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

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Dec. 21-31

Directed by Jeremy Dubin

Cast: Justin McCombs, Billy Chace, Miranda McGee & Maggie Lou Rader

CSC’s holiday smash hit is back—bigger and better than ever! What begins as a traditional production of A Christmas Carol soon devolves into a slightly irreverent, but undeniably adoring look at all our pop culture Christmas faves, including Rudolph, Frosty, and good ol’ Charlie Brown. Three actors (with the help of a slightly tipsy Santa) lampoon everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss in 90 minutes of high-octane jollity and frivolity.

Performances before Christmas have SOLD OUT and Standing Room Tickets are now available.  Standing Room is located in the Upper Gallery. 

  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 21-22 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec. 23 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Wed-Fri, Dec. 27-29 at 7:30pm
  • Sat-Sun, Dec. 30-31 at 2pm & 7:30pm

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Auditions Announced for DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE at SSCC Theatre

SSCC_logoRescheduled from Jan. 12 due to inclement weather.

SSCC Theatre is pleased to announce their upcoming auditions for the spring production of DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE, by Sarah Ruhl.

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man – with a lot of loose ends. So begins DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE, a work about how we memorialize the dead – and how that remembering changes us – it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

Auditions, open to community members and students, will be held on Friday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. in The Edward K. Daniels Auditorium at the Central Campus of Southern State Community College, in Hillsboro, OH. Those interested in auditioning should prepare and memorize a comedic one to two-minute monologue. Those interested on working in available crew positions will be asked to complete an interview the night of auditions. If you’re interested in auditioning, but unavailable to attend the audition date, please contact Rainee Angles ( to schedule an alternate audition date prior to January 12.

DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE directed by Rainee Angles, will be performed April 6 – 8. For more information about DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE available roles, and a rehearsal schedule, please visit

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Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA Playing Weekends January 18-28 at The Carnegie

TC_Willy Wonka logo(COVINGTON, KY) – This January The Carnegie will take audiences on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination as it continues its 2017-18 Theatre Series with Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA, playing weekends January 18-28, 2018.

Based on the enchanting 1971 Oscar-nominated film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder, Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy.

“Willy Wonka is a fun-filled fantasy that’s just as enjoyable for adults who grew up on the movie as it is for kids who are being introduced to it for the first time,” said Carnegie Theatre Director Maggie Perrino. “We’ve got lots of special effects, clever turns of stage magic, and an entire plaza full of candy decorations planned. You won’t want to miss this very special production at The Carnegie.”

Featuring songs such as “The Candyman,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” and “Pure Imagination,” Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s musical sweet tooth.

Performances of Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA will run Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm. Tickets are $30, $27 for Carnegie Members, Northern Kentucky Chamber Members and Enjoy the Arts Members, $18 for children 12 and under, and $23 for students. Tickets can be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday – Friday 12pm – 5pm, in person or by phone at (859) 957-1940, or online at Patrons seeking group, member, or student tickets should call the Box Office to make arrangements.

The 2017-18 Carnegie Theatre Series is sponsored by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.

Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).




  • Willy Wonka – Dain Alan Paige
  • Phineous Trout – Sean P. Mette
  • Charlie Bucket – Cade C. Harvey
  • Augustus Gloop – Christian Arias
  • Mrs. Gloop – Angela Alexander Nalley
  • Veruca Salt – Gabrielle Tollefson
  • Mr. Salt – John Siedenberg II
  • Mike Teavee – Liam Sweeney
  • Ms. Teavee – Emily Martin
  • Violet Beauregarde – Laura Dinn
  • Mrs. Beauregarde – Lesley Hitch
  • Grandpa Joe – Don Wong
  • Mr. Bukcket – Brian Anderson
  • Mrs. Bucket – Linsey Rogers
  • Grandma Josephine – Aimee Zimmer
  • Grandpa George – Jeff Richardson
  • Grandma Georgina – Cathy Alter
  • James/Teen Ensemble – Jackson Higgason
  • Matilda/Teen Ensemble – Molly Munn
  • Sophie/Teen Ensemble – Samantha Cline
  • Danny/Teen Ensemble – Anna Dudley
  • Alfie/Teen Ensemble – Mark Schutzman
  • Billie/Teen Ensemble – Katelyn Moore
  • Oompa Loompas/Youth Ensemble – Ryan Armstrong, Olivia Bayer, Russell Corby, Ruthie Darnell, Yvonne Herrmann, Novella Rose Marshall, Evgenia Sias, Sophia Teague


