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NKU SOTA Streams EDGES to Kick Off 2020-21 Theatre Season

NKU_Edges logoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts presents the song cycle EDGES by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul as the first installment of the 2020-21 Theatre + Dance academic season. The scheduled performances of Edges will be available to view online through ShowTix4U on Nov. 5-8.

Event Details:

  • What: EDGES by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • When: Nov. 5 – 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Streaming/On-Demand at ShowTix4U
  • Admission: Pay What You Can; $3 for On-Demand 48 hour rental

Chloe Hedrick on film monitor

“I felt Edges would be a perfect show to attempt during a time in history where we are asking so many questions,” said Jamey Strawn, director. Edges is not a traditional musical; it is a song cycle that highlights burgeoning adults asking classic coming-of-age questions. The songs cover universal issues as love, commitment, identity, and meaning. Characters deal with confronting emotions, escaping expectations, and deciphering complicated relationships.

Creating theatre at a university under COVID restrictions revealed many challenges and required a production team willing to think outside the box and develop creative solutions in a completely fluid environment. This production’s primary goal was to create theatre safely while incorporating new experiences. Actors met for rehearsals one-on-one with the director, rotating rooms every 45 minutes to ensure air circulation, and everyone remained masked at all times. The show was recorded with one actor at a time, in a completely isolated and distanced environment. The entire process was in compliance with the Norse Nine guidelines.


Jamey Strawn preparing music.

“We embraced the challenge of coming up with creative ways to film the show to reflect the isolated situations of the characters,” said Strawn. “I’m proud of the dedication of the students, faculty, and staff that worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this production. We all yearn for that moment in the future when we return to live theatre, for now we view obstacles as opportunities and celebrate the learning opportunities in this new environment.”

The NKU cast features Megan Carlson, Chloe Hedrick, Makenna Henehan, Caroline Rakestraw, Randolph Geers, Kanai Nakata, Alex Simpson and Tre Taylor. Special thanks to Norse Media and Chris Strobel for providing filming and editing support during the production process. Edges is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

About NKU School of the Arts: SOTA is the Creative Engine of NKU. The School of the Arts combines Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts to bring unparalleled artistic opportunities to current and future students. In a changing world, SOTA prepares students to be creative trailblazers in the Arts and their careers. Whether we are creating motion graphics, producing on the stage, or utilizing our dance classes to collaborate with therapeutic exercise in health sciences, we are on the cutting edge of transdisciplinary studies. SOTA offers 11 degrees with 30 specializations in addition to 7 minors to develop graduates that are personally engaged, innovative, and curious with advanced skillsets in collaboration and creative risk-taking. For more information, visit or follow on social media @NKUSOTA.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit



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DADDY’S GIRL Virtual Reading at Beechmont Players

BPI_logoBeechmont Players will be doing a virtual play reading of the comedy DADDY’S GIRL via Zoom. Please join us! 

Sunday, November 1st at 3p

Zoom link:

Synopsis: Meet Benard Muloovy, proprietor of Maudie’s Diner, the most no-nonsense cook you’ve ever met. Benard gets served a full plate of comic chaos when his deceased wife decides to take up residence as a talking portrait on the diner wall. Enlisting the services of an angel, Michael, Maudie hopes to reunite Benard with their long-lost daughter, Elizabeth. True to his mischievous nature, Michael delivers two Elizabeths, and Benard’s task is to decide which young woman is his real daughter. This play comes fully seasoned with characters like E.L. – a snobbish restaurant critic after Benard’s secret recipe, Lizzy – a girl with a split personality, a forgetful waitress, a PhD student with communication problems, a yin-yang geriatric duo, a motorcycle mama, and of course Darlynn, the woman who has been trying to get Benard to the altar for years, because who doesn’t want a second helping of happiness? In this contest of laughter and tears, lines are drawn, sides are taken, and rules are broken as one young lady reveals a secret and ultimately claims her paternity, but not without a twist… or two.


  • BENARD:  Jim Waldfogle
  • SHIRTLESS BOB:  Jamie Ball
  • WALTER:  Bryce Willson
  • MAUDIE:  Shelby Carter
  • BETSY:  Katherine Anderson
  • MICHELA:  Jen Davis
  • DARLYNN: Cheri Eresman
  • E.L.:  Kiya Fix
  • ALEX:  Chadwin Davis
  • DAISY:  Vickie Greco
  • VIOLET:  Valeria Amburgey
  • LIZZY:  Susan Smith
  • BIG EARL ELLA:  Maggie Ingram King

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MEMO_Silas the Uninvited logoSILAS, THE UNINVITED
Memorial Hall
Nov. 10-21

Written by Derek Snow
Directed by Daryl Harris

Cast: Geoffrey Barnes as Silas LeTour, Jasimine Bouldin as Olivia Dotson, Christine Dye as Vincent & Burgess Byrd as Marlene Hartfield

A black man imbued with the gift of time travel searches for freedom in three American eras.

