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Cyndi Lauper’s Tony-Winning KINKY BOOTS Kicks Off a New Season of Hit Musicals in Covington at The Carnegie 

TC_Kinky BootsThe high-heeled hit struts onto The Carnegie stage June 30–August 19 

COVINGTON, Ky. (June 8, 2023) – This summer, The Carnegie invites audiences to the “Land of Lola” with its production of KINKY BOOTS. Performances run June 30 through August 19, 2023. 

KINKY BOOTS, the winner of six Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, is a huge-hearted, high-heeled hit featuring music and lyrics by pop legend Cyndi Lauper. Factory owner Charlie is struggling to save his business when he meets Lola, a drag queen with a wildly exciting idea that just might save the day. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS tells the story of a mismatched pair of friends who together learn that sometimes, the best way to fit in… is to stand out! 

Director Lindsey Augusta Mercer returns to The Carnegie after previously helming an acclaimed production of THE LAST FIVE YEARS in 2016. Julia Schick supplies high-energy choreography and Steve Goers is the production’s music director. Popular Cincinnati drag queen, Kora Sline, will ensure the cast is runway ready as the drag consultant and wig and makeup designer. 

“KINKY BOOTS offers a path forward that embraces our differences to build a brighter future. It celebrates the transformative power of drag: the gift of seeing the world not just as it is but as it might be,” said Director of Theatre, Tyler Gabbard. “I can’t imagine a better team to bring this bold vison to life at The Carnegie.” 

New Orleans-based actor and Cincinnati native Montez O. Jenkins Copeland returns home to star as Lola/Simon, a London drag queen in need of a quick fix for a broken boot. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) student Tomi Newman plays Charlie Price. Also joining the cast are Sujaya Sunkara (Nicola), Monique Churchill (Lauren), Jathan Briscoe (Don), Andres Martinez (George), Dylan Van Camp (Mr. Price), Kyle Taylor (Harry), Regan Utrup (Pat), Caroline Bowers (Trish), and Eliza Levy (Marge). The Angels, Lola’s fellow drag queens, are played by Kyle AngelAnthony ContrerasAnderson Rothwell, and Zach Van Camp. 

Rounding out the creative team are Tyler Gabbard (scenic designer), Erin Donnelly (costume designer), Alaina Pizzoferrato (lighting designer), and Avery Reynolds (sound designer). Diane Senffner is the dialect coach and Carissa Gandenberger is the production stage manager. 

Tickets to KINKY BOOTS may be purchased by calling (859) 957-1940 or by visiting 

The Carnegie season continues this summer with LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL and GUYS AND DOLLS: 

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL is a riveting portrait of Billie Holiday and the songs that made her famous. In a captivating evening of story and song, audiences will be transported to the gritty Philadelphia bar where the legendary jazz singer gave one of her final public performances in 1959. The hard-hitting musical chronicles the singer’s life story and celebrates the music she gave the world including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child,” and “Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do.” 

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL runs July 15 – August 20, 2023. Tickets may be purchased by calling (859) 957-1940 or by visiting  

GUYS AND DOLLS, A Musical Fable of Broadway is musical theatre at its show-stopping best! Hailed by many as the perfect musical comedy, this colorful classic follows a rowdy bunch of gamblers and showgirls in a wild game of chance and love. Set in bustling 1950s Manhattan, GUYS AND DOLLS features some of the most memorable showtunes of all time, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and the irrepressible anthem “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” 

GUYS AND DOLLS runs July 29 – August 18, 2023. Tickets may be purchased by calling (859) 957-1940 or by visiting    

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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 or by calling (859) 491-2030.  

The Carnegie is supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from the Kentucky Arts Council, City of Covington, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and Cincinnati International Wine Festival. 


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Three Tri-State Schools Awarded Fully Funded JumpStart Theatre Program

TCTC_JumpstartSupported by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati 

Cincinnati – After a three-month selection process, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) has named the newest tri-state area schools that will partner with the JumpStart Theatre Program. The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), in collaboration with New York City-based companies iTheatrics and Music Theatre International (MTI) created JumpStart Theatre, a three-year scalable program designed to build sustainable musical theatre programs in underserved schools that previously had none.

