These shows offer exciting live theatre, curricular connections, and artistic excellence, all in one package. Toby’s Theatrical Arts Productions (TAP) also provide a common core specific study guide for each student with pre and post lessons and extension activities.



October 25- December 23

Adapted by Gayle Cornelison

Music and Lyrics by Eli Baer and Brian Bennett

Based on the classic tale of the Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen. The awkward, gray, large bird is mocked by his siblings. He sets off on a journey meeting wild ducks, Spanish ducks, swans, and hunters.  He eventually discovers that he’s always looked exactly as he should and that underneath he has always been a beautiful swan. With the help of his other swan friends, he dares to be himself and discovers where he belongs. This show fits in with lessons about BULLYING, TEAMWORK, COMMUNITY, RELATIONSHIPS, DETERMINATION, and THE LANGUAGE OF LESSONS.

*Recommended for Pre-K through 2nd



January 17-March 10

Book by Mary Hall Surface Conceived by Gayle Cornelison

Conceived by Gayle Cornelison


In this fast-paced show, we meet Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in professional baseball. Audiences will enjoy this portrayal of his determination, despite seemingly insurmountable racism. The story is driven by Branch Rickey, the owner of the Dodgers who dared to sign Robinson, as he guides Robinson while believing in him and his talent. Many characters move in and out of the story that both support Robinson, and attempt to keep him down. Robinson’s use of non-violence and unquestionable talent challenged the rules of segregation, and therefore impacted American life. This show fits in perfectly with lessons in bullying, MAKING A DIFFERENCE, HEROES, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS, INVESTIGATING PERSONAL STRENGTH, and DETERMINATION, FACING INJUSTICES.

*Recommended for Upper Elementary, Middle & High School.


March 28- May 26

Book and Lyrics by Lynne AhrensMusic

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Celebrate 100 years of Dr. Seuss!

In this story, the beloved Seuss characters are brought to life. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains Whoville (the tiniest planet in the sky), including one little Who named Jojo, who is always in trouble for thinking too many thinks! Horton is faced with protecting the Whos from a dangerous world and the Sour Kangaroo, but also finds himself protecting an egg that was abandoned by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. The faithful Horton is able to overcome ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial with the help of his trusty neighbor Gertrude McFuzz. Friendship, loyalty, and the community are challenged, but ultimately win!  This fits in beautifully with lessons in: MAKING A DIFFERENCE, FACING INJUSTICES, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS, INVESTIGATING PERSONAL STRENGTH, DETERMINATION, COMMUNITY, HOW THINGS CHANGE, RHYTHM & RHYME, and CARING ABOUT MYSELF AND OTHERS.


*Recommended for all ages.



Shows are at 10 AM with 12 Noon performances on selected afternoons. If you wish to book the entire house (230 seat minimum), with enough advanced notice, alternate show times can be considered.


Shows are performed at our Columbia location at 5900 Symphony Woods Road Columbia, MD 21044, located immediately off Route 29 (provides easy access for all schools in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor).



Call: 240-456-0247

or Fax: 240-456-0248


Visit and follow the link for Youth Theatre

By mail: Toby’s Youth Theatre, P.O. Box 1123, Columbia, MD 21044

*Include the name of your school, the show you wish to see, group leader/contact information, how many students, how many adults, and a first and second choice date and time.*


Youth Theatre Brochure