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Cincinnati Playhouse Brings Classic STUART LITTLE to Family Audiences Throughout Greater Cincinnati Through Feb. 16

New Off the Hill series production now open, will visit Oxford, Covington, Mt. Washington, Clifton and more

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CINCINNATI – Embark on an adventure as the Playhouse presents its second Off the Hill touring production this season with E.B. White’s endearing classic STUART LITTLE. This charming adaptation follows the marvelous maneuverings of a mouse in New York City who is trying to survive in the great, big world. Performed by members of the Bruce E. Coyle Intern company, the delightful adventures of Stuart Little will run now through Feb. 16.

STUART LITTLE is widely recognized as a classic in children’s literature. In the Playhouse’s production, Stuart escapes from a ferocious dog, protects his friend from their devious pet cat and wins a model boat race at Central Park. Approaching every obstacle with confidence and courage, Stuart teaches us, as he says in the show, that “size has nothing to do with it. It’s temperament and ability that count and knowing what’s important.”

STUART LITTLE explores the themes of “difference, friendship, family, loyalty and adventure,” explains Director Dee Anne Bryll. “When Stuart goes in search of his friend, Margalo, he suddenly becomes aware of the challenges of his size. However, he doesn’t let that stop him…He embraces the many different experiences, people and animals that he meets along his journey.”

This heartwarming production is touring the greater Cincinnati area now and is recommended for children 5 and up.

For more information and a full schedule of stops including Mt. Washington, Oxford, Covington, Clifton, Evendale and more, visit cincyplay.com.

Seasonal support of education and outreach programming is provided by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. Support for Off the Hill is provided by KeyBank and The John C. Griswold Foundation. The Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company is supported by Jerry and Betsy Shroat, as well as Ron Bunt and Wei Sun.

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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Sinclair Theatre Presents JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT From Feb. 14-22

In Blair Hall Theatre on the downtown Dayton Campus, Building 2

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David Shockey as Joseph. Children left to right: Sasha Greco, Sadie Hornick, Maria Greely, Rachael Updike, Kaydence Kinney, George Giese, and Carmen Medina. Photo by Patti Celek.

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph … is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

Directed by Kimberly Borst with music direction by David Brush and choreography by Jessica Eggleston, Sinclair’s production features a cast of 30. David Shockey will play Joseph with Callista Kinney as the narrator. Additional cast includes: CJ Suchyta, Russell Paquay, Patrick Greco, Chase Niemitalo, Kofi Gunter, DeAndre Swann, Nic Mellott, Matt Poliachik, Connor Gray, Mark Kreutzer, Micah Koverman, Kasaahn Johnson, Rafael Santillan, Kylee Pauley, Rachel Charles, Riley Karr, Zoe Miller, Mackenzie Moore, Alexis Paige, Trinity Rice, Lilly Robillard, George Giese, Sasha Greco, Maria Greely, Sadie Hornick, Kaydence Kinney, Carmen Medina, and Rachael Updike.

Tickets are available online at www.sinclair.edu/tickets. Adult tickets cost $18 with student/seniors pricing at $15. All evening performances are at 7 p.m. with a Sunday, Feb. 16th matinee at 2 p.m. ASL interpreted performances are Sunday and Thursday.

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Family Fun Series Continues at the Arts Center at Dunham on Feb. 1

PIP_Stuart Little logoEmbark on an adventure as Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park brings its Off the Hill touring production of E.B. White’s endearing classic, STUART LITTLE, to the Arts Center at Dunham. This charming adaptation follows the marvelous maneuverings of a mouse in New York City who is trying to survive in the great, big world. The performance is Saturday, Feb.1st at 2pm.

STUART LITTLE is widely recognized as a classic in children’s literature. In the Playhouse’s production, Stuart escapes from a ferocious dog, protects his friend from their devious pet cat and wins a model boat race at Central Park. Approaching every obstacle with confidence and courage, Stuart teaches us, as he says in the show, that “size has nothing to do with it. It’s temperament and ability that count and knowing what’s important.”

