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SPRING AWAKENING the Musical Runs July 19-28

CAST_Spring Awakening logoSPRING AWAKENING
Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre
July 19-28
Highland High School [Fort Thomas]

Cast: Cassidy Perme as Wendla, Olivia Busche as Martha, Ellie Donnelly as Thea, Zoe Zoller as Anna, Grace Davis as Isle, Lukas Hummeldorf as Melchior, Louis Martini as Moritz, Christian Arias as Hanschen/Rupert, Carter Bechtol as Ernst/Reinhold, Thomas Gray-Torsell as Georg/Dieter, Aidan Greenwell as Otto/Ulbrecht, Elliet Malatesta as Frau Bergman, Clare Brennan as Fraulein Knuppeldick, Maggie Seibert as Fraulein Grossebustenhalter, Ava Stansel as Frau Gabor, Faith Bumpus as Frau Bessel, Ayla Deck as Mother Kaulbach, Annika Halonen as Doctor Von Brausepulver, Josh Alexander as Herr Sonnenstich/Headmaster Knochenbruch, Chase Reynolds as Herr Neumann, Samuel Jamison as Herr Rilow, Ethan McIntosh as Herr Stiefel, Samuel Jamison as Herr Gabor & Chase Reynolds as Schmidt
Girl Ensemble: Ingrid Brinton, Annie Elliot, Kelly Even & Isabella Gilvin

SPRING AWAKENING is set in Germany, 1891, a world where the grown-ups hold all the cards. The beautiful young Wendla explores the mysteries of her body and wonders aloud where babies come from… until Mama tells her to shut it and put on a proper dress. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior interrupts a mind-numbing Latin drill to defend his buddy, Moritz – a boy so traumatized by puberty that he can’t concentrate on anything… not that the Headmaster cares. He strikes them both and tells them to turn in their lesson. One afternoon, in a private place in the woods, Melchior and Wendla meet by accident and soon find within themselves a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt. As they fumble their way into one another’s arms, Moritz flounders and soon fails out of school. When even his one adult friend, Melchior’s mother, ignores his plea for help, he is left so distraught that he can’t hear the promise of life offered by his outcast friend, Ilse. Naturally, the Headmasters waste no time in pinning the “crime” of Moritz’s suicide on Melchior to expel him. And soon, Mama learns that her little Wendla is pregnant. Now the young lovers must struggle against all odds to build a world together for their child. Advisory: SPRING AWAKENING deals with strong language and mature situations. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

  • Fri-Sat, July 19-20 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, July 21 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, July 26-27 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, July 28 at 2pm

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MR. BURNS: A Post Electric Play Runs July 5-14

CAST_Mr Burns logoMR. BURNS: A Post Electric Play
Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre
July 5-14
The Carnegie [Covington]

Directed by Michael Sherman

Cast: Alex Harrison as Matt/Simpsons Chorus, Mehryn Toole as Jenny/Simpsons Chorus, Katie Sutkamp as Maria/Simpsons Chorus, Grant Sower as Sam/Simpsons Chorus, Erin Day as Colleen/ Simpsons Chorus, Jack Giglia as Gibson/Simpsons Chorus, Lillian Reynolds as Quincy/Simpsons Chorus, Kenzie Gabbard as Edna Krabappel, Vicky Alcorn as Apu, Gabe Litwin as Troy McClure, Sam Hopper as Groundskeeper Willie, Connor Defevers as Ned Flanders, Emma Cooper as Nelson, Madi Burnett as Bart, Sarah Johnson as Lisa, Emily Keller as Marge, Liam Pergrem as Homer, Mattie Melson as Maggie, Peter Godsey as Itchy, Aiden Litmer as Scratchy & Oliver Vockell as Mr. Burns

MR. BURNS: A Post Electric Play is Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy which propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of “The Simpsons” episode “Cape Feare” entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

  • Fri-Sat, July 5-6 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, July 7 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, July 12-13 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, July 14 at 2pm

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The Artists of Tomorrow Get Their Shot with the NEXTival

CAST_FringeNextival logoThree institutions team up to offer additional opportunities to high school students in conjunction with the Cincinnati Fringe Festival

Cincinnati, OH – Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre (CAST), The Carnegie, and Know Theatre of Cincinnati are thrilled to announce a collaboration with the annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The three institutions are teaming up to evolve Fringe Next’s mission of creatively empowering high school-aged artists with the creation of the NEXTival.

“Our mission with Fringe Next has always been to give these up-and-coming artists a taste of what it takes to produce your own work in the real world and help prepare them for whatever comes next,” says Fringe Producer Chris Wesselman. “It can be a daunting task to present at Fringe, so we’re excited to offer a unique opportunity for students to dip their toes in the water and present at the NEXTival.”

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, Taylor, Walnut Hills, Turpin and more.

“When I approached Chris with this idea, I thought he was going to think I was insane,” commented CAST Artistic Director Jason Burgess. “Know has so many things going on with the Cincy Fringe itself, their MainStage Series, One Minute Play Festival, Serials and so on. I didn’t want them to think that I was trying to put more on their plate. The idea is to actually take something off their plate. We want to help them with their educational outreach. We want to expand the scope and variety of Fringe Next and since our mission and focus is on high school students, we thought it was a perfect fit.”

