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Auditions Announced for NEXT TO NORMAL at INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoIt’s that time again! We are so excited to announce auditions for the next musical in our season, NEXT TO NORMAL.

The 2008 smash hit, American rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. The story centers on a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness has on her family. The musical addresses the depth of mental illness, ethics in modern psychiatry and the underbelly of suburban life.

Dec. 19 & 20 from 7-9pm

Directed by Denise A. Schnieders

Production dates: Feb. 16-19

More information and how sign up on the link https://innovatheatre.com/auditions

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Auditions Announced for KINKY BOOTS at Cincinnati Music Theatre

CMT_logoAUDITION DATES:
  • Sunday, Jan. 15: 7 PM to 10 PM
  • Monday, Jan. 16: 7 PM to 10 PM
    Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 7-10pm

LOCATION:
Clifton United Methodist Church.
3416 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220

SHOW DATES:
KINKY BOOTS will be performed at the Jarson Kaplan Theatre at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, May 12 to 20.

REHEARSALS:
Rehearsals will begin with a Company Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 7 PM to 10 PM and then will occur every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday evening from 7 PM to 10 PM beginning Sunday, Feb. 19.

A NOTE FROM THE PRODUCTION TEAM:
Over the past couple of years, there’s been a growing conversation centering around cisgender theatre makers and the transphobic harm they’ve perpetuated through their work. If we want to move forward as an industry, then we need to hold ourselves accountable. This includes publicly acknowledging how Kinky Boots has, in past productions, perpetuated transphobic harm within the show. CMT will be taking the necessary steps to remove the harmful language. Trans people are more than a punchline or a joke. We stand with the trans community, now and forever.

PLEASE PREPARE & PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING FOR YOUR AUDITION:

Two songs that best showcase your vocal talents and range:

  • 16-32 bars of any Pop or Rock song of your choosing
  • 16-32 bars from one of the pre-selected pieces from the show:
    • The Most Beautiful Thing in the World
    • Land of Lola
    • Step One
    • The History of Wrong Guys
    • Soul of a Man
    • Everybody Say Yeah

Choosing to sing a song for a specific role from the show does not guarantee that you will be considered for that role. Please select a cut that best showcases your vocal style and range.

Your sheet music should be in the proper key with cuts marked. An accompanist will be provided (no CDs, tapes or a cappella numbers, please).

Please be prepared to tell a story or memory of a time when you felt excluded, a time when you found your community, a time when you learned to accept someone for who they are, or a time when changing your mind led to a change in your life.

There will be a short dance call. Please bring shoes and clothing appropriate for a dance audition. If you are auditioning for Lola or an Angel, please be prepared to do your dance call in heels. If you do not have a pair of heels available for the audition, please wear whatever shoes you are most comfortable dancing in.

If you play a musical instrument, please note the instrument and your proficiency level on the audition sheet. You may be asked to play your instrument at callbacks.

  • Please provide a copy of your resume.
  • Please provide a copy of your headshot if you have one.
  • Please bring proof of your COVID-19 Vaccination. We do require that the cast, crew, and production team be fully vaccinated.

IN-PERSON AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT
Please reserve your audition time here. After signing up, the audition form will be emailed to you – please print and fill out the form prior to your audition. Walk-ins are welcome and will be seen in the next available slot.

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS:
We will also accept video submissions. If you choose to submit a video audition, you must include all elements of the audition, the songs, the story, and the dance combination. The deadline for video submissions will be 5:00 PM on Monday, January 9th. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Please include the audition form and virtual copy of your resume and headshot with the video submission. To submit a video audition, please send all materials to cmt.kinkybootsmainstage@gmail.com.

PLEASE NOTE:

We are committed to making this process as accessible as possible.

The dance combination that will be taught during the audition, will be available via video one week prior to auditions. All callback materials will be made available virtually at the same time. Those who reserve an audition time slot will receive an email with the access information. For those who are not on the SignUp Genius, please request materials via email: cmt.kinkybootsmainstage@gmail.com

Additionally, limited printed copies of the callback materials will be available at callbacks.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they realized… and discover that when you change your mind, you can change your whole world.

Filled with glitter, glam and a whole lot of sole, Kinky Boots is a sensation that has inspired audiences around the world by reminding us all that we can change the world when we change our minds. Based on a film of the same name, with music by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots lifts us up and shows us that we have way more in common than we ever imagined.

ROLES:
ALL ROLES ARE UNPAID/VOLUNTARY AND NO ROLES HAVE BEEN PRE-CAST

CHARLIE PRICE
Late 20’s – Mid 30’s. Tenor (C3 -B4). Leading Man. Privileged, but likeable – his father owns the shoe factory. He is handsome and loveable but there is a temper right under the skin. Must have strong, sustainable rock voice, strong movement, and strong acting.

