"I would stress that we are at the beginning of this process in terms of gathering information," spokesperson Christa Skiles told Playbill.com. News of the exploratory measures was reported in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Both the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati have been in the process of examining their facilities in an effort to address the needs, not only of today's audiences and productions, but also those of decades to come, according to a statement.
The two organizations have agreed "that there are potential synergies and efficiencies in exploring ways that they may be able to work together to address their future requirements."
As a result, preliminary studies have been initiated to explore options for a new performance space that could house both organizations.
In order to accommodate the needs of both organizations and to continue to provide the types of amenities that are important to the audiences of both, the boards of the Playhouse and Children's Theatre have embraced the concept of exploring downtown locations. A location in the downtown area is seen as an important element in the revitalization of Cincinnati's core. While other locations may be considered as the study moves forward, currently the Fifth and Race site has been suggested as one possible location, according to the theatre.
Collaboration could have the added benefit of allowing the two organizations the opportunity to leverage public and private dollars most effectively, according to the troupes.
The study comes at an appropriate time for the Playhouse, which currently is in "the quiet phase of a capital campaign," and for the Children's Theatre, which has been looking for a new home for several years.
Playhouse board president Jack Rouse has had "very preliminary" discussions with the leadership of the Cincinnati Ballet and the Cincinnati Opera. Both have indicated that the idea of collaborating on such a venture is an exciting one for their organizations as well. They feel it might have some appeal in providing an optional performance location that could be used for productions that are better suited to a house smaller than the Aronoff Center or Music Hall, which would remain their home venues.
"We are also still investigating the possibility of expansion at our current location," Skiles said. "At the moment this is just a concept, and we are in the early stages of gathering information about its feasibility."
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