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MPI Announces TAKING MY TURN

Back row: Robert Weidel as Benjamin, Jan Costello as Janet, Samantha Toberman as Edna &  Scott Nesbitt as John. Front row:  Chuck Ingram as Eric, Tony Wright as Charles & Rita Winters as Helen.

Back row: Robert Weidel as Benjamin, Jan Costello as Janet, Samantha Toberman as Edna & Scott Nesbitt as John. Front row: Chuck Ingram as Eric, Tony Wright as Charles & Rita Winters as Helen.

Mariemont 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, with music and vocal direction by John Nixon and produced by Michael Sauer and NancyAnn Storey, and features Chuck Ingram as Eric, H. Scott Nesbitt as John, Tony Wright as Charles, Robert Weidle as Benjamin, Betty Coulter as Dorothy, Nor-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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MUSE Seeks Managing Director

MUSE_logMUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, is seeking a managing director. The position oversees all administrative and production aspects of the organization’s operations and also leads the organization’s audience development and fundraising activities (dependent upon previous experience). The Managing Director reports to the Board of Directors and collaborates closely with the Artistic Director.

MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, is a 75 member auditioned choir in the culturally rich city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 1983 by Dr. Catherine Roma and currently led by Artistic Director Rhonda Juliano, MUSE is one of the most highly regarded women’s choirs in the nation. MUSE has built a feminist, collaborative culture and developed forms of democratic decision-making. MUSE is committed to increasing the repertoire of choral music for a wide range of women’s voices and seeks to continue the choir’s growth as a diverse musical organization supporting peace and justice issues. For more information, please see www.musechoir.org.

Responsibilities: The Managing Director’s job responsibilities include:

  • Ensure that detailed objectives in the following general areas are established, implemented (within budget) and evaluated: fundraising and development, marketing, audience development, and merchandising
  • Recruit and facilitate the work of volunteers in assisting in overall operations
  • Oversee and coordinate all administrative aspects of the organization’s operations and productions
  • Oversee creation and management of a donor relations strategy
  • Assist in creating and adhering to a budget; track all expenses in adherence with approved budget
  • Serve as the choir’s direct liaison for external affairs

Hours: Part-Time. Hours are flexible; evening and weekend work required, including but not limited to attendance at rehearsals on Monday evenings, committee and board meetings, concerts, etc; some time required during normal business hours.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Experience with development and fundraising in a non-profit or arts organization
  • Marketing and communications experience, especially related to audience development
  • Superior writing, organization and communication skills
  • Strong computer skills required. MS Word and Excel required; experience with QuickBooks, Access and database platforms a plus
  • Sound interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively in group decision making settings
  • Must be flexible, possess a strong work ethic, show initiative, and have the ability to work independently and manage time efficiently

Application Information: Applications accepted through September 5th, 2014 (postmark deadline). Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Complete curriculum vitae
  • Names of three references (name with full title, email address, phone number)

Applications may be returned digitally to musemanagingdirectorsearch@gmail.com or by mail to:

MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir
PO Box 23292
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Candidates for Managing Director must be committed to the MUSE Philosophy: MUSE is a women’s choir dedicated to musical excellence and social change. In keeping with our belief that diversity is strength, we are feminist women of varied ages, races and ethnicities with a range of musical abilities, political interests and life experiences. We are women loving women; we are heterosexual, lesbian and bisexual women united in song. We commission and seek out music composed by women, pieces written to enhance the sound of women’s voices and songs that honor the enduring spirit of all peoples. In performing, we strive for a concert experience that entertains, inspires, motivates, heals and creates a feeling of community with our audience.

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THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED Runs Sept. 25-Oct. 11

Kemper Florin as Diane, Nic Pajic as Mitchell Green,  Jared Earland as Alex & Erin Ward as Ellen. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Kemper Florin as Diane, Nic Pajic as Mitchell Green, Jared Earland as Alex & Erin Ward as Ellen. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED
Presented by New Edgecliff Theatre
Sept. 25-Oct. 11
Northside

Directed by Lindsey Mercer

Cast: Kemper Florin as Diane, Nic Pajic as Mitchell Green, Jared Earland as Alex & Erin Ward as Ellen

Can modern love survive in the face of our tabloid driven age? Where big stars jump around like heartsick schoolboys, audiences don’t care about true love. What we really love is all that dish! The players here include a hard-driving Hollywood agent, her budding screen idol client who could hit big if it weren’t for one teensy-weensy problem – she can’t seem to keep him in the closet or away from the cute rent boy who’s caught his eye and the rent boy’s girlfriend (wait, the rent boy has a girlfriend?). Will there be a happy ending as the final credits roll?

