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Families Invited for Artistic Fun at the Arts Center of Dunham Free Family Fun Series

MISC_Arts Center At Dunham logoCINCINNATI, OH – September 17, 2019 — Courtesy of a grant from Price Hill Will and Sunset Players, the Free Family Fun Series hops into the Arts Center at Dunham with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, part of its Off the Hill series, on Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm.


Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Written by Dwayne Hartford and adapted from the book by Kate Dicamillo, Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit loved by a little girl named Abilene. But Edward, who is made of china, is rather self-centered. On an ocean voyage, he is accidentally thrown overboard and sinks to the bottom of the sea. So begins his miraculous journey home, in which he learns the meaning of love and loss, and how to find the courage to love again. The performance is recommended for all ages.

Off the Hill is sponsored by The John C. Griswold Foundation and KeyBank with seasonal support of education and outreach by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. The Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company is supported by Jerry and Betsy Shroat.

All Free Family Fun Series performances are on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. The remaining series includes:

  • January 11, 2020 ROKCincy Opera for Children: The Barber of Seville

ROKCincy is thrilled to present its special adaptation of Rossini’s classic comedy The Barber of Seville. Sung in English and Italian, this show stuns with familiar music, vocal fireworks and high energy hijinks. Rosina has been grounded by her strict guardian, Dr. Bartolo, and isn’t allowed to enter her project into the State Science Fair. Her teachers, Mr. Figaro and Ms. Susannah, know that she can win first place if they can only get it submitted. They’ll need all their cunning and more than a few tricks to make it happen. Recommended for grades K-6.

  • February 1, 2020 Stuart Little by Joseph Robinette, adapted from the book by E.B. White.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Stuart Little is a lovable mouse born into an ordinary New York family. His many adventures—both big and small—vividly come to life through a series of delightful scenes. Based on E.B. White’s endearing classic and written with charm, wisdom and joy, this adaptation presents the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse who is trying to survive in the great big world. Recommended for grades kindergarten and up.

  • April 4, 2020 Dragons Love Tacos by Ernie Nolan, adapted from the book by Adam Rubin.

Do you know what dragons really love? Tacos, of course! Chicken tacos, beef tacos, big tacos and tiny tacos. As a boy and his dog watch a television show about dragons, they unexpectedly get caught up in the “Dos and Don’ts” of what to feed dragons. But if they accidentally eat spicy salsa, watch out! Performed by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Off the Hill players. Recommended for pre-k and up.

  • April 18, 2020 Cincinnati Ballet

Dancers from the prestigious Cincinnati Ballet will provide an exciting peek into the typical day in the life of professional dancers. Audience members will learn the fundamentals of the art of ballet and gain an understanding of the discipline and athleticism required for a professional career in ballet. A dance demonstration with audience participation and a question and answer discussion are included.

Reservations for performances in the ACAD FREE Family Fun Series can be made online ( or by calling 513-588-4988.

The Arts Center at Dunham is an arts center for the west side of Cincinnati and its vision is to provide affordable creative and performing arts for Price Hill and surrounding communities. Housed in one of the three remaining buildings of what was the first municipally owned tuberculosis sanatorium in the United States, the Arts Center includes a 350-seat performance venue as well as extensive studio and programming space. The Arts Center is located in the CRC’s Dunham Recreation Complex. See what is happening at the Arts Center at Dunham on Facebook.



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The Carnegie Presents PROOF

TC_Proof logoWHAT: The Carnegie presents PROOF

WHEN: Weekends November 2-17, 2019

● Saturday, November 2, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 3, 3pm
● Friday, November 8, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 9, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 10, 3pm
● Friday, November 15, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 16, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 17, 3pm

WHERE: The Carnegie | 1028 Scott Blvd | Covington, KY 41011 

TICKETS: Tickets $28, $25 for Carnegie Members and ArtsPass Members, $21 for students. Tickets to Carnegie Theater Series performances are available at The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday-Friday 12pm – 5pm, online at, or by phone at (859) 957-1940.

DESCRIPTION: Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a math professor at The University of Chicago. Following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s, who hopes to find valuable work in the notebooks he left behind. In the ensuing struggles, a mysterious notebook surfaces to draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness – or genius – will she inherit?

