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Cincinnati Playhouse Brings Classic STUART LITTLE to Family Audiences Throughout Greater Cincinnati Through Feb. 16

New Off the Hill series production now open, will visit Oxford, Covington, Mt. Washington, Clifton and more

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CINCINNATI – Embark on an adventure as the Playhouse presents its second Off the Hill touring production this season with E.B. White’s endearing classic STUART LITTLE. This charming adaptation follows the marvelous maneuverings of a mouse in New York City who is trying to survive in the great, big world. Performed by members of the Bruce E. Coyle Intern company, the delightful adventures of Stuart Little will run now through Feb. 16.

STUART LITTLE is widely recognized as a classic in children’s literature. In the Playhouse’s production, Stuart escapes from a ferocious dog, protects his friend from their devious pet cat and wins a model boat race at Central Park. Approaching every obstacle with confidence and courage, Stuart teaches us, as he says in the show, that “size has nothing to do with it. It’s temperament and ability that count and knowing what’s important.”

STUART LITTLE explores the themes of “difference, friendship, family, loyalty and adventure,” explains Director Dee Anne Bryll. “When Stuart goes in search of his friend, Margalo, he suddenly becomes aware of the challenges of his size. However, he doesn’t let that stop him…He embraces the many different experiences, people and animals that he meets along his journey.”

This heartwarming production is touring the greater Cincinnati area now and is recommended for children 5 and up.

For more information and a full schedule of stops including Mt. Washington, Oxford, Covington, Clifton, Evendale and more, visit cincyplay.com.

Seasonal support of education and outreach programming is provided by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. Support for Off the Hill is provided by KeyBank and The John C. Griswold 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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Family Fun Series Continues at the Arts Center at Dunham on Feb. 1

PIP_Stuart Little logoEmbark on an adventure as Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park brings its Off the Hill touring production of E.B. White’s endearing classic, STUART LITTLE, to the Arts Center at Dunham. This charming adaptation follows the marvelous maneuverings of a mouse in New York City who is trying to survive in the great, big world. The performance is Saturday, Feb.1st at 2pm.

STUART LITTLE is widely recognized as a classic in children’s literature. In the Playhouse’s production, Stuart escapes from a ferocious dog, protects his friend from their devious pet cat and wins a model boat race at Central Park. Approaching every obstacle with confidence and courage, Stuart teaches us, as he says in the show, that “size has nothing to do with it. It’s temperament and ability that count and knowing what’s important.”

STUART LITTLE explores the themes of “difference, friendship, family, loyalty and adventure,” explains Director Dee Anne Bryll. “When Stuart goes in search of his friend, Margalo, he suddenly becomes aware of the challenges of his size. However, he doesn’t let that stop him…He embraces the many different experiences, people and animals that he meets along his journey.”

Recommended for grades K and up, but all ages welcome!

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ATTENDEES:
Before the Show: Arrive early to participate in creation of a show themed craft.
After the Show: Meet the cast and crew for an interactive discussion about the production and their work with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Note: Interpreters from Cincinnati State’s Sign Language program will provide services for hearing impaired attendees.

Click Here to RSVP
(or call 513.588.4988)

URGENT: Attendees with RSVP’s will be given priority admission.
Walk-in’s will be seated as space allows.

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BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story Quick Review

BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park through Feb. 16. I attended the opening night performance. 

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The Cast. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

“Your father would have loved this show.”

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Andy Christopher as Buddy Holly. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

This was one of the first things my Mom said to me following the opening night performance. My parents were slightly younger contemporaries of the bespectacled rock and roller. And I totally blame my father (or more specifically his singles record collection that I played through dozens of time as a child) and the family-watched TV show Sha Na Na (love you Pamela Myers) for my appreciation of ’50s and ’60s music.

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Ryan Jagru as Ritchie Valens.

Buddy Holly is “considered one of the most influential creative forces in early rock and roll.” Playhouse’s program features quotes from rock legends Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen to name a few, about his impact on their music.

With its thin book, BUDDY is more tribute show than traditional jukebox musical. The story follows Holly’s struggle to have his music studio-recorded his way, to his groundbreaking performance at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater, to his final Winter Dance Party Tour show in Clear Lake, Iowa before his tragic death at 22.

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Spiff Wiegand as Joe B. Mauldin & Andy Christopher as Buddy Holly. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The cast consists of seven talented musicians and vocalists. Led by Andy Christopher in the title role (and serving as Music Director for the production) they rock the Marx Theatre, expertly performing more than 20 of Holly’s hits with great energy and showmanship that had the audience bobbing in their seats and clapping along.

