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Cincinnati Opera Announces 2019 Summer Festival

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Morris Robinson stars in The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS 

Mozart’s THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO opens the season in an enchanting production 

A visually stunning take on the romantic ROMEO AND JULIET

Brand-new production of Richard Strauss’s comedy ARIADNE AUF NAXOS 

World premiere of BLIND INJUSTICE, based on true stories from the
Ohio Innocence Project

CINCINNATI, OHEvans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, today announced the repertoire and casting for Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival, which will run from June 13 to July 28. The company’s 99th season begins with a charming production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium. It’s followed by the world premiere of Blind Injustice, a new opera commissioned by Cincinnati Opera with music by Scott Davenport Richards and a libretto by David Cote, based on the true stories of wrongfully convicted persons freed by the Ohio Innocence Project. The season continues with the timeless romance Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounod at Music Hall and Richard Strauss’s comic Ariadne auf Naxos at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. The season closes with an American masterpiece, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, filled with unforgettable music and a moving story of love and perseverance on Charleston’s hardscrabble Catfish Row.

CINCINNATI OPERA 2019 SUMMER FESTIVAL

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Sung in Italian with projected English supertitles

Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Springer Auditorium, Music Hall

Cincinnati Opera opens the season with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s masterful cat-and-mouse comedy The Marriage of Figaro in a “lavish … dream-like” (The Independent) period production from Lyric Opera of Kansas City by Stephen Lawless. On the day of his wedding, the crafty servant Figaro discovers that his master, the Count, is pursuing his fiancée, Susanna. Dismayed, the clever couple enlists the help of the Countess to foil the Count’s unwelcome advances, and a head-spinning series of disguises, dupes, misunderstandings, and mistaken identities ensues. 

Soprano Susanna Phillips, a regular at the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, will have her company debut in the role of the Countess, which she has previously sung at Santa Fe Opera and The Dallas Opera. As The New York Times enthused, “She has the purity and bloom of a Mozart lyric soprano. Yet her voice can lift phrases with penetrating sound and deep richness.” One of Opera News’s top 25 “brilliant young artists,” soprano Janai Brugger will make her company debut as Susanna after frequent appearances with the Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Royal Opera Covent Garden. Baritone Joseph Lattanzi, whose “luxuriant and robust” baritone was praised by The New York Times, sings the role of Count Almaviva, following his star turn as Hawkins Fuller in Cincinnati Opera’s 2016 world premiere of Fellow Travelers. Bass-baritone Christian Pursell will sing the role of Figaro, after Cincinnati Opera appearances in Fellow Travelers and Tosca in 2016 and The Coronation of Poppea in 2018. An Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, Pursell recently made debuts at Houston Grand Opera and Vienna State Opera. Canadian-Tunisian mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb, praised for her “sheer dramatic charm and vocal clarity” (San Francisco Chronicle), makes her company debut in the pants role of the lovelorn Cherubino.

French conductor Marc Piollet returns to lead the production, after conducting Cincinnati Opera’s 2014 production of Carmen. Scenic and costume design is by Leslie Travers, with lighting design by Thomas C. Hase.

World Premiere
BLIND INJUSTICE
Music by Scott Davenport Richards
Libretto by David Cote
Sung in English

Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Location to be announced

Blind Injustice is the third installment and the first commission from Cincinnati Opera’s latest initiative, CO Next: Diverse Voices, designed to shine a spotlight on diverse stories and artists. A collaboration with theOhio Innocence Project (OIP) and the Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC), the work is composed by Scott Davenport Richards with a libretto by David Cote. Stage direction and dramaturgy is by Robin Guarino.

This original performance piece is based on casework by the OIP and the book Blind Injustice by University of Cincinnati law professor and OIP Director Mark Godsey. The libretto also draws directly from interviews with six people exonerated through the efforts of the OIP: Ricky Jackson, Nancy Smith, Clarence Elkins, and the East Cleveland 3 (Derrick Wheatt, Laurese Glover, and Eugene Johnson). The opera will bring to life the grace, perseverance, and forgiveness of these men and women using a small cast, a chorus composed of YPCC members, and a 12-piece orchestra. As part of the work’s presentation, the collaborators will offer education and engagement events to further tell the story of this important work.

