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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Cancelled at Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre

CYPT_logoCincinnati Landmark Productions announces the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.

We had hoped to have by now some realistic timeline that would allow us to rehearse and perform Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre’s 39th major summer project – even in limited ways.

We continue to have no such timeline: Theatrical performances are not allowed both indoors and outdoors. Without knowing when or how we can rehearse, costume, build sets and do the thousand other things necessary to make the CYPT summer project happen, we have to make this decision now.

Therefore, the auditions for Joseph…Dreamcoat on May 30, 31 and June 1 are cancelled as well.

We hope to keep our CYPT connections alive this summer in some other important ways. We are actively working with local officials to determine if/when smaller-scale outside concerts might be allowed, as well as exploring virtual performance options.

On behalf of the staff, board and volunteers of this organization, we sincerely and primarily hope you and yours are safe and healthy during this difficult time. Our profound gratitude goes out to medical professionals, first responders and other essential workers on the frontlines of this COVID-19 pandemic.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions has a long and storied history of theatrical success, starting in 1982 at Westwood Town Hall, to the Showboat Majestic, the Covedale and Incline theaters, and Madcap Education Center. CLP has done exciting things onstage and in the lives of its patrons. But it all started with Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre and the thousands of young performers, from scores of different schools, sharing the best summers of their lives together.

NEXT summer, the complete CYPT experience will be back – bigger, louder, faster, funnier and more true than ever before.

Tim Perrino
Director, Founder CLP
Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre

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FOR GOOD: A Concert Benefiting the Greater Cincinnati Theatre Community Available May 29 from Equality Productions

EP_For Good logoBeginning Friday, May 29th at 7pm, you can spend time enjoying FOR GOOD: A Concert Benefiting the Greater Cincinnati Theatre Community.

It is the first of several concerts presented by Equality Productions. It’s free to watch and encourages viewers to donate to local theaters to sustain them during the pandemic.

Enjoy the musical talents of Sarah Viola, Katelyn Reid, Ethan Baker, Cammi Caldwell, and Jackie Miesle with songs from THE SOUND OF MUSIC, LITTLE WOMEN: THE MUSICAL, CHILDREN OF EDEN, and FLY BY NIGHT.

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The concert is dedicated to the memories of Ihsane Jarfi (1980-2012) from Liège, Belgium, and Ahmaud Arbery (1995-2020) from Brunswick, Georgia. #MayLoveConquerFear

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Curbside Pickup of Beverage Care Packages Benefits Know Theatre During Cincy Fringe

CFF20_Virtual Fringe logoFor those who like to raise a toast to the spirit of Fringe: we’ve got you covered.

In partnership with our friends at Karrikin Spirits Co, Revel OTR Urban Winery, and Grainworks Brewing Company, we’re giving you a new way to pick up your beverage care packages while supporting Cincy Fringe!

From May 25th to June 6th, order from Grainworks Brewing Company, Karrikin Spirits, or Revel Urban Winery, select “Kinda Weird Fringe Curbside Pickup” as your delivery option, and between 12 PM and 2 PM on Saturday May 30th or Saturday June 6th, you can conveniently pick up all of your orders at the Know Theatre on Jackson Street!

A small percentage of your purchase will be donated to Know Theatre, so make sure to grab your beer, wine, and liquor to support the arts!

To order from Revel OTR Urban Winery:

To order from Grainworks Brewing Company:

To order from Karrikan Spirits Co:
(select “delivery” option and enter 1120 Jackson Street as the delivery location, and it will arrive on the following Saturday for pickup).

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, CINCINNATI:   The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is proud to welcome four new members to its Board of Directors:  Jeanette M. Altenau, Director of Community Relations for TriHealth; Toyia Montgomery, HR: Vendor Partnerships & Employment Branding at Kroger and Executive Director of Relate Marketing; Ryan L. Messer, Regional Business Director at Johnson & Johnson and Vice President of the Cincinnati School Board, and Paul Griscom, interim Chief Accounting Officer at Macy’s, Inc.

