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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Monster Bash – Family-Friendly Halloween Party

TCT_Mosnter Bash logoMONSTER BASH Fundraiser Returns to
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Cincinnati – Join The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) for Monster Bash, a Halloween costume party for the whole family, October 22 from 4-9 p.m. at TCT’s headquarters at 4015 Red Bank Road. This year’s theme is “Chillin’ with Villains.”

Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy festive activities including pumpkin decorating, trick or treating, face painting, bubble dance party, balloon art, bouncy house, costume contests, a walk-through Villain Village interactive experience, games, and much more. There will also be character appearances from TCT’s production of DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS: THE MUSICAL.

Enjoy delicious food from LaRosa’s Pizza, and Graeter’s Ice Cream, plus cotton candy, chicken tenders, kid’s slushies, and adult beverages.

Costumes for children and adults are encouraged but may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon. Masks may be worn, if the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

A party with a purpose, proceeds from The Monster Bash support TCT’s numerous arts education opportunities and initiatives for more than 170,000 children and young adults across Cincinnati. Through sponsorships and guest ticket sales, the committee for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Monster Bash will raise funds to further our mission of educating, entertaining and engaging audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming.

Tickets are available now at https://thechildrenstheatre.com/monsterbash22/.

Tickets are available now – $60 for children, and $75 for adults. Family packages (2 adults, 2 children) are also available for $250. Me and My Mini packages (1 adult, 1 child) are $135. All adult tickets include wine and beer. Parking is free.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Family Activity Sponsorship includes 2 adult tickets and 2 child tickets. Your company logo or family name will be listed on exclusive signage outside the space/room or activity/game being sponsored and on special design invitation for electronic share and promotion.

Trick or Treat Bag Sponsorship includes 2 adult tickets and 2 child tickets. This sponsorship includes the opportunity to place samples/promotional items in Trick or Treat Bags. Your company logo will be placed on 300 Trick or Treat Bags to be given to children at the event with commitment and artwork by September 20, 2022. Your company logo or family name will also be listed on special design invitation for electronic share and promotion.

The Monster Bash is generously supported by Experience Sponsors: UBS Financial & Libby Galvin Brock and Energy Systems Group.

The Monster Bash Committee is co-chaired by Libby Galvin Brock and Bethany Smith, with support from Megan Budzynski, Abby Dougherty, and Molly Garber.

For additional information on how your business or family can become a Monster Bash sponsor, please call Mary Wright at 513-569-8080 x14 or email mary.wright@tctcincinnati.com.

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS | Dec. 20, 2022 | Aronoff Center

Hit Musical Rock ‘n’ Rolls this Holiday SeasonCAA_Million Dollar Quartet Christmas logoMILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS
December 20, 2022
Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall

Tickets on sale Friday, September 23 at 10:00 AM

[CINCINNATI, OH] – The original team behind the Tony® Award-winning Broadway hit reunites with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS, the brand-new, heartwarming, holiday rock ‘n’ roll musical coming to the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 7:30 PM. The musical is part of the Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2022-23 Season.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 23 at 10:00 AM at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. Group discount tickets for 10 or more are available by calling (513) 977-4157.

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Sun Records is just that for rock ‘n’ roll newcomers and soon to be legends – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. In a fortuitous twist of fate, all four musicians stop by their famous Memphis recording studio alma mater on the same wintry evening, unbeknownst to them that they had the front seat to a revolution.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS brings that momentous homecoming to life with an electrifying tale of family, nostalgia, faith, humor, heartbreak, and revelry. Journey through a story of Christmas past, present, and future, jam packed with unforgettable performances of classic holiday hits and favorite chart toppers such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Blue Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Ring of Fire,” “Santa Baby,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Run Run Rudolph,” and more.

The show is directed by Scott Weinstein and features a book by Colin Escott. Orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Chuck Mead. The design team is led by Kimie Nishikawa (Scenic Design), Izumi Inaba (Costume Design), Ryan O’Gara (Lighting Design), and Diego Garzón (Sound Design).

