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CREATIVE KIDS PLAYHOUSE CHILDRENS THEATRE OF ORANGE COUNTY

 23382 MADERO STE K
 MISSION VIEJO, CA 92691
[P] (949) 297 x 6257
[F] --
www.creativekidsplayhouse.com
[email protected]
Elizabeth Ramirez
FOUNDED: 2011
INCORPORATED: 2011
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 45-2734903 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Creative Kids Playhouse Children's Theatre of Orange County is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to offering opportunities for children to experience the joy and fun of performing in a musical,  and opportunities for the community to experience entertaining children's theater performances. Our excellent instructors are professionals in drama, dance and voice, intent on creating a fun, nurturing environment where kids can flourish.


Mission Statement

Creative Kids Playhouse Children's Theatre of Orange County is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to offering opportunities for children to experience the joy and fun of performing in a musical,  and opportunities for the community to experience entertaining children's theater performances. Our excellent instructors are professionals in drama, dance and voice, intent on creating a fun, nurturing environment where kids can flourish.



FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $276,230.00
Projected Revenue $276,230.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Mainstage Productions
  • Excalibur Players
  • One-week immersion camps
  • Tom Thumb Players
  • Theatre in Action

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Overview


Mission Statement

Creative Kids Playhouse Children's Theatre of Orange County is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to offering opportunities for children to experience the joy and fun of performing in a musical,  and opportunities for the community to experience entertaining children's theater performances. Our excellent instructors are professionals in drama, dance and voice, intent on creating a fun, nurturing environment where kids can flourish.



Background Statement

Founded in 2011 by Elizabeth Ramirez, Executive Director, and Michele Sheehy-Bowren, Artistic Director, Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of Orange County was created to serve a need to provide children with theater opportunities and instruction that focused on personal growth and enjoyment, providing an alternative to existing theater programs designed to prepare children for professional theater careers. 


We are an education-based organization. Our most important core value is that the children in the cast have fun, learn new skills, and gain self-confidence. Musical theatre provides opportunities to improve skills related to reading, memorization, public speaking, problem-solving, and teamwork, all within an environment of music, imagination and fun.

Michele first fell in love with the theatre with her first role at the age of ten. Dozens of roles in musical theatre later, Michele graduated with a BFA from the prestigious theatre program at University of California, Irvine. She went on to perform on stage in New York City, Germany, Switzerland, onboard the msWesterdam, and regionally throughout the United States. Michele designs musical theatre programs for children that are fun, nurturing, organized and creative. She creates safe opportunities for kids to challenge themselves, express themselves, and execute a performance of which they are truly proud.

While Elizabeth has always enjoyed the arts, she earned an Engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University. After having children she decided to change her career focus to be more child-centric, and now uses her experience of working within the demanding field of engineering to manage the operations of CKP. Skills that served her well in her prior career are now used to manage the logistics of every production, including securing venues, marketing of performances, communicating with customers, designing and creating sets, and overseeing administrative operations.

In four years CKP has rapidly expanded its base, beginning with a two-act production with 27 children in 2011 to having grown to serving over 1200 children in 27 productions annually by 2015. Creative Kids Playhouse is committed to hiring highly qualified instructors with music and drama backgrounds, and maintaining high staffing ratios to keep all kids engaged during their time spent with CKP. All instructors are trained to work with the philosophy of putting the child’s individual development first.


Impact Statement

Creative Kids Playhouse has given children increased exposure to the arts as schools have been reducing instructional time spent on the arts. 

Participating in musical theater is a gift that will pay dividends for life. Not only will the children have wonderful memories to last a lifetime from this musical, but they will have improved skills in singing, dancing, communicating, memorization, and teamwork. Be it pitching their start-up idea to investors, leading a business meeting, toasting at a friend's wedding, standing up for their own children at a PTA meeting, or continuing to participate in theater, children will be able to take the skills and confidence gleaned during their time in our programs well into adulthood.

Children benefit from CKP programs with improvement in the following life skills and attributes:

Teamwork: Each child’s individual performance is reliant on others doing their part.

Memorization skills: Each child receives a solo speaking part and is included in numerous choral ensembles.

Self-confidence: Lead roles are rotated among different children from production to production. This gives the opportunity to more children to receive a substantial part, while exposing repeat enrollees to different types of roles.

Creative thinking: Each child needs to consider his or her role from the viewpoint of the character. Children gain even more opportunity for creative thinking during Immersion Camp Programs as they are included in set design and character development.

