Monthly Archives: August 2012

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU runs Sept. 27-Oct. 7

Presented by Northern Kentucky University
Sept. 27-Oct. 7
Highland Heights

Local media coverage: Enquirer article |

Directed by Mike King

Cast: Erin Ward as Penelope Sycamore, Abby Wagner as Essie, McKynleigh Abraham as Rheba, Zak Schneider as Paul Sycamore, Kyle Gaskin as Mr. De Pinna, Miles Conger as Ed, Terrence McCraney as Donald, Travis Black as Martin Vanderhof, Hannah Gregory as Alice, Nate Netzley as Henderson, Derek Evans as Tony Kirby, Rex Martinez as Boris Kolenkhov, Courtni Nicolaci as Gay Wellington, Andy Simpson as Mr. Kirby, Carey Parsons as Mrs. Kirby, Andrew Bishop, Colin Kissel, ChandlerTaylor as the Three Men & Rebecca Howell as Olgo

One of the most popular and successful plays of modern times; You Can’t Take It With You has been delighting audiences since 1936. This Pulitzer Prize winning comedy celebrates non-conformity as a man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. One dinner party and their families’ differences ignite! Will their love persevere, or will family ties pull them apart?

  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 27-29 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 30 at 3pm
  • Wed-Sat, Oct. 3-6 at 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 7 at 3pm

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Playwriting Class for 10-13 Year-Olds at CCM Prep

Playwriting 101 

A new class in the CCM Preparatory Department for 10 to 13 year-olds!

“Budding playwrights will develop their own original scenes in this class with fun, engaging exercises, improv games and group readings. Students will learn about structure, form and plot and how to create believable characters. Writers will present staged readings of their own dramatic and comic scenes at the culmination of the class in the spring.”

The class meets on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 at CCM and the cost is $375 for the year (30 weeks). The tuition may be paid in one, two, three or more installments. Sign up on line at http://www.ccm.uc/prep, or call the Preparatory Department Office at 513.556.2595. For further information contact CCM Preparatory Theater Arts Coordinator Elaine Eckstein at or 513.218.6832.

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GOOD PEOPLE Opens ETC 2012-2013 Season


(Cincinnati, OH) Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati opens its 2012-2013 season with the regional premiere of GOOD PEOPLE, by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Shrek the Musical), playing September 5-23, 2012. Directed by D. Lynn Meyers. Production Sponsor is The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.

In addition to being nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, GOOD PEOPLE, a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, was named Best Play of the 2010-2011 season by the New York Drama Critics Circle, as well as featured on the 2011 “Top Ten” theater lists of New York Magazine, Newsday, and Time Out. Well known for his absurdist comedies Fuddy Meers and Kimberly Akimbo, Lindsay-Abaire brings his signature humor to his tough and tender new work. The play is set in Lindsay-Abaire’s native South Boston, a traditionally Irish American neighborhood that is strongly rooted in working class identity. Many people have come to know “Southie,” as its commonly referred to, through gritty depictions of the neighborhood in successful movies such as Mystic River, The Departed, and Good Will Hunting. In an interview with the New York Times, Lindsay-Abaire remarked, “Class is something I know about, I’ve lived it every day of my life, and it shaped me in my identity.” Raising difficult questions with unsentimental observation and appealingly scrappy characters, GOOD PEOPLE explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

GOOD PEOPLE follows Margie Walsh who is facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break. Laid off from her job at the dollar store, Margie is faced with the reality that South Boston is providing her the same level of opportunity it always has: none. Wry, rough around the edges and ready to make a change, she goes to seek out the one who got away – both from “Southie” and from her. Instead, she finds herself in the ‘burbs and out of her element, facing the question: is opportunity granted or earned? Good People takes an affectionate look at the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ through the eyes of characters who won’t be ignored.

About the Cast
Annie Fitzpatrick (Margie) recently appeared at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati in last season’s Ghost-Writer and Snow White. Her other favorite ETC productions include: Next Fall, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Rabbit Hole, String of Pearls (for which she received an Acclaim Award), Intimate Apparel, and The Exonerated. In addition, she won Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for her performances in ETC’s Copperheads, Dinner With Friends, and Mauritius. She appeared in A Man For All Seasons and Blithe Spirit at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. She has worked regionally at Cincinnati Playhouse In the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Geva Theatre, Florida Studio, Human Race Theatre Co., New Edgecliff Theatre, and Know Theatre of Cincinnati. She has appeared in numerous soaps, local and national commercials, and the film Milk Money. She recently appeared in an episode of Army Wives and this October she can be seen in the feature film Fun Size.