Scott Weinstein (Director) is an award-winning director and writer based in New York City. His work as a director has been seen at major regional theaters around the country, and he recently won the Joseph Jefferson Award for his actor-musician, chamber-style reconception of Ragtime with Griffin Theatre, where he is an ensemble member. Scott was the Associate and Resident Director for the Broadway National Tour, and the Las Vegas and Chicago productions, of the hit musical Million Dollar Quartet. He has developed new work at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Pittsburgh CLO, The American Music Theatre Project, The Marriott Theatre, Route 66 Theatre, The Rev, Norwegian Creative Studios, and others. Scott is a graduate of Northwestern University and a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is represented by William Morris Endeavor. www.ScottGWeinstein.com

Chuck Mead (Music Supervision/Arrangements/Orchestrations) is best known for being one of the founding members of three-time Grammy-nominated, Country Music Association Award-winning country music group BR5-49. Between 1996 and 2005, the band released seven successful records before disbanding. In 2006, he started work as Music Supervisor/Director of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet. A member of the original creative team, he shaped the music for the Chicago, Broadway, West End, Las Vegas, and National Tour productions of MDQ while touring the world with his band and releasing four critically acclaimed solo albums. In 2017, Mead oversaw the music for the CMT television series Sun Records, and in 2021 worked as Music Supervisor for the upcoming feature film Neon Highway.

For more information, visit www.MillionDollarQuartetChristmas.comwww.tiktok.com/@mdqchristmas, www.facebook.com/mdqchristmas, www.instagram.com/mdqchristmas, or www.twitter.com/mdqchristmas.

CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION SPONSORS

SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), CINCINNATI-NORTHERN KENTUCKY HONDA DEALERS, LOCAL 12 WKRC-TV, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown/University Area, Graphic Village, Heidelberg Distributing, Kinley Cincinnati, L2Source, Ohio Valley Wines, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, TriHealth

MEDIA PARTNER:  103.5 WGRR-FM

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CALENDAR INFORMATION

WHAT: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Tuesday, December 20, 2022 – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall

PRICE: $89.00 | $69.00 | $59.00 | $49.00 | $39.00. Additional service fees may apply.

INFO: There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Sun Records is just that for rock ‘n’ roll newcomers and soon to be legends – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley.  Journey through a story of Christmas past, present and future, jam packed with unforgettable performances of classic holiday hits and favorite chart toppers such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Blue Christmas,” and more

TICKET INFORMATION – on sale Friday, September 23 at 10:00 AM

  • www.CincinnatiArts.org
  • (513) 621-ARTS [2787]
  • Aronoff Center Ticket Office
  • Group sales (10 or more): (513) 977-4157

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BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Bottle Episode Monday on Sept. 26

OL_logoMonday Night, September 26th at 8pm

6083 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45213

Burgess Byrd, Lisa DeRoberts, Derek Snow, & Cary Davenport are the phenomenal cast for the next BOTTLE-EPISODE MONDAY at The Overlook Lodge.

Come see the Live Stage-Reading of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, Season 5, Episode 14, “The Box.”

With

  • Burgess Byrd as Captain Raymond Holt
  • Lisa DeRoberts as Detective Jake Peralta
  • Derek Snow as Philip Davidson
  • Cary Davenport as The Narrator

Come have fun on a Monday Night with us!!!

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30 YEARS OF STEPHEN Brings Broadway to CCM on Sept. 23

CCM_30 Years of Stephen logoUC’s College-Conservatory of Music is thrilled to present a spectacular evening of music and stories, featuring our incredible students and a sampling of CCM’s most notable alumni. Join us for a front-row seat to the world premiere of 30 Years of Stephen: The Music of Stephen Flaherty at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now through the UC Foundation website.

Now available: Get a sneak peek into the evening’s artisitc lineup by viewing the musical numbers below. Creative credits, cast list and performance rosters are available HERE!

