Become a 2014-2015 Season Sponsor

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I’ve started a GoFundMe page seeking 2014-2015 season sponsorship for Behind the Curtain Cincinnati.

A donation of $12 comes out to $1 a month for all this local theater goodness.

Any amount you are able to contribute is greatly appreciated.

Current Sponsorship total: $245

Thank you for your consideration.


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Memorial Service for Lois Rosenthal on Sept. 15 at PIP

Lois Rosenthal. Photo by Enquirer,

Lois Rosenthal. Photo by Enquirer,

“Mother, wife, friend to many, Lois Rosenthal transformed organizations, intellectually and with creative determination.  We’re all better for her high standards, her dynamic personality, the impact she made on so many lives, and her contagious enthusiasm for doing good.” – The New York Times

Lois Rosenthal, (nee Reis), age 75, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. Beloved wife of Richard H. Rosenthal, devoted mother of Jenny (Allan) Berliant and David S. Rosenthal, dear sister of Harvey (Mary) Reis, loving grandmother of Elizabeth & Andrew Berliant and Eva & Mae Rosenthal.

Memorial services Monday, September 15, 4:30 PM in the Marx Theater at The Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

A beautiful tribute to this remarkable woman can be found at:

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Tickets on Sale Aug. 4 for PIP’s 2014-2015 Season


PIP(CINCINNATI) – Single tickets for all 2014-15 season shows at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will go on sale Monday, Aug. 4. This includes tickets for the Playhouse’s beloved annual holiday classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL, presented by U.S. Bank.

Set in beautiful Eden Park, Ohio’s only Tony Award-winning theatre boasts a national reputation for excellence, bringing the same actors, directors and designers seen on Broadway, off-Broadway and at other leading professional theatres across the country to Cincinnati. A Playhouse season offers something for everyone, from contemporary theatre and Broadway hits to musicals, classics and world premieres. The 55th season includes:

  • The electrifying season opener, Jeffrey Hatcher’s SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE SUICIDE CLUB, featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic sleuth in a new whodunit based on a Robert Louis Stevenson short story.
  • An exciting, suspenseful world premiere, SAFE HOUSE, inspired by the ancestors of Cincinnati native playwright Keith Josef Adkins, who were free people of color in antebellum Kentucky.
  • Recent Broadway smash hit VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE by Christopher Durang, the “deliriously funny” winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play.
  • PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, the magical, family-friendly Peter Pan prequel that hooked five Tony Awards.
  • Inspiring tributes to two musical legends — TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL, chronicling America’s favorite girl singer from her Cincinnati childhood and Hollywood stardom to triumphant comeback; and RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, directed by and featuring Jason Edwards, who starred in the show on Broadway.
  • Four exciting contemporary plays in the Thompson Shelterhouse.

New for the upcoming season is Sunday College Night, with tickets to all 7 p.m. Sunday performances (not including A Christmas Carol) priced at just $10 with a valid student ID. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show for all other performances. All Marx Theatre price zones are available in the lower level, with individual tickets starting at just $30.

Patrons also can subscribe to all five Marx Theatre or five Thompson Shelterhouse productions for as little as $150 or build their own series of four or more shows from either theatre.

A discounted price for children and teens is available for all productions in any section. The price is $30 for all regular season shows and $30 and $45 for A Christmas Carol. Visit our website for content and age advisories for each show.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at

513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility.

The 2014-15 season is presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and Heidelberg Distributing Company. The season sponsor of new work is the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation.

The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs and complete wheelchair access are available.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of the community contributors to the ArtsWave campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Presented by Dayton Theatre Guild
Aug. 22-Sept. 7

Directed by Ralph Dennier

No, it’s not a musical – but the name of a Texas bar where the lives of an expelled novice nun, a young man who falls instantly in love with her (nun or not!), her caring aunt with an ex-biker boyfriend (who tries his hand straightening things out), intersect in a laugh-out-loud comedy that is romantic and touching at the same time.

  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 22-23 at 8pm
  • Sun, Aug. 24 at 3pm
  • Fri, Aug. 29 at 8pm
  • Sat, Aug. 30 at 5pm
  • Sun, Aug. 31 at 3pm
  • Fri, Sept. 5 at 8pm
  • Sat, Sept. 6 at 5pm
  • Sun, Sept. 7 at 3pm

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Presented by Town Hall Theatre
A Zoot Theatre Production
Aug. 22-24

Audiences will be astounded by this theatre company’s imaginative and captivating puppets as they experience this beloved tale as it’s never been told before! All of Lewis Carroll’s unforgettable and madcap characters take the stage as puppets in this visually stunning tour-de-force. Ages 4 and up.

