Category Archives: Theater

Free Shakespeare coming to RiversEdge Amphitheater

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will present one of the Bard’s masterpiece works in a free performance, 7 p.m. September 3 at RiversEdge Amphitheater.

There’s a Facebook event page HERE….

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company says:

One of the most beloved romantic tragedies in Shakespeare’s canon, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of Bard’s star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet fall instantly in love only to discover they come from feuding families. In defiance of their families, amidst the animosity of friends and in concealment from their mentors, a young couple risk everything to be together. CSC is proud to present “Romeo and Juliet” and prove its continued relevance in the lives of young and old alike, throughout the ages.

The 2015 Shakespeare in the Park Tour features over 22 performances stops of brand new productions of “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area at local community parks and venues.

These performances feature six actors from CSC Resident Ensemble. Following the Park Tour, these shows will travel
and tour to local schools, community centers, venues and
other performing arts locations through May 2016.

Last year, CSC’s FREE Shakespeare in the Park tour had nearly 10,000 people in attendance!

The productions this year will feature brand new costume and scenic design. “Romeo and Juliet” is set in modern day featuring a super hero costume ball for the Capulets party where Juliet meets Romeo for the first time and contemporary design.

All shows will have actors voices amplified on microphones and spe
akers. Both shows are suitable for children and families of all
ages and are under 2 hours each.

HERE is a complete list of free Shakespeare in the Park performances….

Admission to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in the Park Tour is free and there is no ticket or RSVP required.

All performances are open to all and are general admission, open seating. Arriving early is recommended for best seating and lawn chairs and blankets are recommended.


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Civic Theatre sets auditions for ‘Of Mice and Men’


Audition times: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 and 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

Location: The Creative Center for the Palace (Home of the Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre); 215 S. Third St., Hamilton

Contacts: Director Rhonda Lucas; Producers Jane Winkler and Barb Winkler (email:

Show dates: 8 p.m. Oct. 8, 8 p.m. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. Oct. 10, 2 p.m. Oct. 11, 2015

Tickets: (513) 737-PLAY;

Synopsis: “Of Mice and Men” follows a pair of migrant field workers during the

Depression in California as they move south from Weed to work on a ranch in Soledad. The novella navigates between the everyday realities of George Milton and Lennie Small — gigantic in stature, well-meaning, but with limited mental capacity — and their dream of settling down on their own ranch, a dream that seems all the more tempting for its impossibility.

Characters needed:

George Milton: 20- to 40-years-old

Lennie Small: Gentle, giant man, who is mentally challenged (20- to 40-years-old)

Curley’s Wife: 20- to 30-years-old

Whit: 20- to 60-years-old

Curley: 20- to 40-years-old

Crooks: 20- to 80-years-old (black)

Candy: 50- to 80-years-old (one arm)

Slim: 20- to 50-years-old

Carlson: 20- to 50-years-old

The Boss: 50- to 70-years-old


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Mad Anthony presents ‘Moonlight & Magnolias’

Mad Anthony Theatre Company presents…

Moonlight & Magnolias

Thurs, Apr. 30 – Sat, May 2

8:00 p.m. 

Sunday, May 3

2:00 p.m.

Join us for this unique and interesting production that is wildly funny and illuminates the behind-the-scenes business of movie-making — and the larger-than-life egos — during the Golden Age of Hollywood!
Cost: ONLY $10 for all shows
The Fitton Center for Creative Arts
101 S. Monument Ave.

(513) 863-8873 ext. 110


Miami Hamilton Theatre Group Announces April Shows

Miami University Hamilton Theatre’s new plays program, Miami Writes, presents Miami Writes Shorts— six new plays by five new authors in Studio 307 (307 Phelps Hall).  Show dates and times are: April 9 – 11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Featured plays will include Buster and Me by Sheri Allen, Testing Testing; 1, 2, 3 by Roger Collins, Baby Doe by Judith Earley, Dog Tracks by Judith Earley, Bert and Andy in the Weeds by Bekka Eaton Reardon and The Audition by Bridget Ossmann.

Tickets for this show are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, students and children under 12. They are available at bysearching for Miami Writes Shorts or at the door.

For more information on performances, contact Bekka Eaton Reardon at Miami Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.

Mad Anthony Theatre opens a new Fitton Center theater

Fitton Center for Creative Arts

Dan Britt, Bekka Eaton and Chris Kramer are together again in Mad Anthony Theater Company’s production of “Any Given Monday,” opening Thursday in the Fitton Center for Creative Arts’ re-designed theater. Also featuring Allyson West. Directed by Henry Cepluch.

Synopsis:  When Lenny’s wife leaves him for a smooth-talking Lathario who builds Walmarts, his life is shattered. While Lenny consoles himself with pizza and Monday Night Football, his best friend Mick takes matters into his own hands. Now Lenny must decide what he will stand up for and who he will stand up to. How far is too far to get back to happily ever after?

