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Auditions Announced for HUMPTY DUMPTY IS MISSING at Sunset Players

SSP_logoCINCINNATI, OH – September 19, 2019 —Sunset Players will hold open auditions for its children’s show HUMPTY DUMPTY IS MISSING by Joseph Robinette and directed by Bob Kelley on Sunday, September 29 at 6:00pm and Monday, September 30 at 7:00 pm at The Art Center at Dunham at 1945 Dunham Way, Cincinnati, OH 45238.

Sammy Scoop is a private investigator in the tradition of his grandfather, Samuel Shovel and his father, Sam Spade. Sammy faces the biggest challenge of his illustrious career with the sudden fall and disappearance of the jolly Humpty-Dumpty.

The children’s show at Sunset Players is a great way for children or adults with little to no acting experience to gain some experience performing live theater. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Actors must be able to read. Auditions will consist of reading selections from the script.

The cast consists of 16-27 roles. Crew members and set builders are also needed.

Performances are December 6,7,8,13,14 and 15th. Friday night performances are at 7pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm.

If you have any questions regarding the auditions, please contact: Nancy Anderson at or call 513.382-6490.

Sunset Players, Inc. is a community theater group located on the west side of Cincinnati. Founded in 1979, the group performs at the Arts Center at Dunham and has produced more than 120 plays. Its mission is to bring a smile, and its plays include comedies, farces, dramatic comedies and musical comedies—as long as there is some “comedy” in the performance somewhere. For more information about the 38th season, visit our website at or like us on Facebook.



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Families Invited for Artistic Fun at the Arts Center of Dunham Free Family Fun Series

MISC_Arts Center At Dunham logoCINCINNATI, OH – September 17, 2019 — Courtesy of a grant from Price Hill Will and Sunset Players, the Free Family Fun Series hops into the Arts Center at Dunham with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, part of its Off the Hill series, on Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm.


Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Written by Dwayne Hartford and adapted from the book by Kate Dicamillo, Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit loved by a little girl named Abilene. But Edward, who is made of china, is rather self-centered. On an ocean voyage, he is accidentally thrown overboard and sinks to the bottom of the sea. So begins his miraculous journey home, in which he learns the meaning of love and loss, and how to find the courage to love again. The performance is recommended for all ages.

Off the Hill is sponsored by The John C. Griswold Foundation and KeyBank with seasonal support of education and outreach by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. The Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company is supported by Jerry and Betsy Shroat.

All Free Family Fun Series performances are on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. The remaining series includes:

  • January 11, 2020 ROKCincy Opera for Children: The Barber of Seville

ROKCincy is thrilled to present its special adaptation of Rossini’s classic comedy The Barber of Seville. Sung in English and Italian, this show stuns with familiar music, vocal fireworks and high energy hijinks. Rosina has been grounded by her strict guardian, Dr. Bartolo, and isn’t allowed to enter her project into the State Science Fair. Her teachers, Mr. Figaro and Ms. Susannah, know that she can win first place if they can only get it submitted. They’ll need all their cunning and more than a few tricks to make it happen. Recommended for grades K-6.

  • February 1, 2020 Stuart Little by Joseph Robinette, adapted from the book by E.B. White.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Stuart Little is a lovable mouse born into an ordinary New York family. His many adventures—both big and small—vividly come to life through a series of delightful scenes. Based on E.B. White’s endearing classic and written with charm, wisdom and joy, this adaptation presents the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse who is trying to survive in the great big world. Recommended for grades kindergarten and up.

  • April 4, 2020 Dragons Love Tacos by Ernie Nolan, adapted from the book by Adam Rubin.

Do you know what dragons really love? Tacos, of course! Chicken tacos, beef tacos, big tacos and tiny tacos. As a boy and his dog watch a television show about dragons, they unexpectedly get caught up in the “Dos and Don’ts” of what to feed dragons. But if they accidentally eat spicy salsa, watch out! Performed by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Off the Hill players. Recommended for pre-k and up.

  • April 18, 2020 Cincinnati Ballet

Dancers from the prestigious Cincinnati Ballet will provide an exciting peek into the typical day in the life of professional dancers. Audience members will learn the fundamentals of the art of ballet and gain an understanding of the discipline and athleticism required for a professional career in ballet. A dance demonstration with audience participation and a question and answer discussion are included.

Reservations for performances in the ACAD FREE Family Fun Series can be made online ( or by calling 513-588-4988.

The Arts Center at Dunham is an arts center for the west side of Cincinnati and its vision is to provide affordable creative and performing arts for Price Hill and surrounding communities. Housed in one of the three remaining buildings of what was the first municipally owned tuberculosis sanatorium in the United States, the Arts Center includes a 350-seat performance venue as well as extensive studio and programming space. The Arts Center is located in the CRC’s Dunham Recreation Complex. See what is happening at the Arts Center at Dunham on Facebook.


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CASPER the Friendly Musical Runs Oct. 12-21

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Casper as imagined by illustrator James Claridades.

