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Seven Year Old Boy Needed for Virtual Play Shoot at Caesar’s Ford Theatre

CFT_logoStipend paid / Non-Union

DESCRIPTION: Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc will be producing three 8 to 10-minute virtual plays about the history of Ohio. The first play is an excerpt from the outdoor drama Caesar’s Redemption by Kane Stratton.

The play recounts the life of Caesar, an escaped African slave, who was adopted by the Shawnee Nation in the late 1700s (Caesar’s Creek is named in his honor). The role is for a 7-year-old boy (plus or minus one year) who is Caucasian and has the ability to run. (A parent or guardian will need to be present during filming)

LOCATION: One scene will be filmed at Caesars Ford Park in Xenia, Ohio (site of the former outdoor drama Blue Jacket) and another scene at George Rogers Clark Park in Springfield, Ohio.

DATES: October 9th and 10th, 2020

TIME: TBD

CONTACT FOR AUDITIONS: Kane Stratton (Playwright & Director) info@caesarsford.com

For more information about Caesar’s Ford Theatre, Inc please visit our website www.caesarsford.com and our Facebook Page.

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CATCH ME IF YOU CANON Scavenger Hunt Available Through Sept. 25 from Cincy Shakes

CSC_CatchMeCanon LogoIntroducing CATCH ME IF YOU CANON, Cincinnati Shakespeare’s interactive, outdoor scavenger hunt adventure!

What are you hunting? All the plays in Shakespeare’s canon!

Follow hints to find QR Codes hidden around downtown in shop windows, murals, and other Cincy landmarks. Each code links to a short video of a snippet of a Shakespeare play, performed by some of your favorite CSC ensemble members!

It is designed to be completely walkable, take about an hour to complete, and require nothing more than your phone and some brainpower. The hunt remain active all week, so this can be completed on your own schedule and at your own pace. Each person/team that competes the hunt will be entered into a drawing to win exciting CSC prizes! Enjoy this fun and engaging activity for family and friends that gets you outside exploring some of Cincy’s greatest spots- and delivers the canon like you’ve never seen it before!

This week’s hunt is in OTR! The clues are live on the website now until next week on Sep. 25. Happy hunting!

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BALLET IN THE PARK with Cincinnati Ballet on Sept. 25-27

CB_Ballet in the Park logoJoin the Cincinnati Ballet for a free (or pay what you wish), socially distanced production at the P&G Pavilion at Sawyer Point on Sept. 25-27.

This program will feature the return of our dancers with outdoor performances showcasing selections of favorite solos and pas de deux from our rich repertoire as well as contributions from members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera.

Performances are:

  • Fri, Sept. 25 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Sept. 26 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 27 at 1pm

Click here for more information or to reserve your spot.

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OFF THE GRID SERIES Features Virtual and Socially Distanced Interactive Performances This Fall

Offerings Include Pod Plays, Shadow Cast Films and a “Zoom Dunnit” Mystery
PIP_logoCINCINNATI – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s immersive theatrical experiences return this fall with the 2020-21 Off the Grid series. The line-up features virtual and socially distanced opportunities that include streaming audio dramas, interactive shadow cast film events, a spooky site-specific theatrical experience in late October and a “Zoom Dunnit” mystery. Events will take place throughout the Greater Cincinnati region.

“The purpose of Off the Grid series has always been to reimagine the nature of theatrical storytelling with site-specific experiences like our 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at the Newport Aquarium or creative social connections like Beauty and the Bourbon Tasting at New Riff Distillery,” says Blake Robison, artistic director. “Adjusting the programming to work during our current health crisis was a natural extension of the unconventional approach Off the Grid has been taking for the past five years.”

New this year is THE POD PLAYS PROJECT, which makes creative use of technology, storytelling and outdoor space. The Playhouse commissioned two playwrights to choose a unique location in Cincinnati and write an original audio play that makes use of that setting. When listeners tune in to the audio file and begin the play, they’ll be guided through the location as the story unfolds, interacting with the same views, spots and markers as the characters in the story they’re streaming.

Two pod plays are available to stream now at cincyplay.com. They can be experienced at the convenience of the listener and are free of charge:

THE AVIATORS
Written by Trey Tatum
Set in Alms Park, the story follows Kaylan and Cece, who form an unlikely friendship after working through the trials of a school project about flight. Their journey includes an exploration of Alms Park and all its hidden gems, as well as an exploration of the history of aviation. 