Parental advisory: Strong language

CLICK HERE for show times and ticket-buying info….


Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre presents “Sordid Lives”

Telling the story of a Texas family that comes together in the aftermath of its matriarch’s death, “Sordid Lives” is a play sure to invoke deep thought and some laughs.

Based on a 2000 independent film by Del Shores, the play includes elements of Shores’ life and is a cult classic in the LGBT community.

The play being performed by the Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre contains adult themes and is geared toward a mature audience (read: leave the kids at home).

GHCT will perform “Sordid Lives” on stage at Parrish Auditorium, Miami University Hamilton, at 8 p.m. Feb. 5, 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 8 p.m. Feb. 7 and 2 p.m. Feb. 8.

Tickets are $17 per person, with discounts for seniors and students. Group rates are

also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (513) 737-PLAY or go online to

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HHS Drama Department Presents “Pride and Prejudice”

Hamilton City School District

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”  

This is the first line of the book, “Pride and Prejudice”, by Jane Austen. In this story, the audience will watch as Mrs. Bennett sets out to find suitable, and wealthy,  young men for her five daughters to marry.  As one might expect, there are many twists and turns along the way.

HHS Big Blue Company will present “Pride and Prejudice”, adapted from the widely loved novel by Jane Austen. Performances will be Friday, January 23rd at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, senior citizens, and HCSD staff.  Tickets may be reserved by calling 514-887-4824.

Cast members include: Ciarra Craft, Sydney Higgins, Rachel Davis, Carrie Vennefron, Nick Brown, Shawn Neeley, Lilly Kilguss, Angus Hannigan, Nicholas Jud, Hannah Mueller, Melissa Keller, Brooke Grueninger, Mark Boyle, Alex Sprague, Kendyll Haven, Reilly Johnson, Abby Tompkins, Brian Newman, Abby Brown, Cooper Osborne,  Olivia Mueller, Katie Clark, BJ Kinch, and Karla Nunemaker.  The play is directed by Ms. Meg Haven, HHS Drama Director.

List: Upcoming local theater shows

The stage at Parrish Auditorium, Miami University Hamilton.
The stage at Parrish Auditorium, Miami University Hamilton.

Theater season has started in the Southwest Ohio region, and there are loads of options for those who like live performances.  The following is a list of what’s coming ahead.

La Comedia Dinner Theatre: Showing “He Keeps Me Singing” through Nov. 1. More than 20 gospel songs.  “Miracle on 34th Street” performed Nov. 5-Dec. 31. 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro.

 Hamilton High School: The Big Blue Company presents “Little Women” Oct. 24-26 at Hamilton High School. (513) 887-4824

Middletown Lyric Theatre: Performing “A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking” Oct. 24-25, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 1530 Central Ave., Middletown.

Mason Community Players: On stage will be “Twelve Angry Men,” showing Nov. 13-22, at the Leaf Center in Mason.

Fairfield Footlighters: Showing “House of Blue Leaves” Nov. 14-Nov. 23, Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield.

Encore Youth Theatre: Butler County, Ohio’s third- through sixth-graders will perform “School House Rock Live! Jr.” Nov. 20-22. Parrish Auditorium, Miami Hamilton.

Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre: Performing “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 3-7. Parrish Auditorium, Miami Hamilton.


‘Blood Brothers’ kicks off GHCT season this weekend

Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre proudly presents the musical “Blood Brothers,” with music, book and lyrics by Willy Russell.

This winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical revolves around fraternal twins who are separated at birth, become close friends, then test their friendship and seal their fate when they fall in love with the same girl.

  • Performances will be held at Parrish Auditorium on the Miami University Hamilton campus October 9-11 at 8pm and October 12 at 2pm. Tickets are available online at and by phone at 513-737-PLAY. $17 for adults and $16 for students with a valid ID or seniors (60+).
  • Due to adult language, parental guidance is suggested. Special group pricing ($14/ticket) is available by phone for groups of 20 or more.

Blood Brothers is produced by Erin Heinrich and directed by Ryan Heinrich with instrumental direction by Mark Durbin, scenic design by Ryan Heinrich and Mary Slocum, sound and lighting by Eric Cimini and costumes by Rhonda Lucas.

This is Ryan Heinrich’s third production as director at GHCT–following “Little Women” in the fall of 2011 and “The Baker’s Wife” in the spring of 2010. Ryan graduated in 2003 from the Boston Conservatory BFA program in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in Directing.

He works as a music director for Kings Island and has also music directed for recent productions of Into the Woods and The Wiz at
Miami University and Phantom of the Opera at Wright State University. He is also the creative director of Fairfield Summer Theatre.

Katelyn Fox, a 2013 graduate of the commercial music program at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, plays the world-worn Mrs. Johnstone. Sean Davis, a current senior in the theatre program at Miami University, plays her son Mickey and Michael Wright, a student in the electrical engineering program at the University of Cincinnati plays Eddie Lyons, Mickey’s twin.

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