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Cast Announced for BEDROOM FARCE at Tri-County Players

TCP_logoTri-County Players is pleased to announce its cast for BEDROOM FARCE by Alan Ayckbourn.

The English comedy will be performed April 22, 23, 29, 30 and May 1.

The cast includes:

  • Delia –Bett Kooris
  • Earnest – Dennis Blom
  • Kate – Shannon Falo
  • Malcolm – Clayton Castle
  • Jan – Sarah Spencer
  • Nick – Bob Buchtman
  • Susannah – Gretchen Reinersman
  • Trevor – Evan Blanton

For more information visit www.tricountyplayers.org.

 

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A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN | Wed., April 13 | Aronoff Center

Broadway’s Critically-Acclaimed Musical

Tour Begins February 9, 2016 at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto
Features Tony Award-nominated actress Mary Bridget Davies as Janis Joplin

Night with Janis Joplin, ALyceum Theatre

Mary Bridget Davies in A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN. Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Arts Association.

CINCINNATI, OH – The critically-acclaimed Broadway musical, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, will take the stage at the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 PM.  Conceived, written, and directed by Randy Johnson, the rock musical features choreography by Patricia Wilcox and musical direction by Tyler Evans. The much-anticipated show is part of CAA’S 2015-16 Season, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Aronoff Center. 

The show is a musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith, all of whom inspired Joplin to become one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends. Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Her unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Audiences will enjoy Joplin’s favorites, including “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” and “Me and Bobby McGee,” among many others.

The New York Times raved that A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN “rocks the house” and Variety called it “electrifying.” New York 1 cheered, “This will rock your socks off!”

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN features Mary Bridget Davies in the starring role. Upon gaining local acclaim for her work in various rock bands, Cleveland native Davies was asked to sit in with Big Brother & The Holding Company (Joplin’s original band, with whom she would later tour), as well as legendary blues guitarist Robert Lockwood Jr. Davies received a Tony® nomination for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical” when A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN debuted on Broadway in 2013.

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN’s 2016 North American Tour will play 34 cities across the U.S. and Canada for a total of 70 shows, kicking off February 9, 2016 in Toronto. The tour is presented by Iconic Entertainment Studios in association with Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich. A Night With Janis Joplin is presented in further association with The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol of JAM, Inc.

Iconic Entertainment Studios
Iconic Entertainment Studios is a diversified live entertainment company that specializes in the production and promotion of live arena spectacles, global concert tours, theatrical performances, and touring exhibitions. Created by legendary live events producer Michael Cohl, the company’s recent productions include: An Evening with Oprah, Barbra Streisand, David Gilmour, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Transformers Live! The Marvel Experience, Rock of Ages, An Evening with Al Pacino, A Night with Janis Joplin, Super Why!, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Alvin and The Chipmunks, and many more. Credited with developing the concept of package touring in 1989, Cohl has over forty years of high-level expertise in the entertainment industry with clients such as The Rolling Stones, U2, and Pink Floyd. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame when he received a Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the 2002 Juno Awards. Cohl is also a recipient of the 2004 Billboard Legend of Live award, and was inducted in Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2005. He and his shows have won over thirty-five entertainment industry awards including a Tony, five Olivier Awards, and multiple Emmys.  For additional information, visit www.s2bnentertainment.com.

About T & D Productions
T&D Productions is an integrated entertainment production and marketing company founded by industry veterans Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich, who have collaborated on numerous music, theater, and sports initiatives. Chilewich and Gershwin co-produced numerous theatrical and live concert events, including the Broadway hit musical A Night With Janis Joplin, the upcoming Barry Manilow musical Harmony, the national tour of ‘S Wonderful – The New Gershwin Musical, Over the Rainbow – The Music of Harold Arlen, a multimedia concert celebration, the national tour of the critically-acclaimed Gershwin multimedia symphonic concert, Here To Stay – The Gershwin Experience, Born For This: The BeBe Winans Musical, and the national tour of the Tony Award-winning show Blast.  They also produced a number of recorded media projects including the Broadway cast album of A Night With Janis Joplin with famed music producer Russ Titelman and an all-star recording project with the late legendary music producer Phil Ramone, featuring top recording artists performing Gershwin compositions.

Daniel Chilewich is a music, theater, and entertainment executive and licensed attorney in New York and New Jersey, with extensive experience in live event and theatrical production, music publishing, royalty audits, and management of musical estates.  He has spent extensive time abroad developing joint ventures with Fortune 500 companies, including Europe, China, and the former Soviet Union.  He currently represents an array of clients including music catalog owners and film and theater producers.

