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THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE! | Sat., September 25 | Aronoff Center

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September 25, 2021 – Aronoff Center
On Sale Now!

Cincinnati, OH) – “COME ON DOWN” to the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall for The Price is Right Live™ stage show on Saturday, September 25 at 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM. This much-anticipated event, full of the TV show’s excitement and fun, was rescheduled from the Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2019-20 Season.

Tickets are on sale now at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.  Prices: $69.50 • $54.50 • $44.50 • $34.50. For group discount tickets (10 or more), call (513) 977-4157.

The Price is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come On Down” and play classic games from television’s most popular game show.  Contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations, and possibly even a new car by playing favorites like Plinko™, Cliffhangers™, The Big Wheel™, and the fabulous Showcase!

Playing to near sold out audiences for more than ten years, The Price is Right Live™ has given away over 12 million dollars in cash and prizes to lucky audience members all across North America.

The Price is Right™ is the longest-running game show in television history and loved by generations of viewers. This on-stage travelling version gives fans the chance to experience the same thrilling excitement of winning big, up close, and in-person.

The Price is Right™ is produced by Fremantle and licensed by Fremantle.

Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show host Todd Newton is one of the most recognized and respected personalities on television today. Known to audiences worldwide for his work on E! Entertainment Television, the man often referred to by industry insiders as “The Host with the Most” brought viewers face-to-face with Hollywood’s biggest stars for over a decade.

Todd Newton entered the world of game shows in 1999 as host of Hollywood Showdown on GSN. He has since awarded contestants more than forty-five million dollars in cash and prizes on shows such as Whammy, Family Game Night, Instant Millionaire, Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, and The Price Is Right Live.

When not in front of the camera or live on stage, the proud father of two is the author of multiple books and the founder of Newton Fund 4 Kids, which provides state-of-the-art pediatric healthcare to children in need regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

No purchase is necessary to register for chance to be a contestant.  Registration is open to legal US residents, 18 years of age or older.  A ticket purchase will not increase registrants’ chances of being selected to play.  For complete rules and regulations, including eligibility requirements, visit, or contact the Aronoff Center Ticket Office at (513) 621-2787 or  To enter the theater to watch the show, a ticket purchase is required.

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SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), CINCINNATI-NORTHERN KENTUCKY HONDA DEALERS, LOCAL12 WKRC-TV, The 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, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle


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CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC | Nov. 5-6, 2021 | Aronoff Center

“A Magic Show Worthy of Our Video Game and Instagram Times”
–Paper City Magazine Houston

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Champions of Magic Tour Headed to the Aronoff Center
November 5-6, 2021   

 “You HAVE to check them out! That was tremendous!”  –Access Hollywood Live

 “That’s incredible… you guys are rock stars” –FOX 8 Cleveland

“I’m amazed… a one-of-a-kind show” –FOX 4 Dallas-Fort Worth

[Cincinnati, OH]  The five world-class illusionists that make up this mind-bending theatrical production are back on tour in 2021, following sell-out shows across the globe, rave reviews, and a run in London’s West End. An incredible show for the whole family, Champions of Magic will play the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on November 5-6, 2021.

Tickets start at just $50 and are on sale now at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

With more than 50 million online views between them, this cast of top magicians includes international award-winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic, and daring large-scale illusions. Their skills have been seen on screen around the world with appearances on The CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us, NBC’s Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon, The Today Show, and Access Hollywood Live.

The Champions of Magic team perform incredible interactive illusions, an impossible escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, a mind-blowing prediction that has to be seen to be believed, levitation high above the stage, and a finale beyond explanation. The show features spectacular magic that can’t be seen anywhere else.

Now’s your chance to see why fans return to see one of the world’s biggest touring illusion shows time and time again.

Don’t miss your chance to catch some of the greatest magicians on the planet in Cincinnati, with a show that never fails to amaze.

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About Starvox Touring
Starvox Touring, founded in 2005 by Corey Ross, has ranked on Profit Magazine’s list of Canada’s top growth companies for four years running –  the only live entertainment company ever to be on the list. Starvox produces unique live theatre properties, including: the hugely successful Wow Variety Spectacular, currently in residence at Caesars Entertainment’s Rio Casino; the record-breaking Evil Dead: The Musical; the successful, touring, West-End hit Harry Potter parody Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry ExperienceTrey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical; and many others.

