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Auditions Announced for GODSPELL, JR at Rivertown Players

RP_logoAugust 7th & 8th
6-8 PM
Hamline Chapel

Auditions are open to all children ages 4-18. There are roles available for singers, dancers, actors, and ensemble. Please prepare a short song. Some auditionees may be asked to read from the script.

Rehearsals will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6-8 PM.

SHOW DATES
Friday, October 19th
Saturday, October 20th
Lawrenceburg High School

Please contact director, Nicole Folop at njfolop@gmail.com with any questions.

“A group of disciples help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.”

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Auditions Announced for THE BUTLER DID IT at Rivertown Players Inc.

RP_logoWe are excited to announce auditions for this year’s Hillforest Murder Mystery, THE BUTLER DID IT.

Auditionsto be held August 26th at 2pm and August 27th at 6:30pm at Hamline Chapel in Lawrenceburg.

We will be casting four male and five female roles.

Please contact director, Bev Toon at btoon@embarqmail.com with any questions.

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Patron Services Association Sought by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoCincinnati Playhouse in the Park is an equal opportunity employer and encourages inquiries about this position from a broad spectrum of candidates reflecting the diversity of the community we serve.

Patron Services Associate

Cincinnati Playhouse is searching for Patron Services Associates. The successful candidates will be self-motivated individuals and given the opportunity to elevate the role of hospitality and sales within the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The Patron Services Associate is responsible for ticketing operations, customer service, sales and marketing support. This position reports directly to the Ticket Services Manager and Ticket System Administrator.

While this position is not new to the Playhouse, it has been given a more expansive scope with regards to patron experience. Physical locations for job performance will include but not limited to the Box Office, Parking Facility, public meeting spaces within the Playhouse and occasional outreach marketing efforts outside the Playhouse. The Patron Services Associate must be fully engaged in developing a more dynamic relationship with all Playhouse patrons.

The Patron Services Associate will exercise leadership in implementing activities that deliver optimal patron experience while achieving sales goals. Patrons are described as subscribers, single ticket buyers, donors, guests and visitors to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The patron experience includes all patron activity from inquiry to exiting the theatre. The Patron Services Associate is the face of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and is responsible for the creation and maintenance of a seamless and on-going relationship with each patron.

This is a seasonal, part-time position in and will require work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide the highest level of customer service by responding to the needs of Playhouse patrons
  • Enhance the development of ongoing and repeat business relationships with patrons. Address concerns and requests promptly; communicate needs as to improve patron experiences going forward.
  • Collaborate within the department to develop and implement best practices for all patron touch points including ticketing operations, outbound and inbound phone calls, parking and receptionist duties.
  • Ensure consistent messaging, data tracking and reporting of patron transactions within the department using the Tessitura Ticketing System.
  • Collaborate with immediate supervisors to develop long-range plans that ensure an ongoing positive patron experience

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency required and Tessitura knowledge a plus.
  • Interest in theatre and the arts is desirable.

Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear and speak.
  • The position also required the ability to stand and walk, and occasionally stoop, kneel, or crouch.
  • Must be able to handle light physical labor (lift or move up to 25 pounds).

To apply:
All interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Don Wong, Ticket Services Manager, at don.wong@cincyplay.com.

Deadline for applications: August 17, 2018 No phone calls please.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Brings Stephen King Thriller to Marx Theatre Sept. 1

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Barbara Chisholm as Annie Wilkes. Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Best-selling MISERY comes to life with dark humor and edge-of-your-seat suspense

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will begin the 2018-2019 season with an adaptation of the Stephen King thriller MISERY in the Marx Theatre on Sept. 1. The production will run through Sept. 29, with opening night on Sept. 6.

Written by the celebrated screenwriter William Goldman, screenwriter of both the film and play adaptations, and directed by Playhouse’s artistic director Blake Robison, true-life becomes stranger than fiction when an acclaimed romance novelist, Paul Sheldon, wakes up in the home of his “Number One Fan.” This spine-tingling stage adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling novel benefits from the immediacy of the theatre and traps you in a tense cat-and-mouse game that will grip you until the very end.

The Marx Theatre lends an intimate setting for the tightly packed, darkly humorous adaptation of the world-renowned novel. Working with Broadway’s best team for stage combat and effects, the most riveting moments of the book and film will be recreated on stage in a thrilling but not gruesome way.

“The Marx is perfect for this sort of intimate, psychological standoff,” says Robison. “The proximity between actor and audience heightens the tension. You’ll feel that you’re right there in the room with them. The novel’s descriptive passages about the house and the environment are translated into scenic design. Lighting and sound create dramatic tension. You can feel it all around you. Like the film, our stage version places full focus on the characters. Their tense psychological dance is the heart of MISERY.”

