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Cincinnati Ballet’s THE NUTCRACKER Presented by Frisch’s Big Boy (AND Fiona!) Return to Music Hall with ADDED Performances after Christmas

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Cincinnati Ballet Dancers. Peter Mueller Photography.

CINCINNATI, OH (November 19, 2018) — The Nutcracker Presented by Frisch’s Big Boy, now in its 46th annual season, returns to the Music Hall December 19 through 29. The production brings all of the region together with more than 100 children dancing alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company. For a second straight year, the world’s most famous hippo – ‘Fiona’ returns to the production, showing off what she’s learned in ballet class. Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens collaborated on the character for the creative partnership last year. It’s so wonderfully Cincinnati!

The Nutcracker is a classic holiday tale that follows the imaginative story of Clara, a little girl who embarks on a dreamy journey after she receives a nutcracker as a gift on Christmas Eve. With her Nutcracker Prince, Clara travels through the Land of Sweets, meeting colorful and exciting characters along the way. Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s whimsical choreographic take on the classic story is like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

Each year, The Nutcracker provides the rare opportunity for young dancers to star in the featured roles of Clara and her brother, Fritz, along with 70 additional roles for more than 100 local young performers. Currently studying the lead role of Clara are Otto M. Budig Academy students, Mollie Berk and Riley Moser. While both girls have performed roles in The Nutcracker in previous years, this will be both young dancers’ first time dancing the role of Clara. Learning the role of Fritz this season are Academy students Marshall Anstaett and Quinn Posey.

Frisch’s Big Boy and Cincinnati Ballet have a long history of collaborating to present the production, dating back to the first Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker in 1974. Frisch’s Restaurants Inc. championed that production through a generous donation and has sponsored the production every subsequent year.

This Cincinnati holiday favorite saw a re-envisioning in a 2011 World Premiere, with new sets by scenic designer John Ezell, bright and beautiful costumes by Carrie Robbins, lighting by Trad A Burns and athletic, engaging choreography by Victoria Morgan. Morgan’s rendition of the classical ballet is filled with unique, contemporary twists on longstanding traditions: from the bright, whimsical sets, stage effects and acrobatics to the appearance of new, playful characters such as Clara’s companion, a pet poodle named Minnie, dancing Cupcakes, tumbling Snowballs, an ensemble of poodles performing the Dance of the Mirlitons (or “Mirlipoos”) and more. After the debut of this version of the Nutcracker in 2011, David Lyman of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote, “The Nutcracker is now a 21st Century spectacle; bright, high-tech and filled with imagery.”


WHO: Cincinnati Ballet
Choreography: Victoria Morgan

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone

WHAT: The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big Boy


  • Thursday, December 19 – 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 20 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 21 – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 21 – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 22 – 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 22 – 6:30 pm
  • Monday, December 23 – 2:00 pm
  • Monday, December 23 – 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 24 – 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 26 – 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 26 – 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 27 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 28 – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 29 – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Music Hall – 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to inspire hope and joy in our community and beyond through the power and passion of dance, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance through exhilarating performances, extensive education outreach programs and top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

Cincinnati Ballet 2019-2020 Season Sponsors: Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, Frisch’s Big Boy, Knowlton

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Auditions Announced for LIKE DEMONS at InBocca Performance

IBP_logoAnnouncing open auditions for our fall production! Any and everyone is welcome–we want to see all body types, skin colors, orientations, backgrounds.

Set during the backdrop of the American Civil War, LIKE DEMONS is a tale of historical fiction based on the forgotten true stories of real women who lived and fought as male soldiers on the battlefield. Their silent heroism, true patriotism, and love of honor come to life in the story of one woman’s journey as a soldier and spy for the duration of America’s bloodiest war. Written by Maggie Lou Rader and directed by Alice Flanders.

Auditions are Sept. 16th 4pm-9pm

Lincoln Grant Scholar House – 824 Greenup Street, Covington, Kentucky 41011

Please click the link below to pick a slot.

