Monthly Archives: January 2016

2016-2017 Season Announced by Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoThe Dayton Playhouse is pleased to announce four of the shows slated for our next season. We are very excited about the variety this season will offer to our patrons and our theatre volunteers!

The 2016-17 Season opens with the glorious Lerner and Loewe timeless musical, Camelot. The legend of King Arthur comes to the Playhouse stage in music, romance and comedy. “This musically rich, legend-based classic evokes enough swashbuckling spectacle to keep one smiling” – The New York Times

Performances: September 16 to October 2, 2016
Auditions: July 25 & 26, 2016

Neil Simon’s funny and nostalgic Proposals will be staged in November. Join us for laughs and tears as the Hines family gathers for one last time in the Poconos.“New directions from the dazzlingly successful playwright who changed the very face of comedy on Broadway.” – The New York Times

Performances: November 4 to 13, 2016
Auditions: September 19 & 20, 2016

The New year brings a new production to the Playhouse stage: the campy, outrageous musical comedy, Xanadu. With book by Douglas Carter Beane and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, Xanadu is sure to dazzle and delight! “Can a musical be simultaneously indefensible and irresistible? Why, yes it can.” -The New York Times

Performances: January 20 to February 5, 2017
Auditions: November 7 & 8, 2016

The acerbic comedy of manners, The Women, comes in like a lion in March. Take a peek into the lives of socialites and social climbers in this classic play by Clare Boothe Luce. The Women is a marvel for its time, but don’t stop to think about any of it…just enjoy!”  -Theatrewest

Performances: March 10 to 19, 2017
Auditions: January 23 & 24, 2017

Watch this spot as in the coming months we’ll announce two more productions! Our closing spring musical will run in May 2017. Although we can’t announce the title of this show until June, we can say that this 13-time Tony nominated musical has not been produced by any other community theatre in the area! And also our exciting season extra – another glorious collaboration with the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra for the final weekend of October 2016!

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Cast Announced for AMERICAN IDIOT at Sunset Players

SSP_logoSunset Players is excited to announce the cast of the Cincinnati Community Theater premiere of Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT!

  • Brenden Blackburn as Tunny
  • RJ Bryant as St. Jimmy
  • Tori Garcia as Extraordinary Girl
  • Rick Hunt as Will
  • Zachary Julian as Johnny
  • Anne Schneider as Whatsername
  • Jessica Stringfield as Heather

Ensemble: Chris Ball, Amanda Borchers, Nick Castle, Matthew Prater, Kat Reynolds, Erin Speno, Brandon Stout, Garrett Wallace, Aimee Ward, Allie Webber and Logan Weinfurtner

Directed by Jerry Yearout with music and vocal direction by Allen Lindsey and choreography by Jessica Stringfield, show dates are July 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, and 23 at the Arts Center at Dunham.

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Audience and Community Engagement Manager Sought at Human Race Theatre Company

HRTC_logoAudience and Community Engagement Manager

The Human Race Theatre Company (HRTC) is seeking a highly motivated team player to take part in  reinventing the Company’s brand. This marketing and publicity professional will promote the organization, its productions, programs and artists, as well as the “Loft Theatre experience” to new audiences in the greater Dayton region.

The Audience and Community Engagement Manager will work with the Director of Marketing and Communications to drive brand engagement to targeted audiences. The ultimate goal is to increase ticket sales and increase awareness of the company’s profile within the community. The successful candidate will work to raise the organization’s profile locally, regionally and nationally as an artistic voice in the greater Miami Valley and a leading force in the development of new American theater.

