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Zoom Auditions Announced for THE DINNER DETECTIVE – CINCINNATI

MISC_The Dinner Detective logoWant to join the cast of The Dinner Detective? Now is your chance! Audition from the comfort of your own couch, additional details below.

Now casting paid comedians and actors for “The Dinner Detective,” America’s largest Interactive Murder Mystery Comedy Dinner Show

Zoom (Email for Passcode)


  • 6pm on Sunday, August 30th.
  • If you cannot make the audition time, but think you would be right for the role, submit your material for consideration at a later date (
  • Those auditioning should EXPECT TO STAY FOR AN HOUR but could be released sooner.

How to Submit:

  • Please send headshot and resume to (quality of headshot will not affect your audition, it is simply to be able to tell who you are)
  • If you meet the requirements, you will be contacted via the email you provided and sent a meeting passcode.


  • Actors/Comedians ages 18-65, for hire as ensemble members.
  • Shows are year-round on most Saturday nights, ending by 9:30pm.
  • Actors are scheduled according to their availability, collected each month.
  • Actors are not required to work every Saturday, as there will be a rotating cast.
  • Improv experience is a plus.
  • Actors will be treated as professionals and expected to be professional.

Additional Details about The Dinner Detective

  • Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show set in modern day with no costumes required.
  • This is a paid position, and you will get tips in addition to your base pay.
  • No campy dialogue. This is an improv based show, with locations all across the US.
  • Time commitment for regular shows is 4-6 hours including a pre-show rehearsal.
  • No weekly rehearsals required, you rehearse immediately before the show only when you are scheduled to work.
  • Roles rotate depending on actor availability collected & scheduled on a 1 month basis.
  • Show runs at the Embassy Suites Rivercenter in Covington, KY

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The Carnegie Announces Tiny Concert and Community Film Series Dates

TC_logo_newCOVINGTON, KY – The Carnegie is preparing for its first-ever Tiny Concert Series, featuring local singers and Carnegie favorites, and Community Film Series next month.

The Carnegie Tiny Concert Series

Tiny Concert Series performances begin September 5 and 50 tickets are available for purchase for each show held in The Carnegie’s 447 seat theatre to allow for safe social distancing. For those who are unable to attend the concerts in person, the shows will be available online via a ticketed live stream to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and are one hour. Tickets are $25 and available via The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940, Tuesday through Friday, Noon to 5 pm, or online at

Jimmy Lee Hook | Saturday, September 5
Jimmy Lee Hook is a top-shelf songwriter, having worked with some of the biggest legends in the New York music scene. He will be performing songs from master songwriters such as Billy Joel, Elton John, James Taylor, and others….and a few of his own.

Spring Starr Pillow and Heather Hale | Saturday, October 10
Enjoy songs from Rocky Horror Picture Show, Pippin, and fun pop songs with a scary theme. Don’t miss the Halloween fun, COVID style.

S•T•E•E•L•E …the One with The Redheads | Saturday, Oct. 17 & Sunday, Oct. 25
Join the gang of Steele for a night of song, laughter, and dance, from Broadway to Hollywood. When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year, they’ll be there for you.

Tia Seay | Saturday, November 21
Tia Seay is a soulful singer with a powerhouse soprano belt, a jazzy soul and a heart for the blues. Forever your dream girl, this Queen can’t wait to bring her big, belty soul back to The Carnegie stage!

DeAndre Smith | Friday, December 18
Grab a cup of your favorite hot chocolate or eggnog and pull up a socially distanced seat with R. DeAndré Smith and enjoy the sounds of a wintery wonderland.

Emily Martin | Saturday, January 9
Join Emily Martin for a night of tunes and entertainment. A native of Fort Thomas, Emily currently teaches Theatre, Film Studies, and Visual Art for Holy Cross High School. Her onstage credits include roles for the Walt Disney World Entertainment, The Human Race theatre, and a stint on the Delta Queen as the “Red Hot Mamma.” Recent local credits include Beechmont Players, James and the Giant Peach as Spiker, Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde at The Footlighters, and Mrs. Teavee in Willy Wonka at the Carnegie.

