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MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER: 2019 Christmas Tour | Dec. 26 | Aronoff Center

MISC_Mannheim Steamroller Christmas logoMANNHEIM STEAMROLLER ANNOUNCES
2019 CHRISTMAS TOUR

Best Selling Christmas Artist of all Time
Announces Record-Setting Tour 

December 26, 2019
Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall 

Tickets on sale Friday, July 26 at 10:00 AM 

Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest running consecutive concert tour in the entertainment industry!

Davis said the hallmark tour will begin on November 11, 2019 and run through December 29, 2019 Two traveling ensembles will hold performances in cities across the country. Mannheim Steamroller will come to Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center for the Arts on Thursday, December 26 at 7:00 PM. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 26 at 10:00 AM at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-2787 [ARTS], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

“I remember when I came out with my first Christmas album in 1984, followed by our first tour.  Back then, many in the music industry said focusing on Christmas just wouldn’t work,” said Davis.

“Now, 35 years later, we are still going strong. I want to thank our fans for making us part of their holiday tradition. Today we often see multi-generational families join us during the holidays each year.”

Davis founded his own record label, American Gramaphone, which went on to become one of the industry’s largest independent record labels. A Grammy Award-winner, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 29 million in the Christmas genre.  Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year.

This year’s show will feature the original classic Christmas hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting.  Davis will direct and co-produce tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is co-produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, and Steve Boulay and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts, and museum exhibits worldwide for over 35 years. They have an office in Park City, UT. www.magicspace.net 

About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller
From his longtime home in Omaha, Neb., Mannheim Steamroller creator and founder Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age.  This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis’ innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell.  In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category.

His first Christmas album in 1984 revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music; the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists.  With more than 29 million Christmas albums sold, Davis is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time, with Elvis coming in at a distant 17 million holiday records sold. Having 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum and 4 platinum-certified records, Davis is among an elite group of music artists with this number of RIAA records. He is also one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, offering a rich array of lifestyle products onwww.mannheimsteamroller.com, including hot chocolate, food, apparel, and novelty items.  His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as the Mayo Clinic.

For more information and a complete list of tour dates, visit:
http://www.mannheimsteamroller.com/2019-mannheim-steamrollerr-tour/

Click here for tour photos, b-roll and more information:
https://www.magicspace.net/producing/mannheim-steamroller-christmas-chip-davis/media

To connect with Mannheim Steamroller, please follow us on Twitter @MannheimSteam and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MannheimSteamroller or at MannheimSteamroller.com

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Half Stand Up Routine, Half AA Speech, Walterhoope Presents HALF GALLON OF FRUIT JARS

WH_Half Gallon of Fruit Jars logoHalf Stand Up Routine, Half AA Speech, Walterhoope Presents the World Premiere of HALF GALLON FRUIT JARS Jars by William Vaughan

Walterhoope will present the world premiere of Half Gallon Fruit Jars, a new play by Cincinnati playwright William Vaughan.

The show will run for three performances over one weekend only: Friday June 14 at 7:30pm and Saturday June 15 at 2pm and 7:30pm. Performances will take place at Wave Pool in Camp Washington (2940 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45225.) Single tickets, which include light refreshments, are now on sale for $10 at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=walt or at walterhoope.com.

Directed by William Vaughan and starring Jared Joplin as R.C., this intimate one-person play explores a man’s journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance and the grey area in between.

“About four years ago I got my hands on a recording of my great grandfather’s 1982 AA Speech and was struck by not only his story, but how inherently theatrical it was,” says playwright and director William Vaughan, “I then came across a diary he had kept while he was hospitalized in Atlanta, and began to piece together what is now Half Gallon Fruit Jars. I can’t say that it’s entirely biographical as I have changed, rearranged, and added quite a bit of dialogue, but I believe this play perfectly captures his larger than life personality and the larger than life legacy that he left behind.”

Walterhoope is a Cincinnati performing arts organization whose mission is to create the best theatre while uniting diverse art forms, to treat audiences as family and create immersive experiences for them, to use arts education to foster a healthy community, and to do it all responsibly.

For more information visit http://www.walterhoope.com or contact them at artistic@walterhoope.com or 646-481-8643.  Connect with them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/walterhoope.

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Village Players Of Fort Thomas Hosts Patron Appreciation Night Featuring Tim Mooney

VP_Lot o Shakespeare logoVillage Players of Fort Thomas will host one-man wonder Tim Mooney for a special Patron Appreciation Night performance Thursday, May 30th at 8:00 p.m. in their intimate theatre at 8 N. Fort Thomas Ave. With the recent acquisition of the building that previously belonged to Fort Thomas Women’s Club, Village Players would like to use this opportunity to thank subscribers, donors, and the community for their ongoing support with a FREE one-night-only performance of Mooney’s critically acclaimed “Lot o’ Shakespeare”!

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Mooney has memorized one monologue from every Shakespeare play, capturing the most stirring speeches, wicked double-entendres, and delicious sonorous soliloquies ever to emerge from Shakespeare’s pen! Following rave reviews at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and around the United States, Lot o’ Shakespeare is a dynamic tour de force of vocal and physical pyrotechnics featuring 38 monologues chosen entirely at random by the spinning of a Bingo cage! The audience plays along on their individual “IAGO” cards, and the first to match four plays in a row wins a t-shirt! And while the game turns it all into fun, in the process the audience discovers the breadth, the excitement and genius of Shakespeare in passionate scenes of action, character and power!

This is a free, one night only event and seating is limited to 102. Reservations are strongly suggested and may be made by calling 859-392-0500.

