The Carnegie Announces Innovative, Socially Distant, Home Holiday Program: MERRY SAY WHAT NOW?

TC_Merry Say What Now logoCOVINGTON, KY – Bring the holiday cheer directly to your yard this year with The Carnegie Creative Disruption Committee’s MERRY SAY WHAT NOW?! A mad-lib style holiday show that features your choice of winter story, where the actors come to you.

MERRY SAY WHAT NOW?! features two energetic actors acting out all the parts of your favorite holiday and winter stories. This holiday program is great for children, socially distant neighborhood parties, and family gatherings where patrons can choose from 6 different performance experiences: The Nutcracker, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Snow Queen, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Rudolf, or The Gingerbread Man.

“There’s no doubt this holiday season will look different than in years past. This innovative program model invites families to gather, bundle up with cocoa in their front lawn or neighborhood cul-de-sac and we’ll bring some festive holiday cheer at a safe social distance,” said Maggie Perrino, Theatre Director for The Carnegie. “Additionally, proceeds from performances go directly to the performers and production teams who are navigating a series of traditional holiday theatre cancellations.”

Performance bookings begin on November 27 and may be scheduled through January 31. Each performance is $150 and runs 45 minutes. Don’t miss out on this creative holiday performance – reserve your show today. For more information or to book, please visit

A note on social distancing: Our actors will arrive masked and ready to go in their most festive outdoor gear. Performers will maintain at least 10 feet of space from audience members throughout performances.

MERRY SAY WHAT NOW?! Production Team:

Script adaptations by Ria Villaver Collins, Cassidy Steele, Maggie Perrino, Caleb Redslob, and Thomas Boeing

Directed by Ria Villaver Collins

Produced by Maggie Perrino


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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