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Auditions Announced for Madcap Puppet’s WINTER WONDERS at Festival of Lights

MCP_logoPerformers needed for Madcap Puppet’s WINTER WONDERS at the PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo. Puppetry experience preferred but not necessary.

Rehearsals will be November 8-11 at the Madcap Education Center from 6 to 9pm and November 15 from 4 to 8pm at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Performances will be every night from November 17 through January 9 with Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas off. The show is 15 minutes long and will be performed 3 times per night: 6:30pm, 7:30pm, and 8:30pm.

Pay: $2,000 stipend.

Auditions for the 2021 WINTER WONDERS show will be held:

  • THURSDAY, September 23, from 6 to 9pm
  • SATURDAY, September 25, from 5 to 8pm

At Madcap Education Center in Westwood
3064 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati OH 45211

Click here to sign up for an audition slot.

Questions? Click here to email.

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Local Arts Organizations Offering Online Content

MISC_Online ContentLocal arts organization have begun to release new content, shorts and archived performances online. I will be collecting them here as I am notified of them. Feel free to send me links when your group releases content.

Most recent updates in blue.
Dates listed are the dates the links were added to this page.

F R E E   F O R   C H I L D R E N / F A M I L I E S

  • 8/17 – COMEDYSPORTZ CINCINNATI | Family-Friendly Improv Match | YouTube
    Previous episodes available on their YouTube page.
  • 7/20RUMPELSTILTSKIN (2013) | Beechmont Players | YouTube
  • 6/22 – STORYTIME WITH SPARKLE – Season One: Episode 3 [6/21] | Dan Davidson | YouTube
    Previous episodes available on her YouTube channel and Facebook page.
  • 6/9 – A CONCERT FOR GOOD #2 | Equality Productions | YouTube
  • 6/5 – A CONCERT FOR GOOD #1 | Equality Productions | YouTube
  • 5/20 – SOLDIER, COME HOME | Falcon Theatre | YouTube
  • 5/18 – Prelude-at-a-Distance CAMELOT | Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati | Facebook
  • 5/13 – Prelude-at-a-Distance ROBIN HOOD | Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati | YouTube
  • 4/27 – SANTA CLAUS the Musical | Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati | YouTube
  • 4/13 – MANY-STORIED HOUSE | Falcon Theatre | YouTube
  • 4/10 – SLEEPING BEAUTY | Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati | YouTube
  • 3/30 – COAL TOWN PHOTOGRAPH | Falcon Theatre | YouTube
  • 3/18 – THE JESTER PRINCE | Fred Tacon/Beechmont Players | YouTube
  • 3/17 – SUFFRAGETTES: With Liberty and Voting for All | Children’s Theatre on Tour | YouTube