Starvox is a co-producer of the world renowned Immersive Van Gogh exhibition that is sweeping the United States.

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Cincinnati Ballet to Celebrate the Opening of the New Center for Dance in Walnut Hills

CB_Ground levelRibbon Cutting Ceremony, Formal Gala, Academy Open House, and Community Block Party among events September 13-19

Cincinnati, OH (September 7, 2021) – Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to announce Grand Opening festivities for the new Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance in Walnut Hills. A slate of both public and private events sponsored by PNC will commemorate this historic occasion for the organization and the region. “This is truly a moment in time that’s been decades in the making,” said Scott Altman, Cincinnati Ballet President and CEO. “We are honored by the tremendous support of our donors, patrons, and the community in helping this spectacular building become a reality.”

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley will join community leaders and distinguished guests for the Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony on Wednesday, September 15 from 10:30 am to noon at the Center’s main entrance. Guests will be treated to a one-of-a-kind celebration as ballerinas and dancers to officially open the building with a special, ‘cool spark’ fireworks display. On Friday, September 17 from 4 to 8 pm, the public is invited to a free Community Block Party to celebrate Cincinnati Ballet’s new neighborhood of Walnut Hills. The family-friendly, outdoor event will include free dance performances, tours, food trucks, crafts for the kids provided by Cincinnati Art Museum, and live music from Cincinnati Music Accelerator, all on the Center’s beautiful Community Terrace and Performance Plaza. On Sunday, September 19 from noon to 5 pm, the public can sample a class during the Academy Open House. The free, family-friendly event will offer dance lovers of all ages an opportunity to explore all the Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy has to offer. In addition to sample classes, guests will enjoy pop-up performances, food, live music, crafts, and more. “We have been dreaming of this moment for so long,” said Victoria Morgan, who is in her 25th and final season as Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director. “We can’t wait to welcome the community to our new, amazing home and have everyone experience firsthand the beauty and power of dance.” (SEE BELOW FOR COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS)

The Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance features nine studios in 57-thousand square-feet of space, as well as an outdoor Community Terrace and Performance Plaza adjacent to Johnston Park, a Rooftop Terrace, and stunning views of Downtown Cincinnati from the premier studio. The expansive space is also home to the Ballet’s expanded education and community engagement programming. For the first time in Cincinnati Ballet history, the organization owns its own building at 1801 Gilbert Avenue. Located at the foot of Eden Park, the new Center for Dance also anchors the Walnut Hills Arts Corridor. Cincinnati Ballet will continue to perform its mainstage productions at Cincinnati Music Hall and the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

The organization began construction on the facility in March of 2020 and successfully completed and exceeded its $30.8 million dollar capital campaign to fund the state-of-the-art facility in Walnut Hills. Longtime Cincinnati Ballet patrons and supporters Margaret and Michael Valentine were the first to support the project, committing $10 million dollars, the largest one-time gift in Cincinnati Ballet history, to name and memorialize the Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance. On Monday, September 13, a portrait of the Valentines by artist Carl J. Samson will be unveiled in the lobby, where it will permanently be installed. “We are honored to be a part of this historic project,” Margaret Valentine said. “Cincinnati is fortunate to have such a thriving arts sector, and I think it’s important for members of our community to give back. I understand the importance of demonstrating leadership for projects that benefit the city and the new Valentine Center for Dance will provide many cultural and educational opportunities to the region.” Cincinnati Ballet is also grateful for a $3 million gift from Rhonda Sheakley and her husband Larry A. Sheakley. As a permanent commemoration of the Sheakley family’s generosity, the largest Company studio was named the Rhonda and Larry A. Sheakley Premier Studio. That gift was followed by significant gifts from Otto M. Budig, Sue and Bill Friedlander, Lynn and Brian Good, and Marty and Nick Ragland. Move With Us. A Campaign for Cincinnati Ballet’s New Home was co-chaired by Rhonda Sheakley and fellow Emeritus Trustee Larry Kellar.

