Monthly Archives: July 2014

MTG Hosts Quarter Auction Fundraiser

mtgWe invite you to a Quarter Auction on Tue, Aug. 5 from 7-9pm at the Day Heights Fireman’s Memorial Building, SR 131, Milford OH. All profits benefit the Milford Theatre Guilde.

This auction is a BOGO auction. This means that if you win a prize you will receive a second prize free. The baskets consist of products from companies such as Tastefully Simple, Mische Bags, Avon, Tupperware, Premiere Designs, Tastefully Wild and others. There will only be 200 admission tickets sold for this event. The cost is $2 to get in. You then purchase tickets at four for $1 that are used to bid on the items.

Since this is limited to 200 people, please let me know if you plan to attend by emailing llroll69@hotmail.com. This is a fun night so come on out and support MTG.

Linda Roll

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MPI Announces TAKING MY TURN

MPI_Taking My TurnMariemont Players presents TAKING MY TURN, the award-winning, critically acclaimed musical about people “in their prime” performed by people “in their prime,” at the Walton Creek Theater, 4101 Walton Creek Road (just East of Mariemont), September 12 through September 28, 2014.

The score (lyrics by Will Holt and music by Gary William Friedman) includes songs from a variety of inspirations: Broadway, classical, waltzes, ballads, jazz and gospel. The spoken words (book by Robert H. Livingston) represent stories, poems, remembrances, reflections and even complaints collected from interviews with everyday senior citizens. The result is fresh, a little feisty, full of poignancy and of humor. TAKING MY TURN was the winner of the 1984 Outer Critic’s Circle Award for Best Musical.

TAKING MY TURN is directed by Dennis Murphy, music and vocal direction by John Nixon and produced by Michael Sauer and NancyAnn Storey, and features Chuck Ingram as Eric, Scott Nesbitt as John, Tony Wright as Charles, Robert Weidel as Benjamin, Betty Coulter as Dorothy, Rita Winters as Helen, Samantha Toberman as Edna and Jan Costello as Janet.

Performances will be at 8:00pm on September 12th, September 13th, September 19th, September 20th and September 26th; at 2:00pm on September 14th and September 28th; at 7:30pm on September 18th  and  September 25th; at 2:00pm & 7:00pm on September 21st; and at 3:00pm & 8:00pm on September 27th.

For more information or to order tickets for TAKING MY TURN, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 or order online at www.mariemontplayers.com. All seats are reserved and cost $20 each.

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CCPA Seeks Cinderella for INTO THE WOODS

CCPACincinnati Landmark Productions will hold auditions for the role of Cinderella in INTO THE WOODS on Saturday, August 23rd from 1-3pm. Auditions will be held at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Avenue in West Price Hill.

Important Audition Information:  Once you set up your audition appointment.  We will send you song cuts from the show to prepare including: the ends of “On the Steps of the Palace” and “No One Is Alone.”  The role of Cinderella requires a solid, legit soprano voice-type.

Candidates will be asked to read from the script and we’ll provide you that material in advance too. MUST HAVE A RESUME listing theatrical experience in order to audition. A headshot/picture is appreciated but not required.

Contact Jennifer Perrino at jenniferperrino@covedalecenter.com or at 513.241.6550 to set your audition appt.

Please note:  No more than three conflicts will be accepted during the rehearsal process for this production.

INTO THE WOODS
October 23 – November 16, 2014
Book by  James Lapine; Music and Lyrics by  Stephen Sondheim

The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. Stephen Sondheim takes favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless musical and modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk… and a Witch! In Act One, Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them in Act Two, as they grow beyond the realm of fairy tales.  One of Sondheim’s most popular works, INTO THE WOODS features great songs like “Agony”, “No One is Alone” and “Children Will Listen.”  Matthew Wilson, Director/Choreographer; Michael Kennedy, Music Director; Jenny Lutes, Production Stage Manager 

Cinderella

soprano

17 – 26 years old

Rehearsals begin:  Sunday, September 7, 2014
Performance dates:   October 23 – November 16, 2014