In addition, participation helps with schoolwork. A UCLA study of 25,000 students shows that Theatre Arts improves all academic performance. Standardized test scores increase 65 points on the verbal component, and even 35 points on math and science.




Needs Statement

Creative Kids Playhouse has three immediate needs that it is looking for support from the public to address.
 
Creative Kids aims to keep student program costs affordable to allow the program to be accessible to all children.  For those families that cannot afford the fees, Creative Kids offers a scholarship program.  In order to continue this mission, Creative Kids needs $50,000 in annual support to cover all program and operational costs not covered by student fees and tickets sales.
 
Available theater space for performances has been difficult to find.  Creative Kids was able to lease office and warehouse space beginning in 2014, but it is limited in size to storage and part-time administrative use only to keep rent costs low.  Creative Kids would welcome donations of theater and meeting space in South and Central Orange County.
 
Creative Kids relies on volunteers to assist with our children's productions.  We welcome volunteers to assist with set building, sewing and altering costumes, and ushering at performances.  Use of moving vans and trucks are also needed to transport sets and equipment between the warehouse and the performance venue. 
 
 
 
 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Creative Kids Playhouse is always in need of volunteers for ushering at performances, building sets, sewing costumes, transporting set pieces to venues.  Creative Kids also welcomes any donations by check mailed to the office address, as well as any donations of meeting or venue space.  Please contact us by phone or email to make arrangements for volunteer opportunities.

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
Creative Kids Playhouse currently serves the Southern and Central Orange County areas between Santa Ana and San Juan Capistrano.  We are available to expand to areas in Northern Orange County if we are able to secure facility space for rehearsals and performances.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
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Programs


Mainstage Productions

Our Mainstage Players Program is our largest and broadest reaching program that we provide, focusing on children ages 6 to 13 years old. Students receive instruction and rehearse after school once a week for ten weeks, completing the program with three final performances of a two-act musical in front of a live audience. All of our participants receive a solo speaking part regardless of experience, as well as assignments in multiple musical ensembles. They are provided opportunities to improve their public speaking, teamwork and memorization skills, as well as providing a boost to their self-confidence and sense of achievement

Budget  $80,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Short term success is demonstrated by all children being able to deliver their performance for all three shows in front of a live audience with an increased comfort level. Often, children come to auditions hesitant or unwilling to accept any solo speaking role. Our instructors are able to address their anxieties during rehearsals which allows them to tap into their unrealized potential and give a public performance greater than they expected upon entering the program.

Program Long-Term Success 

Long term success is seen in improved confidence, focus and public speaking ability.

Program Success Monitored By 

Success is measured by parent feedback after the completion of the program. Many parents have marveled at the transformation in their children’s personalities and shared their personal stories with Creative Kids Playhouse. Often shy and anxious children have found ways to become more willing to try and enjoy new experiences that they have been unable to attempt in the past.

Examples of Program Success 
An example of a child's success from our Executive Director:
 
One fifth grade girl was terrified.  She enjoyed the rehearsals, but was so scared of the idea of an audience that she asked for a very, very small part.  Even at dress rehearsal she asked with pleading eyes if she could drop out.  I convinced her to just do the first of the three scheduled performances and decide after that one.  She ran up to me after the final curtain of the first performance, beaming.  "Mrs. Ramirez, Mrs. Ramirez, guess what?!  I did it! And it was fun!  And I never have to be afraid of that again!"  

Excalibur Players

Our most advanced troupe of players perform a Broadway musical or a non-musical two-act play. As many of these performers have previous experience with Creative Kids Playhouse, they are asked to prepare for their audition in advance.  This program focuses on children ages 11-17 years of age.
Budget  $73,700.00
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Students enjoy the short term success of having performed in a Broadway musical and gained experience in preparing for auditions.
Program Long-Term Success 

Long term successes are shown by students being accepted into OCSA and South Coast Repertory Theater. Students that have continued their in local public schools have been placed in advanced drama classes upon entering high school.

Program Success Monitored By 

Success is measured by observing the percentage of students that gain acceptance in fine arts secondary schools or place into advanced drama classes in general high schools.

Examples of Program Success 
Comments from a parent:
 
"We were lucky to find Creative Kids Playhouse Theatre to continue to engage and develop her acting passion.  The positive energy and belief that every child could shine was evident.  The interest in seeking out and developing every actor's potential in a non-threatening and fun way was also an integral part of the program...Being involved in CKP Theatre make a major impact on my daughter so much that when she was accepted to both the Visual Arts Conservatory and Integrated Arts Conservatory program at OSCA, she chose Integrated Arts so she could act.  Her experience with Creative Kids Playhouse Theatre has instilled in her a strong determination and discipline that shines through in every aspect of her life. 

