NOVEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 51.
FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Kids of all ages can bring the whole family to the library to play different types of games including card games and board games. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 7 - 8 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.
FREE TOT TIME
Bring the littlest readers for some pre-literacy fun with stories, songs and playtime. Cold Spring Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; 859-781-6166 or cc-pl.org.
FREE GROWING READERS
Ages 4 - 7 are invited to this story time that is designed to keep new readers excited about books as they develop better reading skills. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 4 - 4:30 p.m.; 859-572-5033 or cc-pl.org.
FREE PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
Ages 3 - 5 and their grown-ups can enjoy stories and songs followed by early stations that will help promote key early literacy, science and math skills, as well as kindergarten readiness. Covington Branch Library, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; 859962-4077 or kentonlibrary.org.
wed 30 STORY TREE TIME
Buddy the Elf from the upcoming production Elf the Musical Jr. with the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati joins little ones for a very special story time. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission (single museum $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free infants); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum. org.
FREE WEE WEDNESDAY: INTO THE WOODS
Bring your preschoolers for this open house program full of learning stations, storytellers and a hands-on art activity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
The Children’s Theatre of Mason presents this timeless musical plucked from the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Annie gets a chance to escape the orphanage when a wealthy billionaire (Oliver Warbucks) takes on a charitable cause. Annie wins the hearts of everyone she meets, and inspires “Daddy” Warbucks to help her find her real parents. A portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to Circle Tail, Inc., which provides service and hearing dogs for people with disabilities. Mason High School, 6100 Mason Montgomery Road; 7 p.m. Nov. 4, 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 5, 2 p.m. Nov. 6; $25 VIP, $12 general; 513-398-0116 or ctm-kids.com.
BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
This show full of dance and humor is based on the smash-hit film and features a score by Elton John. Billy Elliot is the tale of a young boy’s struggle to make his dancing dream com true. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Nov. 4 - 12; $20 - $24; 513-6212787 or cincinnatiarts.org.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Charles Dickens’ iconic story returns to the Playhouse with a heartwarming message that reminds us all of the true nature of the holiday spirit. A great way to introduce children to the theater (please note that children younger than 5 will not be admitted). Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Nov. 23 - Dec. 31; $30 - $45; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.
The beloved fairy tale comes to the CCM stage in a new, operatic production. Cinderella endures the tyranny of her evil stepmother and stepsisters, but when she gets a chance to attend the prince’s ball, she meets the man of her dreams. What happens at midnight? This production is sung in French with English supertitles. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Corry and Jefferson Streets; 8 p.m. Nov. 17 and 19, 2 p.m. Nov. 20; $31 - $35 adults, $22 - $25 non-UC students, $18 $21 UC students.
CINDERELLA: AFTER EVER AFTER
This sequel to last year’s hit continues the story of what happens following “happily ever after.” What happens when Prince Freddy and Cinderella move into the palace with her diva stepmother and her stepsisters in tow? Change can be hard, and when Gwendolyn the Well Wisher tries to bring peace to the kingdom, she sets off a series of chaotic events. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.; 7 p.m. Nov. 30 - Dec. 30; $18 - $44; 513-421-3555 or ensemblecincinnati.org.
about growing up and finding love in and around the City of Fairfield in the mid-1950s. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 8 p.m. Nov. 4 - 5; $18 adults, $15 seniors and students; 513-867-5348 or Fairfield-city.org.
August Wilson’s play follows a group of men hustling to survive while operating an unlicensed car service in Pittsburgh’s Hill District during the 1970s. Best for adult and older teenage audiences. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; through Nov. 12; tickets start at $40; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.
LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE
Explore the lives of women through 28 interwoven characters who share their memories of love and loss as framed through the clothes they wore. From prom dresses to miniskirts, the obsession with black, and the hunt for the perfect purse, this production will have you laughing and sympathizing with the female experience. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington; Nov. 5 20; please visit site for ticket prices; 859-491-2030 or thecarnegie.com.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
This spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic story of love, loss and a mysterious mentor returns to Cincinnati with newly reinvented staging and scenic design, complete with a cast and orchestra of 52 performers. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Nov. 15 - 27; see website for ticket prices; broadwayincincinnati.com.
THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED AND CONFUSED REVUE
Enjoy a blast of holidazed laughter to blow away the emotionally-charged chaos of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and everything in between. Best for adult and older teens. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Nov. 5 - Dec. 31; $35 - $40 ($30 for teens and students); 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.
SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL
Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to this fall musical — a fun, high-energy, exciting show based on the books of Dr. Seuss. His beloved characters including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and Gertrude McFuzz are brought to life in this fantastical, musical extravaganza. Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2 p.m. Nov. 12; $12; 513-661-2740 or motherofmercy. org.
“Froggy” LeSeuer has brought along a very shy friend to a fishing lodge in Georgia; so shy that they tell the other guests he’s from a foreign country and speaks no English. Of course, the shy guest overhears more than he should, all of which leads to a hilarious climax between the “bad guys” and the “good guys!” Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; through Nov. 13; see website for ticket prices; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.
FROM LITTLE THINGS
Enjoy a heartwarming, slice of life, original one-act play
Chris Mann and Katie Travis take to the stage in The Phantom of the Opera at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Photo by Matthew Murphy. (“Things to Do” continues on page 51)
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Cincinnati Family magazine November 2016