MISERY stars Barbara Chisholm as the deranged Annie Wilkes and David Whalen as the captive Paul Sheldon. Chisholm was last seen at the Playhouse portraying Erma Bombeck in the hit comedy, Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End in 2017, and audiences will recognize Whalen from his charismatic role as Ned Alleyn in last season’s Shakespeare in Love and as Dan Needham in A Prayer for Owen Meany.

“Barbara and Dave are two of my favorite actors,” says Robison. “This play will allow our audiences to see the incredible range that they have. If you saw Erma Bombeck, you know that Barbara can be chipper and playful. Annie spends much of the play that way, until we see her dark side emerge. Likewise, we’ve seen David as a swashbuckling leading man in Shakespeare in Love, but now he’ll be stuck in a bed for much of the play.”

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ohio’s only two-time Tony Award-winning theatre, boasts productions that are both nationally recognized and locally crafted. The 2018-2019 season includes productions featuring actors, directors, and designers who regularly work on and off Broadway and at other leading professional theatres across the country. All productions are presented at the Playhouse’s iconic Eden Park setting.

CAST
Barbara Chisholm (Annie Wilkes); David Whalen (Paul Sheldon); Kenneth Early (Buster)

PRODUCTION
Blake Robison (Director/Artistic Director); Paul Shortt (Set Designer); Kathleen Geldard (Costume Designer); Xavier Pierce (Lighting Designer); Matthew M. Nielson (Sound Designer/Composer); Sordelet Ink: Rick Sordelet and Christian Kelly-Sordelet (Fight Choreographers/Special Effects Coordinators); Jenifer Morrow (Production Stage Manager); Brooke Redler (Second Stage Manager)

TICKETS
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit www.cincyplay.com. Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility.

Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, at 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Individual tickets start at just $35. Tickets to all 7 p.m. Sunday performances are priced at just $10 for college students with a valid school ID. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show for all other performances. Discounted ticket prices for children and teens are available for all productions and are $30 to $45, depending on show and seat location.

SPECIAL EVENTS
PAGE TO STAGE BOOK CLUB
The Playhouse begins its page-to-stage book club series this season with a deep dive into Stephen King’s suspense-filled novel, Misery.

Participants are invited to attend two special discussion events:

  • At the first discussion on Aug. 27, we’ll talk about the book and the film: the plot and characters, the overarching themes, how you might imagine it translates to a theatrical setting and even the challenges you see in adapting the story.
  • Our second discussion will take place on Sept. 24, after you’ve seen the play, to discuss what excited and surprised you, and to learn from a member of the production team how they approached the show.

Playhouse book club events take place at 7 p.m. at The Mercantile Library, located at 414 Walnut St., #1100. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888.

MISERY BOURBON TASTINGS
Fridays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28 | 6:30 p.m. at the Playhouse | Cost: $35

Join us before Friday evening performances of MISERY for a special bourbon tasting accompanied by a three-course meal catered by The Littlefield. Cost does not include a ticket to the show. Reservations are required by the Monday before the tasting and can be made through the Box Office at 513-421-3888 or online at cincyplay.com/events.

STEPHEN KING MURDER MYSTERY PUB CRAWL
Thursday, Sept. 13 | 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in Mt. Adams | Cost: $10

As part of our Off the Grid Bar Series, The Stephen King Murder Mystery Pub Crawl will engage teams of participants in an interactive mystery inspired by the works of Stephen King. The event is a combination of performance, trivia and board game. Register by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888.

WRITING SUSPENSEFUL FICTION: ENRICHMENT WORKSHOP
Saturday, Sept. 22 | 10 a.m. – noon at the Playhouse | Cost: $50
Do you have a suspenseful, thrilling story that’s begging to be written? In this adult enrichment workshop, learn the fundamentals of crafting a gripping, fictional story that will keep your readers on the edge of their seat. Registration for this event is required by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888 or by registering online at cincyplay.com.

SPONSORS
Production Co-Sponsors are JRA and BHDP Architecture. Artist Sponsor is Wesbanco. The Robert S. Marx Theatre Season is presented by Schueler Group. Season Sponsor of New Work is The Rosenthal Family Foundation and Marx Theatre Season Design Sponsor is Macy’s.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 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.

ACCESS
The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs, and complete wheelchair access are available.

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Cast Announced for YANKEE TAVERN at Falcon Theatre

FT_logoIt’s official… our first cast of the 2018/19 season has been announced!
YANKEE TAVERN by Steven Dietz

Adam: Kyle Parker Daniels
Janet: Becca Howell
Ray: Ted J. Weil
Palmer: Terry Gosdin

Directed by Tracy M. Schoster, performances run Sept. 28-Oct. 13.

For more information visit http://falcontheater.net/http://falcontheater.net/

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