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Cincinnati Ballet Keeps THE NUTCRACKER Magic Alive Despite the Pandemic

cb_NutcrackerAtHome_image 2Audiences will enjoy a free, newly-produced digital version of the holiday favorite

CINCINNATI, OH.  (November 20, 2020) ­– The holidays would not be complete without The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big Boy, especially during these challenging times. This year everyone in our community will have the opportunity to experience The Nutcracker for free! As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our dancers, staff, students, and patrons, Cincinnati Ballet is shifting our family tradition from an in-person experience to a digital one, The Nutcracker at Home presented by Frisch’s Big Boy. “Given the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases across the region, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person performances of The Nutcracker at Cincinnati Music Hall,” said Cincinnati Ballet President and CEO Scott Altman. “We have a responsibility to the community to do all we can to stop the spread of COVID-19. While we will dearly miss performing for live audiences, we are producing and recording a re-imagined, hour-long performance everyone can enjoy in the comfort and safety of their own homes. We could think of no better gift for the community this holiday season.”

The Nutcracker at Home will be recorded at Cincinnati Music Hall following strict health and safety protocols. The production will feature Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s whimsical choreography, Main Company dancers, and gorgeous sets and costumes. “All those magical moments we share together each year remain in this production,” said Morgan. “Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, plus we’ve added a few surprises just for this digital version.” Cincinnati Ballet is also honored to partner with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to create a unique recording of Tchaikovsky’s iconic music for this special performance. Cincinnati Ballet Music Director Carmon DeLeone will conduct 35 Symphony musicians for the recording at Music Hall.  There will be several opportunities for the community to view the program. Cincinnati Ballet will announce the details in the coming days. The Nutcracker at Home virtual experience will also include behind-the-scenes, bonus content, as well as the online Nutcracker gift shop on our website, cballet.org.

When Cincinnati Ballet announced the re-imagined 2020-2021 Season, we recognized the challenges in producing live performances during the pandemic and included plans to modify productions based on current circumstances. We so enjoyed creating live performances for Ballet in the Park and Cincinnati Made earlier this season. We continue to plan the remainder of the 2020-2021 Season with live, in-person productions, which will be enhanced by digital offerings for audiences everywhere to enjoy the beauty of dance.

About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to inspire hope and joy in our community and beyond through the power and passion of dance, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance through exhilarating performances, extensive community and education programs and top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

Nutcracker at Home Presenting Sponsor: Frisch’s Big Boy, Production Sponsor: MercyHealth

Cincinnati Ballet 2020-2021 Season Sponsors: Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret & Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Frisch’s Big Boy, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

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A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Runs Online Nov. 26-Dec. 13

MTC_A Christmas CelebrationA CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Merit Theatre Company
Nov. 26-Dec. 13
[Online]

We had hoped to bring A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION back to Parrish Auditorium this December, but had to make the necessary decision to cancel the live event for the safety and wellbeing of our community.

While we were not able to gather together in person for our 2020 season, we are excited to announce on demand highlights from the holiday spectacular featuring the Merit Company Orchestra, Chorale, and Children’s Choir.

  • Available for download Thu, Dec. 26-Sun, Dec. 13

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2020 FALL CONCERT Available Free Online From Musica Sacra Cincinnati, Nov. 25-Dec. 4

MSC_Fall Concert 2020 logoMusica Sacra is excited to announce that our 2020 Fall Concert will be presented as free, online-only special event! 

This is the first time ever that Musica Sacra will present a concert entirely online. This unique performance will be recorded live with our chorus and orchestra while socially distanced at St. Boniface Church in Northside.

Visit our website at Musica-Sacra.org/Concerts on any device to enjoy Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, and his Cantique de Jean Racine streamed on-demand between Nov. 25 and Dec 4, 2020. 

We are also very pleased to welcome student soloists from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and this season’s Apprentice Conductor, Joe Taff, DMA candidate at CCM, and May Festival Chorus Conducting Fellow.

While our season will look very different this year because of coronavirus, we hope that we can count on the support of friends like you, so that we may continue sharing the gift of music with our community free of charge during these challenging times.  To donate online, or for information on Planned Giving or sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website at Musica-Sacra.org/Donate.