Bethany Xan Jeffery | Saturday, January 30, Wednesday, February 3 & Saturday, February 6
Bethany Xan Jeffery returns to The Carnegie after her role in SWING! If you’re a musical theatre nerd who loves music from Stephen Sondheim to Jule Styne to Kander and Ebb, stays up late to watch YouTube videos of divas like Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, and Bernadette Peters, or who inappropriately sings show tunes at karaoke night, then this concert is for you!

“Lunch with Brian” Performed by Kyle Taylor | Wednesday, February 17 & Saturday, February 20
Written and performed by Kyle Taylor, “Lunch with Brian” is a show that takes place from the perspective of Jason Rodgers, a novelist who recounts the stories of his twin brother Brian, who was born with cerebral palsy. It’s a story about family, sacrifice, unconditional love, and a little bit of anime.

“All the Queen’s Men: Love, Life, and Enjoying the Ride” with Torie Wiggins | Saturday, February 27
Join Torie Wiggins for a cabaret-style performance as she chronicles a life of learning about love in all its forms and shortcomings. All while enjoying the ride – loving, living, and singing!

Darnell Pierre Benjamin | Wednesday, March 3 & Wednesday, March 10
Join Darnell Pierre Benjamin for an original one-man-show. Once, in an interview, James Baldwin was asked “When you were starting out as a writer, you were Black, impoverished, homosexual. You must have said to yourself ‘Gee, how disadvantaged can I get’?” His response, “Oh no! I thought I hit the jackpot. It’s so outrageous; you cannot go any further. So, you had to find a way to use it.” I guess I’ll have to do just that: Use it!

The Carnegie Community Film Series

To continue The Carnegie’s mission to provide art experiences in a historic space for the public, free viewings of movie musicals will be held for audiences of just 50 people in the theatre throughout the fall beginning September 27. All screenings begin at 2 p.m. and tickets can be reserved at The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940, Tuesday through Friday, Noon to 5 pm, or online at 

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella | Sunday, September 27
The classic tale of Cinderella as brought to the screen in the 1997 made-for-tv movie.  Cinderella (Brandy) chafes under the cruelty of her wicked stepmother (Bernadette Peters) and her evil stepsisters until her Fairy Godmother (Whitney Houston) steps in to change her life for one unforgettable night. Rated G. 

The Nightmare Before Christmas | Sunday, October 25
The Nightmare Before Christmas (also known as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas) is a 1993 American stop-motion animated musical. This Halloween-Christmas fantasy film is a modern classic for the holiday season. Rated PG. 

Cats | Sunday, November 15
Join The Carnegie for a night of adult frivolity while enjoying Cats, the 2019 musical fantasy film. This event will feature games to play along, shout-outs, and snarky commentary that will leave you meowing in the aisles. Cats is based on the 1981 stage musical of the same name by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Rated PG, but event is suggested for 18 and up. 

Singing in the Rain | Sunday, December 20
Singin’ in the Rain is a classic American musical directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late 1920s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to “talkies”. Hit songs include Make ‘Em Laugh, Good Morning, and Singing in the Rain. Rated G. 

Patrons will be asked to wear a mask and to practice safe social distancing while patronizing indoor performances or services at The Carnegie. Hand sanitizing stations will be available and additional cleaning regimens will be in place between performances and film screenings.


About The Carnegie
The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at or by calling (859) 491-2030.

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati International Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the City of Covington. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

About The Carnegie Theatre Series
The Carnegie Theatre Series produces professional, innovative stagings of an eclectic range of theatrical works. Striving to unite the greater Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati theatre community through partnerships and collaborations, the series engages and nurtures both emerging and established talent, including working professionals, committed part-time theatre artists, university performing arts students and younger students. The Carnegie Theatre Series productions bring together these forces to provide quality theatre for Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area.

