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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Runs Aug. 13-22

TC_Little Shop of Horrors logoLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
The Carnegie
Aug. 13-22
Covington Plaza, Riverfront Commons

Directed & choreographed by Maggie Perrino
Music directed by Steve Goers

Cast: Kyle Taylor as Seymour, Maddie Vaughn as Audrey, Dan Cohen as Mr. Mushnik, Sasha Spitz as Crystal, Alloria Frayser as Chiffon, Christian Kidd as Ronnette & Ryaan Farhadi as Orin
Featured ensemble: 
Michael Lee Jr. as Audrey II (voice of the plant), Jamal Stone as Audrey II Puppeteer, Jack Johnson, Je’Shaun Jackson & Cassidy Steele

The show tells the tale of Seymour, a down-on-his-luck floral assistant who lives on Skid Row and spends his days pining for his co-worker (and the love of his life), Audrey. Once Seymour meets a plant that can talk, he suddenly sees his fortune change as his new companion (whom he promptly names “Audrey II”) promises wealth, fame and his dream girl can all be his. There’s just one problem: In exchange for his dreams, he must be willing to submit to Audrey II’s nightmarish dreams of world domination.

  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 13-14 at 8pm
  • Sun, Aug. 15 at 6pm
  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 20-21 at 8pm
  • Sun, Aug. 22 at 6pm

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The Carnegie Announces Capital Campaign

TC_logo_newCampaign to Preserve Historic Integrity of Building & Establish Endowment 

COVINGTON, KY The Carnegie, Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue, providing award-winning theatre performances, educational programs and art exhibitions to the region, is pleased to announce its Preserving Northern Kentucky’s Cultural and Architectural Gem capital campaign.

Built in 1904, The Carnegie in Covington is the historic home of one of five remaining Carnegie auditoriums in the United States and has been sharing the arts with the community since it was founded in 1977. To preserve this one-of-a-kind building, The Carnegie launched its capital campaign, led by co-chairs Otto M. Budig, Jr. and Sara Vance Waddell in September 2019. With the successful support of several foundations and donors, more than $2 million of the $3.5 million campaign goal was secured during the initial phase. To garner the most out of the community’s support, The Carnegie has received a generous $50,000 matching gift pledge to extend the reach of dollars raised for the campaign.

“The Carnegie’s role in the community and the region at large cannot be understated,” said Otto M. Budig, Jr., The Carnegie’s past board president and co-chair of the capital campaign. “A pillar for the arts, The Carnegie inspires creativity for which many organizations strive. A successful capital campaign guarantees this building will continue to spearhead diverse, culturally rich programming and arts education for citizens of all ages and backgrounds.”

Reaching a broad cross-section of the Greater Cincinnati community, The Carnegie annually serves 80,000 community members of all ages and makes the arts accessible for the widest audience possible by providing educational programming for children ages 6 to 13, 88% of whom live at or below the poverty level.

“I’m proud of the way this organization has continued to innovate and lead the way in connecting with arts patrons, students and community members,” said campaign co-chair and past board president, Sara Vance Waddell. “The Carnegie’s commitment to its surrounding community, and the region as a whole, makes the arts accessible and introduces new ideas, concepts and experiences to educators, students, families and more.”

“As things return to normal, we’re excited to welcome patrons back to enjoy the arts.” said Kim Best, Executive Director at The Carnegie. “This campaign ensures that The Carnegie will continue to shine and serve many generations to come.”

To support The Carnegie’s Preserving Northern Kentucky’s Cultural and Architectural Gem capital campaign, visit http://www.thecarnegie.com/donate.php.

Preserving Northern Kentucky’s Cultural and Architectural Gem Campaign Committee

HONORARY CHAIRS
Sue Butler
Bill Butler

CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIRS
Otto M. Budig, Jr.
Sara Vance Waddell

CAMPAIGN CABINET
Ron Bates
Mary Ellen Cody
John Mocker
Molly Prues
Jens G. Rosenkrantz Jr.
Bob Sathe
Dwinelva Zackary 

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ABOUT THE CARNEGIE
The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at http://www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030. 

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati International Wine Festival, City of Covington, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the City of Covington. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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RESIDUE to Open at The Carnegie Galleries

TC_Residue_Batres_Gilvin _ Altar, 2020

Batgres/Gilvin | Altar

Local and National Artists Return to Historic Exhibition Space

COVINGTON, KY –The Carnegie is pleased to welcome patrons and artists back into the galleries on June 17, 2021 with the exhibition RESIDUE, guest curated by Maria Seda-Reeder. The twelve artists in RESIDUE represent this region alongside artists working across the United States.

Seda-Reeder is a curator who frequently highlights artists who operate in the social sphere and create objects and situations that encourage interaction and community engagement. RESIDUE focuses on works that invite us to co-create meaning and enter a dialogue with images in the galleries. The work done by artists in their studio is completed by thoughtful participation by the viewers. As such, that gesture is passed on from artist to patron and from patron out into the world.

“Maria is a smart and talented curator working so hard to provide opportunities for artists to build on their ideas and present new bodies of work,” said Carnegie Exhibitions Director, Matt Distel. “The Carnegie is always looking for ways to create a compelling environment for artists and guests alike. Working with Maria ensures that this will happen and I am so pleased to see this exhibition as the way that the galleries re-open from a long period of renovation and quarantine.”

