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Auditions Announced for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Mount Notre Dame High School

MNDT_logo2MNDT presents YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN for their Fall Production. Please read all the information below, all questions should be sent to the Artistic Director, Mr. Kyle Imbronyev at YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN auditions are open to all high school male students in the tristate area and all students at MND.

Aug. 25 & 26 from 3:30-6pm at Mount Notre Dame High School

Rehearsals are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. You will not be called for every rehearsal.

There is a $50.00 fee to participate in the production. This fee must be paid in cash or check at the first rehearsal.

We are requiring that everyone prepare 16 bars of any musical theatre piece for their audition. You must bring your own sheet music. An accompanist will be provided, we will not allow any tracks or unaccompanied auditions.

Everyone is required to attend the dance call at 6:00 pm on the day that they signed up.

Callbacks will be at 4:00 pm on Friday August 27th

The first rehearsal is September 2nd at 4:00 pm.

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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 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 ADDAMS FAMILY Runs April 29-May 1

CHS_Addams Family School Edition logoTHE ADDAMS FAMILY
Cooper Drama Club
April 29-May 1
[Union | Online]

Official cast and crew list |

Based On Characters Created by Charles Addams Originally produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland,James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary LuRoffee, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence, LLC, Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals; By Special Arrangement With Elephant Eye Theatrical. THE ADDAMS FAMILY: School Edition, a New Musical courtesy of Theatrical Rights Worldwide

  • Thu-Fri, April 29-30 at 7pm
  • Sat, May 1 at 1pm & 7pm

Official page |

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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Brings Light and Hope Through Music in SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD

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Sunny Dighe & Sophia Cotton-Riker. Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Cincinnati, OH – Following up it’s virtual productions of Hamlet and The Virtual Theatre Festival earlier in the fall, The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is back on its stage and on your screen with their senior high musical, Songs For a New World.

The show will be livestreamed from the Walnut Hills auditorium March 4-6, @ 7 p.m.

“We had hoped to be welcoming back small live audiences by this point, but unfortunately, that is not reality yet,” says director Mike Sherman.  “Still, we’re giving you as close to a live theatre experience as possible with being able to watch the show in your home live as it happens on stage in real time.”

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Ella Vaughn & Nadyaa Betts. Photos courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Songs For a New World, by esteemed Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Bridges of Madison County), is a song cycle of 16 independent stories told entirely through song.  From immigrants sailing to the new world, to a kid growing up in Brooklyn with dreams of becoming a basketball star, to a couple taking a second chance at love, the songs span a diverse cast of characters throughout different periods of space and time. Whether dramatic, tragic, or comedic;  all of the stories and songs in the show are tied together by the common themes of change, love, hope, and resolve.

This production and the entire WHHS Theatre Season is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.

For tickets:

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Diana Hutchinson, Gabe Donnelly, Ella Vaughn, & Olivia Busche, Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Featuring cast members Katie Berich, Nadyaa Betts, Maya Busche, Olivia Busche, Lily Canter, Lily Clark, Sophia Cotton-Riker, Sunny Dighe, Gabe Donnelly, Kyra Doty, Avery Frank, Jack Giglia, Chloe Goodman, Clare Graff, Diana Hutchinson, Lily Jones, Adeleigh Karoutchi, Isabella Lachey, Josie Leanza, Lizzy Reber, Ella Vaughn, and Anika Vockell.

  • Directed by Mike Sherman
  • Music Director: Steve Goers
  • Choreographer: Maggie Perrino
  • Student Choreographer: Lily Jones
  • Orchestra Conductor: Rick Canter
  • Technical Director: Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Scenic Designer: Ella Knellinger
  • Stage Manager: Sarah Mansfield
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Jamiera Jones and Lucia Johns
  • Costume Designer: Sadie Gray
  • Lighting Designer: JP Oberst
  • Makeup Designer: Laurel Price
  • Props Designer: Keziah Wilkins
  • Sound Designer: John Arora

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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Brings 2020 To William Shakespeare’s HAMLET

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Photo by of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in it”

Cincinnati, OH- Coming off its historic production of Urinetown, which garnered 19 Cappie awards last season, the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department will now tackle perhaps the most challenging play of all time in the most challenging of circumstances.

HAMLET is being produced and filmed in the Walnut Hills High School Auditorium, and the recording will be available to the public for On Demand Streaming beginning November 20th.  Actors and crew are masked, and are following strict COVID-19 guidelines while filming.

“Conceptually, we’re bringing 2020 into the world of HAMLET,” says director Mike Sherman.  “Our  production is set now during the pandemic, as well all our political turmoil. Our philosophy was by making 2020 part of the show, we don’t have to pretend to ignore it, and neither does our audience.  In a sense, we’re all Hamlet right now- constantly bombarded with grief, overstimulated and overloaded with information, and left wondering whether or not to take action about anything. We’ve also gender flipped multiple roles to reflect a more contemporary feel.  Making some of these traditional male roles female, especially Polonus and Laertes, has given a lot of the show new life and meaning.”

On Demand Streaming begins 11/20 and runs through December 31.  Ticket sales for the show will begin on Monday, November 2.  Streaming Passes are $10 (service fees apply). No live audience will be permitted for performances.  Tickets can be purchased through the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Website:

This production is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.

About the show:
Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, is visited by the ghost of his father who reveals that Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius, is responsible for his father’s murder. Hamlet then sets down a path of madness and revenge against Claudius, who is now the king and married to Hamlet’s mother. Along the way, Hamlet begins to question his own sanity and discovers that all actions, and inactions, have consequences.

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Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Featuring Jack Giglia as Hamlet, Owen Cummings as Claudius, Alli Robertson as Gertrude, Olivia Busche as Ophelia, Sarah Mansfield as Polonius, Emma Dalton as Laertes, Brando Donaldson as Horatio, Cam Hogue as Rosencrantz, Nina Roberto as Guildenstern, Sophie Christian as Francisco/Reynaldo, Megan Graeler as Marcellus / Servant, Avery Frank as Bernardo / Sailor, Wolf Singer as The Ghost / Fortinbras’ Captain, Lily Canter as Voltimand / First Gravedigger, Josie Leanza as Cornelius / Second Gravedigger, Nate Caudill as Player King / Priest, Lila Herzig as Player Queen / British Ambassador, Olivia Hufford as Third Player / Gentlewoman, Maxwell Nolan as Messenger / Osric, and Joanna Lin as Fortinbras. Understudies include Clare Graff, Chloe Goodman, Emma Herzig, Loretta Rubin, Emma Smith, Kyra Doty, Sidney Harris, and Alejandra Frecker.

Directed by Mike Sherman

  • Technical Director: Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Stage Manager: Lily Jones
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Grace Allen
  • Costume Designers: Nicole Domoe and Sena Segbefia
  • Lighting Designer: JP Oberst
  • Makeup Designer: Nadyaa Betts
  • Props Designer: Gabby Burns
  • Sound Designer: John Arora

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