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Cast & Crew Announced for NEWSIES at Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre


The Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre has announced the cast and crew for their upcoming production of NEWSIES.

Performances run July 17-26 at Highlands High School.

The cast includes:

  • Jack Kelly – Micah Day
  • Crutchie – Gavin Duffy
  • Davey – Jacob Mullins
  • Race – Tommy Sanders
  • Albert – Thomas Gray-Torsell
  • Specs – Lily Canter
  • Henry – Jameson Zoller
  • Finch – Christian Arias
  • Romeo – David Herrington
  • Elmer – Cassidy Perme
  • Mush – Erica Kruse
  • Buttons – Cooper Gamble
  • Splasher – Emma Cooper
  • Tommy Boy – Samantha Heilman
  • JoJo – Ashley Kelly
  • Mike – Sam Hopper
  • Ike – Annabelle Dilts
  • Other Newsies – Lucia Combs, Sophia Gamble, Isabella Gilvin, Lukas Hummeldorf, Paige Landers, Alexis Peterson, Lizzy Roeding, Oliver Vockell, Lauren Weizer, Jude Williams
  • Scabs – Isabella Gilvin, Lukas Hummeldorf, Alexis Peterson
  • Spot Conlon – Oliver Vockell
  • Girl Writing Headlines – Sophia Veshapidze
  • Katherine Plumber – Gabi Benintendi
  • Darcy – Claire Northcut
  • Bill – Cooper Gamble
  • Wiesel – Gabe Donnelly
  • Morris Delancey – Sam Lewis
  • Oscar Delancey – Rad Murray
  • Cameraman – Claire Northcut
  • Goons – Annika Halonen, Seth Kuhl, Mehryn Toole
  • Joseph Pulitzer – Sylas Craven
  • Seitz – Sophia Veshapidze
  • Bunsen – Evan Stuart
  • Hannah – Annika Halonen
  • Nunzio – Hank Slaby
  • Passersby – Elena Hamall, Mehryn Toole
  • Guard – Hank Slaby
  • Snyder – Seth Kuhl
  • Medda Larkin – Zoe Zoller
  • Bowery Beauties – Annika Halonen, Elena Hamall, Claire Northcut, Mehryn Toole
  • Stage Manager – Gabe Donnelly
  • Nuns – Annika Halonen, Elena Hamall, Claire Northcut, Mehryn Toole, Zoe Zoller
  • Audience Members in Medda’s Theater – Sam Lewis, Rad Murray, Hank Slaby, Evan Stuart, Sophia Veshapidze
  • Woman – Claire Northcut
  • Mr. Jacobi – Gabe Donnelly
  • Policeman – Hank Slaby, Evan Stuart
  • Mayor – Gabe Donnelly
  • Governor Teddy Roosevelt – Hank Slaby

The crew includes:

Student Technical Director

  • Lillian McMullan

 Production Stage Manager

  • Hunter Lee

Assistant Stage Manager

  • El Bowers
  • Grace Grau

Sound Designer

  • Colin Gastright

Assistant Sound Designers/Sound Board Ops

  • Will de Sola
  • Evan McSorley

Lighting Designer

  • Luke Eisner

Assistant Lighting Designer

  • Nate Culyer

Light Board Op

  • Bella Pfeiffer

Lights/Sound Crew

  • David Dierig
  • John Dougherty
  • Ryan Groneck
  • Emma Horton

 Props Designer

  • Maggie Ellis

Assistant Props Designer

  • Delaney Jennings

 Props Crew

  • Paige Barber
  • Natalie Horton
  • Caroline Slaby
  • Charles Ziegler

 Building Crew Head

  • Robert Chalk

Set Deco Head

  • Olivia Hart

 Stage and Building/Set Deco Crew

  • Addie Dierig
  • Bradley Groneck
  • John Laskey
  • Jonah Listerman
  • Grace Reynolds

Stage and Building/Set Deco Crew (Continued)

