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NEWSIES Runs July 27-Aug. 5

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Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy
July 27-Aug. 5
[Avondale]

Directed by Gina Cerimele-Mechley
Music directed by Melody Wallace
Choreographed by Maria Broderick

Cast: Paige Genevieve Ambach as Katherine Plumber, Chloe Baron as Henry/Featured Dancer/Darcy,
Breanna Brandenburg as Albert/Elmer/Featured Dancer/Dance Captain, John Cerimele as Mr. Jacobi, Cayce Cobaugh as Davey, James Covarrubias as Buttons/Scab/Goon, Bella DeJesus as Romeo, Nicholas Delfino as Nunzio/Photographer/Goon, Sara Detwiler as Les, Kaitlin Diersing as Tommy Boy/Bunsen/Goon, Meghan Dincler as Mike/Scab/Goon, Laura Dinn as Finch/Featured Dancer, William Forgham as Snyder, Grace Goodwin as Jo Jo/Featured Dancer/Nun/Bowery Beauty, Cecilia Gries as Dance Captain/SPECS/Featured Dancer, Meg Griffin as Joseph Pulitzer/Goon, Amy Helms as Spot Conlon/Featured Dancer, Allie Houston as Nun/Hannah/Bowery Beauty/Delancey Brother, Taylor Lindsey as Seitz, Carley Millette as Splasher/Goon, Gabrielle Mouch as Race/Featured Dancer, Ryan Smith as Medda Larkin, Nick Swope as MUSH/Cop/Bill/A SCAB, Katie Tierney as Stage Manager/Pulitzer’s Guard/Goon/Mayor, Nick Wasserbauer as Jack Kelly, Cristina Whyte as Crutchie & Emily Wolfe as Ike

Most people familiar with Newsies will rave about it due to its spectacular dancing and catchy songs. What many do not realize is that it is based upon actual events of the 1899 newsies strike started and run BY CHILDREN! Newsies were as young as 4 years old, but most of the members of the “first newsies union” were between 11-15 years of age. It lasted about 2 weeks and actually ended with results of a successful compromise. This story speaks so loudly and clearly to today’s generation. Just like the students who founded March for our Lives, the real newsies of 1899 “challenged our whole generation to stand up and demand a place at the table.” There were many more strikes to follow until finally in 1938 Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • Fri-Sun, July 27-29 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sun, Aug. 3-5 at 7:30pm

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ORESTEIA Runs June 21-23 at Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy

CASA_Oresteia logoA classic Greek play gets a contemporary spin in Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy’s latest production, ORESTEIA

Cincinnati, OH
June 18, 2018

Family, love, war, betrayal, and justice. Is all truly fair in love and war?

In their upcoming production of ORESTEIA, Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy (CASA) will tell an ancient Greek story that tackles these timeless themes and still resonates today.

The tale, originally written by Aeschylus and adapted by Robert Icke, follows the journey of a family who is deeply affected by war. The story raises questions of justice and interrogates the side effects of war on the battlefield and in the home.

ORESTEIA may be millennia old, but director Cheryl Maxine Couch has crafted a production that fits into today’s world. Sets will feature cardboard with graffiti, on which audiences will be invited to add their own art, and costumes will be inspired by present-day styles.

“Audiences will also leave ready to have a conversation about today’s world. ORESTEIA is a timeless story that is also timely, and the goal for the production is to start a dialogue,” says Cheryl Maxine Couch, director of ORESTEIA.

Ticket and Production Details
A pay-what-you-can preview of ORESTEIA will be on Wednesday, 6/20, at 7:30pm. Performances will be on Thursday, 6/21, Friday, 6/22, and Saturday, 6/23, at 7:30pm. All performances will be at Essex Studios (2511 Essex Place, Studio 282B, Cincinnati, OH 45206).

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults, and can be purchased at the door or by
contacting CASA at casatics@gmail.com.

