Monthly Archives: June 2011

2011 OCTAFest Excerpt Awards

A FEW GOOD MEN presented by Mason Community Players
The Cast – Excellence in Ensemble
Eric Geoppinger – Merit in Acting
Dan Docherty – Merit in Acting
Jerry Wiesenhahn – Merit in Acting

ALTAR BOYZ presented by Showbiz Players
The Cast – Excellence in Ensemble
Bunny Arszman – Excellence in Direction
Sherry McCamley – Merit in Musical Direction
Tony Springs – Excellence in Choreography

ENCHANTED APRIL presented by The Drama Workshop
Amy Hamilton – Outstanding in Direction
Pegatha Eddingfield – Excellence in Costuming
Sandy Schlueter – Merit in Acting in the Dark
The Cast & Crew – Outstanding in Ensemble
Anne-Marie Ireland – Excellence in Acting
Gretchen Roose – Excellence in Acting
Julia Schaulin – Merit in Acting
Amy Sullivan – Merit in Acting

Barbara Blum – Merit in Acting
Teresa Myers – Merit in Acting

MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS presented by Fairfield Footlighters
Ron Mason – Excellence in Acting
Bob Kelly – Excellence in Acting
Kevin Noll – Excellence in Acting
April Osborne – Merit in Direction
The Cast – Excellence in Ensemble

SHOWTUNE presented by Footlighters Inc
The Cast – Outstanding in Ensemble
Pamela K. Day – Excellence in Acting and Vocal Performance
Megan Callahan – Excellence in Acting and Vocal Performance
Deana Tully – Merit in Acting and Vocal Performance
Shawn Toadvine – Merit in Acting and Vocal Performance
Nathan Sebens – Excellence in Acting and Vocal Performance
Jill Herzner – Merit in Costuming

Southwest Region OCTA
Joel Lind – Outstanding Utility Player

THE CEMETERY CLUB presented by Stagecrafters
Cindy Emmer – Excellence in Costuming
DeeAnne Bryll – Excellence in Acting
Dee Dunn – Excellence in Acting
Cynthia Emmer – Merit in Acting
Joel Lind – Merit in Acting
The Cast – Merit in Ensemble

THE MIRACLE WORKER presented by Milford Theatre Guild
Matthew Abbott – Merit in Acting
Chelsea Berry – Excellence in Acting
Rose Vanden Eynden – Excellence in Acting
Koben Kelley Hinman – Excellence in Costuming
Barbara Russell – Merit in Staging
Taylor Fox – Up and Coming Star Award

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW presented by Wyoming Players
Francis R.T.M. Boyle – Merit in Acting
Dee Dunn – Merit in Directorial Concept

U.T.B.U. (UNHEALTHY TO BE UNPLEASANT) presented by Tri-County Players
Nancy Hughes – Excellence in a Character Role
Rammie Esreb – Merit in Acting

ONCE MORE WITH FEELING presented by Mariemont Players
Terry Gosdin – Merit in Acting
Arny Stoller – Excellence in Acting
Dee Dunn – Merit in Costuming

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS presented by Brieabri Productions
Megan Callahan – Outstanding in Acting and Vocal Performance
Joey Schnell – Merit in Acting and Vocal Performance
Robert Weidle – Merit in Acting and Vocal Performance
Shawn Toadvine – Merit in Vocal Performance

TICK…TICK, BOOM! Presented by Sunset Players
The Cast – Outstanding in Ensemble
Jered Ryan – Excellence in Acting and Vocal Performance
Michelle Grove-Shaffer – Excellence in Acting and Vocal Performance
Drew Blakeman – Excellence in Acting and Vocal Performance
Greg Shaffer – Merit in Sound Design and Execution
Dennis Betz – Merit in Musical Direction
Jerry Yearout – Merit in Direction

ON THE RAZZLE presented by Beechmont Players Inc.
Steve Phelan – Merit in Acting
Colette Thomas – Merit in Acting

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Presented by Free Shakespeare!
July 22-24
Yellow Springs

  • Fri-Sun, July 22-24 at 7pm

Official page with cast list | FaceBook event |

July 29-31 | Aug. 5-7 | Aug. 12-14 |

Dayton City Paper article |

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URINETOWN runs July 20-23

Presented by Theatre in the Loop Entertainment
July 20-23
Anderson Township

One of the funniest shows in recent years, URINETOWN is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution – what more could you want in a musical?  With a sense of humor somewhere between Saturday Night Live and Monty Python, it’s set in a time when water is worth its weight in gold: In a Gotham-like city a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by an evil corporation that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people a hero decides he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!  Along the way the show finds time to poke fun gentle fun at some of the biggest shows in Broadway’s history.

  • Wed-Sat, July 20-23 at 7:30pm

Official page | Online ticketing |

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Sara Mackie* as Betty Jean, Denise Devlin* as Cindy Lou, Brooke Rucidlo as Suzy & Mia Gentile* as Missy. Photo by Sandy Underwood. *Member of Actors

WINTER WONDERETTES presented by Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati through July 24. You can read the show description here.

In the spirit of the holidays, ETC is collecting non-perishable food items for the Freestore Foodbank. Donations can be dropped off during normal business hours or during any performance. Their goal is to fill three barrels before the production ends.

They’re back! “They” being the cast of ETC’s 2010 multi-extended production,  THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES. And so are their fans, if opening night was any indication. The four lady ensemble had the audience wrapped around their collective finger from the very first number.

The easy chemistry of the four leads carries into this Christmas-themed sequel and every “wonderette” has moments to shine in the show. Personal favorites include the belt numbers from Mia Gentile and Denise Devlin, the first act closing lament by Sara Mackie, and a great comic turn in “Suzy Snowflake” by Brooke Rucidlo.

Mark Sorensen’s costume design perfectly compliments the four individual characters, right down to their shoes (and baby bump). The special costume for Suzy in the Suzy Snowflake number is a visual gem.

Not since THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL has Shannon Rae Lutz needed to fill so much space on stage. Again she is more than up to the task as the collection of period, holiday bric-a-brac and hardware-esque wares, fill the space without cluttering it. My mom was especially fond of the cherry red step stool seats, just like the one she used growing up.

Solid work by the production staff includes: direction by D. Lynn Meyers, music direction by Scot Woolley, choreography by Patti James, and set and lighting design (loved the extension cord rats nest) by Brain c. Mehring.

Two small issues I wanted to mention. When singing, Suzy’s character voice can get a bit harsh on the high notes. The character of Cindy Lou is the one least vested in performing at the hardware store, which works, but a couple of times it looked as if she almost un-invested out of the show.

Overall a very well-done, fun and light holiday production, perfect for chasing away the summer heat. I recommend getting your tickets early as performances will sell out.

Click here for a complete list of showtimes.

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2011 Orchid Awards (Partial List)

Orchid awards for the 2010-2011 Season as posted on official websites:

Last update: July 20 at 12:30pm

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