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NOT NOW DARLING Zoom Reading on May 16

BPI_logoBeechmont Players is holding their next ZOOM play reading on SUNDAY afternoon, May 16th from 2-4pm

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84377866473?pwd=RlhjSW8wMFVtYjdsOWR5M0Q5MnZQQT09

The play is NOT NOW DARLING, by John Chapman and Ray Cooney.

ZOOM readings aren’t the same as live, but they provide a great chance to experience unknown shows and socialize with your theater buddies.  And we hope they’ll be a reminder of why we started working with Beechmont Players in the first place!

Speaking of which, keep an eye open for Beechmont’s first post-pandemic production—THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Auditions will be held in mid-July for a November 5-13 run.

This tremendously successful West End farce is set in the elegant fur salon of Bodley, Bodley & Crouch. Gilbert Bodley, a flamboyant extrovert, is scheming to seduce a beautiful stripper, Janie, with the aid of a £5,000 mink. Unfortunately, she is married and her husband, Harry, would notice such an acquisition. So Gilbert reduces the mink to £500 and Janie tries to get Harry to buy the coat for her, Gilbert paying the difference. Harry realizes a bargain when he sees one, but buys it instead for his own curvaceous little secretary, Sue.

Gilbert is quite demented by this turn of events and both he and his dithering assistant, Arnold Crouch, are further embarrassed when Janie strips and refuses to leave the salon without the mink. Their frenzied attempts to retrieve the coat from Sue and hide the naked Janie are further complicated by the unexpected arrival of Gilbert’s wife, Maude. Meanwhile, Arnold’s method of hiding any discarded ladies’ underwear is to throw them out of the window and it is left to Miss Tipdale, the firm’s spinster secretary, to retrieve the garments and the situation whenever necessary. The hilarious permutations reach a point of hysteria before everyone gets their just desserts.

The Cast:

  • Sue Lawson…Katherine Anderson
  • Miss Tipdale… Dava Lynn
  • Miss Whittington / Mrs. Frencham…Mary Puetz
  • Janie McMichael…Aubrey Wilson
  • Maude Bodley…Lynne Aaronson
  • Arnold Crouch…Jim Waldfogle
  • Gilbert Bodley…David Abbot
  • Harry McMichael…Bryce Willson
  • Commander Frencham/Mr. Lawson…Steve Phelan

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2021 NEXTival Runs May 20-22

CAST_Nextival logoIn a year’s worth of events and activities getting cancelled for high school students, Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre (CAST) is proud to bring back the 2021 NEXTival in person!

The NEXTival is an original works festival featuring innovative and new plays from high school students in the Greater Cincinnati area. Students involved in the productions come from Highlands, Walnut Hills, Turpin, Newport Central Catholic, SCPA, Simon Kenton, Cincinnati Country Day and more!

CAST will host the NEXTival on Thursday, May 20th thru Saturday, May 22nd at the Lincoln Grant Scholar House in Covington, KY. Performances are 6pm, 7:15pm & 8:30pm each night and vary by day.

Tickets are $10 per show or $25 for a day pass. Tickets are GENERAL SEATING only. Purchase tickets in advance at https://www.caststages.org/nextival or by calling (859) 545-0770. Tickets can also be purchased at the door thirty minutes prior to each show.

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The Drama Workshop Premieres I’M BLOOY RETIRED, Its Final Home View Theatre Piece

TDW_VERTThe Drama Workshop’s Home View Theatre series will close with the release of ‘M BLOOY RETIRED, a comedic crime mystery written by Eric Thomas.

Dennis Murphy, TDW’s Vice President of Productions states that, “’M BLOOY RETIRED is a very fitting choice to bring our successful Home View Theatre series to a close. With this delightful comedy, Home View Theatre has produced 13 short videos over the course of nine months. Not only has Home View Theatre provided funding to support TDW operations during the pandemic, but it has also served as a valuable link between TDW and its subscribers, membership and the broader theatrical community during the many months of isolation. We thank the writers, casts and crews of all of the Home View productions for their time, effort and creativity. They have managed to produce 13 videos safely while working within Covid protocols and restrictions Their courage and dedication to this project is greatly appreciated by TDW and something our audiences would soundly applaud – if they could.”

In ‘M BLOOY RETIRED, retiring Detective Sergeant Royal is given one last assignment – to train rookie Detective Francis – and one last case — to finally bring down his arch-nemesis. Dennis Murphy directed the video and portrays Detective Royal. Detective Francis is played by Nicholas Dunker. Chris Bishop, Stephanie Klein, Lindsey Pullum and Karen Romero round out the stellar cast.  The video was edited by Murphy and Eric Thomas. Cal Lumpkin served as videographer and assistant editor.

Tickets to stream ‘M BLOOY RETIRED or any of the Home View Theatre productions can be purchased at www.thedramaworkshop.org/homeview or by calling the box office at (513)598-8303. Single videos are $5 or you can subscribe to the series of six videos for only $25.

