Monthly Archives: February 2014

HFSO Guild Voice Award & Young Artist Solo Competition Information

HFSO_logo The HFSO Guild Voice Award
A monetary award of $1,000 (First Place) and $500 (Second Place) to an area High School Senior (graduating within current year), who is planning a career in opera, serious vocal study, or music education with an emphasis in voice. Eligible students must be residents of Butler County, Ohio; or must reside in a county that borders Butler County, Ohio. Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2014. Audition date March 22, 2014. The Presbyterian Church; 23 S. Front St.; Hamilton, OH. Call 513-895-5151 or email us at for more information.

The David & Marge Belew Young Artist Solo Competition for Orchestral Instrumentalists
In addition to an award of $1000, the young artist will be given the opportunity to perform as a featured soloist with the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra during the 2014-2015 season. The selection chosen must have an orchestral accompaniment available. The award given will be at the discretion of the judges and must be used to further the young person’s musical development. Applications must be postmarked by May 30, 2014. Auditions time TBD, but typically in June. Please call 513-895-5151 to secure your time slot. If you must leave a message, leave your name; phone number; instrument and preferred time slot.


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TOMMY Runs March 27-April 5

UCT_TommyTOMMY the Musical
Presented by Union Community Theatre
March 27-April 5

Directed by Roberto Henriquez
Vocal direction by Chelley Hanson
Choreographed by Lauren Kinker

Cast: Nick Castle as Tommy, Zach Larson as Captain Walker, Jody Hart de Henriquez as Mrs. Walker, Russ McGee as Uncle Ernie, Simeon Skilling as Cousin Kevin, Jodi Zerbe as Sally Simpson, Karen Sowards as Gypsy & Eve Roth and Reina Henriquez as Young Tommy
Ensemble: Ginger Stapp, Richelle Roth, Liz Wyan, Kori Cruse, Greg Roth, Garrett Wallace, Ethan Brunner & Connor Moulton

A rock musical based on The Who’s 1969 album, “Tommy.”
After witnessing his father commit murder, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia. As an adolescent, he discovers a natural knack for pinball, and when his breaking through his catatonia, becomes an international pinball superstar.

  • Thu-Sat, March 27-29 at 8pm
  • Sun, March 30 at 2pm
  • Wed-Sat, April 2-5 at 8pm

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CSC Announces 2014-2015 Season

Here is a quick listing of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2014-2015 Season:

  • WAITING FOR GODOT featuring Bruce Cromer and Joneal Joplin. Photo by J. Sheldon Photo.

    WAITING FOR GODOT featuring Bruce Cromer and Joneal Joplin. Photo by J. Sheldon Photo.

    Sept. 5-Oct. 4
    Featuring Jared Joplin and Sara Clark
    It is the height of prohibition and young Nick Carraway has taken up residence in Long Island’s “West Egg”, home to the nouveau riche. He is soon befriended by his neighbor, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, and drawn into his glitzy, if garish, world of lavish parties and secret speakeasies. But as Gatsby’s secretive past is uncovered and his intentions revealed, Nick finds himself a pawn in a love triangle so scandalous, it threatens to destroy all those around him.  This American classic is a poignant examination of America in the early twentieth century, exploring the notions of love, morality, identity and the corruption of the American Dream.  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best known and most beloved work, The Great Gatsby finally comes to the stage in this exclusive new adaption by Simon Levy.

