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Auditions Announced for FUTUREFEST 2021 Virtual Festival at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoOnline Zoom Auditions (by appointment only). Auditions will consist of cold read sides from the scripts.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Appointments for Zoom auditions will be made directly with the Director(s) of the show(s) for which you wish to audition. All auditions for TALK OF THE TOWN, and TRUTH BE TOLD will be via Zoom. Zoom auditions for other shows may be arranged by appointment with the director.

ALL THE OXYTOCIN IN YOUR FINGERTIPS will be directly cast by the Director, Fran Pesch. Contact Fran at if interested and for more information.

In-Person, Socially Distanced Auditions. Auditions will consist of cold read sides from the scripts.
Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 18, starting at 7:00 PM each evening. Three scripts: OTIS, SHYLOCK THE FIRST, and TALL WOMAN WITH RED FAN will be auditioned over these two nights.

Auditioners will sign up for audition time slots to minimize the numbers of people in the theater at any one time. Links for audition signups will be posted soon; Auditioners may sign up for both evenings. ALL persons in the theater building will be required to wear a facial covering (Covid-19 mask) at all times – including during their audition.

Auditioners are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to your timeslot to complete an audition form. Be prepared to note all scheduling conflicts between May 19 and July 18.


  • FILMED STAGINGS – to be filmed on the Dayton Playhouse stage
  • ZOOMED READINGS – recorded over Zoom


  • Staged productions – SIGN UP ON SIGNUPGENIUS (Link to come).
  • Readings – Email the Director to schedule appointment time

ALL THE OXYTOCIN IN YOUR FINGERTIPS*   3 m, 3 f, several gender neutral  (plus TUT team) 

ZOOMED READING Directed by Fran Pesch

Synopsis:  ASL. ASMR. TUT. A Deaf of Hearing individual, raised in a caustic 1990s household where sign language is forbidden, secretly navigates three different communities that are united by a passionate belief that communication (and love) can ignite from all the sparks alive in your fingertips. This coming-of-age story poses the question: “Would you rather be a ‘different’ person in a ‘normal’ world… or a ‘normal’ person in a different world?”

  • CAL. 20s.  Deaf of Hearing, following a childhood bout of Meningitis. Tentative signer at first, but gradually reveals hands that hunger for knowledge, fingertips seemingly bursting forth with electricity and Oxytocin.
  • CAL’S TRANSLATOR.  Gender Neutral. An actor who speaks Cal’s signed lines to the Hearing audience.
  • MOTHER. 40s.+.  Hearing. An advocate of oralism.
  • FATHER. 40s+.  Hearing. An advocate of ASL.
  • LYDIA SCOPES.  Female, late teens-20s.  “The ASMRtist / Queen Tut.” Deaf of Deaf. Fluent in ASL.
  • MARGO WICKHAM.   Female, 20s.  Captain of “Great Big Tuts!” Deaf of Deaf. Fluent in ASL. Engineering Student.
  • LYDIA’S/MARGO’S TRANSLATOR.  Gender Neutral. An actor who speaks Lydia’s/Margo’s signed lines to the Hearing audience. This can be a single performer or one translator for each character.

*Those individuals interested in auditioning for OXYTOCIN or working on the production, please email Fran Pesch (

OTIS   3 m, 2 f

FILMED STAGING Directed by Dawn Roth Smith

Synopsis:  Five characters inhabit a beautiful urban oasis at 43rd Street and First Avenue, and though they have shared a building, a doorman and common spaces (and some for a very long time), they have lived in their own separate domains as well, unaware of the true depths of each other’s joys and sorrows…Questions arise about whether the elevator has something to do with why, when and how people cross paths and are forced to deal with one another in an enclosed space.

  • NICHOLAS. 30’s. Caucasian. Sensitive. Struggling to find a way to come out of his grief.
  • BERENICE. 70’s. Elegant, chic, worldly Jewish older woman with a mash of an accent that is part Jewish, part upper crust New York. She is direct, confrontational and imperious. She knows better than anyone. Funny without realizing it.
  • STARLA. 30’s. African-American. A free-spirited, voluptuous, plus size woman who is very comfortable with her body. She has grown up on the streets of New York and has managed through sheer will to become a very successful fashion maven. Funny and vulnerable. A big generous spirit.
  • ALFRED. 70’s. A rascal. Been there done that. Quick witted. Salt of the earth.
  • BODHI. 20’s. Indian or Middle Eastern. Gay, with a secret desire to be a dance club DJ. A little overly dramatic and self-centered but also very empathetic.