Chris Clavelli (Mike) returns to Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati after several years’ hiatus. His ETC credits include Stones in His Pockets and Sight Unseen. He is the Associate Artistic Director of The Florida Repertory Theatre where he has acted and directed in more than twenty productions. This year, Florida Weekly named him Best Actor for his performance in God of Carnage. Other acting credits include: All in the Timing, August: Osage County, and Dancing at Lughnasa, Florida Rep; Translations, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Dracula, Actors Theatre Louisville; Noises Off, Indiana Repertory Theatre; Sideman, Philadelphia Theatre Company (Barrymore Award); Hamlet and The Mystery of Irma Vep, Florida Shakespeare Festival, (Carbonell Award for Best Actor); and The Chosen, The Paper Mill Playhouse.

Kate Wilford (Jean) returns to ETC stage, having appeared in last season’s world premiere of Snow White. Her other Ensemble favorites include: Becky’s New Car, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Women Of Lockerbie. She won both an Acclaim and a CEA award for lead actress in a drama as Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman with New Edgecliff Theatre. Ms. Wilford is familiar to Cincinnati audiences with her performances in Romeo and Juliet, The Cherry Orchard, All My Sons, and Bedroom Farce at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. She was artistic director for Cincinnati Children’s Theatre for several years, and has directed for the Women’s Theater Initiative and Xavier University as well. She is currently the executive director of Afterschool Acting, a non-profit dedicated to bringing local professional actors into underserved schools to teach and mentor.

Deb Girdler (Dottie) has appeared numerous times on ETC’s stage, often as the villain in the holiday shows. Her ETC credits include the evil fairy Wisteria in Sleeping Beauty, The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, Betty in the smash hit The Great American Trailer Park Musical, as well as Old Bones in The Frog Princess. Ms. Girdler has appeared at the Olney Theatre as the Fairy Godmother in the now official version of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as well as in La Cage Aux Folles at the Gateway Playhouse in New Jersey. A CCM graduate, she began her career on the Showboat Majestic and has worked off-Broadway, in regional theatre, and in summer stock for over 30 years.

Margaret Ivey (Kate) makes her debut at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. Recently, she appeared in A Christmas Carol at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and in River Rat and Cat and What’s Buggin’ Greg with the Playhouse touring company. Her other credits include: Almost, Maine and Rent, Papermill Theatre; Soweto!, Freddie Hendricks YEA; and A Christmas Carol, Alliance Theatre. Ms. Ivey graduated from the University of Southern California, where she appeared in Naga-Mandala (Play with a Cobra), Intimate Apparel, The Colored Museum, The Beggar’s Opera, Three Sisters, Twelfth Night and The Doctor is Indian. She also trained at the British American Drama Academy.

Michael Carr (Stevie) is a Cincinnati native and University of Cincinnati CCM drama graduate. He returns to ETC’s stage, having served as an acting intern during last season. This past summer, he appeared as Captain/Henessey in Dames at Sea in Highlands, North Carolina. His favorite roles include Andrey in Three Sisters, The Man in On the Verge, and Buddy in Mistakes Madeline Made.

Production team includes Brian c. Mehring (Resident Scenic & Lighting Designer), Aaron Clements (Technical Operations Director), Matthew Hollstegge (Production Coordinator & Master Electrician), Shannon Rae Lutz (Properties Master & Design Assistant), Matthew Callahan (Sound Designer), Reba Senske (Costume Designer), and Rocco Dal Vera (Dialect Coach). Production Stage Manager is Constance Dubinski.

About the Playwright
David Lindsay-Abaire is a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, and librettist whose play Rabbit Hole premiered on Broadway and went on to receive the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Spirit of America Award, and five Tony nominations. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award (Best Musical Show Album) and two Tony Awards (Best Book of a Musical and Best Score) for his work on Shrek the Musical. Prior to that, Mr. Lindsay-Abaire was awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award as America’s most promising musical theater lyricist. His other plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, and A Devil Inside, among others. His newest play, Good People premiered on Broadway last year, starred Frances McDormand, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. In addition to his work in theatre, David’s screen credits include his screen adaptation of Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckart, and Dianne Wiest, and directed by John Cameron Mitchell), as well as the upcoming features Guardians of Childhood (Dreamworks), and Oz: The Great and Powerful (Disney, directed by Sam Raimi). He is a proud New Dramatists alum, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Juilliard School, as well as a member of the WGA and the Dramatists Guild Council.

Ticket Prices
Tickets are $38 for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday performances.
Tickets are $42 for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances.
Current subscribers receive $5 off each ticket.

For the 2012-2013 season, ETC will continue its popular half-price rush tickets and $15 student rush tickets for all performances, which are available two hours prior to show time. Tickets and seating subject to availability.