We would like to see a monologue, 3 minutes or less; any sort of monologue. Bring us whatever you have—comedic, dramatic, two people doing a scene, whatever makes you feel awesome and empowered!

We are looking to cast 6 performers, women AND men, of any age (adults only, please).

Rehearsals will begin the 21st of October for a Mid-November performance and will be 4-5 days a week, in the evenings.

This is a paying gig. Payment information is available upon casting.

Performance site is TBA.

Please email with any questions.

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CCM Dance Presents CINDERELLA Fairy Tale Ballet


A timeless fairy tale romance, CINDERELLA “is among the most rewardingly re-watchable and re-listenable ballets ever made” (New York Times). Tickets on sale now.

CINCINNATI, OH — The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Mainstage Series presents Sergei Prokofiev’s romantic CINDERELLA ballet on Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Patricia Corbett Theater. Choreographed by Artistic Director of the Dayton Ballet Karen Russo Burke, the production’s ensemble director is Michael Tevlin.

CINDERELLA is known for its jubilant melodies, lush scenery and graceful retelling of the timeless fairytale romance by Charles Perrault. A poor girl wishes to escape her evil stepmother and stepsisters, so her fairy godmother gives her a ticket to the ball! The girl meets prince charming and they fall in love, but she vanishes when the clock strikes midnight. CCM’s production of the beloved ballet features the college’s talented dance students as well as Dayton Ballet guest artist Ivan Braatz as the prince.

Burke has cast male dancers as the ugly stepsisters in CCM’s production of CINDERELLA, a convention that originates from Sir Frederick Ashton’s popular staging of the ballet for The Royal Ballet. Burke watched Ashton’s Cinderella choreography on TV as a young girl and was mesmerized by the performance. “Audiences were shocked to see such physical comedy in a ballet,” she remembers.

Celebrate spring’s arrival with this favorite rags-to-riches fairytale ballet. CCM Dance presents CINDERELLA from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, 2019. Tickets on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

CCM’s production of CINDERELLA will last 1 hour and 20 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission between Acts I and II and a 5-minute pause between Acts II and III.

Creative Team

  • Karen Russo Burke, choreographer
  • Michael Tevlin, ensemble director
  • Lowell A. Mathwich, costume designer
  • Nina Agelvis*, lighting designer
  • Lindsey A. Cohen*, sound designer
  • Ray Zupp, scenic designer
  • Deirdre Carberry, Jiang Qi, Judith Mikita, Michael Tevlin, rehearsal directors
  • Paul Gilliam, Gabrielle Sharp, repetiteurs • Chyanne Fischer*, production coordinator
  • Chelsea D. Taylor*, production stage manager
  • Set and Costumes Courtesy of Dayton Ballet and the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
  • Act II Scenery Courtesy of Charlotte Ballet: Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Artistic Director

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Yu-Ting Huang*+, Madison Holschuh#^ as Cinderella
  • Sam Green, David Harris as Stepsisters
  • Madeline Kallay*+, Julia Tze#^ as Stepmother
  • Erin Donnelly*+, Juju Stojanovic #^ as Old Woman/Fairy Godmother
  • Ellen Pierce *+, Erika Shi #^ as Dance Master
  • Audrey Burdick #, Emily Kavenagh*, Zayne Stapleton +^ as Violinist
  • Isabelle Cummings *+, Madeline Montgomery #^ as Dress Maker
  • Audrey Burdick*+, Isabelle Cummings #^, Elaina Didier#^, Anna Donnelly*+, Emily Glaccum#^, Madeline Montgomery *+, Ellen Pierce#^, Lauren Sokol *+ as Birds
  • Chia-Yi Cheng, Rebekah Degnan, Kate DeLon, Grace McCutcheon, Sarah Santarsiero, Rina Takikawa as Attendants
  • Celina Merrill *+, Maeve Tom #^ as Spring Fairy
  • Madison Holschuh*+, Lydia Hubacher#^ as Summer Fairy
  • Kate Delon *+, Madeleine Brown#^ as Fall Fairy
  • Ying-Chi Lu*+, Rina Takikawa #^ as Winter Fairy
  • Alison Bartels*+, Sophia Beadie*+, Rebekah Degnan#^, Jake Elwell, Michael Haverty, Milton Holloway, Jonmarie Johnson*+, Emily Kavenagh#^, Amanda Kenner#^, Emily Kline*+, David Lopena, Grace McCutcheon *+, Anne McGovern#^, Elizabeth McGovern*+, Alyssa Pankey#^, Twyla Pojetta#^, Anna Lee Rohovec*+, Jillian Sadler, Olivia Thornton #^ as Courtiers
  • Ivan Braatz as Prince
  • Milton Holloway as Prince’s Assistant Denotes performers on Friday, April 26

