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WHHS Theatre Department Welcomes Back Live Audiences With the Hilarious Screwball Comedy, LEND ME A TENOR

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Owen Cummings as Tito and Leo Jenkins as Max. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Welcomes Back Live Audiences to the Blackbox Theatre with the hilarious Screwball Comedy, LEND ME A TENOR

Cincinnati, OH-After an amazing previous performance in the Rick Steiner Blackbox Theatre with Rhinoceros, the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is eager to welcome back audiences with Ken Ludwig’s hilarious screwball comedy, Lend Me a Tenor.  A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap romp is guaranteed to make audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

The show runs April 21st-23rd, 2022 at 7 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 23rd.

Set in September 1934, Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand opera Company, is preparing to welcome Tito Merelli, the greatest tenor of his generation and known as Il Stupendo, to appear for one night only as the star of the opera. However, Tito arrives late and through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double-dose of tranquilizer and passes out, making his pulse so low Saunders and his assistant Mas believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the opera, Saunders persuades Max to fool the audience into thinking he is the great Tito Merelli by getting into his costume. Max succeeds and lives up to his idol, but Merelli regains consciousness and gets into an identical costume, ready to perform. Now two opera singers are running around in the same costume with two women chasing them, both thinking they are with Il Stupendo.

“Mistaken identities, slamming doors, Scooby-Doo style chases– it’s a classic farce ” says co-director Helen Raymond-Goers. “After the last couple years, it’s time for us all to take things a little less seriously, at least for a couple hours, and Lend Me A Tenor gives us a great opportunity to find the silly in the ordinary and the absolutely ridiculous in the extraordinary.”

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. They are now available, and can be purchased at: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets, where audience members can also read the COVID 19 policies for attending the performance.  Seating is no longer limited, and we are excited to announce that we are back to full capacity. Masks are encouraged, but optional for all audience members.

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

Featuring Leo Jenkins as Max, Anika Vockell as Maggie, Emma Smith as Saunders, Owen Cummings as Tito, Chloe Goodman as Maria, Sophie Christian as the Bellhop, Gwen Schumann as Diana, and Kayla McGraw as Julia.

  • Co-Directed by Ryan Peerless and Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Technical Director- Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Production Stage Manager- Mary Sullivan
  • Assistant Stage Manager- Jamiera Jones
  • Costume Designer- Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Hair and Makeup Designer- Laurel Prince
  • Lighting Designer- Allison Calkins
  • Marketing and Publicity Head- Lizzy Rebber
  • Master Electrician- Reagan Warvel
  • Props Designer- Sophia Rooksberry
  • Co-Scenic Designer- Ryan Peerless and Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Co-Sound Designer- Reagan Warvel and Cristian Grover

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Loveland High School Production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

LHS_Little Shop of HorrorsLoveland High School pays homage to the 60s and those crazy horror films with our production of  the Broadway classic, Little Shop of Horrors, set for April 20-23 at 7pm.

Meek, nerdy Seymour doesn’t realize he has bought a plant set out to take over the planet when he brings “Audrey II” home to Mushnik’s Florist on Skid Row.  But it sure gets him a lot of attention, especially from Audrey, the shop girl.  But Audrey II requires a special diet, and that’s where it gets a bit scary!

Since COVID shut down our production 2 years ago, Audrey II has gotten very hungry!  She would love to see a big crowd in the audience!

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. Available on the LHs Drama website: https://lovelandhstheater.wixsite.com/lhsdrama/box-office

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The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Presents an Optimistic Tale in the Midst of Cynicism, Through Cartoon Comedy in THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

WHHS_The SpongeBob MusicalFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cincinnati, OH-The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is elated to be welcoming back live audiences to its 2021-2022 school year senior high musical, the regional high school premiere of The SpongeBob Musical.

Adapted from the iconic Nickelodeon series, The SpongeBob Musical follows SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and all of Bikini Bottom as they face total annihilation when a local volcano, Mount Humongous, threatens to erupt in 24 hours. Spongebob, Patrick, and Sandy attempt to save the day, while Plankton cooks up another one of his evil schemes and attempts to thwart our heroes—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage.

Regarding the musical, director Mike Sherman says, “While this is certainly a fun show based on a cartoon loved by so many, it also has a really great message about friendship and community. In a very cynical time, this show brings a joyous message of hope and optimism.”

The show runs February 17-19, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Walnut Hills High School Auditorium.

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Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The SpongeBob Musical
With New Songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley / Additional Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton / Additional Music by Tom Kitt / Music Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements by Tom Kitt / Original Choreography by Christopher Gattelli

Based on the series by Stephen Hillenberg, Book by Kyle Jarrow, and Musical Production Conceived and Directed by Tina Landau.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. They are now available, and can be purchased at: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets, where audience members can also read the COVID 19 policies for attending the performance.  Please be advised that seating is currently limited for all performances.