Subscriptions to the 2012-2013 Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati season are available in a variety of packages. Prices start at $156 for seniors; adult subscriptions range from $168 to $186 depending upon day. The popular FlexPass is $196, which includes six flexible tickets to use for any show and in any combination. Opening night subscriptions are $186 and include light refreshments from Ensemble Theatre’s opening night partner(s).

Other Single Ticket Discounts
Military/Educator, Public Radio Perks Card, ArtsWave FunCard, AAA, Senior and Enjoy the Arts discounts available; tickets and seating are subject to availability. ETC accepts all major credit cards, Over-the-Rhine Merchant gift cards, and Downtown Cincinnati gift cards. Group rates are available for 10 or more people.

A full list of available discounts and performance calendar is available at


WHAT: Regional premiere of GOOD PEOPLE, by David Lindsay-Abaire

WHERE: Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

WHEN: September 5-23, 2012
Opening Night: Wednesday, September 5 at 7:30 pm

TIMES: Tues-Thurs at 7:30 pm; Fri & Sat at 8:00 pm; Sat & Sun at 2:00 pm

TICKETS: $38-$42

Pay-what-you-can Preview is Tuesday, September 4, 2012 benefiting Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

This production contains strong language and themes and may not be suitable for all audiences.

All discounts subject to seating and availability at time of purchase.

Half-Price Rush Tickets: All remaining tickets for the current day’s performance(s) are available two hours prior to each showtime for half-price (discount does not apply to senior or children’s tickets) when purchasing by phone or in person. $15 Student Rush Tickets: Students may purchase up to two $15 student rush tickets two hours prior to show time with valid student I.D. Available in person only.

AAA, ArtsWave Fun Card, Cincinnati Public Radio Perks Card, Military/Educator and ETA discounts available. Group discounts available for 10+. Complete details available at

Parking for all performances is available directly across the theatre at the surface lot and Gateway Garage, both at the corner of 12th and Vine Streets. Parking also available at the newly opened Washington Park Garage, accessible via Race or Elm Street.

CAST (in alphabetical order)

  • Stevie: Michael Carr*
  • Mike: Chris Clavelli*
  • Margie: Annie Fitzpatrick*
  • Dottie: Deb G. Girdler*
  • Kate: Margaret Ivey
  • Jean: Kate Wilford*


  • Director: D. Lynn Meyers**
  • Production Stage Manager: Constance Dubinski*
  • Set & Lighting Designer: Brian c. Mehring
  • Properties Master & Design Assistant: Shannon Rae Lutz
  • Master Electrician & Production Coordinator: Matthew Hollstegge
  • Costume Designer: Reba Senske
  • Sound Designer: Matthew Callahan
  • Technical Operations Director: Aaron Clements

*Denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
**Director is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

2012-2013 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Season Sponsor: PNC Bank. Season Fairy Godmother Sponsor: William and Susan Friedlander. Additional support provided by Garfield Suites Hotel, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. 

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

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Thompson House Announces Auditions for New Musical VARIABLES


NEWPORT (KY.) – Thompson House Newport – Cincinnati’s live music and creative hub – is proud to present the new musical VARIABLES Feb. 21, 23, 28 and March 2, 2013.

Open auditions for the world premiere production take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, and from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in the Heaven Lounge at Thompson House, 24 E. 3rd Street Newport. Write to schedule an audition time.

A brief show summary, character breakdown and vocal ranges for the characters are attached with this release. Prospective cast members should prepare 16 bars of a contemporary musical theater song (bring your sheet music; a pianist will be provided for the music auditions; no prerecorded accompaniment or a capella auditions), a 30-second monologue and a joke (no knock-knocks). Be prepared to do group and individual improvisations, as well as readings from the script.

VARIABLES is the rock musical story of five friends out for a night on the town, whose evening is interrupted by some disturbing news. Local composer Jered S. Ryan conceived the comic story with deeper undertones and wrote the score; Mark D. Motz wrote the book and lyrics. VARIABLES is their first collaboration.

VARIABLES is also the first time Thompson House ventures into producing an original theatrical work.

“This is a great fit for us,” said Cathy Creason, artistic director. “We’re committed to the local arts community and have a lot of different venues – all under one roof – available to make Thompson House a place where the public and artists alike can find a home.”

“We’re very excited to work with Thompson House to get this show on its feet,” Ryan said. “They’ve been extremely generous and supportive.”

“Having the opportunity to take something out of your head and put it on an actual stage is what everybody who writes a show dreams,” Motz said. “This opportunity is priceless.”