NKU’s Daryl Harris leads a cast of gifted black actors in an exploration of the dark corners of America’s historical relationship with race. SILAS, THE UNINVITED is a world premiere reading by lauded Cincinnati playwright Derek Snow, whose plays have been performed at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, the Know Theatre Cincinnati, and at venues around the country and internationally.

In a time when Americans are grappling with the deaths George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, among so many others, playwright Snow finds sad parallels in current and historical violence towards black people.

  • Tue, Nov. 10 at 8pm
  • Fri, Nov. 13 at 8pm
  • Mon, Nov. 16 at 8pm
  • Fri, Nov. 20 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 21 at 8 pm

Official page | Facebook event

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Roll Models Cincy Presents Halloween Live-Stream of Tabletop Role-Playing Game TEN CANDLES

RM_HalloweenCincinnati, OH – Roll Models Cincy presents a live-streamed recording of the popular table-top role-playing game Ten Candles, taking place on Facebook Live Saturday, October 31st at 9pm EDT, featuring founding board member Jackson Short in the role of Game Master, scenario creator Farley Norman, and players including founding board members Jeff Joecken and Andrew Bishop, as well as Lex Masula and Chloe Kaplan.

Roll Models Cincy is proud to bring our story driven role-playing game sessions to Facebook Live and the virtual community for the very first time. The Halloween Live-Stream will be our celebration of all things eerie and is our way of thanking our community of viewers and players for being with us since the pandemic began.

Engulfed in playful darkness, this FREE event begins with Character Creation at 9pm and, after a short break, the story then unfolds starting at 10pm. The live video will be streamed  at with more info on our event page at

Jackson Short, the Game Master of this adventure, had this to say about the world that will be created and explored this Saturday: “Ten Candles is one of the more ominous role-playing games in Roll Models Cincy’s arsenal of games, exploring mortality, finding hope in the darkness, and asking the question, ‘What can happen when you lose all hope?’ A major component of Ten Candles is the expectation that, by the end of the story, all characters in the world the players have traversed will perish. With each unsuccessful dice roll, characters get closer and closer to their inevitable end. While the conclusion may be grim, the journey is a freeing experience where players push the boundaries of their own reality while minding the dangers of the path ahead, fearing what may be lurking around the corner.”

The world that Farley Norman has crafted is a brand new scenario created exclusively for the Ten Candles universe. With only a short introduction, Farley  expertly crafts a hauntingly foreboding tale that, in just a few sentences, spurs players into a panic as they begin to decide the fate of their characters.

Roll Models’ first adventure into live-streaming could have no better group of players to explore Farley’s new world. Andrew Bishop and Jeffrey Joecken have been with Roll Models since the very beginning and with the addition of Roll Models regular Chloe Kaplan and newer member Lex Masula, we’re thrilled to explore this world with them and the characters they create.

Roll Models Cincy aims to educate people on the social benefits of role-playing games, connect people through easy to join gaming sessions, entertain audiences who want to engage without participating, give artists an opportunity to be creative in an open world-building environment, and create  tools to make role-playing more accessible. Roll Models Cincy hopes to be a catalyst for people of all ages to connect and engage with each other through fantastical storytelling and empathy. We hope to have an impact in progressing the role-playing artform and make RPG’s accessible for all ages and backgrounds. 


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Creepy, Crawly Cabarette Now Available for Streaming Online from Queen City Cabaret

Fire up your QCC+ account, mix yourself a bloody mary, and put those feet up! This spooky show features jazzy fall favorites like “Haunted Heart,” perfectly paired with other seasonal serenades (we don’t want to give anything away, but if you’re a fan of phantoms, love spells, unfortunate souls, and zombies, you won’t be disappointed).

For only $8.99 a month, you can access this show along with our ENTIRE SEASON of online and in-person (*fingers-crossed) shows. That’s like, 2 pumpkin spice lattes.

Join Matthew, Sarah, and QCC’s community of Fab Cab Fans, and be a part of something wonderful, even while we’re apart!

Click here for more information.

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