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A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS | Tue., Nov. 19 | Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall

CAA_A Magical Cirque Christmas logoA MUST-SEE HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR FOR ALL AGES, FEATURING THE GREATEST ENTERTAINERS
FROM AROUND THE WORLD, SET TO YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CLASSICS 

TICKETS FOR THE CINCINNATI PREMIERE OF
A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS
GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JULY 19 AT 10:00 AM 

NOVEMBER 19, 2019
ARONOFF CENTER – PROCTER & GAMBLE HALL
 

A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS DAZZLES WITH MUSIC, ILLUSIONS, ACROBATICS.”
-Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“THE MAGIC OF CIRCUS AND CHRISTMAS ROLLED INTO ONE JAW-DROPPING ORNAMENT AFTER ANOTHER.”
-The Cedar Rapids Gazette

A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS MELDS ARTISTRY, ILLUSIONS, AND MUSIC.”
-Daily Southtown

“MAGIC IS IN THE AIR.”
-The Spokesman-Review

CINCINNATI, OH – Following its inaugural hit holiday tour across North America in 2018, Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, and MagicSpace Entertainment will once again bring together the world’s greatest entertainers for a spellbinding and incredible holiday production in A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS.

Brought to you by the producers of Broadway’s smash hit The Illusionists, this thrilling, festive, fun-for-the-whole-family event will play the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 19 at 10:00 AM at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. A limited number of on-stage seats are available at $150 each.

For more information and complete details on additional tour stops, please visit MagicalCirqueChristmas.com.

We are thrilled to be bringing A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS back to audiences around the country in 2019,” says producer Lee Marshall, MagicSpace Entertainment. “Our amazingly talented cast has been assembled from all over the world and is looking forward to delighting audiences and spreading holiday magic. The reception for the inaugural tour has been fantastic and we hope this show becomes a special holiday tradition that families look forward to experiencing for many years to come.”

In A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS, experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live.

The complete cast of performers and acts will be announced in the fall.

A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, and MagicSpace Entertainment.  Painter and Lawson have created Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of CircusLe Grand Cirque, Le Noir, Cirque Adrenaline, and The Illusionists in over 250 cities from London to Sydney to Broadway, as well as presenting A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Fiddler on the Roof through Australia.  MagicSpace Entertainment is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, and Steve Boulay, and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts, and museum exhibits worldwide for over 35 years. They have an office in Park City, UT. www.magicspace.net.

Get into the spirit of the season on November 19 at the Aronoff Center with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family.

Follow A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS
on FacebookTwitter and Instagram
http://magicalcirquechristmas.com

CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION SPONSORS 

SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), CINCINNATI-NORTHERN KENTUCKY HONDA DEALERSFURNITURE FAIRLOCAL12 WKRC-TV, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn-Rookwood, Graphic Village, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Cincinnati Downtown, Millennium Cincinnati, Pepsi, Skyline Chili,
TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle

Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.7 million students. For more information, visit www.CincinnatiArts.org.

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Season of the Woman Starts this Summer with MISS HOLMES!

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Kelly Mengelkoch as MISS HOLMES. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The game is afoot in this reimagined, fresh, and female-focused take on a classic character!

Cincinnati, July 9, 2019 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company starts its 2019-2020 Season of the Woman at The Otto M. Budig Theater with Christopher M. Walsh’s, Miss Holmes. The production is directed by guest director, Assistant Professor of Theater at Washington and Lee University, Jemma Alix Levy and features a 9 person cast with CSC Resident Ensemble Members Kelly Mengelkoch as Miss Sherlock Holmes, and Sara Clark, as Dr. Dorothy Watson.