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Cast and Crew Announced for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Loveland Stage Company

LSC_LSC RadioAnnouncing the Cast and Crew for LSC Radio A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare

Original Music by David Taylor
Directed by Jacqlyn Schott
Produced by Jill Gornet and Micheal Harris-Kiser

The cast:

  • Christopher Ball – Lysander/Oberon/Flute/Peaseblossom
  • Adrianna Boris – Helena/Hippolyta/Snug/ Mustardseed
  • David Hatfield – Theseus/Egeus/Snout
  • Jazz McMullen – Demetrius/Puck/Cobweb
  • Jacqlyn Schott – Hermia/Mote
  • John Sloan – Bottom/Philostrate/Starveling
  • Abby Kinnebrew Smith – Titania/Quince/Fairy

Foley Artist – Micheal Harris-Kiser
Announcer – Jill Gornet
Audio Director – Dave Bauer
Tech Director – Bob Kessler
Lighting Design – Greg Smith

Camera Operator – Nancy Hartman-Downing & Charlie Rader

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Virtual Venue Theatricals Announces the Digital Premiere of HEATHERS the Musical

Virtual production company to stream performances of the hit off-Broadway musical in a brand new medium

VVT_Heathers logoVirtual Venue Theatricals, a fully virtual production company, announced the digital world premiere of the hit off-Broadway musical, “Heathers”. The show features a cast and production team from across the United States and Canada, assembled together through Zoom rehearsals. “Heathers: The Musical“, based on the eponymous cult-classic 1988 movie, will stream on September 18-20.

While the musical will premiere in a non-traditional environment, audiences should not expect a scaled-back experience. Director and lead actress (Veronica Sawyer) Charity Farrell, a fixture of Cincinnati and Dayton stages, said of the production, “Nothing is getting trimmed. Every element you expect to see from a full-length musical in a live, stage performance is there, plus additional elements we get to explore in this medium. We are honored to have a creative team that has worked throughout the industry on Broadway and off-Broadway, cruise ships, and worldwide in concert series and events. The level of experience from the production team and cast members coupled with the innovation of this platform is going to be truly exciting for audiences to watch.”

Created in response to theater shut downs across the country, VVT celebrates the opportunity to produce high-quality performances online and bring together creatives and audiences without borders. Actor and VVT managing director Abby Parr (Heather Chandler), a Cincinnati native, said of her experience, “My favorite part of this process has been meeting incredible people from across North America that I never would have met otherwise. Despite not being physically together, we have the same sort of cast bond as any other show I’ve done. It’s really helped me stay connected to other artists.” 

Interested parties can buy tickets for $15/each. The show runs September 18, 19, and 20 at 8:00pm EDT on the Virtual Venue Theatricals website. Tickets are single-use and password protected. For ticket sales and more information, visit


  • Charity Farrell* as Veronica Sawyer
  • Gavin Cole as Jason Dean
  • Abby Parr* as Heather Chandler
  • Emily Kay as Heather Duke
  • Christina Emily Jackson* as Heather McNamara
  • Nathan Cockroft as Ram Sweeney
  • Mark Quach as Kurt Kelly
  • Casey Borghesi* as Martha Dunnstock
  • Jade Litaker as Ms. Fleming/Veronica’s Mom
  • Trevor William Hayes as Big Bud Dean/Coach Ripper/Kurt’s Dad
  • Jimmy Lewis as Principal Gowan/Veronica’s Dad/Ram’s Dad
  • Jill Amantea as ensemble
  • Jamie Dee Bradley as ensemble
  • Riley Dominiak as ensemble
  • Mikey Marmann as ensemble
  • Carrington Martin as ensemble
  • Michael McCrary as ensemble
  • Conor Sheehan as ensemble


  • Director/Technical Director: Charity Farrell*
  • Music Director: Gillian Berkowitz
  • Choreographer: Katelyn Parish
  • Stage Manager: Sammy Landau
  • Costume Designer: Nathalie Gibson*

About Virtual Venue Theatricals: VVT is a virtual production company based in Irvine, CA run by owner/artistic director Charity Farrell and managing director Abby Parr. VVT was founded in 2020 by a group of professional artists as the demand for live performance shifted to a digital medium in order to put performers and production teams to work in a creative capacity and keep the art form of live theater in front of audiences.

