Monthly Archives: November 2013


Grace Culpepper as Mrs. Darling, Olivia Baker as Nana, Simon Atkinson as John, Lily Cutler as Liza, Soraya Huddleston as Wendy & Cambree Bernkopf as Michael.

Grace Culpepper as Mrs. Darling, Olivia Baker as Nana, Simon Atkinson as John, Lily Cutler as Liza, Soraya Huddleston as Wendy & Cambree Bernkopf as Michael.

Experience a magical and spirited Christmas adventure with Peter Pan, The Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and the Darlings in “A Neverland Christmas Carol,” by Sheri Flannery Verrilli, presented by Beavercreek Community Theatre, December 6-December 15. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 429-4737 or online at

With a little bit of song, dance and comedy, this exciting, merry tale follows your favorite characters and their quest to save Christmas in Neverland.

“The kids are really excited and happy to be here,” said Director Kaleigh-Brooke Dillingham. “The kids love Christmas and they believe in the magic and they bring a spark to it.”

The cast of 28 ranges in age from eight to 18 and come from all over the area.

“The script calls for 21, and we expanded it to incorporate more kids. We created new characters. We made it as big as we could so everyone on stage has lines and is involved in the singing and dancing. We wanted everyone to have the chance to develop a character,” Dillingham said.

The cast includes:

  • Mrs. Darling – Grace Culpepper
  •  Wendy Darling – Soraya Huddleston
  •  John Darling – Simon Atkinson
  • Michael Darling – Cambree Bernkopf
  • Liza/Lost Boy– Lily Cutler
  • Nana/Lost Boy – Olivia Baker
  • Peter Pan – Ethan Davis
  • Tinkerbell – Alexa Stevens
  • Tootles – Megan Braun
  • Slightly – Caroline Delaney
  • Nibs – Cora Hardern
  • Curly – Emma O’ Keefe
  • Tiger Lily – Lexi Sullivan
  • Snapdragon – Ruchi Wilson
  • Little Feather- Dylan Serrano
  • Scruff – Clare Dahlstrom
  • Jolls – Dakota Bryant
  • P.J. – Philip Dahlstrom
  • Captain Hook – Chelsey Hall
  • Smee – Emily Ray
  • Starkey – Branson Yeakley
  • Noodler – Gabriella Stauffer
  • Jack- Sierra Smith
  • Billy Jukes – Nate Merritt
  • Jake – Emily Merritt
  • Alf – Sachi Wilson
  • Sans- Grace Delaney
  • Cookson “Cooksie” – Grace Blair

The crew includes Danielle Kubasky, stage manager; McKenna Myers, assistant stage manager; Aaron Brewer, assistant stage manager; Chris Harmon, set design; John Falkenbach, lighting; Jim Watson, sound; Anne Heitker, costumes.

For Dillingham, directing the children’s production is a way to share her love of theatre and a chance to ignite her own Christmas spirit.

“For the past six-seven years, Christmas has been hard for my family—my grandma passed away and it’s been different. So, part of the reason I did this was to rekindle the Christmas spirit for myself,” Dillingham said. “This is my dedication to my grandma.”

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WICKED On Sale Friday, Dec. 6



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Alison Luff as Elphaba.

Alison Luff as Elphaba.

CINCINNATI, OH – After breaking box office records in 2011, WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster will return to the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, March 5 – 23, 2014. Tickets for the return engagement go on sale Friday, December 6 at 9am and will be available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at or by phone at 513.621.ARTS(2787). WICKED is presented as part of the 2013-2014 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati season.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues)and features musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…).

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED, winner of 50 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz. It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

“We are thrilled to make Cincinnati one of the first markets to host WICKED four times. This spectacular musical is a favorite of the theatre-going audience in the Queen City, and we know people here are eager to see the show again,” said Broadway in Cincinnati General Manager, Genevieve Miller Holt. “We’ve also heard from many people who haven’t had the opportunity to see WICKED before, and we’re glad to give more Tri-staters the chance to see one of the most phenomenal shows in Broadway history.”