The second series of Home View Theatre plays also includes:

The Rules, a comedy by Jessie Faye. As they prepare for a first date, a man and woman reflect on societal pressure, self-doubt, and the complexities of the perfect outfit. TDW is excited to welcome Jeff and Maddy Weinkam to their TDW debut. They played the couple, and Jeff directed the video. The Rules premiered on February 12.

Vir:Us, a collection of monologues written by a group of TDW artists who began a writer’s group during their pandemic downtime. Each monologue, performed by its author, explores how people try to make connections with others during the pandemic. The group of actor/playwrights consist of Chris Bishop, Betsy Bossart, Stephanie Klein, Lindsey Pullum, Fred Tacon and Eric Thomas. Vir:Us premiered on February 26.

Second Story Jobs, a comedy by Fred Tacon that portrays what happens when an extremely overworked tooth fairy visits an adult man. The video is directed by Lynne Aronson and features Michael Sharon and Rusty Lacy. Second Story Jobs premiered on March 12.

Goodwill, a play by Teri Foltz. While clearing out the garage after their mother’s death, a brother and sister learn of a family secret. The cast includes Linda Callahan and Steve Phelan under the direction of Julie Jordan. Goodwill premiered on March 26.

Indian Sign, a drama by Clint Bramkamp in which conflict arises between a man leading a campaign to keep a twenty-eight-foot sign depicting an outdated view of Native Americans in place and a Native American activist who wants to see the sign taken down. Richard Zenk directs the cast which features Jessie Faye and John McInerney. Indian Sign premiered on April 9.


THE DRAMA WORKSHOP was founded in 1954. TDW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education and promotion of the theatrical arts. The Drama Workshop is widely recognized as one of greater Cincinnati’s most accomplished community theater organizations, garnering dozens of awards annually from the Association of Community Theatres of Greater Cincinnati. TDW’s 2019 production of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” was selected to represent the Southwest Ohio region at the Ohio Community Theatre Association annual conference. TDW was also honored to represent the state of Ohio at the 2013 and 2017 American Association of Community Theatre regional conferences. The Drama Workshop has been recognized by the Cincinnati Preservation Association for their efforts to rehabilitate the former Glenmore Bowl into The Glenmore Playhouse. Prospective members, and individuals or businesses interested in becoming involved or in helping advance TDW’s mission are encouraged to contact the group through our website at www.thedramaworkshop.org, or by phone at 513-598-8303.

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NKU SOTA Streams Musical Journey FUGITIVE SONGS

NKU_Fugitive Songs logoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts continues its streaming production season with “Fugitive Songs” by award-winning writers Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen. “Fugitive Songs” will be available on-demand through ShowTix4U May 6-9, 2021.

“Living through a pandemic and watching the world search for ways to move forward, I felt that producing a song cycle about people feeling trapped and isolated, then searching and finding ways to break free really speaks to the current climate,” said director Jamey Strawn. “The pandemic has caused so much self-evaluation, the pressures of each day becoming too much and forcing the urge to escape it all by running away. Fugitive Songs speaks to our hearts, showcasing those who find themselves on the run, sorting through their emotional baggage and navigating their way through a restless America.”

  • What: FUGITIVE SONGS by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen
  • When: May 6-9,2021
  • Where: Online at ShowTix4U
  • Admission: $4 for On-Demand 48-hour rental

“Fugitive Songs” consists of 19 songs and takes the viewer on a journey across America in the form of a song cycle. The writers describe the show as “part musical, part hootenanny,” blending traditional folk music with contemporary pop and gospel. The overarching theme in the show is the urge to run away.

The NKU cast features Ethan Baker, Jackson Hurt, Je’Shaun Jackson, Blair Lamb, Ellie O’Hara, Danielle Ullman with Maiya Caldwell and Judah Stevens. Norse Media and Chris Strobel graciously provided filming and editing support during the production process.

About NKU Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit nku.edu.

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Playhouse’s DRAGONS LOVES TACOS Available May 7-9 from Arts Center at Dunham

PIP_Dragons Love Tacos promoDRAGONS LOVES TACOS
A Virtual Off the Hill Production by Ernie Nolan
Adapted from the book by Adam Rubin

Do you know what dragons really love? Tacos, of course! Chicken tacos, beef tacos, big tacos and tiny tacos. As a boy and his dog watch a television show about dragons, they unexpectedly get caught up in the “Dos and Don’ts” of what to feed them. But if they accidentally eat spicy salsa, watch out!
Recommended for ages 3 and up.

This professionally filmed performance will be available virtually
– STREAMING FRIDAY, MAY 7th – SUNDAY, MAY 9th –
in partnership with the Arts Center at Dunham.

You must register for this FREE virtual show.

​After registering, you’ll receive instructions on how to view the show two days prior to your streaming date.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does each show last?
    Each show is between approximately 45 and 60 minutes long.
  • May I take pictures of the show?
    Recording and videotaping during the performance are prohibited. If you would like to take a photo of your family streaming the production on your TV or computer screen, feel free! If you share it on social media, please tag the Playhouse and the Arts Center at Dunham in your post — we want to see!

The Arts Center at Dunham is limited to 150 viewings for our weekend.

RSVP NOW –  before all slots are taken!

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