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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents ELF the Musical Jr.

TCTC_Elf logoComing to the Taft Theatre this December

Cincinnati – The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s 2021-2022 MainStage Season kicks off with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. at the Taft Theatre December 4-12, 2021. Tickets will go on sale Monday, November 1 at 10 a.m.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati asks audiences to join with us in providing the safest space possible for patrons big and small, cast, crew, volunteers, and staff. The following protocol will be in place for our 2021-2022 MainStage season, beginning with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. in December:

  1. Masks are required for ALL ticketholders age 2+, regardless of vaccination status.
  2. All patrons ages 12+ must provide proof of *full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result administered within 72 hours of show start time. A negative rapid antigen test administered within 24 hours will also be accepted.
    • This rule applies to teachers and chaperones during our daytime school performances as well as at all public shows.
    • To enter the theater, please bring a **photo ID and one of the following:
      • Original vaccine card or test result
      • Photograph or copy of vaccine card or test result
      • Photograph of vaccine card or test result stored on your electronic device
      • *Fully vaccinated means the performance you attend is at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose.
      • **Please note: photo IDs are not required for children.
      • Guests who need a reasonable mask accommodation for medical reasons must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the theater regardless of vaccination status. A negative rapid antigen test administered within 24 hours will also be accepted.
  3. If you are experiencing symptoms (i.e. fever, chills, cough), please stay home and do not attend the event. Contact the Box Office at 513-569-8080 x10 to discuss your ticket options. Read about our refund policy here.
  4. Our public performance seating will not be socially distanced. Please contact the TCT Box Office with any questions at 513-569-8080 x10 or email us at
  5. School show capacities will be limited, and school groups will be separated from one another to the best of our ability during daytime school performances.
  6. No concessions will be sold during any performance.
  7. No food or drinks will be allowed in the theater.
  8. No merchandise will be sold during any performance. Special ELF packs will be available to purchase in advance and will be mailed to patrons. Details coming soon!
  9. Autographs for subscribers and Crown Club members after public performances have been postponed indefinitely.
  10. Protect yourself and others. Thank you!

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Music by Matthew Sklar. Lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum. Originally produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures In Association with Unique Features. Directed by Roderick Justice. Choreographed by Eric Byrd.

Ideal for ages 4+.

Showtimes for ELF THE MUSICAL JR. include:

  • Saturday, December 4 at 2 PM (this performance is signed for the hearing impaired)
  • Saturday, December 4 at 5 PM
  • Sunday, December 5 at 2 PM
  • Friday, December 10 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, December 11 at 11 AM
  • Saturday, December 11 at 2 PM
  • Sunday, December 12 at 2 PM

All The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Broadway-style MainStage productions, including ELF THE MUSICAL JR., are performed in the historic Taft Theatre, at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets start at $10. Visit for tickets or visit the TCT Box Office at 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227, Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM to purchase tickets in person.

Season Subscriptions & Flex Pass Packages
Traditional subscriptions and flex pass packages to the TCT 2021-2022 MainStage Season are available now at

Regular subscriptions start at just $43. All subscriptions and single tickets remain refundable during the pandemic if you are unable to attend due to COVID-19.

Showtimes are changing in 21-22
To best accommodate our youngest patrons, TCT has adjusted MainStage weekend showtimes. TCT will now host a 5 PM showtime the first Saturday, and an 11 AM show the second Saturday. The Friday 7:30 PM performances will be moving up to 7 PM.

ALS interpretation and audio description will be offered on the first Saturday at 2 PM performances of all productions.

Daytime, weekday school performances will be offered for all productions. Visit for details.

ELF THE MUSICAL JR. is made possible by the generosity of Production Sponsors Edyth B. Lindner and TriHealth as well as Season Sponsors, ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, The Patricia A. Corbett Trust, William S. Rowe Foundation, The Charles H. Dater Foundation, The H.B., E. W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees. 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 helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

CAST (In Alphabetical Order)

  • Deb – Katie Pees Arber
  • Matthews/Fake Santa/Ensemble – David Armando
  • Chadwick/Ensemble – Chris Logan Carter
  • Ensemble – Brinley Culver
  • Ensemble – Brooke Chamberlain
  • Ensemble – Stella D’Ascenzo
  • Ensemble – Celia D’Ascenzo
  • Jovie – Alloria Frayser
  • Sarah – Leah Hall
  • Michael Hobbs/Charlie the Elf – Griffin Hatfield
  • Ensemble – Kai Horvit
  • Ensemble – Dez Flynn Hutchens
  • Store Manager/Ensemble – Je’Shaun Jackson
  • Sam/Emma Van Brockin – Kyndra Jefferies
  • Buddy – A. James Jones
  • Darlene Lambert – Tori Kocher
  • Ensemble – Elli Maddock
  • Ensemble – Peyton Morgan
  • Mr. Greenway/Ensemble – Rodney Neal
  • Walter Hobbs – Dain Alan Paige
  • Santa/Ensemble – Ryan J. Poole
  • Ensemble – Kip Richardson
  • Ensemble – Chelsea Russell
  • Emily – Deb Schubert
  • Ensemble – Kate Stark
  • Ensemble – Morgan Tracy
  • Ensemble – Kavan Vadivelu
  • Ensemble – Keya Vadivelu
  • Charlotte Dennon/Ensemble – Michelle Wells

