Monthly Archives: April 2014

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Runs May 27-June 1

VTA_Beauty and the BeastDisney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Presented by Victoria Theatre Association
May 27-June 1

Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Ages 6 and up.

  • Tue-Fri, May 27-30 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 31 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 1 at 2pm & 7:30pm

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SAME TIME NEXT YEAR Runs May 23-June 1

Presented by Fairfield Footlighters
May 23-June 1

Directed by Brigette Nieman

Cast: Peggy Allen as Doris & Bob Brunner as George

New Jersey accountant George, and Oakland housewife Doris meet at a Northern California inn in February 1951. They have an affair, and agree to meet once a year, despite the fact both are married to others and have six children between them.

Over the course of the next 24 years, they develop an emotional intimacy deeper than what one would expect to find between two people meeting for a clandestine relationship just once a year. During the time they spend with each other, they discuss the births, deaths, and marital problems each is experiencing at home, while they adapt themselves to the social changes affecting their lives.

  • Fri-Sat, May 23-24 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 25 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, May 30-31 at 8pm
  • Sun, June 1 at 2pm

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TDW Offers Regional Premiere of SUITE SURRENDER

"Tempers flare in the Presidential Suite of the Palm Beach Royale in The Drama Workshop's production of SUITE SURRENDER, opening May 2. Pictured left-to-right: Stefanie Adams, Joe Wagner, Robin Rubeo, Dennis Murphy, Lynn Minges. Image provided by The Drama Workshop"

Tempers flare in the Presidential Suite of the Palm Beach Royale in The Drama Workshop’s production of SUITE SURRENDER, opening May 2. Pictured left-to-right: Stefanie Adams, Joe Wagner, Robin Rubeo, Dennis Murphy, Lynn Minges. Image provided by The Drama Workshop

(Cheviot, Ohio) The Drama Workshop is thrilled to present the Cincinnati regional premiere of Michael McKeever’s hilarious hotel comedy, “Suite Surrender”. Performances will take place at The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave, Cheviot. The show runs from May 2 to May 18, with performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for three consecutive weekends. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 pm, and Sunday performances are at 2 pm.

“Suite Surrender” takes place in 1942. Two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel — assistants, luggage, a lap dog, and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime benefit performance…that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. The hotel staff must somehow keep the two apart from each other and away from the gossip columnist who has appeared at the hotel. Of course, everything that can go wrong, does. As hotel manager Mr. Dunlap exclaims, “The war is a bad thing. This is much, much worse.”

Hilarious characters, slamming doors and the antics of the frantic hotel staff will have the audience surrendering to waves of laughter.

The show features an award-winning cast, including Gretchen Gantner (Mrs. Osgood), Dennis Murphy (Mr. Dunlap), Julia Hedges (Murphy), Stefanie Adams (Athena Sinclair), Dan Maloney (Francis), Lynn Minges (Claudia McFadden), Chuck Beatty (Mr. Pippet), Robin Rubeo (Dora Del Rio), and Joe Wagner (Otis). They are joined by the adorable Evie (Mr. Boodles), a toy poodle accompanied by Kent and Carol Smith.

“Suite Surrender” is directed by Fred Hunt, who received Cincinnati Association of Community Theatres and Ohio Community Theater Association awards for last season’s “The Laramie Project” for Center Stage Players. The similarly accomplished production staff is headed by producer Ray Persing and stage manager Wendy Williams.

This is Mr. Hunt’s first show directing for TDW, and he exudes excitement. “When you combine the brilliance of Mr. McKeever’s script with the talent and dedication of The Drama Workshop, you are guaranteed to have a successful production,” he said. “I am truly blessed to be part of the team that gets to bring the show to this region.”

The Drama Workshop performs at The Glenmore Playhouse, formerly the Glenmore Bowl, at the corner of Glenmore and Gamble in the heart of the Cheviot Business District. There are many options for dinner and drinks within a short walk from the Playhouse. TDW received a prestigious Rehabilitation Award from the Cincinnati Preservation Association last November for their efforts to save the building from demolition and repurpose it. The Glenmore Playhouse also recently installed new theatrical seating for the audience’s comfort. Tickets may be reserved on-line at The Drama Workshop’s website,, or by calling the ticket line at 513.598.8303. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children 12 and younger. Reservations are strongly recommended. “Suite Surrender” contains some mild adult language.

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. 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. The Drama Workshop recently was recognized by the Cincinnati Preservation Association for their efforts to rehabilitate the former Glenmore Bowl into The Glenmore Playhouse. 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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HELLO DOLLY! Runs May 22-June 1

Lesley Hitch as Dolly Gallagher Levi & Mike Hall as Horace Vandergelder.

Lesley Hitch as Dolly Gallagher Levi & Mike Hall as Horace Vandergelder.

Presented by Covedale Center for the Performing Arts
May 22-June 1
West Price Hill

Directed by Tim Perrino
Music directed by Michael Kennedy
Choreographed by Matthew Wilson

Cast: Lesley Hitch  as Dolly Gallagher Levi, Mike Hall as Horace Vandergelder, Eileen Earnest as Irene Molloy, Justin Glaser as Cornelius Hackl, Kalie Kaimann as Minnie Fay, Chris Collins-Pisano as Barnaby Tucker, Beth Conley as Ermingarde, Adam Silorey as Abrose Kemper, Allison Muennich as Earnestia Money & Dave Wellert as Rudolf Reisenweber
Ensemble: Tanya Wilmes, Greg Bossler, Tony Wright, Tyler Kuhlman, Xander Wells, Derek Harper, Philip Krinsky, Ashton Francis, Mikayla Renfrow, Maggie Perrino, Jenna N. Sharp and Annie Mulcahey

HELLO, DOLLY! is an ebullient and irresistible story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes, alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage…Dolly Gallagher Levi! Classic musical numbers include Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By, Elegance, It Only Takes A Moment and So Long, Dearie.

  • Thu, May 22 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, May 23-24 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 25 at 2pm
  • Thu, May 29 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, May 30 & 31 at 8pm
  • Sun, June 1 at 2pm

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Middletown Lyric Theatre’s 2014-2015 Season

2014-2015 SEASON

September 19, 20, 26 & 27 Auditions: June 8, 9 & 10

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM – Music by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein and Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers and Mary Rodgers Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Continuity by Ned Sherrin

DIRECTED BY: Charley Shafor

VOCAL DIRECTION: Julia Abanto-Bethune
PIANIST: Jay Mills

This dazzling array of some of Sondheim’s best-known songs features numbers from landmark shows that revolutionized the musical theatre with their masterful craft and astounding creativity


October 24, 25, 31 & November 1 Auditions: July 14, 15 & 16



Tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s terrifying dénouement.


December 5, 6, 12 &13 Auditions: August 11, 12 & 13


DIRECTED BY: Charley Shafor

We’re in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way.


March 6, 7, 13 &14 Auditions: November 2, 3 & 4


DIRECTED BY: Nathan Greer

This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. The show plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness.

April 17, 18, 24 & 25 Auditions: January 5, 6 & 7

FORBIDDEN BROADWAYS: GREATEST HITS – Created by Gerard Alessandrini

DIRECTED BY: Ryan Heinrich


In this long-running Off-Broadway hit musical revue, Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirist in this hilarious, loving, and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre’s greatest stars and songwriters.


May 29, 30 & June 5, 6 Auditions: February 15, 16 & 17

NOVEMBER – By: David Mamet

DIRECTED BY: Claire LaNicca

It’s a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith’s chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money’s running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn’t ready to give up just yet. November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win. (this play does contain strong adult language)

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