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2023-2024 Season Announced by Village Players

VP_new logoVILLAGE PLAYERS ANNOUNCES ITS 2023-2024 SEASON

February 2, 2023, Fort Thomas, KY— Village Players of Fort Thomas is excited to announce its 2023-2024 mainstage season. Whether it’s family, friends, young or old, near or far, you can find it here at Village Players.

DOUBLEWIDE, TEXAS by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten
A comedy in September/October 2023
Courtesy of Dramatists Play Service
Directed by Fred Murrell

“In this hilarious, fast-paced comedy, the inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas—four doublewides and a shed—are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them. The rollicking mayhem of this flat-out funny Jones Hope Wooten comedy escalates as the residents attempt to secede from Texas, discover a traitor in their midst, and turn the tables in a surprising and side-splitting finale. So grab your Stetson and come on over to Doublewide, Texas, where life is double the fun, double the joy, and where audiences double over with laughter!”

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER by Barbara Robinson
A holiday comedy in December 2023
Courtesy of Concord Theatricals
Directed by Amy Waldfogle

“In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!”

ART by Yasmina Reza
A seriocomedy in February/March 2024
Courtesy of Dramatists Play Service
Directed by John Leo Muething

“How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc’s best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It’s about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn’t have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Eager to please, Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendships. At the breaking point, Serge hands Marc a felt tip pen and dares him: “Go on.” This is where the friendship is finally tested, and the aftermath of action, and its reaction, affirms the power of those bonds.”

SPREADING IT AROUND by Londos D’Arrigo
A comedy in April/May 2024
Courtesy of Concord Theatricals
Directed by Betsy Bossart

“Angela Drayton, a wealthy widow living in an up-scale retirement community, is tired of handing out money to her unappreciative children. So she starts the ‘S.I.N. (Spending It Now) Foundation,’ to give to those truly in need. This terrifies her greedy son, driving him to devise a plan to have her committed. Featuring delicious roles for adult and mature actors, this poignant family comedy has played numerous theatre in the US and Canada, and continues spreading the laughs around.”

“We’ve chosen a slate of shows that I think features something for everyone.” says play reading committee chair and treasurer C.J. Bossart

Season packages are $60 and individual show tickets are $20 and will be available soon at villageplayers.org.

Village Players of Fort Thomas is a vibrant community theatre, continually producing plays and musicals for almost 60 years. Our productions range across a spectrum of periods and styles, presented in our intimate, three-quarter-thrust performance space in the heart of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. We stage innovative and of-the-moment works alongside beloved classic pieces while serving as an incubator for new talent, ideas, and writing. Each season features four mainstage shows, including a family-friendly winter production, as well as a summer production of original short plays produced by the New Works branch of the group.

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Wackadoo! Emmy® Award-Winning Phenomenon BLUEY Brings First Live Stage Show to the Aronoff Center

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Photo by Darren Thomas.

September 19-20, 2023
Tickets on sale Friday, February 10

[Cincinnati, OH] – Grab the sticky geckos, break out the duck cakes, and alert the grannies! It’s time to meet the much-loved Heeler family, who will be coming to Cincinnati with the Bluey live show, Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show!  The Emmy® Award-winning animated preschool series, which airs on Disney Junior, Disney Channel, and Disney+, will be “taking the show on the road” to Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall for two shows only – Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 at 6:30 PM. The show is part of the Cincinnati Arts Associations 2023-24 Season.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 10 at 10:00 AM at www.CincinnatiArts.org and (513) 621-ARTS [2787]. Ticket prices: $64.25 | $54.25 | $44.25. For Group Sales, call (513) 977-4157. Prices subject to change. Applicable services fees may apply.

A VIP Package is available for an additional $75 per ticket. At the end of each performance, VIP Package ticket holders will have access to an exclusive meet-and-greet session with Bluey costume characters. The VIP Package includes an exclusive Bluey VIP lanyard, exclusive Bluey VIP gift, and an exclusive photo opportunity per group. All VIP attendees must have their own VIP ticket. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fans of all ages will get to see Bluey, Bingo, Bandit, and Chilli as they’ve never seen them before, as the Heelers embark on their very first live theater show in the U.S. featuring puppetry, live actors, and iconic sets. Based on an original new story written by Bluey creator Joe Brumm, Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show also contains new music by Bluey composer, Joff Bush.

