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ORESTEIA Runs June 21-23 at Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy

CASA_Oresteia logoA classic Greek play gets a contemporary spin in Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy’s latest production, ORESTEIA

Cincinnati, OH
June 18, 2018

Family, love, war, betrayal, and justice. Is all truly fair in love and war?

In their upcoming production of ORESTEIA, Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy (CASA) will tell an ancient Greek story that tackles these timeless themes and still resonates today.

The tale, originally written by Aeschylus and adapted by Robert Icke, follows the journey of a family who is deeply affected by war. The story raises questions of justice and interrogates the side effects of war on the battlefield and in the home.

ORESTEIA may be millennia old, but director Cheryl Maxine Couch has crafted a production that fits into today’s world. Sets will feature cardboard with graffiti, on which audiences will be invited to add their own art, and costumes will be inspired by present-day styles.

“Audiences will also leave ready to have a conversation about today’s world. ORESTEIA is a timeless story that is also timely, and the goal for the production is to start a dialogue,” says Cheryl Maxine Couch, director of ORESTEIA.

Ticket and Production Details
A pay-what-you-can preview of ORESTEIA will be on Wednesday, 6/20, at 7:30pm. Performances will be on Thursday, 6/21, Friday, 6/22, and Saturday, 6/23, at 7:30pm. All performances will be at Essex Studios (2511 Essex Place, Studio 282B, Cincinnati, OH 45206).

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults, and can be purchased at the door or by
contacting CASA at

ORESTEIA runs approximately 2 hours including an intermission and is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

For more details, visit or CASA’s Facebook page

Production Team

  • Director: Cheryl Maxine Couch
  • Assistant Director: Bettina Ernst
  • Stage Manager: Olivia Lenore
  • Costume & Makeup Design: Finney Kutcher


  • Agamemnon/Aegisthus: Jared Earland
  • Calchas: Kate Stuard
  • Cassandra/Athene: Megan Peters
  • Chorus: Olivia Dunn and Ryan Smith
  • Cilissa/Fury: Katie Tierney
  • Doctor: David Faller
  • Electra: Meg Griffin
  • Iphigenia: Sara Detwiler
  • Klytemnestra: Gina Cerimele-Mechley
  • Menelaus: Zach Kaltenbach
  • Orestes: Matt Berman
  • Talthybius: Ryan Smith
  • Young Orestes: AJ Ransom

“Enter the story, not the theatre.”

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Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID Runs July 13-22

LSC_The Little Mermaid logoDisney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID
Loveland Stage Company Summer Youth Workshop
July 13-22

Directed by Christina Siciliano
Music direction by Jeanne Bilyeu
Vocal direction by Brian Harvey
Choreographed by Marjory Clegg
Produced by Kate Arnold, Sue Lundy & Barb Siciliano

In this classic “tail,” the beautiful mermaid longs for a life on dry land. But to follow her heart, she must disobey her father and outsmart the evil sea witch.

  • Fri-Sat, July 13-14 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, July 15 at 3pm
  • Thu-Sat, July 19-21 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, July 22 at 3pm

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Auditions Announced for SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! at Playhouse South

PS_logo2Auditions for our next production, SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE!, will be held Monday, June 11th and Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 PM, with callbacks, if necessary, on Wednesday, June 13th.

Please note that this is a youth production for ages 6 to 18. Auditions and rehearsals will be held at our Springboro location, at 70 West Central Avenue.

Auditioners should prepare 30 to 60 seconds of a song not from the show that will demonstrate their character and range. While karaoke tracks are allowed, please have sheet music of your audition song. In addition, please bring a change of clothes and comfortable shoes, as there will be a movement section to assess your ability to learn and retain choreography.

Please be sure to bring all conflicts from June 14th through August 13th.

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O BEAUTIFUL Runs June 29-July 8

CAST_O Beautiful logoO BEAUTIFUL
Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre
June 29-July 8
The Carnegie [Covington]

Directed by Michael Sherman

Cast: Katie Sutkamp as Alice Fletcher, Dustin Parsons as Jesus, Kaleb Kemp as Ty Janaleris/Alexander Hamilton, Aidan Greenwell as Erik Waters, Oliver Vockell as Luke Simpson, Clare Brennan as Gwen Turner, ​Jack Giglia as Lennie Ryan, Edwin Vardiman as Simon West/St. Paul, Chase Reynolds as Patrick Henry/Don Fletcher, ​Victoria Forbes as Arlene Fletcher, Audrey Cann as Linda Ryan, Alex Harrison as Brian Ryan/Benjamin Franklin, ​Julia Barclay as Mrs. Loomis, Erin Day as Marcia Turner/Joan of Arc, Madi Burnett as Brenda Waters, Derek Drago as Joe Simpson/Thomas Jefferson/MinisterKendall Young as Sondra Janaleris & Wade Yates as Production Assistant/St. Ambrose/John Adams/ Luke Understudy

O BEAUTIFUL is written by world-renowned and local playwright, Theresa Rebeck. Rebeck pens a theatrically inventive mashup of contemporary American life and the history that got us to this politically polarized age. O Beautiful is a fiercely funny story that explores the lives of high school students, teachers, and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh in and mix it up. Alternately sweet and fiery, and as topical as tonight’s newscast, O Beautiful lands the complex realities of our culture squarely on the stage deck in an electrifying blend of ancient characters, founding fathers, and your neighborhood high school.