SHYLOCK THE FIRST  6 m, 5 f  (with doubling: cast – 8)

FILMED STAGING Directed by David Shough

Synopsis: Will the real Shylock please stand up? Who played him? Why did Shakespeare invent him? History doesn’t say.  So . . . London, 1598. Twenty-one-year-old Will Hatcher, Shakespeare’s beloved protege, has been cast to play a Jew called Shylock. With two days till the play opens, Will struggles over this character who seems more monster than man. He pleads with Shakespeare to revise Shylock. Why? He is in love with Sosannah Lopez, a converso whose family remains proud of its Jewish ancestry. Complications abound, as comedy and drama propel us through a story of forbidden love.

  • WILL HATCHER. 21.  Shakespeare’s protege, an actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men; charismatic and idealistic, demanding and a bit bratty with his mentor
  • WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. 34.   A bit high-handed with WILL, but also sensitively engaged
  • SOSANNAH LOPEZ.  20.   A daughter in an affluent family of converted Jews; sincere and intelligent
  • ROB HEDGES. 24.   Old friend of Will Hatcher; a shallow opportunistic aristocratic
  • ELIZABETH WITTLESLY. 21.   Cousin of Sosannah Lopez; a shallow aristocrat
  • SARAH LOPEZ.  15.  Younger sister of Sosannah, ardent, romantic
  • RICH. 25-35.   An actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, self-involved
  • RODGE. 25-35.   An actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, short and hefty, sympathetic
  • DARK LADY.  late 20s-early 30s.   Mistress of Will Hatcher, enthraller of Shakespeare erotically alluring, assertive but kind
  • SIR LOPEZ.  late 40s-50s.   Father of Sosannah; a stern but not unkind authority figure
  • MADAM LOPEZ.  late 40s-50s.    Mother of Sosannah; a sympathetic but old-fashioned parent

TALK OF THE TOWN   6m, 4f  (with doubling: cast – 6)

ZOOMED READING Directed by Annie Pesch

Synopsis:  TALK OF THE TOWN is a full-length comedy adapted from James Thurber’s classic novel ‘The Years With Ross.’ It tells the story of the birth of The New Yorker magazine in the 1920’s and paints a portrait of its eccentric creator and editor, Harold Ross. It also chronicles the rise of James Thurber from the small time Ohio newspaper man he was to the world famous humorist and cartoonist he became. Most of all ‘TALK’ is a loving tribute to the importance of laughter, especially during dark and troubling times.

  • JAMES THURBER (32), a visually challenged, iconic writer and illustrator
  • HAROLD ROSS (34), an exasperating and eccentric editor-in-chief
  • E.B. WHITE (28), a dapper writer, editor and confirmed bachelor
  • KATHERINE ANGELL (31), a literate, New England force of nature
  • WOLCOTT GIBBS (29), a highly competent, high-strung jack of all trades
  • ELSIE DICK (27), Ross’ unflappable, flapper of a secretary
  • EUGENE SAXTON (40), a fussy editor at Harper Collins publishing
  • HELEN WISMER (27), a woman of letters and great humor
  • BARTENDER (30), a cocktail shaker in a speakeasy
  • PHOEBE (27), a good time girl in the roaring 20’s


FILMED STAGING Directed by Tim Rezash

Synopsis:  DAKIN KNOX, the great-great grandson of a revered American artist, discovers a heretofore hidden work by his ancestor and wants to put it up for auction. The auction house sends AURORA TALMADGE to examine the painting, the prickly world-renown art expert who literally wrote the books (six volumes!) on the artist…and who’s been holding onto a dark secret she’ll be forced to confront. Along with her live-wire assistant MINNIE, the three of them wind up in a pitched battle of wills to figure out not only whether the painting is real or a forgery, but the very nature of what’s art, what’s not…and why we need it.

  • DAKIN KNOX. 50s to 70s. Insurance salesman. Lifelong Cape Cod resident.
  • MINERVA “MINNIE” HATTON. early 20s. Aurora’s assistant. Midwest transplant, now living in Los Angeles.
  • AURORA TALMADGE: 50s to 70s. Author, art historian and researcher. British expat, 27 year resident of Los Angeles.


ZOOMED READING Directed by Craig Smith

Synopsis:  Kathleen Abedon is the mother of Julian Abedon who, one year earlier, allegedly carried out a mass shooting at a food warehouse before taking his own life. When true-crime writer Jo Hunter comes to town to interview Kathleen for a book on the crime, Kathleen seeks to convince the skeptical journalist that her son was framed for the shooting.

