Monthly Archives: February 2016

RUMORS Runs March 3-5

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Stage Left
March 3-5
MU Armstrong Student Center [Oxford]

Directed, produced and performed entirely by Miami University students

The host has shot himself in the earlobe. The hostess has gone missing. The servants are gone. An anniversary party has been left in chaos. Can the guests clean up the mess that has been left for them? this hilarious story, crafted by theater genius Neil Simon, is a must-see!

  • Thu, March 3 at 7pm
  • Fri, March 4 at 8:30pm
  • Sat, March 5 at 7pm

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Actors Needed for BABY at Warsaw Federal Incline Theater

WFIT_Sign at nightCincinnati Landmark Productions is seeking to male performers for the Sophomore Summer Classic Season at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater for BABY.

Roles to be filled:

• Professor Weiss (male 35+ years of age)
• Dean Webber (male 45 – 50+ years of age)

If interested, please send resume, headshot and if available a video link to see you sing to:
Jennifer Perrino at

We’ll set up a time for you to come in to read/sing at a live audition.

Please note: Cast members do not have to be the actual ages of the characters, but must be able to look age appropriate and act accordingly.

July 6 – July 31, 2016
Book by Sybille Pearson
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Based upon a story developed with Susan Yankowitz

Is there anything more exciting, frightening and utterly transformational than impending parenthood? BABY musically examines how parents-to-be weather the stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of their bundle of joy. The show features beautiful songs like I Want It All, Two People in Love and The Story Goes On.

Karie-Lee Sutherland Director/Choreographer; Katie Personke, Music Director; Emily Birnstein, Production Stage Manager

Rehearsals begin: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Performance dates: July 6 – July 31, 2016

For more information on auditions, contact us at (513) 241 – 6550. Check us out on the web at

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CCM Pushes Boundaries With Green Day’s Punk Rock Musical AMERICAN IDIOT, March 3 – 13, 2016

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Louis Griffin, Ben Biggers, John Battagliese and Chris Collins-Pisano in CCM’s production of AMERICAN IDIOT. Photo by Mark Lyons.

CCM proudly presents the first local production of Green Day‘s iconic musical AMERICAN IDIOT from March 3 – 13 in Patricia Corbett Theater. The through-sung rock opera is directed by Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre Aubrey Berg with musical direction by Adjunct Instructor of Musical Theatre Steve Goers.

Although many think of Broadway musicals as saccharin sweet, there have been shows throughout the decades that have burst onto the scene, changing theatre forever and defining a generation.

“In 1944, Leonard Bernstein’s ‘On The Town’ brought fresh faces and a jazz-inflected score to Broadway. My generation grooved to the sound of ‘Hair.’ In the 90s there was ‘Rent’ by Jonathan Larson, and for the current generation, it is ‘American Idiot’,” says Berg.

A high octane adaptation of Green Day’s 2004 Grammy-winning concept album of the same name, AMERICAN IDIOT features a raucous and exhilarating punk rock score yet offers a simple, contemporary fable in the style of the Brothers Grimm. Three disaffected young men – Johnny, Will and Tunny – plan to flee a stifling suburban lifestyle and parental restrictions. Along the way they deal with drugs, lost love, war, inner turmoil and living in an America that is forever changed and roiled by dark events, including the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the Iraq War.

Making sure CCM’s production reflects the style and temperament of the current generation was important to Berg. “AMERICAN IDIOT is a musical by the young, for the young,” he says. To keep the presentation authentic, Berg surrounded himself with a creative team of students. His associate director and choreographer, Tom Meglio and Samantha Pollino respectively, are both graduating seniors and are the perfect candidates to help shape this production.

“AMERICAN IDIOT was one of our generation’s very first artistic expressions of events that are ever present in our consciousness because, for the very first time, our generation can say: we lived them,” Meglio and Pollino suggest.

CCM’s production is set three years before the release of the album in the aftermath of the events of 9/11. Meglio and Pollino explain, “We wanted to create an atmosphere of immediacy, to highlight the themes of the show as a response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and explore the period of upheaval that immediately followed.”

Great theatre can delight and entertain, but it can also challenge audiences to confront their own closely held views and perceptions. American Idiot deals with potentially incendiary subjects. The show is loud, abrasive and confrontational. The language is raw and constant. There is simulated sex and simulated drug use. The musical presents an uncompromising view of a dystopian America, but it is also a foray into the psyche of a young generation struggling to make sense of its place in the world at a particular moment in time.

“In addition to ‘rocking out,’ we ask the audience to take a moment to connect with, reflect on and embrace this piece as a raw fragment of history presented with the utmost respect and many unanswered questions,” Meglio and Pollino conclude.

CCM’s production of American Idiot is not recommended for children or those easily offended.

Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer

The Company

  • Ben Biggers as Johnny
  • John Battagliese as St. Jimmy
  • Clara Cox as Whatsername
  • Chris Collins-Pisano as Will
  • Shauna Topian as Heather
  • Louis Griffin as Tunny
  • Cameron Anika Hill as Extraordinary Girl
  • Ensemble: Kyra Christopher, EJ Dohring, Joel Flynn, Ciara Alyse Harris, Marissa Hecker, Tyler Jent, Phillip Johnson, Chris Kelley, Stavros Koumbaros, Jackson Matteck, Emily Ashton Meredith, Hamilton Moore, Anya Olsen, Alex Stone, Donelvan Thigpen, Madelaine Vandenberg and Keaton Whittaker.