Hosted by CCMpower, the fundraising event features the music of CCM alumnus and Tony award winning Broadway composer, Stephen Flaherty (BM Composition, ’82). Directed by award-winning director and choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge, the performance features CCM students with alumni and Broadway stars Christy Altomare (BFA Musical Theatre, ’08), Ashley Brown (BFA Musical Theatre, ’04), Jason Graae (BFA Musical Theatre, ’80), Bryonha Marie (Broadway guest artist), Stephanie Jae Park (BFA Musical Theatre, ’14), Alton Fitzgerald White (Musical Theatre, att. 1983-86) and other surprise guests.

The evening will end on a high note with the premiere of two never before heard compositions — one of which will be performed live on the Corbett Auditorium stage by Stephen Flaherty himself! View the full program below!

The Music of Stephen Flaherty event will replace Moveable Feast for the 2022-23 academic year. Moveable Feast will return in person on Friday, January 19, 2024. The Music of Stephen Flaherty event was originally conceptualized and developed by the following CCM alumni, without whom this performance would not be possible: David Goldsmith (BFA Musical Theatre, ’85), Kevin McCollum (BFA Musical Theatre, ’84; HonDoc, ’05), Jeff Saver (BM Piano, ’79) and Jim Semmelman (BFA Musical Theatre, ’76).

Please note: Our original announcement included CCM alum Aaron Lazar as a guest artist, but he unfortunately cannot make it due to a scheduling conflict. 

MUSICAL NUMBERS

Music by Stephen Flaherty and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, except where noted

ACT I

To the tune of “20 Million People” from My Favorite Year
“THIRTY YEARS OF STEPHEN”
Music by Stephen Flaherty/Parody Lyrics by David Goldsmith
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin
Christy Altomare, Jason Graae, TBD*, Ashley Brown, Bryonha Marie, Stephanie Jae Park, Alton Fitzgerald White

From The Carnival Of Life…Without Intermission
“HOW CAN YOU LEAVE THE THEATRE?” (Excerpt)
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Flaherty
TBD*

From the Lehman Engel BMI Workshop
“VILLAGE VOICE”
Arrangement by Jeffrey Saver
Ashley Brown, Bryonha Marie, Jason Graae

From Bedazzled
“CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR”
Orchestrated by Neil Douglas Reilly
Ashley Brown, Jason Graae

From Lucky Stiff
“TIMES LIKE THIS”
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin
Christy Altomare

From Ragtime
“GOODBYE, MY LOVE/JOURNEY ON”
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn
Stephanie Jae Park (Mother), TBD* (Father), Jason Graae (Tateh)

“YOUR DADDY’S SON”
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn
Bryonha Marie (Sarah)

“HE WANTED TO SAY”
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn
Ashley Brown (Emma Goldman), Alton Fitzgerald White (Coalhouse), Nick Pattarini (Younger Brother), Cabaret Singers/Musical Theatre Ensemble Men (Coalhouse’s Men)

“BACK TO BEFORE”
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn
Stephanie Jae Park (Mother), Cabaret Singers Ensemble Women

“WHEELS OF A DREAM” (Finale)
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn
Alton Fitzgerald White (Coalhouse), Bryonha Marie (Sarah), Cabaret Singers Ensemble

Cut From Seussical
“THE LORAX”
Orchestrated by Doug Besterman
Jason Graae (The Onceler[s], The Lorax), Lucy Acuna (Jojo), TBD* (Cat In The Hat), Musical Theatre Ensemble

INTERMISSION

ACT II

From Once On This Island
“MAMA WILL PROVIDE”
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin
Bryonha Marie (Asaka), Ranease Brown (Ti Moune), Musical Theatre Ensemble (Storytellers)

“THE HUMAN HEART”
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin
Stephanie Jae Park (Erzulie), Cabaret Singers Ensemble

New From My Favorite Year
“ALWAYS PUT ON A GOOD SHOW”
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin for tonight’s concert
TBD* (Alan Swann), August Bagg (Benjy), Musical Theatre Ensemble

From A Man Of No Importance
“MAN IN THE MIRROR”
Orchestrated by William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke
Jason Graae (Alfie Byrne)