Understudies: For Greenway, Store Manager, and Souvlaki Stand: David Armando; for Santa and Walter: Rodney Neal; for Buddy: Chris Logan Carter; for Matthews, Chadwick, and Sam: Kai Horvit; for Deb: Tori Kocher; for Jovie: Leah Hall; for Emily: Michelle Wells; for Michael and Charlie: Kavan Vadivelu.


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OTR International Film Festival Returns to Cincinnati

OTRFF_logoJuly 7 – 10, 2022

CINCINNATI, Ohio (October 12, 2021) – The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, presented by LADD, is set to return July 7-10, 2022 and is Now Accepting Submissions! Film submissions are open until January 6, 2022. The OTR Film Fest is known for bringing films from around the world for a celebration of diversity, inclusion and shared humanity. Visit us on FilmFreeway for the opportunity to be a part of our curation.

The OTR Film Fest is the nation’s first diversity film festival driven by people in the disability community, and is a platform to see through another’s eyes.

“It is a movement about human connection,” said Molly Lyons, OTR International Film Festival Director. “This event allows us to continue in our shared experiences — to grow, learn, and value one another.”

As in previous festivals, dozens of films never before shown in theaters or on TV will debut in venues in the historic district of Over-the-Rhine and select neighborhoods within the city of Cincinnati. As varied as the films will be – crossing all forms and genres – the mission of each is the same: to engage and unite people.

“Film is a communal experience,” says TT Stern-Enzi, OTR International Film Festival Artistic Director. “Powerful stories are shared where audience members discover how they relate to those stories, and are able to learn from a completely different perspective. That’s what we hope to deliver at every screening, which include bold, provocative conversations with panelists after each showcase.”

Each festival brings out the best in our community. We look forward to uniting for this purpose again next year. Mark your calendars for the OTR Film Fest Film Announcement Party in May 2022, and the festival July 7 – 10, 2022.

Visit to submit a film!

About the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival
The mission of the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival (OTRFF) is to present stories that celebrate the human spirit by providing a platform for audiences to see through another’s eyes. OTRFF also aims to spotlight the Queen City and its role in reframing how we see disability in the entertainment industry’s ongoing discussion of diversity.

About LADD
Guided by the belief that every person has ability and value, LADD empowers adults with developmental disabilities to live, work, and connect. Founded in 1975, the Cincinnati non-profit now supports nearly 700 individuals through housing, employment and meaningful community engagement programs. Learn more at


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The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Welcomes Back Live Audiences with the Absurdist Classic, RHINOCEROS

WHHS_Rhinoceros logo

Poster design by Nadyaa Betts.

Cincinnati, OH- After a full season of virtual offerings last year, the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is eager to welcome back live audiences with Eugene Ionesco’s classic of the Absurdist Theatre, Rhinoceros.

The show runs November 11-13, 2021 at 7 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, November 13.

The play follows the inhabitants of a small French town, as one by one, they inexplicably turn into rhinoceroses. One “sane” man, Beringer, tries his best to survive the onslaught while resisting the temptation to become one of the herd.

“Being an absurdist play, Rhinoceros doesn’t make a lot of sense on purpose,” says director Mike Sherman. “However, audiences will soon realize that it’s actually pretty brilliant social satire on a whole host of contemporary social issues.  Also, there’s a lot about the current world we live in that doesn’t make a whole lot of rational sense, either.”


Owen Cummings as Berenger & Adeleigh Karoutchi as Daisy. Costume and mask design by Sadie Gray. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The design concept of the play combines traditional French style clowning and masks, while also being influenced by the black and white episodes of The Twilight Zone. The design elements are all done in grayscale to make the audience feel like they are watching a black and white, B-horror movie right out of the 1950s- right down to the glorious campiness of it.


Wolf Singer as Jean. Costume and mask design by Sadie Gray. Photo by Mikki Schaffner photography.

“While there are some jump scares that happen, it’s also a dark comedy- there’s a lot about human behavior to laugh about,” says Sherman.

