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UCT Seek Music and Vocal Directors for The Who’s TOMMY

UCT_logoUNION COMMUNITY THEATRE is seeking a musical director and vocal director for their spring production of “The Who’s, Tommy The Musical.”

Duties include teaching the cast the vocal parts in the show as well as conducting a small band for the March-April performances.

This is a paid position with a stipend. Rehearsals begin in late January and the show opens last weekend of March and first weekend of April- March 27, 28, 29, 30, Apr 2, 3, 4, 5.

Please email if interested.


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Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! presented by Broadway in Cincinnati through Dec. 1

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! is a great holiday musical for the young and the young at heart. Visually it’s very impressive. The sets, costumes and wigs succeed in bringing Dr. Seuss’ world to life. All your favorite songs from the classic cartoon are there plus several new, passable songs for the stage. Stefan Karl is very fun and funny as the title character. Bob Lauder looks and sounds great as Old Max. Brooke Lynn Boyd is adorable as Cindy-Lou Who. The company is vocally strong and very fun to watch. Opening night, the children who attended seemed to be mesmerized for the entire 90 minutes. I Hate Christmas #Grinch

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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UCT Announces Cast of The Who’s TOMMY the Musical

UCT_logoUCT is happy to announce the cast of THE WHO’S, TOMMY, the musical.

  • Tommy: Nick Castle
  • Captain Walker: TBA
  • Mrs Walker: Jody Hart de Henriquez
  • Uncle Ernie: Russ McGee
  • Cousin Kevin: Zach Larson
  • Sally Simpson: Jodi Zerbe
  • Gypsy: Karen Sowards
  • Young Tommy: Eve Roth and Reina Henriquez

Ensemble of Various Characters:

  • Ginger Stapp
  • Richelle Roth
  • Liz Wyan
  • Kori Cruse
  • Greg Roth
  • Garrett WAllace
  • Joey Popp 

Directed by Roberto Henriquez
Stage Manager: Samantha Isler
Lighting design by Eric Bardes
Sound Design by Joey Witterstaetter
Choreographed by Lauren Kinker

Performances run March 27- April 5. For more information visit

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TCT Cincinnati’s THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Opening December 6

Jake Kolesar as Jack Frost  & Leo J. Northart III as Santa. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Jake Kolesar as Jack Frost & Leo J. Northart III as Santa. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and Santa will bring local audiences a lot to smile about this holiday season with the world-premiere production “The Day Before Christmas,” December 6-8 and 14, 2013 at the Taft Theatre.

The show is directed by TCTC’s Artistic Director, Angela Powell Walker, with story and book by Ken Jones, music by Jamey Strawn, lyrics by Christine Jones. Ken Jones, wrote and compiled the hit “Santa’s Toy Factory” for The Children’s Theatre’s 12-13 season; and the trio worked together on the successful shows: “Burgertown,” “CHURCH GIRLS, Umatilla USA,” and “LINCOLN: A Pioneer Tale.”

There is a flurry of activity at the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves, the reindeer, the forest animals and even the Toys themselves prepare for the biggest night of the year! It takes a lot of planning and hard work to get a sleigh off the ground and to deliver toys to children around the world, but Santa’s team is ready and willing. Or at least they think they are before a tricky Jack Frost decides to try to stop the Christmas Festivities with a little comical chaos and calamity!

Single tickets and subscriptions for the rest of the 13-14 season are available now by calling 513-569-8080 ext. 10. Visit for more information.

“The Day Before Christmas,” The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, through December 14. 7:30 p.m. Friday December 6, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday December 7 & 14, 2 p.m. Sunday December 8. Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th Street in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets $7-$25. 800-745-3000 or visit

Q102 and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati are proud to collect items for St. Joseph Orphanage at all performances of “The Day Before Christmas.” Children and adults are encouraged to bring any new or unwrapped item and we’ll collect them in the Taft Theatre lobby. Visit for a list of holiday requests.

And don’t miss Brunch with Santa on Saturday, December 14 at 11:30 AM. Tickets for this event are $50 including a ticket to the show, or $35 for brunch only. Join The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati in the Taft Theatre Ballroom for a festive holiday brunch, music, crafts, a visit from Santa and his friends and memories to last a lifetime. Seating is limited. Call 513-569-8080 ext. 14 for reservations.

Characters from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s “A Christmas Carol”, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s holiday production of “Around the World in 80 Days,” Cincinnati Ballet’s “Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker” and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of “The Day Before Christmas” will be spreading the holiday spirit at festive events throughout the Tristate this season. For a full listing of Character Crew events, visit

“The Day Before Christmas” is made possible by the generous support of Macy’s. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign. The Children’s Theatre’s Season Sponsors are the Charles H. Dater Foundation and the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation. Media sponsor are LOCAL 12, The Cincinnati Enquirer and Q102. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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TDW Receives Cincinnati Preservation Association Award

Representatives from The Drama Workshop, the City of Cheviot, the Cheviot-Westwood Civic Association, and Rebold, Rosenacker, and Sexton Funeral Home accept a 2013 Rehabilitation Award from the Cincinnati Preservation Association. Picture left to right: Karen Romero, Kitty Zech, Arthur Sturbaum, Ray Persing, Margo Warminski, John Netzley, Richard Duval, Elaine Volker, Mike Sexton, Ray Kroner.  Image provided by The Drama Workshop.

