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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Turns Tradition On Its Head With All-Female Production of Euripides’ MEDEA

WHHS_medea press-64“Now will men admire
our women’s ways, and give
us sway; no more will they
insult and slander us; honor
shall be our daily bread.”

Imagine a time you have loved, a time you have lost, a time you have triumphed…Join us this April for one of the most powerful, but lesser-known Greek tragedies.  Continuing where the myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece left off, Medea finds herself betrayed by her husband in a strange land.  Set on a dark path, will she be able to come back from the brink, or will madness and the need for revenge consume her and her children? Through an all-female cast and traditional Greek masks, this production explores themes of love, empowerment, and betrayal. The cast and crew strip away the hyper theatricality to present this classic in an intimate and minimalist manner, truly showcasing the beauty of the words and the prowess of the actresses. Highlighting the extraordinary in the ordinary, the unconventional within the conventional, this is an experience you do not want to miss.

Runs Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th at 2:00 pm and Saturday April 28th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students.

Show Synopsis:
In this production of the classic Greek tragedy, translated skillfully by poet Inés Azar, the story of Medea, princess of Colchis, a powerful sorceress is revealed. Medea, taken to Corinth by her former husband Jason after assisting him in the securing of the golden fleece, is forced to reckon with Jason’s betrayal, as he has left her to marry the daughter of Creon, Corinth’s king. Infuriated by Jason’s actions, Medea and her Familiar devise a plot to take revenge on those who have wronged her. Narrated by a chorus of Corinthian woman, this tale of a woman wronged unfolds as Medea encounters Jason and other mythical characters ultimately ending in the tragic outcomes of Medea’s plans. A subversion of the greek tradition of casting men in all roles, our production brings an all-female cast performing in traditional greek style, masks included, to the Rick Steiner black box.

Directed by Helen Raymond-Goers, Assistant Directed by Bettina Ernst.
Production Stage Manager: Matthew Eggers

Featuring: Charlie Patterson as Nurse/Guard, Cam Hogue as Tutor/Guard, Lily Canter as Child, Megan Graeler as Child, Grace Kelly Fulton as Medea, Kennedy Nadermann as Familiar, Talia Raider-Roth as Chorus Leader, Christina Picklo as Rational, Nina Roberto as Juror, Elle Bisheimer as Advisor, Caroline Yaeger as Zealot, Sarah Mansfield as Creon, Lily Adams as Jason, Perri Wedlock as Aegeus, Sophia Rooksberry as Messenger/Guard, and Mama Njie as Guard.

Tickets are $10 for students and staff and $12 for adults. Tickets may be purchased by visiting

https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets

 

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FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS to Venture Off the Hill This Spring

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Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Audiences will love the wildly entertaining show based on the children’s book playing April 5 through May 19

CINCINNATI – From shopping to baking to jumping on the bed, these five little monkey siblings are getting into some trouble! This spring, Playhouse presents its final Off the Hill touring show with Ernie Nolan’s adaptation of Eileen Chistelow’s children’s book series, FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS. Brought to life through the Bruce E. Doyle Acting Intern company, this zany production will travel to community centers throughout the Greater Cincinnati area from April 5 through May 19.

When Christelow was taught an old nursery rhyme that her daughter learned in preschool — “Five little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped her head” — she thought that it would create a nice picture book. Twelve years later, after becoming an author and illustrator, she revisited the idea for a new project. With the remarkable success of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Christelow expanded the story into a best-selling children’s book series where the treasured monkey siblings get into all kinds of mischief.

Audiences will love tagging along for the wild adventures of this adorable monkey family, including the stories: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake, Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree, and Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping.

Nolan’s script integrates plot lines from four of the ten monkey books while also preserving its witty cumulative verse. From baking cakes to sitting in trees, or going shopping and jumping on beds, Nolan gives distinct personality traits to each monkey sibling which only heightens the hilarity of their ongoing mishaps.

