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Witness GOLDILOCKS ON TRIAL at Sunset Players

SSP_Goldilocks on Trial logoCINCINNATI, OH – November 16, 2017 — Goldilocks is on trial for breaking and entering. Will she be found guilty and sent to prison or will the truth come out? Find out at Sunset Player’s children’s show Goldilocks on Trial by Ed Monk and directed by Chris Yearout.

The fate of Goldilocks is up to Judge Wallabee and some very silly jurors to decide, after hearing testimony from Goldee, the bickering Three Bears and surprise witness Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, among other.

Performances are December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10 at the Arts Center at Dunham, 1945 Dunham Way, Cincinnati, OH 45238. Friday shows are at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.

The cast includes:

  • Bob Kelley as Melvin The Bailiff
  • Olivia Marita as Judge Wallabee
  • Makenzie Kelley as District Attorney (Da) Muffinhead
  • Megan Weber as Attorney Wombat
  • Amelia Andriacco as Goldee Wynn Locks (Aka Goldilocks)
  • Allen Lindsey as Papa Bear and Juror #9
  • Anne Beekley as Mama Bear and Juror #8
  • Lizzie Braunstein as Baby Bear (Tiffanni) and Juror #7
  • Cassidy Dreier as Detective Clorox and Juror #1
  • Nora Andriacco as The Little Pig Who Was Not Eaten By The Wolf and Juror #5
  • Sofia Jiminez as Dr. Cantaloupe and Juror #4
  • Sam Lindsey as Merwin The Big Bad Wolf and Juror #6
  • Taylor Kelley as Juror #2

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at the Sunset Players website (www.sunsetplayers.org) or at the door. Tickets can also be reserved by calling 513-588-4988.

Sunset Players, Inc. is a community theater group located on the west side of Cincinnati. Founded in 1979, the group performs at the Arts Center at Dunham and has produced more than 120 plays. Its mission is to bring a smile, and its plays include comedies, farces, dramatic comedies and musical comedies—as long as there is some “comedy” in the performance somewhere. For more information about the 38th season, visit our website at www.sunsetplayers.org or like us on Facebook.

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INSPECTING CAROL Puts a New Twist on Classic Dickens Tale

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Last-minute script changes stun the cast of INSPECITING CAROL opening December 1st at The Drama Workshop. Pictured: Rick Hunt, Joe Hamzy, Ivory Mazur, Kristy Rucker, Carolmarie Stock, Bill Keeton & BJ Simpson. Photo by Tammy Cassesa.

(Cheviot, Ohio) The Drama Workshop is thrilled to present its Christmas play for this year, INSPECTING CAROL. Get your holiday cheer on with this hilarious, madcap comedy!

The production opens December 1st, and runs through December 17th with performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for three weekends. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 pm, while Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2 pm. Because of strong ticket demand, a special Thursday performance has been added for December 14th at 7:30 pm. All performances are at The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave in Cheviot.

Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual slapdash production of A Christmas Carol, rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), and their funding is on hold pending an inspection by the National Endowment for the Arts. When an itinerant actor shows up at their door looking for an audition and is mistaken for the NEA inspector, mayhem ensues with romantic entanglements, clanking chains, and a very unusual twist on the classic story. This laugh out loud spoof makes for a night at the theatre that is anything but show business as usual.

TDW’s production is spearheaded by an award-winning production team led by director Ray Persing, and includes an accomplished technical team of Amy Waldfogle, Jason Cox, Eric Bardes, Elaine Volker, and Amanda Borchers. The show features the talents of Stefanie Adams, Cameron Baker, Chris Bishop, Joe Hamzy, Rick Hunt, Bill Keeton, Dennis Murphy, Ivory Mazur, Kristy Rucker, BJ Simpson, Carolmarie Stock, Amy Sullivan, and Doug Tumeo.

Stefanie Adams returns to The Drama Workshop’s stage after her award-winning appearance in last season’s ‘Noises Off,’ and cites the cast as one of the things she’s enjoyed most about the show. “From the very first read-through they have made me laugh and it’s only gotten better over the past months,” she explained. “Audiences will love how relatable these characters are. Chances are you know somebody (or two) like the people on the stage. If you like to laugh … this is the show for you.”

