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2023-2024 Season Announced by Xenia Area Community Theatre

XACT_logoNIGHTFALL WITH EDGAR ALLEN POE
Directed by Dee Berdine
Oct. 20-29

SVETLANA’S FIRST CHRISTMAS and A HOLIDAY SURPRISE
Directed by Melodee Bass
Dec. 1-10

NO EXIT
Directed by Mike Taint
March 1-10

LYSISTRATA
Directed by T.C. Kimmet
April 5-14

WORLD BUILDERS
Directed by Julie Hauwiller
May 10-19

For more information visit www.xeniaact1.org.

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2023-2024 Season Announced by The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTThe Drama Workshop is proud to announce our 70th Season, continuing the tradition of bringing quality theatre to Cincinnati’s west side, while encouraging the growth of our local actors, artists and technicians.

The shows selected for our 2023-24 season are as follows:

BINGO! The Winning Musical
By Heitzman, Reid & Holcenbert
Directed by Gina Kleesattel
Performance dates: July 28 – August 13, 2023

THE TIN WOMAN
by Sean Grennan
Directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn
Performance Dates: September 29 – October 15, 2023

WINTER WONDERETTES
by Roger Bean
Directed by Linda Abbott
Performance Dates: December 1-17, 2023

HOME BREW THEATRE VII
A weekend of short plays by local authors.
Performance Dates: Jan 19-21, 2024

BECKY’S NEW CAR
by Steven Dietz
Directed by Tom Peters
Performance Dates: March 1-17, 2024

DEAR WORLD
by Lawrence, Lee & Herman
Directed by Dennis Murphy
Performance Dates: May 3-19, 2024

More information to come!

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Cincinnati Opera Announces 2023 Summer Festival

co_logoThe four-opera season features a fizzy comedy, a romantic tragedy, the world stage premiere of THE KNOCK, and a groundbreaking new production of MADAME BUTTERFLY

Cincinnati, Ohio—Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, tonight announced details for the company’s 2023 Summer Festival. The season takes place June–July 2023 and features four productions: a romantic thriller, a touching and timely premiere, an effervescent comedy, and an innovative new vision of an operatic classic.

The 2023 Summer Festival includes Gaetano Donizetti’s soaring Scottish tragedy Lucia di Lammermoor, the world stage premiere of Aleksandra Vrebalov and Deborah Brevoort’s moving opera inspired by military families, The Knock, Gioachino Rossini’s hilarious and charming The Barber of Seville, and a bold new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, conceived by an all-Japanese and Japanese American creative team. All will take place at Cincinnati’s historic Music Hall and feature the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera’s orchestral partner since its founding in 1920. Performance dates for each production will be announced in January 2023.

“As Cincinnati Opera steps into its vibrant second century, we’ve sharpened our focus on presenting operas that both reward the devoted fan and provide an inviting and engaging experience for the curious newcomer,” said Mirageas. “For the coming season, we’re proud to offer beautiful productions of favorite works, while also elevating new voices and fresh perspectives.”

Continued Mirageas, “Next summer, we’ll continue to build on our vision of expanding the operatic repertoire by presenting the world stage premiere of The Knock, which sensitively expresses the suffering and strength of military families.”

“Likewise, we’re honored to be the lead producer on a compelling new production of Madame Butterfly,” he said. “It’s a Butterfly for our time, exploring one of the most beloved works in all of opera through the lens of a modern-day fantasy. We’re thrilled to partner with our all-Japanese and Japanese American creative team to tell Cio-Cio-San’s story in a powerful new way.”

Subscriptions for Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 Summer Festival start at $106 and are available now. Tickets to individual performances go on sale April 10, 2023. Visit cincinnatiopera.org for more information.


CINCINNATI OPERA
2023 Summer Festival

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LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano

June 2023
Springer Auditorium | Cincinnati Music Hall

William Menefield
Raven McMillon
Lucia

Santiago Ballerini
Santiago Ballerini
Edgardo

Anthony Clark Evans
Anthony Clark Evans
Enrico

Griffen Hogan Tracy
Griffen Hogan Tracy
Raimondo

Terrence Chin-Loy
Terrence Chin-Loy
Normanno

Sahel Salam
Sahel Salam
Arturo

Based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor, itself inspired by true events, this operatic thriller set in the Scottish Highlands shows how thwarted desire can lead to deadly extremes. At Lammermoor Castle, Lucia and Edgardo are engaged in a secret affair. Despite their families’ age-old feud, they vow to give everything up for love. But Lucia’s disapproving brother endeavors to undo the lovers’ promise and marry Lucia off in a more lucrative union. The deception becomes a curse, and once hope for love is lost, Lucia and Edgardo make terrible new vows, culminating in one of opera’s bloodiest finales.

