Monthly Archives: January 2018

Casting Announced for CAA and CMT’s New Cabaret, LOVE IS LOVE – Feb. 9-17 at the Aronoff Center

CMT_Love is Love logoFebruary 9-10 & 16-17
Aronoff Center – Fifth Third Bank Theater
Cincinnati Arts Association and Cincinnati Music Theatre
Announce Casting for Premiere Partnership Event at the Aronoff Center

(Cincinnati, OH) – Cincinnati Music Theatre (CMT) and the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) are pleased to announce the casting of its premiere cabaret LOVE IS LOVE: A Cabaret of Broadway Songs About Love at the Aronoff Center’s intimate Fifth Third Bank Theater on February 9-10 and 16-17 (see detailed schedule below). CMT has attracted some of the area’s top local talent and theatre veterans – many of whom have performed in past CMT productions – for this premiere production through a new partnership with CAA.

LOVE IS LOVE – Cast List  

  • Brian Anderson (Birmingham-Southern College, BFA in Theatre and Dance; European tour of 42nd Street and A Chorus Line)
  • Luka Ashley Carter (Tony Elliot in Billy Elliot, CMT; Sonny in Grease, Jersey Productions)
  • Bree Hunter Cox (University of Minnesota, Master of Music; numerous productions with the Dayton Opera; vocal music director for Sister Act, CMT)
  • Pamela Kay Day (Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, Cincinnati Landmark Productions; Rose in Gypsy, CMT)
  • Mary Puetz (Mary Martin of Tours in Sister Act, CMT; Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady, Cincinnati Landmark Productions)
  • Katelyn Reid (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, BFA Dramatic Performance; Fiona in Shrek the Musical, CMT)
  • Wayne Wright (vocalist for the Cincinnati Ballet’s Footage; Captain Hook in Peter Pan, CMT)

Sitting at tables with a drink in hand, audiences will hear Broadway classics, old and new, about the many different aspects of love. In the premiere production of a partnership between CAA and CMT, beloved songs such as “Seasons of Love” (Rent), “Love Changes Everything” (Aspects of Love), “My Funny Valentine” (Babes in Arms), and “Falling Out of Love Can Be Fun” (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas) will be sung by CMT’s top talent. It’s the perfect show for a Valentine’s date or a special evening with friends!

Musical direction will be by Michael Spresser, who is co-creating the cabaret with acclaimed local director Skip Fenker. Michael has over twenty-five years of music teaching and publishing experience and has given editorial guidance to composers such as Eric Whitacre and Stephen Schwartz. “I am truly thrilled to work with each member of our cast,” said Michael. “This new venture with CAA is the perfect opportunity for our community of actors to be involved in an intimate evening of charming music from the stage.”

Tickets are only $25 and include a cheese/fruit plate and one beverage compliments of CAA. Tickets are available now at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.  Group sales of eight or more are available at (513) 977-4157. Ticket price includes all fees.

LOVE IS LOVE Performance Schedule:

  • Friday, February 9, 2018 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM
  • Friday, February 16, 2018 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Cincinnati Arts Association
Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of two of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 700,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies, including Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony/Pops Orchestras, and Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati, presented by TriHealth. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.6 million students.

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Cincinnati Music Theatre
One of Cincinnati’s oldest and most successful community theaters, CMT is proud of its long history of presenting popular, large scale, award-winning musicals to enthusiastic audiences from across the Greater Cincinnati area. For more information, visit, LIKE us on Facebook at, and follow us on Twitter @CinMusicTheatre.


SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), FURNITURE FAIRLOCAL12 WKRCTHE P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Macy’s, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.

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2018-2019 Season Announced by The Carnegie


COVINGTON, KY– Groundbreaking music, thrilling romances, and escapes from reality are just a few of the themes patrons can expect in The Carnegie’s 2018-19 Theatre Season.

The Carnegie’s 2018-19 season opens in August with R&B dreams and schemes in DREAMGIRLS. The emotional journey of female singing trio, the Dreams, features favorite songs from the 2006 motion picture of the same name. In November monsters and romance take center stage for IN LOVE AND WARCRAFT, a new award-winning play that examines love in the age of the Internet. Families can experience Disney magic in January with THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. The family-friendly musical pairs the Victor Hugo novel and classic songs from the Disney movie with new songs from award-winning composers, Menken and Schwartz. The season concludes in March with SWING!, a celebration of music and the dance movement that swept the world, that includes favorite songs like “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “In the Mood,” and many more.

