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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Travels to the Arts Center at Dunham for Free Family Fun

pip_around-the-world-in-80-days-promoCINCINNATI, OH – January 13, 2017 — Bring your passport on Saturday, January 21 at 2 p.m. for AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, part of the Free Family Fun Series at the Arts Center at Dunham.

The Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill Productions by Toby Hulse is based on the Jules Verne book and is provided courtesy of a grant from Price Hill Will Arts CAT. Join Phileas Fogg in the world’s most amazing race. Via rail, boat and even elephant, Fogg must travel the globe in just 80 days or he will forfeit a fortune. But a snooping detective, a possible human sacrifice and even the will of Mother Nature all conspire against Fogg’s adventure of a lifetime. Just three actors portray 19 different characters to create a spirited, fast-moving, highly imaginative and hilariously entertaining comedy. The show is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Reservations are recommended for the FREE Family Fun Series and can be made online (www.sunsetplayers.org) or by calling 513-588-4988.

All Free Family Fun Series performances are on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. The remaining series includes:

–       March 11, 2017 ROKCincy Opera for Children: “The Magic Flute”

ROKCincy is thrilled to present Mozart’s beloved fairy tale opera “The Magic Flute.” The performance is 40 minutes in length and includes a question and answer session with the cast. ROKCincy is a non-profit program with a mission to introduce young people to the thrill of live, fully staged opera and to give developing professional musicians an opportunity to hone their performance skills through experience.

–       April 22, 2017 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe based upon the story by C.S. Lewis, dramatized by Le Clanche du Rand and performed by the Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill Productions. Courtesy of a grant from Price Hill Will Arts CAT.

In Narnia, a land of talking animals, mythical creatures and eternal winter, the White Witch holds power over all. Any who dare to dissent are turned instantly into stone. But one day, a little girl named Lucy enters this magical land through an enchanted wardrobe, and her fantastical adventure signals the fulfillment of a prophecy and great change to come. Step through the wardrobe with Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund in this tour-de-force, two-actor adaptation of the beloved and heroic tale of good’s triumph over evil. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

The Arts Center at Dunham is a fine arts center for the west side of Cincinnati and its vision is to provide affordable creative and performing arts for Price Hill and surrounding communities. Housed in one of the three remaining buildings of what was the first municipally owned tuberculosis sanatorium in the United States, the Arts Center includes a 350-seat performance venue as well as extensive studio and programming space. The Arts Center is in the Dunham Recreation Complex. See what is happening at the Arts Center at Dunham on Facebook.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

See the Classic Musical Comedy Jan. 21-Feb. 19, 2017

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Nick Cearley as Seymour.

(CINCINNATI) — The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park heats up winter with a hothouse production of the beloved, campy classic LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, running in the Robert S. Marx Theatre Jan. 21 through Feb. 19.

The New York Times called the musical, “Exuberant … leaves the audience ravenous for more.” Based on Roger Corman’s 1960 cult film classic, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS was adapted for the stage by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken in 1982. It is one of the longest-running off-Broadway musicals in history.

In addition to LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS’ hilarious storyline, audiences will enjoy the songs, written by Ashman and Menken — best known for their songs in popular Disney films, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

“Only at the Playhouse can you experience the perfect combination of a large-scale musical like LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS in an intimate space like the Marx Theatre,” says Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison. “The show is wildly entertaining and features the unequaled artistry of some of the nation’s top theatre talent, including the director Bill Fennelly, whose work has been seen both on Broadway and off-Broadway.”

The show’s popular and infectious score combines the best elements of rock, Motown and Broadway as it tells the story of a down-on-his-luck floral assistant, the sweet but troubled girl of his dreams and the bloodthirsty plant who sends them down a diabolical path. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is also known for its elaborate Audrey II puppet, a giant plant that ultimately takes over the stage and requires its own puppeteer and voice actor.

“The true theatrical roots of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS are thrillingly and smartly ancient,” explains Fennelly. “Complete with a girl-group spin on a Greek Chorus, it is really a morality play for a modern audience. The story weaves together thematic threads of a subverted hero’s journey with elements of traditional Faustian legend: a man who sells his soul to the devil to gain power, wealth and love. Roger Corman, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken have all contributed to the creation of an enduring story that delightfully employs the timeless tools of humor, horror and satire to hold up a mirror to all of us.”

Tickets for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS are on sale now and start at $35 for previews and $40 for regular performances. Prices are subject to change. Discounted tickets for children, teens and students are available for all shows. 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.

CAST (in alphabetical order)
EBONY BLAKE (Ronnette), NICK CEARLEY (Seymour), DAVID MEYERS (Mr. Mushnik), GINO MILO (Audrey), JOHARI NANDI (Chiffon/Dance Captain), CHAZ ROSE (The Voice of Audrey II/Wino 1), JAMISON STERN (Orin/Snip/Luce/Wino 2), ALEXIS TIDWELL (Crystal)

PRODUCTION
HOWARD ASHMAN (Book and Lyrics), ALAN MENKEN (Music), BILL FENNELLY (Director), KENT ZIMMERMAN (Choreographer), RICK LEWIS (Music Supervisor), MICHAEL SCHWEIKARDT (Set and Puppet Designer), KATHLEEN GELDARD (Costume Designer), WILLIAM C. KIRKHAM (Lighting Designer), JEREMY J. LEE (Sound Designer), CASI PACILIO (Original Sound Effects), STEPHEN KRIZ GARDNER (Audrey II Puppeteer/Manipulator), STEPHEN GOERS (Conductor/Keyboard 1), JENIFER MOROW (Production Stage Manager), ANDREA L. SHELL (Second Stage Manager), BROOKE REDLER (Second Stage Manager)

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is sponsored by Tony Alper and Judy Curtin. The orchestra and design sponsor is Fifth Third Bank. The 2016-17 Robert S. Marx Theatre season is presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation, and Macy’s is the Robert S. Marx Theatre season design sponsor. The season sponsor of new work is the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation.

