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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Reimagines SNOW WHITE With Virtual Off the Hill Production Now through Nov. 14

PIP_Snow White promoCINCINNATI – The Playhouse’s Off the Hill touring series begins its season of fairy tales and fables with SNOW WHITE, a free virtual production for children ages 6 and up and their families. In this fun-filled and fantastic retelling, Snow White and her most trusted companion, Dwarf #4, discover the true meaning of happily ever after: friendship, family and a whole lot of laughter. The tour will be streamed virtually on weekends from now through Nov. 14.

SNOW WHITE is adapted by Greg Banks, plays are familiar to Playhouse audiences. He also created contemporary versions of classics like Robin Hood and The Jungle Book that delighted students and families in previous seasons.
“Greg Banks is a playwright that I love to program,” says Daunielle Rasmussen, Playhouse Director of Artistic Engagement and the director of the show. “His adaptations of classic tales are vibrant, funny and give female characters agency over their participation in the story.”

While princes and magic wands are left to “save the day” in some stories, Snow White and Dwarf #4 discover what it means to share one’s truth in full in this new tale. Together, the two characters retell the story we all know — in which Snow White finds refuge with seven dwarfs after the evil queen tries to have her killed — but relay it from their own perspective. Two actors put their performance skills to the test by embodying all the characters themselves. With twists and tweaks from the original, Banks’ script reimagines the classic fairy tale as Snow White takes ownership of the story named after her and becomes a brave and adventurous heroine.

“I connect to her resiliency, and I love how Snow White creates an entire world for herself that reflects the love she gives to those around her,” says Rasmussen. “It is that love, and her found family, that save her — versus a prince coming to the rescue.”

SNOW WHITE will be available virtually on weekends through Nov. 14, with each performance hosted by a community organization. The Playhouse will also present two additional Off the Hill performances this season: Hare and Tortoise will be available both virtually and in person this winter and The Little Mermaid will be performed in person during the spring.

Seasonal support of education and outreach is by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. Off the Hill Sponsors are Key Bank and John C. Griswold 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.

Dates for each production are below. For additional details on each production visit https://cincyplay.com/tickets/off-the-hill.
Off The Hill 2021-22 Touring Schedule

SNOW WHITE (ages 6 & up)
By Greg Banks
Now available virtually every weekend through Nov. 14 — (Click on the host link to reserve tickets)

Oct. 29-31
Kennedy Heights Arts Center
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park 

Nov. 5-7
Artsville
ArtsWave

Nov. 12-14
The Barn
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
ASL Performance Hosted by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Hare and Tortoise (ages 3 & up)
By Brendan Murray
Live, Weekends of Jan. 22 to Feb. 20, 2022
Virtual, Weekends of Feb. 18 to 27, 2022

Meet two competing friends in this fantastic adaptation of Aesop’s fable. Hare and Tortoise tells the sweet story of opposites and friendship. From sun-shining spring to snow-falling winter, this much-loved tale is brimming with ideas, characters, live music and wonderful physicality – all leading up to their famous race and its nail-biting, medal-winning end.

The Little Mermaid (ages 5 & up)
By Mike Kenny; based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen
Live, weekends of April 9 to May 7, 2022

Far below the crashing waves of the ocean’s surface lives a young mermaid. Enthralled by the unknown world above the sea, the Little Mermaid finds herself falling in love with a mysterious human. After a vicious storm throws him from his ship, she saves him but must make a deal with the evil sea witch. Will she break the spell and find true happiness? Young theatregoers will delight in this magical, charming adaptation.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Launches Adventure-Filled Off the Hill Season with Legendary Tale ROBIN HOOD

pip_robin-hood-promo(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park breathes life into three classic stories from literature in fun, innovative and fresh ways for this season’s Off the Hill Series. ROBIN HOOD, which chronicles the exploits of the legendary outlaw, will launch the popular family-friendly series this fall, touring to community centers throughout Greater Cincinnati from Sept. 24 through Oct. 30.

Good and evil take center stage as Robin Hood and his merry band of underground heroes rally to support those who cannot fight for themselves. Full of fights and swordplay, Greg Banks’ ROBIN HOOD is a high-powered, action-packed adventure geared to ages 8 and up.

“Being a movement-based director, I loved this script because of the potential for physicality, including a large amount of stage combat and visual storytelling,” says Director of Education and Community Engagement Daunielle Rasmussen, who is directing ROBIN HOOD. “I also love that our Maid Marian can hold her own with a bow against Robin Hood. She’s no one’s damsel in distress, and I’m excited for the effect that will have on our version of the story.”

Rasmussen hopes to spark discussion with this decidedly modern adaptation. “Robin Hood isn’t just a famous outlaw,” she explains. “He is a character who asks us what we are willing to do in the face of injustice. Will you stand by and do nothing? Or will you defend, feed and care for your community? What do we do when it feels as though we are powerless and have no recourse? We are living in a time in which these questions are being asked. What do we learn from ROBIN HOOD that we can exemplify in our own neighborhoods?”