Representatives from The Drama Workshop, the City of Cheviot, the Cheviot-Westwood Civic Association, and Rebold, Rosenacker, and Sexton Funeral Home accept a 2013 Rehabilitation Award from the Cincinnati Preservation Association. Picture left to right: Karen Romero, Kitty Zech, Arthur Sturbaum, Ray Persing, Margo Warminski, John Netzley, Richard Duval, Elaine Volker, Mike Sexton, Ray Kroner. Image provided by The Drama Workshop.

(Cheviot, Ohio) The Drama Workshop received a prestigious Rehabilitation Award from the Cincinnati Preservation Association on Sunday, Nov 10, 2013. The award recognizes The Drama Workshop’s efforts to repurpose the former Glenmore Bowl building, located at 3716 Glenmore Avenue in Cheviot. TDW president Ray Persing, along with TDW members John Netzley, Karen Romero, and Elaine Volker accepted the award on behalf of the community theatre group. Cheviot City Council member Kitty Zech, Cheviot-Westwood Civic Association president Ray Kroner, and Mike Sexton from Rebold, Rosenacker, and Sexton Funeral Home joined TDW at the event.

The building now known as The Glenmore Playhouse was opened in 1928 as Bueche Lanes, owned by Lawrence and William Bueche. Lawrence was already established in the movie theater business, and the goal was to set his younger brother up in business. Bowling was becoming very popular, and they decided this provided a good opportunity for the younger brother. Their father, a master mason, built the structure for them. Because they were concerned that bowling may just be another passing fad, the building was constructed so that it could be converted into a movie theater should bowling not work out. Bueche Lanes was the first bowling house in the greater Cincinnati area.

The business passed through several hands over the next eight decades, including Fred Kessler, Jim Winston, Les Horstman, and Cynthia Shanks. The Horstman family, especially, is strongly connected to the Glenmore Bowl, with a family member working there in some capacity for over 50 years, until the bowling alley closed for good in August 2010 – doomed by declining league participation and competition from larger, better-equipped bowling houses.

In April 2011, The Drama Workshop membership voted to attempt to acquire the property. TDW had been looking for a permanent home for many years, and the size, configuration, and location of the building fit the needs of the group very well.

Mary Stone, then TDW’s president, spearheaded the plan which saved the building from demolition. TDW worked closely with Cheviot Savings Bank, the City of Cheviot and the local Cheviot business community, in particular Mike Sexton and Jerry Rosenacker of Rebold, Rosenacker, and Sexton Funeral Home to enable the purchase in November 2011.

Sexton and Rosenacker were excited to help save the historic structure which stood just down the street from their business. Sexton said, “We’re happy that The Drama Workshop saved the building, rather than having the space become another parking lot!”

After hosting a “Last Bowl at the Glenmore” party in January 2012, TDW members removed all bowling equipment, and gutted the building. They replaced decades-old wiring, and installed a theatrical lighting system. A 22 foot high arched ceiling, hidden for years, was uncovered. Windows that had similarly been covered by paneling were exposed, providing natural light in the new lobby area. A stage was constructed where the pinsetters once stood. The CPA commended TDW for exposing and preserving many of the original building features. The award was presented by Margo Warminski, CPA’s Preservation Director, Arthur Sturbaum, CPA Trustee, and Richard Duval, President of the CPA Board of Trustees.

Over 100 volunteers have contributed more than 8,000 hours converting the building to a performance venue, which opened in October 2012. In addition to TDW members’ efforts, T.J. Williams contributed expert electrical assistance, Give Back Cincinnati provided manpower to help install dozens of sheets of drywall, and the Cheviot-Westwood Civic Association donated carpeting.

“The Cheviot Westwood Community Association is glad to be a part of The Drama Workshop’s success,” offered CWCA president Ray Kroner. “We know the impact community theater has on its surrounding area, and we welcome TDW’s enthusiasm and contribution to our neighborhood.”

More recently, TDW has focused on upgrading the building acoustics. Artswave awarded TDW a grant towards that end, and Mr Richard Lemker of Spectra Tech, Mr Ralph Larocco, and Mr J. R. Dignan provided acoustic testing and guidance to help prioritize improvements.

“The Glenmore Playhouse is still very much a work in progress,” said TDW president Ray Persing. “We want to install a handicap ramp and build handicap-accessible restrooms. We want to upgrade our HVAC system. We’re trying to do this while remaining true to the character and history of the building, and are thrilled that CPA has recognized that. With the help of our members and the Cheviot community, we’re making steady headway on making this a great performance venue.”

The hard work is paying off. TDW set a production attendance record with its recent staging of the musical “Nunsense”. The number of season ticketholders has more than doubled in the last year.

“We’re beginning to talk about adding more performances,” said Persing. “Word is getting out that there’s something special happening here. It’s very exciting!”

TDW’s next show is “A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol”, opening December 6.

THE DRAMA WORKSHOP was founded in 1954. TDW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education and promotion of the theatrical arts. Based at the Glenmore Playhouse in Cheviot, The Drama Workshop is widely recognized as one of greater Cincinnati’s most accomplished community theater organizations, garnering dozens of awards annually from the Cincinnati Association of Community Theatres. TDW productions have been regularly selected to represent the Southwest Ohio region at the Ohio Community Theatre Association annual conference, and TDW was also honored to represent the state of Ohio at the American Association of Community Theatre regional conference in 2013. Prospective members, and individuals or businesses interested in becoming involved or in helping advance TDW’s mission are encouraged to contact the group through our website at, or by phone at 513-598-8303.

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