Leading the cast as Lucia is soprano Raven McMillon, and tenor Santiago Ballerini is her love, Edgardo. Baritone Anthony Clark Evans sings the role of Enrico, with bass Griffen Hogan Tracy as Raimondo, tenor Terrence Chin-Loy as Normanno, and tenor Sahel Salam as Arturo. Conductor Renato Balsadonna will lead the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with Chorus Master Henri Venanzi leading the Cincinnati Opera Chorus. The production shifts the opera’s setting to the Victorian era and will feature staging by director Jose Maria Condemi, scenic and costume design by Philip Witcomb, lighting design by Thomas C. Hase, and wig and makeup design by James Geier.

Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus
Production from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Sung in Italian with projected translations

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World Stage Premiere

THE KNOCK
Music by Aleksandra Vrebalov
Libretto by Deborah Brevoort

June-July 2023
Harry T. Wilks Studio | Cincinnati Music Hall

Aleksandra Vrebalov
Aleksandra Vrebalov
Composer

Deborah Brevoort
Deborah Brevoort
Librettist

Armando Contreras
Armando Contreras
Lt. Roberto Gonzales

Briana Hunter
Briana Hunter
Aishah McNair

Lauren Snouffer
Mary-Hollis Hundley
Joella “Jo” Jenner

Stephanie Sanchez
Stephanie Sanchez
Alto/Commanding Officer’s Wife

“An evocative and beautifully woven piece” (Opera News), The Knock tells the story of a group of military wives awaiting news of their husbands who have been deployed to Iraq. As they wait, a young Army officer makes the long journey to their gathering place. Named for the expression used by military spouses for a death notification, The Knock is based on years of interviews with spouses of soldiers, resulting in a rare and sympathetic glimpse into the lives of America’s military families. According to Opera News, “… The Knock manages to be many things at once, reverential and damning, internal and operatic, all while concisely portraying the complicated existence of those left behind.”

A co-commission with The Glimmerglass Festival, The Knock was slated for its stage premiere at Glimmerglass but was sidelined due to the pandemic. The company instead created an hour-long film of the work, which was released in November 2021 and is currently available online. Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 production will mark The Knock’s world stage premiere.

The cast features artists who were part of The Knock film, including baritone Armando Contreras as Lt. Roberto Gonzales, soprano Mary-Hollis Hundley as Joella “Jo” Jenner, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Sanchez as Alto/Commanding Officer’s Wife. Mezzo-soprano Briana Hunter will sing the role of Aishah McNair. Alison Moritz directs Cincinnati Opera’s new production, with scenic design by Jimmy Rotondo, costume design by Trevor Bowen, lighting design by Thomas C. Hase, and wig and makeup design by James Geier. At the podium is conductor Stephanie Rhodes Russell leading the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

A co-commission with The Glimmerglass Festival
Sung in English with projected titles

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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini

July 2023
Springer Auditorium | Cincinnati Music Hall

Rodion Pogossov
Rodion Pogossov
Figaro

Emily Fons
Emily Fons
Rosina

Alasdair Kent
Alasdair Kent
Count Almaviva

Nicholas Newton
Nicholas Newton
Don Basilio

Supreme silliness ensues when Figaro, Seville’s most beloved barber, plays matchmaker for his former employer, Count Almaviva. The Count loves Rosina, but she’s the ward of the devious Doctor Bartolo, who has designs on wedding her himself. To win Rosina’s heart, the Count enlists Figaro to cook up disguises, double dealings, and deceits to fool old Bartolo and set Rosina free. Rossini’s sparkling comedy reminds us that sometimes, on the path to true love, the last thing you should be is yourself.

