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MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE! Announces 2022 Nationwide Tour

CAA_Masterchef Junior Live 2022Featuring Season Eight Winner Liya, Finalist Grayson, and Fan-Favorites A’Dan and Molly

OCTOBER 5, 2022 AT 7:00 PM

Tickets on sale Friday, July 1 at 10:00 AM

[CINCINNATI, OH] – TCG Entertainment, a leader in live entertainment properties and touring productions, in association with Endemol Shine North America, producer of the hit culinary competition series MasterChef Junior, have announced the ALL-NEW 2022 MasterChef Junior Live! Tour.  Season Eight Winner, Liya, along with finalist Grayson and fan-favorites A’Dan and Molly will all hit the road with returning host Mac Dassatti to serve up a perfectly balanced good time for fans of all ages.

The MasterChef Junior Live! Tour is traveling through 25+ cities and will be at the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 7:00 PM. The event is part of the Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2022-23 season.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 1 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-2787 [ARTS}, and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. Ticket prices are $65.50,  $50.50, $35.50, and $20 for children ages 2-12 (available in select locations). An adult must accompany children. Applicable services fees may apply. Ticket prices/fees subject to change.

Celebrate all things MasterChef with a VIP Experience!  A limited number of packages are available for $125 each and include one ticket in the first three rows of the Procter & Gamble Hall, a pre-show Meet & Greet and Q&A session with the MasterChef Junior Live! cast, signed merchandise, and a photo opportunity.


CAA_MCJ_LiyaName: Liya
Age: 13
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY

What you are looking forward to on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE TOUR 2022?
I am so happy to be on the stage cooking again, and finally getting a chance to meet all our fans.

CAA_MCJ_GraysonName: Grayson
Age:  14
Hometown: Austin, TX

What you are looking forward to on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE TOUR 2022:
Reuniting with my MasterChef Junior castmates and cooking up great new dishes together! I’m also excited to travel and meet other kids who love to cook as much as I do.

CAA_MCJ_MollyName: Molly
Age: 13 (Will be 14 in August)
Hometown: Springfield, MO

What are you looking forward to on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE TOUR 2022?
Traveling to places I haven’t been before, to cook in front of a live audience, to reunite with my friends, and to enjoy the experience.

CAA_MCJ_AdanName: A’Dan
Age: 13
Hometown: Lilburn, GA

What you are looking forward to on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE! 2022?
I’m looking forward to cooking on stage with my friends, meeting kids in the different states, sharing my culinary skills and experience, and giving fans a good time and great show.

The 2022 MasterChef Junior Live! tour promises to have all the ingredients for family fun, featuring more mouth-watering cooking demonstrations and challenges to tickle your taste buds and funny bone.

MasterChef Junior Live! is one of TCG’s favorite shows to produce. We are always excited to recreate some of the fan-favorite segments from the TV series and bring it to a live audience. The energy this show brings is contagious,” says Stephen Cook, President of TCG Entertainment and Producer of MasterChef Junior Live!

Whether you’re a foodie or just a fan, the 2022 MasterChef Junior Live! tour is fun for all ages. For more information and to purchase exclusive merchandise, visit

About MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior, based on the hit FOX television show MasterChef, blends exciting moments and inspirational stories with talented young contestants. Young home cooks face fun and technical challenges proving that when it comes to cooking, age doesn’t matter!

Produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, MasterChef Junior is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine. Natalka Znak, Danny Schrader, Elisabeth Murdoch, Georgie Hurford-Jones, Gordon Ramsay, Patricia Llewellyn, and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.

About TCG Entertainment
TCG Entertainment is a leading producer of creative content for live entertainment properties and touring productions. Owning multiple intellectual properties, and partnering with top IP holders and studios, TCG has generated decades worth of live family entertainment.  With a laundry list of productions enjoyed by millions of audience members around the globe, TCG is the leading authority in providing brands a visionary, one-stop source for live touring and experiences. Visit for more information.

About Endemol Shine North America
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe.

A division of Banijay, the world’s largest international content producer and distributor, subsidiary production companies in the U.S. include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original, 51 Minds Entertainment, Bunim/Murray Productions, and Stephen David Entertainment. Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all original Spanish and Portuguese-language operations across Latin America, including Endemol Shine Brasil, Mexico City-based Endemol Shine Boomdog and Banijay Mexico, and U.S. Hispanic.