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Re-Imagines 101st Season!

TCTC_Four SeasonsA season where you press PLAY to see the play 

Cincinnati – The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) originally announced that Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical, Disney’s Descendants, would open the theatre’s 2020-21 MainStage Season, followed by ELF THe Musical Jr., Doctor Dolittle Jr., and the world-premiere musical, Princess & Frog.  For the safety of patrons and artists, and anticipated restrictions for large gatherings, the nation’s oldest children’s theatre has decided to postpone these productions to the 2021-22 season.

Fear not! TCT has announced plans to replace the shows with four productions guaranteed to wow young and old alike, while keeping safety a priority. The new line-up includes in-person performances for those who would like to experience a socially-distanced live show, and digital experiences for those who would prefer to enjoy the production from the comfort of their home.

TCT’s Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice, says: “While we are sad Season 101 will be postponed, we are elated to announce a new re-imagined season, keeping audiences and artists safe while keeping mission in focus. As a theatre for young people which normally serves over 200,000 each season, we had to make some dramatic changes and start from scratch to curate a new season of titles which also grants us the license to stream the productions digitally.”

TCT’s first three MainStage shows will take place on the Ralph and Patricia Corbett SHOWTIME STAGE at TCT’s Red Bank location. Seating will be very limited, demand is high, and performances are expected to sell out quickly.

In April 2021, last season’s postponed TCT production of ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR. will take place at THE TAFT THEATRE in Downtown Cincinnati. TCT will follow all State and CDC guidelines with reduced capacity seating models and safety protocols in place as necessary.

“Accessibility to our programming is incredibly important right now,” says Kim Kern, TCT’s Managing Director and CEO. “The stories we tell give families hope and joy as we look to the future.  Due to the limited capacity of our Showtime Stage, TCT’s first three productions will be available to purchase digitally though our website in partnership with Broadway on Demand.”

Tralen Doler, Vice President of Broadway On Demand says, “Broadway On Demand is thrilled to have TCT joining our platform. Their innovation and dedication to creating art in these times is inspiring and exactly what we hope for in a partner. We look forward to sharing their thrilling work with viewers around the world.”

In addition, the TCT Creative Team has been working diligently to create and debut new safety protocols to protect the audience, staff, and the actors on stage.  Nose and mouth coverings will be integrated into many costumes and pre-recorded vocal amplification will be used to reduce the amount of respiration created by actors during a performance.

“The theatre has been using masks since 600BC!” Justice says. “I’m actually quite excited to wrap our imaginations around some creative storytelling solutions to provide unique theatre utilizing mask work and pantomime!”

The shows featured in TCT’s reimagined MainStage Season include:


  • THE VELVETEEN RABBIT:  November 12 – December 13, 2020
  • GARFIELD: THE MUSICAL WITH CATTITUDE:  January 21 – February 14, 2021
  • RAPUNZEL’S HAIRY FAIRY TALE:  February 25 – March 21, 2021


  • ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR.:  April 17- April 25, 2021 (Not available digitally.) 

About the MainStage Shows

Public Performances: November 12 – December 13, 2020
Available digitally beginning November 19, 2020
Ideal for ages ALL AGES
Directed by Roderick Justice

Margery Williams’ award-winning classic tale of a stuffed toy rabbit made real by a child’s enduring love is retold in a modern and delightfully electric holiday musical. In an era of virtual reality and Minecraft, this musical captures the joy and magic of the book you know and love, with a 16-bit digital twist. This happy, hoppy, holiday show will get the entire family into the spirit of the season.

Credits: Adapted by William S. Kilborne Jr and Albert T. Viola. Music by Albert T. Viola. Lyrics by William S. Kilborne, Jr.

