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Auditions Announced for DENISE’S DO-OVER at The Drama Workkhop

TDW_VERTThe Drama Workshop Announces Online Auditions for the Video Play DENISE’S DO-OVER  

In Denise’s DoOver by Susan Decatur, newly divorced Denise wants to begin to date but isn’t sure where or how to meet menfemale friend suggests online dating. Denise has reservations about it, but decides to give it a try. Will she find success?     

“Denise’s Do-Over” will be a part of TDW’s Home View Theatre.  Home View will feature six short video productions to be released every two weeks between the end of September and the middle of December.  For more information about Home View Theatre, including how to purchase tickets, go to The Drama Workshop’s website at www.thedramaworkshop.org.    

Amanda Emmons-Shumate will direct “Denise’s Do-Over” which will be entirely cast, rehearsed and filmed online. Those auditioning will need access to a computer in order to participate.  

“Denise’s Do-Over” calls for a cast of two woman and four men roughly between the ages of 40 and 65. A description of the characters in the video can be found at the end of this release.  

Audition videos must be submitted to Amanda.y.emmons@gmail.com by October 4th.  

Virtual rehearsals will begin October 12th.  

In order to audition:

  1. Those auditioning should prepare a video (approximately 1 minute in length) in which they talk about online dating. 
    • Actors can use the following questions to help guide them on what they could talk about in the video. They can talk about one or more of the topics below or they can come up with their own topics around online dating.  
    • Actors should appear in the video as character. That character could be “themselves” or they can create their own character to portray in the video or base one off of the character descriptions for the play.

Discussion topics could include:

      • Have you ever experienced online dating?
      •  What are your perceptions of online dating?
      • Funny or inspiring stories revolving around online dating?
      • How you would imagine the perfect first date with someone you met online?
      • Problems you foresee with online dating?
      • Benefits you see with online dating?
      • How do you feel society views online dating?
      • Dating in the past versus dating now?
      • The director is looking for tone, facial expression, clarity, voice, energy, and insight. She suggests that actors think of it as a casual conversation revolving around the world of dating.
  1. Along with their video submission, actors should include the following:
    • Headshot
    • A Resume
    • List of conflicts for October and November (please include all dates and times you are unavailable for evenings and weekends).
    • List of roles you are interested in playing. (See Cast of Characters below)

Cast of characters: 

  • Denise: A recently divorced journalist in her early fifties to sixties who’s mentally and physically “young” for her age
  • Crystal: Denise’s still attractive best friend from high school who has been divorced twice and doles out dating advice
  • Elliott: A divorced lawyer in his late forties to fifties who is bitter over getting fleeced by his ex-wife
  • David: A divorced ex-jock in his late thirties to forties who behaves narcissistically and brags about his physical attributes that he no longer possesses
  • Earl: A widowed man in his seventies to eighties who tries to pretend he’s twenty years younger
  • Dan: A divorced, physically fit and attractive, friendly man in his late forties to fifties who’s been dating for 5 years.

All audition materials must be submitted to Amanda.y.emmons@gmail.com no later than October 4. 

 

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Buzz Ward to Become Managing Director Emeritus at the End of the Playhouse’s 2020-21 Season

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                        Buzz Ward.

CINCINNATI – After a successful tenure of 29 years at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Buzz Ward will become Managing Director Emeritus, effective July 1, 2021.  In this role, he will continue to serve in an advisory capacity – helping the organization transition to its new mainstage theatre facility.

Ward arrived at the Playhouse in 1992, making him the longest serving executive in its history having managed it for nearly half of its 61 years. He served as Executive Director under Producing Artistic Director Ed Stern until 2012. Ward was named Managing Director and Co-CEO with the arrival of current Artistic Director and Co-CEO Blake Robison, who will become sole chief executive at the end of this season and launch a national search to hire a new Managing Director for the organization.

Throughout Ward’s tenure, he has presided over 28 consecutive seasons with an operating surplus – an unrivaled record in the American regional theatre – that has resulted in the financially strong organization the Playhouse is today. He oversaw the production of over 300 mainstage shows, and the Playhouse won two Tony Awards during his tenure: the first in 2004 for Best Regional Theatre, and the second in 2007 for Best Revival of a Musical (Company).

Playhouse Board President, Ellen G. van der Horst, praised Ward’s record of accomplishment and added, “This transition is the result of a careful succession planning process between our Board and executive leadership. We expect a smooth transition that will set us up for future success. The Playhouse has benefited tremendously from Buzz’s management and institutional knowledge. It is our pleasure to recognize and honor him with an Emeritus title, and we look forward to celebrating his tenure once circumstances allow.”

