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Another Fun Filled Summer of Camps to Begin at the Fitton Center

FC_25 logoHamilton, Ohio. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts will begin another fun filled summer of camps for campers ages 5 to teen. A summer full of week-long art-themed camps begins June 17th and runs through August 2nd.

“With so many fun camp options, summer is one of the most energetic and creative seasons for our education program.”, says Director of Education, Kate Rowekamp. “We’re looking forward to inspiring and collaborating with many young actors, authors, artists, and maybe even a few dinosaurs in the coming months!”

During summer camps, little artists ages 5 – 9 can enjoy creating their own cute and creepy creatures in Monster-Makers Camp, make “dino”mite dinosaur-themed projects in Welcome to Fitton Park: Dinosaur Adventure Camp, and so much more! 7 to 12-year-old campers can become novelists, printmakers, combine art with the STEM subjects, make mosaics, and get runway ready in a variety of different themed-camps such as Artistic Authors Camp, Inky Ideas Camp, Camp STEAM, Mesmerizing Mosaics Camp, and Fashion & Jewelry Design Camp.  Teens can write and learn about publishing their own stories in the Tell Your Story: Creative Writing, Self-Expression, and Self-Publication Basics Camp, explore the intersection of art and STEM subjects in Camp STEAM, or print designs on our etching presses in New Editions: Teen Printmaking.

The Fitton Center’s arts education program continues to remain an integral component of our mission by bringing hands-on arts experiences to more than 1,000 students of all ages. Classes range from pottery and painting to digital photography, yoga and mosaics. The Fitton Center offers a diverse selection of courses that will appeal to both first-time and experienced artists alike. Generous discounts are available to members for all classes and workshops. Scholarships covering full tuition for one class, camp, or workshop are also available.

For more information on Summer camps or to register call 513 863 8873 or visit our website

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is incredibly excited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary season of performances, events, classes and exhibitions.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.

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NKU SOTA Welcomes Meghan Bennett as Assistant Professor of Woodwinds

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Meghan Bennett.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts has announced the appointment of Meghan Bennett, DMA, to the position of Assistant Professor of Flute Performance and Woodwinds Coordinator. Dr. Bennett previously served as Instructor of Flute at Prairie View A&M University and on the faculties of OrchKids, a program of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Floot Fire, the Longhorn Music Camp and the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory. Bennett’s appointment will officially begin on August 2019.

Meghan Bennett is an award-winning flutist leading a diverse career as an educator and solo, chamber and orchestral musician. She was awarded first prize in the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition and Morning, Afternoon and Eau Claire Music Club Competition and has been a prizewinning finalist in the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition, the Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition and the Greater Philadelphia Flute Society Collegiate Young Artist Competition. In August 2019 she will compete as a quarterfinalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.

“There is something really special happening at NKU and I am thrilled to join this wonderful institution,” said Bennett. “I am so excited to work with everyone and generate experiences that really lend themselves to the development of the complete artist – mind, body and spirit.”

She has been guest soloist with Chamber Music International in Dallas, TX, joined the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players on tour and was flutist with Spotlight on Opera in Austin, TX. In addition, she has performed with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Waco Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony and the Palmetto Opera Orchestra. Dr. Bennett has been a recipient of fellowships to attend the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Brevard Music Center, Marrowstone Music Festival and the National Music Festival.

Bennett is an active chamber musician. She is a founding member of both Prismatx Ensemble, a contemporary music ensemble based in Austin, TX, and Li5ten quintet, 2017 quarterfinalist at the Fischoff Competition and recipient of the Chamber Music Residency Fellowship at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Dr. Bennett is also a member of Emissary Quartet [4 flutes], who recently performed a recital at the DiMenna Center featuring three winning compositions from EQ’s 2017 Call for Scores Competition, a workshop and recital for the New Jersey Flute Society and a workshop for composition students at Princeton University.

Bennett received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin, Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina.