    Oct. 17-Nov. 8
    The classic Hitchcock thriller that’s been terrifying audiences for generations is winging its way toward Cincinnati for Halloween. For reasons unknown, the birds have turned against man, attacking them maliciously and relentlessly. In a small seaside cabin, a group of strangers find themselves thrust together, each seeking sanctuary from the savage avian menace. But as the situation becomes increasingly dire and the tension between the survivors inexorably grows, it isn’t long before the atmosphere turns ugly, and they discover that the horror hovering outside is nothing compared to that which lurks within.
    Nov. 21-Dec. 13
    Double the antics! Double the hijinks! Double the twins! That’s right, Shakespeare’s earliest and wackiest comedy features not one, but TWO sets of identical twins, leading to twice the confusion, and twice the fun. Twin masters Antipholus and Antipholus and their twin servants Dromio and Dromio, separated at birth and each unknown to the other, just happen to end up in the same town on the same day. What ensues is an increasingly unlikely string of misunderstandings and mistaken identities as the twins unintentionally wreak havoc on each other’s lives.
    Jan. 16-Feb. 7
    Featuring Bruce Cromer and Joneal Joplin
    The greatest play of the Twentieth Century returns to the CSC stage for the first time in over a decade!  In a vaudeville of cosmic proportions, the two loveably hapless vagrants, Gogo and Didi, grapple with the mysteries of the universe, trading barbs and banter as they await the arrival of the eternally truant Godot. A profound comedy punctuated with instants of dread.
    Feb. 20-March 21
    Louisa May Alcott’s treasured classic, Little Women tells the enduring story of the March family – a lively, American household living in refined poverty.  With her husband away in the American Civil War, Marmee is left alone to bring up their four girls; romantic Meg, shy Beth, willful Amy and of course, fiery and independent Jo.  Through the intertwining lives of the sisters we see the familiar frustrations, contradictions and duties that constitute family life and love. We share in the hardships and heartbreak, humor and humility of these passionate and unique young women.
    April 3-25
    Baptista has a problem, and her name is Kate. His eldest daughter is so strong-willed, stubborn and downright shrewish that, despite her considerable family fortune, not a single man in Padua is willing to marry her. That is until the arrival of Petruchio, a brash and bumptious fortune-seeker who has come “to wive it wealthily in Padua.” Confident in his ability to “tame” the cantankerous Kate, he takes her to wife. Is he up for the challenge, or has Petruchio finally met his match? Who will end up taming who?
    May 8-30
    Featuring Justin McCombs
    The prodigal Prince Hal has cast off the unruly ways and unruly companions of his youth, and has ascended to the throne of England. But the civil wars that allowed his father, Henry IV, to ascend to the throne, have taken their toll. The country is bankrupt, and civil unrest bubbles just under the surface, threatening to erupt again. In order to refill the royal coffers and unify the country against a common enemy, the young King Henry sets his sights on the conquest of France. But his fervent army of nobles and commoners soon find themselves in hostile territory, surrounded and woefully outnumbered. At the center of Shakespeare’s history cycle, and featuring some of the most powerful oratory in the canon, Henry V tells the unforgettable tale of those few, those happy few, that band of brothers who stood up against overwhelming odds to fight for God, King and Country.
    June 12-July 5
    The Tony-award winning smash comedy that wowed audiences in London’s West End and on Broadway now comes to Cincinnati! Fast-talking Francis Henshall finds himself in a sticky predicament when, in his constant quest for a quick buck and a bite to eat, he ends up simultaneously working for two rival masters. Can he prevent his bosses from meeting face-to-face, or has Francis bitten off more than he can chew? This raucous new adaptation of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, Servant of Two Masters is filled with improvisation, audience interaction, and even a real live skiffle band. Lauded as “comic perfection” and “the funniest show in the western world”

Productions not included in subscription packages

    July 25-Aug. 16, 2014
    Dec. 17-28

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A DELICATE SHIP World Premiere at PIP March 22-April 20


PIP_A Delicate Ship(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park launches the third world premiere of its 2013-14 season, Anna Ziegler’s humorous and heartbreaking memory play, A DELICATE SHIP, March 22 through April 20 in the Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre.

On Christmas Eve, Sarah and Sam are wrapped up in their still-new love when a knock on the door shatters their relationship fog. The arrival of Nate, Sarah’s friend and former neighbor from childhood, embodies the third point of a complicated love triangle. The emotional tides then turn in unexpected ways that permanently change the lives of all three of them.

“It’s an adult play for thoughtful and adventurous audiences,” says Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison. “Many of our patrons look to the Shelterhouse for just this sort of serious work. Anna is one of a group of young, female playwrights who are taking the American theatre by storm. She brings her own delicate and unique perspective to character, story and relationships on stage.”

Anna Ziegler’s A DELICATE SHIP is the ninth mainstage world premiere by a female playwright that the Playhouse has produced in the 21st century.

