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CCM Commemorates 50th Anniversary Year of Stonewall Uprising in Concert Nov. 26

CCM_Mr. Tamborine Man promoThe CCM Wind Symphony performs powerful works by LGBTQ+ composers to
commemorate the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Uprising on Nov. 26, 2019
Tickets are on sale now

CINCINNATI, OH — The UC College Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony marks the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Uprising with a special performance at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 in Corbett Auditorium. Exclusively featuring works by LGBTQ+ composers, the concert includes John Corigliano’s Grammy Award-winning song cycle Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan.

The Mr. Tambourine Man concert also features the world premiere of Un-Masqued by featured guest composer David Clay Mettens, Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Jennifer Higdon’s Mysterium and Omar Thomas’ A Mother of a Revolution!. Thomas’ piece is dedicated to Martha P. Johnson, a pioneering leader of the LGBTQ+ rights movement and Stonewall Uprising.

“I strongly believe in the power of music to challenge prejudice and hate,” says CCM Interim Division Head of Ensembles and Conducting Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor of the concert. “The inspiration for this concert is to both recognize the importance of the LGBTQ+ rights movement (especially to the arts) and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most pivotal moments in this movement’s history.”

The Stonewall Uprising began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, an LGBTQ+ bar and, today, a National Historic Landmark. This raid sparked a series of riots and protests that served as a significant catalyst for the modern gay rights movement in the U.S.

Tickets to the CCM Wind Symphony’s Mr. Tambourine Man concert can be purchased online though our e-box office, over the phone at 513-556-4183
or in person at the CCM Box Office in the Atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance is sponsored by the CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts.

About the CCM Harmony Fund
CCM’s Harmony Fund supports artistic works that fight hate and prejudice through the performing arts. John Harrison and Ginger Warner were two of the visionary founders and inspiring leaders of the CCM Harmony Fund based on the belief that the arts inspire imaginative thinking, encourage conversations, present contrasting attitudes and help us examine our own viewpoints. The Harmony Fund supports the students and faculty at CCM to explore issues and encourage them to find a voice that often would not be able to happen without The Harmony Fund.

Repertoire
MR. TAMBOURINE MAN
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring student artist Shannon Cochran, soprano
Featuring guest composer David Clay Mettens

COPLAND: Fanfare for the Common Man
HIGDON: Mysterium
CLAY METTENS: Un-Masqued
THOMAS: A Mother of a Revolution!
CORIGLIANO: Mr. Tambourine Man

Performance Time
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Ticket prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Pricing is inclusive of all fees. All performances are reserved seating.

Tickets can be purchased online though our e-box office, over the phone at 513-556-4183 or in person at the CCM Box Office in the Atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

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

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

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.

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 https://ccm.uc.edu/.

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BABY SHARK LIVE!| Sat., March 7, 2020 | Aronoff Center

BABY SHARK LIVE! WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE A SPLASH
ACROSS NORTH AMERICA BEGINNING IN MARCH 2020 

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FOLLOWING THE FALL’S SOLD OUT INAGUARAL US TOUR,
BABY SHARK LIVE!
WILL PLAY OVER 70 NEW MARKETS IN THE US AND CANADA

March 7, 2020 – Aronoff Center
Tickets On sale Friday, November 22 at 10:00 AM

CINCINNATI, OH – Pinkfong and Round Room Live are proud to announce that Baby Shark Live!, the brand-new, fully-immersive concert experience, will continue to make a splash across North America and play over 70 cities this Spring, making a stop at the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:00 PM.

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10:00 AM at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. A limited number of one-of-a-kind Post-Show Meet-and-Greet packages are available at $50 per person (in addition to the show ticket price).

The live show is based on Pinkfong’s viral earworm and global dance phenomenon, Baby Shark. Fans of all ages will delight as Baby Shark joins up with his friend Pinkfong to take an adventure into the sea, singing and dancing through new and classic songs including Five Little Monkeys, Wheels on the Bus, Jungle BoogieMonkey Banana Dance and, of course, Baby Shark! 

Baby Shark, Pinkfong’s global hit song about a family of sharks, has climbed the charts and connected with fans around the globe. After entering the Billboard Hot 100 at #32, the song has had a 17-week streak in the Top 50 while topping the Kids Digital Song Sales Chart. The Baby Shark Dance video has over 3.8 billion views, making it the 5th most viewed video in the history of YouTube.

The live tour of the viral sensation will continue its run starting March 1, 2020 in Independence, MO.  The hit show will swim to new markets including Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Toronto.

“We’re thrilled to bring Baby Shark Live! to so many new markets across North America,” says Stephen Shaw (the tour’s producer and co-president of Round Room Live). “This is a cultural phenomenon and we are very pleased how families have responded to Baby Shark live on stage.”

