Monthly Archives: May 2021

2021-2022 Season Announced by Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020Mariemont Players, Inc. is pleased to announce our 2021-2022 season! Circumstances permitting, we are hopeful to start our season as planned in September. This is, of course, subject to change, and specific dates for each production will be determined and announced closer to the summer. Information on ticketing and subscriptions will also be available at a later date. We look forward to welcoming you all back to the theater when it is safe to do so!

The Outsider – By Paul Slade Smith
Directed by Doug Berlon
Comedy
September 10-26, 2021
Ned Newley doesn’t even want to be governor. He’s terrified of public speaking, and his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office – unless the public is looking for… the worst candidate to ever run for office. A timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo – By Alfred Uhry
Directed by Aaron Whitehead
Comedy/Drama
November 5-21, 2021
In December 1939, Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere and Hitler’s invading Poland, but members of Atlanta’s Jewish-German elite are more concerned with who’s going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Amidst comedy, romance, and unexpected turns, the Freitag family is forced to face where they come from and deal with who they really are. Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

[Previously Announced as TBA]
Intimate Apparel
– By Lynn Nottage 

Directed by Derek Snow
Drama
January 7-23, 2022
Intimate Apparel takes place in 1905 and follows Esther Mills, an African American seamstress, who makes lingerie for the wealthy women uptown and the ladies of the night downtown.  When the owner of Esther’s boarding house, Mrs. Dickson, gives her a letter from a mysterious man in Panama, Esther’s world begins to shift. “’Intimate Apparel’ explores the desire for both independence and connection, the insidious effects of racism and classism, the social oppression of women, and the bravery, hard work, friendship, and love, of people who have been forgotten by history.”

Ripcord – By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Becky Collins
Comedy
March 11-27, 2022
For 4 years, irritable and sarcastic Abby Binder has kept a room to herself at the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, through sheer force of her rude personality. Nursing disappointment at the direction her life has taken, she has no room for distraction. When bubbly, bright, and unbearably cheerful Marilyn Dunne is placed in her room, Abby tries her usual tricks, but fails to scare her annoying new roommate away. Ripcord is an enemies-to-friends story for a pair of excellently well-rounded, mature women.

Ada and the Engine – By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Darren Lee
Biographical/Drama
May 6-22, 2022
As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge—a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future.

Harvey – By Mary Chase
Directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn
Comedy
July 8-24, 2022
Harvey is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey – a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, are determined to commit Elwood to a sanitarium. A mistake is made, however, and Veta is committed rather than Elwood! Eventually, the mistake is realized, and a frantic search begins for Elwood and the invisible pooka.

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Auditions Announced for CINDERELLA at Springboro Community Theatre

SCT_logoSpringboro Community Theatre is thrilled to hold auditions for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA on June 14th and 15th, 2021 from 7-9pm. Come out and join the fun!

Springboro Performing Arts Center – 115 Wright Station Way, Springboro, OH 45066

Requirements: Prepare a song selection in the style of (but not from) the show. There will also be cold readings from the script. There may also be a short dance combination to be learned, so please come prepared to dance as well.

Performed Aug. 6-15 at the North Park Amphitheatre

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CSC’s FREE Shakespeare in the Park is Back and Bigger Than Ever! June 16-Aug. 26

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The tour of over 40 locations starts in early June and runs all summer long!
View the complete schedule online here.

Cincinnati, May 28, 2021- Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2021 FREE Shakespeare in the Park Tour continues, after a few early May performances, on June 16 with 40+ performances of FREE Shakespeare all summer long through September 12, 2021!  This marks the return of the full outdoor program that had a truncated season due to the pandemic in 2020. The FREE Shakespeare in the Park tour will bring 3 different Shakespeare productions to parks and venues all across the tristate area including Cincinnati, Fairfield, Glendale, Lebanon, Madeira, Mason, Maysville, Milford, Oxford, Portsmouth, Sharonville, Springfield, and West Chester in Ohio, Burlington, Covington, and Erlanger in Kentucky, and Brookville, Lawrenceburg, and Richmond in Indiana – and more! These performances are FREE and open to the public to enjoy professional theatre outdoors in their community. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is constantly working to expand their reach further and further into the region and is proud to operate one of the largest programs for free outdoor Shakespeare in the nation, both in number of stops and the size of the region reached.

