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SPRING AWAKENING Runs July 29-Aug. 8

CASA_Spring Awakening logoSPRING AWAKENING
Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy
July 29-Aug. 8
Essex Studios [Avondale]

Directed & choreographed by Gina Cerimele-Mechley
Music direction by Joseph Ivan

Cast: Alaska Stoughton as All Adult Women, Justin Huddilston as All Adult Men, Frankie Montazemi as Anna, Alex Simpson as Ernst, Ethan Baker as Georg, Worley Stidham as Hanschen, Maddi O’Connell as Ilse, Chloe Price as Martha, Alex Pletikapich as Melchior, Nick Swope as Moritz, Jason Coffenberry as Otto, Claire Adams as Thea & Cassandra Reeves as Wendla
Ensemble: Dani Underdown, Bryn Studer, Connor Williamson, Elliet Malatesta, Kayamarie Roll, Sabrina Mack, James Pinkley, Sean Britton, Grace Davis

The award-winning musical “Spring Awakening” is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the 1891 German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, whose work, which often criticizes bourgeois attitudes (particularly towards sex), is considered to anticipate expressionism and was influential in the development of theatre of the absurd. Wedekind was also a life-long guitar player and surely would have been a rock star today. Hence, the 21st-century musical blends the 19th-century play with an alternative rock score.

  • Thu-Sun, July 29-Aug 1 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Sun, Aug. 5-8 at 7:30pm

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THE BOOK OF MONSTERS Runs July 29-Aug. 1

IBP_Book of Monsters logoTHE BOOK OF MONSTERS
InBocca Performance
July 29-Aug. 1
Village Players [Fort Thomas]

A tale where we explore some of the frightening monsters of fairy tales and mythology and how we, as humans, might just identify with those creatures more than we think.

  • Thu-Fri, July 29-30 at 7pm
  • Sat, July 31 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Aug. 1 at 2pm

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BEYOND GLORY Runs July 23-25

XACT_Beyond Glory Caesar Creek Vineyards logoBEYOND GLORY
Xenia Area Community Theatre
July 23-25
Caesar Creek Vineyards [Xenia]

In Stephen Lang’s theatrical adaptation of Larry Smith’s book Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words, Lang presents the stories of eight veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, rendering firsthand accounts of the actions which resulted in each of them receiving the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. BEYOND GLORY gathers these men together in the present to look back on the defining moments of their lives and to examine the meaning of courage, duty, and, ultimately, humility. Includes wine.

  • Fri-Sat, July 23-24 at 7pm
  • Sun, July 25 at 3pm

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MORNING’S AT SEVEN Runs Aug. 20-Sept. 5

DPH_Mornings at Seven logoMORNING’S AT SEVEN
Dayton Playhouse
Aug. 20-Sept. 5
[Dayton]

Directed by Rick Flynn
Produced by Christina Tomazinis

Cast: Dave Nickel as Theodore Swanson, Dorothy Michalski as Cora Swanson, Tori Tuccillo as Aaronetta Gibbs, Cheryl Mellen as Ida Bolton, Richard Young as Carl Bolton, Jeff Sams as Homer Bolton, Heather Atkinson as Myrtle Brown, Barbara Jorgensen as Esther Crampton & Charles Larkowski as David Crampton

This 1939 comedy tells the story of four aging sisters who live in a small mid-western town, and their long-standing sibling rivalries. Three of them — Ida, Cora and Arry — have lived next door to each other for fifty years, and Esther, the eldest, lives only a few blocks away. We quickly learn that living so close to one another has taken its toll. Some start to question their lives and decide to make some changes before it’s too late. In 1980, MORNING’S AT SEVEN was nominated for the Tony award for Best Revival of a Play.

  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 20-21 at 8pm
  • Sun, Aug. 22 at 3pm
  • Fri, Aug. 27 at 8pm
  • Sat, Aug. 28 at 5pm
  • Sun, Aug. 29 at 3pm
  • Fri, Sept. 3 at 8pm
  • Sat, Sept. 4 at 5pm
  • Sun, Sept. 5 at 3pm

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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Runs July 24-29

CO_The Barber of SevilleTHE BARBER OF SEVILLE
Cincinnati Opera
July 24-29
Summit Park [Blue Ash]

Based on the play of the same name by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, The Barber of Seville introduces us to Figaro, the titular barber bursting with bravado. He’s enlisted by the lovelorn Count Almaviva to win the heart of the clever and comely Rosina. Rossini’s masterful, laugh-out-loud comedy (the prequel to The Marriage of Figaro) is packed with rapid-fire punchlines and toe-tapping melodies—from one of the world’s most famous overtures to the instantly recognizable “Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!” of “Largo al factotum.” With whimsy, wit, and plenty of woo, The Barber of Seville reminds us that, as Beaumarchais once said, “Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough.”

  • Sat, July 24 at 8:30pm
  • Thu, July 29 at 8:30pm

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