Oxford Community Arts Center's Family Performance Series

Oxford Community Arts Center

We are proud to sponsor this annual series of free family performances by Cincinnati’s premiere producing arts organizations.

Explore the 2017-18 schedule at OxArts.Org

Co-sponsored by Cincinnati ArtsWave

Jin-Ju Opera

6:30 p.m., Friday, September 28
Oxford Community Arts Center

A costumed performer from Jing Ju Chinese Opera

The National Taiwan College of Performing Arts (NTCPA) presents a free performance of Jing-Ju Opera as part of the Family Performance Series. NTCPA will present four pieces; excerpts from classical works of Peking Opera. Suitable for all ages.

Jing-Ju Opera, combines music, singing, mime, dance, and acrobatics. Jing-Ju Opera costumes are graceful, with handcrafted embroidery. The makeup is rich in color, depicting different characters with remarkable facial painting. Children, as well as adults, will be fascinated with the costumes, makeup, music, and movement of these talented young performers.be fascinated with the costumes, makeup, music, and movement of these talented young performers.


Frisch Marionettes

6:00 p.m., Monday, October 23
Oxford Community Arts Center

2 marionette characters strike poses. Text: The Frisch Marrionette Company. Experience the magic. Marionettes.

This 45-minute musical adventure, adapted from the Brothers Grimm, teaches the importance of making promises that one can keep and the perils of exaggerating the truth.

Working primarily with marionettes, The Frisch Marionette Company performs in the traditional styles of 19th Century European Puppetry. Drawing inspiration from the great European troupes such as the Salzburg Marionette Theatre, they endeavor to bring one of the great old world arts to you, the contemporary audience.

Every aspect of a Frisch Marionette production is designed, handcrafted, created and recorded in their own workshops. Every puppet is hand carved, every costume is sewn and custom tailored for each character.

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat

Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 1
Oxford Community Arts Center

Actors onstage in scene from The Cat in the Hat

Everyone's favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat that they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly loads of fun. He turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure... but what will mum find when she gets home...?

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, the play was originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain.

Holiday Punch

Frisch Marionettes

7:00 p.m. Friday, December 15
Oxford Community Arts Center

A reindeer, an elf, and a teddy bear pose against a holiday backdrop. Text: The Frisch Marionette Company. Holiday Punch. A puppet show

The Frisch Marionette Company is serving up some HOLIDAY PUNCH! A variety show that really sparkles, full of surprise packages and magical moments you will remember year after year. Come join us for this revamped, warm and beautiful show filled with the cheer and joy of the season.

The Frisch Marionette Company has built puppets, masks, and costumes for The Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati and The Puppetworks Inc. of New York. They've been seen in People Magazine, SHOWTIMES' "Twisted Puppet Theater", the PBS Documentary "The American Puppet," "2 Broke Girls" and onstage with The Cincinnati Opera as well as in the New York store windows of ‘Saks 5th Ave.’, ‘Bloomingdale’s’ and ‘Hermes New York’ and in the family film “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium”.

Martin’s Dream

Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

7:00 p.m., Monday, January 15
Oxford Community Arts Center

An actor portrays Martin Luther King Jr. in front of a large painting depicting the civil rights era

Martin’s Dream brings this historical figure to life through the power of story, speech, and song. Watch as Dr. King tells the story of his life, from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Created and performed by the talented and charismatic Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show explores the real person behind the pictures, a funny, intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation's history.


Cincinnati Playhouse


7:00 p.m. January 26
Oxford Community Arts Center

Gepetto at his workbench smiles at Pinocchio

The much-loved tale about a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy is packed with magical characters, cartwheels, circus antics and dollops of fun for the whole family.

Maya Angelou: A Writer’s Legacy

Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 7
Oxford Community Arts Center

A birdcage containing a mockingbird hangs from a tree branch

Maya Angelou experienced a life that most of us could hardly imagine and her impact on society was immeasurable. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is proud to bring you a world premiere biographical sketch of the iconic Maya Angelou. Her talents as an actress, dancer, songwriter, and poet entertained and challenged us. While her life, filled with heartache, political activism and humanitarian service taught us to value each other as beautiful, intelligent, works of art.

Jules & Verne’s Excellent Adventure

Madcap Puppets

Written and adapted by Harper Lee

7:00 p.m., Friday, March 30
Oxford Community Arts Center

Puppets pose in a colorful hot air balloon

With the science fair just around the corner, Jules challenges Verne to race around the world! May the best scientist win in this exciting reimagining of Jules Verne’s epic adventures, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days.


Cincinnati Playhouse


2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 7
Oxford Community Arts Center

An actress portraying Rapunzel stands at an open window.

Young Rapunzel lives in a tower with her overprotective grandmother, safe from the dangers of the world. As her curiosity about the outside grows, Rapunzel meets Rafi, a local boy whose friendship finally gives her the courage to be free.