About NKU School of the Arts
Created in 2015, the School of the Arts is the creative engine of NKU, showcasing dance, music, theatre, and visual arts and preparing students to be creative trailblazers in the Arts and in their careers. With 33 degree options, SOTA students find creative intersections that reflect their passion and their career goals. Additionally, minors within SOTA come from every college on campus from Nursing to Mathematics, Political Science to Construction Management, bringing varied viewpoints into each classroom and fueling creativity and collaboration campus-wide. SOTA’s Prep programs, including the nationally recognized String Project, engage students from children to adults annually, engaging the community and creating the musicians and performers of the future. To learn more, please visit or follow on social media @NKUSOTA.

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Dave Maher in DAVE MAHER COMA SHOW at Cincy Fringe, June 1-14

CFF19_Dave Maher Coma Show“Smartly unhinged, wildly funny comedian with a big heart and warm smile.” –Gapers Block

“I’d watch Maher do just about anything.” –Chicago Reader 

CINCINNATI, OH (May 15, 2019) – Chicago comedian Dave Maher was almost taken off life support during a monthlong diabetic coma. He was eulogized on Facebook. Then he woke up. After appearing on “This American Life,” at the Edinburgh Fringe, and at the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre, he brings “Dave Maher Coma Show,” his narrative stand-up show about the experience, to Cincy Fringe.

The festival appearance is a homecoming for Maher, who graduated from Sycamore High School and made his recovery from the coma at Good Samaritan Hospital.

“It means a lot for me to be able to share this show with people in my hometown, where I literally came back to life,” Maher says. “It’s a unique experience, and I use all of the powers I’ve gained from a decade in the Chicago comedy scene to make it funny and, hopefully, moving.”

“Dave Maher Coma Show” explores the physical and existential discomfort of waking up in a new body with a second chance at life. With his trademark combination of mischief and sincerity, Dave asks questions about life, online death, and the cost of change. He provides no easy answers but plenty of hard laughs.

This critically acclaimed one-man show sold out its initial run in Chicago, and the Kickstarter campaign to fund its Edinburgh Fringe run reached its goal in a week. Most recently, Dave performed the show in a two-night engagement at Steppenwolf, the legendary Chicago theater co-founded by Gary Sinise and home to Tracy Letts, Laurie Metcalf, and John Malkovich.

Don’t miss “Dave Maher Coma Show” at the 2019 Cincy Fringe. There won’t be another show like it. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase by calling (513) 300-5669 or online here:

  • June 1, 9:00 pm (Sat)
  • June 2, 04:00 pm (Sun)
  • June 5, 07:45 pm (Wed)
  • June 7, 07:00 pm (Fri)
  • June 8, 07:00 pm (Sat)
  • June 11, 08:30 pm (Tue)
  • June 12, 07:45 pm (Wed)
  • June 14, 07:00 pm (Fri)

All show at the Mini Microcinema, 1329 Main St.

About Dave Maher: Dave Maher is a veteran of Chicago’s comedy scene for over a decade. He has appeared live at the Steppenwolf Theatre, on television (“Chicago Med”), and you can hear his voice on “This American Life.” He tours “Dave Maher Coma Show” around the U.S. and internationally, including a run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe. His new one-man show, currently in development, is “Feed Wolf Ice Cream: A Comedy Show About Death.”

“Dave Maher II” (Chicago Reader): “Maher is that rare monologist who combines a sharp eye for the microdetail…with a keen understanding of macrostructure, making for a performance both disarmingly personal and carefully controlled… I’d watch Maher do just about anything.”

