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A CHRISTMAS CAROL Runs Nov. 25-Dec. 30

The ghost of Jacob Marley (Gregory Procaccino) appears to a terrified yet skeptical Ebenezer Scrooge (Bruce Cromer) . Photo by Sandy Underwood.

The ghost of Jacob Marley (Gregory Procaccino) appears to a terrified yet skeptical Ebenezer Scrooge (Bruce Cromer) . Photo by Sandy Underwood.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Nov. 25-Dec. 30
Eden Park

Directed by Michael Evan Haney
Music directed by Rebecca N. Childs
Choreographed by Dee Anne Bryll

Cast: Bruce Cromer as Ebenezer Scrooge, Avery Clark as Young and Mature Scrooge/Ghost of Christmas Future, Craig Wesley Divino as Fred, Joy Farmer-Clary as Belle/Catherine Margaret, Annie Fitzpatrick as Mrs. Fezziwig/Patience, Ryan Wesley Gilreath as Bob Cratchit/Schoolmaster Oxlip, Kelly Mengelkoch as Mrs. Cratchit/Laundress, Gregory Procaccino as Jacob Marley/Old Joe, Douglas Rees as Mr. Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present, Nick Rose as Mr. Cupp/Percy/Rich Man at Fezziwig’s and Stephen Skiles as Mr. Sosser/Topper/Man with Shoe Shine/Guest at Fezziwig’s & Kathleen Wise as Ghost of Christmas Past/Mrs. Peake
Carolers, party guests and others: Law Dunford, Kyle Powell, Serena Ryen, Robert Carlton Stimmel, Erin Ward, Renika Williams & Lilian Wouters
Children: Nathan E. Goodlett as George/Charles/Apprentice at Fezziwig’s, Livvy Stubenrauch as Fan/Guest at Fezziwig’s, Ethan Verderber as Peter Cratchit/Gregory/Apprentice at Fezziwig’s, Ella Gallagan as Belinda Cratchit/Guest at Fezziwig’s, Ari Elizabeth Johnson as Want/Guest at Fezziwig’s, Aidan McCracken as Ignorance/Matthew/Rich Son at Fezziwig’s, Ashley Taylor as Martha Cratchit/Guest at Fezziwig’s, Austin Vaughan as Boy Scrooge/Guest at Fezziwig’s/Bootblack & Henry Charles Weghorst as Tiny Tim

The Playhouse’s version of A Christmas Carol combines faithful storytelling with spellbinding stage magic to bring to life its familiar story of a sinner given one last chance at redemption by four persuasive ghosts. Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a miraculous Christmas Eve transformation as he views with new eyes his past, present and the possibilities of the future. As he witnesses all those who have improved his life — his first love Belle, his kindhearted employer Fezziwig, his nephew Fred and his heartily abused clerk Bob Cratchit — he realizes that it’s never too late to change his miserly ways. A Christmas Carol’s heartwarming message, hundreds of costumes and thrilling special effects help to make the show one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions each year.

  • In preview Wed, Nov. 25 at 7pm. Tickets begin at $35.
  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 27-28 at 7pm
  • Sun, Nov. 29 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 3-4 at 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 5 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 6 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 10-11 at 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 12 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 13 at 2pm
  • Tue-Fri, Dec. 15-18 at 7pm
  • Sat-Sun, Dec. 19-20 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, Dec. 22 at 7pm
  • Wed, Dec. 23 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 26 at 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 27 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Mon-Wed, Dec. 28-30 at 7pm

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The Ohio Stage Company Will Hold Open Auditions for ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

OSC_Tws the Night Before Christmas logoThe Ohio Stage Company will hold auditions for its first show of the 2015‐2016 season, ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

Auditions will take place on Sunday and Monday, November 1 and 2, 2015 at Fitton Center for Creative Arts (101 S. Monument Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45011). Sunday’s audition time is 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday’s audition time is 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. These open auditions are for anyone interested in participating in the production. The try‐out will consist of a cold reading from the script and several improvisational exercises. There is no need to prepare in advance, audition forms and materials will be provided at the time of the try‐outs.

For community members interested in behind‐the‐scenes participation, Ohio Stage encourages you to volunteer. Stop by one of the audition sessions to complete a crew member form.