LOLA
Early 30’s – Mid 40’s. Tenor (C3-B4). A fiery diva presence with underlying soul and heart, she is ostentatious, over the top, and more real than most. Must have strong, sustainable tenor voice comfortable with blues, soul, and gospel styles, strong dance, strong acting, and great comedic timing. Must be comfortable wearing all types of clothing from full glamour to boxing trunks. ONLY BLACK ACTORS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS ROLE.

YOUNG CHARLIE
10-12. Tenor. Charlie’s younger self. Appears in the opening and closing numbers/sequences.

YOUNG LOLA
10-12. Tenor. Lola’s younger self. Appears in the opening and closing numbers/sequences. ONLY BLACK ACTORS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS ROLE.

LAUREN
Mid 20’s – Early 30’s. Mezzo-Soprano (B3-F5). Beautiful, and quirky working-class girl who works in the shoe factory. Terribly funny and smart but who has had bad luck with men. Must have strong belt and strong comedic timing.

NICOLA
Mid 20’s – Early 30’s. Mezzo-Soprano (B3-F5). Charlie’s girlfriend since school. Sophisticated and stylish, she is a social climber, driven, and uncompromising. She knows what she wants and goes for it. Must have strong pop belt.

DON
30’s – 40’s. Baritone/Tenor (C3-F4, must have falsetto to D5 for finale). Lola’s nemesis. Burly, hyper-masculine bear of a factory worker. Has a menacing physicality. Must have strong acting and good comedic timing.

GEORGE
40’s – 50’s. Baritone (C3-F4). Factory manager trying to keep up traditions. Reserved and tightly wound.

THE ANGELS (6)
20’s – 40’s. Baritones/Tenors (3 sing to C5 and 3 sing to A4). Drag performers from The Blue Angel Night Club who perform with Lola. Must be versatile singers and dancers with star presence and comfort performing in drag. Tumbling, Acro, or Trick work (IE: death drops) a plus.

TRISH
40’s – 50’s. Mezzo-Soprano (B3-D5). Factory worker who has been there longer than any of the other women. A lot of life experience and a lot of responsibility. Must have strong comedic timing and decent belt.

PAT
30’s. Mezzo-Soprano (B3-F5). Officious office manager who will let loose her wild side when she can. Must have strong pop/rock belt.

MR. PRICE/ENSEMBLE
40’s-50’s. Baritone (B2-G4). Charlie’s father and owner of the shoe factory. Appears in opening and closing numbers/sequences as Mr. Price and fills various other ensemble roles throughout the show.

HARRY/ENSEMBLE
20’s – 30’s. Tenor (E3-C4). A contemporary of Charlie’s, but opposite. Harry is successful, self-aware, confident and carefree. Fills various other ensemble roles throughout the show. Must have strong rock voice.

ENSEMBLE
20’s-50’s. Various ranges. The ensemble must be excellent pop/rock singers with good movement abilities to fill various roles throughout the show, including factory workers, pub patrons, fashion show attendants, etc.

THE PRODUCTION TEAM:
Producers: Aubrey E. Wilson & Chelsey Ross
Direction: Aubrey E. Wilson
Assistant Direction: Ariel Mary Ann
Vocal Direction: Madelaine Wilkerson
Music Direction: Charlie Wilhelm
Choreography: Jules Breslin

Please email cmt.kinkybootsmainstage@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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Record Attendance Expected for This Year’s NUTCRACKER

CB_The Nutcracker 2022The annual tradition is the hottest ticket in town, Dec. 15-24 at Music Hall 

CINCINNATI, OH (November 23, 2022) – Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns to Music Hall December 15 through 24. The Company expects to shatter attendance records, projecting more than 25,000 patrons over the course of the production run. With the production in high demand, several performances are already near sell-out. The lavish production features elaborate sets and costumes and live musical accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s beloved score by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with choreography from Victoria Morgan. More than one hundred children’s roles are featured in the production, with young performers from across the region dancing alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company dancers. The Nutcracker is a classic holiday tale that follows the imaginative story of Clara, a little girl who embarks on a dreamy journey after she receives a nutcracker as a gift on Christmas Eve. With her Nutcracker Prince, Clara travels through the Land of Sweets, meeting colorful and exciting characters along the way. Morgan’s whimsical choreographic take on the classic story is like nothing you have ever seen before. Fiona the Hippo continues to appear in the production. This year, audiences should play close attention to the second act for a special nod to her new baby brother, Fritz.