For more information on auditions, contact us at (513) 241 – 6550.  Check us out on the web at www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

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CMT Announces Cast of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

CMTCincinnati Music Theatre is pleased to announce the cast for our production of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN:

Dr Frederick Frankenstein – Charlie Harper
The Monster – Chuck Ingram
Igor – Jeff Richardson
Inga – Allison Evans
Elizabeth Benning – Kate Mock Elliott
Frau Bleucher – Samantha Toberman
Inspector Hans Kemp – Bill Geraghty
The Hermit – Cody Hendershot
Dr Victor Von Frankenstein – Rick Kramer

With …

Tasha Boeckman, Marypat Carletti, Amy Grace Curtis, Amanda Emmons, Julie Shelton, Karen Sowards, Regina Stack, Erin Wallace, Monica M Weber, Karl R Bolinger, Blake Gerhring, PJ Karpew, Connor Keef, Andrew Kutcher, Dan Phares, Chris Weidner, and Rob Workley.

Directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn, performances are Nov. 7-15. For more information visit cincinnatimusictheatre.org.

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BTP Draws Unexpected Talent in Father-Daughter Team for OUR TOWN

Theater Group Draws Unexpected Talent
Father-daughter team one of the shows’ highlights

John Randazzo, left, tries his hand at conducting during his role as choir director Simon Stimpson in Batavia Theatre Project's production of OUR TOWN.

John Randazzo, left, tries his hand at conducting
during his role as choir director Simon Stimpson in Batavia Theatre
Project’s production of OUR TOWN.

Although he didn’t audition and never expected to take the stage again, John Randazzo, of Summerside, has the unique opportunity to act alongside his daughter in Batavia Theatre Project’s inaugural season.

John dropped his daughter, Anna, off at the first read-through and, because all roles had not yet been cast, was asked to stay and read. Batavia Theatre Project directors were so impressed with his read-through they offered him a role. “I usually only see the finished product. I drop Anna off and pick her up. Out of sheer luck I was asked to read along and ultimately asked to stay. This has been a treat,” he said.

Anna, who is entering her senior year at Glen Este High School, will be performing two lead roles this season — Hermia in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Emily in “Our Town.” She hopes to pursue a career in the performing arts. “It is thrilling for me to see her at work. This is what she is passionate about, and I have gotten to have a glimpse of the process,” her father said.

John will be taking the stage for the first time since his high school play in 1984. He plays Hermia’s father in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as well as Simon Stimpson, the repressed choir director, in “Our Town.”

“The role of Emily is really having more of an emotional impact on me,” described John. “Even though I play Anna’s father in “Midsummer,” it is a comedy. At the last “Our Town” rehearsal, I teared up a bit when she had her final breakdown. And I reacted when she was in the white wedding dress. That was kind of a moment for me. That is probably going to wallop her mother, too.”

John said, above all, it has been a pleasure to see his daughter go through the rehearsal process and to be impressed with her ability and skill. “I’ve always been encouraging

her, but now I know she may have a future in the performing arts. I was always hoping for it, but now I’ve gotten a little bit of a confirmation on it,” he added.

Batavia Theatre Project directors Laura Haskell and Sarah Plummer were blown away by Anna’s audition and have been surprised and excited by John’s work on the two plays. “Both John and Anna bring vibrant energy to rehearsals and give other actors the responses and reactions they need to grow in their roles,” said Haskell.

John Randazzo, originally from New York City, has lived in Clermont County with his wife Beth, of Louisville, Ky., for more than 15 years. They have five children.

Performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Sycamore Park are free: Aug. 1, 2, 7, and 16 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 3 and 17 at 2 p.m. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the show.

Tickets for Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” which opens Aug. 8, may be purchased at the theater Box Office, located in the old water treatment plant at 61 Lou Darbro Place, or online at http://www.bataviatheatreproject.com. A full performance schedule for Our Town is also available online.

Batavia Theatre Project strives to work with the community to bring high-quality live theatre to Clermont County and enrich our local arts culture while enhancing tourism and patronage of existing local businesses.

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