Cincinnati Opera favorite baritone Rodion Pogossov returns as Figaro. Making company debuts are mezzo-soprano Emily Fons as Rosina, tenor Alasdair Kent as Count Almaviva, and bass-baritone Nicholas Newton as Don Basilio. Christopher Mattaliano directs, with scenic design by Allen Moyer, costume design by James Scott, lighting design by Thomas C. Hase, and wig and makeup design by James Geier. Christopher Allen conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with Chorus Master Henri Venanzi leading the Cincinnati Opera Chorus.

Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus
Scenery from Minnesota Opera; Costumes from Washington National Opera
Sung in Italian with projected translations

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MADAME BUTTERFLY
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

July 2023
Springer Auditorium | Cincinnati Music Hall

Matthew Ozawa
Matthew Ozawa
Stage Director

Karah Son
Karah Son
Cio-Cio-San

Adam Smith
Adam Smith
B.F. Pinkerton

Nozomi Kato
Nozomi Kato
Suzuki

Nmon Ford
Nmon Ford
Sharpless

To close the 2023 season, Cincinnati Opera presents Puccini’s heartrending tragedy Madame Butterfly from a groundbreaking new point of view. As envisioned by the all-Japanese and Japanese American creative team of Matthew Ozawa (stage director), Kimie Nishikawa of Design by dots (scenic design), Maiko Matsushima (costume design), and Yuki Nakase-Link (lighting design), our new production reframes Puccini’s opera from a wholly inventive perspective, transporting Butterfly’s story to a modern-day realm where fantasy and reality intersect.

Enter the world of naval officer B.F. Pinkerton, who treats Japan as his playground. He’s taken a nearly thousand-year lease on a house there and will marry a young girl named Cio-Cio-San, known as Madame Butterfly. But is it merely a fantasy? For Butterfly, vows are not to be taken lightly, and as Pinkerton’s intentions are revealed, her dreams become a tragedy of limitless depths with no going back.

Making their company debuts are soprano Karah Son as Cio-Cio-San and tenor Adam Smith as Pinkerton. Mezzo-soprano Nozomi Kato also debuts with Cincinnati Opera as Suzuki, and baritone Nmon Ford returns to sing the role of Sharpless. Conductor Keitaro Harada leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with Henri Venanzi leading the Cincinnati Opera Chorus.

A co-production of Cincinnati Opera, Detroit Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, San Diego Opera, and Utah Opera
Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus
Sung in Italian with projected translations


Tickets and Information

Subscriptions for Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 Summer Festival start at $106 and are available now. Tickets to individual performances go on sale April 10, 2023. For more information, visit cincinnatiopera.org or call the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at 513-241-2742.


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.

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 the Ohio Arts Council, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Patricia A. Corbett Estate and Trust, and the Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation, along with general season and project support from many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. Support for The Knock is provided by the Mellon Foundation. The Knock is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; to find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America.

To learn more, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

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The Carnegie Names Tyler Gabbard New Theatre Director and Announces Lineup of Hit Musicals

TC_Tyler Gabbard headshotSUMMER SERIES RETURNS FOR SECOND YEAR IN 2023 FOLLOWED BY A BELOVED BROADWAY CLASSIC IN WINTER 2024

COVINGTON, Ky. (November 3, 2022) – The Carnegie is pleased to announce that Tyler Gabbard has been named Theatre Director of The Carnegie’s Otto M. Budig Theatre. Along with this news comes the unveiling of an exciting season of musicals that offers something for everyone to enjoy.

“The Carnegie has been an artistic home for me for many years now and I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead the Theatre Department and build on the transformative work of my predecessor Maggie Perrino,” said Gabbard. “As someone born and raised in Northern Kentucky and a current resident of Covington, I’m excited to continue offering meaningful artistic experiences that are both entertaining and enriching to the community.”

Gabbard comes to The Carnegie from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati where he was the Patron Experience Manager. Previously, he was the Box Office and Patron Communications Manager for the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, the Events and Publicity Manager for the School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University, and Vice President of the League of Cincinnati Theaters.

Gabbard’s educational credentials include a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he focused in Theatre Management and Scenic Design. He has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northern Kentucky University. In January 2020 Gabbard was one of 27 individuals selected from across North America to take part in the Emerging Leadership Institute at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ annual conference in New York City.

