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Auditions Announced for AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at Mariemont Players

MPI_logoMariemont Players and director Jerry Wiesenhahn announce auditions for AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS.

Audition Dates/Times:
7 PM – 9:30 PM Wednesday, October 18th
7 PM – 9:30 PM Thursday, October 19th

Please sign up via Sign-Up Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4aa9a92fa3f85-auditions.

Location:
Mariemont Players
4101 Walton Creek Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45227

Rehearsals:
Read-through Wednesday, 12/6. Weekday evenings starting mid-January. Tech week starts Sunday, 3/4.

Performance Dates:
March 9th-25th

Synopsis
A small troupe of actors takes on a global collection of unforgettable characters in this imaginative and theatrical re-imagining of the classic adventure. Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashed slapstick and snarky asides! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to travel the globe faster than ever before (a daunting task, even without being tracked by the detective who thinks Fogg is a robber on the run). Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show. H.G. Wells meets Monty Python!

Characters (4 men, 1 woman):

  • Phileas Fogg (M-30s-50s): The quintessential English gentleman – controlled, cool, and always dignified. Excellent British accent required.
  • Actor #2 (Male-20s-50s): Passepartout (Fogg’s unflappable French servant) + 3 British characters
  • Actor #3 (Female-20s-30s): 3 female characters, 2 male characters (Indian and British accents)
  • Actor #4 (Male-20s-60s): 10 different characters (British, Indian, and American accents)
  • Actor #5 (M-20s-60s): 17 characters (British, Indian, Chinese, and American accents)

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and some improvisation. Seeking quick-change character actors able to adopt outrageously broad characters in the blink of an eye and switch of a hat.

Please bring a current head shot and resume.

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Auditions Announced for THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS at CenterStage Players

CSPOH_logoCenterStage Players is happy to announce auditions for their February show, THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS by Linda Daughtery, directed by Karen Vanover.

Auditions: 

  • Friday Sept 22, 2017  6:30-8:30 pm
  • Wed. Sept 27, 2017 6:30-8:30 pm

The director is looking for 7 young ladies who will be 12-17 as of Jan 1, 2018 and 3 women (stage age: 35-50).

Read through and company meetings will be held in November.

Rehearsals will start January 5, 2018 and run Mondays-Fridays. (no weekend rehearsals).

Performances: February 16-18 and 22-24, 2018.

All rehearsals and performances will be held at Lockland Sr. High, 249 W Forrer, Cincinnati 45215.

Complete the audition form by September 20:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc55KnNRGqv8KcNuvaC4oWqF6OjXAwjefFF3RqRQnCUL6KMuA/viewform?usp=sf_link

“Take every female you know to see this play, then go somewhere and talk. It is a candid, stark, and artistically brutal look at bullying, peer pressure, self-abuse, and finding one’s own value. … shocking and boldly written.” -Better Than Broadway.com

If you have a daughter under 18, you need to see this show. And if she’s over 11, you need to take her with you. Linda Daugherty’s powerful script …[is] what many say the theater should be—a moment for reflection about what’s true and, in this case, dangerously hidden.” -People Newspapers

In this honest and unflinching dramatization, a window is opened into the tumultuous and destructive world of bullying. Abby seeks to gain acceptance as the newest member of the school championship volleyball team. As she and her teammates struggle to find a friend, a place in the group and themselves, their jockeying for position is sometimes humorous and often heartbreaking. Invitations are extended or withheld, individual friendships sacrificed to collective judgments, and alliances formed and changed daily as they careen from exclusion to isolation to acceptance and back again. Bullying in the form of gossiping, keeping secrets, using friendship as a weapon, name-calling, exclusion, spreading rumors, backbiting, clinging to cliques and manipulation become a prelude to dangerous behaviors such as depression, cutting, eating disorders, and premature sexuality. The adults in the girls’ lives are either unable or unwilling to change their behaviors. Though desperately concerned, Abby’s mother is unable to make contact with her daughter, while the volleyball coach and team mom enable rather than work to effect change. When faced with the consequences of their actions, these young women ultimately resolve—one by one—to change their behaviors. Based upon interviews with girls on the giving and receiving end of bullying, the play highlights the impact of “cyberbullying,” the facilitation of mean-spirited behaviors through the use of cell phones, text and instant messaging, e-mail and chat rooms. The portrayal of the sobering reality of these girls’ lives can start a conversation in homes, schools and communities, providing the opportunity to reveal the secrets and address the complexities which dominate the lives of many young women.

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Auditions Announced for the MAY FESTIVAL CHORUS

MFC_logoBe among the first to sing on stage at the newly renovated Music Hall! Robert Porco, director of choruses, will be holding open auditions for all voice parts during the summer and early fall. Auditions are by appointment only and will be held on the following dates:

THU SEP 7 | 4-9 pm
FRI SEP 8 | 4-9 pm

Other dates/times may be available on request. All auditions to be held at Knox Presbyterian Church. More information: http://www.mayfestival.com/chorus/auditions/

Those auditioning are asked to prepare two solos from classical literature, one in English and one in a foreign language. Sight reading and extensive vocalization are also a part of the audition process. An accompanist will be provided.

