pig, and his zany and turbulent adventures with the barn animals, Templeton and of course Charlotte the spider. At the core of this story are the themes of friendship, love, acceptance, and inclusion, no matter who you are; all the values that CIC holds most dear. To close out the season, I am elated to bring one of my personal favorite stories to our stage in Summer 2020: the journey of everyone’s favorite heroine, Annie. This intimate black box production will have audiences feeling like they are part of the adventure of this hopeful child and her journey to find her home.
Our newest addition, the Take the Stage! Theater Workshop, will continue to get our partner students out of the audience and up onto the stage! After the success of our pilot workshop of FROZEN JR., we will continue instilling the love of theater in our students, not just through observation, but through experience. Keep your eyes peeled for their performance dates and information, as we would love to see you there!
As always, diversity and inclusion are of the highest priority for CIC. It is incredibly important to me our productions reflect the students who are attending them. As we head into our fifth season, I strongly affirm CIC’s dedication to not just have a diverse student and audience base, but also bring stories to life with actors of varying races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic experiences, and more. In the next five years, I am committed to enhancing that core value and plan to make Season Five our most diverse season to date. The power of representation is extremely important, especially with titles that haven’t historically displayed representation on stage for the population watching from the audience. By continuing to create programs that include all in the beauty that is theater, we will foster a more diverse and inclusive community for the future.
I am so grateful for all of you who support CIC – our fantastic staff and board, dedicated contributors, incredible partners, and wonderful audience members. One of my personal sources of inspiration, Walt Disney, once said, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it takes people to make the dream a reality.” CIC would not be what it is without each and every one of you, and I am excited to continue our journey together. Here’s to many more years of outreach, inspiring productions, and theater family.
With thanks and gratitude,