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Ice Cream and Opera

Buy an ice cream treat from Mingles Ice Cream Truck at The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum while enjoying a free outdoor opera performance from Cincinnati Opera! Ice cream will be available for purchase from 2:30-4:30pm. Opera starts at 3pm.

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Madcap Puppets

Madcap Puppets performs

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

1/21/24, 1pm FREE, advanced registration required

Venture down the yellow brick road as Madcap Puppets gives a refreshingly funny take on this classic family-friendly story featuring Dorothy Gale and her best friends; The Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow.


River City Puppets performs

Tales for the Queen

2/11/24, 1pm FREE, advanced registration required

FREE; advanced registration required

River City Puppets is a national touring puppet theatre that creates original performances for a live audience.

Puppetry, music, and masterful storytelling are central to every River City Puppets performance. Your will be absolutely mesmerized. The show run approximately 50 minutes and include a short puppet demonstration.


Frisch Marionettes

Jungle Book 

performed by Frisch Marionettes

3/17, 1pm FREE; registration required


Mowgli…stolen from his mother at birth, and raised in the jungle by wolves, must face his destiny as a man when ShereKhan threatens him and peace in the jungle. ­Adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Enjoy this classic story told through the creative handmade marionettes by Kevin Frisch! A delight for all ages.


ages 3+

45-minute storytelling experience, including a Q&A session!

Playhouse in the Park: Off the Hill Series

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Performed by Playhouse in the Park

April 21, 1pm; FREE; advanced registration required

Dramatized by LE CLANCHÉ DU RAND

Based on the book by C.S. LEWIS

Recommended for ages 5 and up

In Narnia — a land of talking animals, mythical creatures and eternal winter — the White Witch holds power over all. Any who dare dissent are turned instantly into stone. But one day, a little girl named Lucy enters this magical land through an enchanted wardrobe, and her fantastical adventure signals the fulfillment of a prophecy and great change to come. Step through the wardrobe with Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund in this tour-de-force, two‐actor adaptation of the beloved and heroic tale of good’s triumph over evil.




October 13, 2025, 1pm 


Adapted by José Cruz González

Based on the book by Pat Mora 

Recommended for ages 5 and up (Schools: Kindergarten and up) 



"Tomás, the son of migrant farm workers, meets a librarian who introduces him to the wonderful world of books. The stories enrich the lives of Tomás’ family and instill a love of reading. This is the inspiring true story of Tomás Rivera, who grew up in a migrant worker family, befriended a librarian in Iowa, and learned to love books and the places they took him. Tomás went on to a successful career in academia and became the chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. Adapted from the well-loved book, this play can be readily understood by both English and Spanish speakers." 


March 2, 2025, 1pm


A world premiere play for young audiences written by Maggie Lou Rader

Based on the stories and characters of A.A. Milne and Lewis Carroll

Recommended for ages 5 and up (Schools: Kindergarten and up) 



"Alice in the Hundred Acre Wood is a literary mashup, crime caper mystery for audiences of all ages. Join Alice, the best detective in Wonderland, who takes the case when Winnie the Pooh hires her to solve the case of Christopher Robin's kidnapping. Upon her arrival in the Hundred Acre Wood, Alice finds a very anxious Piglet, a terribly unfocused Tigger, and a very Eeoyre-y Eeoyre.  Will Alice find the culprit?  Will she be able to bring Christopher Robin home? Will Piglet learn tools to help him cope with his anxiety? This mashup of everyone's favorite childhood stories will have your audiences laughing as they follow clues and help Alice crack the case!"

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