Written by award winning playwright Ken Ludwig, the show is the wild holiday adventure of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky young girl who just wonʹt take no for an answer, on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year. It is a family friendly show with a cast of zany characters. The show will be presented December 17 – 20.

Director Skip Badonsky is looking for five performers to fill the following roles:

(Ages are suggested by the script and director. The director will cast actors who can believably play the ages suggested.)

  • UNCLE BRIERLY (40s – 60s) A bit of a portly man with a hearty laugh and a charming smile. Brierly is the kind of man who is everyone’s uncle and is just the kind of man you want to be around at Christmas time. The actor playing Brierly will also play Sir Guy of Gisbourne.
  • EMILY (10 – 15) A little girl with a zest for living! Her passion, energy and playful nature shine brightly, making her the perfect addition to a Christmas family. Casting Note: We will consider teenagers and young adults.
  • AMOS (10 – 15) A mouse who is calm, cool and collected…on the surface! Underneath, he is the embodiment of a nervous mouse. The actor playing Amos will also play Amos of Kansas. Casting Note: We will consider teenagers and young adults.
  • CALLIOPE (20s – 30s) An elf with the true embodiment of Christmas magic. She is loving, sweet and nurturing. The actor playing Calliope will play Britannia Sneed.
  • MULCH (20s – 40s) The side‐kick to Sir Guy of Gisbourne. He is clueless and dorky, which leads to a madcap adventure! The actor playing Mulch will aslo play Wendell Sneed and Santa Claus.

DOUBLED CHARACTERS

  • SIR GUY OF GISBOURNE: An ex‐elf who is too wicked for the North Pole to handle. “The fallen Angel”.
  • BRITANNIA SNEED: A whacky friend of Uncle Brierly’s. Married to Wendell Sneed, the ideal candidate will be able to experiment with different dialects.
  • WENDELL SNEED: A whacky friend of Uncle Brierly’s. The ideal candidate will be able to experiment with different dialects.
  • AMOS OF KANSAS: The Western twin of Amos. He is philosophical and very relaxed.

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is the first offering of The Ohio Stage Company’s 2015‐2016 Season, which will be presented at Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45011. Tickets are available by calling the Fitton Center’s Box Office at (513) 863‐8873 or visiting www.fittoncenter.org/specialevents.

You can find out more about The Ohio Stage Company by visiting www.ohiostage.org or by becoming a fan of the theatre on out FaceBook page.

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The Ohio Stage Company Announces Its 2015‐2016 “Season of Heart & Soul”

OSC_Season logoThe Ohio Stage Company is proud to announce its first full season for 2015‐2016 – “A Season of Heart & Soul”  ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas; Almost, Maine; Ordinary Days; A Piece of My Heart; and Quilters. Ohio Stage had a successful summer with a three show premiere season at New Miami High School, and it’s thrilled to present the upcoming season at Fitton Center for Creative Arts in downtown Hamilton. We invite you to join us for as we celebrate our first season and share in the excitement.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
December 17 – 20, 2015
Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
By Ken Ludwig | directed by Skip Badonsky

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.ʺ But wait! A mouse is stirring ‐ because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say ʺMerry Christmas!ʺ weʹre off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl who just wonʹt take no for an answer. Donʹt miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season!

Almost, Maine
January 21 – 24, 2016
Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
By John Cariani | directed by Skip Badonsky

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star‐ filled sky above, Almostʹs residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter nightʹs dream.

Ordinary Days
March 10 – 13, 2016
Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Music and Lyrics by John Gwon | Directed by Skip Badonsky

From one of musical theatreʹs most exciting new composers comes ORDINARY DAYS, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point.) ORDINARY DAYS tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life. ORDINARY DAYS is an original musical for anyone whoʹs ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.

A Piece of My Heart
May 26 – 29, 2016
Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
By Shirley Lauro | directed by Skip Badonsky

The true stories of six courageous women sent to Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them and a nation that shunned them. A work with the music and soul of a tumultuous era in our history.

Quilters
July 21 – 24, 2016
Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
By Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek | directed by Skip Badonsky

Ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, QUILTERS blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or ʺblocksʺ with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, when the various patches are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt.