Batavia Middle School, Shroder High School (grades 7-8), and Covedale Elementary School were selected to be part of the three-year program beginning in the 2023-2024 school year.

The selection process included a formal written application, site visits to the schools, and interviews with administrators and the faculty who would be spearheading the program.

Kim Kern, Managing Director and CEO of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Batavia Middle School, Shroder High School, and Covedale Elementary School as JumpStart Theatre partner schools for the 2023-24 school year. TCT has seen over 10 schools complete this program and build their theatre programs into self-sustaining entities. We are so excited to see the momentum of this program, and to work alongside the Educational Theatre Foundation to continue the growth locally while they expand the reach and impact nationally.”

Each school will receive services and materials valued at $12,000 in the form of training, mentoring, and production support for a full-scale show for their community. Students will be involved in every aspect of the production, and TCT with EdTA will also host an annual JumpStart Theatre showcase, bringing all the participants together to share their work.

The selected schools make a three-year commitment, and teams of three or more teachers from each school will participate in professional development “boot camps” in a variety of areas lead by a master teacher in the fall and spring. These workshops will provide training in all areas of musical theatre production, with the goal of empowering the teacher teams to guide the programs independently.

For questions about the JumpStart Theatre Program and application process, visit

About The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT):
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is the oldest children’s theatre in the country. Its mission is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. Its vision is to awaken a lifelong love of theater in children and the young at heart. Today, the Children’s Theatre brings art to life for our audiences through three key programs: TCT MainStage at the Taft Theatre, TCT on Tour (including Workshops) and TCT Academy. Each season TCT strives to reach more than 200,000 people in our region. For more information visit

About the Educational Theatre Association:
The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) is the fundraising arm of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).

ETF’s mission is to provide all students with equitable access to quality theatre education. The Foundation achieves this mission by providing financial support to programs that expand access to and participation in school theatre for underserved and marginalized communities and funding theatre programs’ growth and sustainability.

The JumpStart Theatre program creates sustainable theatre arts programs in middle schools where there previously were none. Participating schools are chosen through a rigorous application process and receive training, materials, and budget support to produce their first full-scale musical production. The support continues for three years until the program becomes self-sustaining. Non-theatre teachers are equipped with skills and resources to produce their school’s first musical through a proven combination of bootcamp style training and hands-on mentoring. The Educational Theatre Association operates JumpStart Theatre through a national network of regional theatre company partners who are selected based on their track-record of success in running educational programs for children. JumpStart Theatre partners are Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Ga.; La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, Calif.; Mountain City Center for the Arts, Frostburg, MD; Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; The Children’s Theatre, Cincinnati, OH*

*Original pilot site


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The East Side Players present Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID – Opening June 8th

ESP_The Little MermaidThe East Side Players proudly present Disney’s beloved classic in Broadway musical form – The Little Mermaid. Gather the whole family and bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy our beautiful June weather at this unique outdoor venue.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
June 8, 9, 10, 11 and 14, 15, 16 & 17 at 7:30 PM each performance
Tickets $10 and are purchased at the door – cash only please
Blue Ash Recreation Center Tom Stone Amphitheater – 4309 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242
For more information visit or call 513-891-8878

The East Side Players are a true community of theater. We take immense pride in our diverse and inclusive family of performers. Our group is a vibrant tapestry of individuals from all walks of life, with talents that span across generations. From seasoned actors to budding stars, and even entire families sharing the stage, we embrace the unique contributions each member brings to our productions.

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman and John Musker and written & directed by John Musker & Ron Clements. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. Book by Doug Wright. Disney’s The Little Mermaid is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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REMINDER: 2023 ACT/OCTAFest Registration Deadline This Friday, June 9th

ACT_logoWe are T-minus 11 days and counting until the 2023 ACT/OCTAFest convention! Another delicate reminder about the following upcoming deadlines if you are planning to attend the convention in some way, shape, or form:

  • Friday, June 9th: Last day to register for the Banquet and Saturday’s catered Lunch
    • PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A HARD DEADLINE! Final food orders need to be submitted on Saturday morning, June 10th. So yes Scarlett- you will be hungry if you don’t order your banquet dinner or lunch by June 9th.
  • Tuesday, June 13th: Last day to buy split the pot tickets online and Excerpt only/Awards only online
    • You will have the chance to buy split the pot tickets on Friday and Saturday in person with cash only. So bring those dollah bill, y’all. The pot is already more than it was last year at this same time, so the winner will be hauling in some big bucks.

