UC Clermont

About Calico Children's Theatre

Calico Theatre History

Calico Theatre began more than 30 years ago as a vision of UC Clermont College and community members of Clermont County.  

An outreach effort was created in 1987 with a mission to introduce children and families to the wonderful and creative world of the visual and performing arts. This initiative is known as the Community Arts initiative and includes Calico Theatre and its performances, art exhibits in the Park National Bank Art Gallery and participation in the annual Macy's Arts Sampler presented by ArtsWave.

The original initiative for Calico Theatre called for a series that included weekend and evening performances for families with children under the age of 12. The on-site theater program, called Calico Children's Theatre, was developed to meet the needs of children in our surrounding community by providing exposure to high-quality educational performances at a location close to home.

Frequently Asked Questions

At the Calico Children's Theatre, we strive to make each performance a memorable one for you and your family. Below are frequently asked questions. Please contact us if your question is not answered below. Thank you!

The campus is located at 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, Ohio, 45103.

Directions, maps and parking information

All performances take place at Krueger Auditorium in the Peters-Jones Building.

Each performance is approximately one hour long.

General Family Shows
Season tickets are $10 per person for two shows; individual tickets are $5 per person for Pinocchio: The Wooden Boy and $6 per person for A Seussified Christmas Carol; children 2 years and younger are free.

Yellow Bus Shows
Tickets are $4 per person; public and private school teachers are free.


Patrons can pay online via major credit card or request an order form, to mail in a check, by emailing nikki.vargas@uc.edu.

The ticket desk is located just outside of Krueger Auditorium.

The ticket desk is only open a half-hour before each performance.

Only cash or check are accepted at the ticket desk.

Will-call tickets can be picked up at the ticket desk outside of Krueger Auditorium.

Seating begins a half-hour before each performance.

We offer open seating. However, staff may assign sections of seating, as needed, for Yellow Bus series performances to best accommodate large school

Staff are not permitted to reserve a section of seating for groups for our general family shows. However, staff are permitted to reserve seats for special needs accommodations. Staff are permitted to reserve a section of seating for school groups during the Yellow Bus shows.

Contact Community Arts at 513-558-1215 or via email at clc-artsandevents@uc.edu.