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Wackadoo! Emmy® Award-Winning Phenomenon BLUEY Brings First Live Stage Show to the Aronoff Center

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Photo by Darren Thomas.

September 19-20, 2023
Tickets on sale Friday, February 10

[Cincinnati, OH] – Grab the sticky geckos, break out the duck cakes, and alert the grannies! It’s time to meet the much-loved Heeler family, who will be coming to Cincinnati with the Bluey live show, Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show!  The Emmy® Award-winning animated preschool series, which airs on Disney Junior, Disney Channel, and Disney+, will be “taking the show on the road” to Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall for two shows only – Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 at 6:30 PM. The show is part of the Cincinnati Arts Associations 2023-24 Season.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 10 at 10:00 AM at www.CincinnatiArts.org and (513) 621-ARTS [2787]. Ticket prices: $64.25 | $54.25 | $44.25. For Group Sales, call (513) 977-4157. Prices subject to change. Applicable services fees may apply.

A VIP Package is available for an additional $75 per ticket. At the end of each performance, VIP Package ticket holders will have access to an exclusive meet-and-greet session with Bluey costume characters. The VIP Package includes an exclusive Bluey VIP lanyard, exclusive Bluey VIP gift, and an exclusive photo opportunity per group. All VIP attendees must have their own VIP ticket. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fans of all ages will get to see Bluey, Bingo, Bandit, and Chilli as they’ve never seen them before, as the Heelers embark on their very first live theater show in the U.S. featuring puppetry, live actors, and iconic sets. Based on an original new story written by Bluey creator Joe Brumm, Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show also contains new music by Bluey composer, Joff Bush.

“After seeing the amazing reaction the show received during its Australia run, we are delighted to bring this standout live theater show to U.S. audiences,” said director Rosemary Myers of Windmill Theatre Co. “We know how much love there is out there for Bluey and are thrilled and honored to translate these brilliant characters into the three-dimensional world and to share this special experience with fans throughout America.”

Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show is presented by BBC Studios and Andrew Kay in association with Windmill Theatre Co. The stage show enjoyed much success in the home market of Australia, where it premiered in Bluey’s hometown Brisbane and went on to perform 447 times across 65 venues, including the Sydney Opera House.

About BLUEY
The series follows Bluey, a six-year-old Blue Heeler dog who loves to play and turn everyday family life into extraordinary adventures that unfold in unpredictable and hilarious ways, bringing her family, friends, and community into her world of fun.

BLUEY has won the hearts of kids and parents around the world since it first launched in Australia in October 2018, and has quickly become a global hit. In Australia, Bluey is the number one kids show on broadcast television and is the most-watched series ever on ABC iview. In June 2019, BBC Studios struck a global broadcast deal with Disney to premiere Bluey in all territories outside Australia, New Zealand, and Greater China; it now screens in over 60 countries. In the U.S. on Disney Junior since March 2021, the show has been the #1 most watched TV series with kids 2-6. In the UK, Bluey was the most watched show on CBeebies in January 2022 and is also available on Disney+.

BLUEY has also won multiple awards, such as the International Emmy® Kids Award in the prestigious Preschool Category in 2020, and has picked up the AACTA Award for Best Children’s Program for three years running (2019-21). Bluey recently won four Kidscreen Awards in February 2021.

BLUEY is produced by multi-Emmy® award-winning Ludo Studio for ABC Kids Australia, co-commissioned by ABC Children’s and BBC Studios, and distributed internationally by BBC Studios outside of Australia.

Notable accolades include the 2019 Venues Now #1 Top Stop of the Decade Award for tickets sold (5,000 seats or less); 2019 Billboard #2 Highest Grossing Venue Worldwide (5,000 seats or less); and 2019 Pollstar #3 Worldwide Ticket Sales (5,000 seats or less)

CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION SPONSORS

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

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

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ACT Cincinnati’s 2023 Winter Forum

ACT_logoMark your calendars and join us on Saturday, February 25th from 11:00am- 3:00pm ET for ACT Cincinnati’s Annual Winter Forum, presented by ACT’s Long-Range Judging Committee.

This year’s forum will return to being a live, in-person event hosted at The Footlighters, Inc’s Stained Glass Theatre in Newport, KY. Attendees will get the chance to listen and ask questions of some of the most respected and knowledgeable people in our community talk about their areas of expertise.

