CINCINNATI, OH – January 25, 2019 — Courtesy of a grant from Price Hill Will Arts CAT, the Free Family Fun Series at the Arts Center at Dunham resumes with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Cyrano, part of its Off the Hill series on Saturday, February 2 at 2 pm.
Cyrano de Bergerac is a master of swordplay and wordplay, but a “magnificent Mount Everest of a nose” blocks his path to true love with the beautiful Roxane. When tongue-tied Christian, who’s also in love with Roxane, can’t find the words, he borrows Cyrano’s to woo her. But is she falling for Christian’s looks or Cyrano’s soul? This tricky love triangle untangles into a chaotic romance complete with duels, panache, sacrifice — and an enormous schnoz.
Cyrano is a youth-oriented adaptation based on the 1897 classic play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. The play has endured more than a century because of its beloved, noble hero and the tragicomedy of the story’s love triangle. Its themes of virtue, conviction and the conflict between inner and outer beauty make it ideal for younger audiences.
Off the Hill is sponsored by The John C. Griswold Foundation and KeyBank. Seasonal support of education and outreach by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. The Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company is supported by Jerry and Betsy Shroat. The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 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.
All Free Family Fun Series performances are on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. The remaining series includes:
- March 2, 2019
Dancers from the prestigious Cincinnati Ballet will provide an exciting peek into the typical day in the life of professional dancers. Audience members will learn the fundamentals of the art of ballet and gain an understanding of the discipline and athleticism required for a professional career in ballet. A dance demonstration with audience participation and a question and answer discussion are included.
- April 6, 2019
ROKCincy Opera for Children: “Little Red Riding Hood”
ROKCincy presents the fairy tale we all know and love, but with uniquely ROKCincy twists and humor. The performance is 40 minutes in length and includes a Q&A session with performers afterward. ROKCincy, Roundabout Opera for Kids: Cincinnati, is a non-profit program with a mission to introduce young people to the thrill of live, fully staged opera and to give developing professional musicians an opportunity to hone their performance skills through experience.
- May 18, 2019 Five Little Monkeys by Ernie Nolan, adapted from the series of books by Eileen Christelow and performed by the Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill Productions. Going shopping, baking cakes, sitting in trees and jumping on beds. Mayhem ensues in this zany plat told in cumulative verse as five silly simian siblings insist on doing things their own way. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Reservations for performances in the ACAD FREE Family Fun Series can be made online (www.sunsetplayers.org) or by calling 513-588-4988.
The Arts Center at Dunham is an arts center for the west side of Cincinnati and its vision is to provide affordable creative and performing arts for Price Hill and surrounding communities. Housed in one of the three remaining buildings of what was the first municipally owned tuberculosis sanatorium in the United States, the Arts Center includes a 350-seat performance venue as well as extensive studio and programming space. The Arts Center is located in the Dunham Recreation Complex. See what is happening at the Arts Center at Dunham on Facebook.