Monthly Archives: June 2022

Cast Announced for MACBETH at CenterStage Players

CSP_logoCenterStage Players is excited to announce the cast of MACBETH.  The show will be directed by Tom Peters and runs from January 27-February 5, 2023.

The cast includes:

  • Macbeth – Keith Cassidy
  • Lady Macbeth – Adrianna Boris
  • First Witch – Elizabeth Hickerson
  • Second Witch – Erica Beimesche
  • Third Witch – Allison Kalfas
  • Banquo – Jay Dallas Benson
  • Porter / Siward / Lord – Bob Buchtman
  • King Duncan / Doctor – Burt McCollum
  • Bloody Captain / Lennox / Murderer – John McInerney
  • Macduff – Pete Wood
  • Malcolm – Brady Dunn
  • Donalbain / Messenger – Katherine Anderson
  • Lady Macduff / Banquo Murderer / Gentlewoman – Claire Wilkins
  • Seyton / Murderer / Lord – Jim Waldfogle
  • Fleance / Young Siward / Macduff’s Child – Hana Conte

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Cast Announced for THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at CenterStage Players

CSP_logoCenterStage Players is excited to announce the cast of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.  The show will be directed by Cathy Alter and runs from November 11-20, 2022.

The cast includes:

  • Anne Frank – Athena Updike
  • Otto Frank – Ken Macke
  • Edith Frank – Mary Puetz
  • Margot Frank – Chloe Price
  • Mr. Van Daan – Matt Hudson
  • Mrs. Van Daan – Marilyn Zelcer
  • Peter Van Daan – Tyler Becks
  • Mr. Kraler – James Updike
  • Mr. Dussel – Ray Lebowski
  • Miep Gies – Erica Beimesche

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Cast Announced for THE LARAMIE PROJECT-10 YEARS LATER at CenterStage Players

CSP_logoCenterStage Players is excited to announce the cast of THE LARAMIE PROJECT-10 YEARS LATER.  The show will be directed by Fred Hunt and runs from September 30-October 9, 2022.

The cast includes:

  • Rob Debree / Matt Mickelson / Rep. Semlek – Thurman Allen
  • Stephen Belber / Rep. Cannady – Brenden Blackburn
  • Dennis Shepard / Jeffrey Lockwood / Rep. Hales / Republican Man – Francis Boyle
  • Catherine Connolly – Tobie Braverman
  • Rebecca Hilliker / Jan Lundhurst / Rep. Davidson – Abbey Breeding
  • Reggie Fluty / Rep. Seward – Trisha Cooper
  • Romaine Patterson / Nikki Elder / Rep. Brown – Rebecca Coots
  • Marge Murray / Lucy Thompson / Grandma/ Rep. Barbuto – Betty Coulter
  • John Dorst / Governor Freudenthal / Rep. Hammons/ Conservative Colleague – John Dorney
  • Judy Shepard / Rep. Peasley – Bridgid Dunn
  • Russell Henderson / Friend / Rep. Edmonds – Brady Dunn
  • Leigh Fondakowski / Rep. Buchanan – Laurel Ellis
  • Jim Osborne / Clerk in the Wyoming Legislature – Paul Henkler
  • Beth Loffreda / Rep. Blake – Lisa Hunt
  • Aaron McKinney / Jedadiah Schultz / Ben / Rep. Hallinan – Rick Hunt
  • Moises Kaufman / Boy / Rep. Stubson – Jeffery Jackson
  • Zackie Salmon / Susan Swapp / Desk Mate / Rep. Lockhart – Julie Jordan
  • Greg Pierotti / Rep. Harvey – Zak Kelley
  • Dave O’Malley / Rep. Peterson/ Cowboy – Joel Lind
  • Chairman Childers / Rental Car Agent – John Masterson
  • Andy Paris / Jerry Parkinson / Rep. Brechtel – Altha McNeal
  • Fr. Roger Schmit / George / Rep. Simpson – Mark Motz
  • Jonas Slonaker / Glen Silber / Rep. Madden – Rich Schmaltz
  • Deb Thomsen / Boomerang Editor / Rep. Harshman – Erin Marie Schwartz
  • Girl/ 20/20 Narrator / University Official / Rep. Wallis – Emily Tilling
  • Mom / Student / Jane / Rep. Cohee – Claire Wilkins

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HAIRSPRAY Quick Review

HAIRSPRAY presented by Broadway in Cincinnati through July 3. I attended the opening night performance.


“Welcome to the 60s” – Niki Metcalf as Tracy Turnblad, Andrew Levitt (aka Nina West) as Edna Turnblad and company. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Originally scheduled for a January visit, (stoopid Covid), HAIRSPRAY returns to the Aronoff for a one-week engagement and blows the doors off the place.

This production boasts big voices and strong performances across the board and Tuesday night’s audience was as happy to be there as the performers were to be back on stage.

Andrew Levitt (aka Nina West) is hilarious as Edna Turnblad and when partnered with Christopher Swan as husband Wilbur, the pair could not be any more adorable. Also turning in some hysterical character work is Emanuaelle Zeesman as Prudy Pingleton, the Gym Teacher, and the Matron.

Overall, a near perfect production that touches the heart and tickles the funny bone.

My rating: 5 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.


WHAT: Two (2) tickets per valid ID, 50% off day-of-show pricing

WHO: Students, seniors, teachers, current/former members of the military, first responders with ID or SNAP card holders.

WHEN: Valid for all performances; 2 hours prior to show

WHERE: In person at the Aronoff Center Ticket Office

Questions? Call 513.621.ARTS

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Auditions Announced for CHURCH AND STATE at Middletown Lyric Theatre

MLT_logoCHURCH & STATE by Jason O’Dell

Audition Dates:

  • July 17th 2pm – 4:30pm or
  • July 19th 7pm – 8:30pm

Audition Requirements: Cold Readings from the script

A North Carolina U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that gets leaked on “the Twitter,” calling into question the senator’s stance on guns and God. As his devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at how religion influences politics and how politics has become a religion is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting

Production Dates: October 14, 15, 21 & 22, 2022
Rehearsals Begin: End of August

    Born and raised in North Carolina, he is a former state senator, now incumbent Junior U.S. Senator up for reelection. Though not gunning for it himself, the party is grooming Charlie for a presidential run in a few years. Charlie is a man filled with doubt. But he has plenty of charisma and sex appeal. He’s a rare honest politician and gifted public speaker. A real family man who loves his wife, sons, and constituents.
  • SARA WHITMORE: Female. 40s to 50’s.
    Charlie’s wife. A big, brassy, former real estate agent, now stay-at-home mom to their boys Matthew (9, athletic and fearless) and Luke (6, artistic and sensitive). She is sweet, charming, and instantly likable. Even when she’s bossing you around, she does it with an irresistible smile. More “street smart” than “book smart,” but can still hold her own with the big boys. Also born and raised in North Carolina. Loves her family, Jesus, and the Bible. She’s a tough Southern woman with a soft underbelly.
  • ALEX KLEIN: Female. 20’s and up.
    Charlie’s campaign manager. A fast-talking, no-nonsense liberal Jew from New York whose star is on the rise as a go-to campaign manager. Hired by the Whitmore campaign so she wouldn’t defeat him working for the other side. She is great at her job, but knows her career is on the line if this election goes badly. Her self-doubt bubbles to the surface at times, but she’s clearly a professional at the top of her game.

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