Kristy Rucker, who plays stage manager M. J. McMann, agreed. “Audiences will love this show because we all need more laughter in our lives and this show brings that in spades. TDW is always going to do what it takes to pull off a great show, from amazing cast to fabulous crew!”

Doug Tumeo has been on TDW’s stage several times over the last few years, and is happy to once again be working in Cheviot. “This theater and its members put SO much into everything they do, it’s really a top-notch experience for actors and audience alike,” he said. “If you don’t know this show, you’ll have fun, hilarious surprises over and over. If you DO know the show, you’ll see it really brought to life.”

Tickets to ‘Inspecting Carol’ are $18 each if ordered in advance, or $20 the day of the show. Show dates and times are December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8 pm, December 3, 10, and 17 at 2 pm, and December 14 at 7:30 pm. Shows frequently sell out, and reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets can be ordered through The Drama Workshop’s ticket line at 513.598.8303, or ordered online via the TDW website at www.thedramaworkshop.org.

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MEALS 4 MONOLOGUES at ETC on Dec. 4-5

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Meals 4 Monologues:
Casting Society of America Member D. Lynn Meyers to Audition Actors in Exchange for Donations to Benefit Local Foodstore, December 4 & 5, 2017

(Cincinnati, OH) Dim the lights, raise the curtain! With the holiday season in full swing, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati hosts its sixth annual Meals 4 Monologues auditions. Actors from throughout the Midwest are invited, on behalf of the Casting Society of America (CSA), for a general audition call to perform for CSA member D. Lynn Meyers in exchange for at least three non-perishable food items to benefit Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank.

The event, which is part of a nationwide Casting Society of America effort to support local food banks while auditioning local talent, will be held at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202) on Mon, Dec 4 and Tues, Dec 5, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. This is an open casting call to all Equity union and non-union actors for future theatre, film, TV, and commercial projects cast by D. Lynn Meyers, CSA.

Actors must bring:

  • A current HEADSHOT and RÉSUMÉ to the audition (Please do NOT email them)
  • At least THREE non-perishable food (pasta, canned goods, etc…) or toiletry items (soap, toothpaste, etc…)
  • A short, prepared monologue and song (must be performed a cappella), or two prepared monologues.

Time slots are 5 MINUTES maximum and are available by appointment only.

Time slots are on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be scheduled via EMAIL ONLY by contacting Lauren Carr at auditions@ensemblecincinnati.org. Actors must provide a telephone number and include their audition date and time preference. Please note, no walk-ins will be accepted.

The Freestore Foodbank distributes over 12 million pounds of food annually. In 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, they have a trusted network of over 325 local member agencies. Member agencies include soup kitchens and shelters, food pantries, churches, daycare and senior centers, and many other community and social services organizations.

The Casting Society of America (CSA) is the premier organization of theatrical Casting Directors in film, television, and theatre. Although it is not a union, CSA’s members are a united professional society that consistently set the level of professionalism in casting on which the entertainment industry has come to rely. CSA’s more than 490 members are represented not only in the United States, but also in Europe, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

“I am very proud to be a member of the Casting Society of America,” says CSA member D. Lynn Meyers. “I am delighted at the opportunity to see new faces and to spread outreach beyond the Greater Cincinnati area by embracing the idea of Meals 4 Monologues. It is such an inspiration for CSA to support this event.” Ms. Meyers would like to welcome actors of all ages and experience levels to partake in auditions and highly encourages people to give back to the community in which we live.

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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

2017-2018 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support provided by PNC. 

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

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Don’t You Want To Be The Life Of The Party?

CASA_The Wild Party logoNOV 10, 2017—Tristate audiences are invited to #jointhewildparty as Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy presents Andrew Lippa’s WILD PARTY.

WILD PARTY is a steamy, cautionary tale about escapism, control and excess. Set between 2017 and the Prohibition era, lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw a party-to-end-all-parties in their small, Manhattan apartment. As the guests arrive, it seems Queenie is taken with her friend’s date, sparking a complicated love triangle. The night, fueled by booze, games, and pretention, takes a dangerous turn as Burrs’s jealousy gets the best of him. The game unravels. Violence erupts. Checkmate.