All this online registration goodness can be found here on the ACT website’s registration page: Registration | ACT Cincinnati

Don’t delay, register now! And get excited for an amazing convention!

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Cincinnati Opera Kicks Off Its 2023 Summer Festival with Opera in the Park on Sunday June 11

CO_Opera in the Park

Photo by Philip Groshong

A Free Community Concert in OTR’s Washington Park

The musical celebration features opera and musical theater favorites performed by stars from Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Brass Institute

Cincinnati, Ohio — Cincinnati Opera celebrates the kickoff of its 2023 Summer Festival this weekend with a free community concert in the heart of Over-the-Rhine.

On Sunday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m., Cincinnati Opera presents Opera in the Park, a free concert in Washington Park featuring a selection of opera and musical theater favorites performed by star singers from Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 Summer Festival, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Brass Institute. Guests who arrive early can also enjoy a free preview performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Brass Institute, beginning at 6 p.m.

Admission to Opera in the Park is free and open to the public. Visit for more information.


Cincinnati Opera presents Opera in the Park

Sunday, June 11, 2023
6 p.m.: Preview concert by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Brass Institute
7:30 p.m.: Opera in the Park

Washington Park, 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cincinnati Opera presents Opera in the Parka free concert of opera and musical theater favorites in Washington Park.

Featured singers include cast members from the company’s upcoming productions of Lucia di Lammermoor (June 22, 24), The Knock (June 23, 27; July 2, 5, 7) and The Barber of Seville (July 6, 8): sopranos Raven McMillon, Felicity Tomkins, and Saane Halaholo, mezzo-sopranos Kayleigh Decker and Briana Elyse Hunter, tenors Santiago Ballerini, Terrence Chin-Loy, and Sahel Salam, baritones Anthony Clark Evans, Thomas Dreeze, and Armando Contreras, and bass Griffen Hogan Tracy.

Also featured are the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra led by conductors Stephen Mulligan and Kevin Miller, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Brass Institute. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, will emcee.

Just before Opera in the Park, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Brass Institute will perform in Washington Park beginning at 6 p.m. Top high school brass players from around the region, conducted by Daniel Wylie, will join professionals from around the country, conducted by Professor Jaime Morales, to present arrangements of Cincinnati Opera-inspired music, from Wagner to Gershwin.

Attendees are invited to bring friends, families, and dogs–plus blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics–to enjoy this evening of opera under the stars. Concessions and food trucks will be available in and around Washington Park throughout the evening.

Free. Guests are encouraged to register in advance for weather alerts and event updates. All registered attendees will also be entered in a drawing for a pair of tickets to a Cincinnati Opera 2023 Summer Festival performance.  To register, visit

For Information:

Looking ahead:

Cincinnati Opera
2023 Summer Festival

Lucia di Lammermoor
By Gaetano Donizetti
June 22 & 24 at Music Hall

The Knock
By Aleksandra Vrebalov and Deborah Brevoort
June 23 & 27 and July 2, 5 & 7 at Music Hall’s Wilks Studio

The Barber of Seville
By Gioachino Rossini
July 6 & 8 at Music Hall

Studio Sessions
July 12 & 19 at Music Hall’s Wilks Studio

Madame Butterfly
By Giacomo Puccini
July 22, 27 & 29 at Music Hall

Visit for complete season 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. 

Opera in the Park is a part of the DBL Law OTR Performs series in Washington Park. Opera in the Park is sponsored by Western & Southern Financial Group.

Cincinnati Opera is supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. Cincinnati Opera also receives general season support from Chavez Properties, the Ohio Arts Council, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Patricia A. Corbett Estate and Trust, the Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, along with general season and project support from many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. 2023 Media Partner is Classical 90.9 WGUC. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America. To learn more, visit

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