I feel very fortunate that we have so many opportunities to watch performing arts in Cincinnati. Our city is amazing when it comes to art in all forms. My boys and I attended Peter Pan and the Nutcracker earlier this season and I’m really looking forward to watching the creativity in motion for Alice (in wonderland.)

Here is a sneak peak.


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Cincinnati Ballet presents the return of the wildly popular ALICE (in wonderland) this Valentine’s Day weekend, February 13-15 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Audiences have five opportunities to see this bold, spectacular take on Lewis Carroll’s classic stories with live instrumentation by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.



Butterfly Transformation

From the revolutionary vision of The Washington Ballet’s Septime Webre, ALICE (in wonderland) is refreshingly original, having premiered regionally in 2012, and showcases modern production elements such as elaborate, eye-popping scenery and characters who take flight. The production features gorgeous costumes by Liz Vandal and a commissioned score by Matthew Pierce. Cincinnati audiences may be familiar with Webre as the choreographer of Cincinnati Ballet’s praised production of Peter Pan, performed earlier this season. Liz Vandal is a celebrated costume designer whose unique, elaborate designs have graced the stage of Cirque du Soleil.


The original score was created for an ensemble orchestra, but Cincinnati audiences will experience a version that is expanded to utilize the breadth of the magnificent Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Webre worked closely with composer, Pierce, throughout the creative process to give each character its own unique musical sound effects, bringing each of the favorite characters to life on stage. The vibrant cast is comprised of a combination of Cincinnati Ballet dancers, children from the Otto M. Budig Academy and even some larger than life puppets. When paired with Pierce’s unique score, they are sure to pull the audience right down the rabbit hole with Alice.


Queen of Hearts


Webre, with his typical flair for storytelling, draws inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s classic tales Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. A polite and well-mannered child, Alice finds herself in a fantastical but irreverent world where the rules of social etiquette don’t matter and time is irrelevant. She learns how to adapt to this new world and eventually becomes the heroine that brings down the Queen of Hearts and her house of cards.


Webre’s unique take results in an unusual twist. As Alice chases the White Rabbit into Wonderland, the wacky characters she discovers are oddly familiar. Although she can’t quite make the connection, the audience discovers that Alice’s overbearing mother has become the Queen of Hearts, her sisters have become Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and Lewis Carroll has become the Mad Hatter.

Visually stunning and filled with wonder, Webre’s vibrant new take on Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece is an experience not to be missed!

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Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to offer Meet the Artists, a pre-performance discussion series where audiences will have the opportunity to meet choreographers, dancers and members of the creative team. This event is free to anyone with an ALICE (in wonderland) ticket, and will take place February 13 at 7 pm in Procter & Gamble Hall at the Aronoff Center. Attendees must present ALICE (in wonderland) ticket for admission.


Cincinnati Ballet presents the return of the wildly popular ALICE (in wonderland) this Valentine’s Day weekend, February 13-15 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.



 ALICE (in wonderland)

Friday, February 13 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 14 – 2:00 pm

Saturday, February 14 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, February 15 – 1:00 pm

Sunday, February 15 – 5:30 pm


The Aronoff Center for the Arts is located at 650 Walnut Street,Cincinnati, Ohio.

Call 513.621.5282, visit or visit the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214

Tickets start at $32



*All photography credit: Peter Mueller



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Turning an Idea into a Reality ~ Interview with “Let’s Potty” Board Game Designer & Giveaway

Have you ever had an idea of an invention that you thought would be useful?

Did you pursue making something out of that idea?

I got to interview someone who took action on an idea. I hope it will inspire you to step out of your comfort zone for ideas you might have brewing inside your head.

Gina Blatt took an idea and turned it into a reality by creating a game to make potty training easier.

My boys took FOREVER to potty train so I wish that I had something like this when they were little. I have lots of crazy stories on this one that I am grateful that I won’t have to relive. Btw I did request for Gina to create a game for boys who tend to miss the toilet.

Here is a little more about Gina.

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Our company is called Aim High Games, llc. Let’s Potty! is our first game (but there are others in the works).  My brother, Daniel (Danny) Skurow, is the co-creator and the illustrator of the game.  We were born and raised in Cincinnati and have both changed our share of diapers.  I am a Cincinnati resident and have a Masters degree from University of Cincinnati.  My brother Danny Skurow is a DAAP, University of Cincinnati graduate and is currently a graphic designer and illustrator in San Francisco, California.  Growing up, we shared a love for board games (Stratego being our favorite) and would often make up our own original games.  Our sense of humor and love of creating resulted in the Let’s Potty! collaboration.

Where did you get the idea for your game?


I was inspired to develop a toddler board game after noticing many toddlers playing with tablets, phones, etc… I feel that children today are given too much “screen time”.  I wanted to create an interactive and educational game relevant to this age group.  After developing a prototype and testing it, we realized that, as a side benefit, there has been a positive response from toddlers who crave the one on one attention from parents, caregivers, and older siblings.

What makes your game unique?

I believe our game is unique because it is the only potty training board game on the market.   Parents, caregivers, or older siblings can either play by our rules or modify them to accommodate the needs of their toddler.  Some of the younger toddlers might not be ready for “following the rules”, so you can make up your own or have fun reading the playing cards.

What are you most proud about with designing a product?

I am proud of the impact it has on the children and parents who play the game. I feel like it can really help children learn a skill or prepare them for a skill (potty training) at the same time making them laugh and interact.  I hope that it makes kids want to play more games as they grow.  There are so many positive effects of playing board games with children.

What obstacles did you have to overcome in designing a game?

I believe that the biggest obstacle of designing a game, was making the decision to “go for it”. When you really believe in your product it makes it easier, but never the less, it requires a lot of resources including time and money.

What advice would you give to someone who is potty training?

After potty training my three kids (including twins), I believe the best advice is not to make potty training a battle of wills.  I always played little games with my kids to make them laugh.  It takes the stress off the process and makes them want to do it.

What advice would you give to someone who has boys who are potty trained but this miss the target?  

I have been asked this before and may do a teen anniversary edition.  Just kidding! We actually mention this issue in the game. I believe that rewarding for keeping the seat clean is a good idea.

What advice would you give to someone who dreams of designing a product?

You have to really believe in your product!  It is not an easy process, but very rewarding to create something that will add value to someone’s life either for play or necessity.

About Let’s Potty!: Let’s Potty! is the only potty training board game on the market! It is a humorous and light-hearted way to begin the potty training conversation with a toddler.  It is designed to play with a parent, caregiver, or older sibling.  Let’s Potty! is a positive and encouraging introduction to the basic concepts of potty training and hygiene.  Before parents know it, their child will be asking to use the potty like a “big kid”.  Let’s Potty! can help promote positive feelings about a sometimes difficult and frustrating process of potty training.  The game includes a colorful board and a stack of beautifully illustrated cards – written in encouraging, easy language to read to the child. The child also can choose one of four character game pieces .  It is for children aged 24 months and up.


Let’s Potty! is available for purchase at, Amazon, and (locally) at Ted’s Toy Store in Madeira, Little Lord and Ladies in Montgomery, and coming soon, in Joseph-Beth Booksellers on Madison Rd., Rookwood.

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