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Mason Community Players Present GENDER BENDER 4

MCP_Gender Bender 4First imagined and performed in 2016, the Mason Community Player’s Gender Bender Revue is Cincinnati’s original “miscast” cabaret! From timeless classics to modern marvels, this revue prides itself on having a diverse and fun set list that is sure to keep you guessing. The production team also strives to create unique performances that can only be found in this show: where else will you hear a Soprano sing “Music of the Night” or hear grown men take on a duet from Wicked? Although we cannot perform on a traditional stage, this year’s virtual performance still strives to create the same magic.

Directed by Bonnie Emmer, KB Scheiding & Jacqlyn Schott
Produced by Peyton Hahn

The cast includes: Chris Ball, David Bice, Issiah Current, Kevin Dunaway, Alisha Flaherty, Landon Flaherty, Tosha Gibson, Lara Gonzalez, John Hamilton, Justin Hanks, Davi Hutchins, Spencer Jones, Louisa Joy, Zach Julian, Carrie Knauer, Holly Kothe, Jennifer Lisa, Emily Lloyd, Matt Lovell, Terry Neack, Lacey Prewitt, Lora Pateras, Mike Pateras, Julie Poux, Ella Predmore, Mary Puetz, Megan Rademacher, Alex Ross, Molly Sexton, Erin Speno, Brandon Stout, Samantha Toberman, Mary Vosseberg & Maddy Weinkam

Dates:

  • Friday, December 4th 8PM
  • Saturday, December 5th 8PM
  • Sunday, December 6th 2PM

Performances will be held via livestream

Tickets: $10

Purchase tickets and get additional show information at our.show/mcp/gb4

Mason Community Players, Inc., founded in 1973, is the oldest continuously operating community theater in Warren County, OH. We are community; we serve the community; we stress community. We strive to present quality theatre balanced with a welcoming atmosphere that allows everyone in the community an opportunity to experience theatre.

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Walterhoope Presents 13TH & REPUBLIC, an Interactive, Operatic, Radical Dance Film ⎼ Free For All

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Poster art by Nytaya Babbitt

Walterhoope, a Cincinnati performing arts company, will produce 13TH & REPUBLIC, a dance film that addresses excessive police force against Black communities and the mental health of the country.

The film can be streamed for free starting Monday, December 28th at 6:00pm at www.13thandrepublic.com. In addition to the release, there will also be a live-stream discussion panel at 8:00pm following the film. Go to www.13thandrepublic.com today and enter your email to receive a reminder about the premiere (you will not be added to any other lists).

Directed and choreographed by Darnell Pierre Benjamin, 13TH & REPUBLIC takes a conceptual approach to its story through music, dance, and poetry. The piece is simultaneously a reflection and a call to action. 13TH & REPUBLIC features original poetry by Cincinnati poet Tyrone Williams, and an original score by composer Kaleel Skeirik that weaves together Contemporary Symphonic, Jazz, Renaissance, and Appalachian folk song, for voices and instruments. It also features original Gospel music by composer Dan Larkin. Its Director of Photography is Simion Collins of RiverSky Films.

13TH & REPUBLIC stars Montez Jenkins-Copeland with Donald Burns, Brandon Burton, Ernaisja Curry, and Ashley Morton. It features the vocal talents of Griff Bludworth, Anyeé Farrar, Ellen Graham, and Miles Wilson-Toliver.

“I see the piece being inspired heavily by the shooting of Timothy Thomas in 2001, but then taking that and applying to it what we’ve learned since then. From where does this hate stem? What’s at the core of it? And from what I can see, at its core is a mental health crisis,” says Director Darnell Pierre Benjamin. “Cincinnati, as well as the whole of this country, is still suffering from the symptoms of its troubled history. It impacts all of us. It’s not just Black people, it’s not just police officers, it’s the mental health of the country.”