At a time in our history when the truth is under daily attack, Truth Be Told explores the nature of objective truth and the ways in which we manipulate and distort it to serve our own ends.

  • KATHLEEN ABEDON. 40s.   White.  A mother.
  • JOSEPHA HUNTER.  30s.   Any ethnic background, a journalist.

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ALTON BROWN LIVE – BEYOND THE EATS | Fri., March 4, 2022 | Aronoff Center


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Tickets on sale Friday, April 30 at 10:00 AM

[CINCINNATI, OH] – Television personality, author, and Food Network star Alton Brown has announced Alton Brown Live – Beyond The Eats ( will visit the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 7:30 PM as part of Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2021-22 Season. Brown created a new form of entertainment – the live culinary variety show – with his “Edible Inevitable Tour” and “Eat Your Science,” which played in over 200 cities (including Cincinnati) with more than 350,000 fans in attendance.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 30 at 10:00 AM at and  (513) 621-ARTS [2787]. For Group Sales, call (513) 977-4157. Due to the pandemic, the Aronoff Center Ticket Office is closed for in-person sales until further notice. Ticket prices: $125 VIP • $65 • $50 • $35. Fans who purchase the VIP Experience will be invited to attend Alton Brown’s sound check followed by an intimate Q&A session. Prices subject to change. Applicable services fees may apply.                           

Brown says fans can expect “more cooking, more comedy, more music and more potentially dangerous science stuff.” Critics and fans have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He warns: “Prepare for an evening unlike any other and if I call for volunteers… think twice.”

Brown has a knack for mixing together science, music, and food into two hours of pure entertainment. “Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.”

Alton Brown has been on the Food Network for over 20 years and is best known as the creator, writer, and host of Good EatsGood Eats: Reloaded, and Good Eats: The Return. He also hosted Cutthroat Kitchen and served as the culinary commentator on Iron Chef America. There are two James Beard awards with Brown’s name on them in a drawer in his office, and somewhere in the world there’s a coveted Peabody awarded for Good Eats that was stolen out of his car back in 2013. In his spare time, he’s working on his ninth book on food and cooking.

Information about Alton Brown or the Beyond The Eats tour can be found on Facebook: /altonbrown; Twitter: @altonbrown; Instagram: @altonbrown; or use the tour hashtag #AltonBrownLive.

Those with an appetite for more Alton Brown can find additional show and ticketing information at

About MagicSpace Entertainment
Alton Brown Live is produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay, Dave Stinson, and Kristy Maple, and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts, and museum exhibits worldwide for over 35 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year. They have offices in Park City, UT.



SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn-Rookwood, Graphic Village, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Cincinnati Downtown, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle

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2021 Season Update from Merit Theatre Company

MTC_logoMerit Theatre Company & Orchestra plans to present the play 12 ANGRY MEN August 2021 and the concert “A Christmas Celebration” December 2021.

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and mandates for the performing arts, we will release further details in coming weeks. We can’t wait to see you again!

Auditions for 12 ANGRY MEN, the play based on Reginald Rose’s award-winning film, will be held in June. Look for an audition announcement soon.

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men. How they reach their final verdict will keep you on the edge of your seat. “This is a remarkable thing about democracy,” says one juror, “that we are notified by mail to come down to this place—and decide on the guilt or innocence of a person; of a man or woman we have not known before.”

12 ANGRY MEN produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

“A Christmas Celebration” returns December 2021! Featuring songs of the season & traditional favorites with our dazzling orchestra, the Merit Company Chorale, and children’s choir. Join us for this festive, heartwarming event to sing in the season with beautiful and beloved songs and carols like “O Holy Night,” “Christmas Time is Here,” music by Michael W. Smith & Kenny G, and much more.

License for “A Christmas Celebration” granted by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers located at 2 Music Square W; Nashville, TN 37203.

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Footlighters, Inc. Present SHE’S CRAZY April 30-May 2

FLI_Shes Crazy logoFootlighters, Inc. will present She‘s Crazy: Mental Health & Other Myths online in recognition of Mental Health Month on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 30, 2021 through Sunday May 2, 2021.  Footlighters is thankful for your continued support and would like to support YOU through Mental Health Month. The theme is:  Changing Minds and Changing the Conversation About Mental Health Issues and Addiction.

