Monthly Archives: November 2018


Tri-County Players
Dec. 7-15
Evendale Community Church

Directed by James Ball

Directed by Samantha DiTullio

Directed by Allie Webber

Cast: Jessica Faye, Amy Kurlansky, Novella Marshall, Jeff Nieman, Tim Rogers & Rachel Smith

Something for everyone…comedy/drama/farce

  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 7-8 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 9 at 3pm
  • Thu-Sat, Dec. 13-15 at 8pm

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CAA_Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer logo

Featuring acclaimed theatre organist Mark Herman;
Guest emcee, Cincinnati Opera Artistic Director Evans Mirageas;
Vocalists, Jennifer Lynn Cherest and Thom Dreeze;
and Nutcracker dancers from Cincinnati’s School for Creative & Performing Arts

CINCINNATI, OH – The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) is pleased to announce the return of Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer to Cincinnati’s Music Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, December 12 at 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM. This popular holiday concert is regarded as one of the Tri-state’s most anticipated music events of the yuletide season. 

Tickets are on sale now at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center and Music Hall Ticket Offices. For groups of ten or more, call (513) 977-4157.

There’s nothing quite like the unique sound of the Albee Theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer − an orchestra and more all in one organ!  Acclaimed theatre-organist Mark Herman will pull out all the stops, with Cincinnati Opera Artistic Director, Evans Mirageas, as guest emcee; vocalists Jennifer Lynn Cherest and Thom Dreeze; and Nutcracker dancers from Cincinnati’s School for the Creative & Performing Arts. This will be a nonstop concert with all of the bells, whistles, and special effects that only an instrument as grand as the Mighty Wurlitzer can create. Relive your memories of yesterday as you create new memories of tomorrow with your friends and family!

“The Winter Holidays are the perfect time to enjoy the warmth of music and light, which can start and stir such wonderful memories,” said Holly Brians Ragusa of The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall.  “Traditions such as our annual Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer concert are special and help us share in the joy and peace of the Season! It’ll be quite a night to discover or rediscover the Mighty Wurlitzer with loved ones in the beautiful Music Hall Ballroom.  Come to remember and enjoy a sense of childhood joy and wonder.”

The Mighty Wurlitzer 
The Mighty Wurlitzer was installed in the ornate Albee Theater on Fountain Square in December 1927 – one of only 2,200 theatre-organs produced at that time to accompany silent feature films.  When talkies took over in 1929, the theatre organ was mainly silenced. The Albee organ was donated to the Emery Theater in 1969 (where it played for movies and other events) and was partially rebuilt by the Ohio Valley Organ Club. It was removed from the Emery in 1999 and put into storage.

The leadership at SPMH thought the historic Music Hall Ballroom would be an ideal location for the instrument, and in June 2007, Ronald F. Wehmeier, Inc., Pipe Organ Service in Cincinnati was contacted to completely rebuild and install the Wurlitzer. A donor foundation funded the entire project in the amount of $1.41 million.  Only a small number of Wurlitzers of this size still exist, and Cincinnati (the home of the Wurlitzer Company) is one of the few cities in the country to have an instrument of this quality.

The Wurlitzer was expanded in tonal colors and effects, from 19 ranks of pipes to 31 ranks (a rank is made up of 61 pipes, and represents orchestral sounds, such as trumpets, flutes, tubas, strings, etc.).  A full array of percussion effects is also present – xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, chimes, and even a large Steinway grand – all playable from the giant three keyboard and pedal console, decorated in 22-karat gold leaf.  Wind for the pipes is provided by a 15 HP high pressure turbine, the electrical switching is controlled by computer, and pipes range in size from 16 feet to the size of a pencil.  In addition, the Wurlitzer is now fully computerized, so that it can be played without an organist through a digital input system.

Mark Herman
One of America’s busiest theatre organists, Mark performs concerts and silent film presentations across the U.S. and abroad. In 2012, he was named the American Theatre Organ Society’s Organist of the Year and is the youngest person ever to receive the prestigious honor. Previously, he was overall winner of the Society’s Young Theatre Organist Competition in 2004.

Mark has been featured on several episodes of American Public Media’s Pipedreams program, and has performed for countless conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society, American Guild of Organists, and Organ Historical Society. On the international stage, he has toured in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is President and Tonal Director of the Los Angeles Organ Company, the Allen Organ dealer for the Greater Los Angeles area. He is in demand as a voicing specialist and tonal consultant for Allen Organs and is proud to be an Allen Artist, showcasing new Allen Organs in the U.S. and beyond. He oversees the care of several notable theatre pipe organs and consults on instruments nationally. Los Angeles Organ Company oversees the installation and care of organs with hundreds of institutional and private clients throughout the west coast.