Walterhoope is a professional performing arts company in Cincinnati, OH that creates world-class artistic productions. They are committed to telling stories that matter in the most interesting ways possible. They embrace different art forms to create surprising experiences that challenge, inspire, and create authentic connections with their audience.

For more information visit www.walterhoope.com or contact them at artistic@walterhoope.com. Connect with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/walterhoope and Instagram @walterhoope.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Cincinnati Public Radio Bring A CHRISTMAS CAROL to the Radio

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Bruce Cromer as Ebenezer Scrooge. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Bruce Cromer to perform one-actor version airing Dec. 23 and 24 

CINCINNATI (Dec. 2, 2020)  – Even in this season of the pandemic, certain holiday traditions must continue! Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Cincinnati Public Radio have joined to bring listeners A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play. Bruce Cromer, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge in the Playhouse’s annual production, will take to the radio for an intimate tour-de-force as he performs all the roles in this one-man version. Sponsored by Macy’s, it will air on 91.7 WVXU and 88.5 WMUB at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23 and 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

“Until it is safe to bring back the full ensemble for the Playhouse’s annual production, we invite the community to celebrate the spirit of the holidays from the comfort of home with A Christmas Carol on the radio,” said Blake Robison, artistic director at the Playhouse. “Bruce Comer is beloved as Scrooge, and now we’ll get to experience his immense talent and this holiday favorite in an imaginative new way.”

Playing all the characters in this special audio version of A Christmas Carol, Cromer will bring to life the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge, who famously hates the holidays and undergoes a miraculous transformation when four ghosts visit him one fateful Christmas Eve.

Recorded at Cincinnati Public Radio’s Corbett Studio by audio engineer Rick Andress and featuring sound design by Matthew M. Nielson, A Christmas Carol will air twice this season: at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23 and 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Listeners near and far can enjoy this holiday gift on-air at 91.7 WVXU and 88.5 WMUB; streaming on wvxu.org; by downloading the free mobile app; or by telling your smart speakers to PLAY WVXU. The audio will be archived on wvxu.org for additional listening during the holidays.

The Playhouse cancelled its annual production of A Christmas Carol due to the challenges of performing a large-scale production during the pandemic. This would have been the 30th anniversary production.

Cincinnati Public Radio is home to classical music on 90.9 WGUC, and local/national/world news on 91.7 WVXU and 88.5 WMUB. Cincinnati Public Radio is a locally operated non-profit media organization proud to be an NPR member station.

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play is sponsored by Macy’s. The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 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.

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Online Staged Reading of NONE LIKE US on Dec. 6 from Beechmont Players

BPI_logoCome and watch an un-staged reading by Beechmont Players of the Tamil Hillberry dramedy NONE LIKE US on ZOOM at 2:00 on Sunday, December 6th.

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NONE LIKE US
Who is your best friend, most loyal confidant, and also the biggest pain in your ass? Your siblings. Meet brothers William and Benny and their sister Ro. Now adults, each holiday they meet at their hometown bar to escape the drama of holidays with their parents and blow off steam. But the Partridge siblings are about to learn that, despite their best efforts, they can’t micromanage, gloss over, or drink away their problems (looking at you, Ro.) But when life gives us challenges, it also gives us family: the cause of and solution to everyone’s problems.

The cast includes:

  • Alex Walz as BENNY: A fun, energetic man-child, 23, with a disarming smile. Naïve.
  • Linda Berman-Callahan as RO: Benny’s sister. 31. Tough, sarcastic, and outspoken.
  • Charlie Ingram as WILLIAM: 32.  Benny and Ro’s older brother. Quick witted and intelligent, but covering insecurity with attempted masculinity.
  • Chadwin Davis as ALEXANDER: Engaged to Ro. 34. An adult boy scout, almost boring.
  • Dan Tudor as ERIC: William’s husband, 38. Attractive workaholic with an air of cool, easy-going charm.
  • Nisrene Langenna as ALLISON: Mid-twenties waitress, unnoticeable. Hopeless romantic with a heart of gold.
  • Maggie Ingram King as RACHEL: Late-twenties waitress, good looking and knows how to turn heads.  Overconfident.