The popular Shakespeare titles, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth will be presented.  The cast features six actors from CSC Professional Touring Company including Marcus Anthony, Angelique Archer, Arrianna Chai, Tyren Duncan, Colleen Dougherty, and Brianna Miller. Directors include Jeremy Dubin (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Courtney Lucien (Romeo and Juliet), and Darnell Pierre Benjamin (Macbeth) under the direction of CSC’s Director of Education Candice Handy. Following the Park Tour, these shows will hopefully travel and tour to local schools, community centers, venues, and other performing arts locations through May 2022.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s FREE Shakespeare in the Park tour is the only professional outdoor theatre opportunity of this king in Cincinnati each summer, attracting more than 10,000 patrons to over 40 area parks during the summer months. CSC’s FREE Shakespeare in the Park Tour enhances the vibrancy of neighborhoods throughout the region by creating traveling arts programs that increase the affordability, availability, and accessibility of the arts outside the downtown core.  If you would like to learn how you can support this program, visit our FREE Shakespeare in the Park Fund page online here. FREE Shakespeare in the Park is generously supported by: the Thomas J. Emery Memorial, Western & Southern Financial Group, GBBN, EY, Graeter’s, Taft Law, Clark Schaefer Hackett, Cincinnati Bell, Susan Esler and Steve Skibo, Vicky and Rick Reynolds, Redknot Homes, Tim Cagle and Rick Kammerer, Kim and Dirk Doebereiner, Mark and Sue Ann Painter, Rosemary and Mark Schlachter, and Friends of FREE Shakespeare in the Park. FREE Shakespeare in the Park would also not be possible without our season sponsors: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation; The John Bridgeland, Crilley, Long and Mason Families: Honoring James R. Bridgeland Jr.; the Ohio Arts Council; the Robert & Adele Schiff Family Foundation; the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. Foundation; and the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

Admission to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in the Park Tour is free and there is no ticket or RSVP required.  All performances are open to all and are general admission, open seating.  Arriving early is typically recommended for best seating and lawn chairs and blankets are recommended.  For questions regarding inclement weather or for details and rules regarding outside food and drink (including or excluding alcohol), please contact the individual parks and venues. Please check with each venue regarding specific COVID Protocols as the Public Health situation is constantly evolving.

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Production Information:

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare
What happens when feuding fairies meddle in the love lives of human couples? Comical adventures, mistaken identities, and a silly play-within-a-play! The cast of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on tour with fairies, lovers and Nick Bottom and the Mechanicals as they hilariously attempt to rehearse and perform a play for the Duke’s wedding. In this whimsical forest, a happy ending is guaranteed for both sprites and mortals alike.

ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare
One of the most beloved romantic tragedies in Shakespeare’s canon, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of the Bard’s star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet fall instantly in love only to discover they come from feuding families. In defiance of their families, amidst the animosity of friends, and in concealment from their mentors, a young couple risk everything to be together. CSC is proud to present this modern production of Romeo and Juliet and prove its continued relevance in the lives of the young and old alike.

MACBETH by William Shakespeare
Prophecies. Ambition. Murder. Madness. In Shakespeare’s famous cursed play “Macbeth”, we see the darkness of the world overcome the light. After an encounter with three witches on a Scottish battlefield, Macbeth must make a decision that will change the course of her life.  Betrayal, love, bloodshed and tragedy adorn the path in this chilling, supernatural tale, leaving us wondering how far Macbeth will go to get what she wants. Tormented by visions and guilt when the price of his crimes take their toll, what fate awaits Macbeth? Find out in Shakespeare’s supernatural thriller.

Both shows are suitable for children and families of all ages and are approximately 90 minutes in length with an intermission.

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About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for all.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.  CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theater Association.  Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics!

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Artistic Director Victoria Morgan to Step Down After 21-22 Season at Cincinnati Ballet

CB_Victoria MorganCompany to celebrate her 25th Anniversary Season will ambitious and nostalgic programming

(Cincinnati, OH, May 262021) — After 25 years of leadership, Victoria Morgan announced today she will step down as Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 Season. Next season will also mark her 25th Anniversary Season, generously presented by PNC. “It will be a poignant season for me, as it will also be my last year as Artistic Director of this beloved Company,” Morgan said. “I have deep gratitude for how the Cincinnati community has steadfastly supported Cincinnati Ballet through these many years. I am so proud of this organization and the work we have accomplished and continue to build upon – elevating our artistry, growing a healthy endowment, championing female choreographers, and the imminent opening of the new Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance. I will cherish being with you next season, as I have done so many seasons before. Nothing will give me greater joy than raising the curtain on this remarkable season together one last time for my grand finale.” Cincinnati Ballet’s Board of Trustees has formed a committee to conduct a national search for a suitable replacement. The transition of leadership will take place at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 Season. “On behalf of the board, dancers, and staff, I want to thank Victoria for her tireless commitment to Cincinnati Ballet,” said Scott Altman, Cincinnati Ballet President + CEO. “We look forward to making many more cherished memories with her this upcoming season as we celebrate her incredible achievement.”

