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The Spirits of the Season Return to Cincinnati Playhouse


Cast of 2019’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Comes to Live Nov. 24-Dec. 30

CINCINNATI (Nov. 23, 2021) — Charles’ Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s joyous, time-honored celebration of the true meaning of the holidays returns to the stage for its 30th anniversary, presented by First Financial Bank. Audiences can see the beloved classic in the Robert S. Marx Theatre for the final time from Nov. 24 to Dec. 30. Opening night is Nov. 26.

More than 659,000 people have enjoyed the story of Ebenezer Scrooge at the Playhouse over the past 29 years, comprising more than 1,100 performances (including 168 student matinees). Hundreds of costumes and vivid special effects bring Dickens’ narrative to life as audiences join his time-traversing pilgrimage with the spirits one magical Christmas Eve. The construction of a new, state-of-the-art mainstage theatre complex, now underway, will enable even more theatrical magic and technical capabilities— and with it, a new adaptation in 2023.

“Thousands of families return each year to the Playhouse to make A CHRISTMAS CAROL a part of their holiday traditions,” explains Blake Robison, producing artistic director. “The enduring message of A CHRISTMAS CAROL helps to make it one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions each season and a perfect way to introduce children to the joys of live theatre.”

Bruce Cromer returns to fill Ebenezer Scrooge’s miserly shoes this season for the 17th time, the longest run among the four actors who have played the role, and his son, Charlie, returns for a third season to portray Scrooge as a young adult. For 2020, Cromer brought his role to life through a special one-time production of A Christmas Carol for Radio.

All show times for A CHRISTMAS CAROL are at 2 p.m. for matinees and 7 p.m. for evening performances to accommodate families with children. Please note the earlier curtain time. There will be no performances on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and selected weeknights in early December.

All patrons must present proof of vaccination or negative test and wear a mask to attend. More details on he Playhouse’s COVID-19 safety protocols can be found at

Bruce Cromer (Ebenezer Scrooge); Charlie Cromer (Young and Mature Scrooge / Ghost of Christmas Future); Paulina De La Parra (Mary, Scrubwoman at Fezziwig’s / Mrs. Dilber / Streets); Annie Fitzpatrick (Mrs. Fezziwig / Patience / Streets); Parker Flautt (Peter Cratchit / Gregory / Apprentice at Fezziwig’s / Streets); Ryan Wesley Gilreath (Bob Cratchit / Schoolmaster Oxlip / Guest at Fezziwig’s); Ashlynn Isabel Hezlep (Belinda Cratchit / Guest at Fezziwig’s / Streets); Maeada King (Business Person with Newspaper / Guest at Fezziwig’s / Streets); Taha Mandviwala (Mr. Sosser / Dick Wilkins / Topper / Man with Shoe Shine); Sara Masterson (Belle / Catherine Margaret); Matthew McGinn; (Constable at Fezziwig’s / Undertaker / Streets); Kelly Mengelkoch (Mrs. Cratchit / Laundress / Streets); Daniel Petzold (Fred / Guest at Fezziwig’s) Gianna Porfano (Rose / Poulteress / Guest at Fezziwig’s / Caroler / Streets); Greg Procaccino (Jacob Marley / Old Joe); Douglas Rees (Mr. Fezziwig / Ghost of Christmas Present); Makenzie Ruff (Martha Cratchit / Guest at Fezziwig’s / Streets); Benjamin Sheffer (Boy Scrooge / Guest at Fezziwig’s / Ignorance / Streets); Britney Nicole Simpson (Ghost of Christmas Past / Mrs. Peak); Sabian Swan (Charles / Apprentice at Fezziwig’s / Bootblack / George / Streets); Braylen Underwood (Tiny Tim / Matthew / Guest at Fezziwig’s / Streets) Athena Updike (Fan / Guest at Fezziwig’s / Want / Streets); David Whalen (Mr. Cupp / Percy / Rich Man at Fezziwig’s)

Howard Dallin (playwright); Michael Evan Haney (director); James Leonard Joy (set designer); David Murin (costume designer); Kirk Bookman (lighting designer); David B. Smith (sound designer/composer); Stephen Skiles (associate director); Rebecca N. Childs (music director); Dee Anne Bryll (choreographer); Stephanie Klapper, CSA (casting director); Andrea L. Shell (stage manager); Brooke Redler (second stage manager); Brandon T. Holmes (assistant stage manager); Jessica B. Lucas (assistant stage manager)

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility.