“It’s important to support women artists — to tell their stories and to hear their voices on stage,” says Robison. “Historically, theatre has championed plays by male writers. I’m very proud that the Playhouse has produced works by many of today’s most exciting female playwrights, from Anna to Deborah Zoe Laufer, Carson Kreitzer, Melanie Marnich, Theresa Rebeck and others.”

Ziegler’s plays include Photograph 51, Dov and Ali, Another Way Home, The Minotaur, BFF, Novel, Evening All Afternoon and Life Science. Photograph 51, which explored real-life physicist Rosalind Franklin’s contributions to the discovery of the DNA double helix, won the 2008 STAGE International Competition for the best script about science and technology. Ziegler also has been honored with the Edgerton New American Play Award, for Another Way Home, and the Douglas T. Ward Playwriting Prize, which was awarded by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, from which she earned an MFA.

“One of the things that drew me to A DELICATE SHIP is the way Anna plays with time,” says Playhouse Associate Artist Michael Evan Haney, who is directing the play. “One of the themes she explores is how the past, present and future are all happening within us at the same time. The play is realistic with surreal overtones.”

“I find this form really freeing,” Ziegler says of the memory play structure of A DELICATE SHIP. “It allows me to tell a story that’s happening in real time without being limited by what dialogue and information would be naturally spoken and revealed during the specific window of the story. I can reach back into the past, or steal from the future, to give the present day more dimension and meaning. It’s a bit more like a novel in that sense, which, in turn, is more similar to the way we actually live — we never truly exist, frozen, in a particular time; every experience harkens back to something else, or makes us hope for, or fear, something in the future.”

Making their Playhouse debuts in A DELICATE SHIP are Janie Brookshire as Sarah and Karl Miller as Nate. Ben Diskant, who portrays Sam, was seen as Frank Jr. in the Playhouse’s 2012 production of Merrily We Roll Along. The creative team includes Narelle Sissons as the set designer, Gordon DeVinney as the costume designer, Kirk Bookman as the lighting designer and Fabian Obispo as the sound designer/composer. Becky Merold is the stage manager.

A DELICATE SHIP is sponsored by Bartlett & Co. The artist sponsor is Gallagher SKS, and additional support is provided by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The production honors the support of Leon Meyer. Prices range from $30 to $80, depending on performance date and seat location. Prices are subject to change, and patrons are encouraged to buy early for the best seats at the best prices. Teen and student tickets are $25 each. Previews are at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22; 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26. The official opening night is Thursday, March 27, at 8 p.m.

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays.

Special performances include free Meet the Artists programs that allow audiences to interact with cast members and others associated with the production after the show. Meet the Artists performances are at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9; and 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17. The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs and complete wheelchair access are available.

Tickets to A DELICATE SHIP are on sale now. For more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility.

The 2013-14 Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre Series is presented by the Heidelberg Distributing Company, and Humana is the Thompson Shelterhouse season design sponsor. The season sponsor of new work is The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation.

The Playhouse is supported, in part, by the generosity of the tens of thousands of individuals and businesses that give to ArtsWave.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Casting Call for BYE BYE LIVER

628_Bye Bye LiverCasting Call for the show “Bye Bye Liver” at Below Zero Lounge 1122 Walnut St. 45202

We have seen some great talent here in Cincinnati, but we need to complete the cast! “Bye Bye Liver” is a successful sketch comedy show that’s been running in Chicago for 7 years and is coming to Cincinnati. It’s a social satire that pokes fun at the follies of drinking through hilarious sketches and interactive games with the audience.

The show run time is approximately 90 minutes.

Casting Monday March 3, 7-9pm and Wednesday March 5, 7-8pm

Rehearsals to begin Thursday March 6

Opening Night Saturday March 29


  • Male character actor (20-45)
  • Male host/personality that interacts with audience well (20-45) 
  • Female character actor (20-45) 

Shows to run only on Saturday nights through April, with possible additional Friday show dates after April.

Show is an open-ended run, but commitments are negotiable.

Please bring a resume to auditions, headshot optional.

Contact or (513) 294-8509 to schedule an audition time slot.

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