The ROBIN HOOD cast includes Richard Buchanan (Sheriff/King Richard/Soldier 3), George Bull (Prince John/Will Scarlett/Soldier 1/Little John/Friar Tuck), Candice Handy (Much/Maid Marian) and Taha Mandviwala (Robin Hood/Marian’s Dad/Soldier 2), all members of the Playhouse’s 2016-17 Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company. Along with Rasmussen, the production team includes set designer Kenton Brett, costume designer Melanie Mortimore, sound designer Trey Tatum and stage manager Tracy Hoida.

In addition to ROBIN HOOD, the Playhouse’s 2016-17 Off the Hill season features AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, adapted by Toby Hulse from the Jules Verne classic, and THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, based on the story by C.S. Lewis and dramatized by Le Clanché du Rand.

“What I love about these adaptations is how accessible they are for a wide array of ages,” says Rasmussen. “I am constantly looking for scripts that have something for everyone who might be watching, from toddlers to older siblings and parents.”

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS embarks with Phileas Fogg this winter on the world’s most amazing race by rail, boat — and even elephant — featuring just three actors portraying 19 characters to create a spirited, highly imaginative and hilariously entertaining comedy. Recommended for ages 8 and up, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS travels off the hill from Jan. 21 through Feb. 12, 2017.

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE will close the Off the Hill season in the spring, transporting audiences through the wardrobe to the magical realm of Narnia — a land of talking animals, mythical creatures and eternal winter where the White Witch holds power over all. The tour-de-force, two-actor adaptation, recommended for ages 5 and up, will tour Greater Cincinnati from April 8 through May 21, 2017.

For more information about the Playhouse’s education and outreach programs, contact the Education Department at 513-345-2242 or visit www.cincyplay.com.

Off the Hill is supported by the Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, ArtsWave and the Ohio Arts Council.

The Cincinnati Playhouse season is presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and Heidelberg Distributing Co. 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. 

ROBIN HOOD PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (as of Sept. 6, 2016)

  • Saturday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m., Artsville (Madisonville)
  • Saturday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Ft. Wright Civic Club
  • Saturday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m., Campbell County Library (Carrico-Ft. Thomas Branch)
  • Sunday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center
  • Sunday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., Cedar Village Retirement Community (Mason)
  • Sunday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m., Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum
  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m., Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati (Mariemont)
  • Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m., Oxford Community Arts Center
  • Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Springfield Township at Grove Banquet Hall
  • Saturday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m. Sunset Players at Dunham Recreation Center
  • Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. District A at Woodford Paideia

Note: Details vary by location. Contact the individual sites for tickets and prices. Contact information is available on the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com. Click on the SCHEDULE tab.

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Playhouse in the Park’s 2014-15 Off the Hill Season Concludes with BIRD BRAIN

CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK’S 2014-15 OFF THE HILL SEASON
CONCLUDES WITH BIRD BRAIN BY VERN THIESSEN

PIP_Bird Brain logo(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s popular Off the Hill series for families wraps up its 2014-15 season with Vern Thiessen’s BIRD BRAIN, a charming and funny fable full of laughs and the lesson that strange behavior isn’t always foolish. Recommended for ages 5 and up,BIRD BRAIN will tour to community venues throughout the Tristate from April 10 through May 23.

Based on the story Vogelkopp by Albert Wendt, BIRD BRAIN tells the tale of a kindhearted woodcutter who finds a nest of freezing baby birds and decides to give them a warm home under his hat. The problem is that he lives in a world where tipping your hat to others is not only a courtesy, but also the law, with severe punishments for disobeying. The woodcutter finds himself torn between doing what he feels is right and following the social norms.

Kelsey Torstveit, Claire Simba, Alex Purcell and D'Amante M. Wilson in BIRD BRAIN. Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Kelsey Torstveit, Claire Simba, Alex Purcell and D’Amante M. Wilson in BIRD BRAIN. Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

“I am so looking forward to this delightful play for this most delightful of audiences,” says Playhouse Education Director Mark Lutwak, who will direct the production and serve as the sound designer.

“BIRD BRAIN begins in a forest and returns there a couple of times, so I wanted an environment that set the mood for this cold, wooded land,” says set designer Christopher Boone. “I realized we didn’t need any graphics to tell this story, just panels of fabric, a couple of hat stands to hold hats and costume pieces, and a lot of imagination, which is perfect for younger elementary students.” Both the set and costumes feature simple bits of fabric that get folded, twisted and used in multiple ways. The music and sound effects will be created vocally by the actors.

“It’s very simple, but beautiful and fantastical,” adds Lutwak. “As with a lot of theatre for this age group, we celebrate the imagination of the story by engaging the imagination of the viewers.”