Performances Tuesdays through Saturdays will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Individual tickets start at $40. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show for all other performances. Discounted ticket prices for children and teens are available for all productions and are $30 to $45, depending on show and seat location.

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE (Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.) Each Marx Theatre production offers one audio-described performance during the show’s run. Trained volunteers describe the visual elements of the production via a closed-circuit receiver that is the size of a deck of cards and fits in a jacket pocket or on the lap. A small earpiece fits into one ear, allowing patrons to hear dialogue, music and other sound effects. The description is timed to avoid interfering with dialogue.

SIGNED PERFORMANCE (Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.) Each Marx Theatre production offers one signed performance during the show’s run. Funding for this program is made possible by Bartlett.
Recommended for all general audiences, including children ages 5 and older. Due to the full-length nature of the show, children younger than 5 cannot be admitted. Please contact the Box Office if you have questions or require additional information.

Visit the Health & Safety page for details on the current health and safety guidelines in place for the 2021-22 season.


Production Sponsor is First Financial Bank. Design and Artist Sponsors are Ohio National Financial Services, AAA/Provident Travel, Skidmore Sales and Distributing, and Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel. Additional support was provided by Barbara Fitch and the Stona Fitch Family as well as Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Season Sponsors are Schueler Group, US Bank and the Rosenthal Family Foundation.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.


The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs, and complete wheelchair access are available. Dates for audio-described and signed performances are listed above.


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SRMTC_Best Christmas Pageant Ever logoTHE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER The Musical
Stage Right Musical Theatre Company
Dec. 3-19
Main Street Gardens [Williamstown, Ky.]

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world! That’s a fact! So what happens when the worst kids in history come to sunday school and take leading roles in the Christmas pageant? Fighting in Bethlehem, cigar-smoking in the manger, and a town in panic! The Herdmans have never heard the Christmas story but they definitely have rewrites! It’s up to the pageant director to help everyone see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic.
Friday & Saturday performances include dinner.

  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 3-4 at 6:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 5 at 1:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 10-11 at 6:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 12 at 1:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 17-18 at 6:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 19 at 1:30pm

11/23/21 Covid-19 Safety Procedures

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Auditions Announced for RAGTIME at Cincinnati Music Theatre


  • Sunday, December 5, 2021, 3:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 6, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
    Call backs will be held Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220


  • Please reserve your audition time via
  • Please print and fill out the audition form prior to your audition.
  • Walk-ins are welcome and will be seen in the next available slot.

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS: We will also accept video submissions. If you choose to submit a video audition, you must include all three elements of the audition, the song, the story, and the dance combination. The deadline for video submissions will be 5:00 PM on Monday, December 6, 2021. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Please include the audition form and virtual copy of your resume, and a copy of your headshot with the video submission. To submit a video audition, please submit materials to


  • Please prepare 16-32 bars of a Broadway-style song that showcases your vocal range. Your sheet music should be in the proper key with cuts marked. An accompanist will be provided (no CD’s, tapes or a cappella numbers).
  • Please be prepared to tell a short story about a time that you felt like an outsider, or about a time that overcame an obstacle.
  • Please bring shoes and clothing appropriate for a dance audition.
  • Please provide a copy of your resume.
  • Please provide a copy of your headshot if you have one.
  • Please bring proof of your COVID-19 Vaccination. We do require that the cast, crew, and production team be fully vaccinated. Masks will be required during rehearsals when not actively engaged on stage.

Please Note:
We are committed to making this process as accessible as possible.

  • The dance combination, that will also be taught during the audition, will be available via video, upon request, a week before the audition.
  • The callback sides and music will also be available virtually the week before the audition.
  • Those who reserve an audition timeslot will receive an email with the access information.
  • For those who are not on the SignUp Genius, please request materials via email:

Additionally, we will have printed copies of the callback materials available at the audition.