Primary responsibilities:

Marketing and Publicity

  • Generate content for and maintain existing social networking pages to increase friend/follower bases and engagement, and establish a presence on other relevant social media sites
  • Ingratiate HRTC into online conversations to increase awareness of the company’s profile and expertise
  • Build and maintain relationships with local and national media personnel, distribute press releases, pitch story ideas and coordinate artist interviews and appearances
  • Follow and maintain up-to-date knowledge of company news and events as well as the arts on local and national levels to post and share with HRTC’s social media followers
  • Photograph/video company/production-related events for posting/sharing on social media sites
  • Oversee the production of promotional and informational videos
  • Ensure that performances and events are listed on local websites’ and online event listings
  • Direct community outreach efforts and represent HRTC at area events
  • Assist in the development of campaigns and partnerships to attract new audiences
  • Recommend and make updates/enhancements to website to increase engagement and traffic
  • Compile analytical data and metrics to measure the success of social media, email marketing and online advertising campaigns
  • Stay current on digital and web marketing, advertising, social media, and CRM tools and trends, especially in terms of their applications within the entertainment industry
  • Oversee placement of show posters and fliers at area businesses

Administrative

  • Download and scan press articles and create post-production press kits
  • Maintain department files, databases and archives
  • Assist with the creation and coordination of production and collateral materials – contacting staff, guest artists and outside businesses/individuals
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience in marketing, communications, publicity or the arts
  • Strong understanding of social media skills and platforms, especially Facebook and Twitter
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel and Outlook) and some experience with basic graphic design software as well as WordPress. Experience with Constant Contact email software, Adobe Creative Suite and Acrobat is helpful.
  • Basic photography and videography skills
  • Strong interest in and knowledge of the theatre or the performing arts industries preferred
  • Very strong interpersonal and communication skills, copy-writing and proof-reading skills
  • Excellent time and project management skills for deadline-driven tasks
  • Must be able to work occasional evening and weekend hours
  • Valid driver’s license and auto coverage for occasional travel to offsite events/meetings

Hours, salary and benefits:

  • 40 hours/week; flexible schedule (mostly daytime hours with some evenings and weekends)
  • $30,000-$35,000/year annual salary
  • Health & Dental insurance available
  • Paid Vacation
  • Complimentary tickets to productions

Performance and salary will be measured and reviewed annually.

Email resume, two references and two publicity-related writing sample, and links to any blog/social media postings, video/photography sample work you wish to share, to, contact@humanracetheatre.org with the subject line: Audience and Community Engagement Manager. No phone calls, please. Application deadline is February 29, 2016.

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Actor Needed for THE ODD COUPLE at RiverStage Community Theater

RSCT_logo.jpgRiverStage Community Theater still needs one actor for the part of Speed for THE ODD COUPLE. Performances run April 1,2,3 and 7,8,9.

Contact riverstagehq@gmail.com or 513-543-9149.

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THE WIZARD OF OZ Review

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Sarah Viloa as Glinda & Caroline Chisholm as Dorothy Gale. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

THE WIZARD OF OZ presented by The Carnegie through Jan. 31. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening night performance.

The true wizards of this production of THE WIZARD OF OZ are scenic designer Pam Kravetz and costume designer Alison Lechlak. Their imaginative creations and sheer volume of work both impresses and entertains. As the show progressed, I looked forward to see how each new challenge would be tackled. Every penny of their budgets is visible on stage.

Director Matthew Wilson does well in the staging, especially considering the limitations to his available space with the orchestra on stage and a cast of 20. There were times during some of the side entrances, I chuckled at the thought of a touring production finding themselves in a theater a bit too small for their production. But the talented and experienced ensemble made it work.

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Jack Manion as Scarecrow, Tyler Kuhlman as the Tin Man, Caroline Chisholm as Dorothy Gale & Sean P. Mette as the Cowardly Lion. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The vocals, directed by Steve Hinnekamp, were strong across the board, but there were multiple times when the music overpowered their voices. Even some of the asides were lost if the actors dropped their volume when delivering them.

I would have liked to have seen the faces of the Dorothy’s traveling companions visually broken-up somehow. I understand the reasoning for not doing a full-face make-up on the Tin Man, for example, due to the lack of time to get out of it. But with nothing at all, they all seem unfinished.

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Lesley Hitch as The Wicked Witch of the West and her youth ensemble Flying Monkey. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Small complaints aside, this is a fun and successful, family-friendly production. It is a great introduction to musical theater, beautifully accompanied by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

In case you missed it, the Carnegie has announced their 2016-2017 season. Details are available here.

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