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

Featuring:
Leo Jenkins as SpongeBob Squarepants, Valerie Dreith as Patrick Star, Diana Hutchinson as Sandy Cheeks, Nate Caudill as Krabs/French Narrator, Ella Vaughn as Pearl, Brando Donaldson as Plankton, Lily Canter as Karen, Emma Dalton as Squidward, Owen Cummings as Perch Perkins, Wolf Singer as Patchy the Pirate/Johnny the Bartender, Avery Frank as The Mayor, Loretta Rubin as Mrs. Puff, Hadrian Dwyer as Larry the Lobster/Gary, Sophie Christian as Old Man Jenkins/Pirate, Oscar Stec as Buster Bluetang/Pirate, Riley Soutar as Security Guard 1/Mob Fish/ Jellyfish Puppeteer, Alonzo Mongomery as Security Guard 2/Sardine Devotee 1/Sea Anemone, Anika Vockell as Electric Skate 1 / Girl Fish Trio/Cowboy Fish, Clare Graff as Electric Skate 2 / Girl Fish Trio/Cowboy Fish/Sea Anemone, Maya Busche as Electric Skate 3/Girl Fish Trio/Cowboy Fish, Izzy Lachey as Hip Hop Dancer/ Plankton Backup Fish/A Fish/Pirate/Sea Anemone, Nick Kaufmann as Mob Fish/Jellyfish Puppeteer, Lily Clark as Sardine Devotee 5/Jellyfish Puppeteer, Andrew Canter as A Sardine/Pirate/ Sea Anemone, Sophia Cotton-Riker as Plankton Backup Fish/Sardine Devotee 2/Sea Anemone, AJ Frecker as Hip Hop Dancer/Plankton Backup Fish/Sardine/Sea Anemone, Kyra Doty as Sardine Devotee 3/Pirate/Sea Anemone, Chloe Goodman as Sardine Devotee/Sea Anemone, Katie Berich as Plankton Backup Fish/Sardine Devotee/ Teen Fan 3/Sea Anemone, Lizzy Rebber as Another Fish/Sardine/ Pirate/Sea Anemone, James Overton as Another Sardine/Pirate/Sea Anemone, Mya Verticchio as Sardine Devotee/Pirate/Teen Fan 2/Sea Anemone, and Josie Leanza as Sardine Devotee 4/Teen Fan 1/Jellyfish Puppeteer.

  • Directed by Mike Sherman
  • Technical Direction by Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Assistant Director: Sophia Rooksberry
  • Production Stage Manager- Lucia Johns
  • Assistant Stage Managers- Jamiera Jones and Abbie Kershner
  • Choreographer- Maggie Perrino
  • Student Choreographers- Lael Ingram and Izzy Lachey
  • Costume Designer- Sadie Gray
  • Hair and Makeup Designer- Laurel Prince
  • Lighting Designer- Allison Calkins
  • Makeup and Hair Designer- Laurel Prince
  • Master Electrician- Reagan Warvel
  • Marketing and Publicity Head- Avery Frank
  • Music Director- Tony Nims
  • Orchestra Conductor- Ed LeBorgne
  • Props Designer- Oran Wilkins
  • Scenic Designer- Chloe Goodman
  • Sound Designers- Mary Sullivan and Reagan Warvel

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ROT ‘N GRUB Runs Feb. 11-13

AHS_Rot N Grub promoROT ‘N GRUB
Anderson High School
Feb. 11-13
Titus Auditorium [Anderson]

This original play is a comedy like no other. ROT ‘N GRUB focuses on what happens after the zombie apocalypse is over—and the zombies have won. Written and directed by Anderson Theatre’s own Hannah Linser-Wilder, ROT ‘N GRUB is a buddy comedy for the modern age, exploring loyalty and friendship in ways both totally unique and pointedly familiar. The play’s dark humor, slapstick comedy, and wry view of humanity’s future make this a world premiere production that teen and adult audiences won’t want to miss.

  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 11-12 at 7pm
  • Sun, Feb. 13 at 3pm

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Anderson Theatre Opens a New Season with THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

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The cast of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BE at Anderson High School includes Junior Harlie Galloway as Marcy Park, Junior Nathan Knarr as William Barfee, Junior Emma Moulas as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, Junior Josh Berning as Leaf Coneybear, Senior Avery Kniskern as Olive Ostrovsky, and Senior Nick Gundrum as Chip Tolentino.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a Tony-winning musical comedy that centers on six awkward spelling champions competing for top honors in a spelling bee run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny, and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a fun and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is easily one of the most enjoyable musicals that you will ever be a part of. Yes, that’s right—each night, a few audience members will have the chance to compete along side the performers…at least for a while! Will you be up to the test? This delightful and heart-felt musical will send you home with a grin, a song, and a juice box. Hilarious. H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S  Hilarious!

Performances are November 19 & 20 at 7:00 pm and November 21 at 3:00 pm in AHS’s Titus Auditorium.

Tickets are $10 and on-sale now: you can use the attached order form or go to www.Showtix4U.com/events/AndersonTheatre to buy your tickets online..

Visit our website AndersonTheatre.com to find out more about the season.

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