Though the forum’s purpose is to help educate adjudicators and ACT group presidents on what adjudicators should be looking for when coming to see shows and how they should be responding to those observables, anyone involved in community theater- either onstage or offstage- will benefit from these presentations.

This year’s presenters and topics will be announced at a later date, as well as virtual broadcast details, so stay tuned!

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The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Presents CARRIE: The Musical

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Avery Frank as Margaret in the Walnut Hills High School production of Carrie the Musical. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Cincinnati, OH- Following their previous productions of Macbeth and the 2022 One Act Festival, The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is eager to welcome back audiences with a musical based on the tragic Stephen King novel, Carrie: The Musical.

The show runs February 16-18, 2023 at 7 p.m.

The musical follows Carrie White, a teenage outcast who longs to fit in. At school, she’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s dominated by her loving but cruelly controlling mother. What none of them know is that Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it. Through a journey and look into the high school experience, Carrie: The Musical asks the question, “what does it cost to be kind?”

Although the book takes place in the 1970s, the show updates the plot to take place in the early 2000s in order to better connect with modern day teenagers.

“While most know Carrie as a horror film, the musical plays very much like a tragedy,” says director Mike Sherman. “There are real, human, recognizable characters to be explored;  and it very much speaks to what it is like to be a contemporary teenager growing up in a world of extremism.”

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Diana Hutchinson as the titular character in the Walnut Hills High School production of Carrie. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Playing the role of Carrie White is senior Diana Hutchinson.“This role challenges me as an actor to expand my view on playing such an iconic role,” says Hutchinson, “and it inspires me to dig deeper and figure out the true nature of the character.”

Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students. They are now available, and can be purchased at: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets. Please note: Due to some strong language and adult subject matter,  this show is recommended for mature audiences age 13 and up.

This production and the entire WHHS Theatre Season is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.

Featuring Diana Hutchinson as Carrie, Avery Frank as Margaret, Katie Berich as Sue, Izzy Lachey as Chris, Sunny Dighe as Tommy, Nate Caudill as Billy, Emma Dalton as Ms. Gardner, Wolf Singer as Mr. Stephens, Josie Leanza as Norma, Maya Busche as Frieda, Lily Clark as Helen, Hadrian Dwyer as George, Andrew Canter as Stokes, Andrew Kelm as Freddy, Sophie Christian as Interrogator 1/Ensemble, Loretta Rubin as Interrogator 2/Ensemble, Lonzo Montgomery as Reverend Bliss/Ensemble, and Winter Cruser, Kyra Doty, AJ Frecker, Tre Hall, Adelaide Linser, James Overton, Lizzy Rebber, Abby Riddle, Jonathan Rubin, Clark Sayre, Riley Soutar, Mya Verticchio, and Anna Rose Wright as Ensemble.

Directed by Mike Sherman
Assistant Directed by Ryan Peerless
Music Director: Steve Goers
Choreographer: Kate Stark
Student Choreographer: Diana Hutchinson
Technical Direction by Helen A. Raymond-Goers
Production Stage Manager- Jameira Jones
Assistant Stage Management- Abbie Kershner and Caroline Lovelace
Costume Designer- Paloma Lanzador
Hair and Makeup Designer- Sci Redding
Lighting Designer- Allison Caulkins
Props Designer- Oran Wilkins
Scenic Designer- Ryan Peerless
Sound Designer- Nyla Shahanavaz and Heather Storm
Head Electrician- Maya Busche
Marketing and Publicity Head- Lizzy Rebber

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Celebrated Vocal Group Performs World Premiere, Debuts at Classic Cincinnati Venue, Unveils Major Roster Change

NP_Cast Jan. 23CINCINNATI, OH – The Queen City’s favorite vocal jazz group will make three special debuts this March.

NO PROMISES Vocal Band is one of 25 ensembles in the region selected to debut new vocal music commissions as part of the May Festival’s “25 for 25: A New Time for Choral Music” program. The piece will be performed in three March concerts, including the group’s debut at Mt. Lookout’s The Redmoor. And all three programs will be the debut of former NO PROMISES guest artist Kaeden Kass in his role as the group’s first new permanent member added since 2018.