The Fall tour leg of Baby Shark Live! began in Spartanburg, SC and played to excited families across the country. The smash hit show sold out many performances during its six-week run and was seen by nearly 100,000 fans.

Baby Shark Live! will visit the 2019 World Series Champions in Washington, DC in June 2020 and, following sold-out performances this Fall, the tour will play repeat engagements in Pittsburgh, PA and Chicago, IL.  A full list of markets going on sale this week can be found at Babysharklive.com. Additional dates and cities will be announced soon.

Follow Baby Shark Live! for pre-sale access and exclusive tour content.

About Pinkfong: 
Pinkfong is a global entertainment brand that creates award-winning kids’ content for families around the world. Pinkfong has over 4,000 songs and stories within its vast library of children’s content, which can be accessed on the App Store and Google Play, as well as on YouTube and Amazon Video. Pinkfong’s accolades include the Amazon Video Direct Star, YouTube’s Diamond Play Button, and Google Play’s Best Family App of 2014-2017.

For more information, please visit the Pinkfong website, subscribe to its YouTube channel, or follow the company on Facebook and Instagram.

About Round Room Live, an Entertainment One company:
Round Room is a live entertainment company that specializes in the production and promotion of live family entertainment, arena shows, concert tours, theatrical performances, and touring exhibitions. In 2018, Round Room was acquired by global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), industry leaders across the family and brand space. Over the last ten years, and now under eOne, the senior management of Round Room have served as the Tour Producer for Bodies: The Exhibition; Lead Producer of Rock of Ages; Executive Producer of Fuerza Bruta; Tour Promoter for An Evening with Oprah Winfrey and An Evening with Al PacinoJurassic World: The Exhibition; and most recently, Executive Producer of The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism, all while producing and promoting some of the biggest kids tours to date, including Yo Gabba Gabba LivePJ Masks Live, and Baby Shark Live! Current projects include PJ Masks Live! Save the Day Tour; Thank You Canada Tour; Rock the Rink Tour, which launched in October 2019; Mandela: The Official Exhibition, which launches in Berlin on October 18, 2019; and Baby Shark Live!, which launched its World Tour on October 3.

CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION SPONSORS

SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), CINCINNATI-NORTHERN KENTUCKY HONDA DEALERSFURNITURE FAIRLOCAL12 WKRC-TVThe P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn-Rookwood, Graphic Village, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Cincinnati Downtown, Kroger, Millennium Cincinnati, Pepsi, Skyline Chili,
TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents Two Holiday Treats on the Showtime Stage

BAH HUMBUG: A ONE-MAN CHRISTMAS CAROL
and
MRS. CLAUS SAVES THE DAY

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is making the days merry and bright with two special productions presented by TCT On Tour (TCT’s touring division) on the Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage on Red Bank Road this holiday season.

First, the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati invites audiences to see a Christmas classic with a fun twist. All characters in this 45-minute production are performed by ONE PERSON – from Scrooge to Tiny Tim!

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Chris Logan Carter as Scrooge. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

BAH HUMBUG! A ONE-MAN CHRISTMAS CAROL is back by popular demand! 

  • Saturday, November 30 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday, December 1 at 2 PM

Charles Dickens’ famous holiday classic was adapted by Damian Gillen, directed by A. James Jones and features Chris Logan Carter playing every role. Audiences will be mesmerized by this imaginative and magical re-telling of the powerful holiday tale of hope and compassion.

This show is perfect for children in grades K-12 (and adults too!)  Visit https://thechildrenstheatre.com/shows/bah-humbug-a-one-man-christmas-carol/ for additional information. 

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Whitney Daniels, James Stringer Jr., LaShondra Hood and Lauren Everett. Photo by TCT.

Then, just a few days before Christmas, it’s your chance to stay off the naughty list as Mrs. Claus is making a list and checking it twice in MRS. CLAUS SAVES THE DAY.

  • Saturday, December 21 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday, December 22 at 2 PM

When the holiday is threatened by a severe outbreak of the North Pole Pox two days before Christmas, and Santa himself is quarantined, it’s Mrs. Claus to the rescue! With traditional carols and a world-premiere script (commissioned by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati), this holiday musical is about leadership, goodwill and teamwork. 

This show is most enjoyed by those in grades K-5.  Visit https://thechildrenstheatre.com/shows/mrs-claus-saves-the-day/ for details.

The 4-person cast of MRS. CLAUS SAVES THE DAY includes members of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Resident Artist Company:  Whitney Daniels, Lauren Everett, LaShondra Hood, and James Stringer Jr. The production was written by Christopher Stewart and directed by TCT’s Associate Artistic Director, Eric Byrd. 

Both productions will be presented on the Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH  45227. Only 152 seats are available for each performance. A question-and-answer session follows every show.

