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Cirque du Soleil’s First On-Ice Production CRYSTAL comes to Cincinnati this December


Matt Beard / Costumes: Marie Chantale Vaillancourt / 2018 Cirque du Soleil.

Cincinnati – Cirque du Soleil is excited to announce its return to the Queen City this December with its first creation on ice – CRYSTAL. This unique production pushes the boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. CRYSTAL will celebrate the holidays at the U.S. Bank Arena from Thursday, December 27 through Sunday, December 30 – for six shows only.

In CRYSTAL, gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines for a world-class audience experience. Synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating are featured alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand-to-hand. The result is an adrenaline-packed show for the whole family that pushes the boundaries and surpasses all expectations.

The city holds a special place for us as Cincinnati native Mary Siegel, cast member of Crystal, will make her debut in the city where she grew up. “I can’t even begin to find the words to describe exactly how excited I am to be performing with Cirque du Soleil in my hometown,” says Mary. “It’s one thing to share what I love with my closest friends and family, but to do so around the holidays, I couldn’t ask for a better scenario.”  She joined Cirque du Soleil during the creation of CRYSTAL in the summer of 2017 in Montreal and has been performing as a figure skater in the show ever since.

Tickets for CRYSTAL were available online exclusively to Cirque Club members starting May 7. Cirque Club membership is free, and benefits include access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind-the-scenes information. To join, visit General ticket sales for Cincinnati performances of CRYSTAL were available starting May 18.

Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial prowess.

Show Schedule – Thursday, December 27 through Sunday, December 30, 2018

  • Thursday, December 27 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 28 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 29 at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 30 at 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm

More about CRYSTAL – A Breakthrough Ice Experience
Follow CRYSTAL, the lead character, on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Feel the adrenaline as she soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, liberated and empowered. CRYSTAL invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that springs to colorful life with astounding visual projections and a soundtrack that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil.

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To watch a preview video of CRYSTAL, visit YOUTUBE

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Cirque du Soleil wishes to thank Forsythe Technology, official partner.

Cirque du Soleil
CRYSTAL is Cirque du Soleil’s 42nd original production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 180 million spectators in more than 450 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has more than 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from 50 different countries.

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Registration Available for Camp Jersey

JPI_Camp JerseyCamp Jersey – Jersey Productions’ musical theater camp – is still accepting registrations for our upcoming camps, July 30-August 10 at the Aronoff Center.

CAMP JERSEY! Register for Camp Jersey 2018!  July 30 – August 10

CAMP JERSEY is an opportunity for young performers, ages 7-14, to participate in daily voice, dance and acting classes and learn the “ins and outs” of the world of musical theatre.

Campers perform in their own showcase at the end of camp.

9:30am-12:30pm with classes split for age levels – $200
(Discounted from $300 with thanks to the Greater Cincinnati Foundation-Rental Subsidy Grant at the Aronoff Center)

CAMP JERSEY PRODUCTION!  Register for Camp Jersey 2018!

July 30 – August 11 (performances on Saturday the 11th)

Ages 13-17 – participants in this two-week camp rehearse in the studio and perform in the Jarson Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center.

Lights, sound, costumes…let’s put on a show!

Shrek Jr. is the Camp Jersey 2018 Production.

1:00-4:00pm – $265

Tuition includes show t-shirt & 2-pack of tickets to the final show.

Visit our website or contact with any questions.
Thank you!
Kelly Martin
Managing Director
Jersey Productions, Inc

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See Me. Feel Me. Touch Me. Heal Me. The Who’s TOMMY to Rock Memorial Hall

MEMO_The Whos Tommy logo

CINCINNATI, OH – It’s been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums of All Time, earned five Tony Awards, and has been performed on stages as varied as Woodstock, the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway’s St. James Theatre. Now the record that popularized the “rock opera” genre explodes to life in one of Cincinnati’s premier live music venues. Memorial Hall proudly presents The Who’s TOMMY, playing September 14, 15, 20 and 21, 2018 in the beautifully restored Anderson Theater. Broadway veteran Leslie Goddard directs and choreographs a sprawling concert staging, featuring an all-star live band, psychedelic projections, a 24-voice choir and twelve professional singer / dancers from around Cincinnati and across the country. Tickets are $28 – $42 and are available at, or by calling the Memorial Hall Box Office at 513.977.8838 (Tu – Fr, 1pm – 6pm).