Gabbard has a decade long history with The Carnegie as the Scenic Designer for over a dozen productions including RENT, INTO THE WOODS, GEORGE REMUS, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, SWING!, TENDERLY, and THE LAST FIVE YEARS. His design work has also been seen onstage at theatres in New York City and Los Angeles and locally at Memorial Hall, New Edgecliff Theatre, Kincaid Regional Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, Falcon Theatre, Commonwealth Theatre Company, Stage Right Musical Theatre, Cincinnati Chamber Opera, Catacoustic Consort, Woodford Theatre, and the Stephen Foster Drama Association.

“The Carnegie’s Theatre Department could not be in better hands,” said Kim Best, Executive Director of The Carnegie. “Since joining the team in October, Tyler has brought an excitement and enthusiasm to The Carnegie that I’m sure patrons will see reflected in these upcoming productions.”

Following the success of the inaugural Summer Series in 2022, the repertory model returns in June 2023 with the huge-hearted, high-heeled hit KINKY BOOTS. In July, audiences will travel back in time to one of the final performances of Billie Holiday’s storied career in LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL. The summer will continue with one of the greatest musical comedies ever written, GUYS & DOLLS. All three productions will play in rotation through August, allowing theatergoers their choice of multiple shows in one weekend or the ability to come back to catch a favorite performance again.

In January 2024, HELLO, DOLLY! will burst onto The Carnegie stage with romance, humor, and joy-inducing song and dance that promises to delight audiences of all ages.

“All of this season’s musicals celebrate the big rewards that come with taking big risks,” said Gabbard. “They’re populated by a captivating assortment of characters, both real and imagined, that will take theatregoers along for quite the ride.”

Tickets, multi-show packages, and performance times for The Carnegie’s 2023 Summer Series and 2024 Winter Musical will be announced later at thecarnegie.com.

The current season concludes with the family-friendly classic, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, from Jan. 28 through Feb. 12, 2023. The production is directed and choreographed by Maggie Perrino, former Theatre Director at The Carnegie. Tyler Gabbard, the new Theatre Director, will be the production’s Scenic Designer. Tickets for SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN can currently be purchased at https://thecarnegie.com/theatre/summer-theatre-series/singin-in-the-rain/

The following includes more information about each production in the 2023-24 season.

OPENING JUNE 2023

KINKY BOOTS
Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Original Broadway Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell

Based on the Miramax motion picture of the same name, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth

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!

OPENING JULY 2023

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL
By Lanie Robertson
Musical Arrangements by Danny Holgate

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 – both humorous and heart-wrenching – 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.”

OPENING JULY 2023

GUYS AND DOLLS
A Musical Fable of Broadway
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Based on a Story and Characters of Damon Runyon

GUYS AND DOLLS 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.”

OPENING JANUARY 2024

HELLO, DOLLY!
Book by Michael Stewart Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion
Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick and Champion Five, Inc.

HELLO, DOLLY! is a blockbuster Broadway hit bursting with romance, humor, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. Boisterous and charming from start to finish, the musical follows the exploits of meddling matchmaker Dolly Levi over the course of one unforgettable day. Audiences will delight in one crowd-pleasing musical number after another including “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” and the effervescent title song.

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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 http://www.thecarnegie.com 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. 

About The Carnegie Theatre Series
The Carnegie Theatre Series produces professional, innovative stagings of an eclectic range of musical theatre works. Striving to unite the greater Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati theatre community through partnerships and collaborations, the series engages and nurtures both emerging and established talent, including working professionals, committed part-time theatre artists, university performing arts students and younger students. The Carnegie Theatre Series productions bring together these forces to provide quality theatre for Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area.

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The Cappies Returns For Another Year of Amazing High School Theatre

MISC_The Cappies logoCincinnati, OH- As the calendar turns to fall and temperatures outside cool off, the high school theatre season is just about to heat up.

Enter stage right, The Cappies.

The Cappies is an international organization dedicated to recognizing high school theatre and journalism students, with 12 active chapters across the United States and Canada, including a chapter right here in the Greater Cincinnati Area; which encompasses high school theatre programs from both Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The Critics and Awards Program strives to recognize Greater Cincinnati’s talented community of young writers, performers, and technical crews. High school theatre and journalism students who participate in the Cappies program are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, and write and publish reviews. At the end of the school year, the student critics vote to give awards to their fellow students for outstanding productions, group and individual performances, and achievements in technical categories. Awards are presented at the annual Cappies Gala.  Below are the shows at area high schools that will perform as part of the Cappies Season this year.