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, PROOF is a compelling drama with elements of mystery, romance, and old-fashioned storytelling. It was made into a major motion picture in 2005 starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

CONTENT ADVISORY: Production includes adult themes and language. Not recommended for children under 13.

The  Carnegie’s 2019-20 Theatre Series is presented by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support comes from the Kentucky Department of Tourism. 

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 receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati International Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.


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Oscar Wilde’s Classic Comedy LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN Opens CCM’s 2019-20 Play Series

CCM_Lady Windermeres Fan promoCCMONSTAGE Play Series presents Wilde’s 19th-century satire about marriage, sex and gender politics on Oct. 2-6, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

CINCINNATI, OH — The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) opens its new CCMONSTAGE Play Series with Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, playing Oct. 3-6 with a preview performance on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Dubbed “smart, funny” by the San Francisco Chronicle, this 19th-century satire connects with modern audiences with its biting criticism of a hypocritical society.

“The play examines a time when reputation, gossip and social status were made and lost in the ballrooms and drawing rooms of the Victorian home,” says CCM Acting Professor Susan Felder, director of the production. “Social media moved slower, but it was still as rampant, reactive and harsh as a Twitter account.”

The play opens with plans for Lady Windermere’s coming of age party at 21 years old, but a rumor that her husband is having an affair with a mysterious woman taints the celebration. As she navigates through the Victorian double standards for men and women, Lady Windermere develops an altered understanding of what it means to be “respectable” and “good.”

Lady Windermere’s Fan was Oscar Wilde’s first theatrical success. Full of intrigue, secrets and shocking revelations, the comedy features one of the playwrights most famous lines: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Cincinnati Magazine named CCM’s production of Lady Windermere’s Fan a “can’t miss” event of Cincinnati’s arts season. Read more about this season’s Play Series in The News Record.

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Play Series presents Lady Windermere’s Fan on Oct. 2 (preview)-6, 2019, at Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

Creative Team

  • Susan Felder, director
  • Haleigh Salo*, production stage manager
  • Lindsey Purvis, scenic designer
  • Rachael Blackwell*, lighting designer
  • Christa Hanks*, costume designer
  • Oran Wongpandid*, wig and make-up designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer
  • Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, choreographer
  • Rachel Jones*, dance captain
  • Steve Miller, technical director
  • Monica Walker*, assistant technical director
  • Sammi Grant, dialect coach
    * CCM Student

Cast List

  • Zoe Cotzias as Lady Windermere
  • Olivia Buss as Mrs. Erlynne
  • Kristina Steinmetz as The Duchess of Berwick
  • Gabriella DiVincenzo as Anna Andreyevna, his wife
  • Zoe Cotzias as Marya, his daughter
  • Eli Lucas as Lord Windermere
  • Cameron Nalley as Lord Darlington
  • Jack Steiner as Lord Augustus Lorton
  • Jack McElroy as Mr. Cecil Graham
  • Sydney Miles as Lady Agatha Carlisle
  • Briley Oakley as Lady Plymdale
  • Shakoria Davis as Lady Stutfield
  • Liza Lagerstrom as Lady Jedburgh
  • Rachel Jones as Rosalie
  • Isabella Wagner as Mrs. Cowper-Cowper
  • Jason Pavlovich as Mrs. Dumby
  • Leonard Peterson as Mr. Hopper
  • Charles Gidney as Sir James Royston
  • Austin James Cleri as Parker
  • Duncan Weinland as Mr. Guy Berkeley
  • Dustin Parsons as Lord Paisley
  • Julianna Weis-Palacios as Lady Paisley
  • Rin Wallace as Miss Graham
  • Madison Pullman as Mrs. Bowden

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 (preview)
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Single tickets prices start at $32.50; preview performance ticket prices start at $15.50. Student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Subscribe to CCMONSTAGE’s Four-Show Play Series for just $89.

