Full Length Video and Study Guide

Dear Parents, Caregivers, Educators, and Opera Lovers,

We are so pleased to share this full length version of “Trip Jones and the Case of the Missing Music” recorded in 2018 by Space Cabin Studios and featuring:

Stephen Variames, Piano

Brianna Drew, Trip Jones

Evan Koons, Dr. Jones

Madeline Jentsch, Diva & Director

Lauren McAllister, Stage Manager & Rival

Kelly Holterhoff, Narrator

A study guide with pre and post show activities can be found here: Trip Jones Study Guide



ROKCincy and COVID-19

The health and well-being of our performers and audiences is of the upmost importance. While we are devastated to cancel performances, we are excited to find new ways to connect and engage with YOU!

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages for some fun videos and activities.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Community Performances

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We are pleased to offer free community performances of “The Barber of Seville.”

College Hill Branch Library

November 22, 2019 3:00 PM
Arts Center at Dunham January 11, 2020 2:00 PM
Kenton County Library – Scott Street January 18, 2020 2:00 PM
Art at the Barn February 2, 2020 1:00 PM
Price Hill Recreation Center February 7th, 2020 4:00 PM
Kenton County Public Library-Erlanger Branch February 15, 2020 2:00 PM
Loveland Branch Library February 22, 2020 2:00 PM
Clifton Cultural Arts Center March 8, 2020 2:00 PM
Boone County Library: Scheben Branch June 6th, 2020 2:00PM
Green Township Library June 13th, 2020 2:00PM
McKie Center June 15th, 2020 10:00AM
Campbell County Library

(AJ Jolly Park’s Stapleton Pavilion)

June 18th, 2020 10:00AM
Memorial Hall June 20th, 2020 2:00PM
Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum June 28, 2020 1:00 PM
Tower Park July 14th, 2020



Announcing our 2019-2020 Tour!

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ROKCincy in partnership with Cincinnati Opera is thrilled to announce our 2019-2020 tour of Rossini’s classic opera “The Barber of Seville.”

Sung in English and Italian, this updated version includes familiar music, high energy hi-jinks, and colorful sets and costumes. The performance is approximately 40 minutes long and is appropriate for grades K-6 and families. A study guide is sent prior to the performance and a Q&A with the performers is offered afterwards.

As always, ROKCincy performances are completely free. Performances are offered to schools on Mondays at 10AM and Fridays at 1PM and community centers on Saturdays at 2pm. ROKCincy is now booking October through June dates.

For more information or to schedule a performance, please contact us at schedulerokcincy@gmail.com .

Our schedule fills up fast – so don’t hesitate to reach out for more information!

Calling All Opera Singers!

Looking for paid performing experience? Ever wonder what kids think of opera?

ROKCincy is a non-profit that brings opera performances to schools and community centers all over Greater Cincinnati. We are always on the lookout for talented singers looking for an opportunity to hone their stage skills while making a difference in their community. Interested in joining the ROKCincy team? Contact Kelly at rokcincy@gmail.com

Want to know more about ROKCincy?


ROKCincy is a non-profit serving the Greater Cincinnati area. Our mission is to bring free, kid-friendly opera performances to schools and community centers that might not have easy access to the arts.

ROKCincy typically tours October through May with performances offered on Tuesdays at 10AM, Fridays at 1PM, and Saturdays at 2PM.

Performances are about 40 minutes in length with a Q&A afterwards. Study guides are sent to schools prior to performances. We bring our own sets, costumes, and keyboard – all we need is an audience!

If you are interested in more information, contact Kelly at rokcincy@gmail.com. If you’d like to schedule a performance, email schedulerokcincy@gmail.com.

ROKCincy Performances in Your Community!

Join ROKCincy for free performances of Little Red Riding Hood at these locations:

Kenton County Public Library January 19, 2019 2:00 PM
Erlanger Library February 23, 2019 2:00 PM
Art at the Barn – Mariemont March 2, 2019 2:00 PM
CCAC March 10, 2019 2:00 PM
Miami University – Middletown March 15, 2019 10:00 AM
Dunham Center for the Arts April 6, 2019 2:00 PM

Don’t see a performance near you? Ask your local library or community center to host a show by emailing schedulerokcincy@gmail.com.

ROKCincy’s Announces 2018-2019 Tour!

ROKCincy in partnership with Cincinnati Opera is thrilled to announce their tour of Cesar Cui’s “Little Red Riding Hood.” With english translation by Adam C Wright, this familiar fairy tale comes to life with beautiful music and colorful sets and costumes. The performance is approximately 40 minutes long and is appropriate for grades K-6 and their families. A Q&A with the performers is offered afterward the show.

Show duration: approximately 45 minutes. Recommended for Grades K – 6

To schedule a performance, email schedulerokcincy@gmail.com

Ana y su Sombra

In partnership with Cincinnati Opera, ROKCincy presented Ana y su Sombra, written by Gabriela Ortiz. Ana y su Sombra is a Spanish/English opera about a homesick young girl and her precocious shadow, each trying to find their own identity in a strange place. We took this show to 3 local schools and ended with a free, public performance at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater in Price Hill.

Music Director: Stephen Variames

Ana/Yeya: Christina Kerstan

Sombra: Christina Bilz

Kevin Truax: Old Oak Tree/Pete/Asombra

Matthew Umphreys: Piano

Karen Lee: Violin

Nave Graham: Flute

ROKCincy would like to thank Melanie Chavez, Jeremy Campbell, and Cincinnati Opera for their support of this production.