Based on the novel of the same name, Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream in the volatile “melting pot” of turn-of-the-century New York, Ragtime confronts the dialectic contradictions inherent in American reality: experiences of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair. Over the course of the show, the worlds of a wealthy white couple, a Jewish immigrant father and his motherless daughter, and a Black Ragtime musician intertwine. Together, they discover the surprising interconnections of the human heart, the limitations of justice and the unsettling consequences when dreams are permanently deferred. Featuring many of the historical figures that built and shaped turn-of-the-century America, including J.P. Morgan, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit and Henry Ford, this musical sweeps across the diversity of the American experience to create a stirring epic that captures the beats of the American experience.

CMT is looking for a large, diverse cast for this production. BIPOC and LGBTQ+ performers are encouraged to audition. All roles are open.

These roles include:

  • Coalhouse
    A proud and talented pianist. A Black man who believes that he can take part in the new America and will be treated fairly.
  • Sarah
    Washwoman. Sarah is a young Black woman, beautiful and filled with a strong will to live, fueled by an innocent spirit. Falls deeply in love with Coalhouse after much resistance.
  • Mother
    The consummate wife and mother. A kind woman with incredible moral fiber. Refined, intelligent, graceful and open minded.
  • Father
    Mother’s professionally successful husband. Fancies himself an amateur explorer, he is commanding and attractive. Enjoys being the family breadwinner, a traditionalist.
  • Younger Brother
    Mother’s younger brother. He is an erratic and passionate soul, a firework waiting to be lit. Influenced greatly by Goldman’s teachings.
  • Little Boy
    Mother and Father’s son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgement on others.
  • Grandfather
    Mother’s patrician father. He is a retired professor, and easily irritated by nearly everything.
  • Tateh
    A Latvian immigrant. He wears the trials and tribulations of his past on his sleeve, but remains optimistic that he will be successful. Full of genuine drive and heart. He lives for his little daughter.
  • Little Girl
    Tateh’s daughter. A vulnerable child in a brand-new home, she has lost her mother and is guarded and shy. She clings to her father.
  • Booker T. Washington
    Brilliant Black social activist. He is an eloquent and articulate gentleman with no patience for Black Americans leading less than exemplary lives.
  • Emma Goldman
    Social activist. Originally from Russia, she is a leader, a fearless advocate for the oppressed.
  • Evelyn Nesbit
    The beautiful vaudeville performer, famous for the murder of her high-profile lover by her rich husband.
  • Henry Ford
    An American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company.
  • Harry Houdini
    The famous magician, originally from Hungary. With notable physical ability, he stands as a symbol of the ‘American Dream.’
  • J.P. Morgan
    The rich, famous financier.
  • Sarah’s Friend
    A friend of Sarah’s who attends her funeral.
  • Willie Conklin
    A racist volunteer fireman who destroys Coalhouse’s car.
  • Ensemble: Baseball Fans; Coalhouse Supporters; Firemen; Immigrants to America; New Rochelle Citizens; Reporters; Vacationers.
  • Played by Black actors: Coalhouse’s Lawyer, Harlem Citizens, Henson

RAGTIME opens April 29, 2022 and runs through May 7, 2022, at Aronoff Center Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center of the Arts.
Rehearsals will begin February 2, 2022.

RAGTIME is produced by Jacqlyn Schott and directed by Chad Brinkman with choreography by David Choate and music direction by Joshua Goines.

Book by Terrence McNally
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel, Ragtime

RAGTIME is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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TDW Announces the Lineup and Cast of HOME BREW THEATRE V

TDW_Home Brew 5 logoHOME BREW THEATRE is The Drama Workshop’s recurring celebration of short plays by local authors, followed by a Meet The Artists Reception with beer from a local brewery.

This January 14-16, 2022, TDW is happy to present HOME BREW THEATRE V, featuring nine fully-produced short plays and, for the first time in Home Brew history, a short musical!

We are excited to announce the following plays and their casts.