Village Players of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, is a vibrant community theatre that has produced plays and musicals for more than 50 years. Performing in an intimate space, you will feel like you are part of the action, sitting inches from the actors on three sides of the stage. We strive to appeal to a broad audience, producing three main-stage shows of varying styles and a children’s show each winter. Village Players is a member of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT), Association of Community Theatres Cincinnati (ACT), Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA), and the Kentucky Theatre Association (KTA).

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The Carnegie Hosts THE LAST THREE YEARS on June 21

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THE LAST THREE YEARS: A Night of Storytelling and Song
Cabaret-style event welcomes back Carnegie Cast and Crew

(COVINGTON, KY) – For one night only, The Carnegie is welcoming back the cast and crew of its 2016 production of THE LAST FIVE YEARS. Wes Carman, Leslie Kelly, Erin McCamley, and Lindsey Mercer will reunite on Friday, June 21 at 7:30pm for “The Last Three Years: A Night of Storytelling and Song.”

The four performers will explore the question of what happens after the curtain closes on a cast that has become a family through a night of stories and songs. Throughout the evening they will share how new projects and career moves have taken them across the country, but never far from each other’s hearts, as they perform songs from THE LAST FIVE YEARS and other musicals.

“Each team for a show is unique, and bonds in ways that are hard to describe,” said Carnegie Theatre Director Maggie Perrino. “This really was a special group of people, and they became a family, and they wanted to celebrate that bond one more time. It’s going to be a love letter to anyone who has ever stepped on a stage and felt at home there.”

Tickets to The Last Three Years: A Night of Storytelling and Song are $15 and can be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office at 859.957.1940, open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m., or online at www.thecarnegie.com.

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 www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030.

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from ArtsWave, Cincinnati International Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation.

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The Artists of Tomorrow Get Their Shot with the NEXTival

CAST_FringeNextival logoThree institutions team up to offer additional opportunities to high school students in conjunction with the Cincinnati Fringe Festival

Cincinnati, OH – Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre (CAST), The Carnegie, and Know Theatre of Cincinnati are thrilled to announce a collaboration with the annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The three institutions are teaming up to evolve Fringe Next’s mission of creatively empowering high school-aged artists with the creation of the NEXTival.

“Our mission with Fringe Next has always been to give these up-and-coming artists a taste of what it takes to produce your own work in the real world and help prepare them for whatever comes next,” says Fringe Producer Chris Wesselman. “It can be a daunting task to present at Fringe, so we’re excited to offer a unique opportunity for students to dip their toes in the water and present at the NEXTival.”

The NEXTival is an original works festival featuring innovative and new plays from high school students in the Greater Cincinnati area. Students involved in the productions come from Highlands, Taylor, Walnut Hills, Turpin and more.

“When I approached Chris with this idea, I thought he was going to think I was insane,” commented CAST Artistic Director Jason Burgess. “Know has so many things going on with the Cincy Fringe itself, their MainStage Series, One Minute Play Festival, Serials and so on. I didn’t want them to think that I was trying to put more on their plate. The idea is to actually take something off their plate. We want to help them with their educational outreach. We want to expand the scope and variety of Fringe Next and since our mission and focus is on high school students, we thought it was a perfect fit.”

In celebration of this collaboration, CAST will host the NEXTival on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25 at the Lincoln Grant Scholar House in Covington, KY. The Lincoln Scholar House was originally built in the 1930’s and served as Covington’s public school for African American students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. It was desegregated in 1965 and continued to operate as an elementary school until 1976 under the name Twelfth District Elementary. Subsequently, the building served as a community center providing education, cultural experiences and fellowship for the people of the Eastside Neighborhood District. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as an African American Heritage Site by the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission. The auditorium is operated by The Carnegie.

“We’re so excited to support the NEXTival and bring life to the newly renovated Lincoln Grant Auditorium,” says Carnegie Theatre Director Maggie Perrino. “When The Carnegie agreed to operate the space, we saw it as a place for community groups, new works, and educational experiences- partnering with CAST perfectly fulfills this vision.”

The three plays featured at the NEXTival are:

3:36 am – Four teenagers find themselves in the middle of the street in the middle of the night. A boy seeks to land the girl of his dreams, a girl wants comfort, an idiot wants to cover up past wrongdoings, and a basket case wants to uncover a neighborhood mystery.

A Doll’s Life – Scarlett was a girl who loved to play with her dolls. However, her dolls tell a much deeper tale of her abusive family. Using her dolls to process the events in her life, both a child and teenage Scarlett attempt to navigate the dark thoughts inside her head.

Monsters Have Hearts – Featuring a dysfunctional family including: a loving mother, an alcoholic father, an imaginative daughter, and a gentle son; Monsters Have Hearts is about a mother recovering from an illness. The father wishing, she needed him again and he taking actions into his own hands.

Tickets are $10 per show. Tickets are GENERAL SEATING only.  Purchase tickets in advance at https://www.caststages.org/nextival or by calling (859) 957-1940. Tickets can also be purchased at the door thirty minutes prior to each show.

About CAST: Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre is a Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati theatre collaborative, that through professional quality productions, arts instruction and developing community relationships, empowers students to achieve their artistic potential under the leadership of professionals. More information about CAST is available at www.caststages.org or by calling (859) 545-0770.

About Know Theatre of Cincinnati: Know Theatre of Cincinnati’s goal is to create an artistic playground where artists and audiences can come together to produce and experience work that could not be done anywhere else. More information about Know Theatre is available at www.knowtheatre.com or by calling (513) 300-5669. 

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 www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030.

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