As an artistic examination of contemporary American society, CO Next: Diverse Voices projects intentionally deal with complex current topics of societal consequence and are intended to become a forum for informed, civil public discourse that leads to increased awareness and empathy. That discourse is prompted by real-life experiences which are at the center of each story, told truthfully and with respect for its protagonists.

ROMEO AND JULIET
Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Sung in French with projected English supertitles

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Springer Auditorium, Music Hall

Cincinnati Opera’s third production of the summer is Gounod’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s archetypal romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The opera tells the story of star-crossed lovers who, despite their families’ enmity, risk everything to be together—with a devastating conclusion. The production from Minnesota Opera, set in Shakespeare’s time, is “first-rate” with “opulent costumes” (Minnesota Star Tribune). Cincinnati Opera favorite Nicole Cabell will return to sing the role of Juliet, following recent performances as Mimì in La Bohème (2017) and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (2016). As the Financial Times said of Cabell, “A faultlessly gleaming soprano… whatever this soprano chooses to sing, her voice makes wonderful music with it.” “Warm, beaming” (New York Classical Review) Canadian tenor Frédéric Antoun stars as Romeo in his company debut after performances at Opéra de Paris, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the Salzburg Festival. New Zealand baritone Hadleigh Adams returns to Cincinnati Opera as Mercutio after singing Dr. Falke in the company’s Die Fledermaus (2016); Adams has garnered praise for his “compelling” acting (Opera News) and “thundering” voice (Opera).

Spanish conductor Ramón Tebar, whose work for Cincinnati Opera’s Madame Butterfly (2014) was called “glorious” by Opera News, leads the orchestra. Matthew Ozawa will make his company debut as stage director.

New Production
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Sung in German with projected English supertitles

Friday, July 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Corbett Theater, School for Creative and Performing Arts

In Richard Strauss’s lush and comic Ariadne auf Naxos, a rich gentleman has commissioned a dramatic opera as an after-dinner treat for his guests. His staff, concerned that the opera will put the guests to sleep, brings in a commedia dell’arte troupe to enliven the entertainment. When creative tempers flare, the performance becomes a stylistic mash-up as the comedians join the action of the opera. Will the plebian instincts of the troupe be the opera’s undoing—or its saving grace? Presented for the first time in almost 60 years, Cincinnati Opera will feature a new production at the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

Soprano Twyla Robinson is the eponymous heroine, singing the dual role of Ariadne/Prima Donna. Robinson returns after previously starring as the matriarch Becky Felderman in the company’s 2015 world premiere of Morning Star, as well as portraying the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (2013) and Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2010). Kyle van Schoonhaven will bring his “steady, burnished” (The New York Times) tenor to his company debut as Bacchus/Tenor. Mezzo-soprano Olivia Vote’s “big, rich voice” (Washington Post) will suit the role of the Composer in her company debut. Following his debut with 2016’sFidelioJun Märkl returns to conduct.

THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS
Music by George Gershwin
Libretto by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin
Sung in English with projected supertitles

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Springer Auditorium, Music Hall

For only the second time ever, Cincinnati Opera will present the great American opera The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess on the Music Hall stage. Filled with recognizable tunes and a touching story of love and perseverance in adversity, it will be presented in the “vibrant” (Chicago Tribune) Glimmerglass Festival and Washington National Opera production by Francesca Zambello.

Grammy-nominated soprano Talise Trevigne will make her company debut as Bess. In The Washington Post, Anne Midgette hailed her voice as “high and rich and round, like a vein of silver running through the night.” Trevigne has previously performed at the Glimmerglass Festival, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Bass Morris Robinson, who has been praised for his “gorgeously rich” voice (Washington Post), leads the cast as Porgy, a role he debuted at La Scala in 2016. A regular performer at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, Robinson has appeared with Cincinnati Opera as Ferrando in Il Trovatore (2015), Ramfis in Aida (2013), the Night Watchman in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2010), and the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo (2009). In December 2017, Cincinnati Opera announced Robinson’s appointment as Artistic Advisor.

