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The Carnegie Announces 2019-2020 Theatre Season

TC_logo_newCOVINGTON, KY– The 2019-20 Carnegie Theatre Season will be filled with twists and turns sure to please audiences of all ages as it transports patrons from a punk rock show to the troubled mind of a brilliant mathematician, back to biblical times, and finally to the London nightclub scene in the 1960s.

The season will open in August with Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT, a rock opera featuring songs from Green Day’s 2004 album of the same name. In November, audience members will go back to school for PROOF, the Tony Award-winning play that explores the line between brilliance and madness. Joseph and his coat of many colors will come to the stage for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT in January for The Carnegie’s annual family-friendly musical. Closing out the season in March will be END OF THE RAINBOW, the savagely funny drama about Judy Garland’s trip down the comeback trail.

The Carnegie’s 2019-20 Theatre Series

tc_american idiot logoGreen Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT
Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
Playing August 10-25, 2019

This two-time Tony Award-winning musical, based on the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album of the same name, is a high-energy rock opera not to be missed. Three disaffected young men, living in suburbia, have dreams of a different life in the city. They embark on their big move, only to find their friendships breaking down over family responsibilities, military enlistment, and the allure of drug abuse. Each young man must make peace with the circumstances of his life to find his way back home and to the friends he left behind.

AMERICAN IDIOT is a non-stop rock concert of Green Day favorites, including “Holiday,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” and “Time of Your Life.”

Eight Performances:
Saturday, August 10, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 11, 3pm
Friday, August 16, 7:30pm ● Saturday, August 17, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 18, 3pm
Friday, August 23, 7:30pm ● Saturday, August 24, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 25, 3pm

Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com 

Content Advisory: Production includes adult themes and language. Not appropriate for children under 13.

tc_proof logoPROOF
By David Auburn
Playing November 2-17, 2019

Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a math professor at The University of Chicago. Following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s, who hopes to find valuable work in the notebooks he left behind. In the ensuing struggles, a mysterious notebook surfaces to draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness – or genius – will she inherit?

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, PROOF is a compelling drama with elements of mystery, romance, and old-fashioned storytelling. It was made into a major motion picture in 2005 starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Eight Performances:
Saturday, November 2, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 3, 3pm
Friday, November 8, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 9, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 10, 3pm
Friday, November 15, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 16, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 17, 3pm 

PROOF is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. 

CONTENT ADVISORY: Production includes adult themes and language. Not appropriate for children under 13.  

tc_joseph logoJOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Playing Weekends January 11 – 26, 2020

Sha la la Joseph you’re doing fine! You and your dreamcoat ahead of your time! One of the most enduring shows of all time, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors.

Featuring a beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber score, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT offers fast-paced, back-to-back musical numbers sure to delight the whole family. “Any Dream Will Do,” “One More Angel in Heaven,” and “Go, Go Joseph,” are just a few of the favorites you’ll enjoy in this inspiring, upbeat tale for the ages.

Ten Performances:
Saturday, January 11, 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 12, 3pm
Friday, January 17, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 18, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 19, 3pm
Friday, January 24, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 25, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 26, 3pm

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, LP, 229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001. www.themusicalcompany.com. Phone: (212) 598-2204. Email: info@themusicalcompany.com 

CONTENT ADVISORY: This is a family-friendly production. Appropriate for all ages.

tc_end of the rainbow logoEND OF THE RAINBOW
By Peter Quilter
Playing March 21 – April 5, 2020

The year is 1968 and Judy Garland is set firmly on the comeback trail. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts, and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But lasting happiness always eludes some people, and there was never any answer to the question with which Judy ended every show: “If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why, can’t I?”

END OF THE RAINBOW is a savagely funny drama featuring a glorious ensemble of Judy Garland hits such as “Get Happy,” “The Man that Got Away,” and, of course, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Eight Performances:
Saturday, March 21, 7:30pm ● Sunday, March 22, 3pm
Friday, March 27, 7:30pm ● Saturday, March 28, 7:30pm ● Sunday, March 29, 3pm
Friday, April 3, 7:30pm ● Saturday, April 4, 7:30pm ● Sunday, April 5, 3pm

End of the Rainbow is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC 

CONTENT ADVISORY: Production includes adult themes and language. Not appropriate for children under 13.