For more information or to schedule an audition please call the May Festival Office at 513 744-3229 or email: RWetzel@mayfestival.com

Rehearsals are regularly scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 7:00-10:00 pm at Music Hall. The season runs from a September 9th retreat though the 2018 May Festival.

The May Festival Chorus has earned acclaim locally, nationally and internationally for its musicality, vast range of repertoire and sheer power of sound. The Chorus of 130 professionally trained singers is the core artistic element of the Cincinnati May Festival as well as the official chorus of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops.

We are anticipating a very exciting season ahead as we return to Cincinnati’s newly renovated Music Hall. The upcoming season will include performances with the CSO of major works by Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Carl Orff and a world premiere by Julia Adolphe. The 2018 May Festival repertoire will be announced soon.

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Auditions Announced for THE BIBLE: THE COMPLETE WORD OF GOD (ABRIDGED) at Fairfield Footlighters

fflAn affectionate, irreverent roller-coaster ride from fig leaves to Final Judgment.

Auditions: September 5 & 6 at 6:30pm
Auditions will consist of prepared monologue (1-minute, comedic) and cold-readings from the script. Please be prepared to list all rehearsal conflicts.

THE BIBLE is directed by Zachary Brown.

Cast: 3 actors, able to play various ages.

Rehearsals: Mon-Thru, 6:30-9pm

Performances: November 10-12, 17-19, 2017

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Playhouse in the Park Selects BHDP to Lead Design of Capital Renovation 

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President and CEO of Messer Construction Co. Tom Keckeis; Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison; Playhouse Capital Campaign Chairman Woody Taft; BHDP Architecture CEO Mike Habel; and Playhouse Managing Director Buzz Ward.

Messer, TriVersity named as construction partners

CINCINNATI (Aug. 31, 2017)—Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s board of trustees approved today the selection of BHDP Architecture as the architectural firm to design the new, state-of-the-art Mainstage Theatre complex, which is the centerpiece of the Playhouse’s major capital renovation. Construction is expected to begin in spring of 2019 and be completed for opening in the fall of 2020. Officials also announced Messer Construction Co. and TriVersity Construction as construction partners for the project.

“After reviewing the qualifications of architectural firms throughout the country, BHDP was the clear choice to lead the future design of the Playhouse,” stated Blake Robison, artistic director. “They have the capabilities and the creativity to provide an imaginative and memorable design that will integrate the space with our iconic location in the park and provide a state-of-the-art theatre that brings an intimate experience to our audiences.”

BHDP is an award-winning international architectural firm headquartered in Cincinnati with offices in Columbus, OH; Atlanta, GA; Pittsburgh, PA; and Raleigh, NC. They are recognized for intelligent, innovative and inspiring solutions in architecture, planning, interior design, project management, strategic consulting and facilities management.

“BHDP is pleased to be selected to design such a high-profile project as Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park. Our goals are to honor Eden Park’s historic Shelterhouse Theatre and connect with the unique Mt. Adams hillside neighborhood while creating an inspiring and memorable experience for all the Playhouse patrons, company members, and staff,” said Mike Habel, BHDP’s CEO.

The Playhouse previously chose Messer and TriVersity as the construction firms to complete the project.

“The design firms in this city are second to none, so while this was a difficult choice to make, BHDP impressed everyone with their artistic vision and solutions-focused approach,” said Tom Keckeis, president and CEO, Messer Construction Co.

In the last five years, Messer has built and renovated world-class performing arts facilities in Cincinnati valued at more than $100 million and a combined 330,000 square feet of space, emerging as the local leader in performing arts construction management. Messer brings to the table a focus on safety, quality, cost control, and inclusion, as well as an award-winning project team, which includes project management personnel from TriVersity, a long-time partner of Messer.

“We’re pleased to add our project management expertise and commitment to safety, quality and diversity to the Playhouse partnership with Messer and to support such an important cultural asset,” TriVersity CEO Mel Gravely added.

The Playhouse announced a capital campaign earlier this year to replace the current Marx Theatre with a brand-new Mainstage Theatre complex, including improved production support spaces and enhanced patron amenities. It is phase one of a Facility Master Plan with future phases to include additional capacity for increased initiatives in community engagement and educational outreach across the region.

“One of BHDP’s strengths was their ability to envision a space where we could make significant facility improvements in the first phase of construction, with seamless additions to the design in future phases as part of a facilities master plan,” explained Buzz Ward/Woody Taft.

The capital campaign itself remains in the quiet stage; an exact fundraising goal along with designs for the future spaces will be announced in early 2018.

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About Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Winner of two Tony awards, the Playhouse is the region’s preeminent professional theatre with unequaled access to the nation’s finest actors, directors, and designers.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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