For tickets and show times, call the Fitton Center Box Office at (513) 863‐8873 ext. 110 or visit fittoncenter.org/specialevents

The Ohio Stage Company is based in Hamilton, Ohio, and is an IRS approved  501(c)3 non‐ profit organization. For more information on The Ohio Stage Company, our shows and upcoming open auditions, please visit www.ohiostage.org

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Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS Runs Nov. 24-Dec. 6

The Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS 2014 National Tour Company, Photo by Kevin White

The Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS 2014 National Tour Company, Photo by Kevin White

Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS
Broadway in Cincinnati
Nov. 24-Dec. 6
Aronoff Center [Downtown]

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The classic holiday movie WHITE CHRISTMAS comes to the stage at last! This brand new musical shines with classic Berlin hits like ‘Blue Skies’, ‘How Deep is the Ocean?’ and, of course, the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS promises a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!

  • Tue-Wed, Nov. 24-25 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 27 at 1pm & 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 28 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 29 at 1pm & 6:30pm
  • Tue-Thu, Dec. 1-3 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 4 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 5 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 6 at 1pm & 6:30pm

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL Celebrates 25 Years of Holiday Spirits at Playhouse in the Park, Nov. 25-Dec. 30, 2015

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, PRESENTED BY U.S. BANK, CELEBRATES 25 YEARS
OF HOLIDAY SPIRITS AT CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK,
NOV. 25 – DEC. 30, 2015

Ebenezer Scrooge (Bruce Cromer) celebrates his renewed holiday spirit . Photo by Sandy Underwood.

Ebenezer Scrooge (Bruce Cromer) celebrates his renewed holiday spirit . Photo by Sandy Underwood.

(CINCINNATI) — The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s joyous, time-honored celebration of the true spirit of the holidays achieves the quarter-century mark this season as U.S. Bank presents Charles Dickens’ iconic story A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The beloved tale, enjoyed each season by multiple generations of Cincinnatians, will be performed for its 25th year in the Playhouse’s Robert S. Marx Theatre from Nov. 25 through Dec. 30.

Dickens, considered to be one of the greatest writers of all time, wrote the instantly successful A CHRISTMAS CAROL in 1843. His most popular work among a prolific output of classics, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is credited for revitalizing the celebration of Christmas as we know it today. So renowned is the story in popular culture that “Scrooge” has become a synonym for a mean, tight-fisted person. A CHRISTMAS CAROL has also inspired countless television, film and stage adaptations, from classic interpretations to contemporary and even cartoon versions.

The Playhouse’s version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, adapted by Howard Dallin, brings Dickens’ narrative to vivid life with spectacular effects that illuminate Ebenezer Scrooge’s time-traversing pilgrimage with the spirits one magical Christmas Eve. From his kind-hearted sister Fan and first love Belle to his generous employer Fezziwig and humble clerk Bob Cratchit, Scrooge is repeatedly shown the saving grace of love and concern for humanity. The heartwarming message of A CHRISTMAS CAROL helps to make it one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions each season and a perfect way to introduce children to the joys of theatre.

The cast of the 25th anniversary production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL features a mix of new and familiar actors. Bruce Cromer, the longest-tenured of the four actors who have filled Ebenezer Scrooge’s miserly shoes, returns to the role for the 11th time this season. (Cromer previously portrayed long-suffering clerk Bob Cratchit for eight years.) Also returning are Avery Clark as Young and Mature Scrooge/Ghost of Christmas Future, Craig Wesley Divino as Fred, Joy Farmer-Clary as Belle/Catherine Margaret, Annie Fitzpatrick as Mrs. Fezziwig/Patience, Ryan Wesley Gilreath as Bob Cratchit/Schoolmaster Oxlip, Kelly Mengelkoch as Mrs. Cratchit/Laundress, Gregory Procaccino as Jacob Marley/Old Joe, Douglas Rees as Mr. Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present, Nick Rose as Mr. Cupp/Percy/Rich Man at Fezziwig’s and Stephen Skiles as Mr. Sosser/Topper/Man with Shoe Shine/Guest at Fezziwig’s. New to A CHRISTMAS CAROL this season is Cincinnati native Kathleen Wise, who is making her Playhouse debut as Ghost of Christmas Past/Mrs. Peake.

Members of the Playhouse’s Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company — Law Dunford, Kyle Powell, Serena Ryen, Robert Carlton Stimmel, Erin Ward, Renika Williams and Lilian Wouters — will play carolers, party guests and others.

