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NEWSIES Quick Review

NEWSIES presented by Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre through June 26. I attended the closing Wednesday performance.

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The cast of NEWSIES. Photo by Tammy Cassesa.

After hearing nothing but good things about this production, I was fortunate enough to be invited by a friend who had an extra ticket (Thanks, Karen!).

The strong ensemble is led by Peter Neureuther as Jack Kelly, Evan Blust as Crutchie (great job modifying your choreography), Andrew Burke as Davey Jacobs and Grace Marie Rusnica as Katherine Plummer. Neureuther and Rusnica share great chemistry as their attraction for each other builds over the course of the show. Vocally the performances are wonderful both in the solos and in the ensemble numbers.

Director Eric Byrd maintains great energy and pacing throughout, taking full advantage of his performance areas. The choreography is sharp and well-executed throughout although I did find a few of the re-used steps to be a bit repetitive.

Overall, a highly entertaining, high energy production perfect for the whole family.

My rating: 4.75 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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Auditions Announced for SPAMALOT at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoDayton Playhouse announces auditions for
Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
Book and Lyrics by: Eric Idle
Music: John Du Prez

Director: Jenni Cypher
Music Director: Lorri Johnson-Topping
Choreographer: Emily Hughes

Audition Dates: July 25 and 26, 2022 from 7-9:30pm with callbacks on July 27, 2022.

Performance Dates: Weekends September 16-October 2, 2022

Audition location: Dayton Playhouse 1301 E Siebenthaler Ave Dayton 45414

Synopsis:
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful showgirls? The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.”

This show contains mature content and as such, you must be at least 16 to audition.
Traditionally, many of the ensemble roles are doubled with the principal actors. We are looking to cast a diverse ensemble of men and women, both dancing and non-dancing. We do reserve the right to double some roles as necessary.

Please prepare 32 bars from a musical in the style of Spamalot but not from the show. An accompanist will be provided and you may use recorded accompaniment as well.

Come prepared to dance and bring your tap shoes if you have them. There will be a general dance audition and a tap combo. Most of all, bring your sense of humor and a willingness to be silly and play. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Cast of characters:

  • King Arthur: The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Round Table and find the Holy Grail. Great humor. Good singer. Baritone (Low G2-High F4)
  • Lady of the Lake: A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Large range, (Low E3 to High B6). Belting a must.
  • Sir Robin: A Knight of the Round Table. Ironically called Sir Robin the Brave though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for singing and dancing. Tenor/Baritone (Low D3 to High G4)
  • Sir Lancelot: A Knight of the Round Table. He is fearless to a bloody fault, but through a twist of fate, does discover his “softer side”. Tenor (Low C3- High E4)
    Patsy: King Arthur’s horse and servant. Under-appreciated but always longing for
  • King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing.
  • Sir Galahad: A Knight of the Round Table. Begins as Dennis, a lower class mud gatherer who becomes knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Bari-tenor (Low Bb3 – High Bb5)
  • Sir Bedevere: A Knight of the Round Table. An inept scholar. Baritone (Low D3 – High G4)
  • Prince Herbert: The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for this love atop a tower. Tenor (Low A2-High A 5)
  • The Historian: Could be male or female. A tweedy academic (the narrator)
  • As mentioned above, looking for male and female ensemble members, both dancing and nondancing for a variety of additional characters.

For additional information, please contact director Jenni Cypher at jestersqueen@gmail.com.

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AIDA Runs July 22-31

CO_Aida logoAIDA
Cincinnati Opera
July 22-31
Music Hall [Over-the-Rhine]

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Experience the grandest of all grand operas in this lavish production that evokes the opulence and splendor of Ancient Egypt. As war rages between enemy nations, a forbidden love burns brightly between Radamès, an Egyptian warrior, and Aida, his captive. But Aida’s keeping a secret of her own—she’s the daughter of the Ethiopian king and deeply devoted to her people. Will she betray Radamès to save her nation or risk everything to follow her heart? From its star-crossed lovers to its thunderous “Triumphal March”— featuring a 60-voice chorus—Aida is the very definition of epic and a passionate romance for the ages.

  • Fri, July 22 at 7:30pm
  • Tue, July 26 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, July 29 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, July 31 at 3pm

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Auditions Announced for DESCENDENTS the Musical at Rise Up Performing Arts

RUPA_logoJuly 15 from 6-9pm
July 16 from 10am-3pm

Audition forms available here.

Seeking strong singer and actors ages 8 – 18 year old.

Please bring a completed audition form, resume, and a current headshot, photo does not need to be professional, and will not be returned. We will also have these forms available at auditions.