Sherlock Holmes like you’ve never seen HER before. When a young newlywed suspects her husband, a high-ranking investigator at Scotland Yard, has murdered his previous two wives, she fears she has nowhere to turn. But the game is afoot when her case is taken by two fiercely intelligent and independent women who refuse to be contained by the conventions of their time: Miss Sherlock Holmes and her stalwart companion Doctor Dorothy Watson. This clever reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic characters pits its heroes not only against cunning criminal masterminds, but also against the rigid and restrictive rules of Victorian society and the roles in which it is bent on casting them. [The cast also includes: Geoffrey Warren Barnes II, Darnell Pierre Benjamin, Jeremy Dubin, Sean Hagerty, Josh Katawick, Miranda McGee & Maggie Lou Rader. -Rob]

Miss Holmes is a play by Christopher M. Walsh. Written in 2016, Miss Holmes first premiered at the Lifeline Theatre in Chicago during the same year. Since then, it has been performed across the country and was nominated for the Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production (Play). Time Out Chicago wrote “Playwright Christopher M. Walsh unearths new resonances in familiar aspects of the Holmesian world, all while remaining loyal to what the world has found compelling about Doyle’s stories for so many years… it’s fun, it’s thoughtful, it’s compelling and empowering and unexpected.”

CSC is very pleased to welcome Jemma Alix Levy for her CSC directorial debut for Miss Holmes. She has directed critically acclaimed productions in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, and Illinois, including during her ten years as Artistic Director of Muse of Fire Theatre Company in Evanston, IL. She is also a playwright, and has written two Shakespearean adaptations: Queen Margaret, from Henry VI tetralogy and Richard III; and Believe None of Us, from Hamlet.

The creative team transforming The Otto M. Budig Theater stage into 1881 England is made up of Shannon Moore (Scenic Designer), Justen N. Locke (Lighting Designer), Douglas J. Borntrager (Sound Designer), Clara Jean Kelly (Costume Designer), and D’Arcy Smith (Dialect Coach). They are joined by Fight Choreographer, Gina Cerimele-Mechley.

Miss Holmes runs July 19-August 4, 2019 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM, as well as Saturday July 20th, and Saturday, August 3rd at 2:00 PM.  Preview performances are Wednesday, July 17th and Thursday, July 18th at 7:30 PM and tickets are $45.  Advance sale single ticket prices start at $28.  Day-of Student Rush tickets are $14 and may be purchased thirty minutes before a show with a valid student ID if available. This production is a part of this season’s subscription package. Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Ticketing fees apply.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at http://www.cincyshakes.com.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park.  There are many parking spaces available on the street and in nearby lots and garages- for more information visithttp://www.otrchamber.com/pages/WheretoPark.

CSC also offers Valet Parking for every performance! Make reservations for $20 in advance when purchasing tickets or visit www.cincyshakes.com/parking. Purchasing in advance guarantees a spot.  Valet is available right at the corner of 12th and Elm Street in front of the theater and begins approx. 1.5 hours before a performance. Cars can be picked up for up to one hour following a performance. (After one hour, you will need to arrange pick up with the valet service directly.) The valet will have your name on the list after you purchase- it’s that easy!

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About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.  CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.  Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics!

About The 2019-2020 Season of the Woman:
From June of 1919 to August of 1920, these United States passed and ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. In commemoration of this centennial, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will shine the spotlight on the Women of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in our “Season of the Woman”, both onstage and off, and join organizations across the city in an ArtsWave led initiative called “Power of Her” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage!

The season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. This season is also funded by ArtsWave.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, JR./U.S. Bank Foundation, The Ohio Arts Council, and The Shubert Foundation.  The season’s marketing design sponsor is Grey Midwest. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Production dates and information on the season are available online at www.cincyshakes.com.

About POWER OF HER:
POWER OF HER is a collaboration of organizations across the Greater Cincinnati region, united to activate and amplify women’s voices in the arts. Led by ArtsWave, and inspired by the women’s suffrage movement, the initiative salutes the women who came before us, and honors female leadership and woman-centric works of all kinds.

