Monthly Archives: July 2022

Multiple Job Openings Available at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoAs the season starts up again, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has openings in many areas including:

  • Director of Operations
  • Scene Shop Administrative Assistant (Part-time)
  • Electrician 2 (Lighting Technician)
  • Scenic Carpenter
  • Grants Manager
  • Patron Services Associates (Part-time)

Please visit for details, position responsibilities and how to apply.


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Cast Announced for AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Fairfield Footlighters

fflCongratulations to the cast of AND THEN THERE WERE NONE.

  • ROGERS – Jeff Hamilton
  • MRS. ROGERS – Cathy Judge
  • FRED NARRACOTT – Dan Schindler
  • VERA CLAYTHORNE – Kayla Swelbar
  • PHILIP LOMBARD – Chase Engel
  • ANTHONY MARSTON – Grant Zentmeyer
  • WILLIAM BLORE – Jacob Campbell
  • EMILY BRENT – Jodi Strother
  • DR. ARMSTRONG – Justin Huddilston

Thank you to all who auditioned!

Shows are September 23-25, 2022

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GREATER TUNA presented by Mitchell Squared Productions through July 31. I attended the opening night performance. 

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Mitchell Squared Productions was co-founded by best friends and long time acting partners Benjamin Mitchell (currently a BFA Music Theatre major at The Hartt School, University of Hartford) and Mitch Holland (a recent graduate from Webster Conservatory, Webster University with a BFA in Acting). GREATER TUNA is the group’s third production.

For me, GREATER TUNA requires a couple of elements to be truly successful. One is casting two actors who can convincingly handle the 20 characters than inhabit Tuna, Texas. Mitchell and Holland are up to that task, exhibiting strong, comic character work throughout. The other is the success of the lightning-fast costume changes. While the costumes worked well for the individual characters, some of the choices were not conducive to quick changes even with the valiant help of a backstage dresser. This caused the show to feel like individual vignettes instead of one flowing performance and many times reset the momentum with each new scene.

Director Jay Giffin makes good use of the play area and does well in establishing the relationships among the characters. Aside from the momentum issue, any further criticism is nit-picky, but hey: you invited me to come. 🙂

Sometimes with the use a Southern accents, there is a tendency to talk slowly and keep within a limited vocal range, making some of the characters monotonal. As a whole you could go bigger with most of the characters. For example, Reverend Spikes could be a bit more fire and brimstone; Bertha Bumiller could be more frazzled; and Stanley Bumiller could take a bigger victory lap.

Most of the props were pantomimed, so the choice to use several physical props was confusing. The pantomime would also work better with stronger and consistent choices as there were times I wasn’t exactly sure what was being conveyed. Stronger motivations on exits would also help.

Overall, an enjoyable visit with the crazy citizens of Tuna.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT Runs Aug. 26-Sept. 11

DPH_The_Lifespan_of_a_FactTHE LIFESPAN OF A FACT
Dayton Theatre Guild
Aug. 26-Sept. 11

Directed by Tim Rezash
Produced by Debra Kent

Cast: Jennifer Lockwood as Emily, Brandon Shockney as Jim & Jared Mola as John

A fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker for a prominent New York magazine is assigned to fact-check an essay about the suicide of a teenage boy. It is written by a talented and established writer, and publishing his piece can save the struggling magazine from collapse. The two battle over facts versus truth, with the magazine’s editor, who wants to run the story and who assigned the fact-checker to look it over, serving as referee.

  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 26-27 at 8pm
  • Sun, Aug. 28 at 3pm
  • Fri, Sept. 2 at 8pm
  • Sat, Sept. 3 at 5pm
  • Sun, Sept. 4 at 3pm
  • Fri, Sept. 9 at 8pm
  • Sat, Sept. 10 at 5pm
  • Sun, Sept. 11 at 3pm

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Auditions Announced for THE MURDER MYSTERY AT THE MURDER MYSTERY at Rivertown Players

  • RP_logoMonday, August 8th at 7pm
  • Tuesday, August 9th at 7pm

Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church
High and Vine Streets, Lawrenceburg

Please be prepared to read from the script.

Performance Dates:

  • Friday, October 21st
  • Saturday, October 22nd
  • Sunday, October 23rd

Hillforest Mansion

The players at The Murder Mystery Playhouse are rehearsing a new show, “Putting a Little English on It.” As expected at the final dress rehearsal, the lights go out and a character dies onstage — only this murder wasn’t in the script! The actors are left scratching their heads at the strange circumstances and also worried that they could be next. It all culminates in a wild surprise ending in which the actors must work together to defeat the murderer before he murders them all.


  • Scarlet Mays/Ms. Polly: diva actress who demands that things go her way; does not get along with the director
  • Holly Hanover/Mrs. Margaret Polk: level-headed and logical, but snarky actress
  • Sandy Smith/Gertrude Polk: young actress who’s excited about the world of theatre
  • Misty Gere/the Maid: drama queen who overplays her as well as everything in reality
  • Richard Green/Mr. Frederick Polk: experienced actor who tries to direct and has some pretty good ideas
  • Tom Baines/Mr. Humphrey Black: sleepy, hungry actor who plays the dead guy
  • Gary Ferguson/Inspector Bradshaw: serious method actor
  • Erica Stone: put-upon, but reliable stage manager/house manager
  • Brett Donahue: director who’s lost all control
  • Susan Wells: slightly batty accompanist; plays intense and dreadful mood music
  • Inspector Wright: Cheboygan’s finest
  • Inspector Fuller: Wright’s partner
  • Adele Sears: drama critic
  • Brian D. Taylor: the playwright

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