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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SUMMERLAND Runs Feb. 4-March 5

pip_summerland-logoSUMMERLAND
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Feb. 4-March 5
Thompson Shelterhouse [Eden Park]

Directed by Michael Evan Haney

Cast: Whitney Maris Brown as Mrs. Mumler, Billy Finn as Joseph Tooker & Michael Rothhaar as William H. Mumler

Based on mesmerizing true events, SUMMERLAND tells the riveting tale of William H. Mumler, a spirit photographer with a talent for taking haunting images of the dead. Set in 1869, the story follows Mumler’s meteoric rise and fall, from his wildly successful studio business, which boasted Mary Todd Lincoln as a client, to his indictment for fraud. Did Mumler really capture the visits of loved ones from beyond the grave? Or were his living subjects the victims of unspeakable deception meant to prey upon their longing to believe? SUMMERLAND is a gripping and suspenseful world premiere in which the camera provides an invitation to the truth between two worlds. SUMMERLAND is appropriate for adult and teenage audiences. It contains minimal adult language, but the play’s supernatural themes may be too spooky for younger audiences.

  • In preview Sat, Feb. 4 at 8pm & Sun, Feb. 5 at 7pm
  • In preview Tue-Wed, Feb. 7-8 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, Feb. 9 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Feb. 10 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 11 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 12 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Feb. 14-16 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Feb. 17 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 18 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 19 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Feb. 21-23 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Feb. 24 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 25 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 26 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, Feb. 28 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, March 1 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, March 2 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, March 3 at 8pm
  • Sat, March 4 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, March 5 at 2pm

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Runs Jan. 21-Feb. 19

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Jan. 21-Feb. 19
Eden Park

Directed by Bill Fennelly

Not your typical boy-meets-girl comedy, Little Shop of Horrors is a hilarious musical that’s literally out of this world. On Skid Row, Seymour is your average, nerdy, down-on-his-luck floral assistant. That all changes when he meets a power-hungry, fast-talking plant who vows to fulfill Seymour’s wildest dreams: fame, fortune and the heart of the girl he loves. There’s just one catch. The plant thirsts for human blood, and its growing pains send Seymour down a diabolical path with murderous consequences. With an infectious score that gleefully combines rock, Motown and Broadway, Little Shop of Horrors ensures you’ll be toe-tapping along to this screamingly funny, joyously entertaining, tongue-in-cheek delight. Appropriate for adults and young people ages 11 and up. 

  • In preview Sat, Jan. 21 at 8pm &  Sun, Jan. 22 at 2pm
  • In preview Tue-Wed, Jan. 24-25 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, Jan. 26 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Jan. 27 at 8pm
  • Sat, Jan. 28 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Jan. 29 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Feb. 3 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 4 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 5 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, Feb. 7-9 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Feb. 10 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 11 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 12 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, Feb. 14 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, Feb. 15 at 1pm
  • Thu, Feb. 16 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Feb. 17 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 18 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 19 at 7pm

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Cincinnati Playhouse Offers Immersive, Inspired Learning with Winter Acting Classes for Youth Ages 3 to 14

PIP_logo(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s winter acting class schedule, for young performers ages 3 to 14, offers adventures with imaginative sea creatures, wizards, zombies and contemporary musicals to engage young imaginations in creative and confidence-building ways. Designed to strengthen communication skills and develop a sense of community, the classes will focus on individual and collective skill development in a fun, supportive environment.

Children from age 3 through third grade will dive into a world of wonder with Under the Sea Adventures. Using storytelling and movement, they’ll stretch their imaginations to transform into real and imagined sea creatures and discover new habitats. They’ll make friends while working on motor skills, collaboration and group endeavors. Under the Sea Adventures will be offered on Saturdays from Jan. 14 through March 11 (no class Feb. 25): at 10 a.m. for ages 3 and 4 (30-minute sessions, $95); at 10:30 a.m. for kindergarten and first graders (45-minute sessions, $140); and at 11:15 a.m. for second and third graders (45-minute sessions, $140).

Fourth and fifth graders will conjure up the potions, spells and tricks that make up the magic of acting in Wizarding School, which will be offered in two different sessions. The 55-minute classes will be held at 4 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 9 through March 13 (no classes Jan. 16 or Feb. 20) and also — just added — at 9 a.m. Saturdays from Jan. 14 through March 11 (no class Feb. 25). Young performers will learn to use their voices, bodies and imaginations to cast a spell over audiences. Through improvisation and introductory acting techniques they’ll discover that they have the power to transform themselves and the world around them. Cost is $160 for either session.

Zombie Apocalypse arrives for middle schoolers (grades six through eight) at 5 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 9 through March 13 (no classes Jan. 16 or Feb. 20). Students will create a fun and terrifying vision of the undead future through the use of stage makeup and combat to shape-shift into the unique inner zombies they are meant to be. The fee for the 55-minute Zombie Apocalypse sessions is $160.

The Art of Musical Theatre, geared to fifth through eighth graders, takes on Contemporary Musicals in 55-minute classes at 6 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 9 through March 13 (no classes Jan. 16 or Feb. 20; $160). Budding musical theatre students will learn introductory dance and vocal techniques that add polish and pizzazz to the catchy, can’t-get-them-out-of-your-head songs from Hamilton, Matilda and Catch Me If You Can.

All classes will take place at the Playhouse, and the final day of each class will include a sharing of student work with families. To register, visit cincyplay.com or call the Box Office at 513-421-3888. Additional details and class schedules for the entire season can be found on the Playhouse website.

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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