Morgan’s 25th Anniversary Season will open with free performances of The Kaplan New Works Series in a community setting at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park, September 23-26, 2021. Kaplan New Works in the Park will feature groundbreaking choreography in a welcoming, outdoor space. This ambitious program will include four world premieres created by DANCEFIX founder and Cincinnati choreographer Heather Britt and three company dancers — Melissa Gelfin De-Poli, Daniel Baldwin, and Taylor Carrasco – as well as the return of Resident Choreographer Jennifer Archibald’s popular work, Sit. Celebrations for Victoria Morgan’s 25th Anniversary will continue with the return of her King Arthur’s Camelot to Cincinnati Music Hall, November 5-7, 2021. Travel once again to the Land of Sweets with family favorite, The Nutcracker, at Music Hall, December 16-26, 2021. Dreams come true in February with Victoria Morgan’s Cinderella at Cincinnati Music Hall, February 17-27, 2022. In the Spring, enjoy our Family Series: Snow White. The hour-long, narrated production is the perfect introduction to ballet for dance lovers of all ages at the Aronoff Center, April 7-10, 2022. The 2021-2022 Season will conclude with the launch of something
completely new – the Company’s first-ever Bold Moves Festival at the Aronoff Center, May 12-22, 2022. The immersive dance experience will feature six rotating mainstage productions accompanied by a variety of activities and interactive events that will educate and inspire discerning dance-lovers and families alike. Guest companies including Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Dancing Wheels will also be featured during the production. Bold Moves Festival will bring back a community favorite, Ohad Naharin’s seminal work Minus 16, along with a world premiere, Our Story, from Company soloist David Morse. Continuing our commitment to female choreographers, the program will feature the regional premieres of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom and Helen Pickett’s Petal, the return of Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs and Morgan’s Boléro.

The 2021-2022 Season marks Victoria Morgan’s 25th Season as Cincinnati Ballet’s Artistic Director. Morgan took on the additional role of executive leader in 2008, serving as both the Artistic Director and CEO. Under her leadership, after years of growing deficits, the company stabilized their finances, built a healthy and sizeable endowment fund, created an operating reserve, and presented several million-dollar capital projects. During this time, the Company also expanded the Otto M. Budig Academy, as well as education and community
engagement programming. In 2017 with the arrival of Scott Altman as President +CEO, Morgan transitioned to full-time Artistic Director, giving her the opportunity to focus exclusively on artistic excellence. Morgan’s artistic contributions to Cincinnati Ballet are myriad. During her tenure, she has choreographed numerous one-act and full-length ballets, including world premieres of King Arthur’s Camelot, the new Nutcracker, and her revised choreography for Cinderella. With her deep roots in the Cincinnati community, Morgan was instrumental in fundraising efforts to secure support for the new 57,000-square-foot Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance in Walnut Hills. While construction was underway for the new Dance Center, 2020 challenged Morgan’s artistic leadership in unprecedented ways. She responded to the global pandemic in a creative and science-based way, working closely the Company’s artistic and administrative teams to safely present one of the nation’s first ballet performances to an in-person audience following the shutdown. Ballet in the Park was staged at the Procter & Gamble Pavilion in September 2020 and was lauded by The National Endowment for the Arts for its innovation. Prior to joining Cincinnati Ballet, Morgan was resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera and a principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West. She has and continues to serve on numerous boards including Dance USA, Dance Magazine, the NEA evaluation panel, and was a judge for several International Ballet Competitions. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.F.A. from University of Utah and was honored as a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2009.

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About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations with artists as diverse as Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton and popular, Ohio-based band Over the Rhine. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and engagement in local to global communities, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, provides extensive education and community engagement programs, and offers top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

Victoria Morgan’s 25th Anniversary Season is proudly presented by PNC.

Cincinnati Ballet 2021-2022 Season Sponsors: Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret and Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

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AN EVENING WITH THE BENGSONS at Playhouse in the Park June 25 & 26

PIP_The Bengsons promoJoin us in the Marx Theatre on June 25 and 26 at 7:30pm for AN EVENING WITH THE BENGSONS, presented by Schueler Group! Based in New York City and Vermont, married folk-rock duo Abigail and Shaun Bengson have performed off-Broadway, across the country and around the world. Called “eccentrically wholesome … with a gutsy pop-folk style” by The New York Times, The Bengsons will present a collection of their songs in this entertaining concert-style, theatrical memoir. If you loved any of the intimate musicals presented in the Rosenthal Shelterhouse over the years, you’ll want to experience AN EVENING WITH THE BENGSONS!

With just two performances and socially distanced seating, tickets are limited. Snag your seat for $54 or $39!

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