STUART LITTLE explores the themes of “difference, friendship, family, loyalty and adventure,” explains Director Dee Anne Bryll. “When Stuart goes in search of his friend, Margalo, he suddenly becomes aware of the challenges of his size. However, he doesn’t let that stop him…He embraces the many different experiences, people and animals that he meets along his journey.”

Recommended for grades K and up, but all ages welcome!

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ATTENDEES:
Before the Show: Arrive early to participate in creation of a show themed craft.
After the Show: Meet the cast and crew for an interactive discussion about the production and their work with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Note: Interpreters from Cincinnati State’s Sign Language program will provide services for hearing impaired attendees.

Click Here to RSVP
(or call 513.588.4988)

URGENT: Attendees with RSVP’s will be given priority admission.
Walk-in’s will be seated as space allows.

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Playhouse Summer Camps Now on Sale

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CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2020 Summer Theatre Camp and Performance Academy will explore fantastical worlds, storybook lands, favorite books and movies, and so much more.  Camps will be held at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park plus locations in Evendale, Blue Ash, Mason and the West End.

“Each camp option can introduce or further your child’s appreciation of the arts while building confidence and encouraging creativity,” explains Daunielle Rasmussen, director of education and community engagement. “No acting experience is required.”

Locations throughout the region make it easier than ever to participate in summer theatre camps with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. In addition to its location in Eden Park, camps offerings will take place at Evendale Performance Center; Mason Middle School; Mason Community Center; Pogo Play in Blue Ash; and Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal.

Multiple locations are not the only way the Playhouse is continuing to increase access for 2020; the Launch Pad Accessibility Program returns and is available for all full-day, one-week camps. Thanks to a generous grant from The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation, students with developmental disabilities can be integrated into a traditional theatre camp environment through pre-camp preparation and daily support.

“We want to help all children experience the confidence and creativity boosting opportunities that theatre camps provide,” Rasmussen explained. “Our specially trained instructors and two dedicated instructional aides will help integrate Launch Pad participants by providing them with a daily social narrative and concrete daily schedule; sensory-related assistance including noise-canceling headphones, fidgets and personal comfort items; a quiet place to relax; and other support.”

Camp offerings include half-day camps for children ages 3 to 5. For kids and teens, the Playhouse offers full-day, one-week camps with a variety of themes. Each week offers five exciting courses that are designed to engage in the magic and playfulness of live theatre.

For theatre enthusiasts who wants to experience the production of a play from beginning to end, the Playhouse also offers full-day, one-week and multi-week Performance Academy camps for incoming first through 12th graders. This year’s Performance Academy offerings include Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr., Clue: On Stage and Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS.

For complete camp descriptions or to register, visit cincyplay.com or call 513-421-3888. If participants register before March 1, they receive an early-bird registration discount of $15 off the full price for each camp program.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 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 and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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ABOUT PLAYHOUSE SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS
For a full listing, go to https://cincyplay.com/learn/summer-theatre-camps  

HALF-DAY CAMPS | Ages 3 – 5 
Introduce the little ones in your life to the fun and creativity of theatre with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s half-day, one-week camps! Each uniquely themed week offers a fun mix of creativity, guided play, theatre crafts and acting improvisation. Classes and themes vary each session for campers interested in joining multiple weeks.
Tuition is $125 for each week.

FULL-DAY CAMPS | Grades 1-10
Each week offers five exciting courses that are designed to engage in the magic and playfulness of live theatre. All lessons lead up to a five-minute scene to share informally with friends and family on the last day of camp. Classes and themes vary each session for campers interested in joining multiple weeks! Classes and themes vary each session for campers interested in joining multiple weeks!

Camps are held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuition is $230 for each week when purchased by March 1. $245 for each week starting March 2.
 
PERFORMANCE ACADEMY | Grades 1-12
This process-based performance program is for the theatre enthusiast who wants to experience the production of a play from beginning to end. During each full-day camp session, campers will take technique and special skills classes and rehearse a play to be performed with limited sets and costumes for friends and family at the end of camp. Performance Academy offers one-week, two-week and three-week camp options.

Performance Academy takes place from Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prices vary by session. Save $15 for each Performance Academy when purchased by March 1.