At its core, POWER OF HER underscores creativity as a vehicle for inclusion and equality by celebrating the female voice — and the many ways it champions a more diverse and vibrant world.  Learn more at https://www.artswave.org/discover/power-of-her

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THE OFFICE! A Musical Parody | Feb. 15-16 | Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater

FROM THE CREATORS OF FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY,
BAYSIDE! THE SAVED BY THE BELL MUSICAL, 90210! THE MUSICAL,
KATDASHIANS! THE MUSICAL, AND FULL HOUSE! THE MUSICAL

THE OFF-BROADWAY SENSATION

CAA_The Office

ARONOFF CENTER – JARSON-KAPLAN THEATER
FEBRUARY 15-16, 2020
Tickets on-sale Friday, July 12 at 10:00 AM 

CINCINNATI, OH – Dunder Mifflin is opening an office near you! Producers of the sold-out, unauthorized Off-Broadway sensation The Office! A Musical Parody are thrilled to announce that the North American tour will make a stop in Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center’s intimate Jarson-Kaplan Theater on Saturday, February 15 at 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM, and Sunday, February 16 at 1:30 PM.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 12 at 10:00 AM at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin. Don’t miss this hilarious, unauthorized parody of your favorite TV show. Mashable calls the show “the world’s most elaborate inside joke, created with a whole lot of love, just for fans.”

Writers Bob and Tobly McSmith are ecstatic about their third national tour (FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is currently touring North America). “The Office! A Musical Parody is on track to be our most successful New York production in ten years,” says Tobly McSmith. “And The Office! A Musical Parody is now one of the most successful off-Broadway shows in history. As Michael might say, ‘It’s been a dream come thru.’”

For more information about the North American National Tour, visit theofficemusicalparody.com/tour.

The Office! A Musical Parody is currently running at the Jerry Orbach Theatre at 210 West 50th Street in New York City. For more information, visit the website at theofficemusicalparody.com or follow the show on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

The Office! A Musical Parody is produced by Right Angle Entertainment.

Bob and Tobly McSmith (Writers) are distinguished gentlemen who met while applying for jobs at the Dippin’ Dots in the mall. They did not get the job, but went on to create the following masterpieces: FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical, Full House! The Musical (starring Perez Hilton), Katdashians! The Musical, Showgirls! The Musical and JonBenet! Murder Mystery Theater. They are hard at work on their next musical: The Passion of the Teletubbies.

Right Angle Entertainment (Producer) specializes in the production, marketing, management, and distribution of live theatrical and concert events. RAE’s proud roster includes the world premiere of The Office! A Musical Parodyin New York City, Disney DanceSasha Velour: Smoke & MirrorsFamily Feud Live: Celebrity Edition TourThe Price is Right LIVE!, FRIENDS! The Musical Parody North American TourCat & Nat #MomTruths TourOne Woman Sex and the CityRudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Elvis and Me: An Evening with Priscilla Presley, among others.

CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION SPONSORS

SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), CINCINNATI-NORTHERN KENTUCKY HONDA DEALERSFURNITURE FAIRLOCAL12 WKRC-TV, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn-Rookwood, Graphic Village, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Cincinnati Downtown, Millennium Cincinnati, Pepsi, Skyline Chili,
TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle

Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.7 million students. For more information, visit www.CincinnatiArts.org.

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MAMMA MIA! Kicks Off New Season at Footlighters, Inc. with Earlier Start Times

FLI_Mamma Mia logoFootlighters Inc. opens its 2019-2020 season with the glittery, disco-pop musical Mamma Mia! Directed by longtime director Robert Weidle, Swedish supergroup ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and charming tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise: on the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. This feel good musical will leave you dancing in your seat and falling in love with ABBA all over again. It’s a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

Also new this season, Footlighters has moved its evening performance start times from 8:00pm to 7:30pm in response to patron feedback. Sunday matinee start times remain the same at 2:00pm.

Performances:

  • Thursday-Saturday, September 12-14 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, September 15 at 2:00pm
  • Thursday-Saturday, September 19-21 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, September 22 at 2:00pm
  • Wednesday- Saturday, September 25-28 7:30pm

Tickets: $22 each and are available at (859) 652-3849 or FootlightersTickets@gmail.com.

