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The Passing of Austin Dale Moore

NKU_Austin Dale MooreThe School of the Arts fondly remembers former student Austin Dale Moore who passed away of kidney disease on Dec. 27, 2020, at the age of 25. Austin was an active participant in Music and Theatre at NKU, sharing his bright and shining spirit with all who knew him. Some may remember his ebullient personality as a barista on campus at Starbucks. “He always strived to put a smile on the face of everyone he met.”

GoFundMe has been established to help Austin’s mother with medical expenses.

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The Passing of Dave Myers

SSP_Dave MyersAdded Oct. 13:

From John Wesseling

Added Oct. 13:
I let many of you know who asked that I would share Dave’s Funeral arrangements as soon as I got them.

Sad to say, it seems that October is a busy month  for funerals.

So the Memorial Service will be Sunday October 18th from 3-5pm at Vitt and Stermer, 4619 Delhi Rd.

The funeral mass will be the next day at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Victory 810 Neeb Rd in Delhi.

Please keep his family and his theatre family in your thoughts!


I just got the word that we lost Dave Myers at 3:00 this afternoon [10/10]. He lost his 6 year battle with Cancer. This is a sad day for all of us who knew and loved him!

While he was not the founder of Sunset, In many ways he was the foundation of Sunset. Especially tech wise.

As many of you know he was my friend and de facto big brother ( As well as Mike Burke’s and Jerry Yearout’s). For me that relationship lasted over 50 years. Many of the good things that I am today come from Dave’s influence on me.

Sunset’s reputation as a tech group comes from his incredible talents and how he shared them and trained all of us around him.

But most of all, he was an incredible wonderful person and a gentle soul who would help anyone who needed it. If you are a person who prays, please pray for Dave and his family.

His loss will leave a hole at Sunset which will be impossible to fill!

I’ll let everyone know the arrangements when I find them out.

Best to you all!

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The Passing of Kirk Kremer

From Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Srschell Funeral Homes Obituary

MISC_Kirk KremerKirk P. Kremer, 50, passed away in Alexandria, KY. He worked as Director of Finance at Price Hill Will. Kirk served 10 years on the board of the Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Kirk graduated in 1988 from Bishop Brossart High School and then went on to graduate with an accounting degree from Northern Kentucky University. Kirk was preceded in death by his father, Ralph, brother, Kurt, nephew, Brandon. Kirk is survived by his mother, Bernice Kremer of Melbourne, KY, sister, Karen (Dave) Schadler of Melbourne, KY, brother, Keith (Lisa Collins) Kremer of Alexandria, KY, sister, Kathy (Chris) Brown of Cincinnati, OH, brother, Kevin (Kristy) Kremer of Independence, KY, sister, Kristina (Nimesh) Amin of Melbourne, KY, nieces, Dr. Brittny (John), Olivia, Anna, Lucy, nephews, Michael, Chad, Damian, Alex, Jackson, and Isaac. A Memorial Visitation will be held from 9am until the time of Mass at 11am Saturday, September 26, 2020 at St. Joseph Church, Camp Springs. Guests are required to wear masks and abide by social distancing guidelines. Memorials are suggested to Price Hill Will, 3301 Price Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45205, Know Theatre 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, and Bishop Brossart High School, 4 Grove Street, Alexandria, KY, 41001. Special condolences and memories may be given at Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home caring for Kirk and his family.

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The Passing of Linda Getz

From the Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre Facebook page:


It is with a heavy heart that GHCT bids farewell to one of our long standing members, Linda Getz. Linda lost her courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, August 23, 2020.

Linda was an active member of Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre for over 35 years. She had served several terms on the GHCT Board of Directors and took on a variety of tasks including the organizing of the 25th Anniversary backstage reception after the opening night of A Thurber Carnival in 1983.
Linda made her stage debut in The Man Who Came to Dinner in 1982. It was a small part but just large enough for her to conclude that her talents were better used backstage. From that point on Linda became one of the finest and most sought after producers that GHCT ever had. Her work ethic, organizational skills and her ability to bring a professional shine to the productions made her a director’s dream. She took her work seriously but not so seriously that she didn’t enjoy the process. In fact, one of the things that most of us will remember about Linda is her infectious laugh. What a great memory that is.

So as we come to the end of our journey together we say thank you Linda for all you did to make us look good. You were one of the best.

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ON CUE June 2020 – The Electronic Newsletter of ACT of Greater Cincinnati


This year is not what any of us expected. Because of the Corona Virus, theater productions were halted in mid-March. Some shows were in the middle of their run and a lot of shows were not allowed to go on. People were asked to stay home in order to try to prevent the spread of the infection.

Not only were local productions cancelled, but the ACT/OCTAfest, OCTA Jr and the OCTA State Conference were all cancelled. So “virtual” has become the word of the day. Thanks to the ACT board, the awards were held online. Dan Maloney, Amanda Emmons Shumate, Fred Hunt, Dennis Murphy, Wayne Kirsch and Gary Rogers worked to make the event happen. (To any one else involved in making this happen, kudos to you as well). So, here is a wrap up of the presentations.