Ticketing
Subscriptions for the 2019-20 Theatre Season are $106, $102 for Carnegie Members, and are currently on sale. Also available are Pick 3 Subscriptions starting at $83, $76 for Carnegie Members. Single tickets go on sale Friday, March 29, 2019 at noon. Tickets may be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940, open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or online at http://www.thecarnegie.com.

About The Carnegie Theatre Series
The Carnegie Theatre Series produces professional, innovative stagings of an eclectic range of theatrical works. Striving to unite the greater Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati theatre community through partnerships and collaborations, the series engages and nurtures both emerging and established talent, including working professionals, committed part-time theatre artists, university performing arts students and younger students. The Carnegie Theatre Series productions bring together these forces to provide quality theatre for Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area.

About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030.

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati International Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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2019-2020 Season Announced for Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre and Covedale Center

CLPThe District Series 2019-2020 includes:

ROCK OF AGES
September 26 – October 13, 2019

Book by Chris D’Arienzo; Music arranged by Ethan Popp; Music orchestrated by Ethan Popp; Original arrangements by David Gibbs; Musical Director, Henry Aronson.

It’s the end of the big, bad 80’s and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strip’s last venues – a place where sexy Stacee Jaxx reigns and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage while he longs for small-town girl Sherri. But the decade’s rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end. Can Drew, Sherri, and the gang save the 80’s? With monster hits songs like, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Don’t Stop Believing”, ROCK of AGES lets the party go on forever! Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical.

HAND TO GOD
January 23 – Feb. 9, 2020

By Robert Askins

After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationship with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and – most especially – his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. HAND TO GOD explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, mortality, and the ties that bind us.

THE LAST FIVE YEARS
March 12 – March 29, 2020

Written and Composed by JASON ROBERT BROWN; Originally Produced for the New York stage by Arielle Tepper and Marty Bell; Originally Produced by Northlight Theatre Chicago, IL

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.

The Covedale Center’s Marquee Season 2019-2020:

DRIVING MISS DAISY
September 5 – 29, 2019

By Alfred Uhry

The Deep South, 1948 – just prior to the civil rights movement… Having demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son that she must now rely on a chauffeur. The son hires a thoughtful black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain. Over the next twenty-five years, the two grow close and more dependent on each other. Steadily the dignified Hoke breaks down the stern defenses of the old lady. She teaches him to read and write, and eventually invites him to join her at a banquet in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. At the end, Hoke has a final visit with Miss Daisy, now in a nursing home, where it is movingly clear that they have both have more in common than they ever believed possible—and that the times would ever allow them to publicly admit. Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize, this is a great American play with heart, humor and humanity.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Oct. 17 – Nov. 10, 2019

Book: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice; Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa

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. All the lovable characters (and the musical theme) from the classic TV show are here, along with great songs like, ““When You’re an Addams”, “Where Did We Go Wrong?”, “Just Around the Corner”, “Live Before We Die” and “Tango de Amor”!

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET The Musical
Dec, 5 – Dec. 29, 2019

Book by Meredith Willson; Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson Based on the 20th Century Fox film, with story by Valentine Davies and screenplay by George Seaton

A holiday classic from Meredith Willson, the writer of the musical classic, The Music Man! Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn’t want her six-year-old Susan’s head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by taking Susan to see Santa Claus at Macy’s, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed, but when it turns out that Macy’s Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts. Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” “Pinecones and Hollyberries,” and “My State, My Kansas,” this joyous, heartwarming musical is pure family entertainment for the holidays!

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
February 13 – March 8, 2020

Book/Songs: Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane; Based on “The Kensington Stories” by Sally Benson & MGM film

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is a rare treasure in the musical theatre; a delightful portrait of a turn-of-the-century American family. It is the summer of 1903, and the Smith family eagerly anticipates the opening of the 1904 World’s Fair. As they mark each holiday over the course of the year, the family’s love, zest for life and good-natured humor, helps them through each romance, opportunity, escapade and heartbreak. The musical has all the best-loved songs from the film,
including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Boy Next Door” and “The Trolley Song” !

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
April 2 – April 26, 2020

Book By Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan; New Music by Jeanine Tesori; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan; Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures film.

The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie was the 2002 season’s most awarded new show on Broadway! Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas, who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes awry as the owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East, her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage and the man she actually falls in love with doesn’t have a dime to his name! Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon lady of a villainess that audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of musical merriment featuring explosive tap numbers and big Broadway songs like “Gimme, Gimme”, “Forget About The Boy”, “What Do I Need With Love” and the title song, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”!!