The Footlighters, Inc. has been producing quality community theater shows in the Greater Cincinnati area for over 55 years. The group was established in 1963 by a small group of community theater volunteers who wanted to bring theater opportunities to the west side of Cincinnati. In 1987, the group bought the Salem United Methodist Church in Newport and transformed it into The Stained Glass Theatre. The theater is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Kentucky landmark. In September of 2018, Footlighters added an ADA ramp to the front of their building to complement the elevator installed in September of 2017, allowing access for all patrons with limited mobility. For more information, please visit www.footlighters.org or become a friend on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Footlighters-Inc/287519888305.

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The 5th Annual Cincinnati ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL Runs Aug. 4-6

KTC_1mpf_logoAugust 4th, 5th, & 6th at Know Theatre of Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH– The CINCINNATI ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) returns to for its fifth year, in partnership with Know Theatre of Cincinnati. The 5th Annual Cincinnati #1MPF runs three performances only; August 4th, 5th, and 6th at 8pm. All performances are at Know Theatre of Cincinnati (1120 Jackson St) Tickets, priced at $20, are available at knowtheatre.com.

The 5th ANNUAL CINCINNATI ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL will feature brand new one-minute plays by Geoffrey Barnes, Clint Bramkamp, Burgess Byrd, John E. Bromels, Carolyn Guido Clifford, Erin Carr, Liz Coley, Nick Carmine, Roger Collins, Bekka Eaton, A.K. Forbes, Teri Foltz, Serenity Fisher, Ian Forsgren, Brian Griffin, Laura Gossett, Jay Gossett, Landon E. Horton, Tracy Hoida, Alan Jozwiak, Sarah Knott, Jay B. Kalagayan, David J. Loehr, Robert Macke, Ariel Mary Ann, Karson McCall, Kelly Morton, Karen O’Brien, Eric Pfeffinger, Isaiah Reaves, Brant Russell, R. DeAndré Smith, Nathan Singer, Ryan Steffen, Derek Snow, Paul Shortt, Eileen Tull, Chris Wesselman, & Torie Wiggins 

Directed by: Burgess Byrd, Justin Baldwin, Ed Cohen, Carolyn Guido Clifford, Gabriella DiVincenzo, Laura Gossett, Audrey MacNeil, Karen O’Brien, Derek Snow, & Chris Wesselman 

Curated and led by Dominic D’Andrea & Caitlin Wees 

EVENT DETAILS

THE 5th ANNUAL CINCINNATI ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

  • Sunday, August 4th at 8pm
  • Monday, August 5th at 8pm
  • Tuesday, August 6th at 8pm

Tickets: $20. Tickets are currently available at knowtheatre.com

About THE ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
THE ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) is America’s largest and longest running grass roots theatre company, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea . #1MPF is a social barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue, consensus building and a performance of 50-100 short moments generated by each community. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres and/or social organizations sharing playwright, educational or community-specific missions across the country. The aim is to create locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion. #1MPF represents playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice. 

In each city, #1MPF works with partnering organizations to identify programs or initiatives in each community to support with the proceeds from ticket sales. The goal is to find ways give directly back to the artists in each community. Supported programs have ranged from educational programming, youth poetry projects, theatre program in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, playwrights salaried commissions, community access projects, arts workshops and other social and artistic initiatives.

Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in over 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, Honolulu, St. Louis and more, with partnering institutions including Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New Georges at New York City Center, Z-Space, A.C.T., Trinity Rep, Victory Gardens Theater, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor’s Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Walking Shadow Theatre, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Salvage Vanguard & ScriptWorks,  ACT Seattle, Perseverance Theatre, Round House Theatre, Honolulu Theatre For Youth and others.

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Robert Schenkkan, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Samuel D. Hunter, Karen Hartman, Robert Askins, Colman Domingo, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés and over to 1400 celebrated, emerging, and midcareer playwrights.  For more information visit: www.oneminuteplayfestival.com.

KNOW THEATRE OF CINCINNATI is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.

Know Theatre’s work is made possible, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.  

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. 

Know Theatre is also supported by The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving.

Know Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and an Associate member of the National New Play Network.

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