“After seeing the amazing reaction the show received during its Australia run, we are delighted to bring this standout live theater show to U.S. audiences,” said director Rosemary Myers of Windmill Theatre Co. “We know how much love there is out there for Bluey and are thrilled and honored to translate these brilliant characters into the three-dimensional world and to share this special experience with fans throughout America.”

Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show is presented by BBC Studios and Andrew Kay in association with Windmill Theatre Co. The stage show enjoyed much success in the home market of Australia, where it premiered in Bluey’s hometown Brisbane and went on to perform 447 times across 65 venues, including the Sydney Opera House.

About BLUEY
The series follows Bluey, a six-year-old Blue Heeler dog who loves to play and turn everyday family life into extraordinary adventures that unfold in unpredictable and hilarious ways, bringing her family, friends, and community into her world of fun.

BLUEY has won the hearts of kids and parents around the world since it first launched in Australia in October 2018, and has quickly become a global hit. In Australia, Bluey is the number one kids show on broadcast television and is the most-watched series ever on ABC iview. In June 2019, BBC Studios struck a global broadcast deal with Disney to premiere Bluey in all territories outside Australia, New Zealand, and Greater China; it now screens in over 60 countries. In the U.S. on Disney Junior since March 2021, the show has been the #1 most watched TV series with kids 2-6. In the UK, Bluey was the most watched show on CBeebies in January 2022 and is also available on Disney+.

BLUEY has also won multiple awards, such as the International Emmy® Kids Award in the prestigious Preschool Category in 2020, and has picked up the AACTA Award for Best Children’s Program for three years running (2019-21). Bluey recently won four Kidscreen Awards in February 2021.

BLUEY is produced by multi-Emmy® award-winning Ludo Studio for ABC Kids Australia, co-commissioned by ABC Children’s and BBC Studios, and distributed internationally by BBC Studios outside of Australia.

Notable accolades include the 2019 Venues Now #1 Top Stop of the Decade Award for tickets sold (5,000 seats or less); 2019 Billboard #2 Highest Grossing Venue Worldwide (5,000 seats or less); and 2019 Pollstar #3 Worldwide Ticket Sales (5,000 seats or less)

CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION SPONSORS

SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), LOCAL 12 WKRC-TV, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, TRI-STATE CHEVY DEALERS

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown/University Area, Graphic Village, Harlan Graphics, Heidelberg Distributing, Kinley Cincinnati, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, TriHealth

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Opens $50M Mainstage Theatre Complex with A CHORUS LINE

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Shiloh Goodin & Drew Lachey

CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK OPENS $50 MILLION MAINSTAGE THEATRE COMPLEX WITH BRAND NEW PRODUCTION OF A CHORUS LINE

Cast includes Shiloh Goodin (Paradise Square) as Cassie and Cincinnati-native Drew Lachey (98 Degrees, Dancing with the Stars) as Zach

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will be a singular sensation this spring with the opening of Moe and Jack’s Place — The Rouse Theatre and an all-new production of A CHORUS LINE. The show, opening on March 16, is presented by The Singular Sensations. (Previews take place March 11, 14 and 15).

The Rouse Theatre is the centerpiece of $50 million Mainstage Theatre Complex, and the only new theatre purpose-built from the ground up and opening in the US in 2023. The state-of-the-art facility enhances the Playhouse’s artistic capabilities and ushers in a new theatrical era for the region.

This new production of the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning A CHORUS LINE features choreography by Alex Sanchez (Paradise Square on Broadway). Sanchez won the SDC Joe A. Calloway Award for best choreography and was recognized as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to watch.” The musical features a cast of young New York City dancers led by Shiloh Goodin (Paradise Square) as Cassie and Cincinnati-native Drew Lachey (from the band 98 Degrees, Dancing with the Stars) as Zach. Also featured are Courtney Arango as Diana Morales and Diego Guevara as Paul. Set Designer Tim Mackabee, who designed The Elephant Man on Broadway, has envisioned a stage that transforms from a rehearsal/audition studio into a more traditional theatre stage as the story unfolds.