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AN ADAM EXPERIMENT: A One-Man Play on the Life of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. | Fri., March 1 | Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater

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CINCINNATI, OH – In celebration of Black History Month, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is pleased to present  An Adam Experiment: A one-man play on the life of Adam Clayton Powell at the Aronoff Center’s intimate Jarson-Kaplan Theater on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Written by and starring New York based actor, Michael Chenevert, An Adam Experiment explores the day in the life of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., a pioneering crusader for justice and equality during the Civil Rights movement. The show is part of CAA’s 2018-19 Presenting Season.

Tickets are $25 for Adults and $15 for Students/Educators and are on sale now at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

“I always knew Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was one of our strongest leaders,” states Michael Chenevert. “As a boy, I was called ‘Little Adam’ because I looked like him. He has always given me strength.”

Produced by L.A.I. Communications, the U.S. Tour of An Adam Experiment is celebrating Black History Month with a ‘play for the people’ by presenting a comprehensive program for the communities where the play will be performed that not only entertains, but also educates and empowers audiences. On stage, An Adam Experiment educates audiences on Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., who was a Baptist Minister at the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Harlem, New York, from 1945 to 1971.

By 1961, Mr. Powell was appointed to the powerful position of Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee and was one of the influential voices in the passing of significant social and civil rights legislation under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. An Adam Experiment takes this political backdrop and creatively delves into Mr. Powell’s life where he is dealing with an angry country due to integration as well as with personal challenges with his marriage. After each performance, audience members will have a chance to do a Q&A with Mr. Chenevert and discuss the play, as well as its parallels with social justice issues facing our society today.

In each local community, from high schools and universities to other service-based organizations, the ‘An Adam Experiment’ Producer-in-Residency program is complementing each performance. The Producer-in-Residency program presents a unique method of exposing young people to the “behind the scenes” and business of producing a play and teaching them how it also parallels with entrepreneurship and the skills that it takes to be an entrepreneur. In Cincinnati, five Producer-in-Residency workshops are scheduled in middle schools and high schools on February 26-27 and March 1.  In addition, CAA is presenting two daytime performances of the show at the Aronoff Center on February 28 for students as part of its SchoolTime education program.

“We are thrilled and so honored to have An Adam Experiment touring across the country for its third year in 2019 and in celebration of Black History Month. Giving reverence to the past with such an incredible play, as well as empowering young people to embrace the ‘spirit of Adam’ and pursue their passions in life, is truly a gift,” states Dr. Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren, Managing Director of L.A.I. Communications and Producer of the U.S. Tour of An Adam Experiment. “At the end of the day, we hope audiences will learn something new as well as provoke thought about being the change that they seek in their own lives.”

AN ADAM EXPERIMENT KEY PLAYERS

Michael Chenevert
Originally, from Detroit, Michigan, Michael Chenevert is a well-trained and multifaceted actor who works on stage, TV, and film. He studied at the University of Detroit Mercy where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Over the course of his career, Mr. Chenevert has worked at the New Federal Theatre, The Billie Holiday Theatre, Take Wing and Soar, The National Black Theater, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and The Public Theater. His film credits include: Syrup, Soul Mates, The Tombs, Eugenia and John, Soil, and The Breathing Room. Mr. Chenevert’s TV credits include: The Following, Boardwalk Empire, Ugly Betty, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, and Final Appeal.

Dr. Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren is an experienced Producer and Marketing Executive who has worked for Quincy Jones*David Salzman Entertainment, NBC, Creative Artists Agency, Edmonds Entertainment, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and advertising agency, UniWorld Group. She has assisted in overseeing the production of such programs as MAD TV (FOX), In the House (UPN), Lost on Earth (USA) and VIBE (syndication). She is currently producing the motion picture Tryin’ To Sleep in the Bed You Made, based on The New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. Ms. Lindsey-Warren is also on the producing team for the International Faith and Family Film Festival at MegaFest. As an entrepreneur, Ms. Lindsey-Warren heads her family’s award-winning marketing and public relations agency, L.A.I. Communications, which is “dedicated to delivering EMPOWERING communications.” The firm specializes in creating strategic marketing and communications solutions, with a focus on cross-cultural themes, for media companies, corporations, arts institutions, non-profits, and small businesses.

CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION SPONSORS

SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Honda DealersFURNITURE FAIRLOCAL12 WKRC, The  P&G FUNDof 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, Hyatt Regency-Cincinnati, Macy’s, Millennium Cincinnati, Pepsi, 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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KSO’s Passport to Musical Adventure Continues with STOP THE WORLD — I WANT TO GET OFF!

kso_stop the world i want to get off logoSTOP THE WORLD —
I WANT TO GET OFF!
(Success vs. Happiness)

7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019
3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2019
Greaves Concert Hall, NKU

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 Passport to musical adventure continues to whisk audiences across the globe. On January 26 & 27, the KSO dusts off the 1961 musical STOP THE WORLD — I WANT TO GET OFFby the British team of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, for the first Cincinnati performances since 1978.

The KSO has produced a number of semi-staged, concert performances of Broadway musicals in Greaves Concert Hall — Kismet (1993), Jesus Christ Superstar (1997), Sweeney Todd (2002), Evita (2005) and West Side Story (2008). “While programming the orchestra’s 27th season, I was looking for a musical that was small and lesser known, and recalled this quirky little show from the ‘60s that offered three big songs, a small cast and orchestra, with a title that seems more relevant today than it did in 1961,” commented KSO music director James Cassidy.

STOP THE WORLD — I WANT TO GET OFF is a thought-provoking musical pointing out the ephemeral nature of worldly success, often achieved to the detriment of one’s personal happiness. Littlechap (played by Joshua Steele) finds himself a father before his time and agrees to marry Evie, the boss’s daughter (played by Brooke Steele). Though this helps him climb the business ladder, Littlechap (the everyman) finds himself trapped in the responsibility of a premature family. He turns to women of the world, yet finds only empty fulfillment. In the twilight of his years, he finally discovers that he has wasted his life looking for something that he actually had all the time — his wife’s true love. Hit songs include: “Gonna Build a Mountain”, “Once in a Lifetime” and “What Kind of Fool Am I.”

As with West Side Story a decade ago, the KSO again partners with NKU’s School of the Arts as faculty member and stage director Brian Robertson, along with the show’s seven-member chorus, all hail from the University’s Theatre Department. The original 14-piece orchestration will be performed by members of the KSO under the musical direction of James Cassidy.

Stop your world, and join the The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra for a rare opportunity to experience this charming, tuneful musical at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 26, and 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 27, at Greaves Concert Hall on the campus of NKU. Reserved seating tickets are $19, $27, $35 (children ages 6-18 are 50% off) and are available online at kyso.org, by phone—(859) 431-6216, or at the door.

STOP THE WORLD —
I WANT TO GET OFF!
(Success vs. Happiness)

7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019
3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2019
Greaves Concert Hall, NKU

Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Cast:

  • Joshua Steele as Littlechap
  • Brooke Steele as Evie, (Anya, Ilse, Ginnie)
  • Victoria Avery as Susan
  • Mary Mills as Jane

Chorus:

  • Victoria Avery
  • Halee Hood
  • Mary Mills
  • Courtney Mulford
  • Chloe Price
  • Danielle Ullman
  • Adria Whitfill

Stage Director: Brian Robertson
Music Director: James Cassidy
Music Preparation: Stephen Variames

Queen’s Theatre London – July 20, 1961 (485 performances)
Shubert Theatre, New York – October, 1962 (555 performances)

The KSO’s 2018-19 Subscription Series is supported in part by a generous grant from the
Louise Taft Semple Foundation

2019 KSO Subscription concerts are supported by the
Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund of the Greenacres Foundation

KSO Podium Sponsor: Macy’s
Concert Sponsor: The Party Source
Season support provided by Artswave & The Kentucky Arts Council

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS

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Danielle Meo as Kaa the Snake and Will Graber as Mowgli from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s 2010 production of DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS.

Coming to the Taft Theatre this February

CINCINNATI:  The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS, February 16-25, 2019 at the Taft Theatre.

Adapted from the classic Disney animated film, this musical features a host of colorful characters and famous songs from the animated movie.  Based on the works of Rudyard Kipling, the “Man-Cub” Mowgli, bounds through the jungle and learns what it means to be human.  You won’t want to miss this culturally-infused and spectacular Disney classic!

Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and Terry Gilkyson.  Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Marcy Heisler.  Music Adapted and Arranged by Bryan Louiselle.  Based on the Screenplay by Larry Clemmons.  Based on the Novel, “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling.  Directed by TCT Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice.

In an effort to increase cultural diversity, as the production is set in the jungle of India, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is collaborating with various local groups to comprehensively infuse the production with Indian culture, in order to authenticate the production in a culturally-relevant and educational manner.

To that end, TCT has hired a Cultural Consultant and Associate Choreographer, Ms. Anupa Mirle, to focus on Indian authenticity within DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS. Ms. Mirle is working with the creative team, including: Choreographer, Paula Rakestraw; Assistant Director/Shadow Puppet Designer, Kevin Frisch; Costumer Designer, Jeff Shearer; Scenic Designer, Nate Bertone; and Music Director Steve Goers, to infuse culturally-relevant elements into the production.

Ms. Mirle is the Executive Director of NrityarpanA School of Performing Arts, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit performing arts academy dedicated to sustaining the Indian arts in the metropolitan Cincinnati area. Ms. Mirle is a member of the International Dance Council (a UNESCO organization) and was recognized as an Ohio Heritage Fellow in 2013. Ms. Mirle’s goal is to provide educational and cultural events that are innovative and thought provoking, serving the purpose to both entertain and inform participants and audiences of the vital American experience of Indian Heritage and Culture.

Showtimes for DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS include:

  • Saturday, February 16 at 2 PM* (this performance is signed for the hearing impaired)
  • Saturday, February 16 at 5 PM (this is a designated Sensory-Friendly performance)
  • Sunday, February 17 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Friday, February 22 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 23 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday, February 24 at 2 PM and 5 PM

All of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Broadway-style MainStage productions, including DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS, are performed in the historic Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets start at $10.  1-800-745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.

School performances of DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS will be held February 18-22 & 25, 2019 during the daytime hours.  TCT’s Sensory-Friendly performance on Saturday, February 16 at 5 PM is intended for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as children (and adults) with other special needs who may benefit. To create a sensory-friendly performance, the show is performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for those with sensory challenges.  Slight adjustments to lighting and sound are made and effects such as fog, strobes, and lights that extend into the audience are minimalized.  A downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) is made available on the TCT website one week before the performance.  At the theater, TCT provides an area staffed by specialists in the field where patrons can take a break from the performance if necessary, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has trained staff on hand.

For details about how to purchase tickets to TCT’s school or Sensory-Friendly performances, visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS is made possible by the generosity of Production Sponsor Chemed; Season Sponsors H.B., E. W. and F. R. Luther Foundation and the Charles H. Dater Foundation; and ArtsWave and the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.  The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.  Media sponsors are LOCAL 12 and Q102.

CAST

Starring:

  • Kavan Vadivelu as Mowgli†
  • Joanna Bennett as Baloo
  • Matt Krieg as Bagheera

Featuring:

  • Rhys Boatwright (Ensemble)
  • Madeleine Burgoon (Ensemble)
  • Donald Burns (Ensemble)
  • Jordan Collins (Ensemble) †
  • Marlo D’ascenzo (Ensemble) †
  • Ian Timothy Forsgren (Ensemble)
  • Nick Godfrey (Ensemble)
  • Anna Gortner (Ensemble)
  • Nicholas Gundrum (Ensemble) †
  • Heather Hale (Ensemble)
  • Chanduni Herath (Ensemble) †
  • James Jones (Shere Khan)
  • Ava Jewell Kroener (Baby Elephant) †
  • Rishi Mathur (Ensemble) †
  • Ashley Olivia Morton (Ensemble)
  • Dain Alan Paige (Colonel Hathi)
  • Jeremiah Plessinger (Ensemble)
  • Edrico Evans- Pritchett (Ensemble) †
  • Caroline Rakestraw (Ensemble)
  • Rosvic Siason (Ensemble)
  • Renee Stoltzfus (Kaa)
  • Nyla Jolie Thomas (Shanti) †
  • John Woll (King Louie)

UNDERSTUDIES

For Shanti – Marlo D’ascenzo†; for Hathi – Nick Godfrey; for Mowgli & Baby Elephant – Rishi Mathur †; for Bagheera & Shere Kahn –  Jeremiah Plessinger; for Baloo – John Woll

† Denotes Young Artists Company

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