Nine Tristate children also appear in A CHRISTMAS CAROL; this season, six new actors join the three veteran junior cast members. Returning are Nathan E. Goodlett as George/Charles/Apprentice at Fezziwig’s, Livvy Stubenrauch as Fan/Guest at Fezziwig’s and Ethan Verderber as Peter Cratchit/Gregory/Apprentice at Fezziwig’s. New to the production this year are Ella Gallagan as Belinda Cratchit/Guest at Fezziwig’s, Ari Elizabeth Johnson as Want/Guest at Fezziwig’s, Aidan McCracken as Ignorance/Matthew/Rich Son at Fezziwig’s, Ashley Taylor as Martha Cratchit/Guest at Fezziwig’s, Austin Vaughan as Boy Scrooge/Guest at Fezziwig’s/Bootblack and Henry Charles Weghorst as Tiny Tim.

“It is a recurring joy to bring Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL to life every holiday season,” says Michael Evan Haney, who is directing the production for the 23rd time. (Haney has been associated with A CHRISTMAS CAROL since 1991, its first year. He played the first Bob Cratchit for two seasons.) “I love watching the children filing into the Playhouse dressed in their holiday finery to experience this play for the very first time. I feel proud that this production has become a tradition for so many Cincinnati families.”

In addition to Haney, the creative team for A CHRISTMAS CAROL includes James Leonard Joy (set designer), David Murin (costume designer), Kirk Bookman (lighting designer), David B. Smith (sound designer/composer), Steve O’Shea (lighting contractor), Cindy Witherspoon (costume coordinator), Rebecca N. Childs (music director) and Dee Anne Bryll (choreographer). The stage manager is Andrea L. Shell, and second stage managers are Brooke Redler and Jenifer Morrow.

The production is presented by U.S. Bank. The design sponsor is American Modern Insurance Group. Artist sponsor/Ebenezer Scrooge is AAA and Provident Travel, and artist sponsor/Tiny Tim is Skidmore Sales and Distributing. Additional support is provided by The Stona Fitch Family.

All show times for A CHRISTMAS CAROL are at 2 p.m. for matinees and 7 p.m. for evening performances to accommodate families with children. Please note the earlier curtain time. There will be no performances on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and selected weekdays in early December. There is an added performance on Monday, Dec. 28.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL is suitable for all general audiences, including children ages 5 and older. Due to the full-length nature of the show, children younger than 5 cannot be admitted.

Tickets for A CHRISTMAS CAROL start at $40. Prices are subject to change, and patrons are encouraged to buy early for the best seats at the best prices. Tickets for children, teenagers and students are $30 and $45. Tickets for the public preview, which will be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, begin at $35. The official opening night is at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27.

The production will be audio described for those with visual impairments at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and signed for persons with hearing impairments at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs and complete wheelchair access are available.

Tickets for A CHRISTMAS CAROL are on sale now. For ticket information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit www.cincyplay.com. Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility.

For the 20th year, the Playhouse will partner with the University of Cincinnati’s Hoxworth Blood Center for a blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Blood donors who attend the special event will receive vouchers good for half-price tickets to select performances of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and NATIVE GARDENS. To schedule an appointment, visit www.hoxworth.org/groups/playhouse. Donation times are limited, so donors are strongly encouraged to make an appointment in advance. Questions may be directed to Hoxworth at 513-451-0910.

Spread the joy this holiday season by participating in the Playhouse’s Cratchit Family Food Drive for the Freestore Foodbank. Bring donations of non-perishable food or personal care items (no glass, please) to the Playhouse during performances in November and December and place them in barrels located near the Box Office.

Characters from A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s holiday production of CINDERELLA, Cincinnati Ballet’s FRISCH’S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS will be spreading the holiday spirit at festive events throughout the Tristate this season. For a listing of events, visit www.cincyplay.com.

Club Carol, a new program this year in celebration of the 25th anniversary of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, provides behind-the-scenes access to the production with donations starting at $100. Benefit details are available on the Playhouse website.

The 2015-16 Marx Theatre Series is presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation, and the Robert S. Marx season design sponsor is Macy’s. The season sponsor of new work is The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation.

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.

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