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Footlighters Announce Auditions for THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS


November 16, 2014 – 2pm – 5pm
Monday, November 17, 2014 – 7pm – 10pm
Callbacks on Thursday, November 20, 2014

Show Dates May 14-30, 2015
at The Stained Glass Theater, Newport, KY

Directed by: David Radtke

Character Breakdown:

Miss Mona Stangley – Playing age: 40-55. Lead role. Alto
Must have a tremendous stage presence and strong singing voice. Classy but strong, she has a great affection for her girls but rules with an iron fist and takes no nonsense. Very much the heart of the show.

Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd – Playing age 40-55 (in line with Mona). Male lead. Baritone
Must be a strong personality with a good voice. He must be able portray world-weary and full on fiery Texan spirit.

Melvin P Thorpe – Playing age 30-60. Supporting role. Baritone
A HUGE personality. Over the top and very campy. A typical TV evangelist type whose show Watchdog campaigns against ridiculous things that Melvin sees as unjust.

Jewel – Playing age: 30-60. Supporting role. Mezzo
Miss Mona’s housekeeper, must have a big voice and presence with the ability to make an impact with very few lines. Has a big brassy Aretha Franklin type number in Act I.

Doatsey May – Playing age: 25–50. Supporting role. Alto
Strong acting and vocals required. Runs the local café and basically a wannabe Mona/working girl. Never had the courage to pursue that life and so ended up serving coffee to the locals. Has a beautiful, poignant solo in Act I, which is a real chance to show off a strong vocalist.

Angel – Playing age: 18–35. Supporting role. Mezzo
Good actress with vocal ability and movement skills to fit in with the chicken ranch girls. She is very ‘obviously’ a city girl, looking for something a little better. Hard exterior but as we discover more she has a sad backstory and a gentle soul.

Shy – Playing age: 18-30. Supporting role. Mezzo
Good actress with good vocal ability and movement skills to fit in with the chicken ranch girls. Timid and gentle to begin with but she blossoms with the rest of the girls’ help.

The Governor – Playing age: 30-60. Cameo
Big personality required. Has the potential to steal the show with a big number in Act 2.

The Girls – Playing ages: 18-45.
The girls of the Chicken Ranch. Looking for all types and ages. Need strong singers and actresses. Some (but not all) will need to be strong dancers to play the cheerleaders.

The Aggies – Playing ages 18–30.
The college football team who gets rewarded for their championship win with a trip to the Chicken Ranch. Must be able to convince as an excitable bunch of American football playing boys, strong singing and movement, and comfortable being shirtless on stage.

Ensemble: The Melvin P Thorpe singers/dogettes, townsfolk, Angelettes (cheer leader troupe), Governor’s Aide, Miss Wulla Jean, shy kid, etc.
These are to be cast outright or doubled according to auditionee numbers, ages, abilities etc. A multitasking ensemble who will enhance the show with versatility and frequent costume changes.


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THE BACCHAE presented by Northern Kentucky University through Oct. 5. Click here for more information on the production.

Northern Kentucky University starts their new season with solid production of the Greek tragedy, THE BACCHAE.

Hunter Henrickson as Pentheus & Matt Krieg as Dionysus.

Hunter Henrickson as Pentheus & Matt Krieg as Dionysus.

The ensemble as a whole handled the material well. I thought there were some nice moments from Matt Krieg as Dionysus and Sarah Alice Shull as Agave. Kyle Taylor was convincing as the blind prophet. I would have liked to see Taylor and Connor Moulton as Cadmus move a bit more like the age of their characters.

I wouldn’t have minded a little more vocal variety in the performers’ tone and cadence. There were times when the gestures, of some actors, seemed a bit elementary.

The Bacchae.

The Bacchae.

The Bacchae (with Gabby Francis as Coryphaeus, the Chorus Leader) worked extremely well as an ensemble with the vocals and dance. At times I did have to hunt for the individual speakers. The Bacchae who began their lines with some kind of movement were easier to spot. The choreography by Kyle Segar was interesting and varied, creating some really nice stage pictures.

