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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Production of GARFIELD, THE MUSICAL WITH CATTITUDE Featuring IN-PERSON and Online Performances This January

TCTC_Garfield costume rendering

Costume rendering by TCT’s Resident Costume Designer, Jeff Shearer.

Cincinnati – Mondays aren’t everyone’s favorite, but at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT), there’s one cool cat that dislikes Mondays the most – Garfield. He’ll be center stage, featured in his own show, GARFIELD, THE MUSICAL WITH CATTITUDE as part of the company’s 101st season. The show can be seen in-person, via socially distanced, LIVE performances on TCT’s Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage on Red Bank Road starting on January 21, 2021. The show will also be streaming to watch at home or at school through the online service, Broadway On Demand, beginning January 28.

In this musical adaptation of everyone’s favorite sarcastic tubby tabby, Garfield awakens to find his birthday – the most important day of the year – has fallen on a Monday. The horror! To make matters worse, all his friends – Jon, Odie, Arlene, and even his nemesis, Nermal – have completely forgotten it’s his big day. Only his beloved teddy bear, Pookie, understands his disappointment. Feeling rejected, Garfield leaves the comforts of home but soon realizes in the outside there’s no T.V., the food is garbage (literally), and animal control is always just around the corner. In the end, Garfield learns little things like, you know, the value of friendship and that “home is where the heart – and the food – is.

TCTC_Odie Rendering

Costume rendering by TCT’s Resident Costume Designer, Jeff Shearer.

The show’s director, Eric Byrd, who also serves as TCT’s Associate Artistic Director and Company Manager said, “My guess is Garfield would’ve thrived in quarantine. He’d be able to sleep through Mondays, gorge on lasagna, and watch TV morning, noon, and night. But in this story, our unlikely hero embarks on an epic journey outside the comfort of his own home and to a world unknown and unexplored and discovers that ‘perspective is everything.’ The year 2020 challenged all of us and put many things into perspective.”

Mr. Byrd adds, “Sometimes the little things in life, the things we aren’t always able to make time for, like the friends and family we celebrate with, mean the most to us. Garfield’s dream of the perfect birthday celebration surrounded by the people in his life, is a dream we all share right about now.”

In-person seating will be limited to 30% (or just 44 seats) per performance.

The TCT Team has continued to work diligently to create and debut new safety protocols to protect the audience, staff, and the actors on stage.

As with TCT’s most recent production, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, special nose and mouth coverings will again be integrated into the costumes by Resident Costume Designer, Jeff Shearer, and pre-recorded vocal amplification will be used to reduce the amount of respiration created by actors in the theater during a performance.

“The health and well-being of our audience, students, and staff have been and always will be our top priority, said Kim Kern, TCT’s Managing Director and CEO. “In April, we assembled a committee of advisors, health professionals, and community leaders to guide our safety protocols. Through their constant guidance, we continue to receive the most up-to-date information, implement strategies early, and continue to go above and beyond CDC, state, and local guidelines to keep everyone safe, happy, healthy, and creative.”

At all in-person shows, mandatory masks for the audience, as well as social distancing, will be required. For complete health and safely protocols, visit https://thechildrenstheatre.com/2020/08/safety-protocols/.

Live performances on TCT’s Ralph and Patricia Corbett’s Showtime Stage on Red Bank Road will take place Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 11am, 2pm, and 5pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 5pm, January 21 through February 14, 2021.

Tickets and digital passes are on sale now. For details visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com. Ticket prices for live performances are $25 per ticket.

Digital performances begin January 28 on Broadway on Demand. The presale price for a digital pass is $15.95. This presale price is only available until the production debuts online. After that time, digital passes are $18.95. Digital passes provide unlimited viewing over three days, which begin after the first view.

GARFIELD, A MUSICAL WITH CATTITUDE is based on the Comic Strip GARFIELD by Jim Davis. Book by Michael J. Bobbitt and Jim Davis. Music and Lyrics by John L. Cornelius II ©Paws, Jim Davis Michael J. Bobbitt, and John L. Cornelius II. Originally produced by Adventure Theatre MTC, Glen Echo MD, Michael J. Bobbitt, Producing Artistic Director. Directed by Nick Olcott.

TCT’s production is being directed by Eric Byrd and can be enjoyed by all ages.