  • Director and Choreographer – Maggie Perrino
  • Music Director- Xan Jeffery
  • Stage Manager – Jackie Smith
  • Scenic Designer – Tyler Gabbard
  • Costume Designer –Josh Newman
  • Lighting Designer – Larry Csernik


Willy Wonka – Dain Alan Paige
Dain Alan Pagie started writing and producing plays in the third grade, and has never looked back.  A graduate of the CCM acting program, he has performed with many theatres around town, including Jersey Productions, Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Showboat Majestic, Kincaid Regional Theatre, Commonwealth Theatre Company at NKU, Monmouth Theatre and ArtReach Touring Theatre. Favorite roles include Michael in I DO! I DO!, Cliff in CABARET, Jesus in COTTON PATCH GOSPEL, and Lumiere in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Charlie Bucket – Cade C. Harvey
Cade Harvey is a graduate of Oak Hills High school. He has worked with multiple theatre companies in the area. He most recently finished the show YOUNG FRANKENSTIEN at The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.

Grandpa Joe – Don Wong
Don Wong is excited to return to the Carnegie stage again this year after appearing briefly, albeit clothed, in The Full Monty.  A native of Cincinnati and resident of Clifton, Don is the Ticketing Services Manager at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he first appeared onstage in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Don was a co-founder of Cincinnati Public Theatre in the late nineties and his favorite directing credits include two tours of the six-hour play, THE KENTUCKY CYCLE, LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION!, THE CRUCIBLE, INHERIT THE WIND, BEAUTIFUL THING, SAINT JOAN, CINDERELLA, SOUTH PACIFIC, and LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE.

Augustus Gloop – Christian Arias
Christian Arias is a sophomore at Scott High School. Christian has appeared in multiple productions including TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME, JUNIE MOON at Scott High School, INTO THE WOODS JR. and SEUSSICAL JR. with Jersey Productions, and SCHREK: THE MUSICAL with Cincinnati Music theater.

Veruca Salt – Gabrielle Tollefson
Gabby Tollefsen is making her Carnegie debut in ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA. Gabby is a sophomore at Mariemont High School and studies at CCM Prep in their high school Musical Theatre Intensive, as well as voice at Musical Arts Center. Favorite past credits include LEGALLY BLONDE at CAPA, CRAZY FOR YOU at CCM Prep, BRIGADOON at Mariemont, and most recently CYPT’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Mike Teavee – Liam Sweeney
Liam Sweeney is making his Carnegie debut in ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA. No stranger to the stage, Liam has appeared in GREASE, DECK THE HALLS, CYRANO DE BURGER SHACK, CATS! (Not The Musical), and THE BULLYING COLLECTION at St. Henry District High School. Liam attended the 2017 Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.

Violet Beauregarde – Laura Dinn
Laura Dinn is making her Carnegie debut in ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA. As a senior at Notre Dame Academy, Laura looks forward beginning her college journey toward receiving a BFA in acting. She is a second year student in the CCM Certificate Acting Program and CCM Preparatory Dance Department where she is able to strengthen her education of acting, tap, and musical theatre dance. You may have recently seen her in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre), REAGACHEV (Cincinnati Fringe Festival), and THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Thomas More College).

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 Cincinnati Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, The City of Covington, and the Kentucky Arts Council. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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Magician Cody Clark to Perform CONDUCTOR CODY’S CHRISTMAS EXPRESS at Haines House of Cards

MISC_Conductor Cody SquareNovember 27, 2017 (CINCINNATI, OH) – Louisville, KY based professional magician Cody Clark, as his children’s magic character Conductor Cody, will be performing a new Christmas themed magic show called Conductor Cody’s Christmas Express!. This family friendly holiday magic show will take place at Haines House of Cards on Saturday, December 16th at 4 PM.

In the style of classic holiday movies such as The Polar Express, Cody takes audiences on a train trip to the North Pole, with the stops along the way featuring magic with hot chocolate, “reindeer games”, tree tinsel, jingle bells, and even the magical appearance of Santa Claus! Through magic, audience participation, and creative storytelling, Conductor Cody’s Christmas Express! will give your family some great holiday memories!

