Monthly Archives: September 2016

Young Actor Needed for THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS at the Covedale Center

CCPALooking for a talented young male performer to fill a role in our holiday production at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts:

December 1 – December 23, 2016
An original musical by Tim Perrino. Lyrics by Tim Perrino, Music by Steve Goers

The Role: Young Clement C. Moore. This is a supporting role. Looking for a young male performer who can look 12 to 14 years of age on stage. He must be able to sing and act. Some movement skill a plus. Performer will portray the son of the lead character in several scenes and songs. If interested, please email headshot and theatrical resume OR experience to Jennifer Perrino at

The Show:
A glorious new musical for Christmastime! Filled with romance, heartbreak and mystery, The Nights Before Christmas reveals the dramatic life of Clement C. Moore and the writing of the poem that defined the joy of Christmas for the world, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”. Is it possible that such a serious, sour-faced, religious scholar could write a trifle about a jolly elf in a red suit? Did Moore really pen the whole poem on a sleigh ride on Christmas Eve?? Could the rumors that he is not the author be true? And if he is the author, what is the secret that prevents him from claiming it for his own?

It’s a love story that spans a lifetime, a literary mystery, a celebration of a Christmases long gone by – all wrapped up in beautiful songs like “Christmas Belongs to Her”, “Summers at Chelsea”, “Tonight, My Lullaby”, “Santa Claus is a Friend of Mine” and of course, an inspiring musical version of “T’was the Night Before Christmas”.

Rehearsals begin October 11th. Weekdays 6:30 – 10:00 pm; Sunday 6:00 – 9:30 pm.

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Cincinnati Arts Association Announces Four New Shows as Part of its 2016-17 Season

caa_logoCINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is pleased to announce four exciting shows as part of its 2016-17 Season. The shows go on sale Friday, October 7 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

From a theatrical exploration of the war experience told through the memoirs of a 19-year-old GI to the world’s most respected taiko drummers from Japan to the live version of a very popular PBS KIDS® TV show, these exciting events are certain to continue CAA’s long-standing mission of presenting an eclectic mix of alternative entertainment choices to Cincinnati’s diverse audiences.  Additional events may be announced throughout the season.

CAA 2016-17 SEASON

By Ryan Smithson;  adapted for the stage by William Massolia
Friday, December 9, 2016 – 8:00 PM
Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater     

Chicago’s acclaimed Griffin Theater Company returns to the Aronoff Center for a second year with a show about the impact of war. Ryan Smithson was a typical 16-year-old high-school student until 9/11. “I’d thought about joining the military the moment I saw the towers fall,” he relates in this profoundly moving theatrical production. Smithson enlisted in the Army Reserve the following year and, a year into the Iraq war, was deployed to an Army engineer unit as a heavy-equipment operator. His poignant, often harrowing account, especially vivid in sensory details, chronicles his experiences in basic training and his tour of duty in Iraq. To enhance the theatrical experience of the play, the performance is followed by a post-play discussion.

caa_neighborhood-live-promo1Daniel Tiger’s NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE!
Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM
Aronoff Center for the Arts – Procter & Gamble Hall            

Won’t you be our neighbor? The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter, and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

caa_dadan-promo1KODO: 35th Anniversary DADAN 2017 North American Tour
Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 7:00 PM
Aronoff Center for the Arts – Procter & Gamble Hall                   

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant living art form. The vibrations created by the drummers not only reach the ears of the audience, they move listeners on a visceral level. In Japanese, the word “Kodo” holds a double meaning: “heartbeat,” the primal source of all rhythm; or, in a different context, “children of the drum,” which reflects the group’s desire to play the drums with the simple heart of a child.  Simultaneously raw and refined, the performance piece DADAN – which translates to “drumming men” in Japanese – features only Kodo’s young male performers. This powerful performance tests the limits of its player’s physical, technical, psychological, and spiritual abilities, all at the same time.

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles

RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles is a LIVE multi-media spectacular that takes you through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Featuring high-definition screens and imagery – this stunning concert event delivers a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to The Beatles.

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
Monday, April 17, 2017 – 7:30 PM
Aronoff Center for the Arts – Procter & Gamble Hall             

RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles returns for a record seventh engagement with a live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Featuring new songs and  high-definition imagery, this expanded RAIN adds even more hits that you know and love from the vast anthology of Beatles classics, such as “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” and “Hey Jude.”  This stunning concert event takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to The Beatles. 


  • (513) 621-ARTS [2787]
  • Aronoff Center Ticket Office
  • Group Discount Tickets (10 or more):  (513) 977-4157

                *Additional ticketing fees may apply.  Ticket prices and fees subject to change. 

Aronoff Center Ticket Office Hours        

  • Monday-Friday:  9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Saturday:  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Through intermission of the last show on performance days


SEASON SPONSORSAMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), FURNITURE FAIR, LOCAL12 WKRC, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Heidelberg Distributing, Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Macy’s, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, Ultimate Air Shuttle, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.

