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MONSTER BASH: A Fundraiser for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

TCTC_Monster Bash Committee Members 2019

Lisa Connelly, Dr. Avani Modi, Laura Bowling, TCT Development Director Anne Venters, and Libby Galvin Brock.

CINCINNATI:  Join The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati for the inaugural Monster Bash, a Halloween costume party for the whole family, October 26 from 5-9 p.m. at TCT’s headquarters at 4015 Red Bank Road.

Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy festive activities including pumpkin decorating, face painting, trick-or-treating, dancing, prize raffles, costume contests, TCT’s new haunted theater interactive experience, and much more.  Enjoy delicious food from Montgomery Inn, Skyline Chili, LaRosa’s, Ruby’s Chocolate and more.

Costumes for children and adults are encouraged but may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.  Masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

A party with a purpose, proceeds from The Monster Bash support TCT’s numerous arts education opportunities and initiatives for more than 170,000 children and young adults across Cincinnati. Through sponsorships and guest ticket sales, the committee for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Monster Bash will raise funds to further our mission of educating, entertaining and engaging audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming.

Tickets are available now and start at $40 for children, and $65 for adults. Family packages (2 adults, 2 children) are also available for a limited time starting at $175, with additional child tickets starting at $25 and adult tickets $35. Prices will increase after September 26 to $50 for children and $75 for adults.  All adult tickets include wine and beer.  Parking is free.

Tickets are available now at

The Monster Bash is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor: Macy’s.  Experience Sponsors include:  Lisa and John Connelly, Charlie and Christine Schiff, Anne and Len Texter, and Deloitte.  Media Sponsors are Cincinnati Magazine, Cincinnati Baby Guide, Q102, LOCAL 12 and Norton Outdoor Advertising.  The event’s Spooky Consultant is The Dent Schoolhouse.

The Monster Bash Committee is co-chaired by Lisa Connelly and Anne Texter, with support from Tara Adams, Laura Bowling, Jessica Cicchinelli, Libby Galvin Brock, Meg Kohnen, Dr. Avani Modi, Casey Ruschman and Jennifer Suttles.

For additional information on how your business or family can become a Monster Bash sponsor, please call Mary Wright at 513-569-8080 x14 or email

Celebrating 100 years, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is the nation’s oldest professional theatre for young audiences.



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Cirque du Soleil Is Back on Ice

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Experience live music, extraordinary skating and stunning visuals in
Cirque du Soleil AXEL

Cirque du Soleil AXEL opens in Cincinnati from January 23-26, 2020 at U.S. Bank Arena 

Cincinnati, September 5, 2019 – It is with great excitement that Cirque du Soleil announces its new on-ice spectacle that will spin you into the vibrant world of AXEL. This new production features spectacular skating, breathtaking acrobatics on ice, astonishing visual effects, and live music that seamlessly integrates popular songs with new original scores. AXEL will be gliding into the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati for 6 performances only from January 23-26, 2020. Tickets are available online at

Show Schedule

  • Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, January 24 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 25 at 3:30 and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 26 at 1:00 and 5:00 pm

An inspirational and musical storyline
Axel, a young graphic artist and musician, dives into his hand-drawn universe as he falls in love with the captivating Lei. Together they jet off on a fast-moving quest to retrieve the stolen light from the supervillain Vï.  In this epic fantasy, graphic art and music intertwine to create the super-charged world of AXEL. Spectacular ice skating, breath-taking acrobatics, pop-rock music and vibrant visuals create an energetic and immersive experience for the whole family.

In Cirque du Soleil AXEL, the music serves a narrative thread guiding our characters and our audiences as they journey with Axel and Lei to discover that true love shines even brighter than the most radiant star.

This newest Cirque du Soleil creation brings a new look to the world of ice skating by introducing us to the discipline of freestyle skating. This fresh take on skating combined with the skill and power of traditional pairs, solo, and adagio work allows Cirque du Soleil to set the stage for high-caliber ice skating of all kinds.

Photos, video and music excerpts are accessible here. 

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About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group
Cirque du Soleil AXEL is the 48th original production of Cirque du Soleil, part of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, and its second on-ice experience.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is a world leader in live entertainment. On top of producing world-renowned circus arts shows, the Canadian organization brings its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. It currently has 4,500 employees from nearly 70 countries. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please visit

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MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE! Announces All-Star Lineup| Mon., Oct. 7 | Aronoff Center


First-Ever Multi-City Tour to Feature Jasmine (Season Five Winner),
Evan (Season Six Fan Favorite), Malia (Season Seven Finalist),
and Matthew (Season Seven Fan Favorite) 

MasterChef Junior Live! is coming to the Aronoff Center on October 7

[Cincinnati, OH]  Endemol Shine North America, producers of the hit culinary competition series MasterChef Junior, and TCG Entertainment, leaders in touring live productions, announced today the lineup of all-star contestants appearing in the first-ever MasterChef Junior Live! tour.

Coming to the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Monday, October 7 at 7:00 PM,  MasterChef Junior Live! brings MasterChef Junior directly to fans and foodies alike…live! The family-friendly stage show will feature head-to-head cooking demonstrations and fun (sometimes messy!) challenges with past MasterChef Junior contestants, Q&A sessions, and more.

Tickets are on sale now at, (513) 621-2787 [ARTS}, and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. Ticket prices range from $35-$125. $20 tickets are available for children (ages 2-12) in select locations.  Be sure to look for the exclusive, VIP meet and greet experience when purchasing your tickets.

MasterChef Junior recently wrapped its seventh season on FOX and will return for an eighth season with judge/host Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sánchez, and recently announced new judge Daphne Oz.