Music lovers can catch NO PROMISES in concert three times in March:

Northminster Church Concert Series
Sunday, March 12, 2:30pm
703 Compton Road | Finneytown
No Admission Fee | More Information

May Festival 25 for 25 Showcase
Sunday, March 19, 2:00pm (NO PROMISES performs at 6:00pm)
Christ Church Cathedral
418 E. 4th Street | Downtown
More Information

The Redmoor with Three Bald Guys
Thursday, March 23, 7:30pm (6:00pm Doors)
3187 Linwood Ave | Mt. Lookout
Tickets $25 | theredmoor.com

A Compositional Debut – NO PROMISES Sings a World Premiere

This March NO PROMISES is honored to offer the world premiere of “Aubade,” a new work by composer and Luna Composition Lab alumna Cecelia Olszewski. After studying the group’s roster and style, Olszewski sought to write a close-harmony ballad that sounded modern but also included aspects of Medieval composition. Olszweski’s composition “is about the transitional space between two distinct phases,” the composer writes. “Night becoming day, motion becoming stillness, closed eyes opening, a question becoming an answer.” Setting an original lyric by colleague Iman Pekdemir, Olsweski’s piece also nods to the Roman Catholic basis of much of Medieval music, employing 3/4 time in representation of the Holy Trinity.

Olsweski’s commission for NO PROMISES comes courtesy of the May Festival’s 150th anniversary celebration and their “25 for 25: A New Time for Choral Music” program, wherein composers from Luna Composition Lab will write 25 new choral works for local artist and choral ensembles across Greater Cincinnati. Luna Composition Lab provides mentorship, education, and resources for young female, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming composers, the only initiative of its kind in the United States. More information on the May Festival program can be found here, and information on the Luna Composition Lab here.

“Aubade” will receive its world premiere at NO PROMISES Sunday, March 12 performance at Northminster Church, and will also be performed on the group’s March 19 and 23 programs.

Kaeden KassA Personnel Debut – Kaeden Kass

NO PROMISES is proud to welcome its first new permanent band member since 2018, Kaeden Kass. Delivering strong performances as a guest artist throughout the group’s 2022 concert sequences, Kass’ tenor voice and strong musicianship were an instant fit for the group.

“I think what excites me most about being a permanent member of NO PROMISES is having the opportunity to make music with a close-knit group of fantastic musicians and fantastic humans,” says Kass. “I love that the group continually pushes me as a musician and performer, and I’m excited to continue to grow in both capacities.”

Kass has been a favorite for several years with the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus and their elite small ensemble, the Queensmen.  A multi-instrumentalist in addition to his singing, Kass plays viola, fiddle, ukelele, guitar, mandolin and others, and has appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra. Kass is a social worker at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Transgender Health Clinic, and makes his home in Mt. Airy with his husband, Will. Read more about Kaeden Kass here.

A Venue Debut – The Redmoor

NO PROMISES continues its tradition of playing co-bills in the Queen City’s classic small music venues with its Thursday, March 23 debut at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout. The two-time “Best of Cincinnati” winners join soft rock mavens The Three Bald Guys for an evening of sweet harmony at the fabulous Redmoor in Mt. Lookout Square. NO PROMISES’ unique arrangements of selections by Pentatonix, Dan Fogelberg and Gordon Lightfoot meet 3BG’s trademark three-part vocals on tunes by Silk Sonic, Chicago and Kenny Loggins.

Tickets $25. Doors open at 6:00pm to experience The Redmoor’s delicious dinner menu, along with full cash bar. Reserved table seating and general admission seating available. Complimentary on-site parking behind the venue.

The March 3 program at The Redmoor will be NO PROMISES second co-bill with The Three Bald Guys, following a sold-out program last summer at Memorial Hall. Featuring NO PROMISES leader Joshua Steele (vocals & melodica), his father, Tom Steele (vocals & guitar), and their friend, Rick Hagee (vocals, keyboard), 3BG performs soft rock favorites by your favorite (mostly) dead singers.

NO PROMISES has offered similar co-bill concerts at The Carnegie, Northside Tavern, The Warsaw Federal Incline Theater and York Street Café with collaborators including The Nancy James Trio, the Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers and the Queen City Sisters.

About NO PROMISES

NO PROMISES is a Cincinnati-based professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to jazz and popular music favorites from 1940s classics to today’s jams. Citybeat “Best of Cincinnati” winners in 2017 and 2022, the group has entertained at festivals, concert series, conventions and performing arts centers throughout the state. Its members have graced the stages of Broadway, fronted major symphony orchestras, and backed the likes of Jim Messina, Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins and POCO. In their day-to-day lives, the men of NO PROMISES are clinical psychologists, concert promoters, social workers, real estate moguls and hairdressers with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

In 2023, NO PROMISES will premiere a newly commissioned work by composer Cecelia Olszewski as part of Cincinnati May Festival’s program 25 for 25: A New Time for Choral Music. 2021 saw the ensemble’s debut of “The Boy Band Diaries,” a collaboration with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra featuring male vocal hits spanning the past century. The group has released three recording projects: A No Promises Christmas (2016), All Wet (2018) and The Nines (2019).