Tickets to each production are $10 each (plus service fees) and are available exclusively through ticketmaster.com or by visiting TCT’s Red Bank Road Ticket Office: Monday-Wednesday-Friday 10AM to 4PM ; Tuesday & Thursday 10AM to 7PM. (The Ticket Office will be closed for lunch each weekday from 12 PM to 1 PM.)  Mainstage subscribers pay just $7 per ticket – a savings of $3. Tickets available now.

TCT On Tour is bringing both productions to schools and venues around the Tri-State and throughout the region.  If you’re interested in booking, please contact Violet Webster at 513-569-8080 x20 or by emailing violet.webster@tctcincinnati.com.

Don’t miss The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Podcast, Audio Footlights. Hosted by Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice, this podcast is designed to look at the shows TCT produces, and to ignite, impact and inspire young listeners to have a lifelong love of theatre. This free TCT Podcast runs about 8 minutes, and will be available on iTunes as well as Stitcher, SoundCloud, GooglePlay, TuneIn and Spotify soon!

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s TCT On Tour productions are made possible by PNC.  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by the Ohio Arts Council and the generosity of the tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. 

TCT On Tour Actor Bios:

CHRIS LOGAN CARTER:  Chris is a Cincinnati native and has been performing for 5 years now. His favorite regional credits include 42nd Street (Bert), The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), and Madagascar: A Musical Adventure (King Julien). He’s thrilled that Bah Humbug! is back for a second year!

WHITNEY DANIELS – Whitney is excited to be making her debut with TCT. Past credits include It Should’ve Been You (Annie), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmeralda), Dreamgirls (Michelle), as well as performing in the Holly Jolly Trolley Show at Carowinds Amusement Park. Whitney is a graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a BA in Music Performance and Minor in Dramatic Arts.

LAUREN EVERETT – Lauren is a proud graduate of Wright State University’s BFA Musical Theatre Program. She was last seen with TCT at the Taft Theatre as Cinderella/Trinhilda in Sleeping Beauty. Regional Credits: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Twelfth Night (Olivia). WSU Credits: No, No, Nanette! (Nanette), The Music Man (Marian u/s), The Great Gatsby (Daisy u/s), Peter Pan (Wendy u/s). Website: www.laureneverett.net Instagram: @misslaureneileen.

LASHONDRA HOOD – LaShondra is honored to join The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati for their 100th season! She recently received her M.F.A. from the University of Louisville and is excited about this new chapter of her career. Some of LaShondra’s proudest theatrical credits include The Mountaintop, Fabulation, Eurydice, Our Country’s Good, Crowns, Fences, and Flyin’ West. Other opportunities include an apprenticeship with Williamstown Theatre Festival ‘16, a company member of U of L’s Repertory Theatre Company, and partner of the 2019 winner of the Kennedy Center Irene Ryan competition.

JAMES STRINGER JR. – James is ecstatic to be joining The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati this year as part of their touring company. James just finished the internship program at The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as part of the 18-19 season where he was seen in mainstage shows such as Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and A Christmas Carol. Touring shows included Cyrano and Five Little Monkeys. James graduated from The University of Louisville in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts. He is looking forward to another great year in Cincinnati and working with the amazing team at TCT!

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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Brings Four Performances to One Stage in A Student Directed One Act Festival

“We’re all mad here”

You won’t want to miss Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department’s very first Student Directed One Act Festival, with two junior high plays: ALICE adapted by Lindsay Price from the novel by Lewis Carroll, & SUPERHEROES: WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY by Ian McWethy; and two senior high plays: TERMINAL LUCIDITY: A DADA INSPIRED FEMINIST SCREAM by Amy Bernstein, & THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE by Christopher Durang. Each of the four plays will run with two performances in the Rick Steiner Black Box Theater.

WHHS One Act press-AliceALICE Show Synopsis:
ALICE follows the white rabbit down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, where she meets a cornucopia of strange creatures. A caterpillar gives advice, the Mad Hatter and March Hare are always at tea time, and the Queen of Hearts continually cries, “Off with her head!” The Cheshire Cat says everyone in Wonderland is mad, and therefore Alice must be too. Has Alice lost her head? Only the Cheshire Cat knows for sure.