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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT Runs Nov. 12-Dec. 13

TCTC_The Velveteen Rabbit logoTHE VELVETEEN RABBIT
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Nov. 12-Dec. 13
[Oakley]
Streaming begins Nov. 19

Margery Williams’ award-winning classic tale of a stuffed toy rabbit made real by a child’s enduring love is retold in a modern and delightfully electric holiday musical. In an era of virtual reality and Minecraft, this musical captures the joy and magic of the book you know and love, with a 16-bit digital twist. This happy, hoppy, holiday show will get the entire family into the spirit of the season.

  • Thu-Fri, Nov. 12-13 at 7pm
  • Sat. Nov. 14 at 11am, 2pm & 5pm
  • Sun, Nov. 15 at 2pm & 5pm
  • Thu-Fri, Nov. 19-20 at 7pm
  • Sat. Nov. 21 at 11am, 2pm & 5pm
  • Sun, Nov. 22 at 2pm & 5pm
  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 3-4 at 7pm
  • Sat. Dec. 5 at 11am, 2pm & 5pm
  • Sun, Dec. 6 at 2pm & 5pm
  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 10-11 at 7pm
  • Sat. Dec. 12 at 11am, 2pm & 5pm
  • Sun, Dec. 13 at 2pm & 5pm

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Auditions Announced for LITTLE WOMEN at Fairfield Footlighters

fflFairfield Footlighters announces the auditions for LITTLE WOMEN written by Thomas Hischak and directed by Anna Schindler Brown. This is a timeless story of coming of age and the importance of honesty, hard work, and genuine love. Home and family come to light in Thomas Hischak’s stage adaptation of the beloved novel.

PERFORMANCES: February 19-20, 26-27 at 8PM and February 21 & 28 at 2PM. This production will include both in-person and live-stream options.

AUDITION DATES: Monday, December 7, from 6:30 – 9:00 PM and Tuesday, December 8, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM
(Children’s roles should choose one of the 15-minutes slots from 6:30 – 7:00 PM on Monday)

LOCATION: Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Dr., Fairfield 45014. Please go to the 2nd floor CLASSROOM.

GUIDELINES: Everyone entering the FCAC must wear a face mask. Auditionees must wear a mask during auditions. Everyone should stay in the hallway until called in and social distance as best they can.

AUDITIONEES MUST USE THIS SIGNUPGENIUS LINK   |  Sign up no later than December 1.

Auditions will be up to 8 per time slot. Adult slots are 30 minutes each. Children slots are 15 minutes each, from 6:30-7PM on Monday. All auditions will comprise cold readings from the script. Find more audition information on the SignUpGenius page.

Contact the director with questions via the SignUpGenius link. The rehearsals will begin on December 14.

CHARACTERS:  (9 women, 4 men, 2 young girls)

  • MRS TOMLINSON – A society lady – 50s to 70s. Will also play Aunt March.
  • JOSEPHINE MARCH – Narrator. A famous author & adult “Jo” – 40s to early 50s.
  • MR. MARCH – The girls’ father – 45 to 60.
  • MRS. MARCH (MARMEE) – The girls’ mother – 40s to 50s.
  • MEG – Eldest & most practical daughter. Longs to have nice things. Around 21.
  • JO – A tomboy & strong willed. An aspiring author. Around 18.
  • BETH – Shy & frail. Plays piano. Closest relationship to Jo. Around 16.
  • AMY – Youngest daughter. Vain and immature. Longs to be an artist. Throughout the show, she becomes refined and proper. Around 15 but ages during the show.
  • HANNAH – the housekeeper. Late 30s to 50s.
  • AUNT MARCH – Mr. March’s aunt. Wealthy matriarch of the family. Late 50s to 70s.
  • MR. LAURENCE – Wealthy grandfather to Laurie. 60s+.
  • THEODORE LAURENCE (LAURIE) – High-spirited neighbor who befriends the sisters. Falls in love with Jo and later Amy.. About 18.
  • JOHN BROOKE – Tutor to Laurie. Poor, but kind-hearted. Falls in love with Meg. Mid 20s to 30s.
  • MRS MOFFET – Wealthy. Looks down on the March family. 30s to 40s. Will also play Mrs. Kirke.
  • CLARA – Mrs. Moffet’s daughter.  Around 16. Appears in one scene.
  • MRS KIRKE – Runs the boarding house. 30s to 40s.
  • KITTY & MINNIE – Mrs. Kirke’s daughters. Around 8-11. May also be in background scenes.
  • FRIEDRICH BHAER – German professor (must use accent). Befriends Jo and encourages her writing. Proposes to Jo in the last scene. Late 30s to mid 40s.

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