Much of the Playhouse’s significant growth came during Ward’s tenure. One of his first accomplishments was to eliminate the Playhouse’s cumulative operating deficit. Ward managed the 1997 project to renovate the public, production and administrative spaces of the Playhouse. He helped to lead the capital campaign in 1994-96 for that project, establish the Stern endowment in 2011, and launch the current capital campaign for a new mainstage theatre complex. Fundraising for the capital campaign is nearly complete, and the Playhouse will break ground in early 2021. Furthermore, he successfully negotiated a 99-year lease with the City and the Park Board to secure the Playhouse’s location in Eden Park for the next century.

“My deepest thanks go to the dedicated board, amazing artists, and outstanding staff with whom I have had the privilege of working,” said Ward.  “My great appreciation also goes to the citizens of Greater Cincinnati who have cherished and supported the Playhouse and made this the place where I wanted to spend my career. I look forward to ensuring a smooth transition to my successor and to spending more time with my family, returning to some teaching and consulting, and to perhaps rediscovering my golf game.”

In 2012, Ward received the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Arts Administration. On the national level, he served for 14 years as Treasurer of the League of Resident Theatres – the association of our country’s 76 largest regional theatres.

“Nobody can replace Buzz,” said Robison.  “His keen financial skills and visionary leadership have brought national acclaim to the organization. But we can and should take this opportunity to imagine the next phase of the Playhouse’s life. I look forward to working with our Board and staff to complete our capital campaign, open our new mainstage theatre facility, and lead the Playhouse into the future.”

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The Passing of Kirk Kremer

From Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Srschell Funeral Homes Obituary

MISC_Kirk KremerKirk P. Kremer, 50, passed away in Alexandria, KY. He worked as Director of Finance at Price Hill Will. Kirk served 10 years on the board of the Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Kirk graduated in 1988 from Bishop Brossart High School and then went on to graduate with an accounting degree from Northern Kentucky University. Kirk was preceded in death by his father, Ralph, brother, Kurt, nephew, Brandon. Kirk is survived by his mother, Bernice Kremer of Melbourne, KY, sister, Karen (Dave) Schadler of Melbourne, KY, brother, Keith (Lisa Collins) Kremer of Alexandria, KY, sister, Kathy (Chris) Brown of Cincinnati, OH, brother, Kevin (Kristy) Kremer of Independence, KY, sister, Kristina (Nimesh) Amin of Melbourne, KY, nieces, Dr. Brittny (John), Olivia, Anna, Lucy, nephews, Michael, Chad, Damian, Alex, Jackson, and Isaac. A Memorial Visitation will be held from 9am until the time of Mass at 11am Saturday, September 26, 2020 at St. Joseph Church, Camp Springs. Guests are required to wear masks and abide by social distancing guidelines. Memorials are suggested to Price Hill Will, 3301 Price Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45205, Know Theatre 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, and Bishop Brossart High School, 4 Grove Street, Alexandria, KY, 41001. Special condolences and memories may be given at http://www.dmefuneral.com. Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home caring for Kirk and his family.

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Casting Call for SILENT SCREAM from The Carnegie Creative Disruption Committee

TC_Creative Disruption Committee logoCASTING CALL FOR SILENT SCREAM
A walking tour mystery written and directed by Sean Mette

Performances: October 29, 30, 31, Nov 16-10pm

Rehearsals: October 9, 19, 21, 23 on zoom. October 24, 25, 26, 28 onsite at The Carnegie. Rehearsals will mostly take place in the evenings, roughly 7-9pm. Saturday, October 24th will be a longer day, noon-9pm with breaks throughout, including dinner break.

About SILENT SCREAM:
Billy Bailey was one of the most promising actors of the silent screen. When Billy’s fiancé was mysteriously found dead, Billy became the prime suspect. However, before the truth could be revealed a fire destroyed the theatre and all the evidence within it. Now ghosts roam the theatre where the murder took place, forever searching for the truth. Will you solve the mystery or become part of it? 

Description of the Show:
Silent Scream is a narrative mystery that is told one character at a time. Small groups of patrons are led through a series of rooms and locations throughout the Carnegie building hearing stories from the different ghosts and receiving new pieces of information to the overarching story/mystery along the way.

Safety for the audience and actors have been built into the production design of the show. Some precautions include physically distant staging, required mask wearing and small group audience tours through the production.

 Auditions by Email Submission Only. What to send:

  • Headshot and resume for consideration. Actors will be selected from submitted resumes to film a short side for the casting panel. Please include information on which characters you wish to be considered for from the list at the bottom of this notice.

Please send email with resume and headshot attached to Maggie Perrino, mperrino@thecarnegie.com by 5pm on October 1 to be considered for the show. To volunteer for this project, email riavillaver@gmail.com.