“Dave Maher, high-concept mischief-maker, revives his Coma Show this weekend” (Chicago Reader): “It’s a carefully observed, discomfitingly intimate, disarmingly funny monologue. But for all his candor, Maher finds time to let his inner imp out…”

“Dave Maher Coma Show Comes Alive at The Annoyance” (Gapers Block): “…the smartly unhinged, wildly funny comedian with a big heart and warm smile…”

“Players 2016: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago” (#40, Newcity): “…this hard-working improviser-turned-stand-up used the experience…as inspiration for a one-man show that…sold so well that it was extended several times…”

“Comedian Dave Maher: Finding the funny in his near-death experience” (Chicago Tribune)

“Dave Maher turns his coma into stand-up comedy” (Chicago Reader)

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MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER: 2019 Christmas Tour | Dec. 26 | Aronoff Center

MISC_Mannheim Steamroller Christmas logoMANNHEIM STEAMROLLER ANNOUNCES

Best Selling Christmas Artist of all Time
Announces Record-Setting Tour 

December 26, 2019
Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall 

Tickets on sale Friday, July 26 at 10:00 AM 

Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest running consecutive concert tour in the entertainment industry!

Davis said the hallmark tour will begin on November 11, 2019 and run through December 29, 2019 Two traveling ensembles will hold performances in cities across the country. Mannheim Steamroller will come to Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center for the Arts on Thursday, December 26 at 7:00 PM. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 26 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-2787 [ARTS], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

“I remember when I came out with my first Christmas album in 1984, followed by our first tour.  Back then, many in the music industry said focusing on Christmas just wouldn’t work,” said Davis.

“Now, 35 years later, we are still going strong. I want to thank our fans for making us part of their holiday tradition. Today we often see multi-generational families join us during the holidays each year.”

Davis founded his own record label, American Gramaphone, which went on to become one of the industry’s largest independent record labels. A Grammy Award-winner, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 29 million in the Christmas genre.  Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year.

This year’s show will feature the original classic Christmas hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting.  Davis will direct and co-produce tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is co-produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, and Steve Boulay and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts, and museum exhibits worldwide for over 35 years. They have an office in Park City, UT. 

About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller
From his longtime home in Omaha, Neb., Mannheim Steamroller creator and founder Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age.  This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry executives said Davis’ innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell.  In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category.

His first Christmas album in 1984 revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music; the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists.  With more than 29 million Christmas albums sold, Davis is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time, with Elvis coming in at a distant 17 million holiday records sold. Having 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum and 4 platinum-certified records, Davis is among an elite group of music artists with this number of RIAA records. He is also one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, offering a rich array of lifestyle products, including hot chocolate, food, apparel, and novelty items.  His latest achievement is creating a cutting edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as the Mayo Clinic.

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Half Stand Up Routine, Half AA Speech, Walterhoope Presents HALF GALLON OF FRUIT JARS

WH_Half Gallon of Fruit Jars logoHalf Stand Up Routine, Half AA Speech, Walterhoope Presents the World Premiere of HALF GALLON FRUIT JARS Jars by William Vaughan

Walterhoope will present the world premiere of Half Gallon Fruit Jars, a new play by Cincinnati playwright William Vaughan.

The show will run for three performances over one weekend only: Friday June 14 at 7:30pm and Saturday June 15 at 2pm and 7:30pm. Performances will take place at Wave Pool in Camp Washington (2940 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45225.) Single tickets, which include light refreshments, are now on sale for $10 at or at

Directed by William Vaughan and starring Jared Joplin as R.C., this intimate one-person play explores a man’s journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance and the grey area in between.

“About four years ago I got my hands on a recording of my great grandfather’s 1982 AA Speech and was struck by not only his story, but how inherently theatrical it was,” says playwright and director William Vaughan, “I then came across a diary he had kept while he was hospitalized in Atlanta, and began to piece together what is now Half Gallon Fruit Jars. I can’t say that it’s entirely biographical as I have changed, rearranged, and added quite a bit of dialogue, but I believe this play perfectly captures his larger than life personality and the larger than life legacy that he left behind.”

Walterhoope is a Cincinnati performing arts organization whose mission is to create the best theatre while uniting diverse art forms, to treat audiences as family and create immersive experiences for them, to use arts education to foster a healthy community, and to do it all responsibly.

For more information visit or contact them at or 646-481-8643.  Connect with them on Facebook at

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