Monthly Archives: April 2018

Loveland Stage Company Presents DON’T DRINK THE WATER

LSC_Dont Drink the Water logoThe Loveland Stage Company unleashes the comedy play Don’t Drink the Water on May 11, 2018.  Veteran actor John Sloan is marking his second time as a director.  John made his directorial debut in the spring of 2017 with the hilariously successful A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  His producers are ACT award winner Tom Cavano and veteran actor Jill Gornet, his mother.

Don’t Drink the Water is a farce with the classical elements of mistaken identities, mayhem, and misadventure.  The story takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain in the 1960’s.  American tourists, Walter Hollander, his wife Marion, and their adult daughter Susan rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the communist police. They suspect the Hollanders of spying while picture-taking in a restricted area.   Alas, the embassy is provisionally being run by the ambassador’s charming but bumbling son, Axel Magee. Axel, along with embassy staff and guests, manages to prolong the Hollanders’ asylum by muddling everything.  Amid the insanity, will the Hollander family ever be able to escape?

Don’t Drink the Water, written by playwright and comedian, Woody Allen, opened in 1966, at the Morosco Theatre in New York City and ran for 598 performances. Shortly after opening, the New York Daily News wrote that Don’t Drink the Water “moved the audience to great laughter … Allen’s imagination is daffy, his sense of the ridiculous is keen and gags snap, crackle and pop.”

The Loveland Stage Company cast stars Joel Lind as Walter, Cathy Alter as Marion, Morgan Carter as Susan and Alex Ross as Axel. The cast also features Tom Caruso, Becky Cole, Vincent Eldridge, Gary Giver, Christopher Koonce, Matt Lovell, Charlie Rader, and Pia Rader.

Don’t miss this extremely funny farce.  You will laugh from the curtain opening to the cast bows. Tickets are available for evening performances at 7:30 pm on May 11, 12, 18, and 19 and matinee performances at 3:00 pm on May 13 and 20.  To order tickets, please visit our website at  All performances are held at the Loveland Stage Company Theater, 111 South Second Street, Loveland, Ohio 45140.


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Auditions Announced for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at East Side Players

esp_logoEast Side Players presents its 2018 summer show: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!

Final day of auditions are Sunday, May 6, 12:30 to 5 pm.

Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are strongly preferred. Please visit   to fill out a registration form and get production info.

All ages are welcome, but anyone over the age of 16 wishing to audition for a named character should prepare a one-minute monologue and a Broadway-style song in the same theme as the show. Songs from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST are fine. Please bring a tape, CD, iPod, MP3, phone, etc. to provide accompaniment (no a cappella, please). We will have a CD player and amp; however, if you have your music on a newer iPhone, please bring an adapter. Music should be pre-downloaded, as some phones do not get a good signal at the amphitheater. After everyone has performed a song, we may ask you to read an excerpt from the show. After the audition, you will be given information about what happens next. The cast list will be available to everyone by Wednesday, May 24 at 7 P.M. Rehearsals will begin Sunday, June 10.

Rehearsals are Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7 to 10pm. Not all actors are called to all rehearsals, but as we get close to performances, expect to be called for every rehearsal once we start running the show!

Shows at ESP are double cast. Performance dates for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST are August 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, and 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

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Comedy Writing Workshop at Women Writing for (a) Change

WWFAC_logo“Finding Your Satirical Voice” with Scott Levy

  • Date: 05-10-2018 to 05-12-2018
  • Time: Thursday, 6:30-9:30pm to Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm (No class on Friday)
  • Tuition: $90.00
  • Open to: All Genders 18+

Learn to use comedy to express your point of view-and have fun doing it! Click here to register.

In an outrageous world, there is much to be outraged about. You have a great deal on your mind and much to say. But if you want people to hear you, the best way to do it is to make them laugh!

Offered in partnership with City Fusion, this two-day workshop will show you how you already have what you need to get those laughs: Perspective and passion. You will learn how to harness those attributes to construct the comedy sketch, the comedic monologue, and the character-based comedic essay.