  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 25-27 at 7:30pm
  • Wed-Fri, Oct 1-3 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Sat, Oct. 9-11 at 7:30pm

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HRTC Opens 2014-2015 Season with a MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET

THE HUMAN RACE THEATRE COMPANY OPENS
ITS 2014-2015 EICHELBERGER LOFT SEASON
WITH A MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET
Tom Dudzick’s family comedy kicks off the 28th season September 4 – 21, 2014

HRTC_Miracle on South Division Street_logo(Dayton, OH) — Fans of The Human Race’s 2008 production of Tom Dudzick’s national hit Over the Tavern will rejoice at the regional premiere of the playwright’s “rollicking” Miracle on South Division Street, directed by Human Race Resident Artist Richard E. Hess (Race, Red, Doubt). 60 years ago, Grandpa Nowak had a vision of the Virgin Mary in his Buffalo, New York barbershop and had an unusual statue of her made to commemorate the miracle. For decades, his family has faithfully tended to his quirky shrine—a source of hope and inspiration in an otherwise run-down part of town. That is until a deathbed confession knocks them for a loop in this hilarious hit comedy that proves when it comes to local legends, there’s more than meets the eye. The preview performance of Miracle on South Division Street is Thursday, September 4. Opening night is Friday, September 5.

Dudzick calls the play a work of “pure fiction, based on a ‘true’ local legend” as he created the Nowak family to explain the unknown origins of an actual 20-foot-tall brick shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Buffalo built many decades ago by a now-deceased local barber. And while the neighborhood around the shrine has fallen into disrepair, a promise from City Hall has spared the shrine from destruction as it is maintained by local residents.

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
Director Hess, a native of Buffalo raised in a large Catholic family, firmly identifies with the blue-collar Nowaks and their devotion to their faith and history. For his four-member Nowak family, he has cast Wendy Barrie-Wilson (All My Sons and Our Town on Broadway) as mother “Clara,” Human Race Resident Artist Jennifer Joplin (Other Desert Cities, God of Carnage) as older daughter “Beverly,” Kyle Nunn (King Lear and The Three Musketeers at Hudson Valley
Shakespeare) as son “Jimmy” and Lauren Ashley Carter (Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch, film Jug Face) as younger daughter “Ruth.” Barrie-Wilson joins Joplin on The Loft Stage for a second time, having costarred in Hess’s 2009 production of Doubt, a Parable. Miracle on South Division Street marks the first appearance with The Human Race for Nunn and Carter, both graduates of University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where Hess was their
professor.

The scenic designer is Human Race Head Carpenter and Charge Artist Eric Moore (Footloose and The Music Man at the Springfield Summer Arts Festival), making his Loft Stage design debut, the costume designer is Kathie Brookfield (Suessical, Jr. and Annie, Jr. at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati) also with her first design for The Human Race, Resident Artist John Rensel (Play It by Heart, Fiddler on the Roof) is the lighting designer and Brian Retterer (Play It by Heart, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play) is the sound designer. Kay Carver is the production stage manager. Human Race Executive Producer Tara Lail is the show’s producer.

Biographies on the cast and creative team can be found on The Human Race Theatre Company’s website.

The production sponsors for Miracle on South Division Street are Marion’s Piazza and John and Tamara Clough.

PERFORMANCE AND SPECIAL EVENT INFORMATION
Tickets for the preview performance of Miracle on South Division Street on September 4 are $35 and $30 for adults, $31 and $27 for seniors and $17.50 and $15 for students. For all performances September 4 – 21, single ticket prices are $45 – $35 for adults, $41 – $32 for seniors and $22.50 – $17.50 for students. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and seating location. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. The Human Race is offering a pair of discount ticket opportunities. Side-area seats are available at all performances for $25 each, on sale two weeks prior to performance. The Sunday, September 7 7:00 p.m. performance is “Sawbuck Sunday”, when any available seat can be purchased in person for just $10 at The Loft Theatre box office two hours prior to the show. Discounts are subject to availability and some restrictions apply.