Soprano Janai Brugger, who opens the season as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, will sing the heartbreaking role of Clara. The menacing Crown will be portrayed by baritone Nmon Ford, who recently sang Don Pizarro in Fidelio (2016). Sporting Life will be played by the “compelling” (DC Metro Theater Arts) tenor Frederick Ballentine, Jr., who sang the Steersman in Cincinnati Opera’s The Flying Dutchman (2018). Soprano Indra Thomas, known for her “lustrous and rich voice” (The New York Times) sings the role of Serena in her company debut.

Maestro David Charles Abell returns to conduct after previously leading the orchestra for Die Fledermaus (2016), Silent Night (2014), and Porgy and Bess (2012). Set design is by Peter J. Davison, with costumes designed by Paul TazewellThomas C. Hase is the lighting designer. The scenery was originally created for Glimmerglass Festival and Seattle Opera.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS

Opera in the Park
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Washington Park

On Sunday, June 9, Cincinnati Opera will kick off the season with Opera in the Park, a free concert in Washington Park featuring opera and musical theater favorites performed by stars from the 2019 season, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus.

Community Programs
The 2018-2019 season will also include Cincinnati Opera’s signature programs, including Back to the Zoo, performances by The Opera ExpressOpera Goes to Church, and Opera Goes to Temple. Details will be announced at a future date.


Evening performances take place at 7:30 p.m., with matinee performances at 3:00 p.m. All performances feature the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. A free Opera Insights lecture is presented one hour prior to each performance.

Cincinnati Opera subscriptions will go on sale in fall 2018, with single tickets on sale in spring 2019. For additional information, please visit cincinnatiopera.org or contact the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at (513) 241-2742.


Founded in 1920, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of opera every June and July in multiple venues, including the recently renovated historic Music Hall. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary works brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative teams.

 Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 Summer Festival continues through July 31 and features the United States premiere of Another Brick in the Wall, based on the Pink Floyd album The Wall, and Laura Kaminsky’s As One. Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 Season Presenting Sponsor is PNC. The 2018 season is also made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations.

 Cincinnati Opera’s mission is to enrich and connect our community through diverse opera experiences. 

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Step Inside a World of Pure Imagination in Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

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Christian Borle in ROALD DAHL’s CHARLIE AND THE CHCOCOLATE FACTORY, Photo by Joan Marcus, 2017

ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

PUBLIC ON SALE FRIDAY, JULY 20
PERFORMANCES OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 4 AT THE ARONOFF CENTER 

CINCINNATI, OH Thursday, July 19, 2018 – Broadway in Cincinnati is thrilled to announce that Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY will go on sale Friday, July 20 at 9 am.  Tickets will be available at the Aronoff Center box office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS.  Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY will play the Aronoff Center, October 23 – November 4 as a part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati 18/19 Season presented by TriHealth.  Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 513.369.4363.     

Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY tells the story of Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, who has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!

With direction by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY features music by Grammy®, Emmy® and Tony Award® winner Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Grammy® and Tony Award® winners Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum theatre David Greig, choreography by Tony Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Joshua Bergasse and includes additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 Warner Bros. motion picture.

Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY features scenic and costume design by five-time Tony Award® nominee Mark Thompson, lighting design by four-time Tony Award®nominee Japhy Weideman, sound design by Andrew Keister, projection design by Jeff Sugg, puppet and illusion design by Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Basil Twist, orchestrations by three-time Tony Award® winner Doug Besterman and music supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck.

The hit Broadway musical features songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters from Hairspray. 

Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (Mark Kaufman)Langley Park Productions (Kevin McCormick) and Neal Street Productions (Sam Mendes, Caro Newling). 

Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY will play the Aronoff Center from October 23 – November 4, 2018: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30PM, Friday at 8:00PM, Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM. Tickets start at $31 and will be available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInCincinnati.com.

For more information, visit www.CharlieOnBroadway.com 

ABOUT ROALD DAHL AND HIS LEGACY
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains the World’s No.1 storyteller.

