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The Passing of William “Kip” Moore

MISC_Kip Moore Remembered4/11/22 – Services Information

Visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Middletown. His funeral starts at noon with Pastor Jamey L. Colts from New Era Baptist Church officiating. Moore will be buried at Woodside Cemetery.

4/15 at 11am – Kip Moore Remembered (see photo at right)

MISC_Kip MooreFrom Middletown Lyric Theatre:

Today, we lost one of our own, Mr. William “Kip” Moore. Kip was a performer, director, and friend who brought so much joy and love to every project. His brilliant smile, and powerful voice will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace dear friend.

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The Passing of Don Haas

FLI_Don HaasFounder, Treasurer, Donor, Member, and Friend of Footlighters, Inc.

The stage lights dimmed on March 18, 2022, and our stained glass was not as colorful as it usually is. Founder, treasurer, friend, and firestarter of the Footlighters organization, Donald J. Haas, passed away at his home in Bellevue, KY, at the age of 91. 

In the early 1960s, Don, his wife Mary, and other close friends—like Ron and Freida Houck and Mario Pitocco—joined forces to bring a new theater organization called The Footlighters to the West Side of Cincinnati. Their vision was to present musicals and plays of the highest professional quality with help from many talented and enthusiastic actors and technicians. 

It wasn’t long before venues began to witness one of the most vibrant community theater organizations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, thanks to the driving energy of Don and his director/actress wife, Mary Haas. 

Their love for this organization found a higher calling in the late 1980s when a historic building and former church, located at 8th and York Street in Newport, was heavily damaged in a freak tornado. The dwindling congregation of the church felt it would be best to sell the building, and the founders invested their own money to purchase the building that is today the home of season after season of magical productions. 

Don’s wife Mary directed the very first upstairs mainstage production of the musical “Annie,” and that was all it took to breathe life into a building many assumed was destined for the wrecking ball. Since then, countless numbers of audience members and season subscribers have benefited from the vision of this great man, his wife, and a team of fast friends who will never forget his passion for this group and the arts as a whole. 

Don’s family was the Footlighters organization, yet he held tight to his relationship with his true family, including his son and daughter, five grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. 

We at Footlighters will continue to see and appreciate his decades of sweat equity in building and remodeling this wonderful arts venue. We will all truly miss him.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 26, 2022, at St John’s United Church of Christ, 415 Park Ave. in Newport. Funeral Ceremony will follow at 11 a.m. at the St. John’s UCC. Burial will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to St. John’s United Church of Christ, 415 Park Avenue Newport, KY 41071; or the Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St. Newport, KY 41071. For the full obituary, or to give online condolences, visit

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ACT Cincinnati’s 2022 Winter Forum Now Available on YouTube

ACT_logoSad that you missed the 2022 Annual Judges’ Forum? Well, not all is lost. While you won’t be able to interact with our three amazing presenters, you still have the chance to watch their presentations and hear their responses to the questions posed by the audience and other ACT Cincinnati members.

Tune into ACT Cincinnati’s YouTube channel to watch and learn from:

  • The energetic Betsy Obermeyer as she educates us about The Finishing Touch; Symbols and Meaning in Set Décor & Properties
  • The incomparable Dee Anne Bryll as she teaches us all about Breaking Down Choreography
  • The silky smooth Derek Snow as he regales us with A Sharp Focus on Acting

Special thanks and kudos to Chairperson Laureen Catlin and the rest of the Long Range Judging Committee, President Dan Maloney, and Technical Guru Amanda Emmons Shumate on another wildly successful winter forum.

View all three presentations here: 2022 ACT Cincinnati Winter Forum

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The Passing of Lynn Ann Minges

From the obituary:

MISC_Lynn Ann MingesLynn Ann Minges (nee Wuest), of Harrison, passed away on February 17, 2022, at the age of 67. Lynn was born to Richard E. and Gloria M. (nee Raffenberg) Wuest on October 17, 1954, in Cincinnati, Ohio. On April 26, 1975, Lynn married George Stephen Minges. Together they were blessed with 4 children: Sarah, George, Rebecca, and Stephen. Lynn was a true thespian; she acted in the Rivertown Players Theater and sang in VOCE Harrison Community Choir. She also served as treasurer of VOCE Harrison Community Choir. Lynn loved the Cincinnati Reds and was a longtime member of the Rosie Reds. Lynn was very outgoing and fun-loving. She never knew a stranger.

