“The Dancing Princesses,” showing now at the recently renovated Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, is not to be missed this holiday season. Based on the original German fairy tale preserved by the Brothers Grimm in 1812 (originally “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”), this version is brought to life by playwright Joseph McDonough, with music/lyrics by David Kisor, and a host of other fantastic collaborators, including the queen of dance herself, Victoria Morgan from Cincinnati Ballet. Nestled in the heart of Over-the-Rhine with delicious food and beautifully decorated shops just steps away, there could not be a more perfect location for an evening out to enjoy the arts and meet up with friends, both old and new.
In fact, my daughter and I had the privilege to meet Joe McDonough during our pre-theater dinner at Taste of Belgium right next door. He overheard her describing the story to me and leaned over to ask if we were going to the show while complimenting her on the recounting. To our utter delight, he then introduced himself and his lovely wife, further cementing our excellent evening. The show itself is an enchanting combination of magic, mystery and fabulous frivolity and shenanigans.
To keep it short on the shenanigans (which would greatly please Zilda!), I’ll reflect the five delightful princesses in the play with the five reasons you must see this show. Shall we begin?
With songs and one liners that will stay with you for some time to come, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati kicks of the holiday season in the best possible way with “The Dancing Princesses.” The show runs now through December 30, so add this to your holiday plans and bring your whole family. The five reasons above apply to all ages, from your little princes and princesses to anyone with love in their heart and a skip in their step. Be on the lookout for the rest of the 2017-2018 shows this season as well. This theater, amazing cast and crew, and the location are the perfect trifecta to enable a fabulous, frivolous time absolutely filled with shenanigans.
Christi Geary is the proud mom of two girls 10 and under, best friend and wife of her husband Brian, and an Associate Director at the Procter & Gamble Company focused on innovation insights and analytics. She enjoys and participates in art of all kinds, feeds an insatiable curiosity for learning, pursues different forms of exercise when she can find the time to balance out her foodie predilection, and delights in spending time with family and friends.