Cody Clark has been performing magic for 13 years. He is no stranger to Cincinnati, having performed in the 2015 Cincinnati Fringe Festival with his solo show about living with autism Cody Clark: A Different Way of Thinking. His newest character Conductor Cody is inspired by his childhood love of trains and George Carlin’s stint as Thomas the Tank Engine narrator Mr. Conductor. He performs this show at birthday parties and railroad themed events.

Tickets for Conductor Cody’s Christmas Express! are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. They can be purchased in advance at or at the door. Haines House of Cards is located on 2514 Leslie Ave in Norwood. To learn more about Conductor Cody, you can go to


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Matthew 25: Ministries Presents TICKETS TO RADIO PLAY Play by Reverend Wendell Mettey

MISC_Matthew 25 Ministries logoTickets the Radio Play is a family-friendly holiday treat! 

November 22, 2017  CINCINNATI, OH – Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located at 11060 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash presents TICKETS TO RADIO PLAY by Reverend Wendell Mettey on December 1st and 2nd.  What happens to the Christmas spirit when a church has to decide how to distribute 253 tickets that “Admit One to Heaven” to a congregation of more than 1,000?  Join us at Matthew 25: Ministries for this charming, heartwarming, family-friendly holiday entertainment that celebrates the Christmas spirit.

Tickets the Radio Play is based on the short story TICKETS originally written by Matthew 25’s Founder and President Reverend Wendell Mettey in 1976 for his Walnut Hills congregation.  Reverend Mettey conceived the idea of turning the radio program into a staged old-style radio play and the original radio script received its world premiere staged production in December of 2013.  TICKETS TO RADIO PLAY recreates the ambiance of an old-time recording studio, where actors perform the radio play in front of a live “studio” audience, complete with old style sound effects and surprises.  The original short story TICKETS is included in a compilation of Reverend Mettey’s Christmas stories (Lost and Found, Stories of Christmas), released in November of 2013.

Performances of TICKETS TO RADIO PLAY are 12/1 (7:30) and 12/2 (3:00 and 7:30).   Tickets for Tickets are available at, by calling (513) 793-6256 or e-mailing Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for children.  The cast of Tickets includes talented, fan-favorite performers from all around Greater Cincinnati.  A selection of unique, international crafts purchased from artists in the locations Matthew 25 serves will be available for purchase at each performance.

More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. Matthew 25 also welcomes volunteers six days a week at their Blue Ash facility.  For the most up-to-date information about Matthew 25: Ministries’ humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts please contact Joodi Archer at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at Follow Matthew 25: Ministries on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter

ABOUT MATTHEW 25: MINISTRIES: Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 15,000,000 pounds of corporate discontinues, misprints, overruns, off-spec, slightly damaged, returned and past season products each year and redistributes them to people in desperate need throughout the US and worldwide. Each year, Matthew 25: Ministries impacts the lives of more than 20,000,000 individuals throughout the United States and around the world. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. Matthew 25 has been highly ranked on Forbes’ list of the Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also highly ranked of more than 2,500 four star charities on Charity Navigator.  Matthew 25: Ministries is accredited by the Better Business Bureau through the “Wise Giving Alliance Standards”. For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Joodi Archer at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit

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Celebrating 25 Years of Caring for a Needy World
Matthew 25: Ministries is top-ranked among over 2,000 4-star charities by Charity Navigator and has been ranked by as one of the most efficient large US charities.  Matthew 25: Ministries was awarded the “Best Charities in America” seal from the Independent Charities of America and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau through the “Wise Giving Alliance Standards”. Matthew 25: Ministries was named Non-Profit of the Year by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and is a winner of the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics and the ONE Award for Process Excellence.  Matthew 25: Ministries participates in the Combined Federal Campaign, the Federal Government’s workplace philanthropy program that requires all non-profit participants to meet the highest standards of transparency and efficiency in the industry.  More than 99% of M25M’s cash and in-kind donations go toward programs.

Matthew 25: Ministries is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization helping the poorest of the poor and disaster victims locally, nationally and internationally regardless of race, creed or political persuasion.  By rescuing and reusing products from major corporations and manufacturers, Matthew 25: Ministries provides basic necessities, nutritional supplements, educational materials, building supplies, medical care, community development and disaster relief across the US and worldwide.


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