TOY In the News


WATCH: Long Live TOY: Defending Children's Theatre in the Nickle City

Sunlit Bridge Productions presents an eMBAus Film. 'Long Live TOY, Defending Children's Theatre in the Nickle City' profiles the world of a children's theatre company located in the third poorest city in the USA. Follow the TOY company in Buffalo, NY as they forge through their 40th season in the face of unforseen local funding cuts to the arts.


Heritage Insights: The Allendale Theatre

"In 1985, the [Allendlae] marquee collapsed into Allen Street, the event a metaphor for how far Buffalo—all American cities—had fallen to neglect." 


A Thank You to the Theatre of Youth

"...You treated her with patience, kindness, and respect and for that we are eternally grateful. It is an experience we’ll never forget."


Another Voice: Theatre of Youth Benefits Entire Community

"An amazing thing happens at the Theatre Of Youth (TOY) when the lights dim. Hundreds of children quiet immediately and remain so as their attention is keenly focused on the performance. They evidence a mindset teachers often have difficulty accomplishing in their classrooms. And the end of each performance is as poignant as the beginning. During the discussion after each play, the students’ interest is evidenced by their endless questions. Their intellectual curiosity has been aroused".


WATCH: American Theatre Wing's Documentary About Curtain Up!

Includes interview with TOY's Artsitic Director Meg Quinn


TOY performances used as education tool

"The children shows are selected not only to engage, but to challenge children and offer a lesson. The themes include self-esteem, self-confidence, acceptance and handling disappointment." -Elieen Buckley, WNED


Allendale employees share tales from inside reportedly haunted theatre

WIVB Interviewed Artistic Director Meg Quinn, Resident Composer Chester Popiolkowski, Managing Director Kevin Leary, and Marketing Coordinator Mike Kelly about the hauntings inside the Allendale the morning of the GHOSTS @ THE ALLENDALE event.


WATCH: Theatre gets creative to replace old lighting

WGRZ Talked to Artistic Director Meg Quinn about our Christmas Bulb Ornament fundraiser


Theatre of Youth's 'Junie B. Jones' is a welcome holiday treat

3/4 Stars!

 "This "Junie B. Jones" rewards theatergoers young and old. It's also an attractive afternoon escape for families looking for something beyond the usual holiday fare." -Collin Dabkowski, The Buffalo News


'Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells' is all that and a bag of chips

5/5 Buffalos!

"I’ve been waiting for a 'Five Buffalo' theater experience for a while." -Peter Hall, Buffalo Rising


Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at the Theatre

5/5 Stars!

"The four of us agreed that this was a really enjoyable, entertaining experience and that we would definitely visit again for a future show. This was a perfect afternoon escape from the hustle and bustle of the season." -Stacey, Buffalo Mom Blog


TOY's 'Shakespeare Stealer' so much fun it's criminal

4/4 Stars!

"The talented nine-player ensemble exudes an energy and good-spiritedness that older kids will plunge into whole-heartedly. Theater-loving adults without a child available may even want to see it on their own." -Melinda Miller, Buffalo News


TOY spins a wonderful 'Web' for a young audience

3/4 Stars!

"...For creative kids and those who already have heard about the clever spider who saved the happy pig, the show brings to life a world they only imagined." -Melinda Miller, The Buffalo News


'Charlotte's Web' at Theatre of Youth Enthralls Young and Old

4/5 Buffalos!

"There is never a whiff of ironic detachment or “dumbing down” at Theatre of Youth. The actors really “sell it,” and the younger audience believes it. Productions there are some of the best in Buffalo." -Peter Hall, Buffalo Rising


Mo Willems' 'Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!"' enchants young and old at TOY

5/5 Buffalos!

"Delightfully daft, charmingly acted, this high-energy production allows two TOY veterans, Arin Lee Dandes and Bobby Cooke, to end this successful TOY season with a wow." -Peter Hall, Buffalo Rising


'Elephant & Piggie' Makes a Happy Trip from Page to Stage.

4/4 Stars!

"...This charmer of a show lives up to all expectations fans of the children’s picture books might have." -Melinda Miller, The Buffalo News