F R E E   F O R   O L D E R   V I E W E R S

  • 8/20 – 10-MINUTE CONNECTIONS: JUSTICE | Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
    • 8/13 – WAKE UP, CHILD! by Isaiah Reaves. Performed by Candice Handy & Burgess Byrd
    • 8/6 – SEE ME by Torie Wiggins. Performed by Lisa DeRoberts and Isaiah Reaves | Facebook
  • 8/20 – THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST | Loveland Stage Company
    • 8/12 – ACT IIIYouTube
      Acts I & II is available on their YouTube page
  • 8/20 – MONOLOGUES FOR US, BY US | Cincinnati Black Theatre Artist Collective
    • 8/4 – Week 9 – Geoff Hill performs a monologue from CHANGE MUST COME by Santino Craven and Michael Kevin Darnall performs as Youngblood from JITNEY by August Wilson | Facebook
      All previous weeks are available on their Facebook page
  • 8/20 – TWO SKETCHY DAMES: AT HOME With Neil and Dylan [Aug. 16]| Alison Rampa and Eileen Earnest | Facebook |
    Previous episodes are available on their Facebook page.
  • 8/4 – WEEKEND PUPPDATE [8/1 Episode] (PG/PG-13) | Ricky Glore | YouTube |
    Previous episodes available on their YouTube channel.
  • 7/27 – FIBBER MCGEE AND MOLLY: MAKING FUDGE | Footlighters Inc. | YouTube
  • 7/20 – QUARANTINE CABARET TAKE 2 [July 19th performance] | Lumos Players | Facebook
    Previous installment available on their Facebook page. 
  • 7/24 – trueSUFFRAGE [July 23rd performance] [Facebook Live] | trueTHEATRE
  • 7/9 – TWELFTH NIGHT | Middletown Lyric Theatre | YouTube
  • 7/6 – THE COMEDY OF ERRORS Episode 5 (of 5) [7/3] | Miami University Theatre | YouTube | Previous episodes available on their YouTube channel.
  • 7/6 – MONOLOGUES ABOUT RESILIENCE | Equality Productions | 12 performances available on their YouTube channel
  • 7/6 – SHAKESPEARE NOW | Crystian Wiltshire | Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
    • 7/3 – Second Installment | Facebook
      Previous installments are available on their Facebook page. 
  • 6/29 – TERI’S PLAY DATE | Short Plays Written by Teri Foltz |
      • 6/25 – JUST TO CLARIFY | YouTube | Previous episodes available on their YouTube channel.
  • 6/22 – MEET THE ARTISTS [Facebook Live] | Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
  • 6/5 – MONOLOGUES OF HOPE | Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
    All nine episodes available on their Facebook page
  • 6/5 – SCENES FROM A QUARANTINE [5/29 performance]| Facebook | Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
  • 5/26 – AUDITION TIPS WITH D. LYNN MEYERS | Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati | Facebook
  • 5/26 – YOGA FOR THE ACTOR with Becky Howell | Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati| Facebook
  • 5/8 – trueFAKES [Facebook Live] | trueTHEATRE
  • 5/5 – BE NOT FORGETFUL [Zoom Play Reading] | Muwhahaha Productions | Written by Tracy Hoida | Performed by Katie Mitchell Mitchell and Rory Sheridan
  • 4/30 – CRAZY HORSES | Beechmont Players | YouTube
  • 4/30 – PROJECT38 | Cincinnati Shakespeare Company | Facebook
  • 4/29 – HOMEWORK from SAME ROOM, DIFFERENT STORIES | Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati | YouTube
  • 4/20 – SAVE A SOUL, SAVE THE WORLD and GRANDMA ROZI | Kivie Productions| YouTube
  • 4/13 – NKU SOTA Stream | NKU School of the Arts | Facebook
  • 4/7 – ACTING SHOWCASE | CCM Acting | YouTube
  • 3/17 – DESCENT: A Murder Ballad (PG-13) | Hannah Gregory| 2019 Cincy Fringe Festival | YouTube

F O R   C H I L D R E N / F A M I L I E S 

  • 4/10 – ALICE IN NEVERLAND (Grades 1-6) | Know Theatre | Know website 
  • 4/10 – DRAGON UP (Grades K-3) | Know Theatre | Know website

F O R   O L D E R   V I E W E R S

  • 8/20 – HEATHERS | Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy | VIMEO for rental or purchase
  • 4/8 – DARKEST NIGHT AT GNARLY STUMP | Know Theatre | Know website

A U D I O   T H E A T R E   F O R   O L D E R   L I S T E N E R S

  • 8/20 – ALMOST MIDNIGHT, ALMOST JAZZ | Know Theatre| Know website
  • 7/16 – THE LAST MOTHER IN THE HOUSE OF CHAVIS | Know Theatre| Know website
  • 5/20 – FETUS AND THE GOD | Know Theatre| Know website
  • 4/17 – COULD’VE SAID IT DEADER  | Know Theatre| Know website
  • 4/17 – MARY’S MONSTER | Know Theatre | Know website
  • 4/2 – OF PEOPLE AND NOT THINGS | Know Theatre | Know website

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Madcap Education Center Announces Grand Opening Weekend

MEC_logoPublic Grand Opening Announced
for November 3-4

Open House-Style Party Planned, Including Sampling of Educational Programs and First Public Performances in New Theater in Westwood

After 7 years of hard work, tireless persistence and immeasurable community support, the new Madcap Education Center is opening to the public!