A highly entertaining production for any Buddy Holly fan. Mom was right, Dad would have loved it.

There is a half-price special available for Tue-Fri and Sunday evening performances. Use promo code 2020fam at checkout, www.cincyplay.com/productions/buddy-the-buddy-holly-story.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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Playhouse Summer Camps Now on Sale

PIP_Summer Camp 20192020 program features multiple locations and accessibility program

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 2020 Summer Theatre Camp and Performance Academy will explore fantastical worlds, storybook lands, favorite books and movies, and so much more.  Camps will be held at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park plus locations in Evendale, Blue Ash, Mason and the West End.

“Each camp option can introduce or further your child’s appreciation of the arts while building confidence and encouraging creativity,” explains Daunielle Rasmussen, director of education and community engagement. “No acting experience is required.”

Locations throughout the region make it easier than ever to participate in summer theatre camps with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. In addition to its location in Eden Park, camps offerings will take place at Evendale Performance Center; Mason Middle School; Mason Community Center; Pogo Play in Blue Ash; and Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal.

Multiple locations are not the only way the Playhouse is continuing to increase access for 2020; the Launch Pad Accessibility Program returns and is available for all full-day, one-week camps. Thanks to a generous grant from The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation, students with developmental disabilities can be integrated into a traditional theatre camp environment through pre-camp preparation and daily support.

“We want to help all children experience the confidence and creativity boosting opportunities that theatre camps provide,” Rasmussen explained. “Our specially trained instructors and two dedicated instructional aides will help integrate Launch Pad participants by providing them with a daily social narrative and concrete daily schedule; sensory-related assistance including noise-canceling headphones, fidgets and personal comfort items; a quiet place to relax; and other support.”

Camp offerings include half-day camps for children ages 3 to 5. For kids and teens, the Playhouse offers full-day, one-week camps with a variety of themes. Each week offers five exciting courses that are designed to engage in the magic and playfulness of live theatre.

For theatre enthusiasts who wants to experience the production of a play from beginning to end, the Playhouse also offers full-day, one-week and multi-week Performance Academy camps for incoming first through 12th graders. This year’s Performance Academy offerings include Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr., Clue: On Stage and Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS.

For complete camp descriptions or to register, visit cincyplay.com or call 513-421-3888. If participants register before March 1, they receive an early-bird registration discount of $15 off the full price for each camp program.

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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ABOUT PLAYHOUSE SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS
For a full listing, go to https://cincyplay.com/learn/summer-theatre-camps  

HALF-DAY CAMPS | Ages 3 – 5 
Introduce the little ones in your life to the fun and creativity of theatre with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s half-day, one-week camps! Each uniquely themed week offers a fun mix of creativity, guided play, theatre crafts and acting improvisation. Classes and themes vary each session for campers interested in joining multiple weeks.
Tuition is $125 for each week.

FULL-DAY CAMPS | Grades 1-10
Each week offers five exciting courses that are designed to engage in the magic and playfulness of live theatre. All lessons lead up to a five-minute scene to share informally with friends and family on the last day of camp. Classes and themes vary each session for campers interested in joining multiple weeks! Classes and themes vary each session for campers interested in joining multiple weeks!

Camps are held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuition is $230 for each week when purchased by March 1. $245 for each week starting March 2.
 
PERFORMANCE ACADEMY | Grades 1-12
This process-based performance program is for the theatre enthusiast who wants to experience the production of a play from beginning to end. During each full-day camp session, campers will take technique and special skills classes and rehearse a play to be performed with limited sets and costumes for friends and family at the end of camp. Performance Academy offers one-week, two-week and three-week camp options.

Performance Academy takes place from Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prices vary by session. Save $15 for each Performance Academy when purchased by March 1.

CAMP LOCATIONS

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Evendale Performance Center
3270 Glendale Milford Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45241

Mason Community Center
6050 Mason Montgomery Rd.
Mason, OH 45040

Mason Middle School 
6370 Mason Montgomery Rd.
Mason, OH 45040

Pogo Play
10870 Kenwood Rd.
Blue Ash, OH 45242

Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal
1301 Western Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45203

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Universes Collide in Groundbreaking New Work at Cincy Playhouse in the Park

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Steven Sapp by Arthur Cohen; Mildred Ruiz-Sapp by Mildred Ruiz-Sapp; Gamal Abdel Chasten by Lawrence Turner.

americUS fuses theatre, jazz, poetry and hip hop to weave together experiences of modern life

CINCINNATI – The award-winning, multi-cultural performance ensemble Universes will bring its groundbreaking style of live storytelling to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park with the world premiere of americUS. With support from The Rosenthal Family Foundation, this infusion of slam poetry, music, dance and theatre runs from Feb. 1 through March 8, with opening night on Feb. 6 at the Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre.