William Mason High School 

Clue: High School Edition
By Sandy Rustin
Based on the Paramount film and the Hasbro board game, the stage show is adapted from the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn with additional material by Hunter Foster, Sandy Rustin and Eric Price.

Performance Dates:
October 21, 22, 28, 29, 2022

Mason High School Studio Theater
6100 S. Mason Montgomery Road
Mason, OH 45040

The show is described as a “murder-mystery comedy thriller” that follows six guests at a mysterious dinner party where they find themselves implicated as murder suspects when their host ends up the victim of foul play. Wadsworth, the butler, leads Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green, Colonel Mustard, and other guests attempt to find the killer in this comic whodunit.

The show is rated PG for mild adult language, adult situations, and foul play. It is best suited for students middle school aged and up.

Tickets are $15 Reserved, $10 General Admission, and $8 Students, Seniors, and Children. Tickets and can be purchased at masondrama.com

Campbell County High School 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Play Version)
By C.G Bond

Performance Dates:
October 27-29, 2022 at 7 p.m.
October 29, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Campbell County High School Auditorium
909 Camel Crossing
Alexandria, KY 41001

In this version of the old melodrama, Todd has some grounds for his nefarious activities: he was separated from his family and his daughter abandoned, while he himself was deported on a false charge. He returns to avenge his family, sets up with Mrs. Lovett, the pie maker, and provides her with fillings for her pies. He proceeds with his vengeful plans but the outcome is bitterly ironic.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at cctheatrearts.org

Walnut Hills High School 

Macbeth
By William Shakespeare

Performance Dates:
November 3-5, 2022 at 7 p.m.
November 5, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Rick Steiner Black Box Theater
Walnut Hills High School
3250 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207

In one of the world’s most well-known tragedies, Macbeth, a popular Scottish noble and general is given a mysterious prophecy by three witches telling him he will be king.  Spurred on by his wife and his own ambition and desires, Macbeth murders his way to the crown, losing his humanity along the way. Recommended for mature audiences 13 and up.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students, and can be purchased at https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets

School for Creative and Performing Arts 

The Wiz
Book by William F. Brown, Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
From the story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” by L. Frank Baum

Performance Dates:
November 3-6, 2022

School for Creative and Performing Arts
108 W. Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH  45202

A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz infuses L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. This timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventures through the Land of Oz is a fun, family-friendly, modern musical.

Tickets are $15.00-$20.00 and can be purchased at https://scpa.cps-k12.org/news/box-office

Ursuline Academy 

Seussical: The Musical
Music and Book by Stephen Flaherty and Lyrics and Book by Lynn Ahrens
Co-conceived by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and Eric Idle
Based on the Works of Dr. Seuss

Performance Dates:
November 10th – 12th, 2022 at 7p.m.
November 12th, 2022 at 2p.m.

5535 Pfeiffer Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242 

Seussical the Musical is based on many of Dr. Seuss’ most famous children’s stories. These classic tales come together when two worlds collide. The story begins with Horton’s discovery of the Whos and follows his adventure to save the tiniest people in the universe. Although Horton’s selflessness is heroic, he faces ridicule from the other animals in the Jungle of Nool for believing in something he cannot see. Undaunted, Horton defends the Whos while caring for an abandoned egg. Seussical reminds audiences of the power a person can play in the life of another. Along the way some of the characters fall in love, fight for justice, have unexpected adventures, and some even save the world

Tickets are $8.00 for students and $10 for adults, and can be purchased at https://search.seatyourself.biz/webstore/accounts/ursulineacademy/buy-tix

Larry A. Ryle High School 

Eurydice
By Sarah Ruhl

Performance Dates:
November 10-12, 2022

10379 US-42
Union, KY 41091

Eurydice reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice not through Orpheus’s infamous pilgrimage to retrieve his bridge, but through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, plot twists, and a script written to be a playground for designers, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/68191

Saint Ursula Academy 

Little Women: The Musical
Book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland

Performance Dates:
November 10th – 12th. 2022 at 7pm
November 13th, 2022 @ 2pm

Saint Ursula Academy Theater
1339 E McMillan St.
Cincinnati OH 45206

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America. Featuring beautiful music that was nominated for several Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards and Outer Circle Critics Awards in the 2005 Broadway Season.