“STREETS OF DUBLIN”
Orchestrated by William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnk
Ashley Brown (Robbie)

From Little Dancer; Choreography by Susan Stroman
“MARIE”
Orchestrated by Doug Besterman and Larry Hochman
Alton Fitzgerald White (Degas), CCM Dance Ensemble Student* (Marie), Cassidy Franzmeier (Concertmaster, as A Violinist)

From Anastasia
“ONCE UPON A DECEMBER/JOURNEY TO THE PAST”
Orchestrated by Doug Besterman
Christy Altomare

From Legacy
“SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL”
Arrangement by Stephen Flaherty

Finale – From Ragtime
“RAGTIME” (Prologue) [Unabridged]
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn
Andrew Burke (Little Boy), Annalise Prentiss (Little Girl), TBD* (Father), Stephanie Jae Park (Mother), Nick Pattarini (Younger Brother), Alton Fitzgerald White (Coalhouse), Bryonha Marie (Sarah), Jason Graae (Tateh/Houdini), Ashley Brown (Emma Goldman), Christy Altomare (Evelyn Nesbit), Robert Pavlovich (Grandfather), Vincent DeGeorge (Henry Ford), Eric Santagata (JP Morgan), Todd Pettiford (Booker T. Washington), Cabaret Singers, Musical Theatre Ensemble

Bows/Encore – From Knoxville
“OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW”
Orchestrated by Bruce Coughlin
Accompanied by Stephen Flaherty at the piano
Alton Fitzgerald White (Author), TBD* (Jay), Musical Theatre Ensemble Men

Final Bows/Exit Music – From My Favorite Year
“TWENTY MILLION PEOPLE”
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin
All, Instrumental

*To Be Determined

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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and Partners to Host NEA BIG READ: GREATER CINCINNATI Sept. 2022-June 2023

ETC_logoFrom September 2022 – JUNE 2023

(Cincinnati, OH) Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) and several community partners will host the NEA Big Read: Greater Cincinnati, sponsored in part by grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through Arts Midwest. The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. ETC is one of 62 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project, which will take place from September 2022 – June 2023.­­

The program will focus on the book Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body, a memoir-in-essays by Rebekah Taussig. Dr. Taussig is a woman who uses a wheelchair due to paralysis resulting from childhood cancer, but those are only a few facets of her life as a “writer, teacher, advocate, and human lady person,” and she tells stories of her experiences with humor, empathy, and humanity, making them relatable for just about anyone.

ETC and several partner organizations will host programs centered on the themes of Sitting Pretty over the course of 10 months, including a kickoff event at ETC on Sunday, September 18 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, where visitors can learn about ETC’s accessible programs, view the full schedule of NEA Big Read: Greater Cincinnati programming, and explore several other companion books with similar themes, including selections for all ages.

ABOUT REBEKAH TAUSSIG
“I’m a Kansas City writer who lives in a very small, very old house with my fussy family of tenderhearted snugglers. I’ve spent most of my life immersed in the world of writing and reading – as a student, teacher, and human person – because I believe that words and stories matter. I am interested in the powerful connection between the cultural narratives we tell and the world we live in, from physical spaces and economic opportunities to social roles and interpersonal relationships. I earned a PhD in Creative Nonfiction and Disability Studies from the University of Kansas, and I write personal essays that participate in the stories being told about disability. I also run an Instagram account, @sitting_pretty, where I regularly craft ‘mini-memoirs’ that explore what it means to live in my particular (disabled, female) body.” Learn more about Rebekah Taussig at https://rebekahtaussig.com.

NEA BIG READ: GREATER CINCINNATI – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The following schedule is subject to change; visit www.ensemblecincinnati.org for the most current information.

