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NEW WORKS Streams FREE Feb. 25-28 & March 5-7

CB_New Works 2021Five world-premiere, contemporary ballets recorded at the Aronoff Center

Cincinnati Ballet’s The Kaplan New Works Series shifts to an innovative, digital experience, streaming FREE, Feb. 25-28 and March 5-7. Audiences can look forward to thought-provoking new work that reflects this unprecedented moment in time. Cincinnati Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Jennifer Archibald and choreographers Dana Genshaft and Helen Pickett will share their personal perspectives through movement. The digital program also features choreography from Cincinnati Ballet Principal Dancer Melissa Gelfin De-Poli and Corps de Ballet Dancer Taylor Carrasco. New Works was recorded at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater with multiple cameras for an immersive digital experience, following strict health and safety protocols.

What the choreographers say inspired their pieces for New Works:

Jennifer Archibald, Pursuit:
“It’s a play on power. It’s a play on the fearlessness and the sexual power of the madams of the 19th century. A lot of the madams of the 19th century had some of the highest wages of American women at that time. A lot of them funded irrigation and roadbuilding projects, and they provided their employees with healthcare. They were these brazenly public women. Even if you didn’t agree with their life choices, they were able to gain power and control of their womanhood and moved through society in this non-apologetic way.”

Taylor Carrasco, Regards:
“I decided to go the gay, queer route because that is how I identify and there have been a lot of voices like mine that have not been heard. Luckily, I’ve been given a platform. So, when I was thinking about how I wanted to explain that voice, I started gravitating towards Broadway music, because when I thought about, it is an art form that has a lot of gay men involved in it, but if you look at the subject matter of a lot of Broadway works, they’re not extremely inclusive of gays. You’re probably not going to be lead male unless you’re strong and masculine and fawning after a beautiful woman. I wanted to give people like me a space to feel like themselves.”

Melissa Gelfin De-Poli, Ain’t I a Woman:
“I am exploring the voice of intersection — intersections of equality for the voices of minority groups. Humans whose voices have been silenced, whose being has been hushed because of gender, race, religion. But more importantly, I hope to address ‘the how’ — how can we put away the blocks of judgment between us and race as one.”

Dana Genshaft, Wunderkammer:
“My piece is about fantasy. Fantasy is the bridge our minds make when it is reaching for ‘knowing.’ When we don’t know, we often create fantasies to make sense of the world. This piece is about acceptance of the things that are unknown, strange or don’t fit into society, that somehow don’t have a place in the logical, ‘real’ world.”

Helen Pickett, BALANCE:
“BALANCE is a journey solo, a dive into the continual negotiation of life’s on and off balance, physically and emotionally. What do we choose to carry or relinquish? In the solo, there is a chair and the image of the world printed on a carpet. Is that carpet the small/interior world, and the room, the large/exterior world? Or vice versa? How can we move fluidly between both worlds? When we DO find our balance, we dance our way through life.”

WHO: Cincinnati Ballet
WHAT: The Kaplan New Works Series
WHEN: February 25-28 & March 5-7
*Video link will be available at beginning at 8 pm, Thursday, February 25 through 11:59 pm, Sunday,
February 28 and again beginning at 8 pm Friday, March 5 through 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 7.

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, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. 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 artists as diverse as Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton and popular, Ohio-based band Over the Rhine. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and outreach in local to global communities, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, provides extensive education and community engagement programs, and offers top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

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

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Auditions Announced for INDECENT and BIG FISH at Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre

CAST_logoAuditions Announced for 2021 Summer Season
at Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre

July 1-11, 2021
The Carnegie in Covington

July 16-25
Highlands High School in Fort Thomas

Auditions for both productions are Sun, March 14 from 2-5pm (Click here to Sign Up) & Sun, March 21 from 6-9pm (Click here to Sign Up) at Highlands High School in Fort Thomas.

Crew Interviews
Sat, March 13 from 9am-1pm
Click here to Sign Up

All Audition and Crew Interviews requirements can be found here!

CAST is committed to casting incoming high school freshman through just graduated high school seniors. No roles are pre-cast.

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Registration Open for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Virtual Summer CAMPS

ETC_logo(Cincinnati, OH) Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) presents a summer of fun, active camps, which feature a variety of fun opportunities for kids and teens to connect with and learn from world-class theater professionals. In response to the ongoing pandemic and building upon last year’s successful and creative socially-distanced format, all 2021 summer camps are currently scheduled to be held virtually. The camp day is structured to ensure participants are active and moving while still following instruction through a screen.

In addition to performance-focused camps and classes, ETC’s popular, one-of-a-kind Technical Theatre Intensive is a unique chance for aspiring artists who are eager to participate in theatre but who may prefer working behind-the-scenes. Featuring workshops taught by the same incredible talent that grace the ETC stage, participants will learn from the very best. No audition is necessary, however, space is limited.

Although the learning platform has shifted, the goals are still the same, with students leaving instruction equipped with a strong foundation of acting and production skills along with a practical portfolio, which may include a voiceover reel, on-camera acting experience, and set design. 