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

Directions and Parking
CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit

CCMONSTAGE Production Sponsor: Macy’s

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at

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Tickets for Disney’s THE LION KING on Sale Friday, Sept. 27

BIC_Lion King logoPerformances Begin on January 8, 2020 And
Play for Four Weeks at the Aronoff Center through February 2, 2020 

CINCINNATI (September 10, 2019) – Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway in Cincinnati are thrilled to announce that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of Disney’s The Lion King go on sale to the public Friday, September 27.  The Lion King will leap onto the Aronoff Center stage on January 8 for a four-week engagement through February 2.

Beginning at 9:00AM, tickets will be available via lionking.comCincinnatiArts.orgby phone at 513.621.ARTS, and the Aronoff Center Box Office. VIP Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Groups of 10 or more may reserve seating by calling 513.369.4363.

Performance dates & times are: Tuesdays – Thursdays at 7:30PM, Thursday, January 9 at 1:00PM, Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sundays at 1:00PM and 6:30PM. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information on additional shows in the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati season presented by TriHealth please visit

Ticket buyers are reminded that the outlets listed above are the only official retail ticket outlets for all performances.  Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party should be aware that the Aronoff Center is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance.

The North American touring productions of The Lion King have been seen by more than 20 million theatergoers.  Having already played more than 80 cities across North America, The Lion King now proudly makes its return to Cincinnati.

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Buyi Zama as Rafiki. Copyright Disney. Photo by Deenvan Meer.

After 21 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by more than 100 million people.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King has made theatrical history with three productions worldwide running 15 or more years and three others running 20 or more years.

Performed over its lifetime in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; on tour across North America, Japan and The U.K. & Ireland, with a separate production touring internationally, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe.  Having played over 100 cities in 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.          

The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards®:  Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical.  The Lion King has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success.  The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor continues to supervise new productions of the show around the world.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s songs from the Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.  The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to Lebo M’s rich choral numbers.

Elton John, Lebo M, and Hans Zimmer all collaborated on the 2019 version of the film, executive produced by Julie Taymor and Thomas Schumacher, which has gone onto extraordinary worldwide success.

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated The Lion King feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay.  Other members of the creative team include:  Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.

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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 19/20 Season and the season is presented by TriHealth. 

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of the John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes, The Broadway Channel, and Group Sales Box Office.  Led by 14-time Tony-winning theater producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 45 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. Current and past productions include Ain’t Too Proud, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge! and To Kill A Mockingbird.

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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Presents 2019-2020 Season Studio Series

ETC_new_logo_banner(Cincinnati, OH) To augment its mission of presenting shows that often explore compelling social issues, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) unveils the 2019-2020 selections for its newly launched Studio Series to complement its main stage productions and showcase aspiring local playwrights.

The Studio Series presents works by artists and companies across genre and form and are performed typically as readings. Readings play a major role in the development of new work, enabling artists to hear their writing out loud and absorb the audience’s reactions. Unless otherwise specified, all performances and/or readings take place in ETC’s renovated rehearsal hall.

The 2019-2020 Studio Series includes:

Michael Blankenship’s Poe-pourri
October 25 & 26, 2019 at 10pm
Tickets: $25 for subscribers, $30 for non-subscribers

Bold notes of character with a whiff of horror, these stories and poems of Edgar Allen Poe feature Jared Joplin, Ernaisja Curry, and Michael Blankenship.

10-minute Connections: Justice
February 10, 2020 at 7pm
Tickets: $15 for subscribers, $20 for non-subscribers

ETC will present an evening of 10-minute plays by local playwrights centering on the theme of justice to accompany the regional premiere of Pipeline by Dominique Morriseau. These short plays will be selected from among submissions, will be paired with Morriseau’s short play Night Vision, and will be performed by local actors at ETC.

She’s Crazy: Mental Health & Other Issues
April 27, 2020 at 7pm
Tickets: $15 for subscribers, $20 for non-subscribers

An interactive musical that educates, uplifts, and inspires audiences to reduce stigma associated with mental illness.

The Jackie Demaline Regional Collegiate Playwrighting Competition Reading
May 4, 2020 at 7pm

Free admission (reservation required). First public reading of this year’s winning script submission.


2019-2020 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support provided PNC.

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 of 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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