All performances are at the Metropolitan Art Center’s Loft Theatre, located at 126 North Main Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. Show times for Miracle on South Division Street are 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Performances on Sunday and Tuesday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday matinees.

The Pay-What-You-CAN open rehearsal is Wednesday, September 3 at 8:00 p.m. The “Inside Track” pre-show discussion begins at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, prior to the 8:00 p.m. preview performance. The opening night performance on Friday, September 5 at 8:00 p.m. is followed by a free party with the cast in The Loft Lobby. “Lite Fare at the Loft” with food and drink provided by Citilites begins in The Loft Theatre lobby at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September
9. The “While We’re on the Subject” post-show talkback is on Sunday, September 14, immediately following the 2:00 p.m. performance.

Tickets and performance information on Miracle on South Division Street are available at www.humanracetheatre.org or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, and at the Schuster Center box office.

The Human Race Theatre Company was founded in 1986 and moved into the Metropolitan Arts Center in 1991, taking up residence at the 212-seat Loft Theatre. In addition to the Eichelberger Loft Season, The Human Race produces for the Victoria Theatre’s Broadway Series, the Musical Theatre Workshop series, and special event programming. The Human Race, under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Kevin Moore, also maintains education and outreach programs for children, teens and adults, as well as artist residencies in area schools, The Muse Machine In-School Tour, and summer youth programs. Human Race organizational support is provided by Culture Works, the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, the Shubert Foundation, the Erma R. Catterton Trust Fund, the Jesse & Caryl Philips Foundation Fund for the Development of New Works, the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council, which helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The 2014-2015 season sponsor is the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of the Dayton Foundation, with additional support from Jim and Enid Goubeaux, the Sam Levin Foundation, Premier Health and Morris Home Furnishings.

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Sunset Kicks Off Season With Premiere of THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Sunset Players Kicks off 35th Season with Regional Community Theater Premiere of The Addams Family – A New Musical

SSP_The Addams Family logoSunset Players will open its 35th season with the regional community theater premiere of  The Addams Family – A New Musical, book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music & lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

The musical is a creepy, spooky and kooky love story—Addams Family style. As Wednesday Addams is all grown up and falls in love with a normal young man from a respectable family. Chaos ensues as the Addams Family tries to host a normal dinner for the young man’s family. Join Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester and the whole Addams Family in this hilarious, finger snapping good show.

The cast includes:

  • Gregory Good as Gomez
  • Anne Schneider as Morticia
  • Victoria Garcia as Wednesday
  • Alexander Mullins as Pugsley
  • Doug Bruening as Fester
  • Victoria Covarrubias as Grandma
  • Matthew Prater as Lucas
  • Kent Smith as Mal
  • Lindsey Morgan as Alice
  • Sam Johnson as Lurch
  • Nick McDonough, Hannah Lewis, Russ D. McGee, Amanda Borchers, Karra Robinson, Devon Riddle, Hannah Johnson and Don Frimming as Addams Family Ancestors
  • Cassidy Dreier as Cousin It

Show dates are October 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, and 18. All performances begin at 8 pm with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. Tickets are $16 for general admission and $14 for students, seniors or groups of 10 or more. Season tickets ($60 per pair) are also on sale for the four regular season shows, including The Addams Family, Aladdin, A Nice Family Gathering and Wait Until Dark.

Season tickets and individual show tickets can be purchased through the Sunset Players website (www.sunsetplayers.org) or reserved by calling 513-588-4988.

Sunset Players, Inc. is a community theater group located on the west side of Cincinnati. Founded in 1979, the group performs at the Arts Center at Dunham and has produced more than 120 plays. Its mission is to bring a smile, and its plays include comedies, farces, dramatic comedies and musical comedies—as long as there is some “comedy” in the performance somewhere. For more information, visit our website at www.sunsetplayers.org or like us on Facebook.

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