“This is the direction Thompson House wants to take,” said Kirt D. Lee, Thompson House operations partner. “We want to be known as a leader in the Greater Cincinnati arts community and fostering fresh talent is a big part of that. We want this production to be the first in an ongoing series of new shows we can help develop and launch.

“Whether it’s theater, music, visual art, film or poetry, we want people to have an opportunity to express themselves in a variety of ways.”

For more information on Thompson House Newport, please visit

VARIABLES (A New Musical)
Music by Jered S. Ryan, Book and Lyrics by Mark D. Motz

VARIABLES is the story of five good friends out for a night drinking, talking, hanging out, being guys. Nothing earth shattering, but something both entertaining and revealing, a window into one night out with the boys.

The story is pretty simple. STEVE is out for a night with his friends MICHAEL, NEIL, BRENT and ULYSSES. He wants to tell them about his dad, who is sick and probably dying. All the guys place Steve’s dad on a pedestal, but Steve and his dad have some unresolved issues. While Steve usually is the one the guys go to for advice or help, tonight he needs them. However, as is often the case, the boys just want to be boys when they’re together and don’t give Steve much of a chance to talk.

The other main character is NATALIE, the bartender, who has a very good ear and sharp tongue, both necessities in her profession.

The book of the show advances in quick – occasionally caustic – banter. The score is rock and pop, featuring a number of opportunities for solo and group singing.

The title VARIABLES alludes to all the different things that can go on in a seemingly normal night out with the guys. While it’s mostly a good time, a lot is bubbling beneath the surface with each of the main characters. How they approach their issues tonight would almost certainly be different the next night, two months from now or a year later. Not all the questions will be answered, though there is resolution for some of the guys. We want you to be entertained, but to think a little, too, wonder what happens the next day with these guys. What will their next meeting as a group be like? What’s the next chapter?

All the principle guys are life-long friends, ages late 20s to early 40s. Ideally the five principal men will look roughly the same age. Seeking actors with strong improvisational skills and singing voices. Some stylized movement required, but no traditional choreography.

STEVE – The dependable one, the glue for the group. He’s the one who brings them together, who the other guys go to for advice when they have serious issues. His central conflict is with his father, a guy all the others love and admire, though they don’t know he was less than perfect behind closed doors with Steve and his mother. Steve spends much of the night trying to tell the guys his father is ill and likely dying. He wrestles with the idea he and his dad are too much alike for his taste. Rock tenor – A-flat

MICHAEL – The player. Good looking. He has money and doesn’t mind spending it on cars and clothes and women, with whom he has been legendarily successful. That said, he has no interest in or ability to keep any kind of real relationships, to a certain extent even with these best friends. Pure narcissist. Rock tenor – High A

NEIL – Sickeningly happy about being married, but otherwise mostly without ambition. He’s a dreamer without the wherewithal to follow through on any of his grand plans, despite being bright and capable. He knows he’s half a fraud and is afraid others know it, too. But at the end of the day he can give up on the finer things he dreams about in favor of love. Baritone – E

BRENT – Never left the frat house. The first to buy a round, but also to pass out or get arrested. Has addictive problems. He makes the easy choice, follows the path of least resistance. Has had a series of jobs, but never a career. He’s ultimately lonely and looking for something to fill the void. Baritone – F

ULYSSES – Unhappily married, working on questions of fidelity, fatherhood, boredom. Looks up to/envies Michael. Looks at Neil and sees nothing familiar to his life. Very much a follower and goes whichever way the wind blows. Rock tenor – High B

NATALIE – The bartender. Not quite omniscient, but a very quick study of group and individual behavior. Can hold her own – and then some – in bantering with the guys. Relates with Michael and helps him sort through his issues. A keen observer and commentator. Mezzo soprano – E

COMPANY – A few men and women in and around the bar; the women have a few lines and all will serve as periodic backup singers. All vocal ranges.

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CMC Seeks Visitation Enhancement Specialists for Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

Visitation Enhancement Specialists – Dead Sea Scrolls (Temp, PT)

Specialists are expected to maintain a fun, educational and safe environment for our guests in our fall special exhibition Dead Sea Scrolls. They accomplish this by portraying an archaeology professional taking guests on a tour of Israel and delivering a five minute presentation with multimedia components multiple times hourly. Specialists are also responsible for assisting with the Holiday Harmonies Performance Series by contacting and inviting local groups to perform at Cincinnati Museum Center, managing the contact and booking schedule, being their point of contact, and managing their performances in-house.

This position works closely with multiple schools and performing arts groups around the Greater Cincinnati Area as well as the Manager of Special Exhibits in the development and facilitation of large scale public programs and is also expected to work effectively and professionally with other museum departments and the general public, maintaining a pleasant and helpful demeanor in any dealings with museum staff or the public.

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