# Denotes performers on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m.
+ Denotes performers on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m.
^ Denotes performers on Sunday, April 28

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 26
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Ticket prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Service charges may apply for online orders.

Single tickets are on sale now! Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through our e-Box Office!

Visit for CCM Box Office hours and location.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Dance Department Supporter: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

The music for this production is provided b ccmy arrangement with G. Schirmer, INC., publisher and copyright owner. 

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at

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Auditions Announced for THE LAND OF OZ at InBocca Performance

IBP_logoAnnouncing InBocca Performance’s summer show, THE LAND OF OZ. Join the wild characters of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books to discover the meaning of home, heart, and friendship. Sometimes we have to leave in order to discover just who we are.

This year we are doing something new and exciting! We are creating an alumni collaboration show–meaning this production is open to both grades 3-12 AND any person who has performed with InBocca’s summer shows in the past. We are so excited to make this happen and are PUMPED at the idea of seeing some familiar faces this summer, maybe some we haven’t seen in a long time!

We will be holding auditions for our summer production on March 30th, 2019, from 10am-2pm, at the Village Players of Fort Thomas, KY. Details are as follows:

Date: March 30th, 2019
Place: 8 N. Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas, KY UPSTAIRS DOOR
Time: 10am-2pm

We are looking for dancers, movers, singers, and actors. We will have separate dance auditions (for serious dancers, not movers) on site at 10am, while others do cold readings and devised, collaborative work in a different space. No need to prepare anything; come dressed comfortably for movement.

In order to accommodate college students and adults, we will be having two rehearsals a week (Tuesday and Thursday) that take place in the evenings so that those who work a day job may participate. So, the schedule will look like this:

M, W, F: 9am-2pm high schoolers and elementary schoolers
Tu/Th: 6pm-9pm College Students and Adults
Saturdays: 9am-12noon Dance

The production will take place Aug. 1st-4th, with two shows on the 3rd. Rehearsals will begin July 8th.

The cost of camp for grades 3-12 is $200 per child. For anyone who might struggle with this cost, please contact us directly; we never want a child to not be able to perform because of financial reasons. For precisely this reason, we are also giving the option of a ‘Cost of Living’ Tuition, where we will happily accept tuition from $200-500 depending on a family’s means and desire to help support students who may need scholarship. It is our desire to pay the adults who work with us a decent wage, and sadly this has not been possible with the fees we have charged in the past. If you are able to give more, please consider it, but do not think it a requirement.

College students and adults do not need to pay a fee, but may be asked to help with young people during rehearsals/shows.

**PLEASE NOTE: We know that Fort Thomas Schools start spring break on March 29th. Unfortunately, the 30th was the best date for our schedule. Please email us re: video auditions.

Questions? Email us at:

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Auditions Announced for IT’S A HARD KNOCK LIFE at Cincinnati Black Theatre Company

CBTC_logoCincinnati Black Theatre Company is holding open auditions for IT’S A HARD KNOCK LIFE, a full length dance children’s production.

Auditions to be held Sat, March 2 from 3-7pm

Lindner YMCA
1425B Linn St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214.

  • Have clothes to move in to learn a combination.
  • Please bring a head shot and a resume.
  • Ages 8 and up.

More details are at the Cincinnati Black Theatre company Facebook event.

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