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Cast Announced for THE MUSIC MAN at The Carnegie

TC_logo_newWHAT: The Carnegie presents THE MUSIC MAN

WHEN: Weekends January 19 – 29, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 7:30pm ● Friday, January 20, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 21, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 22, 3pm
Thursday, January 26, 7:30pm ● Friday, January 27, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 28, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 29, 3pm

WHERE: The Carnegie | 1028 Scott Boulevard | Covington, KY 41011

DESCRIPTION: Seventy-six trombones will be marching into The Carnegie for our annual, family-friendly January production. See Professor Harold Hill take on the stubborn citizens of River City, Iowa while unexpectedly falling in love with the town’s buttoned-up librarian, Marian Paroo. With plenty of Americana and rousing up-tempo tunes, it’ll be the like the fourth of July in the middle of January!

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, THE MUSIC MAN features such iconic songs as “Seventy- Six Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Pickalittle Talk a Little,” and “Til There Was You.” Come enjoy an American classic with the family at The Carnegie.


  • Marian Paroo – Sarah Viola*
  • Harold Hill – Dave Wilson*
  • Marcellus Washburn – Sean Mette*
  • Mayor Shinn – Jim Stump
  • Eulalie Shinn – Torie Pate*
  • Widow Paroo – Angela Nalley
  • Mrs. Squires – Lauren Carr
  • Maude Dunlop – Lori Valentine
  • Alma Hix – Burgess Byrd
  • Ethel Toffelmeier – Sara Kenny*
  • Charlie Cowell – Bob Brunner
  • Olin Britt – Mike Bell
  • Ewart Dunlop – Mike Connelly
  • Jacey Squires – Zac Coleman
  • Oliver Hix – Paul Gilman
  • Zaneeta Shinn – Cassidy Steele
  • Tommy Dijlas – Wesley Schmidt
  • Winthrop – Anthony Coletta
  • Amaryllis – Maya Hunt*
  • Male Ensemble: Tyler Gau, Derek Harper*
  • Teen Ensemble: Caleb McKenzie, Joel Parece, Mikayla Renfrow, Anthony Schaeffer, Kelsey Schwarber*, Cian Steele, Alexandra Stojack, Kat Sweeney
  • Youth Ensemble: Ruthie Darnell, Ben Dropic*, Joe Hamzy, Isabella Lachey, Mark Schutzman*, Aine Steele, Audrey Stith*

* Returning to The Carnegie Stage

Production Team List:

  • Director – Greg Procaccino
  • Music Direction – Steve Goers
  • Choreography – Maggie Perrino

Some Fun Facts About the Cast and Crew:

  • The show is directed by Greg Procaccino who directed SLUETH
  • Sarah Viola (playing Marian Paroo) played Glinda in WIZARD OF OZ
  • Dave Wilson (playing Harold Hill) sang at an event at The Carnegie, and is married to Sarah Viola
  • Torie Pate (playing Eulalie Shinn) teaches in the education program
  • Sara Kenny (playing Ethel Toffelmeier) played Amy in COMPANY
  • Maya Hunt (playing Amaryllis) played a munchkin in WIZARD OF OZ
  • Derek Haper (Male Ensemble) was in the ensemble in WIZARD OF OZ
  • Kelsey Schwarber (Teen Ensemble) was a summer intern with the theatre department
  • Ben Dropic, Mark Schutzman, and Audrey Stith (Youth Ensemble) were all munchkins in The Wizard of Oz last year

About The Carnegie

The Carnegie is northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre; and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at or by calling (859) 491-2030.

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from ArtsWave, Cincinnati International Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation.

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Kentucky High School Theatre Festival on Oct. 1

kta_logoThe Kentucky Theatre Association (KTA) is initiating a new procedure for their State High School Theatre Festival. This year the 5 Regions throughout the State will each hold its own Qualifying Regional Festival, to identify those theatres who will compete at the Annual State Theatre Conference. A record number of high schools have registered to participate in the festival this year, fulfilling one of KTA’s initial goals – growth in participation statewide.

The inaugural festival will take place in the North Region on Saturday, October 1, 2016, and will be held at Scott High School, in Taylor Mill, KY. Three schools will be presenting a show in competition: Scott H.S., Simon Kenton H.S., and Bracken Co. H.S. The performances will begin at 1:00 pm, and wrap up with the presentation of awards around 4:30 pm. The top-performing school will be invited to represent the North Region at the State Festival on Nov. 11-12, at the University of Kentucky’s Guignol Theatre, Lexington.

The festival is open to the public; admission is $5.00 at the door the day of the festival. The school is located off I-275 (exit 79), south on Pride Parkway – approx. 2 miles on the right.

Everyone is welcome. Come for the shows, and help support our students and the fine arts in our schools.

Wayne Kirsch
KTA Board Member, North Rep.

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Lighting Designer Needed for A DEATH OF A SALESMAN at CenterStage Players

CSPOH_logoCenterStage Players has an immediate need for a Lighting Designer who can hang, focus and (hopefully) run lights for its upcoming October production of A DEATH OF A SALESMAN.

Performed  at North College Hill City Center, 1500 West Galbraith Rd, 45231

Show dates are Oct. 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29
Rough hang could start on Sat. Oct. 8
Tech. rehearsals are scheduled to begin Sunday, Oct. 16th.

Any folks who might be interested, or knows of someone who might be,
should contact

Burt McCollom

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