MasterChef Junior All-Stars that are scheduled to appear (CLICK HERE for cast pics):

CAA_Jasmine Jasmine Season Five Winner



Season Six Fan Favorite

CAA_Malia Malia Season Seven Finalist
CAA_Matthew Matthew Season Seven Fan Favorite

Talent appearances subject to change.

About TCG Entertainment
TCG Entertainment ( is the industry leader in the creation, production, booking and marketing of live entertainment productions and events. TCG has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, with a focus on symphonic, family, music and other live touring properties. Current and past productions include multiple productions of Cirque Musica (, 4U: The Music of Prince with SymphonyA Night of Symphonic Hip HopA Night of Symphonic RockREWIND-Celebrating the 80s, and more.

 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. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.

Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind hit series such as Big Brother (CBS), Ink Master (Paramount Network), MASTERCHEF (FOX), MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (FOX), Swamp People (History), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Below Deck (Bravo), Below Deck: Mediterranean (Bravo), T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (VH1), Trading Spaces (TLC), Deal or No Deal (CNBC), LOL (Amazon), and the upcoming launches of Utopia(Amazon), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (HGTV), LEGO MASTERS (FOX) and The Biggest Loser (USA).



MasterChef Junior Live! – Presenting Sponsor (Cincinnati):  Kroger –  Zero Hunger / Zero Waste

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, Macy’s, Millennium Cincinnati, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle

MasterChef Junior Live! – TV Partner:  FOX19 (WXIX-TV)

MasterChef Junior Live! – Radio Partner: WARM 98.5-FM

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Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Playhouse’s 2019-20 Off the Hill series opens Sept. 28

CINCINNATI – Children and families are invited to join Edward Tulane on a courageous adventure when Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park brings THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE to life at community centers throughout the region. The show is part of the Playhouse’s Off the Hill series and runs Sept. 28 through Nov. 1.

Based on the beloved book by Katie DiCamillo, this tale of love and loss follows the life of a conceited china rabbit, Edward Tulane, who is accidentally thrown overboard while on an ocean voyage with his owner. On a quest to get back home, Edward must learn the meaning of love during an extraordinary adventure that takes him through the hands of many owners around the world.

This theatrical tour-de-force, directed by Playhouse Director of Education and Community Engagement Daunielle Rasmussen, is performed by a small ensemble of actors from the Bruce E. Coyle Intern Company that portrays over 25 characters.

“THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE is a beautiful story about learning how to feel empathy for other people and what it means to love,” says Rasmussen. “Edward learns to appreciate and ultimately love each person that he comes in contact with throughout his journey. Just as Edward learns more about himself, we can learn from Edward how important it is to see things through other people’s point of view to better understand them.”

The production features live music played by the actors and a transformative set depicting a train boxcar during the Dust Bowl era.

“It’s going to have the feel of an old Vaudeville hall,” describes Sound Designer Trey Tatum. “Expect guitar, ukulele, washboard, plus whatever other quirky instruments we can think of to fit into an actor’s hand.”

The Playhouse’s production will journey all over greater Cincinnati, from Oxford to Cheviot, from Union to Covington and many places in between. THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE is the first of three Playhouse Off the Hill productions for the 2019-20 Season, which also will present Stuart Little and Dragons Love Tacos. For more information and a full schedule, visit

Off the Hill is sponsored by The John C. Griswold Foundation and KeyBank. Seasonal support of education and outreach programming is provided by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. The Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company is supported by Jerry and Betsy Shroat, as well as Ron Bunt and Wei Sun.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.

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Tri-County Players Opens 2019-2020 Season with EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL (PG-13)

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Jodi Zerbe & Jeff Richardson. Photo by Lisa Wilsey, Heart Photography – LLC.

(Evendale, Ohio) Tri-County Players is gearing up for another award-winning season with the hilarious musical comedy, EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL (PG-13). The show runs from October 10th through October 13th. Performances are at the Evendale Bell Tower Center 3270 Glendale-Milford Rd. Evendale, Ohio 45241.

EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL (PG-13)* takes all the elements of the cult classic films The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness and combines them into one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s up to Ash (a housewares employee turned demon-killing hero) and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes … and all to music.

The songs in the show are completely off the wall. Titles like “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons” and “What the Heck Was That?” will have audiences rolling in their seats and screaming for more and more blood. This show has fun with the horror genre and, in doing so, appeals to a wide audience.  It’s the only show with a “Splatter Zone”—a section of the audience that gets covered in fake blood.  And with this combination of blood, jokes, cheesy effects and awesome musical numbers, EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL (PG-13)* is unlike any show you’ve ever seen.

*What do we mean by the PG version? Since our venue is a semi-outdoor public space we have to be conscious of language, so the script being used is a combination of the original and the high school version, but don’t worry EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL (PG-13) may have very little swearing BUT it still has all of the blood!

Book & lyrics by George Reinblatt – Music  by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt – Music supervision by Frank Cipolla – additional lyrics by Christopher Bond – Additional music by Rob Daleman – Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

Director- Sharon Buchtman, Music Director- Dennis Betz, Choreographer- Garrett Klaas, Producer- Nancy Hughes Cast: Alex Ross, Allie Webber, Cole Carlin, Erica Beimesche, Jodi Zerbe, Liz Koch, Mason Parker, Jeffrey Surber,  Jeff Richardson, Courtney Jones, and Jessica Meyer

Tickets are now on sale for EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL! Show dates: October 10th at 8pm, October 11th at 8pm, October 12th at 6:30pm AND 10pm, and October 13th at 6:30pm. Splatter Zone tickets are $18 and regular tickets are $15.

You can purchase online at

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