Monthly Archives: September 2015

VIDEO: CCM Drama: PENTECOST Official Trailer

A play of politics and ideas, PENTECOST details the discovery of a painting stunningly similar to Giotto di Bondone’s The Lamentation in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. If proven to pre-date the master’s work, the fresco will revolutionize Western Art. A dramatic power struggle ensues, as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. The unexpected arrival of 12 asylum seekers sets events spiraling toward an explosive climax.

Performances run Sept. 30-Oct. 4. For more information visit

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The 2015-2016 Carnegie Theatre Series Continues with SLEUTH

TC_Sleuth LogoWHAT: The Carnegie presents SLEUTH

WHEN: Weekends November 7 – 22, 2015

Saturday, November 7, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 8, 3pm
Friday, November 13, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 14, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 15, 3pm
Friday, November 20, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 22, 3pm

WHERE: The Carnegie | 1028 Scott Boulevard | Covington, KY 41011

TICKETS: Tickets $25, $23 for Carnegie Members and Enjoy the Arts Members, and $18 for students. Tickets to Carnegie Theatre Series performances are available at The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday through Friday 12 pm – 5 pm, online at, or by phone at (859) 957-1940.

DESCRIPTION: Famous mystery writer, Andrew Wyke, loves to play games. But when he finds out his wife plans to leave him for a young travel agent, he plots a game with murderous consequences. Of course, in a mystery, things are never quite as they seem, and games can quickly get out of hand. A fast-paced comedy full of deception and mistaken identities, SLEUTH is a who-dun-it that will keep you riveted in your seat from start to finish.

SLEUTH is the winner of both Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Play, and has been adapted for the silver screen several times over. This popular show is a mystery thrill-ride that audiences will want to take again and again.

Directed by Greg Procaccino, the cast includes Brent Alan Burington as Andrew Wyke & Rory Sheridan as Milo Tindle.

SLEUTH is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center. More information about The Carnegie is available at or by calling (859) 491-2030.

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from ArtsWave, Cincinnati Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation.

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CALIFORNIA SUITE Runs Oct. 30-Nov. 8

Beavercreek Community Theatre
Oct. 30-Nov. 8

Directed by Mike Rousculp

Cast: Debra Strauss as Hannah Warren & Diana Nichols, Matt Lindsay as William Warren  & Sidney Nichols, Brad Bishop as Marvin Michaels & Mort Hollender, Angie Thacker as Millie Michaels, Madeline Swanson as Bunny, Amy Taint as Beth Hollender, Jamie McQuinn as Stu Franklyn & Nancy Albert as Gert Franklyn

It’s a humorous confection divided into four parts:  In Visitor from New York, Hannah, a magazine writer is joined by her ex-husband, the question being with whom should their daughter spend the next six months? The Visitor from Philadelphia is a wife who arrives at the suite, catching her husband “en flagrante delicto” with a drunken hooker. Visitors from London brings a British star as Academy Award nominee. Diana returns from the ceremony empty-handed to husband Sidney whose homosexuality will be no comfort tonight. The Visitors from Chicago are two couples ending a disastrous vacation they should not have shared.

  • Fri-Sat, Oct. 30-31 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 1 at 3pm
  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 6-7 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 8 at 3pm

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Sara Mackie as Frankie.

Sara Mackie as Frankie.

FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE presented by New Edgecliff Theatre through Oct. 3. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening Saturday performance.

I’ll give you three reasons why FRANKIE AND JOHNNY is such an excellent production: Jared Doren, Sara Mackie and Dylan Shelton.

Mackie and Shelton are excellent as the titular duo. Their characters are believable and instantly relate-able. The two have a great chemistry together and handle the emotional flow of the show naturally. It’s easy to become emotionally-invested in their story.

Dylan Shelton as Johnny.

Dylan Shelton as Johnny.

For me, Frankie is Mackie’s best performance to date. The emotions and reactions that play across her face, and her body language, speaks volumes for the character. Frankie is likable and charmingly-awkward with an over-guarded heart.

Shelton is also very impressive. He has created this great persona for Johnny. A reformed bad boy with the heart of a poet, which he wears on his sleeve. There is this moment late in the show, where in his pleading with Frankie, and the emotion is just coming off him in waves.