Tickets are now available, and can be purchased at:, where audience members can also read the COVID 19 policies for attending the performance.

This production and the entire WHHS Theatre Season is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.

Featuring Owen Cummings as Berenger, Wolf Singer as Jean, Adeleigh Karoutchi as Daisy, Claire Graff as The Housewife, Loretta Rubin as The Grocer’s Wife, Azaria Cuff as The Logician, Leo Jenkins as The Old Gentleman, Jude Shotwell as The Grocer/A Fireman, Anika Vockell as The Cafe Proprietor, Josie Leanza as The Waitress, Nicholas Kaufmann as Mr. Papillon, Isabella Lachey as Botard, Nate Caudill as Dudard, Sophie Christian as Mrs. Boeuf, Andrew Canter as The Little Old Man, and Echo Lyons Siler as The Little Old Man’s Wife.

  • Directed by Mike Sherman
  • Technical Direction by Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Production Stage Manager- Mary Sullivan
  • Assistant Stage Manager- Abbie Kershner
  • Costume and Character Mask Designer- Sadie Gray
  • Lighting Designer- Sophie Glenn
  • Master Electrician- Reagan Warvel
  • Props, Puppet, and Rhinoceros Mask Designer- Laurel Prince
  • Scenic Designer- Chloe Goodman
  • Sound Designer- Maya Busche

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EMPOWER HOURS Join the Cincinnati Bell Rise Up Women’s Series Event Lineup Celebrating Women Leaders in Arts & Society

MISC_Jennifer Zawadzki

Jennifer Zawadzki

CINCINNATI, OH (October 12, 2021) – Following a successful and impactful launch last month, the Cincinnati Bell Rise Up Women’s Series continues with new and dynamic event experiences which spotlight some of world’s most inspiring women artists and thought leaders.

Memorial Hall OTR proudly introduces the Cincinnati Bell Rise Up Women’s Series Empower Hours starting November 2021. Empower Hours are two-hour experiences that break the monotony of typical networking events, offering audiences the opportunity to hear powerhouse women share their stories of courage.

The series of three Empower Hours will begin on November 17, 2021, featuring Jennifer Zawadzki, CEO and Co-Founder of The Future You Project, sharing her story of transformation that has inspired women
across the country to elevate one another and live their best lives. Programming will continue with a series of entertaining acts at historic Memorial Hall through June 2022.

The first event is being announced at this time:

Empower Hour – Jennifer Zawadzki with Amy Scalia
November 17, 2021, 4:30pm | Doors Open at 3:30pm
Memorial Hall | 1225 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine

Tickets are $30 and include one drink ticket, complimentary light bites and a meet & greet with the speakers. Tickets available at, or by calling the Memorial Hall Box Office a 513.977.8838 (Tu – Fr, 1pm – 6pm).

…The Series Continues with Multi-Genre Programming

This week, Washington Park is thrilled to play host once again to an inspiring Cincinnati Bell Rise Up Women’s Series event. On Sunday, October 17th at 6:00pm, 2019 Latin GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, Nella, will perform at the Washington Park Bandstand. Thanks to the generosity of our Cincinnati Bell Rise Up Women’s Series Sponsors Cincinnati Bell, Procter & Gamble, CIVISTA Bank and Messer Construction we are making the Nella concert more inclusive by offering complimentary tickets to the show. Should the weather not cooperate, the concert will be moved inside to Memorial Hall which is across the street from Washington Park.

The Cincinnati Bell Rise Up Women’s Series continues with a performances by beloved Canadian singer songwriter trio The Wailin’ Jennys on February 9, 2022 and energetic collective of eight musicians, dreamers and artist, Sammy Rae & The Friends on March 15, 2022.

Additional 2022 events will be announced in the weeks to come including a family theatrical program with a female lead, and a women’s conference.

The Cincinnati Bell Rise Up Women’s Series is being made possible with presenting support from Cincinnati Bell, Procter & Gamble, CIVISTA Bank and show sponsorship by KMK Law and Bartlett Wealth Management.

In addition to the events series, 3CDC will offer free media support through its advertising and marketing channels to their non-profit partners Make A Wish and Ladies of Leadership, with the goal of generating awareness for their services and to help with fundraising opportunities.

Empower Hour Speaker Bios:

Jennifer Zawadzki
Jennifer Lee Zawadzki is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Future You Project, a brand that specializes in curated gift boxes and wellness activities that elevate, celebrate and support women.

As a writer and guest speaker for numerous publications, television networks, and women’s empowerment groups, Jennifer’s personal story of transformation has inspired women across the globe to embrace the power of female friendships, believe in their limitless potential, and experience the joy that comes from living life on purpose, with purpose.

