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Anderson Theatre’s JANE EYRE Reflects Modern Issues

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Twenty Five AHS students make up the cast of Anderson Theatre’s winter play, JANE EYRE, including Junior Hailey Mauk as Jane Eyre, Junior Adam Radcliffe as Mr. Rochester, and Senior Megan Goodlett as Bertha. Photo taken at the Willadel Mansion in Judson Village by Jennifer Alessandrini.

“We always want our shows to be relevant to the students lives,” says Anderson Theatre Director Hannah Linser-Wilder, “and I chose ‘Jane Eyre’ because it speaks to issues of female empowerment that we are still dealing with today.” Anderson Theatre’s Winter Play, “Jane Eyre,” opens on February 23 and runs through the 25th. Incorporating dance and shadow-box lighting techniques, it ties the original story to the current day.

The play was adapted from the classic Charlotte Brontë novel by playwright Polly Teal. Ms. Linser-Wilder says, “I searched a long time for the right adaptation of this story I love. It is too easy to make it just about romance or religion. Teal’s version focuses on what I think is important—the life journey of Jane herself, and the reality of what the world was like before feminism existed.”

“It is very relevant for today,” says Junior Hailey Mauk, who plays Jane. “Women can still struggle to explain how they feel, and be told what they are supposed to feel and when to feel it.”

The character of Bertha, played by Senior Megan Goodlett, is onstage throughout the play, reacting to Jane’s experience through dance. Ms. Mauk explains, “Dance helps the audience to understand what Jane is thinking when she can’t express her own feelings.”

“We are all are aware of the issues in the news,” says Ms. Linser-Wilder, “but to really understand them I think it is important to take a step back and look at where we started.”

Sophomore Caitlin Walsh plays Mrs. Fairfax, who she says, “serves as a way to remind Jane of the patriarchal society she lives in. Where Jane seeks some sort of change, Mrs. Fairfax would rather have things stay the same. I find it interesting how many Mrs. Fairfaxes I see in my own life; a lot of people around me prefer to stay on the fence about current events. While they don’t directly oppose it, they aren’t exactly for it, either.”

In contrast, Sophomore Sarah Amrine says “My character, Mary Rivers, and her sister Diana serve as role models of single but independent women, which was not common in this time period.” She believes this is another way that “this show is still very relevant for audiences in modern times.”

“This show is powerful for everyone,” adds Ms. Walsh. “There’s romance, action, inner turmoil, and so much more than meets the eye. It encourages people to fight for what they believe in. Working on this show has been incredible for me. I’ve had the chance to look at the world from not just my own, new viewpoint, but from those of other actors and their characters alike.”

Performances of “Jane Eyre” are at 7:00 pm on February 23 and 24, and 2:00 pm on February 25. Tickets cost $10 each, and can be purchased online at www.ShowTix4U.com. For more information about the show and the full Anderson Theatre season, visit www.AndersonTheatre.com

 

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Menopause The Musical | March 22-31 | Aronoff Center

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NATIONAL TOUR OF MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL® PLAYS
CINCINNATI’S ARONOFF CENTER FROM MARCH 22-31
FOR 12 PERFORMANCES!
Tickets On Sale Now!

CINCINNATI, OH – GFour Productions, winners of fifty-six Drama Desk and forty-four Tony Awards, are proudly bringing the international hit show Menopause The Musical® to the Aronoff Center’s intimate Jarson-Kaplan Theater from March 22-31 for twelve performances (see performance schedule below). The show is part of Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2017-18 Presenting Season.

Menopause The Musical® is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” Now celebrating sixteen years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical® has evolved as a “grassroots” movement of women who deal with life adjustments after forty by embracing each other and the road ahead.

Set in a department store, four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing similarities among one another, the cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain, and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.” 

Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical® was created as a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “The Change.” The laughter-filled 90-minute production gets audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies from classic pop songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.

Menopause The Musical®, now in its sixteenth year of production, is recognized as the longest-running scripted production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The hilarious musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities, and a total of fifteen countries. For more information, visit www.MenopauseTheMusical.com. 

Menopause The Musical® Performance Schedule 

  • Thursday, March 22 @ 8:00 PM
  • Friday, March 23 @ 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 24 @ 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 25 @ 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 27 @ 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 28 @ 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 29 @ 8:00 PM
  • Friday, March 30 @ 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 31 @ 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM

About GFour Productions
Proud producers of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL – now in its sixteenth year of production. The show is the longest-running scripted production in Las Vegas history, and can be seen nightly at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino on the fifty yard line of the Las Vegas strip. MENOPAUSE is also on tour around the U.S., as well as playing in Spain, Mexico City, and the U.K. Other recent successes include GROUNDHOG DAY THE MUSICAL, nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical; THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG on Broadway, winner of London’s Olivier Award for Best Comedy; and the acclaimed production of DREAMGIRLS, currently selling out on London’s West End. Their Tony Award-nominated production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will launch its national tour in the fall of 2018, and their Tony Award-winning production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL starring five-time Tony Award winner, Audra McDonald, opened on London’s West End in the summer of 2017.  Other selected highlights include winning the 2013 Tony Award for their 50th anniversary production of Edward Albee’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF; co-financing the five-time Tony Award, five-time Drama Desk Award, and seven-time Olivier Award winner for Best Musical, MATILDA THE MUSICAL; and producing the popular 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL with music by Dolly Parton, and RING OF FIRE, the Johnny Cash Musical Show. They began producing in 1981 with NINE, winning the Tony Award that year for Best Musical. Among their favorite past Broadway productions are MY ONE AND ONLY starring Tommy Tune, ZORBA THE GREEK starring Anthony Quinn, THE RINK starring Liza Minnelli, BABY, GRAND HOTEL, GRIND, BIG, TRUE WEST, and the original and the revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, which won them Tony Awards for Best Musical in 1983 and Best Revival in 2004. Their combined shows have been nominated for 121 Tony Awards, winning 44, and 110 Drama Desk Awards, winning 56. For more information, please visit http://www.GFourProductions.com.

CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION SPONSORS 

SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), FURNITURE FAIRLOCAL12 WKRC, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Macy’sOhio Valley Wines,  Pepsi, Prosource, Skyline Chili, Spoon & Cellar, TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle, USI 

Menopause The Musical® PRESENTING SPONSOR:  Pure Romance

Menopause The Musical® MEDIA PARTNER:  WARM98-FM

Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.6 million students. For more information, visit www.CincinnatiArts.org.

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Miami University Department of Music Presents GHOST STORIES

MU_Ghost Stories logoMiami vocalists to perform GHOST STORIES
Music inspiring a feast for the senses

Miami University Department of Music presents Ghost Stories, an evening featuring two operas including Gustav Holst’s SAVITRI, and THE MEDIUM, by Gian Carlo Menotti. Performances are March 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Gates-Abegglen Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts.

The production features a cast of Miami student vocalists, with stage direction by Leland Kimball, an award-winning visiting artist who previously directed Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring at Miami in 2014.

SAVITRI and THE MEDIUM were written in close proximity to two catastrophic world wars and the omnipresence of death accompanying them. Holst’s opera premiered in 1916, and THE MEDIUM reached the stage and even television right after WWII. Menotti was inspired by a real-life seance he attended in 1936 near Salzburg, Austria, where a baroness sought to contact her dead daughter, Doodly.

“Curiosity about life after death and the possibility of “other realities” have long sparked our collective imagination,” said Leland Kimball. “Music lends itself to portraying sensations that cannot be seen or touched,” he said.

Music direction is by Benjamin Smolder, associate professor of music and director of the opera program at Miami University. Smolder also serves as the National Director for the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition.

The production team includes Lisa Hasson, vocal coach; Rob Holland, lighting design; Issac Ramsey (’06), set design; Joy Galbraith, costume design; and Alex Lusht, sound design.

The William E. Schmidt Foundation serves as sponsor for GHOST STORIES as well as the season sponsor for the Miami Opera program.

Show tickets are $15 Adult, and $10 Student/Youth, available at the Miami University Box Office, online at MiamiOH.edu/boxoffice.

Read more about the production at muopera.com/ghost-stories.html

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Auditions Announced for Role of Daniel in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at Incline Theater

CLPCincinnati Landmark Productions is seeking to fill the role of Daniel in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND.

Requirements:
The script calls for a medium toned to light skinned African American or Caribbean, Latino/Hispanic or mixed race male singer/dancer.

Age range 21-30.
Tenor.
Role requires dancing in an Afro-Caribbean style (of course we’ll teach you the movement).

Daniel is Ti Moune’s love interest; a handsome, aristocratic young man who struggles with crossing social barriers; sensitive and poetic.

The Audition:

WHEN: Sat., March 3rd
TIME: 10:30 am
WHERE: Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre – 801 Matson Place Cincinnati, OH 45204

If interested, please contact Jennifer Perrino at jenniferperrino@CLPShows.org. Jennifer will provide you with the song you will need to sing at the audition.

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Auditions Announced for FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS at Tri-County Players

TCP_logoTriCounty Players Auditions for FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS by Alan Ball. 

  • Wednesday, March 7th 7:00pm
  • Thursday, March 8th 7:00pm

Evendale Community Church
3270 Glendale Milford Rd  Cincinnati, OH 45241

Cast Requirements:

  • 5 Female – stage age 20s/30s
  • 1 Male – stage age 20a/30s

Be prepared to do cold readings from the script.

Show dates are May 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12.
Performance will be in Evendale

Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, March 13th in Blue Ash
Enter the church building through the lower level parking lot.

Contact the Director, Judy Berrens with any questions. goddessofsplendor@yahoo.com or 513.608.3392.
During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, 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 rebellious sister, 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.

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