Want to say goodbye forever to writer’s block? Discover structures and exercises that will serve you always? Customize your own personal comic tool kit?

With focused in-class writing activities, the viewing of classic comedy pieces, joyful & supportive improvisational games, and more, you will find your satirical voice.

Find that voice. Express yourself. Make ’em laugh.

  • Thursday, May 10: 6:30-9:30pm
  • Saturday, May 12: 1:00-4:00pm

Scott Levy returns from his adopted home of Chicago to his native city of Cincinnati. He now teaches for the Writing Program at the famed Second City Training Center. Before departing for the windy Lake Michigan Shores, Scott was an announcer and music host for Greater Cincinnati’s late, lamented WNKU, and was a writer and performer for The Monkeytime Comedy Troupe, who toured the region and produced the NPR syndicated program, It’s Monkeytime! Some of his other Chicago credits include being a writer and performer for the acclaimed satire The Best Church Of God, improvising in the Second City Unhinged show Every Old Man Was Once Young, and work as a contributor to the popular live weekly satirical magazine The Paper Machete.

Location & Special Instructions
Women Writing for (a) Change
6906 Plainfield Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236

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Auditions Announced for SNOOPY The Musical at Union Community Theatre

UCT_logoUnion Community Theatre on Union Square Announces Auditions for SNOOPY! The Musical.

Produced by Amanda Emmons Shumate and Karen Franxman
Directed by Micheal Kiser
Vocal Directed by Matthew Nassida
Choreographed by Kate Crotty

Those interested in auditioning are asked to sign up for an audition time by visiting our website!  For questions, please contact Micheal Kiser at


  • Sunday, May 20th: 2pm-4pm (by appointment)
  • Tuesday, May 22nd: 6pm-9pm (by appointment)

*Callbacks (if needed) Thursday, May 24th: 6pm-9pm (by invitation)

Auditions held at the Ferguson Community Center at the Boone County Historic Courthouse located at 2988 Washington Street, Burlington, KY.

  • Headshot and resume are requested but not required.
  • At this time, we are asking that those auditioning be 16 years old or older.
  • Please prepare 16-36 measures of a song that best showcases your vocal range and charisma. You should provide your own sheet music for the pianist. Pianist will be provided by UCT.  Sheet music should be marked with cuts and in the correct key.  We request that those auditioning not use prerecorded music on CD and not sing a Capella. Please refrain from singing songs from SNOOPY!! The Musical.
  • You may be asked to read from the script. No monologue is required.
  • There will be no dance audition at initial audition, but may be asked to dance at callbacks.

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Troy Civic Theatre presents MAKING GOD LAUGH by Sean Grennan

TROY_Make God Laugh logoTroy, Ohio – April 28, 2018: Troy Civic Theatre is excited to announce their upcoming production, MAKING GOD LAUGH.

Woody Allen once said: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”. Sean Grennan’s heart-warming dramatic comedy MAKING GOD LAUGH follows Ruth, Bill, and their three grown children during various holidays over the course of 30 years. Beginning in 1980, Richard, Tom, and Maddie start making plans for their lives, never guessing where their paths will end.

Director Steve Dietrich, from Sidney, is assisted by stage manager Peg Dietrich. MAKING GOD LAUGH stars Dayton actors Alain Alejandro as Bill, Rachel Smith as Maddie, and Gage Emerson as Richard, Troy actor Beth Shrake as Ruth, and Tipp City actor Derek Dunavent as Tom.

MAKING GOD LAUGH is being presented with permission from Playscripts. Performances run May 4-6, 11-13, 2018 at the Barn in the Park on Adams Street in Troy, at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $14 each, and are available by calling the theatre box office at 937-339-7700 or online at

Troy Civic Theatre is a non-profit community theatre located about 20 minutes north of Dayton. TCT has been honored with several Dayton-area and Ohio regional and state performance and technical awards over the years, and has continued to bring quality entertainment to Troy for more than 50 years. For more information, please contact the theatre at 937-339-7700 or visit their website at

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