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Cast Announced for GYPSY at Loveland Stage Company

LSC_logoCast includes:

  • Lisa Breithaupt as Rose
  • Bonnie Emmer as Louise
  • Larry Harmon as Herbie
  • Sophie Viseholman as Dainty Jane
  • Lee Vest as Tulsa
  • Melinda Hubbard as Mezzapa
  • Kate Arnold as Tessie Tura
  • Jacqlyn Schott as Electra
  • Lauren Fritzche as Baby June
  • Ella Keil as Baby Louise
  • Vincent Eldridge as Yonkers
  • Isaac Mills as L.A.
  • Collette Combs as Kansas
  • Caitlyn Sanderson as Agnes
  • Piper Garman as Marjorie May
  • Alex Few as Geraldine
  • Reilly Johnson as Edna Mae
  • Adult ensemble: Carrisa Sloan, John Sloan & Melissa Cremer
  • Kid ensemble: Kate Cremer, Marco Cremer, Mearen Hubbard, Hallie Kiel & Chloe Plomaritis

Directed by Micheal Kiser, produced by Becky Cole, Jill Gornet and Tom Cavano. Performances run March 6-22.

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Cast Announced for HEATHERS at CenterStage Players

CSPOH_logoThe cast includes:

  • Liz Koch as Veronica Sawyer
  • Mary Vosseberg as Heather Chandler
  • Kristin Schisler as Heather Duke
  • Erin Speno as Heather McNamera
  • Ethan Baker as J.D.
  • Christopher Ball as Kurt Kelly
  • Jazz McMullen as Ram Sweeney
  • Lacey Parsons as Martha Dunstock
  • Jessica Steuver as Ms. Fleming
  • John McInerny as Veronica’s Dad
  • Fred Hunt as Kurt’s Dad/J.D.’s Dad
  • Mark Culp as Ram’s Dad/Coach Ripper
  • Ensemble: Victoria Garcia, Kaleigh-Brooke Scheiding, Rachel Scardina, Jessica Archer, Desiree Brackett, Chelsey Ross, Brandon Stout, Jonathan Armstrong, Justin Huddilston, Jake Schaub & Garrett Klass

Directed by Amanda Borchers
Music Directed by Allen Lindsey
Choreographed by Robert Fields
Produced by Rebecca Coots & April Benken

Performances run May 1-10.

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Cast Announced for MAN OF LA MANCHA at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoIntroducing the cast of our next Production, MAN OF LA MANCHA.

The cast includes:

  • Captain- John Wysong
  • Sancho- Ted Eltzroth
  • Governor/Innkeeper- Kevin Rankin
  • Cervantes/Quixote- Tim Rezash
  • The Duke-Danny Klingler
  • Jose- Richard Lee Waldeck
  • Tenorio- Stephen Gogol
  • Paco- Jamison Meyer
  • Juan- Jamie McQuinn
  • Anselmo- Michael Plaugher
  • Pedro- Brad Bishop
  • Aldonza-Sarah Viola
  • Maria- Lindsey Cardoza
  • Fermina- Karoline Royse
  • Antonia- Bryn Corbett
  • Housekeeper- Kate Young
  • Padre- Kip Moore
  • Barber- Chuck Larkowski
  • Moorish Girls- Kiersten Farmer and Darian Black

Directed by Dawn Roth Smith. Musical direction by Andrew Hackworth. Choreographed by Jeffrey Payne.

Performances run Jan. 17-Feb. 2

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Hop Into the Holiday Season! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Presents THE FROG PRINCESS Dec. 4-Jan. 4

ETC_Frog Princess logo(Cincinnati, OH) The ribbit-ing return of Ensemble Theatre’s first commissioned family-friendly musical, The Frog Princess, leaps to the stage December 4, 2019-January 4, 2020. This musical spin on the beloved classic Russian fairy tale celebrates the beauty within each of us and receives a contemporary twist by local creative team Joseph McDonough (playwright) and David Kisor (composer and lyricist). This year’s production is the first time it will have appeared on the ETC stage in twelve years. With an revitalized script, intricate costumes, and a lavish set, The Frog Princess is holiday fun for the entire family! Directed by D. Lynn Meyers.