“It’s a musical about theatre and the artists who make it,” explains Osborn Family Producing Artistic Director Blake Robison, who is directing the production “It’s also of the moment. We’re emerging from a pandemic in which there was literally no work for actors for nearly two years. When they sing, ‘God, I hope I get it…I really need this job,’ that sentiment is raw and real.”

While the opening of A CHORUS LINE in many ways celebrates a resurgence of live theatre after work slowed down or stopped for many theatres across the world, the Playhouse spent the pandemic ramping up its work to finance and build its new theatre. It turbocharged fundraising efforts and locked in the GMP (guaranteed maximum price) of the project before the pandemic-influenced supply chain and labor issues inflated construction costs, and the opening remains on time and on budget.

With its new Rouse Theatre comes a re-imagining of A CHORUS LINE that adds a contemporary vantage point to the classic musical and considers how dancers audition today, and how they dance differently now than they did in 1975.  Says Sanchez, “When I was talking to Blake about the show, he expressed wanting to do a new take on A CHORUS LINE and how it could be accomplished choreographically. At the time, I had just worked on creating new choreography for a production of West Side Story in Chicago. The way that I approached both iconic works is by diving into the narrative, intention and event of the moment. Capturing the spirit and being true to the story is what will make the creation of new movement feel like it’s part of the original story.”

In A CHORUS LINE, 17 dancers compete for a role in a new Broadway musical. They must perfect vigorous dance combinations and share personal stories about their lives in the hopes of being cast. Through heartfelt monologues and musical numbers, they reveal their own remarkable journeys to the stage.

Though the musical was contemporary to the 1970s, it still authentically reflects a love for the art form that feels timeless — it’s part of what makes A CHORUS LINE  so beloved, no matter the generation of the audience. Robison aims to find that same cadence through his directorial approach.

“We haven’t changed a single word or lyric in this production,” Robison explains. “But I think that audiences will see the characters responding to the situation in a more contemporary way. Auditions don’t happen the way they did in 1975 anymore. And so we set our production in an audition studio, not on a mythic empty stage. Today’s dancers are much more athletic. You’ll see that in Alex Sanchez’s superb new choreography. And I hope you’ll get a sense that our dancers endure this unusually grueling audition process with more personal agency.”

CAST (in alphabetical order)
Rei Akazawa-Smith (Lois Dilettante); Courtney Arango (Diana Morales); Evan Autio (Larry); Maria Briggs (Maggie Winslow); Claire Camp (Judy); Erin Chupinsky (Sheila Bryant); Maurice Dawkins (Mike Costa); Nicolas de la Vega (Butch Barton); Jonathan Duvelson (Richie Walters); Derek Ege (Mark Anthony); Joseph Fierberg (Gregory Gardener); Shiloh Goodin (Cassie Ferguson); Francesca Granell (Bebe Benzenheimer); Diego Guevara (Paul San Marco); Musa Hitomi (Connie Wong); Cameron Holzman (Don Kerr); Jalen Michael Jones (Frank); Drew Lachey (Zach); Taylor Lane (Tricia); Jacob Major (Al Deluca); Zoë Maloney (Vicki Vickers ); Matthew Marvin (Roy); Alexa Racioppi (Val Clark); Matthew Ranaudo (Bobby Mills); Antonia Raye (Kristine Urich); Sammy Schechter (Tom Tucker)
Understudies: Jenna Bienvenue; Haley Haskin; Christopher Wells

PRODUCTION
Blake Robison (Director) Alex Sanchez (Choreographer); Andrew Smithson (Music Director, Conductor and Orchestral Arranger); Tim Mackabee (Set Designer); Kathleen Geldard (Costume Designer); Jaymi Lee Smith (Lighting Designer); David Bullard (Sound Designer); Steve Goers (Associate Conductor and Associate Music Director); Stephanie Klapper (Casting Director); Andrea L. Shell (Stage Manager);  Brooke Redler (2nd Stage Manager); Mary Kathryn Flynt (Assistant Stage Manager)

TICKETS

Tickets begin at $35. Performances will take place Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. An additional matinee performance is offered on March 29 at 1 p.m. An audio-described performance will be offered on April 1 at 2 p.m. A signed performance will be offered on April 2 at 2 p.m. Subject to availability, Pay What You Can performances will be offered on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. (Tickets available at noon) and March 29 at 1 p.m. (Tickets available beginning at 11 a.m.).

