Monthly Archives: May 2016

OLIVER! Runs June 9-18

East Side Players
June 9-18
Blue Ash Recreation Center

Directed by Sonja Hansen

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OLIVER! is the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the orphanage, run by the heartless Mr. Bumble. After running away Oliver hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by a con artist, Fagin, where he meets the artful Dodger and Nancy. When Oliver goes on his first pick-pocketing job, he is caught by the police. He soon realizes that neither he nor Nancy are fit for a life of crime. The man that Oliver robbed, Mr. Brownlow, learns of his sad past and brings him into his own home.

  • Thu-Sun, June 9-12 at 7:30pm
  • Wed-Sat, June 15-18 at 7:30pm

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Queen City Queer Theatre Collective Stages THE ANXIETY PROJECT in June

QCQTC_The Anxiety Project logoThe Queen City Queer Theatre Collective will host a 10-day developmental lab for the new song cycle musical, THE ANXIETY PROJECT. The workshop will culminate in a final public performance on Monday June 13th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Based on real stories of those suffering with anxiety/depression, this new contemporary musical features book and lyrics by David Brush and music by Rachel Dean. Queen City Queer Theatre Collective co-founder and Artistic Director Lindsey Augusta Mercer will direct the project.

THE ANXIETY PROJECT is described as “a new song cycle that explores true stories of suffering, loss, struggle, alienation, friendship, brokenness, love, hate and everything that comes with anxiety and depression disorders. The show combats one of the last great stigmas, giving voice to the people who live it – using the actual words of those for whom this disease is a large part of their lives. At once poignant and touching, this new musical explores the effects of mental illness on our collective minds – and how ignoring it leaves ripples in our social existence.”

“The project is really a labor of love,” says Brush. “The stigma of mental illness means we are losing more and more people every year to this disease. The Anxiety Project is born from a desire Rachel and I had to give a voice to those who feel the shame and fear that often accompany both the symptoms and the treatment of anxiety/depression.”

The genesis of the show came from submitted stories to a blog series of the same name through Ryan Scott Oliver’s Crazytown. Brush and Dean wrote many of the show’s songs through the blog forum. Cincinnati will represent the show’s first live incarnation. “There’s nothing more helpful for writers than getting to work with actors and seeing new work on its feet,” says Dean. “QCQTC is an integral part of the process of developing new pieces, and we’re so grateful for their work with us and with other writers.”

The cast for the staged musical reading will include: Griff Bludworth, Kaleigh Brooke-Dillingham, Hannah Gregory, Andrew Maloney, Erin McCamley, Spenser Smith, & Robert Carlton.Stimmel.

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Auditions Announced for AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Beechmont Players

BPI_logoAuditions will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 10, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 11. Auditions will be held at the Anderson Center – Community Room B (7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati).

Ten guilty strangers are brought together on an isolated island by invitations from an unknown host. One by one they are accused of murder; one by one they succumb to an unseen, diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme foretells how each of the ten will meet their death until finally there are none.

Headshots/resumes are welcomed/encouraged, but not necessary. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

Character descriptions: Ages listed represent stage ages, not necessarily the actual ages of the actors/actresses.

  • Vera Claythorne – Attractive young governess. Intelligent and capable, if subject to hysteria. Age range: 20s.
  • Philip Lombard – Good-looking man with a touch of the adventurer about him. Attracted to Vera. Age range: 30s.
  • Sir Lawrence Wargrave – Highly intelligent older man with a commanding personality. Age range: 40s-60s.
  • Dr. Armstrong – Fussy, somewhat timid. Recovering alcoholic. Age range: 40s-60s.
  • William Blore – Middle-aged, somewhat shifty. Private detective, initially passing him off as someone else. Age range: 40s-50s.
  • Emily Brent – Tall, thin suspicious-looking woman. Somewhat righteous. Age range: 40-60s.
  • General MacKenzie – Upright, soldierly old man. Gentle, tired. Age range: 60s-70s.
  • Anthony Marston – Rich, spoiled playboy. Not very intelligent. Age range: 20s-30s.
  • Rogers – A competent middle-aged manservant. Age range: 30s-40s
  • Mrs. Rogers – Rogers’ wife. Thin, worried, frightened-looking. Age range: 30s-40s.
  • Fred Narracott – Ferry captain who brings the guests to the island. Gruff. Age range: 30s-60s.

Directed by Jim Waldfogle
Produced by Barbara Alenduff
By Agatha Christie

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

The performance dates are October 21 – 29, 2016.

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THE FISHERMAN’S WIFE Runs June 24-July 16

KTC_The Fisherman's Wife logoTHE FISHERMAN’S WIFE
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
June 24-July 16

Directed by Andrew Hungerford

Cast: Miranda McGee, Cal Harris, James Creque, Eileen Earnest & Andrew Ian Adams

Vanessa and Cooper’s marriage is on the rocks. She wants adventure (especially in the bedroom). He is compelled to fish the uncaring sea. Their relationship seems doomed to lethal monotony until a pair of magical sea creatures with erotomania and an “Alternatively Attractive” traveling salesman with a bag full of mysterious wares come to town. With talismans, tentacles, and puppets, you are in for a wild night by the seashore!

  • Fri-Sat, June 24-25 at 8pm
  • Sun, June 26 at 3pm
  • Thu-Sat, June 30-July 2 at 8pm
  • Sun, July 3 at 3pm
  • Thu-Sat, July 7-9 at 8pm
  • Sun, July 10 at 3pm
  • Thu-Sat. July 14-16 at 8pm

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Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID Runs June 23-26

Bart’s Bards
June 23-26
St. Bartholomew Church [Springfield Township]

Directed by Richard Lee Waldeck
Vocals and Orchestra directed by Teresa Riestenberg
Choreographed by Maddy Fessler
Produced by Erica Mason & Carrie Vogel

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Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

  • Thu-Fri, June 23-24 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 25 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 26 at 2pm

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