  • Fri, Aug. 22 at 7pm
  • Sat-Sun, Aug. 23-24 at 3pm

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CSP(OH) Announces Auditions for THE AWESOME ’80S PROM

CSPO_logoCenterStage Players is now casting for our special fundraiser production of THE AWESOME ’80S PROM.

Those interested in auditioning, are requested to send an e-mail to the director (Fred Hunt) at and include NAME, AGE, E-MAIL, RESUME (if you have one), and CONTACT PHONE NUMBER. The director will contact applicants to arrange an audition time to occur at a mutually convenient time over the next few weeks. Those auditioning should prepare a short monologue of similar characters to those below from the 80’s era (for example Say Anything, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club). For this audition, TV & film monologues are encouraged. If confirmed with the director in advance, reading from the script may be substituted for the monologue (as part of a group audition).

THE AWESOME ’80S PROM is a blast-from-the-past party in the style of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding and The Donkey Show set at Wanaget High’s Senior Prom… in 1989! All your favorite characters from your favorite ’80s movies are at THE PROM, from the Captain of the Football Team to the Asian Exchange Student, from the Geek to the hottie Head Cheerleader, and they’re all competing for Prom King and Queen. And just like on “American Idol”, the audience decides who wins!

CenterStage Players are seeking exuberant performers who are skilled improvisational actor/comedians (or performers excited about giving it a shot)! The performers who will appear in the show must have strong comedic instincts, the ability to “work a room” and for most roles, they must be able to believably play a high school senior. Actors are asked to refer to the cast list below to determine which character(s) they wish to audition for.

Performances will be for two nights only – Friday, February 6th and Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at the North College Hill City Center – 1500 W. Galbraith Road – Cincinnati, OH 45231. Proceeds from this production will be combined with a generous grant from SummerFair to improve climate controls in our theater. All rehearsals will be held at the North College Hill City Center starting at the beginning of January.

The following “High School ” roles will be cast:

  • Blake – The Captain of the Football Team. A Charming, egotistical jock. Think “Jake” in 16 Candles.
  • Louis – The Nerd. Introverted, computer geek. Think Anthony Michael Hall in 16 Candles.
  • Fender – The Bad Boy. Mean, defensive, loud. Think Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club.
  • Michael Jay – The Class President. A young Republican/born politician. A Guy- Smiley game show host type. Think Michael J. Fox on Family Ties.
  • Feung – The Asian Exchange Student. Charismatic, speaks little English. Think Long Duk Dong in 16 Candles.
  • Dickie The Drama Queen. Flamboyant, fabulous and bitter. Sings “Don’t Rain on My Parade” like Barbara Streisand. Think Ducky in Pretty in Pink mixed with Jack from Will & Grace.
  • Beef – A football player. Big and intimidating, but not too bright. Think Chris Farley
  • The Heathers – Cheerleader #1 and #2. Whitley’s back up cheerleaders. Will cheer/dance.
  • Kerrie – The Spaz. Petite. A sweet but hyper nerd. In love with Blake. Surprisingly cute, once she removes the glasses and headgear.
  • Missy – The Head of the Prom Committee. Perfect. Way too perky. Think Reese Witherspoon in Election.
  • Whitley – The Head Cheerleader. Attractive, sexy, bitchy, and vain. Thinking “Heathers.” Must cheer and dance.
  • Inga – The Swedish Exchange Student. Tall and voluptuous. Speaks with a heavy accent.
  • Molly Parker – A freshman. A member of the Freshman Cheerleading Squad and the Yearbook Committee.
  • Lloyd Parker – Her twin (less cool) brother.

Adult roles will also be filled, including:

  • DJ Johnny Hughes – The DJ. Extremely charismatic host who can warm up a crowd. Runs dance contest, etc. Stand-up comedians, karaoke hosts, etc. all encouraged to audition. Must have high energy and an infectious energy that can keep a party going.
  • Mr. Snelgrove – The Principal. A fascist dictator. Think the principal in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
  • Mrs. Lascalzo – The Drama Teacher. A leftover hippie who loves everyone. A little clueless.
  • Mystery Guest – A 1980’s celebrity impersonator (i.e. Madonna, Michael Jackson, MC Hammer, Prince). Who performs (or lip syncs) one song at the height of the PROM.

Additional questions can be addressed to the director (Fred Hunt) at or 513.266.6755.

THE AWESOME 80s PROM is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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