Sarah Alice Shull as Agave.

Sarah Alice Shull as Agave.

The costume design by Ronnie Chamberlain worked well for the production. I liked the coloring of The Bacchae’s costumes. Also, the cut and fabric moved very well for the choreography. It was nice how the special lighting effects (designed by Terry D. Powell) played across their costumes. Dionysus’ golden armor was also nicely done.

Congratulations on a solid production across the board.

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My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Creative Conversations: “Current and Future State of Arts Funding” | Wed., Oct. 22 | Aronoff Center – Fifth Third Bank Theater‏

MISC_CincyEAL logoCreative Conversation:
“Current & Future State of Arts Funding”

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 5:00-7:00 PM
Aronoff Center for the Arts, Fifth Third Bank Theater

Cincinnati, OH – Join Cincy Emerging Arts Leaders for a Creative Conversation: “Current & Future State of Arts Funding.” Panelists from both public and private institutions will discuss how funding for the arts is fairing in a post-recession economy, and what does the future for arts funding look like?


  • Scott Provancher, Founder & President, provancher+associates; moderator
  • Donna Collins, Executive Director, Ohio Arts Council
  • Alecia Townsend Kintner, President & CEO, ArtsWave
  • Tim Maloney, President & CEO, Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr/U.S. Bank Foundation

The event is free and open to the public. However, preregistration is strongly encouraged. To register or to learn more about the panelists, visit or contact Kathleen Riemenschneider, at (513) 977-4119.

Every October, in honor of National Arts & Humanities Month, Americans for the Arts partners with arts and community leaders from across the country to host Creative Conversations.


The Cincy Emerging Arts Leaders is an extension of the Emerging Leaders Network of the Americans for the Arts and administered by the Cincinnati Arts Association. It supports the professional development needs of arts professionals in the Greater Cincinnati area. The group first met in October 2006 as part of the Creative Conversations series that Americans for the Arts sponsors annually.

National Arts and Humanities Month is coordinated by Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. The month-long celebration has become the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. More information about Americans for the Arts, Creative Conversations, and National Arts and Humanities Month is available at

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MAME Runs Oct. 30-Nov. 23

Presented by Human Race Theatre Company
Oct. 30-Nov. 23

Directed by Kevin Moore

Mame Dennis is a free-wheeling eccentric without a care until she becomes the guardian of her ten-year-old nephew, Patrick. Now it’s up to her to open new windows and show the boy worlds he never knew existed. Through the Roaring 20s and the Great Depression, Mame teaches Patrick how to “live, live, live”—whether he’s willing or not. It’s the dazzling Broadway musical that proves life’s a banquet, featuring the classic songs “We Need a Little Christmas,” “It’s Today,” “Bosom Buddies” and, of course, “Mame.”

  • Thu-Sat, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 2 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, Nov. 4 at 7pm
  • Wed-Sat, Nov. 5-8 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 9 at 2pm
  • Tue, Nov. 11 at 7pm
  • Wed-Sat. Nov. 12-15 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 16 at 2pm
  • Tue, Nov. 18 at 7pm
  • Wed-Sat, Nov. 19-22 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 23 at 2pm

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CCM’s Mainstage Series Opens with Gender-Bending MACBETH


Shakespeare’s tragic tale of power, murder and remorse becomes an exploration of masculinity and gender under the direction of CCM professor Brant Russell when a gifted female actress takes on the role of Macbeth.

Laura McCarthy as Hamlet. Photo by Mark Lyons.

Laura McCarthy as Hamlet. Photo by Mark Lyons.

CINCINNATI, OH—The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) opens its 2014-15 Mainstage Series with William Shakespeare’s dark and twisted tragedy MACBETH. Under the direction of Brant Russell, Assistant Professor of Drama, MACBETH will make its CCM debut Oct. 2 through 5 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater, with a preview performance at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Russell’s unique take on this classic features third-year female drama student Laura McCarthy in the title role.

