By Jenifer Warren
Cleveland Play House’s Festival of Trees continues to bring holiday cheer to thousands while providing important support for CPH artistic and education programs. The holiday tradition was relaunched in the Allen Theatre Lobby in 2013 as a gift to you and the community, to say “Happy Holidays!” The Festival is overflowing with holiday cheer, beauty, and excitement, designed to make your visit downtown extra special and festive! Thousands of guests perused the trees, taking family photos to grace their holiday greetings and share on social media. The creativity that inspires the array of professionally designed trees is awe-inspiring. The trees are luxurious, theatrical, whimsical, glamourous, and reminiscent. There is something to make each visitor say “Oooh! Aaah! Wow! Look at that!”
As you walked among the trees, we hope you noticed the sign under each tree naming the sponsor and decorator. The Festival of Trees is a vital fundraising event for Cleveland Play House. Generous sponsors adopt a tree and, by doing so, support CPH’s annual operating budget each season, providing critical support for our diverse artistic and education programs. Our professional designers volunteer their time, creativity, and decorations to make the trees extra special. CPH also holds a toy drive as part of the Festival in order to assure that all scholars at our Cleveland Metropolitan School District partner schools have a joyous holiday. Visitors donated toys and made donations to buy toys for thousands of scholars. Thank you to all who contributed!
CPH is dedicated to telling stories that matter and producing works that are smart, personal, provocative, and socially relevant. Innovation on our stage has been coupled with groundbreaking education programs. That commitment manifests itself in a comprehensive suite of eleven theatre education and engagement programs that are responsive to the critical needs of our community, ranging from in-theatre experiences to initiatives rooted in Cleveland’s most challenged schools and neighborhoods. We could not do this without the support of our Festival Sponsors, volunteers, and donors. Thank you for making our 2019 Festival a success!
Here is what a few of you said about the 2019 Cleveland Play House Festival of Trees:
“It was over the top fabulous!!!”
“Best ever! The trees were spectacular… And the toy drive and tree is a terrific idea.”
“I walked thru the xmas trees with my daughter last Saturday. Know it was just the 1st weekend -- but the energy in the lobby and all around the theatre from CPH guests was wonderful. I hope it plays out in lots more holiday joy... And if I had it enough together to send out holiday cards this one would make the cut! Thanks again for everything your team does.”
The Allen, Helen and Outcalt theatres are located at Playhouse Square
1407 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115
Administrative Offices and Education Center
1901 E. 13th Street, Suite 200 Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 400-7000
7401 Detour Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103