The Opening Weekend Party is planned for Saturday, November 3 from 10am to 1pm and Sunday, November 4 from noon to 3pm.

Attendees will be among the first to see the new $3.4 million arts education facility in Westwood that will host dance, acting, puppet and visual arts classes and workshops as well as children’s performances in a brand new theater designed for families to enjoy together. While touring the completely renovated and reimagined building, families will be able to “sample” the kinds of classes and workshops that the Madcap Education Center will host all year-round. Jump into a quick session of yoga in one of the dance studios, make a mini-comic book in the art studio or learn to play a chord on the guitar in one of the music studios. (Full schedule of events below.)

The Opening Weekend Party will also kick off the first production in the Family Performance Series with 4 performances of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Madcap Puppets. They are: 11am and 1pm on Saturday and 1 and 3pm on Sunday.

“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is a ticketed event – $10 per person or $48 for the 6-show season. Call (513) 241-6550 to purchase tickets to the show.

 All other activities during the Opening Weekend Party are free and open to the public!

Madcap Puppets have been planning the Center since the Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (WestCURC) purchased the building for the organization in 2012. The Center becomes a “home base” for the touring company and a venue for expanded children’s programming on the west side, including special events and arts education classes, workshops and summer camps.

In March 2017, Cincinnati Landmark Productions and Madcap Puppets announced a merger of the two venerable west-side arts organizations and a re-invigoration of the “Bell Building” project, at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Urwiler Avenue.

At the merger announcement, CLP announced new funding – the allocation of New Markets Tax Credits from Cincinnati Development Fund – that would make the project possible. Since that time, CLP has partnered with US Bank and the City of Cincinnati to finalize the New Markets deal.

The City of Cincinnati had planned and previously budgeted $4 million for the renovation of Westwood Square, the land around Westwood Town Hall. Upgrades include new landscaping and seating, the addition of an event stage area, a promenade for event vendors, a new playground area and a dog park, effectively activating a space that serves as the center of the city’s largest neighborhood. In December, CLP officials presented and received approval from the Cincinnati Planning Commission, Park Board and City Council to bundle the two projects together in order to maximize the New Markets benefit.

On December 29, 2017, the financing deal was closed, resulting in $2.1 million net benefit for the Madcap Education Center project. With that and other recent funding, the project could officially break ground. Interior demolition began in February 2018 with full renovation/construction starting in April.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions (CLP) is the non-profit owner and operator of the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts in West Price Hill and the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater in East Price Hill. Madcap Puppets – based in Westwood – has provided touring children’s programming since 1981 and annually presents over 600 performances across 15 states for 160,000 children. Since the merger, Madcap Puppets has operated as a division of Cincinnati Landmark Productions and will continue to tour and offer its in-town programming.


  • 10am – “Westwood Family Photo” – outside the building, all public encouraged to attend!
  • 10:30am – Create a Mini Comic – Art Studio
  • 10:30am – Intro Guitar – Music Studio #1
  • 10:30am – Face Painting – Music Studio #2
  • 11am – Musical Theatre Dance Mini Class – LaRosa’s Dance Studio
  • 11am – Balloon Animals – Hand Dance Studio
  • 11am – “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” performance – TriHealth Performance Hall (ticket required)
  • 11:30am – Puppet Creation Q&A – Art Studio
  • 11:30am – Intro Piano – Music Studio #1
  • noon – Yoga Mini Class – LaRosa’s Dance Studio
  • noon – Preschool Puppets – Hand Dance Studio
  • 12:30pm – History of the Madcap Education Center by Greg Hand – Art Studio
  • 1pm – “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” performance – TriHealth Performance Hall (ticket required)
  • ALL DAY – roaming puppets and photo opps!