The evening was opened with remarks from President, Dan Maloney. Amanda Emmons Shumate, ACT 1st VP, also contributed opening remarks.

Wayne Kirsch presented the first awards of the evening. The Spirit of Community Theatre awards are presented in each region to a person or persons who have contributed to the promotion of community theatre both on the local as well as the state level. The winners this year were Valeria Amburgey and Joel Lind.

The Rising Star award is the newest award and it is given by the various member theatres to recognize individuals who have exemplified a new level of exceptional dedication and commitment to their theatre or the ACT community as a whole.

Those winners are:

  • Acting Up – Kathy Maritato
  • CenterStage Players- Trisha Cooper
  • Cincinnati Music Theatre – Adrianna Boris
  • Footlighters – Katie McCarthy
  • INNOVAtheatre – Michael J. Schumacher
  • Loveland Stage Company – David Vest
  • Mariemont Players – Becky Collins
  • Mason Community Players – Jess Braun
  • Sunset Players – Ross Hazlett
  • The Drama Workshop – Lindsey Pullam

Dan Maloney presented the President’s Award. This award is given annually by the President of ACT to a an Act board member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to the goal’s of the ACT during that particular year. This year’s recipient is Fred Hunt.

Dennis Murphy, the Awards Chair, presented the three big ACT awards. He introduced last year’s winners who have the honor of announcing the various winners. ACT member groups can nominate any person to receive an award based on the attributes attributed to their namesakes. Then a committee meets to select the various winners. This year’s winners are:

  • Mario Pitocco Award-this award is presented annually to honor an individual who has shown continuous service and excellence in creative technical theatre-
    Jason Cox-The Drama Workshop
  • Roger Grooms Award-presented to honor an individual who has demonstrated dedication to raising the artistic quality of community theater production through active teaching and/or by demonstrating sustained excellence in the categories of directing, acting, choreography, musical or vocal direction-
    Jerry Wiesenhahn-Beechmont Players
  • Art Rouse Award-presented to an individual or couple who has shown exceptional commitments and dedication to community theatre-
    Tom & Nancy Ann Storey-Mariemont Players

Fred Hunt, ACT 2nd VP, presented the Orchid Awards throughout the evening.There were 43 shows in this abbreviated season with 882 Nominations and 439 Orchids.

The following are the categories with the number of nominations and orchids in each category.

Category | # of Nominations | # of Orchids

  • Sound Design | 28 | 8
  • Sound Execution | 17 | 1
  • Light Design | 32 | 18
  • Light Execution | 20 | 5
  • Set Design | 33 | 23
  • Set Décor | 33 | 22
  • Set Construction | 21 | 15
  • Costume Design | 34 | 23
  • Makeup | 7 | 1
  • Hair/Wigs | 12 | 6
  • Photography | 13 | 3
  • Video Production Design | 2 | 0
  • Video Execution | 1 | 0
  • Other | 17 | 6
  • PreShow | 4 | 1
  • Original Program Art | 27 | 13
  • Program | 25 | 9
  • Special Effects | 5 | 2
  • Lobby Display | 23 | 10
  • House | 21 | 9
  • Properties | 30 | 8
  • Stage Management | 26 | 15
  • Stage Combat | 4 | 2
  • Dialect Coaching | 3 | 1
  • Producing | 36 | 23
  • Overall Technical Quality | 16 | 5
  • Ensemble | 47 | 16
  • Choreography | 10 | 7
  • Dance Execution | 11 | 5
  • Musical Direction | 13 | 10
  • Vocal Direction | 9 | 3
  • Orchestral Performance | 13 | 11
  • Direction | 39 | 23
  • Overall Performance Quality | 11 | 5
  • Musical Theatre Performance | 104 | 55
  • Acting in a Play | 135 | 75

Here is the breakdown by theatre group

Theatre | # of Shows | # of Nominations | # of Orchids

  • Acting Up | 1 | 19 | 10
  • Beechmont Players | 4 | 80 | 26
  • Center Stage | 2 | 41 | 27
  • Cincinnati Music Theatre | 1 | 34 | 18
  • Fairfield Footlighters | 3 | 62 | 32
  • Footlighters | 3 | 83 | 55
  • INNOVAtheatre | 2 | 28 | 20
  • Inspiring Arts Productions | 1 | 23 | 12
  • Loveland Stage Company | 4 | 79 | 36
  • Mariemont Players | 4 | 89 | 44
  • Mason Community | 4 | 71 | 25
  • Merit | 1 | 23 | 9
  • Riverstage Community | 1 | 8 | 2
  • Sunset Players | 2 | 44 | 34
  • The Drama Workshop | 4 | 93 | 49
  • Tri-County Players | 3 | 57 | 23
  • The Village Players | 3 | 48 | 17

For information for winners from each theatre, you can visit this blog entry at Behind the Curtain Cincinnati.

Any errors, mistakes or omissions are not intentional.
Thanks to all of you for being a part of Greater Cincinnati theatre.

Please, everyone stay safe. Hope to see you all soon.
Linda Roll, editor

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