Endemol Shine North America is behind such hit series as Big Brother (CBS), MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), Wipeout (TBS), LEGO Masters (FOX), The Courtship (USA/Peacock), Foodtastic (Disney+), Married to Real Estate (HGTV), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), The Real Housewives of Potomac (Bravo), Below Deck (Bravo), Below Deck Mediterranean (Bravo), Below Deck Sailing Yacht (Bravo), Below Deck Down Under (Peacock), Swamp People (History), The Challenge (MTV, Paramount+, CBS), and the upcoming launches of The Surreal Life (VH1), The Real Housewives of Dubai (Bravo), and Ripley (Showtime).


  • SEASON SPONSORS: AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), CINCINNATI-NORTHERN KENTUCKY HONDA DEALERSLOCAL 12 WKRC-TV, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown/University Area, Graphic Village, Heidelberg Distributing, Kinley Cincinnati, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, TriHealth

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Cincinnati Opera’s 2022 Summer Festival Continues July 6-10

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Illustration by Aimee Sposito Martini

July 6-10 at SCPA’s Corbett Theater
A heartwarming coming-of-age story inspired by Cincinnati teen girls

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Photo by Jeff Roffman / The Atlanta Opera

July 7-10 at Music Hall
A perfectly preposterous high-seas adventure

CINCINNATI, OH—This July 6 through 10, Cincinnati Opera continues its 2022 Summer Festival with two uplifting productions: the world premiere of FIERCE (July 6, 9, 10 at SCPA’s Corbett Theater), with music by William Menefield and libretto by Sheila Williams, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (July 7, 8, 10 at Cincinnati Music Hall).

FIERCE (world premiere)
Music by William Menefield
Libretto by Sheila Williams


  • Wednesday, July 6, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 9, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.

Where: SCPA’S Corbett Theater, 108 West Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Four teenage girls gather for a workshop on writing an effective college essay. The teacher asks, “Tell me who you are,” prompting each young woman to share her story. One mourns the loss of a special friend, while another hides behind her popularity. The third feels constrained by her parents’ expectations, and the last faces a troubled home life. Despite the chorus of trolls that taunts them, the girls unite, embarking on a transformative journey toward empowerment and self-assurance.

With authenticity and sensitivity, Northern Kentucky-based novelist Sheila Williams interviewed local teen girls to inspire the opera’s story, while Cincinnati native William Menefield employed jazz, modern, Afro-Cuban, R&B, and classical music styles in its high-energy score. D. Lynn Meyers, producing artistic director of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, makes her opera directing debut. Fierce is presented in partnership with three creative organizations that serve Cincinnati-area youth: WordPlay Cincy, Music Resource Center—Cincinnati, and i.imagine.

Cast and Creative Team:

  • Rumer … Megan Graves
  • Nyomi … Victoria Ellington
  • Morgan … Alicia Russell Tagert
  • Vesta … Lauren McAllister
  • Ms. Lee-Adler/Mary/Troll 4 … Wendy Hill
  • Troll 1 / John … M. Andrew Jones
  • Troll 2 / Jim …  Antonio Cruz
  • Troll 3 / Jackie / Margaret … Indra Thomas
  • Composer … William Menefield
  • Librettist … Sheila Williams
  • Conductor … Joseph Young
  • Stage Director … D. Lynn Meyers
  • Production Designer … Samantha Reno
  • Lighting Designer … Thomas C. Hase
  • Projection Designer … Jessica Drayton
  • Wig and Makeup Designer … James Geier
  • Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Tickets and Information:
Tickets are $35. To order, call 513-241-2742 or visit

Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W.S. Gilbert


  • Thursday, July 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 10, 3:00 p.m.

Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Frederic, an orphan apprenticed to a lively band of pirates, will soon celebrate his 21st birthday, when he’ll be free to pursue a life—and love—all his own. The charming Mabel catches his eye, and she’s supremely smitten in return. But the crafty Pirate King finds a loophole in Frederic’s contract, setting the young lovers’ future upon stormy seas. Will Frederic and Mabel steer their way to a happily-ever-after?

With vibrant sets and costumes, memorable tunes, and rapid-fire laughs, Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious The Pirates of Penzance is a modern, major spectacle, perfect for the entire family.