CASPER the Friendly Musical
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Oct. 12-21
Taft Theater [Downtown]

Directed by Roderick Justice
Choreographed by Eric Byrd

Cast: Evan Blust † as Donald, Lyndsey Bowman as Minnie, Madeleine Burgoon as Lane, Brinley Culver † as Precious, Haley Gillman as Coco, Nicholas Gundrum † as Pierce, Abby Johnson † as Gretchen, Sam Johnson as Stretch, A. James Jones as Stinky, Andrew Lippert † as Bradley, Joey Logan as Fatso, Marissa Poole as Magdalena & Makenzie Ruff as Bettina
Ensemble: Brian Anderson, Donald Burns, Sara Cox, Marlo D’Ascenzo †, Alexis Rae Diggs, Faustina Gorham, Joseph Green, Jackson Hurt, Mackenzie Kasbaum, Ashley Olivia Morton, Talia Raider-Roth †, Ryan-Chavez Richmond, CJ Zimmer †

† Denotes members of TCT’s Young Artists Company

  • Sat, Oct. 12 at 2pm
  • Sun, Oct. 13 at 2pm & 5pm
  • Fri, Oct. 18 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Oct. 19 at 2pm & 5pm
  • Sun, Oct. 20 at 2pm

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Auditions Announced for A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION at Merit Theatre Company

MTC_logoCalling vocalists of all ages for the Merit Company Chorale (all vocal parts, ages 14 and up) and Children’s Choir (ages 8-13).

Featuring songs of the season and traditional favorites, with a dazzling 50-piece orchestra. Conducted by Benjamin Price

No appointment necessary. Please be prepared to sing up to 16 bars of your favorite Christmas song, acapella.


September 16, 6-9pm
Mars Hill Academy – King Alfred’s Hall
4230 Aero Dr., Mason, OH 45040

September 23, 6-9pm
Union Baptist Church
1985 Mt. Zion Rd., Union, KY 41091

Dec. 12-14, 2019
P​arrish Auditorium
Miami University, Hamilton Campus

Additional information is available here.

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Enhance Your Symphonic Palette With the KSO’s 28th Subscription Series

KSO_Purple logoThe Kentucky Symphony Orchestra approaches its 28-year vintage with a “taste and see” attitude. The proof is in the variety, unique blend and quality of the orchestra’s hallmark thematic programming and range of musical genres. Cozying up to classics through the popularity of Kentucky Bourbon made the 28th season’s paper-bourbon-bottle brochure a natural. The five program series represents the KSO’s only ticketed programs running from October through May (Its education series and park concert series are free).

Here is what you can expect with each delicious pour:

Classical-Jazz Soufflé 7:30 p.m. October 19, 2019 Greaves Concert Hall, NKU

The KSO brings the jazz orchestrations of Don Sebesky, Eumir Deodato, and Billy May to the music of Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky. Area jazz masters join the KSO for a fresh take on classics from Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No. 5 to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The KSO has recreated many of these arrangements from original handwritten scores.

Blessing or Curse 7:30 p.m., November 9, 2019 Notre Dame Academy, Park Hills, KY

The seemingly impossible accomplishments of those with severe disabilities remain awe-inspiring. Composers through the ages have overcome grave physical challenges to pen great works – Allan Pettersson (crippling rheumatoid arthritis), Joaquín Rodrigo (blind since age 3), Ludwig Van Beethoven (deaf). Internationally renowned and Grammy Award winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux joins the KSO for Rodrigo’s hauntingly beautiful Concierto de Aranjuez.

Symphonic Fission 7:30 p.m. January 25, 2020 Greaves Concert Hall, NKU

The KSO offers orchestral warmth in January with the area premiere of John Adams’s Dr. Atomic Symphony, taken from the music of his 2005 opera about Robert Oppenheimer, the Manhattan Project and the creation of the atomic bomb. Dimitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 (The Year 1905) may, for political cover, refer to a massacre of innocent Russians by Tsarist troops, but the symphony was written in the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1957.

Mozart’s Denouement 3:00 p.m., February 23, 2020 St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Cincinnati, OH

The KSO and St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir (Anthony DiCello, director) join forces again in a collaboration that shares personnel, conductors, costs, and revenue to celebrate two of Mozart’s latest, greatest, and most beloved compositions – the sparkling and forward-looking Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter) and the hauntingly moving Requiem. Special engagement prices.

Singing in the Rain 7:30 p.m. May 16, 2020 Greaves Concert Hall, NKU

The KSO closes its 28th season with Singing in the Rain, the classic 1952 song-and-dance movie musical starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds – accompanied live by the KSO. The KSO has mastered this format with many films, both silent and talkies. If you liked The Wizard of Oz, Ben-Hur, Pirates of the Caribbean, Amadeus Live or Disney’s Silly Symphonies cine-concerts, you’ll love Singing in the Rain! Special engagement prices.

“Each season the KSO’s programming stretches genre boundaries, while incorporating unusual pairings of repertoire, often based on non-musical ideas. We find that such programming engages both the musician and the audience in ways that enhance the performance,” stated KSO Music Director, James Cassidy.

Join the KSO for its 28th Subscription Series for five intriguing programs from October 19 — May 16. Ticket packages make great date nights, or an annual night out with friends and neighbors. They also make great gifts for those who simply don’t need more stuff and/or appreciate unique experiences. Series tickets are available in Traditional Subscription — same/similar seat for each of the 5 programs (15% off single ticket prices); Adults $95-170 / Students (5-18) $55-95 or Flex-pak Subscription seating — 6 vouchers for guaranteed seats to any concert(s). Flex-pak vouchers can be used for any concert, in any combination you choose. $125-225 Single ticket prices: $35, 27, 19 (half off for students 5-18); Special engagement prices: $40, 32, 26 (half off for students).

About the KSO:
For 27 years the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra has taken the “phony” out of symphony by eliminating traditional barriers and presenting engaging, live, thematic concerts that enrich, educate and entertain the residents of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. The KSO performs three series of concerts annually throughout Northern Kentucky.

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