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SCCT_A Charlie Brown Christmas 2019 promoBack by popular demand, Sinclair Theatre will present A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE ON STAGE in Blair Hall, Dec. 13-16, on the downtown Dayton campus. Listed by local media as a “Can’t-Miss Family Show to Celebrate the Holidays,” this 45-minute production is a perfect introduction for young children to LIVE theatre.

Directed by Gina Kleesattel with music direction by David Brush and choreography by Rodney Veal, this faithful stage adaptation of the 1965 animated TV special based on Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts characters features Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang as they grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. Featuring colorful costumes and scenery, the show is perfect for school, church, scout and other youth groups.

“This has become a tradition for groups and families as we enter our sixth year of performances,” says Gina Neuerer, chair of Sinclair’s Music, Theatre and Dance Dept. “We’re thrilled that people are gathering friends and family to come to Blair Hall to experience this very special holiday event together.”

All seats are reserved at $8 each and the regular house policy of  “no children under 6” has been lifted. However, all patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Please review detailed house policies before ordering tickets.

Tickets are available online now at: and one performance is already sold out.

If you need further assistance, email or leave a message at 937-512-2808. Box office messages are monitored by student box office agents who work around their class schedules and return calls as quickly as possible.  The box office is open one hour prior to performances if tickets are still available for purchase at the door. Groups of 20 or more should call 937-512-2076.

Cast includes:

  • Charlie Brown: Christopher Koehler
  • Snoopy: Christopher Leavitt
  • Lucy: Kiarra Matos
  • Linus: Austin Vega
  • Pig Pen: Devante’ Wheaton
  • Frieda: Sabrina Smith
  • Schroeder: Nic Mellott
  • Violet: Rebecca Shelley
  • Sally: Riley Karr
  • Patty: Leia Gaddis
  • Shermy: Carter Paige

Performances times:

  • Friday, Dec. 13 – 7* PM
  • Saturday, Dec. 14 – 2*, 4 & 7 PM
  • Sunday, Dec. 15 – 2* & 4 PM
  • Monday, Dec. 16 – Noon*

In partnership with Sinclair’s American Sign Language Dept., Sinclair Theatre will provide *ASL shadow interpreted performances of A Charlie Brown Christmas as indicated. Shadow interpreting is when interpreters follow actors onstage while interpreting, instead of being located to the side of the action. Onstage interpreters include: Annelise Wilimitis as Charlie Brown, Cecelia Shannon as Lucy, Shayla Kohut as Linus and Destinie Warren as all other characters.

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AN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS | Feb. 28-March 1 | Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater

CAA_An Evening with CS Lewis promoAN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS
starring David Payne

February 28-March 1
Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater 

Tickets on sale Tuesday, November 26 at 10:00 AM 

CINCINNATI, OH – Acclaimed actor David Payne stars in An Evening with C.S. Lewis: My Life’s Journey at the Aronoff Center’s intimate Jarson-Kaplan Theater for four performances only:  Friday, February 28 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, February 29 at 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM; and March 1 at 2:00 PM. The one-man show is produced by Emery Entertainment, Inc. and is a part of the Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2019-20 Season.

Tickets are $58 and go on sale Tuesday, November 26 at, (513) 621-2787 [ARTS], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. Group discount tickets for ten or more are available by calling (513) 977-4157.

The year is 1962 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. They are about to experience a captivating evening with a man whose engaging conversation and spontaneous humor made him one of the great raconteurs of his day. Seated in his living room, he recalls the people and events that inspired his thoughts and shaped his life, his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, why he nearly abandoned the Narnia Chronicles, how he came to embrace Christianity, and the American woman who turned his life upside down.

David Payne’s An Evening with C.S. Lewis has proved to be an enthralling theatrical experience, one which has led many thousands to discover, or rediscover, the continuing impact of a man who died more than fifty years ago, and whose collected works made him one of the literary giants of the 20th Century.

London born actor/playwright David Payne’s first encounter with C.S. Lewis was when, as a teenager, he was given a copy of Lewis’ best-selling book The Screwtape Letters.  Little did he realize that some forty years later he would be gaining a reputation for his portrayals of its famous author. He has played Lewis in a number of productions of Shadowlands; in his self-penned Weep for Joy; in more than five-hundred presentations of An Evening with C.S. Lewis: My Life’s Journey; and in St. Jack & The Dragon, a touching, yet sometimes hilarious, account about the relationship between Lewis and his adopted mother, Janie Moore. Payne’s latest self-penned, Lewis-based show is Wardrobes & Rings, which focuses on the very last meeting between Lewis and his great friend, J.R.R. Tolkien.

To learn more about David Payne, visit



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Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management 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 600,000 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. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.7 million students. For more information, visit

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Auditions Announced for PROOF at Troy Civic Theatre

TROY_logoDirector Niccole SueAnn Wallace is seeking two women, ages mid to late 20s to early 30s, and two men, one late 20s and one mid to late 50s, for our third production, the drama PROOF by David Auburn.

Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, December 16th and 17th, at 7:00 pm, at the Barn in the Park, and will consist of cold readings from the scipt. The show runs March 6-8, 13-15, 2020.


  • Catherine – mid 20s, mathematical genius struggling to cope with her own mental health and the loss of her father
  • Robert – mid to late 50s, Catherine’s father, he was considered one of the most brilliant mathematicians, struggled with mental illness in his later years
  • Hal – late 20s – former graduate student under Robert, while searching through Robert’s journals, Hal finds a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers that could change the math world
  • Claire – late 20s to early 30s – Catherine’s older sister, she is worried about her sister during and after their father’s funeral, and wants Catherine to move to New York with her

Please note, the characters of Hal and Catherine will need to kiss onstage.

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Cast Announced for YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Fairfield Footlighters

fflAfter fantastic auditions and difficult decisions, we are pleased to announce the cast for our February production of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN.

  • Charlie Brown……Derek Daniel
  • Lucy VanPelt……..Mimi Witsken
  • Sally Brown……….Sarah Grace McCollough
  • Linus VanPelt…….Dylan Turner
  • Schroeder…………Alex Cottle
  • Snoopy……………..Megan Rademacher

Thanks to all who auditioned and hope you audition with us for future shows.

Directed by Nicholas Brown, choreographed by Kait White-Ross, vocal direction by Sam Downs & produced by Dan Schindler and Abby James. Performances run on Feb. 21-23

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Backstage Crew Needed for MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET at Covedale Center

CCPAWho wants to make a little holiday cash and have some fun too?

I’m looking to hire a backstage crew person for our holiday production of Miracle on 34th Street at the Covedale. Besides wearing super cool backstage clothing, and work with a fantastic cast, we need someone to reset set pieces between scenes. You know, move furniture into place with smooth moves.

Rehearsal dates: 6pm – 11/26, 27, 29, 12/1, 2, 3 and 4

Show dates:

  • Thurs. Dec. 5 – Fri. Dec. 6 – Sat. Dec. 7 – Sun. Dec. 8
  • Thurs. Dec. 12 – Fri. Dec. 13 – Sat. Dec. 14 – Sun. Dec. 15
  • Thurs. Dec. 19 – Fri. Dec. 20 – Sat. Dec. 21 – Sun. Dec. 22
  • Thurs. Dec. 16 – Fri. Dec. 27 – Sat. Dec. 28 – Sun. Dec. 29

Show times: Thurs at 7:30pm, Friday and Sat at 8:00pm, Sunday at 2pm

Interested? Available? email me at

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