CASTING POLICY: SILENT SCREAM encourages a diversity of race, gender identity, age, and body type in its casting. Actors from all backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to audition. Actors must be able to play the characters as listed but needn’t match the role specifically in age or gender identity.

 COMPENSATION INFORMATION: 

  • The Carnegie CDC defines paid roles in each of its projects that charge admission.

  • SILENT SCREAM will offer 8 paid performance roles.

  • The 8 performance roles will be paid as part of a profit-sharing program at the end of the show. The amount paid out will directly depend on how many tickets are sold.

  • The Carnegie CDC takes 25% of profits for ongoing work, while 75% of profits will be equally split among the defined paid roles (8 actors and 2 production roles.)

 All cast members must feel comfortable rehearsing on zoom, working independently, climbing stairs/walking substantial distances, complying with temperature and symptom checks as well as wearing masks as part of rehearsal and performance protocols. 

 Available Roles

  • Billy Bailey: The rising star of the silent screen. Billy Bailey is charismatic and charming. A mirrored image of the qualities that you wish that you saw in yourself and others. His on-screen persona is the type of character that despite any logical reason to, you can’t help but root for. However, after the murder of his fiancé all of this is put into doubt of who the real Billy is
  •  Helen “Nellie” Rose Ward: The murdered fiancé of Billy Bailey. Prior to her murder, she was also a rising star of the silent screen, being seen most often alongside Billy in pictures. She is sweet, wholesome and extremely grateful for everything that has been awarded to her in life. Considers herself very lucky. As she came from a poor, rural town she always found ways to help those less fortunate than herself.
  • Rachel Lockwood: The daughter of Henry Lockwood and manages Lockwood Studios, where Billy Bailey’s films are produced. Lockwood comes from wealth and believes that she is entitled to the finest things in life due to her birth. The knowledge that she processes power over the lives of many, including Billy Bailey, gives her joy. Thanks to her wealth and upbringing, she has been awarded the opportunity to study a variety of non-traditional subjects, typically ones that (in one way or another) provide her with a way to accumulate more power.
  • William/Wilhelmina Kennedy: The projectionist and archivist of the Blue Orchid Theater. A Well-educated and openly intellectual person. It makes you wonder why Kennedy chose to work in a theater instead of other scholarly pursuits. Publicly hates having to explain things to people, but secretly enjoys it.
  • Edith Louise Dinkley: Billy Bailey’s most enthusiastic fan, Edith comes to the theater almost every night to see Billy on the screen. Believes that she is Billy Bailey’s greatest love, “he just doesn’t know it yet.” Knows everything about Billy Bailey and is not afraid to speak at length about the subject, despite the lack of evidence of some of her claims. Would do anything for Billy and believes that death will bring her even closer to her “one true love.”
  • Virginia Grace O’Connor:  An aspiring soloist, Virginia is tired of being in the chorus line and wants to be the lead. Her classical training gives her the underlying motivation to be better, no matter the cost. Nicknamed the “Backstage Banshee”, Virginia’s wails can easily be heard as she is “warming up.” Singing ability not required, but preferred.
  • George/Georgia Marsh: The technician and overall “fix it” man for Lockwood Studios and the Blue Orchid Theater. With an office under the stage of the Blue Orchid, Marsh has heard all plenty of conversations that people intended to be private. What does Marsh do with that information? That is for George/Georgia to decide? Marsh enjoys death more than being alive. “I don’t have to work and can spend all my time listening to my “skylark.”” George/Georgia is in love with Virginia Grace O’Connor.
  •  The Phantasm (Rachel Lockwood in disguise): Holds some power over the ghosts of the Blue Orchid Theater. Eerie, manipulative and generally puts people at unease.

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Video Auditions Announced for CaBARTret! at Bart’s Bards

BB_logoBart’s Bards is very excited to announce auditions for our second annual CaBARTret! In order to keep everyone safe, this event will be streamed LIVE to all your family and friends! The event will be ONE NIGHT ONLY on November 14th and rehearsals will be minimal.

All auditions will be through video submission. You must be 18 or older and out of high school to participate. We want to see talent of all kinds so sing, dance, or perform a skill! We want to see it all! Video submissions are due October 3rd by midnight. Please send videos to BartsBards@gmail.com.

The theme for this year will be “Hope” so please choose a song that will fit this theme. If your song does not fit this theme, we may ask if you’d be willing to perform something different for the show. You may also audition to just participate in group numbers.

All CDC guidelines will be followed throughout the rehearsal process including the wearing of masks, temperature checks, symptom checks, and social distancing. If you have concerns, please contact us to address these.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions!

We look forward to seeing all your amazing talents!

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