Directed by Sophia Rooksberry
Stage Manager: Lucia Johns

Featuring:
Kaelyn Carr as Alice, Wolf Singer as Cheshire Cat 1/Mad Hatter, Khara Rosebrook as Cheshire Cat 2/March Hare, Molly Rebber as Cheshire Cat 3/Doormouse, Ella Shaffer as White Rabbit, Nate Caudill as Caterpillar/King of Hearts, Josie Leanza as Pigeon/Queen of Hearts, Clare Graff as Duchess/Jury Member, Lizzy Rebber as Low Door/Cook, Theresa Nguyen as Door 1/Baby/Knave, Charleigh Bates Door 2/Footman 1/Card 2, Shannon Speaker as Door 3/Footman 2/Card 5, Aidan Brogan as Door 4/Lackey/Card 7, Paloma Lanzador as Key/Stove/Jury Member, Naima Jones as Bottle/Stove/Jury Member, Kyra Doty as Cake/Stove/Jury Member

WHHS One Act press-SuperheroesSUPERHEROES: WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY Show Synopsis:
For superheroes, saving the world is tough, but the time spent away from work is tougher. The Hulk has to do taxes, a crime-fighting sidekick joins a support group, and Batman goes stir-crazy without enough criminals to take down. SUPERHEROES is a funny, fast-paced series of vignettes that explores how the caped crusaders deal with life in street clothes.

Directed by Peter Godsey
Stage Manager: Chloe Burwinkel

Featuring:
Isabella Lachey as Black Widow, Maya Busche as Storm, Jude Shotwell as Batman, Sarah Gebremeskel as Nelly/Ventnor, Marcus Ray as Clark/Tommy, Anna Visger as Ulma/Teen 2, Iris Westfall as Tucker/Teen 1, Caitlyn Hollywood as Hulk/Jimmy, Nola Stowe as Woman/Tina/Fan, Helen Sandhu as Felicia/Mia, Alejandra Frecker as Orin/Client, Andrew Canter as Robin/Boss, Julia Wasem as Garth/Manager, and Katie Berich as Penelope/Teen Girl.

Both Junior High One Acts run Friday, December 6 at 7 PM, and Saturday, December 7 at 2 PM.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for staff and students.

WHHS One Act press-Terminal LucidityTERMINAL LUCIDITY: A DADA INSPIRED FEMINIST SCREAM Show Synopsis:
She could be your friend, your neighbor, your relative: And she’s struggling to cope with a monster in her midst. What’s the right thing to do? Is there a right thing?

Directed by Bettina Ernst
Stage Manager: Grace Allen

Featuring:
Sophie Christian as Journalist, Lily Clark as Senator, Diana Hutchinson as Soldier, Uyen Dao as Offspring, Grace Kelly Fulton as Wife/Mistress, Avery Frank as Old Woman, Anna Gavin as BPC, Nina Roberto as Girl, and Sarah Mansfield as Baroness.

WHHS One Act press-Actor's NightmareTHE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE Show Synopsis:
Having casually wandered onstage, George is informed that one of the actors, Eddie, has been in an auto accident and he must replace him immediately. Apparently, no one is sure of what play is being performed but George (costumed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in the middle of a scene from Private Lives, surrounded by such luminaries as Sarah Siddons, Dame Ellen Terry, and Henry Irving. As he fumbles through one missed cue after another the other actors shift to Hamlet, then a play by Samuel Beckett, and then a climactic scene from what might well be A Man for All Seasons—by which time the disconcerted George has lost all sense of contact with his fellow performers.

Directed by Talia Raider-Roth
Stage Manager: Hannah Wardlow

Featuring:
Allison Robertson as George Spelvin, Christina Picklo as Sarah Siddons, Lily Canter as Dame Ellen Terry, Colby James as Meg, Ella Vaughn as Executioner, and Jackson Prus as Henry Irving.

Festival Production Stage Manager: Olive Leonardi
Festival Assistant Stage Managers: Reagan Warvel & JP Oberst

Both Senior High One Acts run Saturday, December 7 at 7 PM, and Sunday, December 8 at 2 PM.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for staff and students.

To purchase tickets: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets

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THE LYIN’ KINGS Presented by The Capitol Steps at Memorial Hall

MISC_The Lyin Kings loogThe Capitol Steps: THE LYIN’ KINGS
March 7 at 5pm & 8pm

“They’re the best. There’s no one like them, no one in their league.”
— Larry King, CNN

“The Capitol Steps make it easier to leave public life.”
— Former President George H. W. Bush

OVER 30 YEARS AGO, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, THE LYIN’ KINGS. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

The Capitol Steps were born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan was President when the Steps began, so co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers! Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin! So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Most cast members have worked on Capitol Hill; some for Democrats, some for Republicans, and others for politicians who firmly straddle the fence. No matter who holds office, there’s never a shortage of material. Says Elaina Newport, “Typically the Republicans goof up, and the Democrats party. Then the Democrats goof up and the Republicans party. That’s what we call the two-party system.”

ALTHOUGH the Capitol Steps are based in Washington, DC, most of their shows are out-of-town or for out-of-town audiences, whether it’s the National Welding Supply Association, a University audience, High Schoolers, or State Legislators. In fact, the Capitol Steps have performed for the last 5 Presidents (6, if you include Hillary). The only complaints the Steps seem to get are from politicians and personalities who are not included in the program!

No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the “MOCK” in Democracy?!

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