She‘s Crazy: Mental Health & Other Myths is musical theater edutainment that educates, uplifts, and inspires audiences to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Topics addressed include depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, PTSD, and suicide.  Mental health disorders are much more common than most people think, and have biological, genetic, and environmental causes. 1 in 4 Americans suffer from mental illness—that’s 62 million people.

She’s Crazy takes a very unique approach to this very relevant topic. Through humor, personal stories and songs, She’s Crazy has brought healing and hope to audiences since 2015.  Learning outcomes…The audience will:

  • Examine and evaluate mental health issues of people close to them – relatives, friends, themselves – related to the personal issues presented in the show.
  • Understand the link between mental illness and addiction.
  • Recognize that PTSD can result from sexual assault, or witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. Realize that the stigma surrounding mental illness can impact a person’s willingness to seek treatment or talk openly about their experience.
  • Come to understand the many reasons why people do not seek treatment.

“She’s Crazy” is presented by Stop The Stigma Productions, a nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) status as a public charity, in partnership with Footlighters, Inc.

Online Performances:

  • Friday, April 30, Saturday, May 1 and Sunday May 2.
    7:30 PM Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 PM Sunday.
    The show is 75 minutes long, with a Q&A with the performers for 15 minutes after.

Footlighters, Inc. has presented performances in the Greater Cincinnati area for over 50 years. The group is noted for producing quality community theatre productions of primarily musical comedies and bought its own facility in 1987. The Stained Glass Theatre, a former church, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Kentucky landmark.

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Auditions Announced for Disney’s THE LION KING JR at Rise Up Performing Arts

RUPA_logoAuditions: May 8th from 10am-2pm

Location: First Baptist Church of Hamilton.

Show Dates: July 15-18

Click here to download the audition form .pdf.

Click here to sign up for an audition slot.

Performances will take place at the Fairfield Freshman Building.
Rehearsals will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays beginning Friday, May 28th. 6:30-8:30pm
We will not have rehearsal on Memorial Day, May 31st.

Ready to Audition? Here’s what you need to know.

Anyone ages 7-18 years old.

Those cast in a production will pay a $125 participation fee. Discounts available for having more than one participant signed up. Inquire for more details.

Each actor must sign up on our website for an audition appointment. Please print and fill out the audition form listed above and bring with you.  Make sure to list all know conflicts, as well as potential conflicts on your form. It is important that we know all potential conflicts in order to create the most efficient rehearsal schedule.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in. Bring your completed audition form, resume if you have one, and a current headshot (this can be any recent photo.)

We ask you to prepare a 1 min musical theatre style song with an accompaniment track. There will be a CD player and speaker connection for phones and mp3 players. Have the music cued up to where your singing would begin. Choose a song that showcases your voice. New to musical theatre and auditioning? Just sing anything you know or are comfortable with. Remember, the director and production team are excited to meet you and want you to succeed!

Auditions will take place in groups of 10. Each actor will sing and may be asked to read from the script. Parents or other family members are not allowed in the audition room.

Rise Up knows the hardest part of auditioning is the waiting! The production team will work hard to release the cast list in a timely manner. There are many things to consider when casting a show and sometimes the process may take a few days. As soon as the final cast list has been created, the production team will post the cast list on the Rise Up website and Facebook page. Directions on accepting or declining a role will be posted with the cast list.

Creating theatre is fun and makes life long memories! Each member of our staff and production team are dedicated to creating the best possible theatrical experience. Being in a show is fun, but it is a lot of hard work. Putting on a show that isn’t very good, is not fun. We train young performers to be professional and sharpen their skills. They will be challenged to step out of their comfort zones, and taught strategies to help them be successful on stage. Not only will the lessons they learn on stage help them create better performances, they will help them in life as well. Everything we do is to help create characters on stage and build character for life. Actors will be challenged throughout the process. They will learn music, vocal parts, choreography, and what it takes to put on a show from auditions to the final bow.


  • A mandatory parent meeting will be held at the first rehearsal.
  • For the first few weeks, not everyone will be called to every rehearsal. We do our best to maximize our rehearsals and respect your time. Once full runs begin, attendance is mandatory at each rehearsal.
  • During tech week (the week before the show), rehearsals are held each night.
  • Each family is asked to volunteer on pre-production jobs (set painting, set building, costumes, props, rehearsal monitor, etc.) We will also need volunteers during the tech week/show week (ticket sales, ushers, front of house roles, and backstage monitors). We also ask that at least one parent from each family to help with move in and strike.

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