In celebration of this collaboration, CAST will host the NEXTival on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25 at the Lincoln Grant Scholar House in Covington, KY. The Lincoln Scholar House was originally built in the 1930’s and served as Covington’s public school for African American students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. It was desegregated in 1965 and continued to operate as an elementary school until 1976 under the name Twelfth District Elementary. Subsequently, the building served as a community center providing education, cultural experiences and fellowship for the people of the Eastside Neighborhood District. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as an African American Heritage Site by the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission. The auditorium is operated by The Carnegie.

“We’re so excited to support the NEXTival and bring life to the newly renovated Lincoln Grant Auditorium,” says Carnegie Theatre Director Maggie Perrino. “When The Carnegie agreed to operate the space, we saw it as a place for community groups, new works, and educational experiences- partnering with CAST perfectly fulfills this vision.”

The three plays featured at the NEXTival are:

3:36 am – Four teenagers find themselves in the middle of the street in the middle of the night. A boy seeks to land the girl of his dreams, a girl wants comfort, an idiot wants to cover up past wrongdoings, and a basket case wants to uncover a neighborhood mystery.

A Doll’s Life – Scarlett was a girl who loved to play with her dolls. However, her dolls tell a much deeper tale of her abusive family. Using her dolls to process the events in her life, both a child and teenage Scarlett attempt to navigate the dark thoughts inside her head.

Monsters Have Hearts – Featuring a dysfunctional family including: a loving mother, an alcoholic father, an imaginative daughter, and a gentle son; Monsters Have Hearts is about a mother recovering from an illness. The father wishing, she needed him again and he taking actions into his own hands.

Tickets are $10 per show. Tickets are GENERAL SEATING only.  Purchase tickets in advance at https://www.caststages.org/nextival or by calling (859) 957-1940. Tickets can also be purchased at the door thirty minutes prior to each show.

About CAST: Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre is a Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati theatre collaborative, that through professional quality productions, arts instruction and developing community relationships, empowers students to achieve their artistic potential under the leadership of professionals. More information about CAST is available at www.caststages.org or by calling (859) 545-0770.

About Know Theatre of Cincinnati: Know Theatre of Cincinnati’s goal is to create an artistic playground where artists and audiences can come together to produce and experience work that could not be done anywhere else. More information about Know Theatre is available at www.knowtheatre.com or by calling (513) 300-5669. 

About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030.

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Auditions and Technical Interviews Announced for MR. BURNS and SPRING AWAKENING at Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre

  • CAST_logoSat, March 9 from 10am to 1pm (Technical Interviews)
  • Sat, March 9 from 2-5pm (Auditions)
  • Sat, March 16 from 10am to 2pm (Auditions)

All applicants and auditions are required to fill out paperwork prior to interviewing or auditioning. (Available here.)

SPRING AWAKENING runs July 19-28 at Highland High School
MR BURNS, a post-electric play runs July 5-14 at The Carnegie

Requirements for SPRING AWAKENING:

  • 32 measure excerpt from a Broadway show that showcases your vocal talents
    • An accompanist, iPod/phone connection, and CD player will be provided. If you intend on using the accompanist, please provide a clearly marked score that is hole punched and placed in a three-ring binder.  A cappella singing is strongly discouraged

  • A memorized 45 second to 1-minute monologue from a play

  • Review and learn the dance from the video (video available soon).

    • ***Please remember the dance audition is not a commentary on your dancing skills.  We are not just assessing your dance ability.  We are assessing your ability  of comprehension, your acting while dancing and, most of all, your willingness to have fun.​

      • There will be a voluntary dance workshop to brush​ up the video for anyone interested for 30 minutes prior  to auditions starting on the days of auditions

  • A synopsis can be found here

  • A character breakdown of the show can be found here.

Requirements for MR BURNS, a post-electric play:

  • 1 minute monologue from a play similar in style to the season selection

  • A synopsis can be found here

  • A character breakdown of the show can be found here.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.caststages.org/auditions.


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NKY Chamber of Commerce Recognizes C.A.S.T with Community Award

CAST_CarnegieFort Mitchell, Ky – Before a crowd gathered to hear about the Why the Arts Matter at Eggs ‘N Issues on August 21, Brent Cooper, President and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber (NKY Chamber) presented representatives with The Carnegie and Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre (CAST) with the NKY Community Award.

The NKY Community Award, sponsored by meetNKY, is awarded to exceptional individuals, businesses or organizations that have helped to advance or promote the region. Nominations are open to the community, and awards are presented throughout the year as nominations are received.

“I applaud The Carnegie and CAST for their unique partnership,” said Cooper. “It’s a great example of how arts organizations work together to create a better future for young people in the region.”

CAST is a Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati Theatre collaborative. Through professional quality productions, arts instruction, and developing community relationships, students are empowered to achieve their artistic goals.

Individuals interested in learning more about the NKY Community Award, or in submitting a nomination, should contact Lynn Abeln at labeln@nkychamber.com.

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