Loveland High School 

The Wizard of Oz
Book by L. Frank Baum, Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

Performance Dates
November 16-19, 2022

Loveland High School
1 Tiger Trail
Loveland, OH 45140

The classic movie comes to life on the stage with all the characters you know and love.

Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, are swept away by a tornado and end up in the Land of Oz. Dorothy needs the help of the local Wizard to get home to Kansas and sets off on the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, making friends with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion along the way, each of them with a request for the Wizard too. But their journey is fraught with attacks from a Wicked Witch who wants Dorothy’s magic slippers.

Tickets are $12 for students and senior citizens, $15 adults and can be purchased at https://lovelandhstheater.wixsite.com/lhsdrama/box-office

William Henry Harrison High School 

The Addams Family: School Edition
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa.
Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams.

Performance Dates:
November 18th and 19th, 2022

Martin Marietta Theatre
9860 West Road
Harrison, OH 45030

The Addams Family, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family–a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before–keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $12 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.southwestschools.org

Taylor High School 

Mama Mia
Book by Catherine Johnson, Music and Lyrics by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson

Performance Date:
February 18, 2023 at 7 p.m.

Information not provided. Please contact the school for more information.

Highlands High School 

Sweeney Todd (Musical Version)
Book by Hugh Wheeler, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond

Performance Dates:
March 23rd-March 25, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
March 26th, 2023 at 2p.m.

Highlands High School
2400 Memorial Pkwy
Fort Thomas, KY 41075

Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat, Sweeney Todd, has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun!

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and can be purchased at www.highlandstheatre.com

Randall K. Cooper High School 

Little Women: The Musical
Book By Allen Knee, Music By Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

Performance Dates:
March 23 and 24, 2023 at 7 pm
March 25, 2023 at 1 p.m. and 7 pm

Randall Cooper High School
2855 Longbranch Rd.
Union, KY 41091

Little Women: The Musical follows the adventures of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, and their beloved Marmee who works at raising the girls alone in Concord, Massachusetts, while their father is a Chaplain for the Civil War Army. With help from their friends and neighbors, the girls are able to grow into astonishing women and fulfill their dreams, despite also suffering a tragic loss.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased at www.cooper.boone.kyschools.us

Mercy McAuley High School 

Seussical the Musical
Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty
Co-conceived by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and Eric Idle
Based on the Works of Dr. Seuss

Performance Dates:
March 24-26, 2023

Mercy McAuley High School
6000 Oakwood Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45224

Join Mercy McAuley Theatre as we meet all of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters in a journey of friendship and family. Fun for the whole family!

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at mercymcauley.booktix.com

Colerain High School 

Clue: High School Edition
By Sandy Rustin

Based on the Paramount film and the Hasbro board game, the stage show is adapted from the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn with additional material by Hunter Foster, Sandy Rustin and Eric Price.

Performance Dates:
March 24-26, 2023

Colerain High School
8801 Cheviot Rd
Cincinnati OH 45251

Based on the Paramount Pictures movie, the stage adaptation of the Hasbro board game features all of its iconic characters.  When six strangers are invited to a dinner party at the Boddy Mansion, they discover that their host has been murdered.  They are all suspects in this comedic whodunit mystery.

Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults, and can be purchased at chsdrama.booktix.com

Roger Bacon High School 

We Will Rock You: School Edition
Music and Lyrics by QUEEN
Story and Script by Ben Elton
School Edition prepared by Stuart Morley

Performance Dates:
March 30-April 2, 2023

Roger Bacon High School Fine Arts Center
4320 Vine St.
Cincinnati, OH 45217

This musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought and fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks, and acts the same.  Musical instruments and composers are forbidden and ROCK music is all but unknown.

Featuring the music of QUEEN, this big, brash, in your face show is a number one hit!

TIckets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at www.RogerBaconFineArts.com

Nominees for this season will be announced Friday, April 14, 2023, and the annual Cappies Awards Gala will be held at The Procter and Gamble Hall at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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