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Footlighters Presents Virtual Radio Show, FIBBER MCGEE AND MOLLY: MAKING FUDGE

FLI_Fibber McGee logoNewport, KY – Footlighters will present Fibber McGee and Molly, taking place online on July 25th at 7:00pm and July 26th at 2:00pm.

The Johnson Wax Program with Fibber McGee and Molly (the show’s full sponsored name) is one of the rare radio programs which has achieved a kind of immortality. Well after the series petered out in the mid-1950s, people still respond to the words “Fibber McGee,” even if they’ve never heard the original. Performers and listeners today will find the show a time capsule, full of corny jokes, and timeless references. The show also emits genuine good feelings, a true sense of happiness, and plenty of lessons to be learned.

The virtual show will feature direction by Amanda Marasch-Brinkman and music direction by Matthew Nassida. Produced by Amanda Emmons Shumate.

Fibber McGee and Molly is the first of many virtual shows to come from Footlighters. In the midst of the global pandemic, they are proud to provide performers and patrons a safe outlet to enjoy the arts.

Footlighters will be accepting donations through their website ( as a “pay what you can” price to bring the show to their patrons.

When asked about the show, director, Amanda Marasch-Brinkman said, “With our version you have the option to tune in and listen or to log in and watch the adventure of putting on a radio show. Everything is rehearsed and performed remotely so in this current climate, it’s a safe way to create and entertain!”

Since 1963, Footlighters has brought to life a wide variety award winning plays and musicals. They aim to incite conversation through transformative storytelling and they pride themselves on inspiring as sense of community and using their intimate space to intensify the audience experience.

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The Passing of Ally Davis

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Ally as Dorothy in the Covedale Center’s Oct. 2018 production of THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Click here for Ally’s obituary.

From NKU SOTA Theatre + Dance:

We are deeply saddened that one of our students, Ally Davis, passed away this morning (July 6th) in a car accident. She was a wonderful young lady and it is an understatement that we will miss her greatly.

Ally was a senior Musical Theatre student. She recently was the lead in Tick Tick Boom! and Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore at NKU. She was destined for a strong vocal career in theatre with a glorious singing voice. Her talent was only matched by the size of her heart and her infectious smile which could light up any room.

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Ally as Little Buttercup in the Feb. 2020 production of H.M.S. PINAFORE at NKU.

Ally was loved by her classmates and a true friend through the best and hardest of times. The dedication to which she pursued her craft was an inspiration to all of us.

In class, on stage, or passing in the hallways, Ally made you feel as if you’d been friends for a lifetime. She represents the best in all of us, and we will forever be lucky to have enjoyed her artistry, friendship, and love of life.

A GoFundMe account has been sent up by Members of Center Stage Players (a student run organization on NKU’s campus) to raise money for a memorial and to help her family as much as they can.

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Actors Sought for YOU PEOPLE at Equality Productions

EP_logoSeeking actors for a short original work by an Ohio playwright with the theme of BLACKLIVESMATTER entitled YOU PEOPLE.

  • Male, black, 35-45
  • Male, caucasian, 35-45

The actors would memorize the script then record it using an online videoconferencing service. The recording would be posted on Equality Production websites in July. Actors must have a webcam or phone with a camera for the recording. As the recording is a benefit for charities, the roles are not paid.

Interested? Email your theater resume and headshot no later than July 11th to You will receive the script to confirm your interest.

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Queen City Productions
July 16-26
Arts Center at Dunham [West Price Hill]

Official cast lists |

It’s creepy and it’s kooky!! It’s a hilarious musical! It’s every father’s nightmare! Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And worse, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia! Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

  • Thu, July 16 at 8pm (Yellow Cast)
  • Fri, July 17 at 8pm (Black Cast)
  • Sat, July 18 at 8pm (Yellow Cast)
  • Sun, July 19 at 2pm (Black Cast)
  • Thu, July 23 at 8pm (Black Cast)
  • Fri, July 24 at 8pm (Yellow Cast)
  • Sat, July 25 at 8pm (Black Cast)
  • Sun, July 26 at 2pm (Yellow Cast)

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Dare to Defy Productions
July 9-11
Brightside Music and Event Venue [Dayton]

Cast: Abigail and Brent Hoggatt

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

  • Thu-Fri, July 9-10 at 8pm
  • Sat, July 11 at 2pm & 8pm

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