Cast and Creative Team:

  • Major-General Stanley … Patrick Carfizzi
  • The Pirate King … Zachary James
  • Frederic … David Walton
  • Mabel … Lauren Snouffer
  • Ruth … Amber Wagner
  • Sergeant of Police … Samuel Smith
  • Samuel … Mark Diamond
  • Edith … Marlen Nahhas
  • Kate … Jasmin White
  • Isabel … Christina Hazen
  • Conductor … David Agler
  • Stage Director and Choreographer … Seán Curran
  • Scenic and Costume Designer … James Schuette
  • Lighting Designer … Thomas C. Hase
  • Wig and Makeup Designer … James Geier
  • Chorus Master … Henri Venanzi
  • Fight Director … Gina Cerimele-Mechley

Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus

Tickets and Information:
Tickets start at $35. To order, call 513-241-2742 or visit

Looking ahead:

Cincinnati Opera
2022 Summer Festival

CASTOR AND PATIENCE (world premiere)
By Gregory Spears and Tracy K. Smith
July 21, 23, 24, 28 & 30 at SCPA’s Corbett Theater

By Giuseppe Verdi
July 22, 26, 29 & 31 at Music Hall

Special concert event!
An evening of opera and gospel hosted by world-renowned bass Morris Robinson
July 27 at Music Hall

Visit for complete details.

About Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati Opera’s mission is to enrich and connect our community through diverse opera experiences.

Founded in 1920 and the second-oldest opera company in the nation, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of grand opera every summer and engaging programs throughout the year. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary masterworks brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative artists.

Season Presenting Sponsor of the 2022 Summer Festival is Huntington. Cincinnati Opera is supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. Cincinnati Opera also receives season support from the Ohio Arts Council, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Patricia A. Corbett Estate and Trust, and the Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation, along with general season and project support from many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. Media partners are 90.9 WGUC and 91.7 WVXU. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America.

For more information, visit

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JAGGED LITTLE PILL Added to Broadway in Cincinnati’s 2022-23 Season

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Elizabeth Stanley and Company of JAGGED LITTLE PILL (c) Matthew Murphy

Cincinnati, OH (June 23, 2022) – Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati presented by TriHealth announces the addition of Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical, JAGGED LITTLE PILL to the 22/23 season. The musical, featuring music from iconic singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette’s 90s album of the same name, will play the Aronoff Center for one week only from March 28 – April 2, 2023.

The engagement of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL will no longer visit Cincinnati in the upcoming 22/23 season. 


March 28 – April 2, 2023

Joy, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, LIFE—everything we’ve been waiting to see in a Broadway show—is here in the exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music.

Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin, upcoming 1776) with a Tony-winning book by Diablo Cody (Juno) and Grammy-winning score, this electrifying production about a perfectly imperfect American family “vaults the audience to its collective feet” (The Guardian). “Redemptive, rousing and real, JAGGED LITTLE PILL stands alongside the original musicals that have sustained the best hopes of Broadway.” (The New York Times)

You live, you learn, you remember what it’s like to feel truly human… at JAGGED LITTLE PILL.


October 25 – November 6, 2022

December 6 – 18, 2022

January 3 – 15, 2023

February 7 – 12, 2023

March 7 – 19, 2023

March 28 – April 2, 2023

April 18 – 30, 2023

May 17 – June 4, 202

*Week One Season Subscribers will automatically be seated into ANNIE.
**Week Two Season Subscribers will automatically be seated into JAGGED LITTLE PILL.

For the original season announcement with subscription details, please click here

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ETC Announces Winner of Fourth Annual PLAY/WRITE Collegiate Playwriting Competition


(Cincinnati, OH) Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) is pleased to announce the winner of the fourth annual PLAY/write: The Jackie Demaline Regional Collegiate Playwriting Competition. The annual collegiate competition nurtures local aspiring dramatists who are helping to shape the future of American theatre and provides a $2,500 juried cash award to support the early work and career of each winner along with staged professional readings of their scripts.

The winner of this year’s prize is Steven Strafford (Ohio University) for his play The Match Game, which will receive a full-length staged professional reading on July 31, 2022, at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati.

Judges found Strafford’s The Match Game very well constructed, humorous, and highly entertaining all while navigating some heavier topics as a diagnosis of cancer, the loss of trust, and family dysfunction. The panel would also like to recognize the following playwrights with Honorable Mentions in this year’s competition:  Both Hands by Joyce Evelyn Deaton (Northern Kentucky University), The Heat by David Schwartz (University of Cincinnati), and The End of the World by Baxter Whitehead (Miami University).

About the Competition
The competition commemorates the life and work of writer, critic, and theatre enthusiast, Jackie Demaline. A passionate arts advocate, Ms. Demaline served as an important catalyst for change in the theater community and was an entertainment writer and editor for numerous publications. Her legacy lives on through this competition, providing professional development for emerging writers, amplifying new voices and perspectives, and kick-starting arts careers. 

About the Play
The Match Game by Steven Strafford

Steph has cancer, but that’s the least of her problems today. Her estranged father, who may or may not have dementia, has come to live with her. Her suspicious mom, her gay brother and his sweet, young, and somewhat dim-witted boyfriend, her absent father, and her precocious daughter will all be in attendance at an ad-hoc birthday party, complete with the set of a regional production of a Broadway musical. Can Steph navigate her family to get what she wants, or maybe more importantly, what she needs? 