ORESTEIA runs approximately 2 hours including an intermission and is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

For more details, visit www.casastudioacademy.com or CASA’s Facebook page
(@CasaStudioAcademy).

Production Team

  • Director: Cheryl Maxine Couch
  • Assistant Director: Bettina Ernst
  • Stage Manager: Olivia Lenore
  • Costume & Makeup Design: Finney Kutcher

Cast

  • Agamemnon/Aegisthus: Jared Earland
  • Calchas: Kate Stuard
  • Cassandra/Athene: Megan Peters
  • Chorus: Olivia Dunn and Ryan Smith
  • Cilissa/Fury: Katie Tierney
  • Doctor: David Faller
  • Electra: Meg Griffin
  • Iphigenia: Sara Detwiler
  • Klytemnestra: Gina Cerimele-Mechley
  • Menelaus: Zach Kaltenbach
  • Orestes: Matt Berman
  • Talthybius: Ryan Smith
  • Young Orestes: AJ Ransom

“Enter the story, not the theatre.”

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Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy Brings THE ALTRUISTS to the Stage

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You Wish You Were Us…Right??

FEB 24, 2018—Tristate audiences are invited to act apathetic towards life while they take in The Altruists by Nicky Silver at Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy 

The Altruists revolves around a dedicated, if disorganized and demented, group of young radicals. These are the kids who protest. They protest arts funding and arms funding. They protest school cutbacks and AIDS cutbacks and welfare cutbacks. They march for gay rights and children’s rights and Women Against Drunk Drivers. But their morality is put to the test one day when Sydney, a shallow, anorexic soap-opera actress, fires a gun into the hulking body of her sleeping boyfriend. Terrified, she looks to her brother, Ronald, the center of this merry band of radicals, for help. Ronald, a social worker, wants to aid his sister, but at the moment he’s consumed with love. The object of his affection? A young runaway prostitute, Lance. It is Ethan, Ronald’s cohort, who points out that they need Sydney—without her money they can do no good in the world. After all, “firebombs don’t grow on trees.” And when Sydney pressures him, revealing her vulnerability and her real affection for the first time, Ronald acquiesces. He makes the ultimate sacrifice, that of his own happiness for the greater good. And this group of altruists frames Lance, never noticing the irony as they head off to protest the unjust outcome of a trial involving a young man who resembles Lance in every way.

This production is directed by Gina Cerimele-Mechley. Cast includes current CASA students: Bella DeJesus, Bettina Ernst, Blake Knauer and Lindsay Wielonski, along with CASA alum Will Forgham, and Olaf Eide. Production includes Jenna Valentine as Asst. Director, Amy Helms & Olivia Cremisio as Stage Managers and Kelly Harper as Dramaturg.

Performances run March 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th at 7:30PM, March 4th & 11th at 2:30PM. All performances will take place at Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Pl, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206. Tickets can be reserved at casatics@gmail.com. Tickets: $9 Students, $14 Adults. For more information: www.casastudioacademy.com

Mockumentary absurdist piece about rallying against the altruists who just want attention. Come laugh at what not to be. Leave with the motivation to be a real altruist! 

PLEASE NOTE: THE ALTRUISTS contains adult subject matter, language, and themes. Along with infuriating comedy and absurdist views. So if you do not enjoy being challenged, then maybe stay home and sit in the dark.

*Rights provided by Dramatists Play Service

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WILD PARTY Runs Nov. 24-Dec. 3

CASA_The Wild Party logoWILD PARTY
Cincinnati Actor’s Studio and Academy
Nov. 24-Dec. 3
Essex Studios [Avondale]

Directed by Erin Carr
Music/vocal direction by Janet Langhorst
Choreographed by Margot Grom

Cast: Amy Helms, Owen Kiley, Blake Knauer, Alena Firlie, Jonah Sorscher, Leanne Hays, Katie Tierney, Bettina Ernst, Abbie Loebker, Bella DeJesus & Bryce Kessler

WILD PARTY is a steamy, cautionary tale about escapism, control and excess. Set between 2017 and the Prohibition era, lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw a party-to-end-all-parties in their small, Manhattan apartment. As the guests arrive, it seems Queenie is taken with her friend’s date, sparking a complicated love triangle. The night, fueled by booze, games, and pretention, takes a dangerous turn as Burrs’s jealousy gets the best of him. The game unravels. Violence erupts. Checkmate.