The Carnegie’s 2018-19 Theatre Series

Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Music by Henry Krieger
Original Broadway Production Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett
Playing August 11-26, 2018

Based on the stories of real life music icons, The Supremes, James Brown, and others, DREAMGIRLS offers a behind-the-scenes look at the music industry of the 60s as it tells the story of R&B group The Dreams. Starting out as a trio of singers and friends, Effie, Deena, and Lorrell are determined to make it big in the vibrant music landscape of the 1960s. But as the band’s success grows, their relationships deteriorate.

Featuring such songs as “Dreamgirls,” “And I’m Telling You,” and “One Night Only,” this In Tony Award-winning musical was adapted into the 2006 motion picture starring Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Edie Murphy, Danny Glover, and Anika Noni Rose.

Eight Performances:
Saturday, August 11, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 12, 3pm
Friday, August 17, 7:30pm ● Saturday, August 18, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 19, 3pm
Friday, August 24, 7:30pm ● Saturday, August 25, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 26, 3pm

DREAMGIRLS is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC. 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

By Madhuri Shekar
Playing November 3-18, 2018

Evie Malone, a college senior and gamer girl, has it all figured out. She commands a top-ranked guild in World of Warcraft with her virtual boyfriend, and makes money writing love letters for people having relationship problems. She makes game plans, employs strategies, and doesn’t take stupid risks…until she falls in love in real life. No amount of gaming expertise will help her out when she finds herself with a non-virtual, totally real, and incredibly cute boyfriend.

A rom-com for the digital generation, IN LOVE AND WARCRAFT is a new take on society and romance in the age of the Internet with plenty of fantasy, adventure and humor.

Eight Performances:
Saturday, November 3, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 4, 3pm
Friday, November 9, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 10, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 11, 3pm
Friday, November 16, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 17, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 18, 3pm 

IN LOVE AND WARCRAFT is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions
Playing January 17 – 27, 2019

Quasimodo, the misshapen bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral longs to join the city of Paris during the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the Archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

The beloved musical, based on the Victor Hugo novel of the same name, features an Academy Award-nominated score from the Disney film, including “Out There” and “God Help the Outcasts” along with and new songs from famed composers Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled) and Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Wicked).

Ten Performances:
Thursday, January 17, 7:30pm ● Friday, January 18, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 19, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 20, 3pm
Thursday, January 24, 7:30pm ● Friday, January 25, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 26, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 27, 3pm

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MIT). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MIT.


Original Concept by Paul Kelly
Original Direction and Choreography by Lynn Taylor-Corbett
Playing March 30 – April 15, 2019

High energy beats and fast paced dance moves are hallmarks of swing music, which exploded out of pre-war Harlem’s hotbed of youth culture and became a worldwide phenomenon. The genre crossed racial and cultural barriers to bring us popular dances like the Lindy Hop, the Jive and more. SWING! celebrates this remarkable diversity to the beat of the most exhilarating songs of the period. But as this enthralling song-and-dance show makes abundantly clear, swing was never a time or place – it has always been a state of mind.

Eight Performances:
Saturday, March 30, 7:30pm ● Sunday, March 31, 3pm
Friday, April 5, 7:30pm ● Saturday, April 6, 7:30pm ● Sunday, April 7, 3pm
Friday, April 12, 7:30pm ● Saturday, April 13, 7:30pm ● Sunday, April 14, 3pm

SWING! Presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals


Subscriptions for the 2018-19 Theatre Season are currently on sale. Single tickets go on sale Friday, April 13 ,2018 at noon. Tickets may be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940, open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or online at

About The Carnegie Theatre Series
The Carnegie Theatre Series produces professional, innovative stagings of an eclectic range of theatrical works. Striving to unite the greater Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati theatre community through partnerships and collaborations, the series engages and nurtures both emerging and established talent, including working professionals, committed part-time theatre artists, university performing arts students and younger students. The Carnegie Theatre Series productions bring together these forces to provide quality theatre for Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area.