The members of NO PROMISES are Joshua Steele (resident of Kennedy Heights), Kaeden Kass (Mt. Airy), David Baum (Montgomery), Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring, KY), and Nat Comisar (Indian Hill). Individual bios available at http://www.nopromisesvocalband.com/lineup/.

For More Information

Contact Nat Comisar at 513.378.5801 or booking@nopromisesvocalband.com.

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KSO’s HAPPY FEET Includes Area Premiere on Jan. 21

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(20th c. Ballet Music)

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra continues its 31st season with a diverse collection of symphonic ballet music, performers and flavors all of the 20th century. Ballet as an art form began in the noble Renaissance courts of 15th c. Italy and soon migrated to France where it moved to the stage with oppulent sets, costumes, music and poetry. Operas included ballet scenes as dance became a real focus of composers of all eras. By the 20th century Russian composers like Stravinsky and Prokofiev were setting the bar for ballet scores. American composers Aaron Copland and William Grant Still, added their American sound and seasoning to dance music, as did Spaniard Manuel de Falla with his fandango and flamenco flair.

The KSO’s “Happy Feet” opens with a suite from Aaron Copland’s first folk ballet score from 1938 — Billy the Kid (Rodeo and Appalachian Spring followed). Copland’s wide-spaced harmony captured the expansive open prarie of the west as did his use of cowboy folk tunes to paint a romanticized soundscape of the life of notorious outlaw William H. Bonney.

William Grant Still studied music in Ohio (Wilberforce and Oberlin) before moving east as part of the Harlem Renaissance. Following the composition of his widely popular Afro American Symphony, Still, in 1931, wrote a ballet on the tribal tale of love and sacrifice titled Sahdji, who was the favorite wife of an East African chieftan. The Young Professionals’ Choral Collective under the direction of Danielle Cozart Steele with Jason Holmes appearing as the Chanter will make their KSO debut with this work.

El Sombrero de tres picos (The Three-cornered Hat) by Manuel de Falla was commissioned in 1917 by Russian ballet impressario Sergei Diaghilev with sets and costumes by Pablo Picasso. Based on the story “The Governor and the Miller’s Wife,” Falla’s ballet music incorporated Spanish folk dancing (fandango, flamenco, jota, etc) with colorful orchestrations inspired by the Spanish flavored works by Ravel and Debussy. Mezzosoprano Quinn Patrick Ankrum joins the KSO for Falla’s complete ballet score.

Join the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, YPPC, Jason Holmes and Quinn Ankrum for “Happy Feet” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at Greaves Concert Hall, on the campus of NKU in Highland Heights, KY. Tickets are $35-$19 with children 50% off. For those who are out of the area or who must stay home, the KSO live streams each concert (with multiple cameras) for your ‘at home access’ for the price of a single “A” ticket. Tickets are available online at www.kyso.org or by phone at (859) 431-6216.

For additional information, visit the KSO at www.kyso.org or call (859) 431-6216.

Happy Feet
(20th c. Ballet Music)
7:30 Saturday, January 21, 2023
Greaves Concert Hall, NKU

Program

Aaron Copland Billy the Kid

  • I. The Open Prairie
  • II. Street in a Frontier Town
  • III. Mexican Dance
  • IV. Card Game at Night
  • V. Gun Battle
  • VI. Celebration After Billy’s Capture
  • VII. Billy’s Death
  • VI. Open Praire (epilogue)

William Grant Still Sahdji (regional premiere)

  • Young Professionals’ Chorale Collective
    Danielle Cozart Steele, director
  • Jason Alexander Holmes, bass

Intermission

  • Manuel de Falla El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat) complete
  • Introduction
  • The Afternoon
  • Dance of the Miller’s Wife: Fandango — El corregidor — La molinera
  • The Grapes
  • Dance of the Neighbors (Seguidillas)
  • Dance of the Miller: Farruca — Escena — La coplas del cuco
  • Dance of the Corregidor
  • Danza Final (Jota)
  • Quinn Patrick Ankrum, mezzo-soprano

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