Please prepare a 1 minute musical theatre style song with an accompaniment track. There will be a speaker connection for phones and mp3 players. Please have music cued up to where your singing will begin. Some will be asked to stay for a movement audition.

Auditions are by appointment. Click here for the SignUp Genius. Walk-ins will be seen as time allows.
Callbacks: Monday, July 17, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Rehearsals: Monday and Wednesdays 6:00-8:30 & Sundays 3:00-6:00
Rehearsals begin: August 1st

Performance dates: Sept. 23–25.

Audition & Rehearsal Location: Rise Up Performing Arts, 228 Court St, Hamilton, OH 45011

Performance Venue: Fairfield Freshman Building, 8790 N. Gilmore Road. Fairfield, Ohio 45014

Character Breakdown

  • Mal – Our hero and Maleficent’s daughter. Under her hardened, sarcastic exterior, she has a sense of justice and a heart of gold.
    Gender: Female
    Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: G3
  • Evie – The Evil Queen Grimhilde’s daughter. She hides her brilliance behind a superficial, image-obsessed attitude.
    Gender: Female
    Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: G3
  • Jay
    Jafar’s son, an outwardly arrogant thief. He conceals a strategic, collaborative nature.
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: Eb3
  • Carlos
    Cruella de Vil’s son. Despite a fear of dogs and just about everything else, he has the capacity to be brave and kind.
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: Eb3
  • Maleficent
    The infamous evil fairy. She is a profoundly selfish absentee parent with an unquenchable taste for vengeance.
    Gender: Female
    Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Grimhilde
    Snow White’s wicked adversary. An aging beauty queen, she is still desperate to be the fairest of them all.
    Gender: Female
  • Jafar
    Aladdin’s nemesis. He is a slimy, washed up crime lord desperate for a way back to the top.
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: B2
  • Cruella de Vil
    A Dalmatian loving dog snatcher. She is an obsessive, eccentric, and overbearing helicopter mom
    Gender: Female
    Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: B3
  • Ben
    Son of the Beast and Belle. He is a classically regal, optimistic kid who bears the weight of soon becoming King of Auradon.
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: Bb4 Vocal range bottom: Ab2
  • King Beast
    Ben’s father and King of Auradon. Royal and rule driven, he knows a bit about being marginalized.
    Gender: Male
  • Queen Belle
    Ben’s mother and Queen of Auradon. Warm, but cautious, she doesn’t understand her son’s generation.
    Gender: Female
  • Fairy Godmother
    Headmistress of Auradon Prep. Busy and bubbly, she’ll do anything to keep the school afloat.
    Gender: Female
    Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: D4
  • Jane
    Fairy Godmother’s daughter. Meek and mousy, but hungry for attention, she’s looking for her moment to shine.
    Gender: Female
    Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: E4
  • Chad
    Cinderella and Prince Charming’s son. An arrogant and spoiled blockhead, he’s never wanted for anything.
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: D4 Vocal range bottom: B2
  • Audrey
    Sleeping Beauty’s daughter. The malicious queen bee of Auradon Prep, she has her eye on the throne.
    Gender: Female
    Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Doug
    Dopey’s son. Nerdy and sweet, he does all the work that his fellow students don’t want to do.
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: C4
  • Royal Page
    Auradonian messenger, enormously nervous.
  • Royal Guard
    Museum employee, less than vigilant.
  • Maurice
    Chemistry teacher and Belle’s father. He is kooky and stuck in his ways.
    Gender: Male
  • Coach
    Tourney coach, resigned to the team’s mediocrity until meeting a surprise star player.
  • Snow White
    Red carpet reporter. She is the voice of the masses.
    Gender: Female
  • Ensemble
    Roles include: Isle Ensemble (including Smitten Kids 1 & 2), Auradonians (including Auradonians 1 & 2), Coronation Crowd (including Crowd Members 1, 2 & 3), Auradonian Choir

Location: 2nd floor. 228 Court St, Hamilton, OH 45011

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101 DALMATIANS Kids Runs July 22-23

RISEUP_101 Dalmations logo101 DALMATIANS Kids
Rise Up Performing Arts
July 22-23
Fairfield Freshman Building

Based on the classic animated film, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most outrageous villain, and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. With a high-spirited score and lovable characters, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences.

Pet owners, Roger and Anita, live happily in London with their Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita, stalwart dogs devoted to raising their puppies. Everything is quiet until Anita’s former classmate, the monstrous Cruella De Vil, plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat. The Dalmatians rally all the dogs of London for a daring rescue of the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen.

  • Fri, July 22 at 7pm
  • Sat, July 23 at 2pm & 5pm

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