One-week immersion camps

Our immersion camps target the same ages as our Mainstage Players, but offer an opportunity for additional creativity to provide a unique experience. Children prepare and perform a one-act play in the time span of a week. Students choose their costumes, design and build sets, and provide input on how their character should be dramatized.

Budget  $47,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Children complete each camp with an improved ability to envision a project and complete it. Participants also feel more comfortable asserting opinions and ideas in a group setting.

 

Program Long-Term Success 

For some children, this is their first introduction to the dramatic arts and inspires them to pursue further education in the arts.

 

Program Success Monitored By 

Success is measured by the number of children who choose to continue their exploration of the arts by enrolling in the year-round Mainstage and Excalibur Programs.

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Tom Thumb Players

An introduction to musical theater for children aged 3 to 6 years of age. Children sing songs in costume while a story is narrated by a student from our Mainstage or Excalibur programs. Tom Thumb productions allow children to perform in front of an audience while using the same sets and props used in our larger productions.

Budget  $10,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program Short-Term Success 

Short term successes include children learning to perform in front of an audience and follow directions in a classroom setting prior to entering elementary school.

Program Long-Term Success 

Long term successes are shown in the number of children who continue on to enroll in our Mainstage Productions.

Program Success Monitored By 

pasting

Success is measured by the percentage of children who move on the Mainstage Productions and continue their theater experience performing in more challenging roles.  We currently have children acting in our Mainstage programs that originally came to Creative Kids in our first production in 2011.  Approximately 75 percent of Tom Thumb participants enroll in our other programs as they advance in age.

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Theatre in Action

Creative Kids Playhouse comes to local elementary schools and provides six 50-minute instructional lessons in musical theatre during class time to supplement the school's curriculum in the arts.  Lesson topics include:

1) Terms, Etiquette, and Projection
2) Acting Using Emotions and Body Movement
3) Character, Place and Relationship
4) Fundamentals of Improv and Guided Storytelling
5) Intro to Singing, Composer and Broadway Musical Study
6) Dancing and Acting Out a Song 
   
 
 
 
Budget  $21,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Short term success includes improved performance in Mainstage and Excalibur productions.

Program Long-Term Success 

Long term success can be seen in improved public speaking and performing abilities. 

Program Success Monitored By 

Success is measured by improved abilities by students who continue in Mainstage and Excalibur productions.

Examples of Program Success 
Comment from a parent:
 
"Our son had struggled to find an activity that he felt he 'belonged' in.  He had tried several sports and nothing clicked.  In third grade he saw a friend in a show with CKP and decided to give acting a shot.  He has been in several Creative Kids Playhouse productions since and has also participated in a musical theater workshop and a voice class offered by CKP.  It's been such a confidence builder for him and he's had a great time." 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Elizabeth Ramirez
CEO Term Start 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 30
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 100
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 90
Male: 10
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? --
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Sheehy-Bowren Sheehy-Bowren
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term Apr 2016 - Mar 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Michael Evans -- --
Christine Martin -- Voting
Elizabeth Ramirez -- Voting
Ernist Ramirez -- Voting
Julie Ransom -- --
Jake Schmidt -- --
Erica Sheehy -- --
Michele Sheehy-Bowren -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 100
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 86
Male: 14
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation No

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $276,230.00
Projected Expenses $276,230.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 990

2014 990EZ

2013 990EZ

2012 2012 Financial template

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $314,699 $252,742 $215,427
Total Expenses $319,606 $222,170 $220,171

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$24,755 $17,258 $5,325
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $274,662 $228,412 $202,480
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $0
Membership Dues -- $488 $0
Special Events -- -- $536
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $0
Other $15,282 $6,584 $6,550

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $215,519 $172,158 $170,858
Administration Expense $77,606 $44,225 $42,266
Fundraising Expense $26,481 $5,787 $7,047
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 1.14 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 67% 77% 78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 107% 34% 120%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $51,210 $61,969 $23,003
Current Assets $43,468 $55,235 $16,980
Long-Term Liabilities -- $11,269 $2,875
Current Liabilities $5,417 -- $0
Total Net Assets $45,793 $50,700 $20,128

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.02 inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 18% 12%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

Creative Kids Playhouse filed the 990N for tax year 2012 as gross receipts were under the $50,000 threshold.   The 990 form for tax year 2016 is still being prepared.

Foundation Comments

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Documents


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