The Creative Team 

  • Aubrey Berg, director
  • Stephen Goers, musical director
  • Samantha Pollino, choreographer
  • Thomas C. Umfrid, scenic designer
  • CJ Mellides, lighting designer
  • Kevin Semancik, sound designer
  • Jillian Coratti, costume designer
  • Jillian Floyd, wig & make-up designer
  • Tom Meglio, assistant director
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
  • Jenny Rissover, stage manager
  • Tom Kitt, musical arrangements and orchestrations

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 4
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 11
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to American Idiot are $31-35 for adults, $20-24 for non-UC students and $18-22 for UC students with a valid ID.

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

American Idiot is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 | Phone: 212-541-4684 | Fax: 212-397-4684 |

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Cast Announced for OKLAHOMA! at Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre

GHCT_logoRodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!

Directed by Rodney Neal

The Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre performs the musical OKLAHOMA! at 8 p.m. on April 27-30 and 2 p.m. on May 1, 2016.

The show is produced by Joellyn Goos, Carrie Rusche and Kevin Brunck. It is choreographed by Emily Brinkman. Sponsored by
Dr. and Mrs. Max Iltzsch.

David Hurt as Curly McClain, Chelsey Cavender as Laurey Williams, Rhonda Lucas as Aunt Eller, Angie Baker as Ado Annie, David Michel as Will Parker, Matt Neal as Ali Hakim, Coby Osborne as Jud Fry, Michael Reardon as Andrew Carnes, Hannah Brown as Gertie Cummings, Gary Bracknell as Ike Skidmore, Michael Wright as Cord Elam, Kaitrin McCoy as Ellen, Haley Charles as Kate, Elisabeth Yates as Vivian & Gaby Neal as Virginia
Womens ensemble: Joan Angst, Teresa Bayer Iltzsch, Kim Bracknell, Kenzie Carlyle, Lisa Dronberger, Abigail Farmer, Carmen Fields, Janine Graham, Julie Elizabeth Huster, Hannah Rose, Shirley Sheets, Kait White, Melanie Winsted & Olivia Marie Wolke
Mens ensemble: Bob Dronberger as Sam, David Eschenbrenner as Slim, Dylan Lucas as Jess Chalmers, Brett Parr as Mike, Dan Schindler as Joe, McClean Strickland as Fred, ​Christopher Koonce, Jim Graham, Brandon Burtis, Jake Brown & BJ Henderson
Childrens ensemble: Leah Allman, Haley Allman, Leah Bracknell, JaLeah Brackney, Chase Briggs, Emma Brown, Maura Brown, Josie Halverson, Jacob Hibbard, Emily Muench, Hannah Neal, Gabe Neal, Betsy Phillips, Makayla Platt, Angela Rusche & Kaiden Thomas
Specialty dancers: Kenzie Carlyle, Abigail Farmer, Julie Elizabeth Huster, Hannah Rose, Kait White, JaLeah Brackney, Makayla Platt, Kaitrin McCoy, Haley Charles, Elisabeth Yates & McClean Strickland

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WIT-Women in Theatre Announces First Premiere Play, RURAL FREE DELIVERY

Due to stuff that happens, “Rural Free Delivery” by Grace Epstein is postponed until October 2016.

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Playwright Grace Epstein

On April 1, 2016, a new play, RURAL FREE DELIVERY written by a local Kentucky/Ohio playwright, who teaches English and Film at the University of Cincinnati, opens on The Avenue Stage in Bellevue, Ky.  Grace Epstein has been writing dialogue since she was ten years old, but didn’t understand what to do with it until she minored in drama at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky.  She continued writing for the stage while working on her MA in Creative and Dramatic Writing and her PhD in Literature and Narrative at Ohio State University.

RURAL FREE DELIVERY has been a work-in-progress for five years since her sense of social and moral consciousness peaked and she realized that lesbians were not being represented on stage.  Then, three years ago, her daughter had a premature child by C-section.  She was astonished that recovering from a C-section was so much worse than from her own experience of natural childbirth.  Her youngest child was delivered at home and even though it was a breach birth, it was far less painful than a C-section.

In the 1970’s, The Home Birth Movement began in the United States.  Grace was quickly drawn to the idea that women need to support each other in childbirth and throughout their lives.  Before that time, women were not encouraged to breast feed or to have children at home.

Epstein’s play, RURAL FREE DELIVERY, merges these life experiences with many important issues of the day:  womens’ right to choose the best outcome for her own body, mixed racial marriages, gay marriage, and the political and cultural differences between rural folk and big city sophisticates.  It takes place in Western Kentucky’s mining country where trudging through 25 inches of snow to help another woman is the natural thing to do.

In this dramatic comedy, a lesbian couple has moved from a northern U.S. climate to a small, western Kentucky homestead.  Hava (played by Leah Heisel) is a Jewish biologist at a local university and the very pregnant Shirese (Burgess Byrd) is an African-American English teacher at the same university.  Joined by Hava’s straight sister, Lyla (Hannah Goodman), and a middle-aged, all-things-Kentucky, hands on woman (Liberty Fraysure), the four of them are both prepared and unprepared for 25 inches of snow, the onset of labor, and the secret about Lyla’s mother.

WIT-Women in Theatre is dedicated to producing and performing plays by, for, and about women.  Giving women the work they need and want on and behind stage helps bridge the gap caused by the fact that only 37% of all jobs in film and theatre are given to women of all races.  They are constantly searching for emerging female playwrights with a Feminist point of view.

“WIT doesn’t do theatre just to say we put on a show, we do theatre to have a conversation and to learn.”  Look for us on Facebook at

RURAL FREE DELIVERY is directed by Marta Backman Hyland and will run April 1, 2, 5, 8, 9 at The Avenue Stage, 520 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY, 41073.  The Avenue Stage is on the St. John United Church of Christ building.  Tickets will be available around March 1 on-line at:  There will also be tickets sold at the door.


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