Amy Scalia
Amy Scalia is an experienced digital publisher, writer, marketer and on-air talent. Celebrating ten years with Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2021, Scalia develops on-air and digital content for Local12, Star64, CW, Cincinnati Refined and OTT stations nationwide. She’s also a freelance writer for Columbus-based LBrands.

Major life accomplishments include: being a mom of three, receiving a “40 Under 40″ award from the Cincinnati Business Courier, winning the “Best New Product/Service of the Year” Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a national Web-writing award from ASHPE, a national feature writing award from ASBPE and running three Flying Pig Marathons.

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About Memorial Hall: Memorial Hall is conveniently located in the heart of the revitalized arts district of Over-the-Rhine. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, this exquisite venue overlooks Washington Park, and is neighbor to Music Hall, the Transept, the School for Creative and Performing Arts, and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Designed by Samuel Hannaford & Sons, the hall features marble staircases adorned with intricate wrought iron that lead to the 556-seat proscenium theater, dubbed the Annie W. and Elizabeth M. Anderson Theater. Exceptional acoustics, decorative murals and Tiffany chandeliers enhance this historic performance space, completed with stenciled murals by Francis Pedretti. Memorial Hall Operations is dedicated to programming and preserving historic Hamilton County Memorial Hall. The venue’s bookings reflect the richness of our community, honor the veterans for whom the hall was built, and contribute to the vibrancy of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. For more information, visit

About 3CDC: 3CDC is a private, non-profit, real estate development and finance organization focused on revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati corporate community. 3CDC’s work is specifically focused on the Central Business District and in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. 3CDC also manages The Cincinnati Equity Fund (CEF) and the Cincinnati New Markets Fund (CNMF). These investment funds play an important role by providing needed financial capital to 3CDC’s development projects. For more information, visit

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Cincinnati Ballet Presents KING ARTHUR’S CAMELOT Nov. 5-7 at Music Hall

CB_Camelot promoPyrotechnics, projections, and puppetry featured in large-scale, post-pandemic production

Cincinnati, OH (October 12, 2021) – Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to welcome audiences back to the theater for its first, full-scale production since the pandemic began. Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s KING ARTHUR’S CAMELOT features dozens of dancers, dazzling sets and costumes, and incredible special effects. CAMELOT, first created in 2013, is also the first of three full-length, Morgan-choreographed ballets featured during the 2021-2022 Season, as the Company celebrates her 25th and final year as artistic director. “It means so much to me that we are producing KING ARTHUR’S CAMELOT this season,” Morgan said. “There are very few ballets based on the Arthurian legend. It has all the elements of a great story – a hero’s quest, forbidden love, epic battles – and the sword flighting and jousting are exciting as well! It was a joy to create this work, and I am thrilled we are sharing it with Cincinnati again.” CAMELOT transports us to a mystical land where the story of King Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere unfolds in a visually stunning display of dance, drama, and magic that the whole family will love! Exquisite costumes by Sandra Woodall, one of the dance world’s most sought-after designers, and an original score by John Estacio set the scene as newly crowned King Arthur navigates the trials of love and betrayal amidst a kingdom at war. All Cincinnati Ballet dancers and Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy young performers (age 12 and older) appearing in the production are fully vaccinated and will perform unmasked.

The health and safety of our patrons, artists and staff remain Cincinnati Ballet’s top priority. All ticket holders aged 12 and above are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for entry into Cincinnati Music Hall. Proof of a negative COVID test will also be accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination. The negative test can either be a PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance or an antigen test by a healthcare or pharmacy provider within 24 hours. In addition, all guests regardless of age or vaccination status are required to wear face coverings at all times while inside the venue, including while seated in performance spaces. This policy will remain in effect until further notice. Cincinnati Ballet, along with our venue partners, will continue to closely monitor the rate of Covid-19 transmission in Hamilton County and assess and adjust accordingly. Additional Covid 19-related health protocols and requirements may be in effect at the time of future events. Cincinnati Ballet will communicate any changes via email prior to all affected performance.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit

WHO: Cincinnati Ballet

  • Friday, November 5 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, November 6 at 2 pm
  • Saturday, November 6 at 8 pm
  • Sunday, November 7 at 1 pm
  • Sunday, November 7 at 6:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 20 at 1 pm
  • Sunday, June 20 at 6:30 pm

WHERE: Cincinnati Music Hall
1241 Elm Street
Cincinnati, Ohio
TICKETS: Call 513.621.5282 or visit

Cincinnati Ballet 2021-2022 Season Sponsors:

Victoria Morgan’s 25th Anniversary Season presented by PNC

Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret and Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and community engagement in local to global communities, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, provides extensive education and community engagement programs, and offers top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

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