Theatre for the Very Young

Theatre for the Very Young is a program developed by the education department of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre to tour into schools, preschools, and daycares. Each original play is designed specifically for our very youngest audiences.


The Theatre for the Very Young Program is supported by

Got a pre-school, or child care facility?
We  come to you!





Follow the antics of our characters as they brighten a black and white world with color!

appropriate for ages 2-6

Coming in the winter and spring of 2024




Plant, Grow, Pick



Join us for this immersive theatrical experience, appropriate for ages 3-6. See what happens when a Farmer, Rooster, and Weather all team up to grow a garden!

Appropriate for ages 3-6.

Available in the spring of 2024



Email us at [email protected].

For booking information.




Promo Video for Plant, Grow, Pick – 2017 tour


What do teachers say?

“Our preschoolers were mesmerized, amused and caught up in the story so much they forgot to fidget! Every piece of the PGP was impeccably planned and executed to hold their attention, draw them in and even teach them—nothing was superfluous. Honestly, we were wowed by the quality of the actors, and want to be on the list for anything else you create. Put us down as your biggest fans! Thanks so much for including us in your remarkable performance!”


“I love that the show was interactive and the kids had a chance to participate, not just sit and be quiet. I would love to see an interactive show for every grade level covering different subjects. I love that you covered root, leaf, and fruit vegetables because many children do not know that plants like potatoes grow underground. My daughter who is in Kindergarten saw the show and came home and talked about it.” 


“The actors made learning about the seasons and the process of growing food so much fun! The children and teachers were entertained from the moment they walked in the room until the moment they left.”


About Our Actors


Katie Campassi as The Farmer

Katie graduated with her BA in Theatre from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. She has worked with a variety of schools and organizations teaching, acting, directing, and costuming children’s productions for ten years. She also spent several years working in various preschool classrooms as an assistant, a music teacher, and a creative drama teacher. She also interned at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta during the creation of their highly successful Theatre for the Very Young program. 


Mary Eliza Hendricks at The Rooster

Mary Eliza Hendricks is a Chattanooga native, with a B.A. Theatre Degree from Emory and Henry college.  As a theatre artist, she has taught kids and adults of all ages, as well as directed both jr. and adult productions. She currently works at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre in their Education and Innovation department.  She has always loved working with children, and is excited to entertain them today!  


Zoe Chatman as The Weather

Zoe Chatman started her career at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre where she assisted in teaching acting classes to children. She is past president of the Theatre Centre’s teen interest group TheatreQuest, where she performed in several plays for children. Zoe works in local child care facilities with the Movie N Great Kidz program, which teaches movement and motor skills to small children.