Sara Mackie as Frankie & Dylan Shelton as Johnny.

Sara Mackie as Frankie & Dylan Shelton as Johnny.

Doren’s direction of Terrance McNally’s excellent script appears effortless. The blocking is natural and motivated. The emotional flow of the show is pitch perfect. The scene work is focused and balanced. The entire performance is completely genuine.

Frankie’s apartment looks great. Designed by Rachel Kuhl with Jared Earland serving as master carpenter (which included building, dis-assembling, moving and reassembling the set due to the venue change). Prop master Mary Gascho gave Frankie a believable world to live in. My only quibble about the set would be the width. It seemed a bit over-sized for a New York apartment that Frankie could afford as a waitress.

Dylan Shelton as Johnny & Sara Mackie as Frankie.

Dylan Shelton as Johnny & Sara Mackie as Frankie.

The radio show segments, courtesy of sound designer Jim Watson and performed by Joe Hornbaker, were very well done. Lighting designer Glen Goodwin handling of the “night” scenes worked really well. I also enjoyed the sunrise coming through the window.

Overall, a beautifully realized second-chance-at-love story.

My rating: 5 out of 5.

I would enjoy hearing what you think about the show or my review. All I ask is that you express your opinion without attacking someone else’s opinion. You can post your comments below.

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Final 2015-2016 Season Auditions at Dare to Defy Productions

D2D_logoDare to Defy Productions – Open Auditions

We will be having open auditions on October 11, 2015 at the Dare to Defy Productions Loft at 400 Linden Ave Dayton, OH. Click here to reserve an audition spot.

  • Please prepare 32 bars of a song, and have a contrasting selection ready if asked.
  • Bring sheet music in the correct key; and accompanist will be provided.
  • Also prepare a one minute monologue.
  • Be prepared to dance if asked.
  • Please bring a picture and resume, stapled together.

We are looking for performers for the following shows:

With Music and Lyrics by David Nehls and Book by Betsy Kelso, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” began its journey as a series of staged readings and workshops, followed by a sold-out run at The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in 2004, which led to the 2005 Off Broadway run produced by Jean Doumanian and Jeffrey Richards.  

“There is a new tenant at Armadillo Acres – and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park.  When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband Norbert – the storms begin to brew! This hilarious show is a great showcase for singers and actors with comedic timing.   

Callback auditions will be announced at a later date. 

Production Dates: January 8, 9, 15 and 16 2016
Rehearsals will start Early December 2015
Performances will be held at the Mathile Theatre in the Schuster Center

Book, Music, and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa
Adapted from a book-length poem written in and about the Roaring Twenties,The Wild Party tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie and Burrs, a vaudeville dancer and a vaudeville clown. In a relationship marked by vicious behavior and recklessness (mirroring the time in which they live), they decide to throw a party to end all parties. As the guests arrive, we meet an assortment of people living on the edge. Queenie and Burrs set out to make each other jealous, but Queenie begins to fall in love with her conquest named Mr. Black. After a long night of decadence, Burrs’ jealousy erupts and he comes to a violent end at Mr. Black’s hand. In the stark light of a new day, Queenie moves out into a brighter world, although not necessarily a brighter future, leaving the passed-out revelers in her wake. An award-winning score by Andrew Lippa provides excitement and drive for this tale of passions out of control. Capturing the sound of a bygone era with a nod to the present one, he makes us realize that moral decadence is not only limited to our past.

Callback auditions will be announced at a later date.

Production Dates: April 1, 2, 8 and 9, 2016
Rehearsals will start early March
Performances will be held at the Mathile Theatre in the Schuster Center

This sung-through jukebox musical is an adaptation of the 2004 rock opera of the same name, originally written and recorded by punk band Green Day.

Story: Three American youths, Johnny, Tunny, and Will, seek to escape the media-saturated life of suburbia. The boys strike out in various directions, with Johnny seeking solace in the city, Tunny enlisting in the Army, and Will staying home with his pregnant girlfriend. The individual journeys challenge the boys, with each facing considerable hardships and finding few rewards. Eventually they all return home with hard-won maturity and a new outlook on life.

Callback auditions will be announced at a later date.

Production Dates: May 20 and 21, 2016
Rehearsals will start late April
Performances will be held at the Victoria Theatre

Click here to download an audition form

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