Book, music & lyrics by Andrew Lippa, WILD PARTY is presented with special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI).This musical is based on the 1928 book-length narrative poem by Joseph Moncure March of the same name. Because of its risqué subject matter that was taboo in the 1920’s the poem was widely banned, although despite (or perhaps because of its controversial nature) it was a success for March.

This production is directed by Erin Carr. Cast includes current CASA students: Amy Helms, Owen Kiley, Blake Knauer, Alena Firlie, Jonah Sorscher, Leanne Hays, Katie Tierney, Bettina Ernst, Abbie Loebker, Bella DeJesus, and Bryce Kessler. Production includes Matt Berman as Asst. Director/Technical Director, Will Forgham as Stage Manager, Janet Langhorst as Music/Vocal Director, Margot Grom as Choreographer, Gina Cerimele-Mechley as Fight Choreographer, Meg Griffin as Costume Designer, Olivia Dunn as Marketing Manager and Marisa Holzman as Production Manager.

Performances run November 24th, 25th & December 1st, 2nd at 7:30PM, November 26th & December 3rd at 3:00PM. All performances will take place at Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Pl, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206. Tickets can be purchased at www.casastudioacademy.com. Tickets: $9 Students, $14 Adults. For more information: www.casastudioacademy.com

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Vaudeville was a time of separate, unrelated acts being billed together. Have you looked at YouTube or Instagram lately? It’s easy to glamorize the past and relish in escaping to another time and place, especially to cope with any abuse or violence in your life, but soon you might realize that not much has changed:

“…An era of Republican leadership, nationalistic and fundamentalist movements, and changing social conventions. Electing Republican presidents who favored business expansion rather than regulation, the American public enjoyed apparently unlimited prosperity, while fear of radicals and foreigners combined to almost completely close off America to immigration and contributed to the resurgence of hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. Religious fundamentalism revived as new moral and social attitudes came into vogue.”

As a community we have spent the last century observing, judging and turning our heads from issues that “don’t affect us” directly. But when will we learn that it is up to each of us to step up and speak up? Designed as a railroad style theatre, this production brings the audience into the forefront of the show. Without a clear fourth wall, along with the tantalizing invite to join the party, each of us is faced with the decision of what would we do in this situation. It’s past the time of closing our eyes, turning our heads and shutting out the ugly. So how far do we let violence go unchecked? We need to face it together and decide what we can do as a community to help those who are lost in the shadows, who are forgotten on the sidelines, who are masking their insecurity with an excess of show.

**This show will raise money for Women Helping Women**

PLEASE NOTE: THE WILD PARTY contains adult subject matter, language, and themes. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Tickets for Disney’s ALADDIN on Sale Now

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Adam Jacobs. Photo by Deen Van Meer.

Performances Begin on May 29 and Play for 2 Weeks
Through June 10, 2018 at the Aronoff Center

Cincinnati, OH, Friday, November 10, 2017 – Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway in Cincinnati announced today that tickets for the long-awaited engagement of Disney’s Aladdin are on sale now.  The hit Broadway musical will begin performances in Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center on May 29, 2018 for a limited engagement of 2 weeks through June 10, 2018 as a part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati 17/18 season presented by TriHealth. Tickets are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS.

Aladdin opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 12 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcoming over four million people worldwide. Its global footprint has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Melbourne, in addition to the two U.S. productions.

About ALADDIN
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (EvitaAida) and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of MormonSomething Rotten!) 

Aladdin, adapted from the Academy Award®-winning animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical.  Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance.  This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.

The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, grossing over $500 million worldwide (not adjusted for inflation) and becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.

The film won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song “A Whole New World,” which won the second of the film’s two Academy Awards as Best Original Song.  The Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle recording of the tune soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Aladdin is designed by seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, six-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira.  The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.

Aladdin will play the Aronoff Center from May 29 – June 10, 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 $34 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 AladdinTheMusical.com/tourFacebook.com/Aladdin and Twitter.com/Aladdin.

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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 a member 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 17/18 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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