Thompson House Hosts Tony Winner, Tour Vet for Workshop

Donna McKecknie.

NEWPORT (KY.) – Thompson House – Greater Cincinnati’s live music and creative hub – announces the first-ever event in its new Musical Theater Workshop Series – A Chorus Line Workshop. The workshop takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Tommygun Theater at Thompson House, 24 E. 3rd Street, Newport, Kentucky.

A Chorus Line Workshop will feature the talents of special guest artist Donna McKechnie – director Michael Bennett’s muse and the Tony Award-winning Cassie in the record-setting original Broadway company – and David Combs, who played Larry in the 1996-97 national tour of A Chorus Line.

“We’re thrilled to have two people so intimately familiar with the show to conduct this workshop,” said Cathy Creason, Thompson House artistic director. “They bring a special knowledge of the material, of both its creation and execution, that makes this workshop a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for area performers.”

The two-day workshop will focus on Michael Bennett’s choreography Saturday and on vocals and acting technique Sunday. Local musician Jared Adamsom will provide piano accompaniment both days.

Cost to register is $25 per day, or $40 to participate both days. A limited number of $10 observer tickets will also be available each day.

Registration opens and tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 8. To register or to purchase tickets, please visit and click on the calendar.

“We’re committed to providing the very best talent to the Greater Cincinnati arts community,” said Kirt Lee, Thompson House operating partner. “I think bringing Donna McKechnie and David Combs to Newport shows how serious we are and how artists around the country are responding to what we’re building.”

Both McKechnie and Combs will be available for interviews at the conclusion of each day’s workshop activities.

Thompson House will present a full-scale production of A Chorus Line next summer. The workshop is not only a unique learning opportunity, but also a chance for interested performers to get a leg up on the competition and begin preparing for auditions scheduled for Sunday and Monday, May 5 and 6, 2013.

For more information about Thompson House Newport and its many events and programs, please visit

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