TC_Residue_Delamatre _ The Artist at Work, 2019

Delamatre | The Artist At Work

Artists featured in RESIDUE include: Laura Aguilar (Long Beach, CA); Batres/Gilvin (Morning View, KY); Latausha Cox (Cincinnati, OH); Sea Dax (Cincinnati); Aaron Delamatre (Cincinnati); EMPIRE CITIZENS (Latonia); Nona Faustine (Brooklyn); David Hammons (Los Angeles); Clarity Haynes (New York City); Maggie Lawson, (Cincinnati); Liam Ze’ev O’Connor (Oakland); and Clint Woods (Cincinnati).

RESIDUE opens Thursday, June 17, 2021 and runs through Saturday, October 2. The Carnegie Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, noon-5pm or by appointment. Please email info@thecarnegie.com to schedule a visit outside of normal gallery hours or call The Carnegie at (859) 491-2030. For more information, please visit www.thecarnegie.com. 

Season Sponsor: FotoFocus
Exhibition Sponsors: M. Katherine Hurley and Jens G. Rosenkrantz, Jr. and The Harvey C. Hubbell Charitable Gift Fund. 

Special thank you to the Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Collection for lending important objects to this exhibition.

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ABOUT THE CARNEGIE:
The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at http://www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030. 

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati International Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the City of Covington. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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INDECENT Runs July 1-11

CAST_Indecent logoINDECENT
Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre
July 1-11
The Carnegie [Covington]

Directed by Michael Sherman

By Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, is a deeply moving play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance—a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. INDECENT charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.

  • Thu-Sat, July 1-3 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sun, July 9-11 at 7:30pm

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Cast Announced for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at The Carnegie

TC_Little Shop of Horrors logo

Little Shop of Horrors Kicks Off The Carnegie’s
2021-22 Theatre Season

Beloved musical to be performed outdoors Aug. 13-15 and 20-22, 2021

COVINGTON, KY – It’s an American classic featuring a meek floral assistant, a woman he loves … and a giant, fast-talking – and singing – plant. This August, get ready to experience the musical magic of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

A show that has delighted audiences for more than 30 years, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS kicks off The Carnegie’s 2021-22 theatre season with two weekends of rousing outdoor performances at Covington Plaza at Riverfront Commons (144 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011). The show tells the tale of Seymour, a down-on-his-luck floral assistant who lives on Skid Row and spends his days pining for his co-worker (and the love of his life), Audrey.

Once Seymour meets a plant that can talk, he suddenly sees his fortune change as his new companion (whom he promptly names “Audrey II”) promises wealth, fame and his dream girl can all be his. There’s just one problem: In exchange for his dreams, he must be willing to submit to Audrey II’s nightmarish dreams of world domination.

Featuring a beloved score in a Motown style, you’ll be hopping and bopping to hits like “Suddenly Seymour,” “Skid Row,” and “Somewhere That’s Green.” Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and ALADDIN) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

“The magic of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS crosses generations, stage and film. Given the setting of the beautiful new amphitheater at Covington Plaza, it’s a perfect production to bring to life this summer,” said Carnegie Theatre Director Maggie Perrino. “From the classic Motown flavor of the music to the inherent entertainment value of the dialogue and characters, this show’s name belies the fun and flair within that’s made it a classic.”

The Carnegie’s production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS will be presented Friday, August 13, 8 p.m.; Saturday, August 14, 8 p.m.; Sunday, August 15, 6 p.m.; Friday, August 20, 8 p.m.; Saturday, August 21, 8 p.m.; Sunday, August 22, 6 p.m. Shows will be performed at Covington Plaza’s amphitheater, located near Roebling Bridge spanning the riverfront from Madison to Greenup Street.

Subscriptions and single tickets for the 2021-22 Theatre Season are on sale now. Full season subscriptions are $106 and $102 for Carnegie Members. Pick three subscriptions are available for $82-87 depending on selected titles. Individual tickets for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS are $32 for adults, $29 Carnegie members and $25 for students. Individual tickets and subscriptions can be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office, Tuesday–Friday noon to 5 p.m., in person or by phone at (859) 957-1940 or online at www.thecarnegie.com. Patrons seeking group or student tickets should call to arrange.

Cast List

  • Seymour- Kyle Taylor
  • Audrey- Maddie Vaughn
  • Mr. Mushnik- Dan Cohen
  • Crystal- Sasha Spitz
  • Chiffon-Alloria Frayser
  • Ronnette- Christian Kidd
  • Orin- Ryaan Farhadi
  • Audrey II (Voice of the Plant)- Michael Lee Jr.
  • Featured Ensemble/ Audrey II Puppeteer- Jamal Stone
  • Featured Ensemble- Jack Johnson
  • Featured Ensemble- Je’Shaun Jackson
  • Featured Ensemble- Cassidy Steele

Production Staff

  • Director/Choreographer- Maggie Perrino
  • Music Director- Steve Goers
  • Stage Manager- Carissa Gandenberger
  • Asst. Stage Manager- Shauna Nelson
  • Technical Director- Doug Stock
  • Costume Designer- Cat Schmeal-Swope 

The Carnegie’s 2021-22 Theatre Series is presented by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. 

Additional production support for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS comes from Johnson Investment Counsel. 

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ABOUT THE CARNEGIE: 
The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030. 

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from ArtsWave, Cincinnati International Wine Festival, City of Covington, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. Foundation. 

ABOUT THE CARNEGIE THEATRE SERIES:
The Carnegie Theatre Series produces professional, innovative stagings of an eclectic range of theatrical works. Striving to unite the greater Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati theatre community through partnerships and collaborations, the series engages and nurtures both emerging and established talent, including working professionals, committed part-time theatre artists, university performing arts students and younger students. The Carnegie Theatre Series productions bring together these forces to provide quality theatre for Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area.

 

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