Todd Gershwin is an entertainment executive with a diverse background in theater, sports marketing, television, and live events. Todd’s music experience includes serving as a manager, owner, and trustee of the George Gershwin music business. Todd’s sports marketing clients have included Pepsi, Nike, Reebok, the Big East Conference, St. John’s University, Life Time Fitness, TIAA-CREF, and Oracle.

Cincinnati Arts Association
Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of two of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.4 million students.

Cincinnati Arts Association SPONSORS

  • Season SponsorsAMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), FURNITURE FAIR, LOCAL12 WKRC, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN performance SPONSORS:  Macy’s, TriHealth, Wells Fargo Insurance
  • SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Heidelberg Distributing Company,  Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Garfield Suites Hotel, Macy’s, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, Ultimate Air Shuttle, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.

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Auditions Announced for THE WIZARD OF OZ at Beechmont Players

BPI_logoTHE WIZARD OF OZ
By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics
by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

Directed by Laura Berkemeier
Produced by Tom Bergquist & Pam Kaesemeyer
Vocal Direction by tbd
Choreography by Katey Blood

Sunday February 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM & Monday, February 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM
With possible call backs Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 6:30 PM

at Anderson Center Theater, 7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 452308

The cast will consist of approximately 14 actors and actresses, ages 18 and older.

Check our website, http://beechmontplayers.org/upcoming-auditions-the-wizard-of-oz/ for cast list & vocal ranges.

THE WIZARD OF OZ will be staged August 5 -13, 2016.

Actors interested in auditioning are required to fill out a pre-screen which can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/gkvl3vr.  You will be contacted by the director with your specific audition time and requirements.

Be prepared to perform a musical number (accompanist provided; BYO sheet music), and for a dance audition (with dance shoes and clothes to move in).  Also be prepared for cold readings from the script.

Bring known conflicts for the period May – August 13, 2016.

Questions?  Contact the director at laura.berkemeier@gmail.com

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Celebrating Self Features Miami Valley Ballet Theatre

FC_Miami Valley Ballet Theatre promoHamilton, Ohio – Artistic Director and Instructor Michelle Davis shares the story of the Miami Valley Ballet Theatre February 10 at 11:30am at the Fitton Center, part of this season’s Celebrating Self series. This lunchtime series features regional speakers and performers entertaining and informing after a lunch buffet is served by a variety of local caterers.

“MVBT is a non-profit community ballet company whose mission is to not only teach dance, but to educate the community and our dancers in the fine art of ballet and its great history,” Davis says. “We aim to not only produce dancers, but lifelong supporters of the arts in our community and beyond.”

The event will also include a movement demonstration by Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities program participants.

Tickets are $15 for members; $20 for non-members. Thank you to catering sponsor Richard’s Pizza and series dessert sponsor, the Hillandale Family of Communities.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is a not-for-profit community arts center featuring a variety of programs, including: visual and performing arts classes, exhibitions, entertainment and theater productions for all ages. The Fitton Center’s purpose is to provide unique arts experiences and to “build community excellence through arts and culture.” The Fitton Center would like to extend its gratitude to ArtsWave, the Hamilton Community Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council for their ongoing support.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.

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Cast Announced for ALICE IN WONDERLAND at CenterStage Players

CSPOH_logoCenterStage Players is thrilled to announce the cast for its upcoming April production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND:

  • Alice – Olivia Dunn
  • Alice/Dormouse (understudy) – Faith Marsh
  • White Rabbit – Hunter Bruening
  • Doorknob/Shadow actor – Ainsley Benken
  • Tweedle Dee/Shadow actor – Hannah Wackowski, Erica Brady
  • Tweedle Dum/Shadow actor – Haley Knoffer, Jenna Hoskins
  • Walrus – Doug Bruening
  • Carpenter/Shadow actor – Samantha McDaniels
  • Rose – Vicki Greco
  • Snap-Dragon – Sammi Salyer
  • Iris – Arrington Payne
  • Violet – Grace Critzer
  • Lily – Marie Stewart
  • Caterpillar – Clint Bramkamp
  • Mock Turtle – Clare Gray
  • Cheshire Cat – Haley Vaughan
  • Mad Hatter – Matt Lovell
  • March Hare – Josh Roden
  • Dormouse – Anna Leitsch
  • Queen of Hearts – Abby Bielski
  • King of Hearts – Doug Bruening
  • Cards/Guards – Symone Childs, Julia Ackerson
  • Foley Artist – Charles Flatt

ALICE IN WONDERLAND show dates are:
Friday, April 1, Sat. April 2, Thursday, April 7, Fri. April 8, Sat. April 9 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sat. April 2, Sunday, April 3, Sat. April 9 @ 3:00pm

North College Hill City Center 1500 W. Galbraith Rd.

For Tickets: centerstageplayersinc.com

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