THE WHO’S TOMMY is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

That Deaf, Dumb and Blind Kid: A Synopsis
After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia and, as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he’s discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball and, when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.

Featuring The Who classics “Pinball Wizard,” “Listening To You” and “I’m Free,” The Who’s TOMMY is an exhilarating tale of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years.

Who’s Who
In a career that has included Broadway’s HAIRSPRAY and the Las Vegas staging of JERSEY BOYS, TOMMY director / choreographer Leslie Goddard has appeared in two productions of the rarely-mounted show, giving her unique insight into a piece that is ripe for directorial interpretation.

Goddard teams with stalwart music director and pianist Steve Goers. A faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and frequent presence at theatres including Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre and the Aronoff Center, Goers was a featured performer in the most recent local staging of TOMMY, a concert at the Covedale Center for the Arts in 2009. He leads a band featuring some of the Queen City’s finest talent; Brad Myers and Don Gauck interpret Pete Townshend’s iconic lead guitar, joined by Aaron Jacobs (bass) and Devon Leigh (drums), paying homage
to the inexorable Keith Moon. Goers will also have at his disposal the 24-voice Sycamore High School Select Ensemble, under the direction of Ken Holdt. The choir is no stranger to iconic rock-n-roll acts; they performed with Foreigner last summer in the band’s Riverbend concert.

Memorial Hall’s production of TOMMY features some of Greater Cincinnati’s finest homegrown talent, who return home for the production amid successful national and international careers. Playing the show’s title role is Dayton native and Northern Kentucky University alum Noah Berry. Berry has spent the better part of the past two years on the road with BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, and will be joining the national tour of SPAMALOT this fall. In the role of Captain Walker is Cincinnati native Zack Steele, whose globetrotting career has included cross-country crossovers RING OF FIRE, HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY and ALL SHOOK UP, as well as lengthy engagements as a featured performer on international cruise lines. CCM faculty member Katie Johannigman is thrilled to return to the stage as TOMMY’s dance captain, on the heels of a musical theatre intensive in China and choreography of Bernstein’s MASS with May Festival and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

A complete cast, band and production team list can be found following this release.

Concert Design
Memorial Hall’s concert staging of TOMMY will not be without visual spectacle. The show will utilize projections from the original Broadway production as designed by Wendall K. Harrington. Recipient of Drama Desk Award, American Theater Wing Award and the Outer Circle Critics Award as part of the Tony Award-winning production, Harrington’s video work will be integrated into a thrilling lighting & scenic design by CCM professor Mark Williams.

Tommy: Concept Album, Live Sensation, Movie and Broadway Musical
Originally released in 1969, TOMMY was The Who’s fourth studio album, and is considered the first “rock opera.” The double album reached #2 and #4 on the UK and USA charts, respectively, and received celebrated live performances at Woodstock, Fillmore East and the Metropolitan Opera. Subsequent concerts have featured the likes of Phil Collins, Bette Midler, Patti LaBelle, Steve Winwood, Elton John, Billy Idol, Richie Havens, Ringo Starr, Richard Harris and Peter Sellers. A 1975 film adaptation cast Townshend alongside Ann-Margret, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton and Jack Nicholson. In 1991, Tommy was developed into a stage musical at La Jolla Playhouse. The production
transferred to Broadway in 1993, where it enjoyed a two-year run and earned five Tony Awards. TOMMY has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, is one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums of All Time, and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 1998.

Tickets to The Who’s TOMMY are available online beginning July 13. Tickets are available by phone via the Memorial Hall Box Office at 513.977.8838 (Tu – Fr, 1pm – 6pm).