CAMP LOCATIONS

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Evendale Performance Center
3270 Glendale Milford Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45241

Mason Community Center
6050 Mason Montgomery Rd.
Mason, OH 45040

Mason Middle School 
6370 Mason Montgomery Rd.
Mason, OH 45040

Pogo Play
10870 Kenwood Rd.
Blue Ash, OH 45242

Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal
1301 Western Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45203

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TCTC Presents HARRIET TUBMAN: STRAIGHT UP OUTTA’ THE UNDERGROUND on the Showtime Stage

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Brandi Langford-Sherrill as Harriet Tubman. Photo by Julia Fowler.

Her story hidden in secrecy no more, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) brings HARRIET TUBMAN: STRAIGHT UP OUTTA THE UNDERGROUND performed by TCT On Tour (TCT’s touring division) to the Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage March 14-15, 2020.

​​​​Bring the past to the present and change the future with this one-woman interactive storytelling experience. Uncover the painful truth about America’s 200-year-old struggle with slavery when you play a part in this historic retelling. On this journey, audiences will follow Harriet Tubman, the most recognized conductor of the Underground Railroad. Nicknamed “Moses,” Harriet Tubman lived up to this name by gaining her own freedom, as well as traveling back and forth from North to South more than 19 times and freeing 300 slaves!

TCT Tour Manager and Resident Artist, Brandi Langford-Sherrill, will bring this story to life on stage.  The production will be directed by Deondra Kamau Means. The show was co-created by A. James Jones, Brandi Langford-Sherril, and Deondra Kamau Means. 

HARRIET TUBMAN: STRAIGHT UP OUTTA THE UNDERGROUND is most enjoyed by those in grades 3-8 as well as adults and will be presented on the Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH  45227. Only 152 seats are available for each performance. A question-and-answer session follows every show.

Performances will be held:

  • Saturday, March 14 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday, March 15 at 2 PM

Tickets to each production are $10 each (plus service fees) and are available exclusively through ticketmaster.com or by visiting TCT’s Red Bank Road Ticket Office, M-F, 9am-6pm. Mainstage subscribers pay just $7 per ticket – a savings of $3. Tickets available now.

TCT On Tour is bringing this production to schools and venues around the Tri-State and throughout the region.  If you’re interested in booking, please contact Violet Webster at 513-569-8080 x20 or by emailing violet.webster@tctcincinnati.com.

Thematic Connections include: American History, Ancestry, Arts Integration, Bullying, Civics/Politics, Compassion, Courage, Courage and Honor, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Cross-Curricular, Diversity, Exploring Differences in Others, Exploring Differences Within, Fairness, Freedom, Government, Growth and Change, History, Humility, Imagination, Improvisation, Multi-Cultural, Music, Performance, Possibilities, Responsibility, Self-Esteem, Sharing, Social Studies, Strength of Character, Teamwork, Women’s History.

Don’t miss The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Podcast, Audio Footlights. Hosted by Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice, this podcast is designed to look at the shows TCT produces, and to ignite, impact and inspire young listeners to have a lifelong love of theatre. This free TCT Podcast runs approximately eight minutes, and will be available on iTunes as well as Stitcher, SoundCloud, GooglePlay, TuneIn and Spotify soon!  Here’s a link to SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/tctcincinnati.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s TCT On Tour productions are made possible by PNC. TCT On Tour is supported by the generosity of the L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by the Ohio Arts Council and the generosity of the tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. This project supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. 

TCT On Tour Actor Bio:
BRANDI LANGFORD-SHERRILL — Brandi is a graduate of The School for Creative and Performing Arts. Currently, she is a TCT Resident Artist and Tour Manager of TCT on Tour. Brandi has been with TCT since 2010 when she appeared on the MainStage during the 10-11 and 12-13 seasons. In 2013, she began touring with TCT on Tour, performing various roles including Coretta Scott King, Harriet Tubman and Maya Angelou. In 2018, she appeared on the TCT MainStage as Lois Lane in TCT’s production of SUPERMAN™. Brandi resides in Cincinnati with her husband Michael and their three beautiful children Jordan, Tyson and Kennedi. 

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