Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Runaway Holiday Blockbuster EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVERY TOLD (AND THEN SOME!) Returns for Twelfth Straight Season


Miranda McGee & Justin McCombs. Photo by By Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The popular Cincinnati holiday tradition, EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVERY TOLD, appears on CSC’s stage for a limited run of eleven performances December 21-31, 2017!

CINCINNATI, November 21, 2017 – For the twelfth straight year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is thrilled to offer a full season of holiday cheer in just 90 minutes with Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) by Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald, and John K. Alvarez. This hilarious production is a non-stop holiday romp through everyone’s favorite Christmas stories performed by just four actors in ninety minutes. Justin McCombs and Billy Chace, who are respectively twelfth-year and eleventh-year company members, return to poke fun at the holiday season, with returning special guest Miranda McGee, eighth-year company member. This year, CSC welcomes Resident Company Member Maggie Lou Rader to the cast for the first time! CSC Director of Creative Education, Jeremy Dubin, returns to the director’s chair. This production is one of the most popular events in Cincinnati Shakespeare Company history breaking attendance and sales records every year. All tickets are $38, making this show one of the best holiday deals in town. Audiences are encouraged to get their tickets soon!

What starts as an annual performance of A Christmas Carol quickly descends into a playful skewering of everyone’s favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics.” Using just three actors and a little help from the audience, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) crams an entire season’s worth of stories, carols, and television specials into ninety minutes of non-stop laughs. Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) premiered in 2005 at Orlando Shakespeare Company under the direction of Artistic Director Jim Helsinger.

Audiences and critics have made the show a sold-out success for the last eleven Decembers. Rick Pender of CityBeat wrote of the show, “If you’ve laughed yourself silly watching any of the scripts developed by the Reduced Shakespeare Company – you’ll find yourself in similar territory.  Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald, and John K. Alvarez clearly went to the same school… This production will certainly appeal to audiences looking for relaxing, adult holiday amusement.”  Director Jeremy Dubin remarks, “This cast has so much fun together that the show has become a very personal holiday tradition for all of us. It’s occasionally a little irreverent but always warm-spirited, and it’s the perfect panacea to all your winter woes.”

 This show will be appreciated by adults and older teens, but is not recommended for anyone young enough to still believe in Santa.

 All performances are held at The Otto M. Budig Theater on 1195 Elm St in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park. No passes, subscriptions, group rates, or discounts apply. All tickets are $38. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273), or visit us online at

 For additional information on Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some), including photography, or for interviews with Mr. Dubin or any member of the company contact Jeanna Vella by email or by phone 513.381.2273 x. 3202.

Show dates and times are as follows:

  • Thurs, Dec 21, at 7:30 PM
  • Fri, Dec 22, at 7:30 PM
  • Sat, Dec 23, at 2 PM
  • Sat, Dec 23, at 7:30 PM
  • Wed, Dec 27, at 7:30 PM
  • Thurs, Dec 28, at 7:30 PM
  • Fri, Dec 29, at 7:30 PM
  • Sat, Dec 30, at 2 PM
  • Sat, Dec 30, at 7:30 PM
  • Sun, Dec 31, at 2 PM
  • Sun, Dec 31, at 7:30 PM


About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.  CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theater Association.  Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics!

About The 2017-2018 Season:
This season is funded by ArtsWave and is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council, the Shubert Foundation and is supported.  The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Production dates and information on the season are available online at

The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company was one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States.


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