MACBETH is the tale of a man, hungry to claim the throne and fulfill a prophesy that named him king. Cajoled by his wife, he achieves his ambitions through treachery and murder, only to find that victory isn’t as sweet as it seemed. “I wanted to explore transgendered identity and how it translates into masculinity, and in turn how that would be a part of the character dynamic,” says Russell on his decision to cast a woman as Macbeth. In addition, there are several other traditionally male roles that will be played by women, including Banquo, Angus and Cathness.

McCarthy has been preparing for the role of Macbeth since she was cast last spring. She’s given up her vegetarian diet and taken up a weight-training regimen. “I’m more conscious of when I’m being feminine or when I’m being masculine,” says McCarthy.

Watch McCarthy begin her transformation into Macbeth in an exclusive behind-the-scenes video shot and edited by CCM Electronic Media major Dan Marque by visiting

To complete the transformation, McCarthy decided to shave her head. In addition to rehearsing the substantial Shakespearian material, she talks about the personal aspects of her metamorphosis: “The CCM community has been very vocal in their support, which has been very important to me. I pass people in the hallway and they will say ‘you look great’ or something to that effect. It has given me the confidence that I need in an otherwise vulnerable position.”

Overall, though, McCarthy describes the general public’s interactions with her now as “cautious.” “It is as if… [the people around me] are trying to place me but can’t and therefore are on edge. It is the lack of identifiable gender that sets them off I think. I live in the unknown grey area now.” McCarthy explains that Russell is the perfect conduit for this performance. “He gives just the right amount of freedom to all the artists involved to make it their own… Through conversation and exploration he humbly lights our way to finding our own interpretation of the text.” This powerful directorial style lends an important gravity to each individual’s personal performance. Audiences can expect a genuine experience, profound in its honesty.

Despite being Shakespeare’s most popular play, Macbeth is making its first appearance on the CCM stage with this production. In addition, this drama marks Russell’s inaugural Mainstage production. Russell’s transition to the Mainstage is a natural progression, considering his success last year directing Boeing Boeing, a collaboration with the Carnegie’s Theatre Series in Covington. Russell also received critical acclaim this summer for his production and direction of the World’s Fair Play Festival at the Queens Theater in the Park, which received a coveted New York Times ‘Critic’s Pick.’ Read more about Russell’s Queens Theater success by visiting

About Brant Russell
Brant Russell is a graduate of Kenyon College (BA, political science) and Northwestern University (MFA, stage direction). He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, an associate member of SDC and has worked on the staffs of Writers’ Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Steppenwolf. He has worked as a producer and/or director for Theater Seven, Steep Theater, Steppenwolf, Collaboraction, MoonPie Productions, Next Theater, Victory Gardens, the Side Project and Around the Coyote, among others. Collaboraction and American Blues Theater have produced his short plays. Russell has appeared onstage in productions and readings for Next, Theater-Hikes, Steep / Naked Angels and Strawdog Theater. He has taught at Northwestern University, Kenyon College and Steppenwolf.

In January 2015, Russell will direct the American premiere of Brett Neveu’s RED BUD at Signal Ensemble in Chicago. He will also direct a CCM Studio Series production in the spring entitled You’re Welcome (A Cycle of Bad Plays) and produce the 2015 installment of the popular TRANSMIGRATION Festival. At CCM, he teaches Artist in Society, Script Analysis, History of Directing and graduate courses including Intro to Dramaturgy and Collaboration Techniques. He has taught independent studies in Absurdist Theater, Politics in Drama and Performance Art.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Macbeth are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 UC students with a valid ID, with $12-$15 student rush tickets available for the Saturday matinee beginning at 1 p.m. on Oct. 4. Tickets to the Oct. 1 preview performance are just $12.

Customizable subscription packages are also available.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation 

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s 

Community Partner: ArtsWave

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events or to view CCM’s 2014-2015 season brochure visit our website at

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music: The Season Is Yours – Get Swept Away!

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