Sunday, November 30, 2003

Theaters team up to help at holidays

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

If you're planning to attend theater during December, remember not to come empty-handed. It's the season for giving, after all.

This season Playhouse in the Park partners with the Society of St. Vincent dePaul to host the Cratchit Family Food Drive during the run of A Christmas Carol.

Audience members are invited to bring canned goods to Playhouse at any time through Dec. 30. Information: 421-2273;

Broadway in Cincinnati and Cincinnati Arts Association will be collecting nonfood items for the FreeStore/Food Bank, which serves families in Over-the-Rhine as well as 550 member agencies and programs in Oho, Kentucky and Indiana.

Of special need: soap, shampoo, toothpaste/brush, deodorant, disposable diapers, toilet paper and feminine hygiene products. Items can be dropped off at the

Aronoff Center lobby (bring them along to Hairspray or The Graduate) or at Broadway in Cincinnati ticket office in the Mercantile Center through Dec. 28.

Charles Dickens' holiday classic is inspiring Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival toward literary giving. During December, the Festival is collecting classic and children's books to build library and curriculum collections for Oyler Elementary School in Price Hill and Hughes Center High School in Clifton.

Bring a new or gently used classic or children's book to the Festival and receive a coupon good for $5 off your next ticket purchase. A list of requested books is available at the Festival Web site, .

Here's a collection of a different kind. On Dec. 13, the 2 p.m. matinee of CSF's Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol will be performed by the Young Company and proceeds from the $10 ticket will benefit the actors, who make laughably little income. The money will help cover their expenses at the Unified Professional Theatre Auditions.

Mark your calendar for Ensemble Theatre's annual Expectations of Christmas at 7 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit Tender Mercies and Hays-Porter-Washburn Elementary School in Over-the-Rhine.

Monmouth Theatre in Newport invites audiences for its one-act adaptation of A Christmas Carol to bring canned goods for Brighton Center's food pantry. The show continues through Dec. 7. Information and reservations: (859) 655-9140.

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