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Cincinnati Playhouse to Offer Winter Acting Classes for Children

PIP_logoCINCINNATI—Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is offering a winter session of acting classes and workshops offered to young persons ages 3-14. Designed to build confidence, strengthen communication skills and develop a sense of ensemble and community, the programs focus on individual and collective skill development in a fun and supportive environment.

“At the Playhouse, we believe everyone has a voice,” says DaunielleRasmussen, director of education and community engagement. “No acting experience is required or expected.”

Like the fall session, Cincinnati Playhouse provides options in Mason and Mt. Adams. Details for each class, including fees, dates and locations, are below. All registrations include a $25 non-refundable deposit. Register at cincyplay.com or call 513-421-3888.

WINTER CLASS SCHEDULE 

MAGICAL TRAVELS
Pre-kindergarten | Tuition: $95*
Saturdays, Jan. 13 – March 3, 10-10:30 a.m. at the Playhouse
Mystical worlds await! Each week, we’ll open our magical travel chest to discover clues that take us on a new adventure. Learn about voice,movementand collaboration while working with fellow travelers to create exciting characters.

MAGICAL TRAVELS
Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten | Tuition: $95*
Wednesdays, Jan. 10 – Feb. 28, 4-4:30 p.m. at Children’s Academy of Mason
Mystical worlds await! Each week, we’ll open our magical travel chest to discover clues that take us on a new adventure. Learn about voice, movementand collaboration while working with fellow travelers to create exciting characters.
Children’s Academy of Mason is located at 6965 Cintas Blvd., Mason, OH 45040.

DRAGON QUEST
Kindergarten through second grade | Tuition: $140*
Saturdays, Jan. 13 – March 3, 10:40-11:25 a.m. at the Playhouse
Oh no! Dragons are invading our castle! Soar to great heights, jump through fire and work together to protect our royal kingdom in this movement-based class. Use your imagination, body and voice to make new friends and train dragons.

DRAGON QUEST
First through fourth grades | Tuition: $140*
Wednesdays, Jan. 10 – Feb. 28, 4:45-5:30 p.m. at Children’s Academy of Mason
Oh no! Dragons are invading our castle! Soar to great heights, jump through fire and work together to protect our royal kingdom in this movement-based class. Use your imagination, body, and voice to make new friends and train dragons.
Children’s Academy of Mason is located at 6965 Cintas Blvd., Mason, OH 45040.

HEROES OF OLYMPUS
Third through fifth grades | Tuition: $155*
Saturdays, Jan. 13 – March 3, 11:35 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Playhouse
Discover your inner god or goddess as we explore ancient myths! Realize your own, unique powers — like controlling water or throwing lightning bolts — in this voice and movement-based class. Through acting technique and movement, unleash new worlds and bring to life epic stories.

HEROES OF OLYMPUS
Sixth through eighth grades | Tuition: $155*
Saturdays, Jan. 13 – March 3, 9-9:50 a.m. at the Playhouse
Discover your inner god or goddess as we explore ancient myths! Realize your own, unique powers — like controlling water or throwing lightning bolts — in this voice and movement-based class. Through acting technique and movement, unleash new worlds and bring to life epic stories.

MYTHICAL MUSICALS
Fifth through eighth grades | Tuition: $245*
Mondays, Jan. 8 – March 5, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Playhouse
Step into worlds unknown through musical theatre! In this performance-based class, we’ll learn about mythology while bringing to life scenes from shows like Hercules. Enhance your acting technique, voice and movement skills in this exciting musical class.

For info or to register, visit cincyplay.com or call or call 513-421-3888.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 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 and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The Spirits of the Season Return to Cincinnati Playhouse

A CHRISTMAS CAROL COMES TO LIFE NOV. 22 – DEC. 30

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Ebenezer Scrooge (Bruce Cromer) reacts to sinister Christmas Eve noises in his chilly parlor in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 26th annual production of A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic, presented by U.S. Bank, continues through Dec. 31 in the Robert S. Marx Theatre. Photo by Mikki Schaffner – Nov. 2016.

(CINCINNATI) — The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s joyous, time-honored celebration of the true meaning of the holidays returns for its 27th season as First Financial Bank presents Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The beloved, iconic story will be performed Nov. 22 through Dec. 30 in the Playhouse’s Robert S. Marx Theatre.

