Putnam Spelling Bee charms many

By: Taylor Roberts ~Staff Writer~ “May I have it in a sentence?” Laughter filled the theater in the Gallagher Student Center last weekend during student’s charming performance of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” directed by Stephen Skiles. C-H-A-R-M-I-N-G. Charming. Xavier Theatre’s 2015-16 season opened with a delightful musical that left the audience smiling from ear to ear. As the winner of Tony and Drama Desk awards, this musical spelled out the story of a group of socially awkward kids finding joy, heartache and a purpose competing at the regional spelling bee. One of the strongest qualities of this … Continue reading Putnam Spelling Bee charms many

Books by the Banks returns

By: Taylor Roberts ~Staff Writer~ Literature lovers gathered on Oct. 17 in downtown Cincinnati for the ninth annual Books by the Banks Book Festival hosted by the Duke Energy Convention Center. More than 150 authors and 5,000 guests attended the free event presented by Ohio Humanities. “That’s the most authors we’ve ever had so it’s kind of a record year for us which is exciting,” Adam Baker, marketing committee co-chair for Books by the Banks, said in an interview with the Enquirer. For the first time, the event held a short story contest that offered 12 cash prizes totaling $4,900 … Continue reading Books by the Banks returns

Playhouse launches ‘High School Alien’

By: Taylor Roberts ~Staff Writer~ Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park launches its 2015-16 “Off the Hill” series with the world premiere of Allyson Currin’s “High School Alien.” Those ages seven and up are welcome to join Maddie as she navigates her way through her freshman year of high school. In the shows, he decides to reinvent herself in the hopes of joining the popular crowd. However, her plans are thrown out of orbit when she meets Renata, an alien from outer space who enrolls in Maddie’s high school. “Maddie looks forward to starting over as she transitions into her first … Continue reading Playhouse launches ‘High School Alien’