Ticket scaling is as follows:

  • Boxes – $42 (includes concierge beverage service) Orchestra – $35
  • Center Balcony – $32
  • Side and Rear Balcony – $28
  • Students, Groups of 8 or More – $24 (call the box office for reservations)

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  • Tommy / Narrator – Noah Berry
  • Mrs. Walker – Annie Schneider
  • Captain Walker – Zack Steele*
  • Uncle Ernie – Sean Mette
  • Cousin Kevin / Ensemble – Kyle Kemph
  • Acid Queen / Ensemble – Tia Seay
  • Dance Captain / Ensemble – Katie Johannigman*
  • Ensemble: John Woll, Hannah Gregory, Heather Hale & Hillary Hahn

*Actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


  • Keyboard, Conductor – Steve Goers
  • Keyboard 2 – Julie Spangler
  • Guitar 1 – Brad Myers
  • Guitar 2 – Don Gauck
  • Electric Bass – Aaron Jacobs
  • Drums – Devon Leigh

Production Team:

  • Producer Joshua Steele
  • Director / Choreographer Leslie Goddard
  • Music Director Steve Goers
  • Choirmaster Ken Holdt
  • Lighting Designer Mark Williams
  • Costumer Janet Powell
  • Sound Designer Brian Lloyd
  • Dialect Coach Katelyn Reid
  • Production Manager Andi Schultes
  • Stage Manager Carissa Gandenberger
  • Assistant Stage Manager, Wardrobe Jeffery Bunch

About Memorial Hall:
Memorial Hall, managed and programmed by 3CDC, is conveniently located in the heart of the revitalized arts district of Over-the-Rhine. This exquisite venue overlooks Washington Park, and is adjacent to Music Hall in addition to being down the street from both the School for Creative and Performing Arts and soon-to-be completed new home of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Designed by Samuel Hannaford, the hall features marble staircases adorned with intricate wrought iron that lead to the 550-seat proscenium theater, dubbed the Annie W. and Elizabeth M. Anderson Theater. Exceptional acoustics, decorative murals and Tiffany chandeliers enhance this historic theater. Memorial Hall offers an elegant setting for performances and unique spaces for social and business events.

About 3CDC:
3CDC is a private, non-profit, real estate development and finance organization focused on revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati corporate community. 3CDC’s work is specifically focused on the Central Business District and in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. 3CDC also manages The Cincinnati Equity Fund (CEF) and the Cincinnati New Markets Fund (CNMF). These investment funds play an important role by providing needed financial capital to 3CDC’s development projects. For more information, visit

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Cincinnati Auditions Announced by American Immersion Theater

AIT_logoUpcoming auditions for professional, paid acting work!

July 29 from 1-7:40pm
Murder Mystery Office, 5725 Dragon Way, #225 2nd floor follow signs, Fairfax Oh

American Immersion Theater, the largest theatrical company in North America, will be holding auditions in major cities all across the United States. We are looking for actors who want to utilize their improv skills in a variety of roles and parts in intensely interactive and immersive theatrical experiences. With competitive pay and extremely flexible performance schedules, this is the perfect way for busy actors to get paid work…actually acting!

Follow this link to sign up for auditions in the performance troupe closest to you:

Watch this video to hear more about what it is like in our acting community:

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WFIT_Jesus Christ Superstar logoJESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre
Aug. 15-Sept. 9
[East Price Hill]

Directed and choreographed by Maggie Perrino
Music directed by Greg Dastillung

Cast: Kyle Taylor as Jesus, Christopher Logan Carter as Judas, Maddie Vaugh as Mary, Rodger Pille as Pilate, Tyler Gau as King Herod, Chris Wyllie as Caiaphas, Cian Steele as Peter, Linsey Rogers as Annas & Savannah Slaby as Simon
Ensemble: Royce Louden, Joel Parece, Renee Stoltzfus, Allison Evans, Ria Villaver Collins, Donald Burns, Ashley Olivia Morton, Emma Moss, Ian Timothy Forsgren & Logan Weinfurter

What’s the buzz? JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR has wowed audiences for over 40 years. A timeless work, the rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, SUPERSTAR follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire. The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.”

  • Wed-Thu, Aug. 15-16 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 17-18 at 8pm
  • Sun, Aug. 19 at 2pm
  • Wed-Thu, Aug. 22-23 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 24-25 at 8pm
  • Sun, Aug. 26 at 2pm
  • Wed-Thu, Aug. 29-30 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 2 at 2pm
  • Wed-Thu, Sept. 5-6 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 7-8 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 9 at 2pm

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