Nearly 600,000 people have enjoyed the timeless classic at Cincinnati Playhouse over the past 26 years. An immediate hit when Dickens wrote it in 1843, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is often credited for revitalizing the celebration of Christmas as we know it today.

“More than 20,000 people return each year to the Playhouse to make A CHRISTMAS CAROL a part of their holiday traditions,” explains Blake Robison, artistic director. “The timeless message of A CHRISTMAS CAROLhelps to make it one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions each season and a perfect way to introduce children to the joys of theatre.”
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Adapted by Howard Dallin, Dickens’ narrative comes to vivid life with spectacular effects and hundreds of costumes that illuminate Ebenezer Scrooge’s time-traversing pilgrimage with the spirits one magical Christmas Eve. From his kind-hearted sister Fan and first love Belle to his generous employer Fezziwig and humble clerk Bob Cratchit, Scrooge is repeatedly shown the saving grace of love and concern for humanity.

Bruce Comer returns to fill Ebenezer Scrooge’s miserly shoes for the 13th time this season, the longest run among the four actors who have played the role. Michael Evan Haney also returns as director.

“This story of redemption is timeless because, as human beings, we need to be reminded that we are all connected — that we are all fellow travelers to the grave,” Haney says. “As Scrooge learns this lesson for the first time, we are reminded that our greatest challenge during our time on earth is to help and love our fellow man. It is also our greatest joy.”

All show times for A CHRISTMAS CAROL are at 2 p.m. for matinees and 7 p.m. for evening performances to accommodate families with children. Please note the earlier curtain time. There will be no performances on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and selected weekdays in early December. There is an added performance on Friday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m.

TICKETS
Prices for A CHRISTMAS CAROL start at $35 for the Nov. 22 preview performance and at $40 for all other performances depending on seat location. Tickets for children and teens are $45 or $30 depending on seat location. Prices subject to change. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show. In addition to calling the Box Office, tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL is suitable for all general audiences, including children ages 5 and older. Due to the full-length nature of the show, children younger than 5 cannot be admitted.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL will be audio described for those with visual impairments at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and signed for persons with hearing impairments at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs, and complete wheelchair access are available.

SPONSORS
A CHRISTMAS CAROL is presented by First Financial Bank. The design sponsor and artist sponsor/Ghosts is Ohio National Financial Services. Artist sponsor/Ebenezer Scrooge is AAA and Provident Travel. Artist sponsor/Tiny Tim is Skidmore Sales and Distributing. Artist sponsor/Bob Cratchit is Bahl & Gaynor.  Additional support is provided by The Stona Fitch Family.

The Robert S. Marx Theatre Season is presented by Schueler Group. Season Sponsor of New Work is The Rosenthal Foundation. Marx Theatre Season Design Sponsor is Macy’s.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 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 and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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EVENTS      
HOXWORTH BLOOD DRIVE
Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Join the Playhouse and Hoxworth Blood Center for our 22nd annual blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Rosenthal Plaza. Donors will receive half-price tickets good for select performances of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. You’ll also leave knowing that you provided life-giving support to those in need, saving up to three lives with your single donation. For an appointment, visit www.hoxworth.org/groups/playhouse.Appointment times are limited, so you are strongly encouraged to reserve your spot in advance.

CRATCHIT FAMILY FOOD DRIVE
Help a neighbor in need by participating in the Playhouse’s annual Cratchit Family Food Drive to support the Freestore Foodbank. To donate, simply bring a nonperishable food or personal care item to the Playhouse when you come for a performance in November or December and place it in one of the barrels located near the Box Office. Food items that are always in demand include canned meat products; canned vegetables; fruits and soups; peanut butter; and macaroni and cheese. Personal care items include soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and disposable diapers. Please, no glass items.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL Runs Nov. 22-Dec. 30

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Bruce Cromer as Ebenezer Scrogge & Von Eric Huhn as Tiny Tim. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Nov. 22-Dec. 30
Marx Theatre [Eden Park]

Directed by Michael Evan Haney

The Playhouse’s version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL combines faithful storytelling with spellbinding stage magic to bring to life its familiar story of a sinner given one last chance at redemption by four persuasive ghosts. Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a miraculous Christmas Eve transformation as he views with new eyes his past, present and the possibilities of the future. As he witnesses all those who have improved his life — his first love Belle, his kindhearted employer Fezziwig, his nephew Fred and his heartily abused clerk Bob Cratchit — he realizes that it’s never too late to change his miserly ways. A CHRISTMAS CAROL’s heartwarming message, hundreds of costumes and thrilling special effects help to make the show one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions each year. Ages 5 and up.