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 Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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ONE SLIGHT HITCH Runs Feb. 16-25

FFL_One Slight Hitch logoONE SLIGHT HITCH
Fairfield Footlighters
Feb. 16-25
Fairfield Community Arts Center

Directed by R. Geoffrey Werbin
Produced by Darlene Feldmann

Cast: Fred Hunt as Doc Coleman, Diane Minnich Weber as Delia Coleman, Taylor Retherford as Courtney, T.J. Montgomery as Ryan, Mackenzie Nosal as P.B., Jamie Davis as Melanie & Corey Ballard as Harper

It’s Courtney’s wedding day, and her mom, Delia, is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce the doorbell rings. And all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect.

  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 16-17 at 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 18 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 23-24 at 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 25 at 2pm

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The Passing of Phyllis Penewitt

XACT_Phyllis PennewittFrom Xenia Area Community Theater

RIP Phyllis. She was one of the founders of the Xenia Area Community Theater and served on our Board and as President for several years. Always a smiling and gracious presence. She will be missed.

From the Xenia Daily Gazette:

XENIA — Phyllis Ann Pennewitt, formerly the Mayor of Xenia, age 82, died after an extended stay at Harmony Nursing Home on Friday, January 12, 2018. The 2015 Greene County Women’s Hall of Fame Recipient was born February 12, 1935 in Xenia, Ohio the daughter of Paul and Clara Jones. Phyllis attended Xenia High School, Wright State University and Antioch University where she obtained a Masters Degree in Accounting. Phyllis retired in 1996 from the McGregor School of Antioch University as an accountant. She served as Mayor of Xenia from 2006-2010. She previously served on City Council from 2000-2005. Phyllis was a loving, giving, energetic, positive, supportive unselfish soul, who volunteered for numerous duties including: XACT Board of Directors, President of the Child Conservation League; Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Board of Trustees; member of CASA; Greene County Historical League; Greene Memorial Hospital and the Business and Professional Women’s Club…

Click to read the full obituary and funeral arrangements.

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Local Theatrical Supply Company Reopens Under New Ownership

TH_Marty Boyer_President

Marty Boyer. Photo by Shannan Boyer.

COVINGTON, Ky. — Theatre House, the 17,500 square foot theatrical supply shop located at 400 West 3rd Street in Covington, is open once again and under new ownership.

“Theatre House is a special place, and I am thrilled to be able to keep its legacy going,” said Marty Boyer, new president. “The outpouring of emails and phone calls we’ve received from customers who have heard about our reopening has been amazing. People really do feel a strong connection to this company.”

Opened in 1955, Theatre House got its start producing curtains, fabrics, and other services for local theatres. Demand grew, and it quickly became a trusted theatrical supply resource to theaters and industry professionals at all levels, across the country. Today it sells virtually anything and everything someone involved in a theatre production might need – from lighting, fabrics and wigs, to makeup, costumes, props and much more.

A long-time resident of Northern Kentucky, Boyer has spent the last 20 years in the digital marketing and branding space working with national brands.

“The theatrical supply business is one where a huge opportunity exists to turn technology and data science into an operational advantage,” says Boyer. “We can move this business forward in all aspects including purchasing, marketing, and inventory. I’m excited to see the kind of impact we can make as we re-launch the business.”

Since acquiring the Theatre House this past November, he has already overhauled the company’s website –, developed new branding, and reopened the Theatre House’s retail store. He’s also spent a great amount of time getting to know TheatreHouse customers and meeting with vendors.

“Above all we want to help people share their stories. There are amazing people out there who every day are bringing creative stories to life,” said Boyer. “Prop masters, costume designers, make-up artists, lighting supervisors and more – and we’re here to play a supporting role in helping them, any way we can.”

The Theatre House is located at 400 West 3rd Street, Covington, KY 41011.  Retail store hours are 1:00 to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays.  For more information, or to place an order, call (859) 293-2277 or visit

About Theatre House
At Theatre House, our goal is to provide everything you need to create your best performance. A one-stop theatrical supply shop since 1955, Theatre House provides theatrical supplies, props, wigs, make-up, lighting, fabrics, and more. Retail hours are 1:00 to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays. Learn more at


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