“The new building is already a stunning and iconic landmark,” said Morgan. “With large windows in every studio, light pours into every space.” Morgan said dancers are already rehearsing in the Center’s studios for the first production of the 2021-2022 Season, Kaplan New Works in the Park. “This incredible space is truly inspirational for our dancers.” The highly visible, iconic building was designed by GBBN Architects and built by Messer Construction. The new facility will also support expanded dance classes in the Otto M. Budig Academy, and a deeper commitment to community offerings such as CB Moves, created in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s. New CB Moves offerings will also provide the opportunity for students who traditionally use mobility devices to participate in a supportive environment employing an innovative, double track harness system or utilizing their devices. Cincinnati Ballet is the first ballet company in the country to install this specialized track system that will allow students with unique abilities to partner, stand at the barre, and move across the floor.

Grand Opening Events
Valentine Portrait Unveiling (INVITATION ONLY, CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC)

  • Monday, September 13
  • 5 – 6 pm
  • Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance
  • 1801 Gilbert Avenue – Center for Dance Main Entrance

Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony (MEDIA WELCOME, CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC)

  • Wednesday, September 15
  • 10 am to noon
  • Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance
  • 1801 Gilbert Avenue – Center for Dance Main Entrance
  • Follow signs for media parking and staging

Walnut Hills Community Block Party (MEDIA AND COMMUNITY WELCOME)

  • Friday, September 17
  • 4 to 8 pm
  • Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance
  • 1801 Gilbert Avenue – Community Terrace and Performance Plaza
  • Follow signs for parking

Formal Gala, Seated Dinner, and Promenade (INVITATION ONLY, CLOSED TO THE MEDIA)

  • Saturday, September 18
  • 5 to 11 pm
  • Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance
  • 1801 Gilbert Avenue

Otto M. Budig Academy Open House (MEDIA AND COMMUNITY WELCOME)

  • Sunday, September 19
  • Noon to 5 pm
  • Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance
  • 1801 Gilbert Avenue
  • Follow signs for parking

*Masks will be required for all indoor events, regardless of Covid-19 vaccination status. Please check for the most up-to-date health and safety protocols.

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.

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

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Teach. Out Loud. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Presents Regional Premiere Drama PIPELINE


Jay Wade as Omari, Sharrell D. Luckett as Nya.

September 21 – October 16, 2021

(Cincinnati, OH) Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is going back to school with the regional premiere drama, Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau, the acclaimed MacArthur “Genius” Grant playwright. This 2018 Obie Award-winning play powerfully brings an urgent conversation to the forefront, compassionately probing the limits of our education system and a mother’s fight to give her son a future—without turning her back on the community that made him who he is. Having played only a few performances to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, the show was abruptly suspended the day after it opened in March of 2020 in response to COVID-19. Directed by Ron OJ Parson. Premiere Sponsors are the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation.­­

Nya, a public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities they’ll never have. When an explosive incident at his prestigious private school threatens to get him expelled, will all her efforts be lost? Don’t miss this compelling, must-see portrait of parenthood, education, and the experience of young black men in America.

“There wasn’t a chance we would open the season with anything but Pipeline,” says Producing Artistic Director
D. Lynn Meyers. “There is a crucial need for this show today in our society and it demands to be seen.” Ron OJ Parson, the Director, adds “As audience members or art lovers, if you go to a museum, ten people can look at the same painting and take away ten different things from it, and I think that’s the same with [Dominique Morisseau’s] plays. Every character in Pipeline is going to be watched by audience members, and they’ll latch onto their stories.” 

Mask and Vaccination Requirements
ETC requires all patrons, visitors, and staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test certification and to wear face masks at all times while on the premises. For full health and safety policy information, visit our website at 

About the Cast

Bryant Bentley (Dun) is a native of Dayton, OH, and was last seen at Ensemble Theatre in Detroit ’67. Other theater credits include The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, Indiana Repertory Theatre; Between Riverside and Crazy, Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Two Trains Running, The Piano Lesson, and Fences, American Players Theater; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Soldier’s Play, and many more. Film/TV credits include The Killing of a Sacred Deer, the CBS series One Dollar, All or Nothin’, and The Public, written and directed by Emilio Estevez. 

