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WHO’S HOLIDAY! at The Human Race Theatre Company

HRTC_Whos Holiday logoShe’s back!  Cindy Lou Who returns to Dayton for The Human Race Theatre Company’s WHO’S HOLIDAY! in an irreverent, hilarious good time, not suitable for the whole family

Playwright Matthew Lombardo serves up an antidote to the holiday blues with a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy about grown-up Cindy Lou Who.  She trips along memory lane as she prepares for a holiday party in her trailer just outside of Whoville. Cindy Lou reminisces about that fateful Christmas eve when she first met the Grinch and the twisted turn of events her life has since taken. If you enjoyed Tuna Christmas or The Santaland Diaries in previous seasons, or even if you came to see Cindy Lou last year, join us again in filling the Loft Theatre with laughter December 8 – 23, 2022.

Special “Parent’s Night Out” performances are scheduled at 5pm on December 10, 17 and 22-23, where kids 5-12 can enjoy a holiday-themed theatre workshop in the 2nd floor rehearsal room from 4:30 – 6pm while parents enjoy the show upstairs. The show’s short 60-minute run-time allows families to be home in time for dinner and bedtime!

“As a parent, I know the struggle is real to find childcare, especially the closer it gets to the holidays,” states HRTC Artistic Director Emily N. Wells. “The Human Race proudly partners with Dayton Live to offer these workshops to keep the kids learning and having a lot of fun, while parents and caregivers can kick back and enjoy a raucous time at the theatre.”

As the season of charitable giving continues, The Human Race expands its commitment to The Foodbank, with a barrel for non-perishable food items in the lobby. There is also a “Giving Tree” in partnership with Blue Star Families Dayton, adding a little extra cheer for active and reserve military families in the area.

Returning to the role of Cindy is hilarious Cincinnati native and Wright State graduate, Alex Sunderhaus. WHO’S HOLIDAY! is directed by Human Race Theatre Company Resident Artist and Wright State Artistic Director, Joe Deer. The production team returns for Cindy Lou’s festive holiday party, with Stage Manager Rachel Heine; Costume Designer Zoe Still; Scenic Designer Scott J. Kimmins; Lighting Designer John Rensel; Sound Designer Alexander Koker; Prop Master Sarah Gomes.

WHO’S HOLIDAY! will play in the Loft Theatre in downtown Dayton, December 8-23, 2022. Tickets are on sale through Dayton Live box office, 937-228-3630, or online at

Special Nights at the theatre:  

  • SAWBUCK SUNDAY: Sunday, December 11th at 7:00pm.  All tickets at the door are $10.
  • PARENT’S NIGHT OUT: December 10, 17, 22, and 23rd at 5:00pm.  Reserve your child’s spot
    when making your ticket reservations online.

The Human Race Theatre Company acknowledges its gratitude for the public and private support which makes these productions possible:  22/23 Loft Season sponsored by The Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation; Sustainability Sponsors: Anne F. Johnson, Steve and Lou Mason, Morris Furniture Company;  Organizational Support: Culture Works, Montgomery County, Ohio Arts Council; Media Sponsor: WDPR Discover Classical; Additional Support comes from The Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, Erma R. Catterton Trust.


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Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Dec. 31
Music Hall [Over-the-Rhine]

Damon Gupton, conductor
Quiana Lynell, vocalist

Damon Gupton and the Pops give the holidays an afterglow and keep the celebration going into the New Year! Quiana Lynell, “a vocalist comfortable and commanding in styles including pop, jazz classics and the blues” (DownBeat), makes her Cincinnati Pops debut with timeless classics from the Billie Holiday songbook.

We believe that great music is for everyone, regardless of your budget. This concert is eligible for Pay What You Wish Pricing, as well as other discounts. To learn more visit Music for All.

  • Sat, Dec. 31 at 8pm

Official page | Facebook event |

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STAR WARS: The Force Awakens On Dec. 29-30

CPO_Star Wars the Force Awakens logoSTAR WARS: The Force Awakens
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Dec. 29-30
Music Hall [Over-the-Rhine]

Keitaro Harada, conductor

30 years after the defeat of the Empire, a new threat has arisen. The Resistance and unlikely heroes are the galaxy’s only hope at thwarting a new reign of evil in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The full force of the Cincinnati Pops performs John Williams’ Oscar-nominated score live to the complete, acclaimed film.

  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 29-30 at 7:30pm

Official page | Facebook event |

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Auditions Announced for STEEPLE PEOPLE at La Comedia Dinner Theatre

LAC_logoLa Comedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro, Ohio, is taking audition appointments for Monday, December 5, for “Steeple People.”

Seeking Adult Men who are excellent Singers and Actors for the following roles:

  • Jaxson: 20’s – Tenor 1 for The Steeple People. Doesn’t understand humor or sarcasm, naive and dry. Says things in a deadpanned manner. Must sing harmonies confidently.
  • Bo: 20’s – Tenor 2 for The Steeple People. Talks slow and with the thickest accent. Country boy type. Accident prone and clumsy. Must sing harmonies confidently.
  • Clayton: mid 40’s-50’s – Baritone for The Steeple People. Charismatic and positive. The voice of reason in the group. Must sing harmonies confidently.
  • Ira: 50-60’s – Bass for The Steeple People. Grouchy, clashes personally with other in the group. Must sing harmonies confidently.

Be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song of a gospel song appropriate to the show.

Rehearsals begin January 2, 2023 (9 AM-5 PM Mon-Sat)

Performances January 19 – February 12, 2023, Thurs-Sun matinees and evenings.

Please email Kris Byerly at to set up an appointment.

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Cast Announced for MUSIC AT THE MOVIES at Cincinnati Music Theatre

CMT_Studio Series logo2Cincinnati Music Theatre in excited to announce the cast of MUSIC AT THE MOVIES.

The cast includes:

  • Jude Abella
  • Susan Brabenec
  • Jen Drake
  • Caitlin Fry
  • Jess Green
  • Austin Hoard
  • Deborah Hunter
  • Juls Marie Lawrence
  • Mary Mills
  • Jeff Richardson
  • Robert M. Tully

Directed by Brian Anderson
Produced by Katie Reindl
Music Directed by Josh Toth
Vocal Directed by Chelsea Harris

Performances run Feb. 3-11, 2023
Fifth Third Bank Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts

Get tickets today:
Call: 513-621-2787
Or visit or

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