Victoria Morgan’s The Nutcracker premiered in 2011 with new sets by scenic designer John Ezell, bright and beautiful costumes by Carrie Robbins, lighting by Trad A Burns and athletic, engaging choreography by Victoria Morgan. Morgan’s rendition of the classical ballet is filled with unique, contemporary twists on longstanding traditions: from the bright, whimsical sets, stage effects and acrobatics to the appearance of new, playful characters such as Clara’s companion, a pet poodle named Minnie, dancing Cupcakes, tumbling Snowballs, an ensemble of poodles performing the Dance of the Mirlitons (or “Lollipups”) and more.

Masking is optional for performances.

PERFORMANCE DATES AND INFORMATION

WHO:

Cincinnati Ballet
Choreography: Victoria Morgan
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

WHAT:

The Nutcracker

WHEN:

  • Thursday, December 15 – 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 16 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 17 – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 17 – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 18 – 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 18 – 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 20 – 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 21 – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 21 – 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 22 – 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 22– 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 23 – 1:00 pm
  • Friday, December 23 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 24 – 6:30 pm

WHERE:

Music Hall
1241 Elm St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Cincinnati Ballet 2022-2023 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

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 Jodie Gates, Cincinnati Ballet is a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world-premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and community 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.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Seeks Teaching Artist Candidate

PIP_logoFor After School Classes and School Workshops for our 2022-2023 season

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO) and is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion in all areas of its work, both on and offstage. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and life experiences to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.

Position Overview: After School Classes Teaching Artist

The After School Classes Teaching Artist will join our pool of Teaching Artists and may be offered work teaching a variety of theatre-based afterschool classes during the 2022-23 school year. Teaching Artist may be offered work in any of the schools and organizations we serve which include locations throughout the tri-state area.

The Teaching Artist is responsible for check in and check out, teaching participants, implementing curriculum, communicating with partners onsite at the schools, mentoring Interns, as requested, and collaborating with Playhouse Education Staff and other professional artists. They are responsible for following lesson plans and maintaining a positive and exciting classroom environment.

This is a temporary, seasonal position with an hourly rate of $35. After School Teaching Artist will be paid for teaching time and 30 minutes total of entrance and exit time per day. Hours will be based on individual classes and needs of the school/partner. Afterschool Classes occur three times per year and are typically eight sessions that start between 2:00 and 3:30 and last 30 – 90 minutes.

This position requires travel to school and community center venues including locations throughout the tri-state area. Qualified candidates must be flexible and able to take After School Classes in a variety of locations, therefore, candidates must possess reliable transportation.

Position Overview: School Workshop Teaching Artist

The School Workshops Teaching Artist will join our pool of Teaching Artists and may be offered work teaching a variety of theatre-based arts integration and enrichment day in-school classes during the 2022-23 school year. School Workshop Teaching Artists may be offered work in any of the schools and organizations we serve which include locations throughout the tri-state area.

The School Workshop Teaching Artist is responsible for teaching participants using theatre and arts integration techniques, implementing curriculum, communicating with teachers and partners onsite at the schools, mentoring Interns, as requested, and collaborating with Playhouse Education Staff and other professional artists. They are responsible for following lesson plans and maintaining a positive and exciting classroom environment.

This is a temporary, seasonal position with an hourly rate of $35. School Workshops Teaching Artists will be paid for teaching time and 30 minutes total of entrance and exit time per day. Hours will be based on individual classes and needs of the school. In-school residencies are typically five consecutive days and are booked one residency at a time. Each day may have one to four sessions that last 35-55 minutes.

This position requires travel to school locations throughout the tri-state area. Qualified candidates must be flexible and able to take School Workshop assignments in a variety of locations, therefore, candidates must possess reliable transportation.

For additional responsibilities, qualifications and to apply please link to https://www.cincyplay.com/about/employment


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Cast Announced for FABULATION, or THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE at Footlighters

FLI_logoUndine has it all – success, love, and a fabulous wardrobe. When her life begins to unravel in one hilarious reversal after another, she is forced to return to a life she had long left behind. In this satirical comedy, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage asks Undine – and all of us – whether you can really ever go home again.

The cast includes:

  • Jovanni Candia as Herve/Guy
  • Jasimine Bouldin as Undine
  • Erin Adler Friedman as Stephie
  • Charles McClinon as Father
  • Alfred Glover Jr as Flow
  • Tamara Jackson-McClinon as Grandma
  • Tosha Gibson as Mother
  • Ensemble: Jacqlyn Schott, Phillip Latham, Paige Krei Adkins, Douglas Fries, Amanda Cummings, Colette Flowers, Geoff Simmons & Rachael O’Regilly

Directed by Derek Snow
Produced by Chad Brinkman and George Fee
February 9 – 26, 2023

For more information visit www.footlighters.org/fabulation

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