Evans Mirageas
Evans Mirageas is in his 14th season as The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Opera. Widely considered one of the most talented and respected artistic leaders in the classical music industry today, Evans brings to Cincinnati Opera a broad range of experience in both opera and symphonic music, as well as a long history of successful partnerships with many of the world’s leading singers and conductors.

Evans’ varied career in classical music has included radio production with the nationally-renowned WFMT radio station in Chicago, Artistic Administrator to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony, and Senior Vice President of Artists and Repertoire for the Decca Record Company. In addition, he is an award-winning record producer, lecturer, interviewer, presenter, and awards panelist. He is also the Vice President for Artistic Planning for The Atlanta Symphony. Since 1999, Evans has served as an independent artistic advisor to conductors, instrumentalists, sing­ers, symphony orchestras, opera companies, and other performing arts organizations throughout the United States and Europe.

Jennifer Lynn Cherest, soprano
Jennifer has been praised as “beautifully expressive and technically polished” by the San Francisco Chronicle in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera with the Merola Opera Program, and has begun to make her mark in the opera world. Since finishing her Adler fellowship with the San Francisco Opera in 2013, she has debuted with such companies as Washington National Opera and Cincinnati Opera, and recently sang the role of Gilda in Rigoletto with Dayton Opera. Learn more about Jennifer at

Thomas Dreeze, baritone
Thomas has enjoyed a varied career in music, arts administration, and events management. He performs opera, operetta, oratorio, music theatre, art song, the American songbook, and more. Praised for his baritone voice of wide range and warm-timbre, he has recently performed with the  Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Dreeze is a co-founder of Evans Mirageas Consulting, which offers artistic and strategic planning for classical music organizations and musicians around the world (

The School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) Dance Department
The SCPA Dance Department is known for its exceptional courses in ballet technique and style as well as modern dance. As students advance, they are given the opportunity to audition for Dance Ensemble, SCPA’s premier student dance company. Graduates of the Dance Department have gone on to perform with the New York City, Cincinnati, and Atlanta Ballet companies, as well as on Broadway.

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CCM Mainstage Presents Arpino’s BIRTHDAY VARIATIONS

CCM_Birthday Variations promoCCM Dance celebrates the art of motion with a mixed-repertoire dance performance on Dec. 6-9, 2018

CINCINNATI, OH—The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) presents a mixed-repertoire dance production culminating with Birthday Variations, choreographed by Gerald Arpino, co-founder of the Joffrey Ballet, and restaged by Nicole Duffy Robertson of the New York Dance Project. Directed by CCM Dance Professor Deirdre Carberry, the performance runs Dec. 6-9, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater.

Arpino’s BIRTHDAY VARIATIONS features music by Giuseppe Verdi and was restaged for CCM by Duffy, a répétiteur for the Gerald Arpino Foundation. This ballet premiered in 1986, just two years before Arpino took over the Joffrey Ballet as artistic director upon Robert Joffrey’s death. Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times describes the work as “a sparkling showpiece of classical dancing” that is “set to some of Verdi’s infectious opera-ballet music.”

The mixed-repertoire performance also showcases “Kitri’s Wedding” from Act III of Ludwig Minkus’ Don Quixote, which premiered at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in 1869, with choreography by Marius Petipa and restaged by Carberry.

“This work is one of the most famous, enduring and exciting ballet adaptations in the classical repertoire,” says Jiang Qi, chair of CCM’s Dance Department, in his program notes for the production.

Three short pieces originally choreographed by CCM Dance will also take place during this program. The first is Bridges, a work by CCM Dance Professor Michael Tevlin, with music by Benjamin Britten. This piece describes seven types of bridge, from truss to arch to suspension, through dance.

After Bridges is senior CCM Dance student Hope Friedman’s Volume IV, which features original choreography to contemporary music like Marian Hill’s Down and Wax Tailor’s Que Sera. It is an “exploration of what it means to be ‘normal’ and our connections with those around us,” Qi says.

Then CCM Dance presents Apertures and Vistas, choreographed by Judith Mikita, visiting assistant professor of dance. Mikita has worked with CCM Percussion Professor and Percussion Group Cincinnati member James Culley to develop a landscape of inventive movement with improvised accompaniment by four CCM percussion students.

This scintillating production is on stage Dec. 6-9, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available. BIRTHDAY VARIATIONS will last one hour and 45 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Ticket prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Service charges may apply for online orders.

Single tickets are on sale now! Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through our e-Box Office!
Visit for CCM Box Office hours and location.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Dance Department Supporter: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

The performance of BIRTHDAY VARIATIONS, an Arpino ballet, is presented with the permission of the Gerald Arpino Foundation and has been produced in accordance with the Foundation service standards established and provided by the Foundation.

