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The Drama Workshop Hosts ‘Roses & Thorns’

Roses & Thorns

Claire Simba & Ollie Corchado in Roses & Thorns – Top row, from left: Christopher Richardson, Jay Hobson, Laurie Roberts – (Image credit: Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates)

(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse’s Off the Hill family series production of ROSES & THORNS (A TALE OF BEAUTY & THE BEAST) by Bret Fetzer, recommended for ages 7 and up, will be performed at The Glenmore Playhouse. The show is open to the public and will take place at:

Location: The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45211
Date: Saturday October 4, 2014
Activities: 1:00PM
Performance: 2:00PM
Cost: $5.00
For more info: 513-598-8303

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In this comedy, the beautiful Rose chooses to sacrifice her own happiness to be the servant of a hideous Beast in order to protect her father and her family. The play embraces slapstick, satire and high camp styles even as it explores the darker depths of the tale.

“It really explores the dual nature of good and evil that exists within us all, as well as the original idea that beauty is more than skin deep,” explains Playhouse Education Director Mark Lutwak, who will direct the production. Lutwak is returning to ROSES & THORNS for a second time, having been involved in its creation and premiere at Honolulu Theatre for Youth in 2001.

The ROSES & THORNS cast includes Claire Simba (Rose), Jay Hobson (Father/Ensemble), Ollie Corchado (Beast/Ensemble), Christopher Richardson (Daffodil/Ensemble) and Laurie Roberts (Mulch/Ensemble), all members of the Playhouse’s 2014-15 Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company. Other production team members include John Muething (assistant director), Kenton Brett (set designer), Gordon DeVinney (costume designer), Jeremy J. Lee (sound designer), Kari-Lee Sutherland (choreographer) and Tracy Hoida (stage manager).

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

Off the Hill is made possible by the Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, ArtsWave and the Ohio Arts Council.

If you can’t make our show, the Sunset Players are sponsoring a performance as well:

Location: Arts Center at Dunham, 1945 Dunham Way, Cincinnati, OH 45238
Date: Saturday November 1, 2014
“Be Our Guest” Princess Party: 12:30PM – 1:30PM $5.00 per child
Performance: 2:00PM FREE
For more info: 513-588-4988

THE DRAMA WORKSHOP was founded in 1954. TDW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education and promotion of the theatrical arts. The Drama Workshop is widely recognized as one of greater Cincinnati’s most accomplished community theater organizations, garnering dozens of awards annually from the Cincinnati Association of Community Theatres. TDW’s production of NUNSENSE was selected to represent the Southwest Ohio region at the Ohio Community Theatre Association annual conference in 2014, and TDW was also honored to represent the state of Ohio at the American Association of Community Theatre regional conference in 2013. Prospective members, and individuals or businesses interested in becoming involved or in helping advance TDW’s mission are encouraged to contact the group through our website at, or by phone at 513-598-8303.

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