Sleeping Beauty at the Ensemble Theater through Jan 4

I was excited to be offered media tickets to see Sleeping Beauty at the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, and even more thrilled to find out that the production was on my daughter’s 12th birthday. What made it even more special, is that this same daughter is performing Sleeping Beauty with her Musical Theater homeschool class in the spring. I thought that she’d be able to see how they performed the show and compare it to how her group is performing it. I was even more surprised to find out that this Sleeping Beauty is nothing like the Sleeping Beauty that she is doing. Everything about it was different, the story, the music, the characters. Despite being a completely different show, we enjoyed every minute of it! The costumes are bright and colorful, the music is fun and the story kept us guessing! The ETC’s production has a few similarities including a king and a queen, a princess named Briar Rose, a prince, some fairies, and an evil witch who casts a spell on the beautiful princess causing her to prick her finger. That’s about where the similarities end. She’s pricked by a rose instead of a needle, she isn’t whisked away into the woods to be raised by the fairies, instead, the fairies try protect her by magically eliminating all the roses in the kingdom. The show is great for kids and adults. Its not specifically written for kids, but the younger princesses sitting near me all really enjoyed it. I’d also be comfortable taking another adult to the show–its not just for kids! My 12 year old daughter...

A Parent’s review of ‘An Illiad’

When I heard that ‘An Iliad was going to be performed at the Ensemble Theater, I was thrilled, knowing that my freshman son was going to have to read it for his literature class next year. He, being a sports-minded 14 year-old who doesn’t generally enjoy his assigned literature material, was not so enthusiastic. When I told him that I had been offered media tickets to attend the show, he was hoping I would invite someone, anyone, besides him. With the promise of an ice cream treat after the show, I dragged him downtown as my date for the evening. I tried to explain to him that plays aren’t generally written to be boring, and assured him it would be worth his time. I was quite relieved when, at the end of the show, he agreed that he was glad he came and that he actually enjoyed it! The entire play is performed by one actor, “The Poet”, who is on stage for the entire 100 minute show with no intermission. The Poet is performed by Bruce Cromer who you may have seen playing Ebenezer Scrooge at Playhouse in the Park’s version of A Christmas Carol. As The Poet, he tells the story of the Iliad to the audience. Thankfully, the 15,693 line poem is condensed into a more manageable story. It’s the story of the Trojan War, but most importantly, the people, the soldiers, the wives left behind, and the children of the war. Its told in an up-to-date way, making the audience feel like it didn’t take place 3000 years ago. It has a contemporary feel, while...