Sitting in a hut at the bottom of his garden, surrounded by odd bits and pieces such as a suitcase (used as a footrest), his own hipbone (which he’d had replaced) and a heavy ball of metal foil (made from years’ worth of chocolate wrappers), he went on to write some of the world’s best-loved children’s stories. His first children’s story, James and the Giant Peach, was published in 1961, was a hit and every subsequent book became a best-seller.

Today, his stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, he has sold more than 250 million books. Many of these stories have also been adapted for stage and screen, including the 1971 film classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wes Anderson’s acclaimed Fantastic Mr Fox, the multi-award winning Matilda The Musical from the RSC with music by Tim Minchin, and Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster The BFG. The latest adaptation is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical which opened on Broadway in April 2017 following three Golden years on London’s West End.

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Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati presented by TriHealth is committed to bringing the very best of Broadway to the Tri-State, presenting touring Broadway plays and musicals in Cincinnati since 1987. For over twenty years, Broadway in Cincinnati has presented all shows at the Aronoff Center.  The Broadway in Cincinnati series brings more than 185,000 people downtown to the Aronoff Center each year, and contributes an average of $30 million to the local economy each season. Broadway in Cincinnati is amember of the Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and The Broadway League. Fifth Third Bank is the sponsor of the Cincinnati 17/18 Season and the season is presented by TriHealth. LOCAL 12 is the official television station of the 18/19 Cincinnati Season.

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel.  Led by 11-time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include BeautifulCats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hairspray, Hello, Dolly!, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, The Producers, School of Rock and Waitress. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

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HENRY ROLLINS – TRAVEL SLIDESHOW | Thu., Sept. 20 | Music Hall Ballroom

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CINCINNATI, OH – For many years Henry Rollins has taken photographs on his travels. Join Henry for an intimate evening on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Music Hall Ballroom as he shows many of his favorite pictures from Baghdad to Pyongyang.  Henry Rollins – Travel Slideshow Tour 2018 is part of Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2018-19 Presenting Season.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 27 at 10:00 AM at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center and Music Hall Ticket Offices. Group discount tickets for ten or more are available by calling (513) 977-4157.

Henry will present a special performance drawing on his experiences and his vast archive of photographs. “For many years, I have documented my travels all over the world with a camera. Never easy, but always worth it. The photos have stories behind them. I have selected several images, to show and talk about.” 

As a keen observer, Henry will be sharing stories from journeys all over the world, including the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South America, and Antarctica.

In describing Henry Rollins, the tendency is to try to squeeze as many labels as possible into a single sentence. “Rollins is many things,” says The Washington Post, “diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.” Entertainment Weekly’s list includes “Punk Rock icon. Spoken word poet. Actor. Author. DJ. Is there anything this guy can’t do?” TV Guide has more concisely called him a “Renaissance Man,” but if Henry Rollins could be reduced to a single word, that word would undoubtedly be “workaholic.”  When he’s not traveling, Henry prefers a to keep a relentless schedule full of work, with gigs as an actor, author, DJ, voice-over artist, and TV-show host, to name a few of the roles that keep his schedule full.

Henry has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as front man for both Rollins’ Band and Black Flag, and as a solitary traveler with an insatiable curiosity, favoring road-less-traveled locales in places such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Siberia, North Korea, South Sudan, and Iran.

Henry currently hosts a weekly radio show on L.A.’s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW, in addition to writing weekly columns for the LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia.

For more information about Henry Rollins, visit https://www.henryrollins.com.

CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION SPONSORS

SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), CINCINNATI-NORTHERN KENTUCKY HONDA DEALERSFURNITURE FAIR,LOCAL12 WKRC, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn-Rookwood, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Hyatt Regency-Cincinnati, Macy’sPepsi, Prosource, Skyline Chili, TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle, USI

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 1.6 million students. For more information, visit www.CincinnatiArts.org.