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at

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At Walnut Hills, Junior High Theatre Students Retell a Familiar Holiday Story

WHHS_Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge promoCincinnati OH – Join us this holiday season at Walnut Hills High School for the trial of the century as the theatre department presents THE TRIAL OF EBENEZER SCROOGE by Marc Brown. The award-winning department is excited to share a new take on A Christmas Carol with the aftermath of that fateful night.

New characters and perspectives will make you laugh and question the truth of the story you’ve always known. One new character is the Translator of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Eighth grader Adeleigh Karoutchi who plays the translator says that her character “brings on an attitude that you don’t get to see in the original story.” The translator is just one of the few characters that bring comedy and a new story to the table in this production.

The show will run December 7th (7pm) and 8th (2pm & 7 pm). Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and children.

Show Synopsis:
By Marc Brown

The Trial of the Century! A year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways and is suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. The ghosts employ Solomon Rothschild, England’s most charismatic, savvy, and clever barrister. Scrooge, that old penny pincher, represents himself. One by one, Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s nephew Fred, solicitor and philanthropist Sara Anne Wainwright, and the ghosts themselves take the witness stand to give their account of the night in question.

Directed by Danielle Muething. Assistant directed by Sophia Rooksberry.

Featuring: Nate Caudill as Scrooge, Sophie Christian as Solomon Rothschild, Isabella Lachey as Judge Pearson, Sunny Dighe as Jacob Marley, Avery Frank as The Bailiff, Jonah Swift as Bob Cratchit, Kaelyn Carr as Belle, Adeleigh Karoutchi as Translator/Fan, Lily Clark as The Ghost of Christmas Past, Nija Olagbemiro as Sara Wainwright, Caitlin Berich as Mrs. Dilber / Mrs. Crachit, Judah Cobb as The Ghost of Christmas Future, and Gabe Conley as Fred.

Performance Dates:

  • December 7 @ 7 p.m.
  • December 8 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Rick Steiner Black Box Theatre


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Cincinnati Playhouse to Offer Winter Acting Classes for Children

PIP_logoIndoor classes unlock the imagination just in time for cold weather

(CINCINNATI)—Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is offering a winter session of acting classes and workshops offered to young persons ages 3-14 along with a new family improv class. Designed to build confidence, strengthen communication skills and develop a sense of ensemble and community, the programs focus on individual and collective skill development in a fun and supportive environment.

“Our new improvisation class for families is part of our larger efforts to provide multigenerational opportunities for families to enjoy theatre together,” states Daunielle Rasmussen, director of education and community engagement.” Now you can bring your family to the theatre to see the show or be the show! As with all of our classes, no acting experience is required.”

Classes take place in Mt. Adams. Details for each class, including fees, dates and locations, are below. All registrations include a $25 non-refundable deposit. Register at or call 513-421-3888.


Animal Rescuers
Saturdays, Jan. 12 to March 2 | Tuition: $95
Pre-Kindergarten | 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Meow! Woof! Oink! The animals are in trouble and they need your help! Use your imagination to become a veterinarian, firefighter, shelter worker and more, all while learning movement, crafting characters and making new friends.

Arctic Explorers
Saturdays, Jan. 12 to March 2 | Tuition: $140
Kindergarten through second grade | 10:40 – 11:25 a.m.
Seals and penguins and bears, oh my! Travel to the Arctic with us as we discover a world of ice and wonder. Create characters, learn movement and acting techniques, and develop social skills in this adventurous class.

Actor Quest: Ingenious Inventors
Saturdays, Jan. 12 to March 2 | Tuition: $155
Third through fifth grades | 11:35 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
When science and imagination meet, the impossible becomes possible! Bring your revolutionary ideas to life while learning about radical inventors and using movement-based techniques to create an original performance that’s all your own.

Actor Quest: Ingenious Inventors
Saturdays, Jan. 12 to March 2 | Tuition: $155
Sixth through eighth grades | 9 – 9:55 a.m.
When science and imagination meet, the impossible becomes possible! Bring your revolutionary ideas to life while learning about radical inventors and using movement-based techniques to create an original performance that’s all your own.

Performance Workshop: Musicals That Work
Mondays, Jan. 14 to March 4 | Tuition: $155
Fourth through eighth grades | 4 – 5: 30 p.m.
Want to learn “How to Succeed” in musical theatre? After all, it’s not your typical 9 to 5. In this performance-based class, learn acting, voice and movement techniques as we explore musicals like Legally Blonde, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Working.

Family Improv
Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to noon at the Playhouse
Family Workshop | Cost: $50
Looking to switch it up for family game night? Explore the world of improv in this enrichment workshop! You and your family will enjoy creative games, interactive scenes and Family Feud-style comedy sports for a new twist on family fun. Cost of $50 covers up to five family members ages 3 and up.

For info or to register, visit or call or call 513-421-3888.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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