An upcoming episode of TCT’s free podcast, Audio Footlights, will feature a behind the scenes look at GARFIELD, THE MUSICAL WITH CATTITUDE and will be available on SoundCloud and iTunes.

TCT strives to eliminate barriers to attendance for all audiences, including people who are hard of hearing or deaf. For theatregoers who are deaf and use American Sign Language as their primary means of communication, we provide an experienced theatre interpreter who stands to the audience left side of the stage and translates what the actors are saying or singing into American Sign Language (ASL).

The show’s ASL performance will be Saturday, January 23 at 11 AM.

The Cast includes:

  • Odie…………………………….EVAN BLUST†
  • Jon / Animal Control ……..A. JAMES JONES
  • Nermal ………………………..MADDIE BURGOON JONES
  • Arlene …………………………BRANDI LANGFORD-SHERRILL
  • Garfield………………………..DEONDRA KAMAU MEANS

UNDERSTUDIES

  • For Odie & Jon — ETHAN KUCHTA†
  • For Nermal & Arlene — KAYLA VOGEL
  • For Garfield  — CJ ZIMMER†

† Denotes TCT’s Young Artists Company

GARFIELD, THE MUSICAL WITH CATTITUDE is made possible by the generosity of Production Sponsors Edyth B. Lindner and TriHealth, as well as Season Sponsors, ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, The Patricia A. Corbett Trust, The Charles H. Dater Foundation, and The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Foundation. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by ArtsWave and the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Set renderings by TCT’s Resident Scenic Designer, Jennifer Rhodus.
Costume renderings by TCT’s Resident Costume Designer, Jeff Shearer.

** Live productions are subject to capacity restrictions and safety protocol through the CDC and the State of Ohio and may be converted to a digital ticket if the performance must be canceled for any reason due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ohio Valley Voices’ Got Talent – The UnGala

OVV_The UnGalaOhio Valley Voices is looking for talented children in the Greater Cincinnati/Tri-State Area to compete in a virtual talent competition this spring. The competition will consist of four rounds of eliminations judged by premiere talent of the region including Roderick Justice of Cincinnati Children’s Theatre and D. Lynn Meyers of Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati. The final four and biggest fundraiser will return for a live broadcast on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM where the winner will be awarded $2,500!

WHAT IS OHIO VALLEY VOICES?

Ohio Valley Voices (OVV) was formed in 1999 when three families wanted their young children, who were deaf and recently fitted with cochlear implants, to have the opportunity to learn to listen and talk. The families were discouraged when they found no such local programs and felt their only option was to start their own program. In 2000, OVV opened its doors, initially serving 16 children who were deaf or hard of hearing from the Greater Cincinnati area.

Today, Ohio Valley Voices serves over 50 children at a time from across the tri-state area and even the world. The kids attend five days a week for intensive and highly individualized listening and spoken language therapy mixed with regular preschool or early elementary schooling. When children graduate from our program, they are “mainstreamed” to their local public or private school by the first or second grade. These children continue on their educational journey alongside their hearing peers without the need for additional services.

By giving these kids access to this speaking world, OVV opens them up to a world of possibilities and allows them to reach their fullest potential.

WHO CAN AUDITION:

This competition is for singers, dancers, comedians, musicians, magicians, jugglers, gymnasts, and other talented kids. It is open to children and young adults aged 17 years and younger but must be a solo act (groups and bands will not be considered). Any lyrics or material in the initial audition and any subsequent performances must be family-friendly.

HOW WILL YOU BE JUDGED:

Videos will be reviewed by our panel of judges at each round of submissions. The panel of judges will score each act on a scale of 1-10 based on the following criteria: showmanship, confidence, and creativity.

At the live event, the audience of viewers will vote to select the winner of Ohio Valley Voices’ Got Talent.

Judges include:

  • Roderick Justice, The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati
  • Lynn Meyers, Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati
  • Emilie Larosa, Broadway Bound Dance Academy

TIMELINE AND WHAT TO EXPECT:

Selection committee will review all online applications and samples to decide who will be invited to each round. Contestants must make all deadlines and be available for the final live show in order to participate. Selection dates are as follows:

  • January 17, 2021 – Deadline for submissions
  • January 25, 2021 – 32 selected individuals notified by email
  • February 1, 2021 – Second round of audio and video samples must be submitted
  • February 8, 2021 – 16 selected individuals notified by email
  • February 15, 2021 – Third round of audio and video samples must be submitted
  • February 19, 2021 – 8 selected individuals will be notified by email
  • February 24, 2021 – Fourth round of audio and video samples must be submitted and fundraising deadline to win the “Golden Ticket”
  • February 28, 2021 – Final four are selected and notified by phone along with the “Golden Ticket” winner
  • March 6, 2021 – Final four talent show LIVE

FUNDRAISING:

This is a fundraiser to support Ohio Valley Voices and the children that attend our programs. A fundraising page will be created for each contestant that makes it past the first elimination (32 contestants). This page will include the contestant’s bio and performance videos, as well as a button to donate in honor of the contestant. The contestant that raises the most money by February 24 will automatically receive the “golden ticket” and advance to the finale on March 6, 2021. An additional award will be made to the contestant who raises the most money by March 6 (whether or not they are the competitor who won the “golden ticket”).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

There is a $35 fee to apply. (Those unable to accommodate this may submit a letter of need instead to qualify for a limited number of scholarships.)

To apply, please submit a short biography, headshot, and a one to two-minute video of the act no later than 11:59 pm Thursday, January 17, 2021 to jlmuething@ohiovalleyvoices.org. Confirmation of receipt and a link to pay the application fee will be sent within 48 hours.

(One submission per act is allowed. Videos may be attached, but it is encouraged that you upload them to YouTube or a similar service and send a link to ensure that they are received in full quality.)

Questions? Email jlmuething@ohiovalleyvoices.org

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – A Live Radio Play Available Dec. 22-27

MERIT_Its a Wonderful Life logoIT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – A Live Radio Play
Merit Theatre Company
Dec. 22-27
[Online]

The beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast!

  • Tue-Sun, Dec. 22-27, available for streaming

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HOLIDAY RADIO SHOW Available Online from Loveland Stage Company

LSC_Holiday Special promoLSC RADIO HOLIDAY SPECIAL is now available.

Go to LovelandStageCompany.org, click on the LSC Radio page link, and then click on 2020 LSC HOLIDAY RADIO SHOW.

Enjoy and please consider a donation so we can continue bringing you quality theater.

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Cast Members Needed for Play Reading at Beechmont Players

BPI_logoBeechmont Players is going to hold another ZOOM play reading on Sunday afternoon, January 10th from 2-4pm. It will be an as-yet-unpublished dramedy (see below) sent to us by acclaimed playwright Michele Lowe, who wrote THE SMELL OF THE KILL which Steve Phelan directed for BPI four years ago.  

Please email Steve at stevephelan7588@gmail.com  if you are interested in taking a role (and which role(s) you are interested in). Steve will cast this first-come, first serve, but will try to give preference to people who haven’t participated yet, so we all get a chance to join in the fun!  Once cast, an electronic copy of the script will be emailed to each cast member.

ZOOM readings aren’t the same as live, but they provide a great chance to experience unknown shows, practice your acting skills, and socialize with your theater buddies.  And we hope they’ll be a reminder of why we started working with Beechmont Players in the first place!

Just want to watch?  Put the date on the calendar and let Steve know. He will make sure you receive the ZOOM link! Zoom link will also be available via our social media pages!

Mezullah, 1946
A spunky young woman tries to carve out a career and a life in the chaotic period following the end of World War II. Mezullah is the last woman working at a Boeing aircraft factory.  The men want her out, but she doesn’t want to go.  Meanwhile, friends and relatives try to resolve relationships that include a ghost and a woman hunting her missing (soldier) husband.

The cast (descriptions and ages are given just to guide character and perspective):

Women:

  • Mezzulah Steiner–19 
  • Mary Steiner—Mezzulah’s mother, late 30s 
  • Suzannah Hart– Mezzulah’s aunt, early 30s 
  • Clementine Flynn—- Crazy war widow, early 20s.  Doubles as Sally Cauley
  • Elvira Glass—-early 20s, doubles as Mrs. Bates 

Men:

  • Isaiah Benson—Drifter who’s sparking Mary Steiner, late 30s 
  • Horace Steiner—- Mezzulah’s  father, 19,  Doubles as Man #1 
  • Charlie Steiner—-Mezzulah’s uncle and factory foreman.Doubles as the Reverend .
  • Errol Hart—-Suzannah’s husband, early 30s.  Doubles as Man #3 
  • Fist—Sweet on Mezzulah, early 20s.  Doubles as Man #2

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