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit www.cincyplay.com. Patrons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech disabled: dial 711 to connect to the Box Office via Ohio Relay Services.

EVENT: MEET THE ARTISTS

  • March 19 at 2 p.m.
  • March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Stay after select performances for a behind-the-scenes discussion with members of the artistic team.

ADVISORY
A CHORUS LINE is suitable for ages 16 and up. During a cutthroat Broadway audition, performers use strong adult language and have frank discussions of sex, sexuality and mental health – all while slaying complex dance combinations and singing their hearts out.

SPONSORS
The presenting sponsor, The Singular Sensations, is a group of Playhouse supporters who are collectively sponsoring the production: Ms. Karlee L. Hilliard, Terry Lemmerman, The Markley Family, Jack and Marilyn Osborn, Digi and Mike Schueler, Betsy and Jerry Shroat, Marty C. Tomb, Ellen and Ray van der Horst, and Barbara M. Weyand.

Honorary Producers are Jenny and David Powell; Bahl & Gaynor; Randolph Wadsworth; and Linda and Gary Greenburg. Rouse Theatre Season Sponsor is Scheuler Group. Season Sponsor of New Work is the Rosenthal Family Foundation.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.

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SRS Cinema to Release ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE DEAD

MISC_All Your Friends are Dead promoSRS CINEMA, HOME OF RARE UNDERGROUND MOVIES – TO RELEASE NKY FILMS’ INDIE HORROR COMEDY ‘ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE DEAD’

Trailer Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnReW39tg1g&t=15s

On March 2nd, 2023, fans of limited run special edition horror movies, will have the opportunity to pre-order the indie horror comedy ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE DEAD at SRS Cinema’s website.

SYNOPSIS OF FILM, FEATURES & REVIEWS
After making the drastic decision to end his life, Matt Wilbee writes an email alerting his estranged high school friends that he will be saying goodbye for good at the camping grounds where they’ve gathered in the past. Matt’s friends arrive just in time to save his life… but little do they know, a deranged masked killer is lurking in the woods, ready to pick them off one by one.

ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE DEAD’s SPFX/Makeup Team has worked on beloved genre films like Haunt (2019), Candy Corn (2019), NOTZILLA (2019), Terror Trips (2022), The Mutilator 2 (2022), as well as Netflix’s Hillbilly Elegy (2020) and Northern Kentucky’s famed haunt THE USS NIGHTMARE.

Extras

  • MAKING OF FEATURETTE (includes deleted scenes and alternative footage)
  • Director and Producers Commentary
  • Trailer
  • SRS Trailers

Joe Bob Briggs.com says, “Three stars.” https://joebobbriggs.com/ben-nagy-reviews-all-your-friends-are-dead-campout-reunion-saves-a-life-loses-a-bunch-of-others/

Horror Obsessive.com says, “the film is better than a handful of recent studio releases and filled with much more heart.” https://horrorobsessive.com/2022/07/14/a-high-school-reunion-hack-em-up-in-all-your-friends-are-dead/

Horror Movie Blog.com says, “this fun slasher flick that 100% delivers the kills.” https://horrormovieblog.com/all-your-friends-are-dead/

This release is on a professionally burned and labeled BD-R’s, and is limited to two weeks of pre-order only, with all sales ending for this movie on 3/16/22. Order now or risk missing out!

After this, SRS will be distributing the film for VOD and other streaming platforms.

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents TCT on Tour Shows for 23-24 Season

TCTC_23-24 TCT On TourCincinnati – The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is thrilled to present four TCT On Tour productions to audiences around the region – and the country!

Kicking off the 2023-2024 touring season is the world-premiere PINOCCHIO: THE WOODEN BOY. Young and old audiences alike will enjoy TCT’s unique and meaningful storytelling experiences.