The BIRD BRAIN cast includes Alex Purcell, Claire Simba, Kelsey Torstveit and D’Amante M. Wilson, all members of the Playhouse’s 2014-15 Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company. In addition to Lutwak and Boone, production team members include costume designer Melanie Mortimore and stage manager Tracy Hoida.

BIRD BRAIN will tour to nearly 20 community venues (see schedule below). Admission is free or inexpensive and is available at the door. Contact the center near you for ticket information.

For more information about the Playhouse’s education and outreach programs, contact the Education Department at 513-345-2242 or visit www.cincyplay.com.

Off the Hill is supported by the Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, ArtsWave and the Ohio Arts Council.

The Cincinnati Playhouse season is presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and Heidelberg Distributing Company. The season sponsor of new work is The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of the community contributors to the ArtsWave 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.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (as of March 23, 2015)

  • Friday, April 10, 7 p.m., Springfield Township’s Grove Banquet Hall and Event Center
  • Saturday, April 11, 2 p.m., The Drama Workshop at Glenmore Playhouse (Cheviot)
  • Saturday, April 11, 7 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center
  • Sunday, April 12, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., The Lebanon Theatre Company, Inc.
  • Saturday, April 18, 10:30 a.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center (Mariemont)
  • Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center (Covington, Kentucky)
  • Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m., Evendale Cultural Arts Center
  • Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m., Fort Wright Civic Club
  • Saturday, April 25, 7 p.m., District A, The Character Building (former Shroder School, Kennedy Heights)
  • Sunday, April 26, 2:30 p.m., Kenton County Library – Covington Branch (Covington, Kentucky)
  • Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts
  • Sunday, May 10, 2 p.m., Clifton Cultural Arts Center
  • Friday, May 15, 7 p.m., Boone County Library – Scheben Branch (Union, Kentucky)
  • Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m., Hyde Park Health Center
  • Saturday, May 16, 7 p.m., Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute (Pleasant Ridge)
  • Sunday, May 17, 2:30 p.m., Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum
  • Friday, May 22, 7 p.m., Oxford Community Arts Center
  • Saturday, May 23, 7 p.m., Circus Mojo (Ludlow, Kentucky) – Pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Note: Details vary by location. Contact the individual sites for tickets and prices. Contact information is available on the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com (click on the SCHEDULE tab).

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PIP’s GO, DOG. GO! Runs April 5-May 19

PIP_Go Dog Go1GO, DOG. GO!
Presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill Series
April 5-May 19
Various

P.D. Eastman’s beloved children’s book comes to life on stage! Big dogs and little dogs, black dogs and white dogs and all dogs in between delve into life with gusto, creating a visual spectacle of movement and color for audience members of all ages. The dogs swim and play. They howl at the moon. They ride a Ferris wheel. They sing, dance and climb trees. It all culminates in the greatest Dog Party of them all in this rollicking, musical free-for-all. For ages 5 and up.

  • Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Dramakinetics at Presbyterian North (Northside)
  • Saturday, April 6, 10:30 a.m., Woman’s Art Club (Mariemont)
  • Saturday, April 6, 3:00 p.m., Sharonville Fine Arts Center
  • Sunday, April 7, 3:00 p.m., Evendale Cultural Arts Center
  • Friday, April 12, 7:00 p.m., The Drama Workshop at the Glenmore Playhouse (Cheviot)
  • Saturday, April 13, 3:00 p.m., Madeira Elementary School
  • Saturday, April 13, 7:00 p.m., District A at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian
  • Sunday April 14, 3:00 p.m., The Lebanon Theatre Company, Inc.
  • Friday, April 19, 7:00 p.m., Grove Banquet Hall at Springfield Township
  • Saturday April 20, 1:00 p.m., Sunset Players at Dunham Recreation Center (West Price Hill)
  • Saturday, April 20, 7:00 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center
  • Sunday, April 21, 1:30 p.m., Campbell County Library (Ft. Thomas/Carrico)
  • Friday, April 26, 7:00 p.m., Oxford Community Arts Center
  • Saturday, April 27, 1:00 p.m., Tall Institute (Norwood/Oakley)
  • Saturday, April 27, 7:00 p.m., Circus Mojo (Ludlow, KY)
  • Sunday, April 28, 1:00 p.m., Mayerson JCC (Amberley)
  • Friday, May 3, 7:00 p.m., Boone County Library (Burlington)
  • Thursday, May 9, 6:30 p.m., Kilgour Elementary School (Hyde Park)
  • Saturday, May 11, 3:00 p.m., Miami University-VOA Learning Center (West Chester)
  • Saturday, May 11, 7:00 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Culture Center (Covington)
  • Sunday, May 12, 2:00 p.m., Clifton Cultural Arts Center
  • Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m., Silverton Paideia Academy
  • Saturday, May 18, 11:30 a.m., Anderson Center
  • Sunday, May 18, 5:30 p.m., The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum
  • Sunday, May 19, 3:00 p.m., Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance at Kings High School Auditorium

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