RICHIE AND BLANCHE
Written by Isaiah Reaves
Taking place on the Purple People Bridge (starting at Newport on the Levee), the story finds a mother and son at a crossroads. Their relationship had taken a turn after Richie came out to his parents, setting off five years of estrangement. Their emotional journey includes a walk across the Purple People Bridge as they take in the beautiful sites and views of the Ohio River and Cincinnati Skyline.

“What’s key is that we have a live and interactive element to everything. Even the pod plays, which are pre-recorded, are meant to be experienced at the site, as if you are in the moment of the story with the characters,”  says Daunielle Rasmussen, director of education and community engagement at the Playhouse and the director/producer of the Off the Grid events. “We have an exciting mix of new efforts, such as the Pod Plays, along with the types of programs we’ve been developing and refining since the beginning of Off the Grid – like shadow cast film events and site-specific theatrical experiences.”

The fall schedule of date specific Off the Grid events is listed below:

THE SHADOW CAST FILM SERIES features actors reenacting cult classic films in front of an audience as the movie plays on the big screen behind them — a la Rocky Horror Picture Show. All shadow cast events will take place at the Mariemont Theatre. Cost is $12. For tickets, visit mariemonttheatre.com. 

  • DREAMGIRLS
    Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.
    In the 2006 hit musical Dreamgirls, three female soul singers find their dreams of musical stardom coming true (and their personal lives forever changed) in the early 1960s. This special screening will feature a live shadow cast performance for an interactive event.
  • HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE
    Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
    Harold and Kumar set out to satisfy their munchies and encounter some wild and hilarious surprises along the way in this cult comedy screening. Audiences may find themselves as part of the screening and performance as a group of actors perform a live shadow cast.

AN IMMERSIVE, SITE-SPECIFIC THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE arrives in time for Halloween.

  • CHILDREN OF THE CORN MAZE
    Written by Trey Tatum
    Saturday, Oct. 24.
    Burger Farm and Garden Center, located at 7849 Main St. (Rt. 32)
    Cost is $20. For tickets, visit cincyplay.com.

    Strange things are happening in the cornfields of Burger Farm… There are whispers of supernatural events and sightings of monstrous creatures, and everything is becoming a little spookier than usual. With fun nods to horror and thriller favorites from Stephen King to Ghostbusters, a twisted tale unfolds as audiences walk the haunted trail. Timed entries leave every 10 minutes between 6:40 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and should be reserved in advance. Suitable for ages 13 and up.

  • PUMPKIN PARTY
    While the grown-ups walk the haunted trail, kids ages 4 to 12 can attend a 90-minute Pumpkin Party for $10. Each session includes excursions in the Pumpkinland maze, pumpkin crafts and Halloween-themed movies like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

AN INTERACTIVE WHODUNNIT will be hosted via Zoom. 

  • NANCY BREW ZOOM DUNNIT
    Written by Margot H.G. Manburg
    Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.
    Cost is $10. For tickets, visit cincyplay.com.
    Armchair detectives can log in from home to track down the culprit of a crime. Participants will break out into teams, observe scenes, track clues and interact with characters to solve a mystery, virtually.

More information on all the events can be found at cincyplay.com. Additional Off the Grid events are planned for 2021, including two shadow cast events: Girls Trip on Feb. 4 and Mean Girls on April 1. The remaining events will be announced later.

Seasonal support of education and outreach programming is provided by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.

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Video Auditions Announced for PEACE, LOVE, AND CUPCAKES JR. at Virtual Venue Theatricals

VVT_logoDates & Info
Director: Abby Parr
Choreographer: Katelyn Parish
Music Director: TBD

Audition due date: Sat, Aug 22, 2020 @ 8pm EST/5pm PDT
Invited callback due date: Weds, Aug 26, 2020 @ 8pm EST/5pm PDT
1st Rehearsal: Saturday, September 12th @ 7pm EST/4pm PDT
Filming Day: Saturday, October 3rd @ 10am EST/7am PDT
Performances: October 9, 10, 11 @ 7pm EST/4pm PDT
Tuition fees: $200 per child
(includes workshop course, as well as final digital copy of production)

Production Description
Based on the bestselling children’s book series, “The Cupcake Club,” this musical celebrates kid power, friendship, and standing up for who you are and what you believe in. Now casting roles for young actors between 9-18 years old as well as one role for adult actors 18+.