A BEER by Peter J Stavros
Directed by Becky Collins
Featuring Robert Brumberg, Jimmy Jackson, and Fred Murrell

FIRST KISS by Betsy Bossart
Directed by Judy Berrens
Featuring Parker Culp, Elizabeth Hickerson, and Anna-Grace Rose

GATE EXPECTATIONS by Christie Bishop
Directed by Jeff Nieman
Featuring Parker Culp, Tim Rogers, and Kayla Vogel

Directed by Judy Berrens
Featuring Robert Brumberg, Jessie Faye, Micheal Harris-Kiser, and David Radtke

MADAME MISTY by Megan Ann Jacobs
Directed by Trisha Cooper
Featuring Robert Brumberg, Elizabeth Hickerson, and Kayla Vogel

MANHUNT by Teri Foltz
Directed by Betsy Bossart
Featuring Micheal Harris-Kiser and Ben Lacy

THE MILE HIGH CLUB by Arny Stoller
Directed by Amy Eyers
Featuring Fred Murrell and Karen Romero

PUDDLE JUMPERS: a Short Musical by Fred Tacon
Directed by Lynne Aronson
Featuring Alejandra Decima, Ali Lewis, and Joelle Reid
Accompanied by Amy Waldfogle, Guitar.

Directed by Greg Hatfield
Featuring Lorie Baker, Jessie Faye, Josh Flowers, Elizabeth Hickerson, and David Radtke

Directed by Rose Vanden Eynden
Featuring Mark Culp, Jimmy Jackson, David Radtke, Kristy Rucker, Holly Sauerbrunn, and Kayla Vogel

Performance dates are January 14th and 15th at 8pm, and January 16th at 2pm. Tickets are available now at or by calling (513)598-8303. Get your tickets soon! The last Home Brew event was a full weekend of sell-outs!

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Classic Comedy, EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!), is Back for the Holidays!

CSC_Every Christmas Story1 2021

Justin McCombs, Candice Handy, & Geoffrey Warren Barnes II. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

After a thrilling first production back from the prolonged intermission, Cincinnati Shakespeare continues the Grand Re-Opening Season with the beloved Christmas comedy, EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!) 

CINCINNATI (November 11, 2021) – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has opened its doors in time for the holidays with EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME! as the second play in the 2021-2022 Grand Re-Opening Season. In celebration of the last Christmas missed and the comeback, the holiday hit is bigger than ever, playing a longer run from November 19- December 26, 2021.

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Miranda McGee. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

In its 15th Season, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is thrilled to spread holiday cheer in just over 90 minutes with “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” by Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald, and John K. Alvarez. In the play, three actors (with the help of drunk Santa) start with A Christmas Carol which soon devolves into a slightly irreverent take on everyone’s favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics,” including It’s a Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, and others!

Jeremy Dubin continues his directorial lead for the most praised and popular production in Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s history, a play that consistently breaks attendance and sales records every year.  “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)” is a show best enjoyed by adults and older teens; it is not recommended for any theatergoers young enough to believe in Santa Claus. Perfect for date nights, families with older children and teens, and outings with friends, attending the show becomes an experience. Theatergoers are encouraged to arrive with Christmas sweaters and Santa Hats, while Drunk Santa herself makes COVID safe connections with the audience.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company also offers the opportunity to think outside the gift box and give experiences as presents. Gift Certificates for your selected amount can be redeemed on tickets, subscriptions, classes, summer camp, and more, becoming the perfect present for everyone from students to adult theatergoers. Available for purchase online and same-day pick up in the lobby at CSC.  Learn more about holiday gifting at

At this time, all ticketholders must wear masks in addition to showing proof of a full COVID vaccination status OR provide a negative COVID test to enter The Otto M. Budig Theater. More details on the exact procedure are provided before each performance. Learn more at CSC’s Health and Safety page at

Tickets are on sale now for purchase online or by calling the Box Office. CSC values accessibility for all theatergoers and offers a variety of affordable options, including discounts available for students, seniors, local residents, and community partners, or $14 “Access” tickets in the Upper Gallery. Rush Tickets at $12 for any unreserved seats may be available one hour before each performance, not just for students.

This annual Christmas spectacular is performed at the Otto M. Budig Theater in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park, at 1195 Elm St. Tickets range from $12-$60.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273), or visit us online at


About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for all.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.  CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.  Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach more than 50,000 young people and community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of Mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics!

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