  • In preview Wed, Nov. 22 at 7pm
  • Fri, Nov. 24 at 7pm
  • Sat, Nov. 25 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Nov. 26 at 2pm
  • Fri, Dec. 1 at 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 2 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 3 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 7-8 at 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 9 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 10 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 14-15 at 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 16 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 17 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Dec. 19-21 at 7pm
  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 22-23 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Fri, Dec. 26-29 at 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 30 at 2pm & 7pm

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AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO Runs Nov. 4-Dec. 17

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Photo of Frank Ferrante as Groucho Marx courtesy of Frank Ferrante Productions.

AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Nov. 4-Dec. 17
Shelterhouse Theater [Eden Park]

Directed by Dreya Weber

Cast: Frank Ferrante as Grouch & Gerald Sternbach as Accompanist

Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx. Called “masterful” by the Chicago Tribune and “a tour-de-force” by Variety, this fast-paced 90 minutes of hilarity contains all of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs. Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, MGM’s Louis B. Mayer and Marx foil Margaret Dumont. Appropriate for ages 12 and up with very mild adult content.

  • In preview Sat, Nov. 4 at 8pm & Sun, Nov. 5 at 7pm
  • Thu, Nov. 9 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 10 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 11 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 12 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Wed-Thu, Nov. 15-16 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 17 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 18 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 19 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, Nov. 21-22 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 24 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 25 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 26 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, Nov. 28 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, Nov. 29 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, Nov. 30 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 1 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 2 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 3 at 2pm
  • Tue, Dec. 5 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, Dec. 7 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 8 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 9 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 10 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, Dec. 12-14 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 15 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 16 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 17 at 2pm

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Award-Winning Frank Ferrante Brings Groucho Marx to Life on Stage in AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO

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Photo of Frank Ferrante as Groucho Marx courtesy of Frank Ferrante Productions.

CINCINNATI—Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Nov. 4 through Dec. 17 in AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO.

Ferrante was described by The New York Times as “the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx’s material.” Called “masterful” by the Chicago Tribune and “a tour-de-force” by Variety, this fast-paced 90-minute show contains all the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs.

“The incomparable Frank Ferrante is the nation’s foremost performer of Groucho Marx’s work,” says Blake Robison, artistic director. “He truly brings a legend to life. His hilarious antics are sure to entertain longtime fans of the Marx Brothers, while introducing younger generations to his comic genius.”

Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo and MGM’s Louis B. Mayer, among other legendary celebrities. The show also incorporates interaction with the audience.

“I never know what is going to happen from show to show,” Ferrante says. “We have people come back two and three times to see the show because the improvisation is so heavy that every night is a different experience.”

Ferrante won the 1987 New York’s Theatre World Award and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for portraying Groucho Marx in Groucho: A Life in Revue Starring Frank Ferrante, which was a long-running Off-Broadway play.  He reprised the role in London’s West End and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Comedy Performance of the Year.’ Ferrante also played the same part Groucho Marx performed in Off-Broadway revivals of The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers.

TICKETS
Prices for at $35 for the Nov. 4 and 5 preview performances and at $40 for all other performances depending on seat location. Prices are subject to change. Tickets for teens and students are $30 or $45, depending on seating location. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show. Plus, Sunday is College Night, with tickets to all 7:00 PM performances just $10. In addition to calling the Box Office, tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com.

ACCESS
The Playhouse is fully accessible. Large print programs and hearing enhancement receivers are available upon request.

BOX OFFICE
513-421-3888 or 800-582-3208 toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana; or 513-345-2248 – TDD access (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).

SPONSORS
Production Sponsor is The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. Design sponsor is The Geiler Company. The Shelterhouse Theatre Season Season is presented by Heidelberg Distribution Company. Season Sponsor of New Work is the Rosenthal Foundation. Shelterhouse Theatre Season Design Sponsor is the Allan Berliant and Jennie Rosenthal Berliant Family Fund.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 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 and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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