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XANADU JR Closes Walnut Hills High School Theatre Season


Sophia Cotton-Riker as Kira.

“This isn’t Venice, Italy; this is Venice, California. And this isn’t 1780, this is 1980.”

By Clare Brennan. April 28, 2019. Cincinnati OH – Join us for our final show of the season: Xanadu Jr.! Our junior high students take on the zany musical full of magic, familiar songs, and Greek gods. Based on the terrible movie of the same name and featuring 80s hits such as “Xanadu”, “Strange Magic”, “All Over the World” and many more, the rocking score is sure to rile nostalgia in anyone missing the 80s, as well as delight younger audiences discovering the music for the first time. This loud and hilarious love story is a wonderful way to ease into the summer spirit. Bring your leg warmers and roller skates and join us in 1980!

Show Synopsis
Xanadu JR. follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first Roller Disco. (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.

Directed by Danielle Muething, Assistant Directed by Oliver Vockell and Clare Brennan
Production Stage Manager: Chloe Burwinkle

WHHS_Xanadu2Featuring Sophia Cotton-Riker as Kira, Sunny Dighe as Sonny, Christopher Vonderschmidt as Old Danny, Brando Donaldson as Young Danny, Ella Vaughn as Melpomene, Josie Leanza as Calliope, Diana Hutchinson as Erato/Siren, Sophie Hammons as Euterpe/Siren, Anika Vockell as Polyhymnia/Siren, Isabella Lachey as Terpsichore/Siren, Clare Graff as Thalia/Siren, Tierney Shafer as Urania/Siren, Owen Cummings as Zeus/Chorus, Kayla McGraw as Hera/Andrews Sister/Chorus, Sophia Rooksberry as Thetis/Andrews Sister/Chorus, Lily Canter as Aphrodite/Andrews Sister/Chorus, Nate Caudill as Hermes/Chorus, Adeleigh Karoutchi as Young Woman/Chorus, Mischa Sella as Cyclops/The Tubes/ Chorus, Avery Frank as Medusa/The Tubes/Chorus, Hannah Wardlow as Centaur/The Tubes/Chorus; and the Greek Chorus featuring, Kathryn Daniher, Annalise Smith, Katie Beth Christie, Katie Berich, Khara Rosebrook, Sophie Christian, Maya Busche, Joanna Lin, Kaelyn Carr, Lucia Johns, Rose Ellsworth, Andrew Kelm, and Aiden Brogen.

Performance Dates: May 9th-11th @ 7pm

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Miamisburg High School Theatre Presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY

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Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams

April 26-27, 2019 – ONE WEEKEND ONLY!

March 30, 2019 – Miamisburg High School Theatre is proud to present The Addams Family, directed by Mark Phillips and choreographed by Stacy Gear. Running on Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 3pm & 7pm from April 26 to April 27, 2019 at Memorial Auditorium in Miamisburg (Sixth St. & Park Ave.). Individual tickets start at $10 for students/seniors and $12 for general admission and can be purchased at the door.

This highly entertaining musical features an original story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

The show is suitable for kids through adults and is a magical theatre experience for the whole family.

Mark Phillips, Director for The Addams Family, says ” This show is fun, of course, but it offers more than just two hours of entertainment. I wanted to point out the deeper stuff that’s easy to miss. Morticia finds comfort that “Death is Just Around the Corner” (which seems a bit depressing, to be honest.) It is life and love, however, that will always triumph. That is a message that we are delighted to share with you.”

The cast includes Nicholas Bradley as Gomez, Cassidy Jackson as Morticia and Eden Hill as Wednesday. Pugsley is played by Mackenzie Fox, Fester played by Caitlin Zook, Grandma played by Grace Levan, Lurch played by Dovea Gogo, Mal played by Noah Engel, Alice played by Ryann Davis and Lucas played by Chris Howie.

The creative team includes Mark Phillips (director), Nathan Stelter (stage manager), Halli Hill (music director), Stacy Gear (choreographer), Lonnie Daniels & Melissa Smith (scenic builder), Tim Guth (sound and lighting designer) and Andrea Hubler (costume designer and marketing). The show is produced by Tom Hubler and Melissa Fogle. This production is additionally supported by Sabrina Sedlacko (asst stage manager), Teri Bradley (tickets & marketing) and Liz Engel (house manager).

Miamisburg High School Theatre came roaring back to the stage in 2016 with Into the Woods and followed up that performance with High School Musical Jr. in 2018. The MHS Theatre program is committed to bringing excellence in performance opportunities for students in the 6th-12th grades in the Miamisburg School System.


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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 27th 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


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HELLO, DOLLY! at Cincinnati Christian Schools

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HELLO, DOLLY!, the blockbuster Broadway hit, bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and ‘woman who arranges things,’ are certain to thrill and entertain audiences again and again. The show’s memorable songs include “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Elegance,” and “It Only Takes a Moment.”

Theatre has always been a place of brief escape from the chaos, stress, and frenzy of reality. To enter a world where you can fall in love in just one evening and where it’s perfectly acceptable to break out in song, just may be the place to spend an evening out of your busy schedule. It’s good to take a break and be reminded of how simple life can be if you have some love, joy, and friendship. If you do decide to come, be prepared to laugh and “hum” along with a Broadway classic.

The performances will be performed at the Parrish Auditorium the first weekend in March. This fast-paced, energetic musical is great for all ages. With more than 40 students, the cast of HELLO, DOLLY! is sure to impress with their vocal talent, dancing, and hilarious performances.

Featuring Olivia Reese as Dolly Gallagher-Levi, Parker Wilhelm as Horace Vandergelder, Luke Schlake as Cornelius Hackl, Zachary Schlake as Barnaby Tucker, Maggie Brown as Irene Molloy, and Merrick Heid as Minnie Fay.

Directed by Leah Perry.

Show Dates:

  • March 7, @ 7pm
  • March 8, @ 7pm
  • March 9, @ 1 pm & 7pm

Tickets: $15 students:

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Auditions Announced for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Mount Notre Dame

MNDT_logo2The MNDT Spring Show is open to MND Students and male High School students throughout the tri state area.

If you are currently enrolled in High School then you are eligible to audition for this production.


  • Monday February 25th, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Tuesday February 26th, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

If callbacks are necessary, they will be held after auditions on Wednesday February 27th.

Auditions are held at MND:  711 E. Columbia Ave. Reading, OH 45215

To Sign Up for Auditions please click the link and sign up for a specific day:

For more information concerning auditions please email the Artistic Director, Kyle Imbronyev at

Please prepare a 60 second Comedic Monologue and 32 bars of a comedic Musical Theatre piece. We are accepting selections from the show.

You must supply the sheet music for your audition. An accompanist will be provided. No tracks or acapella singing will be accepted.

Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm to 6:30pm, and Saturday 3:30pm to 5:30pm. We ask that all conflicts are presented at the auditions.

Performances are May 3rd – 5th and May 9th – 11th.

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