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One – born with emerald-green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

WICKED recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary in October 2013 and there are currently nine productions of the musical worldwide: New York, London, Japan (Tokyo), Australia/New Zealand (Auckland), South Korea (Seoul), Latin America (Mexico City), a U.K. Tour, and two concurrent North American National Tours. Broadway’s #1 show for an unprecedented nine consecutive years, WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly.

WICKED features set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Ragtime,Show Boat, Candide, Sweeney Todd), costume design by Tony winner Susan Hilferty (Into the Woods, Assassins), lighting design by Tony nominee Kenneth Posner (The Coast of Utopia, Hairspray) and sound design by Tony Meola (The Lion King). Stephen Oremus is the show’s musical director. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.

WICKED will play the Aronoff Center from March 5 – 23, 2014: Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7:30PM, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sundays at 1:00PM and 6:30PM, Thursday, March 6 at 1:00PM. Tickets for WICKED start at $38 and are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at or by phone at 513.621.ARTS(2787). For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

Grammy Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about WICKED log on to

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Maggie Lou Rader as Viola, Justin King as Fabian, Justin McCombs as Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Jim Hopkins as Sir Toby. Photo by Rich Sofranko.

Maggie Lou Rader as Viola, Justin King as Fabian, Justin McCombs as Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Jim Hopkins as Sir Toby. Photo by Rich Sofranko.

TWELFTH NIGHT presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company through Dec. 15

The hits keep coming at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company with William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy TWELFTH NIGHT, well-directed by Sara Clark. The production includes another set of strong performances from the CSC Company, highlighted by Justin McCombs as the ginger peacock that is Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Fun and entertaining, you can’t beat a show that starts the second act with ten choruses of a drinking song.

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My rating: 4.25 out of 5

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Trio of One Acts on Dec. 3

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Presented by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
Dec. 3

Written by Barbara M. Harkness
Directed by Arnie Shayne

When a community is hurled into violent disaster, the tsunami-like wave penetrates every breakfast table, every water cooler.  No matter how urban, neighborhoods network into villages whose grief and pain flounders with no direction.
Cast: Sue Breving as Maggie Stevens, Charlie Goetz as Ed Stevens, Alex Escher as Chuck Stevens, Joanna Tyler as Darlene/Lucy/Minnie, Barbara Manning as Bertha/Edith, Colin Edgar as Bradley/Shane & Eric Weisheit as the Narrator

Just a little old lady growing herbs 
Cast: Sue Breving as Henrietta, Joanna Tyler as Margaret, Eric Weisheit as Howard/Narrator, Alex Escher as Dispatcher, Colin Edgar as Deputy & Charlie Goetz as Intruder

Talking to, about, around and through
Cast: Barbara Manning as Nell, Joanna Tyler as Sheila & Eric Weisheit as the Narrator

  • Tue, Dec. 3 at 7:30pm

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Top Stories for the Week of Nov. 19-26

Below are the most read stories for the past week. Liking and sharing posts important to you, makes a difference.

  1. Ryan Knapper as Doug & Meka Clifford as Kayleen.

    Ryan Knapper as Doug & Meka Clifford as Kayleen.


  2. SSP Announces Cast of NEXT TO NORMAL
  3. Auditions for the Independent Short Comedy film COMING CLEAN
  4. MPI Announces Auditions for THE LAST ROMANCE
  5. TWELFTH NIGHT Runs Nov. 22-Dec. 15
  6. FFL Announces Auditions for THE FANTASTICKS
  7. CMT Announces Auditions for PETER PAN
  8. CSC 2014-2015 Season Auditions
    CSP(OH) Announces Auditions for THE ROYAL FAMILY
  9. PNC’s Festival of Lights Tickets Discount
  10. NKU’s AS YOU LIKE IT Recognized by LCT

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See the list below for what types of information is attracting my readers.

  1. Press Releases
  2. League of Cincinnati Theatre Awards
  3. Miami University Department of Theatre
  4. On Stage
  5. Auditions
  6. via Wesseling List
  7. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
  8. Cast list
  9. Reviews

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