It is time for Prince Ivan to marry, but when he discovers his bride-to-be is actually a frog, he is toad-ally disappointed. Vasilisa is more than your typical hoppy-go-lucky frog, though…she’s a kindhearted princess under a curse! When the villainous Old Bones takes Vasilisa to a far-away land, Ivan sets out to find her, discovering along his journey that love sees beyond outside appearances.

“The driving theme of this show is kindness–it’s about non-judgment, not leaping (if you mind the pun) to conclusions, and being kind to one another,” says Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers. “We can all agree that kindness is something we need more of in the world we live in, and I think that this story reaches deeply into the idea of loving, caring, and accepting one another. I am so excited to be bringing The Frog Princess back to the stage, and to bring kindness and joy to audiences this holiday season.” 

About the Cast
Brooke Steele (Vasilisa) has appeared numerous times at Ensemble Theatre, most recently as the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland. Some of her favorite ETC credits include Fly by Night, Violet, Cinderella, and The Marvelous Wonderettes. When not performing, she teaches with Community Arts Initiatives.

Patrick Earl Phillips (Ivan) received his BA in Theatre from Xavier University and was an Acting Intern at ETC during the 2014-2015 Season. He was last seen at ETC in Fly by Night, as well as This Random World, Bloomsday, Cinderella: After Ever After, Violet, Luna Gale, and Love and Information. His other regional theatre credits include The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre; Henry VI, Part I, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; and Saint Joan and Relatively Speaking, Diogenes Theatre Company. 

Michael G. Bath (Bori /Baba Yaga) returns for his 23rd consecutive holiday show with Ensemble Theatre, where he has also appeared in Fly By Night, The Dancing Princesses, Cinderella: After Ever After, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Hands on a Hardbody, among others. Other regional credits include Superior Donuts with Clifton Players and Angels in America at Know Theatre. Mr. Bath has also performed with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, the Performance Gallery, Showboat Majestic, and Stage First Cincinnati. 

Darnell Pierre Benjamin (Nicholai/Wise Man) has been seen at Ensemble Theatre in Alice in Wonderland,
The Dancing Princesses, Cinderella: After Ever After, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Cinderella, and Detroit ’67. His recent regional credits include Titus Andronicus and Miss Holmes with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and
The Absentee with Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Darnell is a dancer, a teacher at CCM, and a board member with the local dance group Pones. 

Burgess Byrd (Tsar/Bear) returns to Ensemble Theatre for her first holiday production since Around the World in 80 Days in the 1999-2000 Season, during which time she was an Acting Intern. Additional  ETC credits include Skeleton Crew, Red Velvet, This Random World, and Detroit ‘67. Recently, she was a guest artist at the University of Texas at Austin in The Merchant of Venice. 

Lisa DeRoberts (Svetlana/Falcon) ) was last seen at Ensemble Theatre in Ripcord, Snow White, and Cinderella (2010). Some of her other local credits include Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride, The Darkest Night at the Gnarly Stump, and Hearts Like Fists, Know Theatre of Cincinnati; and Vibrata in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. She appears in the feature films The Old Man and the Gun and My Days of Mercy. 

Deb G. Girdler (Old Bones) has appeared numerous times on Ensemble Theatre’s stage, often as the villain in the holiday shows. Some of her ETC credits include The Dancing Princesses, Cinderella, Hands on a Hardbody, Around the World in 80 Days, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland (2012 & 2018), The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and The Frog Princess (2007). Deb has appeared at the Olney Theatre as the Fairy Godmother in the now-official version of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as well as in La Cage Aux Folles at the Gateway Playhouse in New Jersey. She can be seen in the feature films Carol and First Kill. A CCM graduate, she began her career on the Showboat Majestic and has worked off-Broadway, in regional theatre, and in summer stock for over thirty years. 

Sara Mackie (Natasha/Pike) is an alumna of the Wright State Acting BFA Program. She has performed with Ensemble Theatre most recently in Fun Home and many other productions since 1999 including Hands on a Hardbody, all three Wonderette iterations, Rabbit Hole, and Mauritius, among others. Some of her favorite credits include An Act of God, Twelfth Night, and Family Ties, Human Race Theatre; Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Carnegie; and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Falcon Theatre. Sara appears briefly in the feature films The Public and Dark Waters.