Those left to cherish her memory were her loving husband: Stephen Minges; devoted children: Sarah (Nathan Martin) Minges, George Charles Minges, Rebecca Minges, Stephen R. Minges; grandson: George James Minges.

Lynn was preceded in death by her parents: Richard E. and Gloria M. Wuest.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 10010 Carolina Trace Rd., Harrison, Ohio 45030, on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 10:00 am. Burial to follow at Venice Cemetery in Ross, Ohio.

The family requests memorials to be made to the Harrison Life Squad. A funeral home representative will be present to help the day of the services. If you are unable to attend you may mail your memorial to Brater Winter funeral Home, 201 S. Vine Street, Harrison, Ohio 45030. 

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Performance Cancellations for Fri, Feb. 4

Updated 2/4/22 3:45pm

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  • MISC_Snow Cancellations9:30am BEEHIVE the Musical [West Price Hill]
    Covedale Center for the Performing Arts through Feb. 20
    ALERT: the Friday (2/4) performance of BEEHIVE has been canceled to due weather conditions. Ticket holders for this performance can contact the box office at (513) 241-6550 to transfer to another performance. The show runs through 2/20. Stay safe, friends. Remember: you can’t hurry love.
    Revolution Dance Theatre through Feb. 5
    Due to inclement weather, tonight’s performance of Curves, Curls & Choreography has been cancelled. All tickets purchased for tonight’s performance will be honored for tomorrow’s performance. For ticket exchanges or more information, please contact the Aronoff Center box office at 513-621-2787 or We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that you can join us tomorrow night at the Aronoff Center for the Arts!
  • 2:50pm MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS [Over-the-Rhine]
    Cincinnati Pops Orchestra through Feb. 6

    Due to circumstances caused by the inclement weather, we have cancelled the FRI FEB 4, 7:30PM performance of the Music of John Williams. The Friday performance will not be rescheduled.
    The SAT, FEB 5 and SUN, FEB 6 performances will proceed as planned.
    The livestream of the concert, originally scheduled for Saturday night, will now take place on SUN, FEB 6 at 2PM EST.
    All ticketholders for the Friday performance of the concert have the option to exchange into another CSO or Pops performance this season. (Exchange fees will be waived; additional charges may apply based on concert choice). Ticketholders may donate the value of their tickets and receive a tax acknowledgement. Ticketholders also have the option of returning their tickets for a gift certificate, account credit or full refund.
    Please use the form linked below, contact the box office at 513.381.3300 or email with your ticket option by Wednesday, February 9.
    We are happy to provide a solution that works best for you.
  • 12:20pm THE NORWEGIANS [Dayton]
    Dayton Theatre Guild through Feb. 20

    Due to the compromised travel condition brought on by the weather we have cancelled tonight’s performance. Opening night is moved to tomorrow night. Those with reservations for tonight’s show can change their reservations to another night by calling 937-278-5993 or on line at
  • 9:45am THE ODD COUPLE, FEMALE VERSION [Anderson]
    Beechmont Players Inc. through Feb. 12
    Friday, February 4th’s production of THE ODD COUPLE: FEMALE VERSION has been cancelled due to the Anderson Center being closed. Our box office will be reaching out to patrons with tickets for tonight. All other shows will occur as scheduled, pending weather conditions. Any changes will be announced closer to event time.
  • 10:20am PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE [Beavercreek]
    Beavercreek Community Theatre through Feb. 5
    For the safety of our cast, crew, and patrons, Friday’s performance (2/4) of PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE has been cancelled. Performances will resume Saturday (2/5) and Sunday (2/6). We hope to see you then, safe and warm!
  • 1:20pm THE SOUND OF MUSIC [Covington]
    The Carnegie through Feb. 13
    The Friday performance of THE SOUND OF MUSIC (2/4) will be canceled due to weather – fortunately, we still have 7 performances to choose from. Your tickets will be honored at your show of choice. Please call the box office at (859) 957-1940 to choose your new date. Thank you so much for your patience, and if you have any other questions or concerns please give us a call.


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