  • noon – Musical Theatre Dance Mini Class – LaRosa’s Dance Studio
  • noon – Create a Mini Comic – Art Studio
  • noon – Preschool Puppets – Hand Dance Studio
  • noon – Face Painting – Music Studio #2
  • 1pm – Hip Hop Dance – LaRosa’s Dance Studio
  • 1pm – Puppet Creation Q&A – Art Studio
  • 1pm – Yoga Mini Class – Hand Dance Studio
  • 1pm – “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” performance – TriHealth Performance Hall (ticket required)
  • 2pm – Tap Mini Class – LaRosa’s Dance Studio
  • 2pm – Make a Mask – Art Studio
  • 2:30pm – History of the Madcap Education Center by Greg Hand – Distance Learning Center
  • 3pm – “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” performance – TriHealth Performance Hall (ticket required)
  • ALL DAY – roaming puppets and photo opps!

For more information about Cincinnati Landmark Productions/Madcap Puppets, visit www.clpshows.org or call (513) 241-6550.

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Subscriptions to the First-Ever Family Performance Series to Go on Sale Monday

MEC_logoThe Madcap Education Center is one step closer to opening its doors.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions/Madcap Puppets announced today the first Family Performance Series at the new arts education scheduled to open later this fall in Westwood.

Construction on the Center has been underway since February and is on schedule (and on budget!) to open in November. The six-show Family Performance Series is the first of many events to be announced at the much-anticipated new space.

Whole season subscriptions to the Family Performance Series – just $48 each – are available starting Monday, October 1 at 11am. Tickets to single shows go on sale October 15 and will be $10 each.

The inaugural 2018-19 Family Performance Series line-up includes:

  • A MADCAP CHRISTMAS CAROL, December 22-23
  • RUMPELSTILKSKIN: A Puppet Musical, January 12-13
  • PUPPETS KapOw!, February 2-3

Performances are scheduled for Saturday at 11am and 1pm and Sunday at 1 and 3pm, on the dates listed. Subscribers can exchange tickets to another performance of the same show (pending ticket availability) for free. Subscribers also get the best seats at the best price. All subscriptions can be purchased over the phone at (513) 241-6550 or in person at either the Covedale Center or Warsaw Federal Incline Theater box office locations.

The TriHealth Performance Hall at the Madcap Education Center is a state-of-the-art theater built with kids in mind. With only 135 seats, the space is intimate and comfortable and provides great sight-lines for audience members of any age.

The Madcap Education Center will be home to exciting life-size puppet performances, a jumping off point for show tours but also a hub for classes, camps and performing arts education opportunities – in the heart of Westwood’s revitalized business district.

The Madcap Education Center will host:

  • Children’s programming in its 135-seat theater
  • One-on-one vocal and instrument training in its small studio spaces
  • Dance classes for a variety of skill levels in its two dance studios
  • Acting and improv classes
  • Puppet making and other arts/crafts classes in its art studio space
  • Distance learning programming in its technology center
  • Birthday parties
  • Senior arts classes opportunities
  • Neighborhood meetings and special events
  • The new home base for Madcap Puppets touring operations

For more information about Cincinnati Landmark Productions, visit www.clpshows.org or call (513) 241-6550.

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Educator Center Instructor Interest Survey for Madcap Education Center

CLP MCP_logosThe Madcap Education Center is THIS CLOSE to opening! Construction on the exciting new arts education center in Westwood is progressing swiftly – on time and on budget – with a hopeful grand opening planned for early November.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions and Madcap Puppets officially merged last year and have teamed together to create a state-of-the-art learning space for…

  • acting classes
  • dance classes
  • puppet-making classes
  • visual art classes
  • voice classes
  • musical instrument classes
  • summer camps
  • workshops

…and more! We’re envisioning classes for kids, teens, adults and seniors alike. Anyone and everyone could be served at the Madcap Education Center.

Are you interested in teaching in the new space? Click this link to formally express your interest and tell us about the kinds of classes you would like and are qualified to teach!

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