Back by popular demand are the following tours:

  • A SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL – Four talented actors take the rhymes of Dr. Seuss and infuse them with the beloved story of A Christmas Carol – what could go wrong!?
  • HARRIET TUBMAN: STRAIGHT UP OUTTA’ THE UNDERGROUND – Travel back in time to the Underground Railroad and learn about Harriet Tubman’s efforts in freeing slaves
  • CINDERELLA WORE COWBOY BOOTS – Enjoy a western take on Cinderella’s classic story in this highly interactive one-woman show

TCT’s 45-minute touring shows provide great programming for schools, libraries, senior centers, community centers, arts centers, churches, or anywhere! Each production includes a live Q&A opportunity for audiences after the show. Book now on our website: https://thechildrenstheatre.com/tct-on-tour-form/

TCT’s 22-23 Touring Dates:

  • PINOCCHIO: THE WOODEN BOY: September 5 – October 29, 2023
  • A SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL: November 13 – December 22, 2023
  • HARRIET TUBMAN: STRAIGHT UP OUTTA’ THE UNDERGROUND: January 15 – March 1, 2024
  • CINDERELLA WORE COWBOY BOOTS: January 22 – May 12, 2024

PINOCCHIO: THE WOODEN BOY
Touring Live: September 5 – October 29, 2023
45-minute storytelling experience, including a Q&A session
Ideal for Grades Pre-K-4

About the Show: “Dreams are what you make them” in this new adaptation of the classic children’s fantasy. Geppetto, a lonely Italian toymaker, dreams of having a family, but when his wish is unexpectedly granted, he is shocked to be in the company of a talking puppet! When the two don’t quite get along, Pinocchio ventures off on his own… Now, it’s up to Geppetto to shape up and save Pinocchio from danger in this comedic cat-and-dog chase around Europe. Join Pinocchio as he learns important lessons in honesty and morality, while Geppetto has a few lessons to learn on growing up as well…

A SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL
Touring Live: November 13 – December 22, 2023
(Performances not available November 22-27)
50 minutes, including a Q&A session
Ideal for Grades PreK-4

About the Show: Back by popular demand!
Dickens’ most beloved story, in wacky rhyming word,
Our classic Christmas show this year is better seen and heard!
From Ghosts of Past and Present, to Timmy Loo Hoo,
This festive holiday tale is a gift from us to you!

“A Seussified Christmas Carol” is not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

HARRIET TUBMAN: STRAIGHT UP OUTTA’ THE UNDERGROUND
Touring Live: January 15 – March 1, 2024
Also streaming on Broadway on Demand, available via Pick-A-Path Interactive
45-minute storytelling experience, including a Q&A session
Ideal for Grades 3-8

About the Show: Bring the past to the present and change the future with this one-woman interactive storytelling experience. Uncover the truth about America’s 200-year-old struggle with slavery when you play a part in this historic retelling. On this journey, you’ll follow Harriet Tubman, the most recognized conductor of the Underground Railroad. Nicknamed “Moses,” Harriet Tubman lived up to her name by gaining her own freedom, as well as traveling back and forth from North to South over 19 times and freeing over 300 slaves.

CINDERELLA WORE COWBOY BOOTS
Touring Live: January 22 – May 12, 2024
45-minute storytelling experience, including a Q&A session
Ideal for Grades K-5

About the Show: “Hear, Ye! Hear, Yeee-Haw!” The King is throwin’ a royal ball! In this one-woman show, our storyteller will round-up audiences as they get pulled into this hilarious, interactive and kneeslappin’ adaption of Cinderella. That’s right, pardner! Members of your audience become part of the action! Saddle up as Cinderella Wore Cowboy Boots lassos the power of childhood imagination to tell this rags-to-riches story in a way you will never forget.

Booking Information
Selected with state and national educational standards in mind, these TCT On Tour productions explore historical events, celebrate cultural heritage, and set the stage for learning.

Book now on our website: https://thechildrenstheatre.com/tct-on-tour-form/

Study Guides
TCT creates a show companion activity packet for each show that relates to classroom curriculum standards. Use this for 30 minutes of self-guided, show-related activity with answer key. Study guides for each show will be added here: https://thechildrenstheatre.com/study-guides/

Digital Productions
Watch an entire TCT on Tour show from any connected device! Digital passes for TCT’s available Broadway On Demand shows are available for $225 per show per venue. See the current streaming shows here: https://thechildrenstheatre.com/current-season/

TCT On Tour is made possible by TCT on Tour Sponsor Time Timer. Additional funding for TCT on Tour is provided by PNC Foundation. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by ArtsWave and the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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