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CCM Presents New Series of Free Digital Concerts and Performing Arts Presentations

CCM_logoCCM’s ‘stars of tomorrow’ are back on stage, and you get the best seats in the house!

Join the viewing party for the debut episode of ‘CCMONSTAGE Online’ on Friday, Dec. 11, featuring the CCM Philharmonia. 

CINCINNATI, OH—The University of Cincinnati’s nationally ranked and internationally renowned College-Conservatory of Music invites arts lovers from around the world to join in the viewing party for the debut episode of CCMONSTAGE Online at 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. The premiere will stream simultaneously on CCM’s homepage and YouTube channel.

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This dynamic new series of digital concerts and performing arts presentations will allow audiences near and far to experience the unparalleled artistry and expertise of CCM’s students, faculty and staff.

“The performing arts help to build and sustain a sense of community,” says CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein, PhD. “Now more than ever, we crave the sense of fellowship that comes through shared cultural experiences. While we may not yet be able to welcome audiences back to the CCM Village for live performances, we are excited to help you stay connected to the arts and to each other through our new CCMONSTAGE Online performance series.”

Recorded live at CCM while adhering to strict health and safety precautions, each installment of this new performance video series spotlights a different CCM program or ensemble.

The debut installment features the CCM Philharmonia performing a program of Virtual Virtuosity that includes works by Claude Debussy, Ottorino Respighi, Julia Perry and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Each episode also features insight into the repertoire and commentary on the process of rehearsing and performing during the era of COVID-19.

Download the concert program.

Future episodes will showcase performances by the CCM Ballet Ensemble, the CCM Chamber Choir, and a collaborative concert with CCM string quartet-in-residence the Ariel Quartet and members of the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program. The performances by the CCM Ballet Ensemble and CCM Chamber Choir are further augmented by the cutting-edge artistry of students and faculty from CCM’s Theatre Design and Production programs. CCM will announce the premiere dates for these subsequent episodes later this fall.

CCM turned to the considerable expertise of its E-Media faculty and alumni to help produce this new series. Video production services for CCMONSTAGE Online are provided by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. “Our goal was to capture the world-renowned talent that CCM has to offer through multiple cameras, providing CCM with professionally-produced videos to share with their fans virtually,” says CCM alumnus John Massey (BFA E-Media, ‘03), who directs each installment in this new series.

Massey explains, “Our team is made up of videographers with decades of experience from news, sports and entertainment industries. We were excited to be able to shoot in CCM’s beautiful facilities. We recruited E-Media grad John Tapogna (BFA Broadcasting, 1988), who has over 25 years’ experience as a sports videographer, to tackle providing tight shots. We sought to capture the energy and emotion of the performance up close while showing off the performers’ technical skill.”

All episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online will be digitally streamed for free. After the premiere broadcast, each installment in this ongoing series will remain available for on-demand viewing on CCM’s website and YouTube channel.

“Whether you’re a longtime CCM performance patron or a first-timer, we hope you’ll join us for one of our upcoming viewing parties to get a front row seat to see tomorrow’s stars today,” says Romanstein.

This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.

Receive broadcast reminders and information on future episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online by subscribing to CCM’s YouTube channel and email newsletter.

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CCMONSTAGE Online Presents
CLASSICAL VIRTUOSITY
Featuring the CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

Streaming Premiere
7:30 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

Performance Details

  • Claude Debussy, orch. Maurice Ravel: Danse(1890)
  • Ottorino Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano(1927)
  • Julia Perry: Short Piece for Orchestra(1952)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 (1774)

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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers nearly 120 possible majors, along with a wide variety of pre-collegiate and post-graduate programs.

The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world stage.

For more information, please visit us online at https://ccm.uc.edu/.

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