Kim Kern, TCT’s Managing Director and CEO, said: “We feel incredibly fortunate and honored that these talented community leaders have chosen to join our Board of Directors.  In these challenging times, positivity and forward momentum are not to be taken for granted, and we appreciate and celebrate all that these individuals we add to our mission and focus.”

About TCT’s New Board Members:

TCTC_Jeanette Altenau

Jeanette M. Altenau

Jeanette M. Altenau
Jeanette Altenau currently serves as the Director of Community Relations for TriHealth, one of Cincinnati’s largest healthcare organizations and the fourth largest employer within the city.  In this role, she has responsibility for all community collaborations and engagement across extensive geographic areas in which TriHealth physicians practice and their patients live, work and enjoy life.  Prior to her current role, she was Director of Strategic Community Initiatives for Local 12, WKRC Television in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the nation’s top CBS affiliates and #1 local station in the tri-state area.

Jeanette has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Dedication Award by the Northern Kentucky Branch of NAACP; the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau Spirit of Cincinnati Champion Award; and the Silver Crime Stopper Challenge Coin (the second highest award given by the organization) in recognition of her work with the non-profit organization.  She is also a two-time Emmy nominee and in 2012, she was recognized as one of the “100 Minds – Thought Leaders in the Greater Cincinnati Region”, recognizing individuals who excelled in thought leadership within their industry, their ideas/personality as an individual and/or their involvement within the community.  In 2019, she was named a Health Care Heroes finalist by the Cincinnati Business Courier. In 2018, she was honored by Healthy Moms and Babes for her commitment to pregnant women and their children. In 2017, she received the Ovarian Cancer Alliance Teal Power Caring Community Champion Award, recognizing an individual or group from the community who has stepped up to help in the fight against ovarian cancer.  In 2016, she was awarded the Friars Award in recognition of her leadership and assistance to the organization in an exceptional manner while exemplifying her life in the Franciscan tradition of service to others. In 2013, she received the Cincinnatus Award, in recognition of civic virtue, service to community, family values and ongoing support of the tri-state community.

TCTC_Toyia Montgomery

Toyia Montgomery

Toyia Montgomery
Toyia Montgomery has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University (OU), where she majored in advertising. In her sophomore year of college, she studied Sociology and Mass Communications at the University of Leicester in England. After graduation from OU, she earned her MBA and founded a non-profit organization called Relate Marketing while working for Cincinnati Public Schools. Relate Marketing was established to expose children from single parent homes to a world outside of their communities through educational trips and community events. Toyia has done work for several organizations including, but not limited to: Cintas, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, The E.W. Scripps Company, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and most recently the Kroger Company. Additionally, she has taught marketing and sales courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, the University of Phoenix and Mount St. Joseph University.

TCTC_Ryan Messer

Ryan L. Messer

Ryan L. Messer
Ryan Messer is a Region Business Director with Johnson & Johnson leading sales in the Midwest. He is known at J&J for leading diverse, high-performing teams as well as his strategic mindset and his ability to work collaboratively throughout the organization over the past 23 years. Throughout his career, he has had access to some of the best training available in the business world in areas such as financial management, strategic planning and organizational development.

Ryan is a graduate of Purdue University. He currently serves at the Vice President of the Cincinnati School Board and also is a member of the Cincinnati Opera Board. In the past, Ryan served as a two-term president of the Over-the-Rhine Community Council, a Board member of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, a founder of the Cincinnati Human Rights Campaign and is a graduate of C-Change and Leadership Cincinnati through the Chamber of Commerce. Ryan & husband Jimmy are residents of North Avondale and they have four children who all love The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

TCTC_Paul Griscom

Paul Griscom

Paul Griscom
Paul is currently the interim Chief Accounting Officer at Macy’s, Inc. and previously led the company’s financial reporting, accounting services and capital administrative teams.  Prior to joining Macy’s, Inc. in 2016, Paul worked at a small boutique accounting advisory firm, GAAP Dynamics, where he advised public companies and smaller accounting firms on the economic and financial reporting impact of significant corporate activity and transactions.  Paul began his career at KPMG LLP in their financial services audit practice after graduating with a B.B.A in Accounting from Chicago’s Loyola University.