  • Fri-Sat, June 29-30 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, July 1 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, July 6-7 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, July 8 at 2pm

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Auditions Announced for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at The Carnegie


The Carnegie Announces Auditions for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Seeking adults, teens, and children for roles in THE HUNCBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Quasimodo, the misshapen bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, longs to join the city of Paris during the Feast of Fools, but is held captive by his devious caretaker, the Archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo. Quasimodo escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd for the festival, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

The beloved musical, based on the Victor Hugo novel of the same name, features an Academy Award-nominated score from the Disney film, including “Out There” and “God Help the Outcasts” along with new songs from famed composers Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled) and Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Wicked.)

Directed and Choreographed by Kurt Domoney
Music Direction by Xan Jeffery


  • Saturday, January 12, 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 13, 3pm
  • Friday, January 18, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 19, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 20, 3pm
  • Friday, January 25, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 26, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 27, 3pm

Rehearsals in the evening December 3-7, 9-14, 16-21, 27-30, January 2-4, 6-11.

Auditions by Appointment on the following dates:

Saturday, August 18

  • Children/teen audition groups 11am and 12pm
  • Adult audition groups 2pm and 3pm

Sunday, August 19

  • Children/teen audition group 6:30pm
  • Adult audition group 7:30pm

Monday, August 20

  • Children/teen audition group 5pm
  • Adult audition group 6pm
  • Callbacks 8pm 

Auditioners on the 18th and 19th will be notified by email if invited to callbacks the next day. Auditioners on the 20th will be notified directly following their group audition if they will be asked to stay for the callback later that night. Teen and Youth roles will not need to attend callbacks.

Please make every attempt to attend the callback if invited.

To schedule a time slot, please send email with preferred date and time to Maggie Perrino,

What to Prepare:

  • Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. A cappella auditions, or those with pre-recorded accompaniment, will not be considered.
  • There will be a short movement audition so please dress appropriately
  • You may also be asked to read from the script

Also note:

  • Resume listing theatrical experience and headshot/picture are required to audition. Please bring with you to the audition, do not send in advance.
  • Cast members do not have to be the actual ages of the characters, but must look appropriate onstage.
  • Hunchback is a collaboration with The Carnegie Education Dept, featuring student actors alongside adult professionals. Roles open to ages 8 and up. Not AEA eligible.

Auditions will take place in The Carnegie Theatre
1028 Scott Blvd. Covington KY, 41011

Available Roles:

Claude Frollo
Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral and the most powerful cleric in Paris, he is the reluctant caretaker of Quasimodo. He will do whatever it takes to rid the city of the gypsy “vermin,” even as he lusts after Esmeralda. Calculating, manipulative, and obsessive.
Character’s Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: E2

Jehan Frollo
Claude’s reckless younger brother. With the gypsy Florika, he fathers Quasimodo, who he leaves in his brother’s care. Wild, passionate, and strong-willed.
Character’s Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: F3

A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother.
Character’s Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: E4

Father Dupin
A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian.
Character’s Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 60
Vocal range top: A3
Vocal range bottom: C3

The deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Claude Frollo’s charge. Lonely and staunchly obedient to Frollo, he possesses a vivid imagination that brings to life the bells and gargoyles of the cathedral. Despite his shyness and uncertainty, he quickly befriends Esmeralda. Big-hearted, and brave when need be.
Character’s Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: Bb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Clopin Trouillefou
The clever and charismatic King of the Gypsies. An air of mystery
surrounds Clopin, who often leaves the scene in a puff of smoke. As the master of ceremonies for the Feast of Fools, he is witty and playful, but he boasts a darker, serious nature when not performing for the crowd.
Character’s Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: D3

Captain Phoebus de Martin
Returning to Paris after serving in the war, Phoebus takes up his new position as Captain of the Cathedral Guard. Overconfident yet charming, this handsome, strong soldier makes the ladies swoon, yet his moral compass is also strong, and he openly defies the corrupted Frollo.
Character’s Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Lieutenant Frederic Charlus
Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus.
Character’s Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30

A beautiful and free-spirited gypsy who possesses the strong sense of justice and morality that Frollo lacks. Compassionate, she frees Quasimodo from the frenzied mob at the Feast of Fools and, against her better judgment, falls for the cocky Phoebus.
Character’s Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: E3

Adult Ensemble, 6 Teen Ensemble Roles, 6 Youth Ensemble Roles
To play various featured characters, gypsies, gargoyles, soldiers, and citizens of Paris.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. 421 West 54th Street. NY, NY 10019.

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