About the Playwright
Steven Strafford is a Brooklyn-born playwright and actor. He is the author of the award-winning solo play, Methtacular!, which he has performed across the country in LORT theaters, universities, and LGBTQ+ spaces and which was recorded at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theater in 2019. His soon-to-be-published play Small Jokes About Monsters won the New American Voices Contest in 2016, was a semi-finalist for The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and won the 2022 Ready-To-Publish Award from SETC and StageRights. Small Jokes About Monsters had productions in Houston at Landing Theatre, (nominated for Outstanding New Play, Houston Theater Awards), Chicago at 16th Street Theater, and in Sioux City at The Lamb Theater. His play Greater Illinois was a semifinalist in the 2021 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and a finalist for the Jackie Demaline Regional Collegiate Playwriting Competition at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. The play also received a workshop with Tantrum East in NYC. His short play Use Your Noodles was produced at Middlesex College, Ohio University, and Colby College. Methtacular! will be included in a forthcoming anthology of solo plays from Opus Books. His essay, “College Dreams,” was published in the book, The Anatomy of Silence.

Performance Information
The reading will take place on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. Registration is required for this free event and can be reserved online at or by calling (513) 421-3555.


2021-2022 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.

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.

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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Over-the-Rhine Film Festival to Feature Apple Original Films CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH

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Cooper Raiff and Evan Assante in “Cha Cha Real Smooth,” now streaming on Apple TV+.

Cooper Raiff’s Second Feature Film to Screen in Cincinnati on July 9 

CINCINNATI, OH –June 22, 2022 – The premier diversity festival in the United States led by the disability community, The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival, presented by LADD, will screen the romantic comedy ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ from Apple Original Films at the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s SITE 1212 on Saturday, July 9 at 5pm.  ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ is about a 22-year-old named Andrew who is fresh out of college and without a clear life path and stuck at home with his family in New Jersey.  He lands a job doing motivational dancing at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs for his younger brother’s classmates.  When Andrew befriends a local mom and daughter duo, he discovers the future he wants – even if it might not be his own.  The film is directed and written by Cooper Raiff and stars Cooper Raiff, Dakota Johnson, Brad Garrett, Leslie Mann and newcomers Vanessa Burghardt and Evan Assante.

The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival, presented by LADD, July 7-10, 2022, will screen fifty films at venues in the diverse Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati including The Art Academy of Cincinnati’s SITE 1212, The Woodward Theater, Harriet Beecher Stowe House and The Freedom Center throughout the four-day event.  “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with Apple TV+ on Cha Cha Real Smooth; it’s such an endearing and authentic film that resonates with our Festival values,” said tt stern-enzi, Artistic Director, The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival.  “With Cha Cha Real Smooth and some of our other feature films, Cincinnati will be hosting a number of rising stars, including Vanessa Burghardt”, he continued.

On Thursday, July 7, the narrative feature Poppy from writer-director Linda Niccol will open The OTR Film Festival, presented by LADD, at 8pm at SITE 1212. Poppy is a young woman with Down Syndrome eager to take control of her life and pursue her dream of becoming a mechanic; look forward to love, laughs and drama.

This year’s curated film slate also includes Marvelous and The Black Hole from director Kate Tsang, capturing the coming-of-age story of a delinquent teen who teams up with a surly children’s magician to navigate a difficult stage of her life.   In addition, the Festival will present Chase Joynt’s documentary Framing Agnes which, based on a discovery of case files from a 1950s gender clinic, features a cast of transgender actors and turns the talk show format inside-out to confront the legacy of a young transgender woman forced to choose between honesty and access.

For the complete film schedule, including a detailed list of films, venues and times, visit Tickets to The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival, presented by LADD, can be purchased online as virtual or in-person passes and single tickets at

About Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival
The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, presented by LADD, is the premier diversity film festival in the United States led by the disability community.  The festival’s founding sponsor is the Saul Schottenstein Foundation B along with leadership support from Procter and Gamble. Set to return July 7-10, 2022, the festival will showcase stories that celebrate the human spirit by providing a platform for audiences to see through another’s eyes. The festival is a catalyst for creating community and connections by telling stories that don’t get told.  LADD brings the annual festival to Cincinnati to continue reframing how we see disability in the entertainment industry’s ongoing discussion of diversity. Learn more at

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 over 650 adults experiencing disabilities through housing, employment and meaningful community engagement programs. Learn more at

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