The Universes ensemble originated in The Bronx in 1995, inspired by the urban music and poetry scene that took over New York City in the ‘90s. Having performed off-Broadway, internationally and at major stages across the country, Universes has been praised by critics for their singular and unforgettable performance style. The production of americUS, which was commissioned by the Playhouse, brings Universes to Cincinnati for the first time.

“When I first saw Universes perform, I was simply blown away by their performance style, the variety of what they do, and the depth of feeling and thought that they can engender within the audience,” says Blake Robison, artistic director. “This show promises to be unlike anything seen before on Playhouse stages.”

An unfiltered, honest portrait of contemporary America, americUS is directed by Joan Herrington, who has worked with Universes in past productions, and will feature an ensemble cast including Universes’ co-founders Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz-Sapp as well as Gamal Chasten and Asia Mark.

americUS is an exploration of what it means to be in America at this time — what our joys are, what our challenges are and how we find our way in the midst of some very crazy days,” says Herrington. “Everything Universes does has contemporary relevance and this piece is no different.”

Sapp and Ruiz-Sapp are excited to engage with the community and hope that audiences take something away and feel empowered to open a dialogue about the issues presented in the show.

“It’s exciting because it’s a new audience, it’s new grounds to walk through, new people to meet and interact with,” says Ruiz-Sapp. “We’re going to walk into it like we’ve been there before, like it’s family, like these are the people that we’re living with and the people that are us. No differences, no barriers, no boundaries, no borders.”

For more information on americUS, visit cincyplay.com.

CAST
Gamal Chasten, Asia Mark, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp and Steven Sapp

PRODUCTION
Joan Herrington (Director); Misha Kachman (Set/Costume Designer); Mike Durst (Lighting Designer); Broken Chord (Sound Designers)

TICKETS
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit www.cincyplay.com. Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility.

Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, at 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Individual tickets start at just $35. Tickets to all performances of americUS are priced at just $10 for college students with a valid school ID. Discounted ticket prices for teens are available for $30 to $50, depending on seat location.

americUS is suitable for adult and older teenage audiences. Universes performance ensemble presents an insightful and hard-hitting social commentary on contemporary America while discussing race, class and social inequality. The show covers these topics through powerful poetry, original music and dance movement, but it also contains some strong language.

EVENTS
ADULT ENRICHMENT WORKSHOP: PERSONAL STORYTELLING
Saturday, Jan. 15 | 10 a.m. to noon at the Playhouse | Cost: $50
This class will teach you how to write your own story and perform it in front of others. Learn the essentials of oral storytelling that will engage listeners, initiate discussion and create a sense of community. Share your story — we’d love to hear it!

MEET THE ARTISTS
Sundays, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. | Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Stick around after the performances listed above for a special Q&A with the americUS company. Learn about their craft, creative process and what inspires their storytelling and performance.

POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS
Following every performance, excluding the dates of Meet the Artists Q&As.
Engage with the artists of americUS in in-depth conversations about the themes and ideas represented in the play. These discussions provide an opportunity for patrons to dive deeper into the show’s subject matter and connect with other audience members about their interpretations.

CINCINNATI VOICES PROJECT
Saturdays, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, and Feb. 29
In recent years, the Playhouse has developed important relationships with diverse groups throughout the region, hosting special discussions and facilitating creative workshops. Inspired by the artistic vision of Universes performance ensemble, the Playhouse has partnered with the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition and the Holocaust & Humanity Center to create the Cincinnati Voices Project. Individuals from these groups and others will perform original personal monologues between the 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. performances of americUS on select Saturdays. Performances are free and open to the public. For details and to learn more about the performance schedule, visit cincyplay.com, or call the Box Office at 513-421-3888.

SPONSORS
Sponsored by Andrea and Dr. Edward Herzig. Design sponsor is Geiler. Additional support provided by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. americUS was commissioned through the Playhouse’s Jerome Fey Endowment. The season is sponsored by Heidelberg Distributing Company. Season Sponsor of New Work is the Rosenthal Family Foundation.

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.

ACCESS
The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs, and complete wheelchair access are available.

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