Kenneth Early (Xavier) was last seen at Ensemble Theatre as the Caterpillar/Butterfly in Alice in Wonderland, where his other credits include The Dancing Princesses, Red Velvet, The Whipping Man, Grey Gardens, Snow White, and The Frog Princess. Other regional credits include Once on This Island, Misery, August Wilson’s Jitney, and To Kill a Mockingbird, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, and To Kill a Mockingbird, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; On Golden Pond, The Human Race Theatre; Once on This Island, Actor’s Theater of Louisville; Pluto and Harry and the Thief, Know Theater Cincinnati; and Awaited at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

Sharrell D. Luckett (Nya) is an award-winning artist and scholar. Off-Broadway credits include YoungGiftedandFat. Acting credits include Fences and Holding Up the Sky. Directing credits include Topdog/Underdog, In the Red and Brown Water, and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf. Book credits include Black Acting MethodsYoungGiftedandFatTransweight, and African American Arts. Originally from Atlanta, Sharrell holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Missouri and is a professor of Drama and Performance Studies at the University of Cincinnati. She is also the director of the Helen Weinberger Center for Drama and Playwriting and founding director of the Black Acting Methods Studio. 

Regina Pugh (Laurie) most recently served as the director of A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Ensemble Theatre, where she was seen on stage in Annapurna, The Other Place, Next Fall, My Name is Asher Lev, After the Fall, Buckminster Fuller: In and Out Universe, The Water Engine, and Everything in the Garden and Fragments, both directed by Edward Albee. She appeared at Cincinnati Playhouse in A Christmas Carol (1992-2011) and the world premiere of Invention for Fathers and Sons and has performed locally at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and The Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Regina teaches acting at Xavier University and is a founding member of Performance Gallery, an alternative theatre collective that specializes in original work and has participated yearly in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. 

Angelica Santiago (Jasmine) received her BFA in acting from Montclair State University. Her credits include
The Wolves, Actors Theatre of Louisville ; Hype ManDraculaThe Electric HarvestA Christmas Carol, and We’ve Come to Believe, 43rd Humana Festival; As You Like ItHenry IV Part I , and King Lear, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. 

Jay Wade (Omari) makes his Ensemble Theatre debut with this production and his second professional appearance in the role of Omari. He is from St. Louis, MO, and recently earned his BFA in Acting from Southeast Missouri State University.

Production team: Brian c. Mehring (Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer), Dana Rebecca Woods (Costume Designer), Matt Callahan (Sound Designer), Mike Tutaj (Projection Designer), Shannon Rae Lutz (Properties Master & Design Assistant), Matthew Hollstegge (Production Manager), and Jack Murphy (Technical Director). Production Stage Manager is Margot Whitney. Assistant Stage Manager is Lexi Muller.

Performance Information
Performances Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 pm; Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 pm. Performances vary. A complete calendar of performances is available

Ticket Prices
Tickets start at $35 for adults; student tickets are $28; and children are $24. Half-Price Rush Tickets: All remaining tickets for the current day’s performance(s) are available two hours prior to each show time for half-price (discount only applies to adult tickets) when purchasing by phone or in person. $15 Student Rush Tickets: Students may purchase up to two $15 student rush tickets two hours prior to show time with valid student I.D. Available in person only.


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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Uproar Theatrics, A New Theatrical Licensing Company

UT_logoUproar Theatrics is the new theatrical licensing company connecting educational and regional theatre markets to exquisite new material.

Theatrical licensing should be all about the actors and the playwrights; the people who made the thing, and the people performing it. Young people deserve to have their stories told with heart. Creators deserve to be compensated and celebrated for their work.

We believe that every theatre deserves access to cutting edge, quality material, and world class creators should be
paid for exceptional work.

Uproar Theatrics provides 100% digital materials for theatres. This means immediate and free perusals of our entire catalogue. When you license a show, you’ll receive unique, watermarked PDFs for every cast and crew member and all the necessary files waiting in the cloud.


  • Excellently crafted plays and musicals that center around the lives of characters in their teens through 30s.
  • Filled with nuance, complexity, compassion, and a deep and unrelenting love of humanity.
  • Pieces that zoom in on all kinds of lives, not just those we’re used to seeing on the mainstage.


  • What’s best for Broadway isn’t always what’s best for colleges, universities and regional theaters. Young actors deserve more than scripts making light of their experiences. Where is all of the amazing work that falls between?
  • At Uproar, our shows focus on characters in their teens through 30s, exploring relevant issues with nuance, complexity, and grace. If we had a megaphone, this would be our swan song to young theatre makers: we see you, we celebrate you, and you’re done wearing old age makeup.

Instagram: @uproartheatrics
Twitter @uproartheatrics

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