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The Drama Workshop Hosts Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Children’s Production


(foreground) Shayna Schmidt and Rico Reid (background) Sam Reuff, Meggy Hai Trang, Britian Seibert and Chelsea Harrison in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park production of Dennis Foon’s THE SHORT TREE AND THE BIRD THAT COULD NOT SING. Photo credit: Arrasmith & Associates

(CHEVIOT) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill family series production of THE SHORT TREE AND THE BIRD THAT COULD NOT SING by Dennis Foon will be performed at The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Avenue, Cheviot Ohio, 45211. The show is open to the public and will take place at 7 pm on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Tickets are $5.00. Purchase tickets at or at (513) 598-8303. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Recommended for ages 5 and up, the show is a wacky fable of an unlikely friendship between a tree that resents its roots and a spunky, unflappable bird with a horrible singing voice. The play follows the bird and tree’s relationship as it builds around the joys of music, storytelling, the weather and the stars. The two friends must navigate the ups and downs of getting to know one another, growing closer and suddenly finding themselves apart.

Playhouse Education Director Mark Lutwak, who will direct the production, calls THE SHORT TREE AND THE BIRD THAT COULD NOT SING “a charming and funny play about building friendship and separation — two processes with which young kids are familiar. For kids, it’s an epic and entertaining journey with a full roller coaster of emotions.”

Reviewer Kirk Sheppard says, “Everyone can find something in this show to relate to, which is what makes these Off the Hill shows so good. You really should find your way to one of the performances somehow.”

The cast includes Meggy Hai Trang (Ensemble), Chelsea D. Harrison (Ensemble), Rico Reid (Short Tree), Sam Rueff (Ensemble), Shayna Schmidt (Bird) and Britian Seibert (Ensemble), all members of the Playhouse’s Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company. Other production team members include Melanie Burgess (Set/Props/Costume Designer), Katherine Stromberger (Set/Props/Costume Design Associate), Sherry Tippey (Puppet Construction), Kendra Struthers (Music Director), Aly Michaud (Choreographer) and Tracy Hoida (Stage Manager).

For more information about the Playhouse’s education and outreach programs, contact the Education Department at 513-345-2242 or visit For more information about The Drama Workshop at The Glenmore Playhouse visit or call 513-598-8303.

Off the Hill is made possible by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation and the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee. This production is supported by the Charles H. Dater Foundation.

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