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Country Music and Hijinks Hit the Stage at Sunset Players

SSP_The Pump Boys Takin a Break

The Pump Boys Takin’ a Break. Dan Wolking, John Wesseling & Allen Lindsey. Photo by Geri Wesseling.

CINCINNATI, OH – February 19, 2020 — Sunset Players, a Westside community theater group that performs at the Arts Center at Dunham, will be filled with country music with Pump Boys and Dinettes from March 6 through 21.

A musical comedy written by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann and directed by Don Frimming, the Pump Boys sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country, and the Dinettes run the Double Cupp diner next door. With gallons of hilarity and slices of heartbreak, they perform an evening of country and western songs on guitars, piano, bass and even kitchen utensils.

For its 40th anniversary season, Sunset Players reunited the Pump Boys from their original 2001 production with two new Dinettes to round out the cast. The cast includes:

  • Dan Wolking as Jackson
  • Allen Lindsey as L.M.
  • John Wesseling as Jim
  • Eddie as Jerry Yearout
  • Clare Hingsbergen as Prudie Cupp
  • Virginia Pollack as Rhetta Cupp
SSP_Pumpboys Dining at the Double Cupp

Dining at the Double Cupp. Allen Lindsey, Clare Hingsbergen, Virginia Pollack & Dan Wolking. Photo by Geri Wesseling

Produced by special arrangements from Samuel French, Pump Boys and Dinettes performances are March 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21. All shows begin at 8:00 pm, except Thursday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Cincinnati State’s Interpreter Training Program will provide sign language interpreting for the deaf community on the second Saturday performance.

Tickets are $20 or $18 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. They can be purchased online at the Sunset Players website (www.sunsetplayers.org) or at the door.

Sunset Players, Inc. is a community theater group located on the west side of Cincinnati. Founded in 1979, the group performs at the Arts Center at Dunham and has produced more than 145 shows. Its mission is to bring a smile, and its plays include comedies, farces, dramatic comedies and musical comedies—as long as there is some “comedy” in the performance. For more information about the 40th season, visit our website at www.sunsetplayers.org or like us on Facebook.


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SSP_Pump Boys and Dinettes logoPUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
Sunset Players Inc.
March 6-21
The Ars Center at Dunham [West Price Hill]

Directed by Don Frimming

The Pump Boys sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Pry country, and the Dinettes run the Double Cupp diner next door. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform an evening of country and western songs on guitars, piano, bass and kitchen utensils.

  • Fri-Sat, March 6-7 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, March 13-14 at 8pm
  • Sun, March 15 at 3pm
  • Thu, March 19 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, March 20-21 at 8pm

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Auditions Announced for Two Male Actors for LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR at Sunset Players

SSP_logoThe Sunset Players wrap up its special 40th anniversary season with a production of  Neil Simon’s classic LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR with performances on May 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23.

Due to unforeseen issues, two male roles need to be filled.  Auditions for these two roles will be held this Wednesday and Thursday nights (Jan. 29 & 30) at 7pm at the Arts Center at Dunham  – 1945 Dunham Way (in the Dunham recreation complex off Guerley Rd). Rehearsals start in the beginning of March.

Note: This play is a tribute to the late Mike Burke who directed Sunset’s original production 23 year ago and will be in memory of Mike. So it will be a very special run.

 Any question please contact the director, John Wesseling at johnwwesseling6@gmail.com.

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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!

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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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Comes to the Arts Center at Dunham on Jan. 11

SSP_The Barber of SevilleInvitation to Join the Artistic Fun at the Arts Center of Dunham
Free Family Fun Series

CINCINNATI, OH – January 1, 2020 — Courtesy of a grant from Price Hill Will and Sunset Players, the Arts Center at Dunham Free Family Fun Series kicks off the new decade with ROK Cincy’s adaptation of The Barber of Seville on Saturday, January 11 at 2 pm.

Sung in English and Italian, this show stuns with familiar music, vocal fireworks and high energy hi-jinks. Rosina has been grounded by her strict guardian, Dr. Bartolo, and isn’t allowed to enter her project into the State Science Fair. Her teachers, Mr. Figaro and Ms. Susannah, know that she can win first place if they can only get it submitted. They’ll need all their cunning and more than a few tricks to make it happen. Recommended for grades K-6, but all ages welcome!

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.

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

  • February 1, 2020 Stuart Little by Joseph Robinette, adapted from the book by E.B. White.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Stuart Little is a lovable mouse born into an ordinary New York family. His many adventures—both big and small—vividly come to life through a series of delightful scenes. Based on E.B. White’s endearing classic and written with charm, wisdom and joy, this adaptation presents the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse who is trying to survive in the great big world. Recommended for grades kindergarten and up.

  • April 4, 2020 Dragons Love Tacos by Ernie Nolan, adapted from the book by Adam Rubin.

Do you know what dragons really love? Tacos, of course! Chicken tacos, beef tacos, big tacos and tiny tacos. As a boy and his dog watch a television show about dragons, they unexpectedly get caught up in the “Dos and Don’ts” of what to feed dragons. But if they accidentally eat spicy salsa, watch out! Performed by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Off the Hill players. Recommended for pre-k and up.

  • April 18, 2020 Cincinnati Ballet

Dancers from the prestigious Cincinnati Ballet will provide an exciting peek into the typical day in the life of professional dancers. Audience members will learn the fundamentals of the art of ballet and gain an understanding of the discipline and athleticism required for a professional career in ballet. A dance demonstration with audience participation and a question and answer discussion are included.

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

The Arts Center at Dunham is an arts center for the west side of Cincinnati and its vision is to provide affordable creative and performing arts experiences 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 located in the CRC’s Dunham Recreation Complex. See what is happening at the Arts Center at Dunham on Facebook.


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