Rounding out the ensemble cast is last season’s Acting Apprentice Kayla Marie Klammer (Night Maiden), as well as this season’s this season’s Acting Apprentices Joshua Brian Beasely (ERG), Rachael M. Petranek (Night Maiden), Alexia Vlahos (Night Maiden), and Nora Weisz (ERL).

Production team: Brian c. Mehring (Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer), Mary Murphy (Costume Designer), Matt Callahan (Sound Designer), Kelly Yurko (Wig & Makeup Designer), Dee Anne Bryll (Choreographer), Steve Goers (Musical Director), Shannon Rae Lutz (Properties Master & Design Assistant), Matthew Hollstegge (Production Manager), and Jack Murphy (Technical Director). Production Stage Manager is Brandon T. Holmes. Assistant Stage Manager is Lexi Muller.

Performance Information
Select performances Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm; and Sunday at 6:00 pm. Performances vary. A complete calendar of performances is available online at

Ticket Prices
Tickets start at $40 for adults; student tickets are $28; and children are $24. Half-Price Rush Tickets: All remaining tickets for the current day’s performance(s) are available two hours prior to each show time for half-price (discount only applies to adult tickets) when purchasing by phone or in person. $15 Student Rush Tickets: Students may purchase up to two $15 student rush tickets two hours prior to show time with valid student I.D. Available in person only.


2019-2020 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support provided PNC.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

TCTC_A Charlie Brown Christmas 2015

Sara Kenny as Lucy and Trey Paris as Charlie Brown from TCT’s 2015 staging of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

The beloved holiday classic, now live on stage.

CINCINNATI:  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s yuletide favorite A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS returns to the Taft Theatre December 7-16, 2019, and this production features Local 12’s own Bob Herzog as Man’s Best Friend, Snoopy!

Just like the television special everyone knows and loves, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS will warm your heart this December, no matter how cold it gets outside!

Back by popular demand, the whole family is invited to celebrate the season with this live rendition of your favorite holiday TV special! Don’t let the hustle, bustle and commercialism of the holidays get you down. Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and the entire Peanuts gang are here to remind us about what’s most important during the Yuletide season. 2019 marks the 54th anniversary of the animated TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the CBS program debuted on December 9, 1965. 

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS was originally written by Charles M. Shulz. Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mandelson. Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer. By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK. This show will be directed and choreographed by Roderick Justice, TCT’s Producing Artistic Director.

Showtimes for A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS include:

  • Saturday, December 7 at 2 PM* (this performance is signed for the hearing impaired)
  • Sunday, December 8 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Friday, December 13 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 14 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday, December 15 at 2 PM

All of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Broadway-style MainStage productions, including A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, are performed in the historic Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased via

Q102 and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati are proud to collect items for St. Joseph Orphanage at all performances of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. Children and adults are encouraged to bring any new and unwrapped item to the show and we’ll collect them in the Taft Theatre lobby.  In addition, TCT will collect gifts at our Red Bank Road location. Patrons can drop off items in the lobby of our building during business hours.

School performances of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS will be held December 10-13 and December 16, 2019 during the daytime hours.  For details about how to purchase tickets to TCT’s school performances, visit

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is made possible by the generosity of Production Sponsor Macy’s; Season Sponsors H.B., E. W. and F. R. Luther Foundation and the Charles H. Dater Foundation; and 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.  Media sponsors are LOCAL 12 and Q102.  Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is TCT’s Ticket Envelope Season Sponsor.  First Watch: The Daytime Café is TCT’s Crown Club Sponsor.

CAST (in Alphabetical Order)

  • Shermy…David Armando
  • Peppermint Patty…Amy S. Baumann
  • Franklin…Donald Burns
  • Marcie…Madeleine Burgoon
  • Linus…Jeremy NEALE Cox
  • Pig Pen…Ian TIMOTHY ForsgrEn
  • Lucy…Haley Gillman
  • Frieda…Faustina Gorham
  • Charlie Brown…Joseph Green
  • Snoopy…Bob Herzog
  • Sally…Aubrey E. Jones
  • Woodstock…Joey Logan
  • Schroeder…Evan Koons
  • Santa…John Wenstrup
  • Violet…Alexandra Williams
    † Denotes TCT’s Young Artists Company


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