A Cincinnati transplant, Paul currently lives in Madeira with his wife and three children.  He began working with TCT in 2019 as a member of the Audit Committee and got a first-hand look at the importance of Cincinnati’s art organizations when chairing Macy’s 2019 ArtsWave Workplace Giving Campaign and co-chairing their 2018 campaign.  He is a committee member on the Board of Managers of Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) and previously served on the 3CDC Board of Managers’ Investment Committee.

TCTC_exterior of building with masks (1)About The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati:
For 100 years, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has provided education and entertainment for children and the young at heart through the art of stage performance. TCT is the oldest children’s theatre in the nation, and the only professional theater in the region that devotes its entire MainStage season to children. TCT directly impacts the lives of nearly 200,000 families and children annually, through Broadway-quality TCT MainStage performances as well as TCT on Tour touring productions and TCT Academy performing arts instruction for children ages 18 months to 18 years.

In March of 2020, in response to COVID-19 and school closures, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati launched TCT EVERYWHERE  — an online resource for parents, teachers and students featuring crafts, acting and vocal exercises and contests from the professional artistic staff of TCT Academy; along with study guides, podcasts, videos of past productions, and more.

For more information about the TCT mission, check out our website or enjoy our programming through TCT EVERYWHERE


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Dr. Dour & Peach Present LOVE AND OTHER LURES Virtually at Cincy Fringe

CFF20_Love and Other LuresA playfully macabre cabaret about love, danger, and things with teeth.

Washington, DC and Cincinnati, OH – Dr. Dour & Peach’s LOVE and OTHER LURES is available for on demand streaming this May 29 – June 13, as part of the all-online Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The duo sings songs about monsters, combining quirky and intricate songwriting with surprising emotional depth. This year they perform a house concert in their own house, where there’s a troll infestation, a tiny announcer who lives in the walls, and plenty of stage magic.

In the songs of LOVE and OTHER LURES, Dr. Dour (vocals, 10-string touch-guitar) and Peach (cello, banjo, cute) employ a range of musical styles from southern rock to Tin Pan Alley. The audience is transported on an oddball odyssey of ill-fated love stories. “Love is dangerous and unpredictable, like creatures with too many legs,” says Dr. Dour. “Love is a beautiful journey! Even if you fall down an interdimensional time tunnel at the end of it,” says Peach. The 2020 Cincinnati Fringe audiences get to decide for themselves.

Dr. Dour & Peach have received praise as “sinister and winsome at the same time” (Washington Post) with “whimsical, clever songwriting that can engage audience members of any age” (Washington City Paper). They’ve appeared at Cincinnati Fringe, Capital Fringe, Richmond Fringe, Shenandoah Fringe, New York Clown Theatre Festival, and ABSFest Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival. Their first album, The Monster Songs, is available on Their musical comedy web series “Dr. Dour & Peach: The Webseries” is available for streaming on

The co-creators and performers of LOVE and OTHER LURES are husband and wife team Toby Mulford and Rachel Spicknall Mulford. The music and lyrics are by Toby Mulford, and Rachel Spicknall Mulford directs. Performers Matthew Pauli, a veteran of Big Apple Circus, and James Humphries, who also designed the puppets, join the show for the first time. Costumes by Lynly Saunders. Editing by Kevin Boyce.

This production is presented as part of the 2020 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

LOVE and OTHER LURES, presented by Dr. Dour & Peach
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Streaming on demand Friday May 29th – Saturday June 13th, 2020

Running time is 45 minutes. Appropriate for all ages.

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