Two Seasons Announced at West Side Theatres

Covedale Center and Warsaw Federal Incline Theater Boast
Exciting, Eclectic Titles Through Spring 2018
 

CLPCincinnati Landmark Productions announced its next slate of shows at its two theaters tonight at the annual Double Season Announcement party.

With the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts wrapping up its 15th year and the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater in its second full year, the west side theatre group is now producing year-around at its two venues. CLP designed three production seasons at the two theaters to appeal to current patrons and to reach new audiences.

Tonight, the west-side theater group announced its 2017-18 Covedale Center ‘Marquee Series’ as well as the 2017-18 Warsaw Federal Incline Theater ‘District Series.’

The shows are:

Covedale Center Marquee Series, presented by Cincinnati Federal and TriHealth:

  • The Miracle Worker, September 7 – October 1, 2017
  • Young Frankenstein, October 19 – November 12, 2017
  • Annie, November 30 – December 23, 2017
  • Guys and Dolls, February 15 – March 11, 2018
  • Oklahoma, April 5-29, 2018

Warsaw Federal Incline Theater District Series:

  • Cabaret, September 28 – October 15, 2017
  • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, January 25 – February 11, 2018
  • Monty Python’s Spamalot, March 22 – April 8, 2018

CCPAThe Covedale Center Marquee Series subscriptions are $120 for all 5 shows and are now available. Current subscribers can renew their seats through June 23, 2017. Tickets to single shows go on sale July 24, 2017. The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 4990 Glenway Avenue.

District Series subscriptions for the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater are $69 for all 3 shows and are now available. Current subscribers can renew their seats through June 23, 2017. Tickets to single shows go on sale July 24, 2017. The Warsaw Federal Incline Theater is located at 801 Matson Place.

At the announcement event, Cincinnati Landmark Productions outlined some programming changes as well. Beginning with the 2017-18 theatre season, CLP will reduce the Marquee Series from 6 productions to 5 and the District Series from 4 to 3 productions. Then, beginning in Summer 2018, an additional production will be added to the Summer Classics Season, bringing it from 3 shows to 4.

“From an organizational perspective, this greatly streamlines production bandwidth and maximizes our greatest strengths while still allowing us to grow and build new audiences,” said Tim Perrino, executive artistic director of Cincinnati Landmark Productions. “Most importantly, this allows us to truly offer year-round, affordable, locally-produced entertainment for our base audience.”

Perrino said that the company would be no less busy. There are 212 annual performance nights planned in this new structure, with 90 performances planned for the Covedale Center and 122 at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater.

WFIT_Sign at nightThe Marquee Series and District Series seasons complement Cincinnati Landmark Productions’ previously announced 2017 Summer Classics Season at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, presented by TriHealth:

  • Damn Yankees, May 24 – June 18, 2017
  • Blithe Spirit, June 28 – July 23, 2017
  • The Drowsy Chaperone, August 2-27, 2017

The Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, opened in June 2015, is a brand new, purpose-built, 229-seat performing arts center and parking garage in the Incline District in East Price Hill. Located at the corner of Matson Place and West 8th Street, the $6 million project was finished on time and on budget. All 45 performances during the debut 2015 Summer Classics Season were sold out.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions has been serving the West Side for over 30 years – first through its Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre program and then through its ownership and management of the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts in West Price Hill. Since opening in 2002, the arts center quadrupled its subscribership. Attendance ballooned from 13,990 in the 2002-03 season to over 55,000 (representing more than 300 zip codes) last season.

Sponsorships and Donor programs for the theaters and new seasons are still available. For more information, call (513) 241-6550.

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FULL SHOW DESCRIPTIONS

2017-18 Covedale Center Marquee Series
presented by Cincinnati Federal and TriHealth

THE MIRACLE WORKER
September 7 – October 1, 2017
By William Gibson

Immortalized on stage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie’s success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: “water.” Winner of the 1960 Tony Award.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
October 19 – November 12, 2017
Book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan; Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. Young Frankenstein has all the panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment.

ANNIE
November 30 – December 23, 2017
Book by Thomas Meehan; Music By Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Martin Charnin

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes and foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.  Features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.” Winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

GUYS AND DOLLS
February 15 – March 11, 2018
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser; Book by Jo Swirling and Abe Burrows

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer Adelaide laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

OKLAHOMA!
April 5-29, 2018
Music by Richard Rodgers; Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs

Set in a Western Indian Territory just at the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and the cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax through the triumphant title song.

2017-18 Warsaw Federal Incline Theater District Series:

CABARET
September 28 – October 15, 2017
Book by Joe Masteroff; Based on the play by John Van Druten; Stories by Christopher Isherwood; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb

The scene is the Kit Kat Klub, a night club in Berlin, 1931. The Nazis are rising to power. A young American writer, Cliff Bradshaw, is in a very complicated relationship with 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. As he seeks a meaningful life, she claims to seek only its pleasures. Meanwhile, the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor, is headed for tragedy as Germany veers toward fascism. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies, presenting the songs in the club as ominous political developments seep into the lives and hearts of the lovers. This Tony Award-winning Best Musical includes the songs “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “The Money Song” and the all-time hit “Cabaret.”

FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS
January 25 – February 11, 2018
By Alan Ball

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith, the bride’s younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women’s spirit.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
March 22 – April 8, 2018
Book and Lyrics: Eric Idle; Music: John Du Prez

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?  The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” and received 14 Tony Award nominations. Hilarious songs include: “I’m Not Dead Yet,” “His Name is Lancelot” and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!”

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