Under the direction of Brian Robinson, the Playhouse’s production of FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS brings the storybook to life with a whimsical set by Playhouse Scenic Artist Kenton Brett and a frenetic soundscape by Sound Designer Trey Tatum. Audiences will love the technical magic of an exploding birthday cake and snapping jaws of a crocodile. Brett designed the oven with a trick door that allows a cake to go in, and then with a simple flick, the stove bursts open to reveal an exploded cake inside.

“Thematically, FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS celebrates the innocence and discovery in the wonders of childhood,” explains Playhouse Director of Education and Community Engagement Daunielle Rasmussen. “The monkeys have a curiosity and an excitement for learning. While it gets the monkeys into trouble, there is an earnestness and beauty to their childlike spirit.”

FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS is recommended for children ages 3 and up and runs approximately 50 to 60 minutes. The Playhouse’s production will journey all over greater Cincinnati, from Oxford to Cheviot to Union to Covington and many places in between.

Click here for ticket information and Off the Hill locations.

FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS is the last production in the 2018 – 2019 Off the Hill series. Support of Off the Hill touring plays is provided The John C. Griswold Foundation and KeyBank. Seasonal support of education and outreach by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. The Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company is supported by Jerry and Betsy Shroat.

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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Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS Runs April 5-6

RTP_Sleeping Beauty Jr logoDisney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS
Rivertown Players
April 5-6
South Dearborn High School [Aurora Ind.]

It’s Princess Aurora’s sixteenth birthday, and three fairies – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather – must use their magic to save her from the spell of the evil sorceress, Maleficent! The fairies ensure that Aurora only falls into a deep sleep that can be ended with a kiss from her betrothed, Prince Phillip. To prevent Phillip from rescuing Aurora, Maleficent kidnaps and imprisons him. The good fairies are the last hope to free Phillip so that he can awaken Aurora.

  • Fri-Sat, April 5-6 at 7pm

Official page | Facebook event |

 

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Auditions Announced for GETTING TO KNOW…THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Voices of Broadway

VOB_logoAuditions to participate in the Voices of Broadway production of GETTING TO KNOW…THE SOUND OF MUSIC are a requirement for participation.

Please note: this VOB production is only open to participants 18 or under. Cast will be select – not all that audition will be invited to participate.

Voices of Broadway is an educational program, offering a fully-staged theatrical experience, with instruction for both what goes on onstage and backstage. There is a $100 fee to participate. Cast members will keep their script and a show t-shirt (included in the fee). Limited tuition assistance and scholarships are available. $25 minimum deposit as a script fee upon acceptance of role.

This production is open to ages 18 and under.

Auditions will be at Community Fellowship Church, 505 Bielby Rd, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025.

  • APRIL 3: 4:00-7:30 PM Auditions
  • APRIL 4: 4:00-7:30 PM Auditions

For your audition, please prepare one verse of a Broadway or Disney song. Selection does NOT need to be from THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

Scripts will be available for cold readings.

Slots are to help with managing the audition times, but be prepared to wait as needed. Walk-ins will be seen as time allows.

Click here to reserve an audition slot.

If needed, Call Backs will be on a different day, TBD (target is Friday, April 5).

Rehearsals will start in MAY; performances are JUNE 28 (evening) & 29 (matinee and evening) at Lawrenceburg High School (LHS) Auditorium.

Rehearsal Schedule will be based in part on the availability of the participants; after school lets out for the summer, rehearsals will be primary in the mornings during the week.

ALSO NEEDED:

Stage/Tech Crew, Pit Musicians, General Volunteers (all ages welcome for these!) No participation fee for these positions. VOB has a new microphone system, and the LHS Auditorium is a traditional proscenium theater with a fly rail system for lighting and scenery.

 

 

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A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD Runs March 15-17

ACTUP_A Year with Frog and Toad promoA YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
Acting Up
March 15-17
Theatre 42 [Lebanon]

Based on the well-loved, children’s book series, “A Year of Frog and Toad” is a musical that follows two amphibian best friends and their colorful companions over the course of a year. A hit on Broadway, “A Year with Frog and Toad” was nominated for three Tony Awards – including Best Musical. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special.

  • Fri, March 15 at 7pm
  • Sat, March 16 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, March 17 at 2pm* & 5pm
    *sign language interpreter provided and sensory friendly performance

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