  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 24-25 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 26 at 3pm
  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 1-2 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 3 at 3pm

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Don’t You Want To Be The Life Of The Party?

CASA_The Wild Party logoNOV 10, 2017—Tristate audiences are invited to #jointhewildparty as Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy presents Andrew Lippa’s WILD PARTY.

WILD PARTY is a steamy, cautionary tale about escapism, control and excess. Set between 2017 and the Prohibition era, lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw a party-to-end-all-parties in their small, Manhattan apartment. As the guests arrive, it seems Queenie is taken with her friend’s date, sparking a complicated love triangle. The night, fueled by booze, games, and pretention, takes a dangerous turn as Burrs’s jealousy gets the best of him. The game unravels. Violence erupts. Checkmate.

Book, music & lyrics by Andrew Lippa, WILD PARTY is presented with special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI).This musical is based on the 1928 book-length narrative poem by Joseph Moncure March of the same name. Because of its risqué subject matter that was taboo in the 1920’s the poem was widely banned, although despite (or perhaps because of its controversial nature) it was a success for March.

This production is directed by Erin Carr. Cast includes current CASA students: Amy Helms, Owen Kiley, Blake Knauer, Alena Firlie, Jonah Sorscher, Leanne Hays, Katie Tierney, Bettina Ernst, Abbie Loebker, Bella DeJesus, and Bryce Kessler. Production includes Matt Berman as Asst. Director/Technical Director, Will Forgham as Stage Manager, Janet Langhorst as Music/Vocal Director, Margot Grom as Choreographer, Gina Cerimele-Mechley as Fight Choreographer, Meg Griffin as Costume Designer, Olivia Dunn as Marketing Manager and Marisa Holzman as Production Manager.

Performances run November 24th, 25th & December 1st, 2nd at 7:30PM, November 26th & December 3rd at 3:00PM. All performances will take place at Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Pl, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206. Tickets can be purchased at www.casastudioacademy.com. Tickets: $9 Students, $14 Adults. For more information: www.casastudioacademy.com

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Vaudeville was a time of separate, unrelated acts being billed together. Have you looked at YouTube or Instagram lately? It’s easy to glamorize the past and relish in escaping to another time and place, especially to cope with any abuse or violence in your life, but soon you might realize that not much has changed:

“…An era of Republican leadership, nationalistic and fundamentalist movements, and changing social conventions. Electing Republican presidents who favored business expansion rather than regulation, the American public enjoyed apparently unlimited prosperity, while fear of radicals and foreigners combined to almost completely close off America to immigration and contributed to the resurgence of hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. Religious fundamentalism revived as new moral and social attitudes came into vogue.”

As a community we have spent the last century observing, judging and turning our heads from issues that “don’t affect us” directly. But when will we learn that it is up to each of us to step up and speak up? Designed as a railroad style theatre, this production brings the audience into the forefront of the show. Without a clear fourth wall, along with the tantalizing invite to join the party, each of us is faced with the decision of what would we do in this situation. It’s past the time of closing our eyes, turning our heads and shutting out the ugly. So how far do we let violence go unchecked? We need to face it together and decide what we can do as a community to help those who are lost in the shadows, who are forgotten on the sidelines, who are masking their insecurity with an excess of show.

**This show will raise money for Women Helping Women**

PLEASE NOTE: THE WILD PARTY contains adult subject matter, language, and themes. Viewer discretion is advised.

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