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Fairfield Summer Theatre Presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

FST_Hunchback logo2Fairfield, OH, July 15, 2018—Fairfield Summer Theatre proudly presents their 20th
anniversary production– THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, with music by Alan Menken,
lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Peter Parnell. Performances are July 26-28
at 8pm and July 29 at 2pm at the Fairfield High School Performing Arts Center (8800 Holden Blvd. Fairfield, OH 45014). Tickets are available online at
www.fairfieldsummertheatre.com and by phone at 513-874-SHOW–ticket prices
are $18 for adults, $16 for students/seniors and $12 for children 12 and under.
Special group pricing ($15/ticket) is available by phone for groups of 10 or more.

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel. A sweeping score and powerful story make THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is produced by Pat Heinrich, with direction and vocal direction by Ryan Heinrich and choreography by Jay Goodlett.

This is Ryan Heinrich’s tenth summer as director at FST–following last summer’s Pippin. The cast includes the following performers making a return to the FST stage: Dayton’s Mike Embree as Quasimodo, Hamilton’s Sami Shabaan as Clopin and Blue Ash’s Darin Art as Claude Frollo. New to the FST stage are Wright State musical theatre graduate Ria Villaver-Collins as Esmeralda and Miami University vocal performance graduate Kyle Karnes as Phoebus de Martin.

Included in the congregation are FST veterans Emily Carter, Scott Christian, Emily Derderian, Sam Downs, Chase Engel, David Eschenbrenner, Adam Hesselbrock, Wade Lacey Jr., Bridget Lorenz, Dane Morey, and Jensen O’Dell. New to FST are congregation members Andie Angel, Maria Helbig, Lexi McQueen, Morgan Reece and Danielle Ullman, as well as choir members Hope Cornelius, Eric Dietrich, Ally Hannon, Brighton Hummer, Jake Kahmann, Ashley Kirk, Katie Schmitt, Sydney Schultheiss, John Sprandel, Greg Ullman and Julia Ziepfel.

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Cirque du Soleil’s First On-Ice Production CRYSTAL comes to Cincinnati this December

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Matt Beard / Costumes: Marie Chantale Vaillancourt / 2018 Cirque du Soleil.

Cincinnati – Cirque du Soleil is excited to announce its return to the Queen City this December with its first creation on ice – CRYSTAL. This unique production pushes the boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. CRYSTAL will celebrate the holidays at the U.S. Bank Arena from Thursday, December 27 through Sunday, December 30 – for six shows only.

In CRYSTAL, gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines for a world-class audience experience. Synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating are featured alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand-to-hand. The result is an adrenaline-packed show for the whole family that pushes the boundaries and surpasses all expectations.

The city holds a special place for us as Cincinnati native Mary Siegel, cast member of Crystal, will make her debut in the city where she grew up. “I can’t even begin to find the words to describe exactly how excited I am to be performing with Cirque du Soleil in my hometown,” says Mary. “It’s one thing to share what I love with my closest friends and family, but to do so around the holidays, I couldn’t ask for a better scenario.”  She joined Cirque du Soleil during the creation of CRYSTAL in the summer of 2017 in Montreal and has been performing as a figure skater in the show ever since.

Tickets for CRYSTAL were available online exclusively to Cirque Club members starting May 7. Cirque Club membership is free, and benefits include access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind-the-scenes information. To join, visit www.cirqueclub.com. General ticket sales for Cincinnati performances of CRYSTAL were available starting May 18.

Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial prowess.

Show Schedule – Thursday, December 27 through Sunday, December 30, 2018

  • Thursday, December 27 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 28 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 29 at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 30 at 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm

More about CRYSTAL – A Breakthrough Ice Experience
Follow CRYSTAL, the lead character, on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Feel the adrenaline as she soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, liberated and empowered. CRYSTAL invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that springs to colorful life with astounding visual projections and a soundtrack that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil.

For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystal

To watch a preview video of CRYSTAL, visit YOUTUBE

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Sponsor
Cirque du Soleil wishes to thank Forsythe Technology, official partner.

Cirque du Soleil
CRYSTAL is Cirque du Soleil’s 42nd original production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 180 million spectators in more than 450 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has more than 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from 50 different countries.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

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