In addition to rehearsing for the production, cast members will focus on character development, breaking down scenes, self-tape skills, and learning from professionals in the industry. Virtual productions combine Musical Theatre and On-Camera, which gives young actors a brand new way to create.

All roles performed remotely with performances to stream on virtualvenuetheatricals.com.

How to Audition
32 bar contemporary MT song
*singing from the show is encouraged
Record video horizontally
*neutral background
Label clearly
*full name_song title_role desired
*full name_resume, full name_headshot
Due date August 22, 2020 @ 8pm EST/5pm PDT

Submit video, headshot, resume & contact information to virtualvenuetheatricals.com/plcauditions

Roles

  • Kylie Carson (Lead): Female, 9-17 WORK FROM HOME
    Leader of The Cupcake Club. A quirky, slightly awkward, nervous new girl–described as having “weird taste in clothes and freckles on her nose.” The butt of everyone’s jokes, she struggles with self-doubt and finding a place she fits in amidst the school social scene. Kylie goes on an emotional journey to unapologetically own who she is. Role requires strong acting skills and vocals.
  • Lexi Poole (Lead): 9-17 WORK FROM HOME
    One of The Cupcake Club members. A shy, demure girl, who “tends to disappear” around her peers until she finds her voice and her power as a member of PLC. She is sensitive and artistic; the person responsible for turning the club’s cupcakes into mini works of art. In the end, she has no trouble asserting herself if it means sticking up for her friends. Lexi should have strong acting skills and vocals.
  • ​Jenna Medina (Lead): Female, 9-17 WORK FROM HOME
    One of The Cupcake Club members. “Do I talk a little loud?” Jenna is vivacious, loquacious, and the “golden tastebuds” of PLC–she knows everything about flavors and ingredients. She loves Oreos, a metaphor for her own personality: hard on the outside, soft on the inside. She tries to be tough and pretends like things don’t hurt her…but they do. Her family doesn’t have a lot of money or live in a fancy house (she’s always wearing her sisters’ hand-me-downs), which is why the popular girls look down on her. Yet she won’t back down when a bully challenges her–and tries to show Kylie how to do the same.
  • ​Sadie Harris (Lead): Female, 9-17 WORK FROM HOME
    One of The Cupcake Club members. Captain of the Blakely Bears Basketball team, she yearns to be looked upon as something other than a “dumb jock.” When she finds PLC, she discovers talents she never knew she had–i.e. the ability to crack an egg with one hand. She is physically tall and athletic; skilled with dribbling a basketball or twirling it on her finger.
  • ​Meredith Mitchell (Lead): Female, 9-17 WORK FROM HOME
    Leader of The Blah Girls (popular girls). Think Regina George from “Mean Girls.” Snide, snarky and self-absorbed, Meredith is Blakely’s Queen Bee who rules by fear, intimidation and a massive Instagram following. She preys on Kylie, appearing in her nightmares as the Wicked Witch. But Meredith isn’t just a bully; at her core, there is insecurity, vulnerability and the need–as much as anyone else–to feel loved. Her “minions” a.k.a. The Blah Girls (Blakely Ladies for the Advancement of Hip Hop) follow every command that she barks. Physically, she is stylish and a dancer, capable of both highly-charged emotional scenes and evoking a mean girl that is not a cliché.
  • Juliette/Kylie’s Mom (Supporting): 18+ WORK FROM HOME
    A teacher at Blakely School and fierce advocate for her students. Loves her job and is in complete and total support of Kylie’s pursuit to branch out and find her path within the social constructs of Blakely.
  • The Blah Girls (Ensemble/Supporting): Female, 9-17 WORK FROM HOME
    Meredith’s “minions” very popular girls and they know it. Think Gretchen and Karen from “Mean Girls.” bullies but always with an innocent smile, all 3 girls are very proud to be a part of Meredith’s exclusive clique. They follow every command that she barks. Physically, they are stylish and dancers, capable of both highly-charged emotional scenes and evoking a mean girl that is not a cliché.
  • ​Ensemble: Male/Female, 9-17 WORK FROM HOME
    Strong singers and movers.

Visit virtualvenuetheatricals.com/plcauditions for more information or email info@virtualvenuetheatricals.com with any questions.

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