Junior Summer Camp
Ages 7–15
July 12–24, 2021 (Mon-Fri only); Performances on July 23 & 24
Tuition: $675

This fun two-week camp focuses on acting fundamentals and promotes self-confidence, communication, and teamwork. Camp culminates in a production of the virtual play The Super Non-Heroes, by Taryn Temple, shared with family and friends. Workshops and topics include performance techniques, improv and acting, movement and stage combat, audition skills, and more! 

High School Summer Intensive
Ages 13-18
July 26-30, 2021
Tuition: $295

This one-week intensive includes five exciting, fun-packed days aimed at refining young artists’ acting skills and is appropriate for actors working to take their craft to the next level. Participants dive into more advanced performance topics including improv, acting, audition technique, character development, script analysis, and more. This summer camp culminates in a showcase performance for family and friends on the final day.

Technical Theatre Summer Intensive
Ages 13-18
July 12-16, 2021
Tuition: $295

This one-week intensive explores costumes, props, lighting, sound, set design, and stage management while fostering the skills necessary for technical theatre including ingenuity, resourcefulness, teamwork, and creative problem-solving. 

For more information or to register online, visit or call (513) 421-3555.


2020-2021 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.

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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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Feb. 25-March 21
Red Bank Road Theatre [Oakley]

The classic fairy tale of “Rapunzel” comes to life in an exciting world-premiere musical adaptation adventure featuring everyone’s favorite long-locked lady in a tower. But don’t forget the array of other characters braided in this hairy fairy tale, comically played by only two actors! Yes, your read that correctly. ONLY TWO ACTORS! This fresh new adaptation will make your audiences throw their heads of hair back in laughter and delight as two incredibly talented and versatile actors untangle this hairy fairy tale like you’ve never seen it before!

  • Thu-Fri, Feb. 25-26 at 7pm
  • Sat, Feb. 27 at 11am, 2pm & 5pm
  • Sun, Feb. 28 at 2pm & 5pm
  • Thu-Fri, March 4-5 at 7pm
  • Sat, March 6 at 11am, 2pm & 5pm
  • Sun, March 7 at 2pm & 5pm
  • Thu-Fri, March 11-12 at 7pm
  • Sat, March 13 at 11am, 2pm & 5pm
  • Sun, March 14 at 2pm & 5pm
  • Thu-Fri, March 18-19 at 7pm
  • Sat, March 20 at 11am, 2pm & 5pm
  • Sun, March 21 at 2pm & 5pm

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Auditions Announced for Roald Dahl’s MATILDA The Musical at Rise Up Performing Arts

RUPA_logoSeeking strong singer, dancer, actors ages 8 and up. Yes, adults too! Please bring a completed audition form, resume, and a current headshot, photo does not need to be professional, and will not be returned.

Fri, March 5 from 6-9pm
Sat, March 6 from 10am-2pm

Click here to signup for an audition slot.

Audition & Rehearsal Location: 
First Baptist Church of Hamilton
1501 Pyramid Hill Blvd, Hamilton, OH 45013

Please prepare a 1 minute musical theatre style song with an accompaniment track, or sheet music. Accompianst will be provided. There will also be a speaker connection for phones and mp3 players. Please have music cued up to where your singing will begin. Some will be asked to stay for a movement audition. 

To help with social distancing, please enter the building five minutes before your scheduled audition time and wear a mask. You may remove the mask when singing. Auditions are by appointment, walk-ins are welcome but will be seen at the closest available time slot. 

Callbacks are by invitation and will be held on Saturday, March 6 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Rehearsals will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 6:30-9pm

Performance Dates: May 20-23

Performance Venue: Sorg Opera House, 63 S Main St, Middletown, OH 45044

Character Breakdown

Matilda Wormwood
An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched.
Gender: Female
Stage Age: 9 to 10
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Miss Agatha Trunchbull
The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda’s school who despises children.
Gender: Any
Stage Age: 35 to 55
Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: A2

Miss Honey
Matilda’s kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull.
Gender: Female
Stage Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: F3

Mr. Wormwood
Matilda’s uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman.
Gender: Male
Stage Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: D3

Mrs. Wormwood
Matilda’s self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer.
Gender: Female
Stage Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Michael Wormwood
Matilda’s older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents.
Gender: Male
Stage Age: 10 to 15

Matilda’s classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull.
Gender: Male
Stage Age: 9 to 14
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: C4

Matilda’s classmate and friend.
Gender: Female
Stage Age: 9 to 12

Classmates: Amanda, Nigel, Eric, Alice, Hortensia, Tommy
Gender: Any
Stage Age: 9 to 14

Mrs. Phelps
A nice librarian. 
Gender: Female
Stage Age: 25 to 45

The Escapologist
A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. 
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: C3

The Acrobat
A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. 
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: D4

Mrs. Wormwood’s ballroom dance partner. 
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: D#3

Mrs. Wormwood’s Doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda. 
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: C3

Children’s Entertainer
A party entertainer at the start of the show.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Eb4 Vocal range bottom: F#3

Cook, Henchman 1, Henchman 2, Henchman 3, Parents, Big Kids Ensemble.
Location: First Baptist of Hamilton

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