Public Performances: January 21 – February 14, 2021
Available digitally beginning February 4, 2021
Ideal for ages ALL AGES
Directed by Eric Byrd

In this musical adaptation of everyone’s favorite sarcastic tubby tabby, Garfield awakens to find his birthday – the most important day of the year – has fallen on a Monday. The horror! To make matters worse, all his friends – Jon, Odie, Arlene, and even his nemesis, Nermal – have completely forgotten it’s his big day. Only his beloved teddy bear, Pookie, understands his disappointment. Feeling rejected, Garfield leaves the comforts of home but soon realizes in the outside there’s no T.V., the food is garbage (literally), and animal control is always just around the corner.  In the end, Garfield learns little things like, you know, the value of friendship and that “home is where the heart – and the food – is.

Credits: Based on the Comic Strip Garfield by Jim Davis / Book by Michael J. Bobbitt and Jim Davis.  Music and Lyrics by John L. Cornelius II. 

Public Performances: February 25-March 21, 2021
Available digitally beginning March 4, 2021
Ideal for ages ALL AGES
Directed by Eric Byrd

The classic fairy tale of “Rapunzel” comes to life in an exciting world-premiere musical adaptation adventure featuring everyone’s favorite long-locked lady in a tower. But don’t forget the array of other characters braided in this hairy fairy tale, comically played by only two actors! Yes, your read that correctly. ONLY TWO ACTORS! This fresh new adaptation will make your audiences throw their heads of hair back in laughter and delight as two incredibly talented and versatile actors untangle this hairy fairy tale like you’ve never seen it before!

Public Performances: April 17-18, 23-25, 2021
Not available digitally
Ideal for ages 4+
Directed by Nate Bertone

Broadway’s biggest little hero, Matilda, is an extraordinary girl with a vivid imagination. Unloved by her cruel parents, Matilda is armed with astonishing wit, intelligence and mysterious powers. At school, she catches the eye of her sweet schoolteacher, Miss Honey, but also the mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who loves to think of clever ways to punish children. Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other and together they dare to take a stand against Miss Trunchbull to change their destiny.

Credits: Book by Dennis Kelly. Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin.

Season Subscriptions and Individual Tickets
Current subscribers to the postponed 2020-21 MainStage Season will be refunded, but will be able to secure the same seats for the 2021-22 Season. All subscribers from our 2019-20 season will also be able to secure the same seats for the 2021-22 season. Prices for the re-imagined 2020-21 Season range from $25-$30 for all live shows**. Access to each Broadway On Demand production is $15. A pre-sale price of $12 is available until shows begin streaming.  Details as to how to purchase shows through Broadway on Demand coming soon to TCT’s website.  Tickets for the live performances will be available beginning today, August 24, and can be purchased on TCT’s website: Due to capacity restrictions, performances may sell out very quickly.    

Showtimes **
Live performances located at the RED BANK facility will take place Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 11am, 2pm, and 5pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 5pm. At THE TAFT THEATRE, performances will take place Friday at 7pm, Saturdays at 11am, 2pm and 5pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 5pm. Mandatory masks and social distancing will be required.

ALS interpretation and audio description will be offered for ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR. on the first Saturday at 2 PM performance at the Taft Theatre. Sensory-friendly performances will be announced at a later date.

TCT on Tour:
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s touring season has also been redesigned with the ability to perform shows at schools and community venues either in-person or through two different styles of digital presentations: A streamed version of the show through Broadway on Demand, or our brand new “Pick-A-Path” Series, where audiences choose their own adventure and get to decide which way they want the story to end. This blended interactive storytelling gives them an experience they will never forget. In-person performances will include a live, post-show talk-back with actors to engage students in the production’s message. For digital performances, teachers will have the opportunity to schedule a live, post-show talk-back via Zoom.

“Pick a Path” is in partnership with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, and titles include: JAQUELINE AND THE BEANSTALK, Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ the Underground, and MARTIN’S DREAMFor details or to book one of our touring experiences, email

TCT Academy:
TCT’s Virtual Summer Camp was a huge success with more than 160 students participating.  TCT’s Fall Academy programming is ready to offer students virtual training experiences. Details about the virtual sessions and registration is available at Registration for the first seven-week Fall session ends September 1.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by ArtsWave and the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.  The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

** Live productions are subject to capacity restrictions and safety protocol through the CDC and the State of Ohio and may be converted to a digital ticket if the performance must be canceled for any reason due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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