  • Sunday, September 18, 2022 – NEA Big Read: Greater Cincinnati Kickoff
    1:00 – 3:00 pm at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati | 1127 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
    Learn more about ETC’s accessible programs and the rest of the event lineup for the NEA Big Read.
  • Friday, September 23, 2022 – Northern Kentucky Forum: Welcoming Workplace
    Exact time and location are still being determined; see the website for more details
    Join representatives from the Kentucky Career Center Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Easterseals Redwood, Brighton Center, and Innovative Supports for Autistic Workers for a discussion about state and local resources for connecting workers with disabilities to companies and organizations seeking employees.
  • Sunday, October 9, 2022Crip Camp Screening/Discussion & Next Generation Library Presentation
    1:30 pm at Cincinnati Public Library – Deer Park Branch | 4020 E. Galbraith Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236
    Enjoy a screening of the documentary Crip Cramp about the 1970s experience of teenagers with disabilities who met at Camp Jened and turned their summers of liberation and inclusion into a movement for Disability Rights. Prior to the screening, attendees will learn more about CHPL’s Next Gen Library plans to expand access in libraries across Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Following the film, there will be a discussion on ableism and access in modern cultural institutions.
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – Employment is in Your Future
    4:00 – 5:00 pm online, hosted by Cincinnati Public Library
    Hosted by Cincinnati Public Library, learn about Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, the state agency on the north side of the river which connects workers and employers, providing both with resources on hiring, employee rights and accommodations, and more.
    Friday, November 4, 2022 – Author Event: Sarah Kurchak
    7:00 – 8:00 pm at Campbell County Library Carrico/Ft. Thomas Branch | 1000 Highland Ave, Ft. Thomas, KY 41075
    Hosted by Campbell County Library, hear from Sarah Kurchack, author of I Overcame my Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder. The memoir examines the steps Kurchak took to become “an autistic success story,” how the process almost ruined her life, and how she is now trying to recover. Register through the CCPL website.
  • Saturday, November 12, 2022 – Book Discussion
    1:30 pm at Cincinnati Public Library Price Hill Branch | 970 Purcell Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205
    Join others who have read Sitting Pretty for a facilitated conversation about its themes and topics, and see visual displays featuring local (Marisa Conners, fashion designer), historical (Ludwig von Beethoven, composer), and notable (Alice Wong, activist/author of companion title Disability Visibility) people with disabilities.
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2023 – Book Discussion
    6:30 – 8:30 pm at Boone County Library Main Branch | 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005
    Join others who have read Sitting Pretty for a facilitated conversation about its themes and topics.
  • Monday, March 13, 2023 – Book Discussion
    4:00 pm at Kenton County Library Covington Branch | 502 Scott St, Covington, KY 41011
    Join others who have read Sitting Pretty for a facilitated conversation about its themes and topics.
  • Saturday, April 29, 2023 – Children’s Story Time
    11:00 am at Blue Marble Books | 1356 S. Fort Thomas Ave, Ft Thomas, KY 41075
    Bring the littles in your world for a story time reading of Ali and the Sea Stars by Ali Stroker, an NEA Big Read: Greater Cincinnati companion title, do some shopping, and learn more about Blue Marble’s efforts to become an accessible small business located in a historic building.
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2023 – Book Discussion
    10:00 am at Campbell County Library Cold Spring Branch | 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076
    Join others who have read Sitting Pretty for a facilitated conversation about its themes and topics.
  • Thursday, May 18, 2023 – Book Discussion
    7:00 pm at Campbell County Library Newport Branch | 901 E. Sixth St, Newport, KY 41071
    Join others who have read Sitting Pretty for a facilitated conversation about its themes and topics.
  • Saturday, June 3, 2023 – TALL Institute Performance Screening
    12:00 pm at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati | 1127 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
    See a screening of the filmed creative response to Sitting Pretty developed by our partners at TALL Institute and stay for a brief reception and discussion to follow.
    Friday, June 9, 2023 – NEA Big Read: Greater Cincinnati Culminating Celebration
    6:00 pm at Cincinnati Library Walnut Hills Branch | 961 E McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH 45206
    Celebrate the conclusion of the NEA Big Read programming with an author visit from Rebekah Taussig, a visual art exhibition of creative responses to Sitting Pretty from Visionaries + Voices artists, and V+V Artist Night creative opportunities for kids.

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ETC_NEA Big Read logoNEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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 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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