  • AnnaLucy Surrey
  • Emily Winters
  • Colin Yaegel

 Student Costume Designer

  • Olivia Greenwell

Assistant Costume

  • Chloe Caudill

 Hair/Makeup Head

  • Sydney Earle

Assistant Hair/Makeup Head

  • Abby Adkins

 Costume & Makeup Crew

  • Olivia Bayer
  • Katie Buschle
  • Alanna Gorrigan
  • Ava Lynn Jansen
  • Emily Keller
  • Annabella Salzarulo
  • Emersen Slaby
  • Chloe Zeit

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Cast Announced for PUFFS at Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre

CAST_logoThe Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre has announced the cast and crew for their upcoming production of PUFFS.

Directed by Michael Sherman, performances run July 3-12 at The Carnegie in Covington.

The cast includes:

  • Narrator – Elliet Malatesta
  • Wayne Hopkins Gabe Litwin
  • Oliver Rivers Jack Giglia
  • Megan Jones Katie Sutkamp
  • Ernie Mac Connor Defevers
  • Hannah Olivia Busche
  • Finch Fletchley Liam Pergrem
  • LeanneMadison Burnett
  • Sally Perks Sara Detwiler
  • Susie Bones Tammy Sanow
  • Cedric/Mr. Voldy Braxton Broering
  • Matt McBee A Very Tall Man / Seamus / A Certain Potions Teacher/ Professor Turban / Ghost History Teach / Professor Locky / Mr. Nick / Sal / Second Headmaster / Real Mr. Moody / Death Buddy
  • Erin Day First Headmaster / Professor McG / Professor Sprouty / Xavia Jones / Professor Lanny / Runs Teach / Ms. Babble / Death Buddy
  • Aiden Greenwell Uncle Dave / Goyle / A Fat Friar / Clumsy Longbottom / Hermeoone #3 / Viktor / Mr. Bagman / Zach Smith / Death Buddy
  • Alix Tibbs Ginny / Helga / Frenchy / Death Buddy
  • Sofia Trefz Hermeoone / Blondo Malfoy / Rowena / Rita Scooter / Bippy / Death Buddy
  • Max Adrian  Harry / Colin / Hermeoone #2 / Ric Gryff / Myrtle / Death Buddy

The crew includes:

Student Technical Director

  • Maya Batshoun

Production Stage Manager

  • Reeya Dighe

Assistant Stage Manager

  • Madelyn Kennebeck
  • Molly Bucher

Sound Designer

  • Liam Morris

Assistant Sound Designer

  • Ethan Fessler

Lights/Sound Crew

  • Caleb Lindsey
  • Jocelyn Vasquez

Lighting Designer

  • Connor Paff

Assistant Lighting Designer

  • Colin Vaughan

Props Designer

  • Jeffrey Joering

Assistant Props Designer

  • Eylie Lorenz

Props Crew

  • Blake Bauer
  • Megan Graeler
  • Nicholas Lorenz
  • David Parks

 Costume Designer

  • Matthew Eggers

Assistant Costume Designer

  • Thaddy Sieverding

Costume & Make-up Crew

  • Haley Barth
  • Rachel Fessler
  • Campbell Hogue
  • Bellamy Martin

Hair/Makeup Crew Head

  • Hannah Breitenstein

Assistant Hair/Makeup Crew Head

  • Dulce Marquez

Building/Set Deco Crew Head

  • Mattie Melson

Assistant Building/Set Deco

  • Adia Reaves

 Stage and Building Crew

  • Shelby Allred
  • Hailey Cavanaugh
  • Grayson Halonen
  • Olivia Hoffstedder
  • Sarah Mansfield

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Auditions Announced for PUFFS and NEWSIES at Commonwealth Artist Student Theatre


Here is a message from our Artistic Director, Jason Burgess, about auditions and crew interviews for tomorrow.

“Greetings Auditionees and Interviewees: I wanted to give you an update on auditions and crew interviews for tomorrow, Saturday, March 14th.

Both events WILL be taking place. Because these events are basically individual to individual interaction events, we feel safe and confident continuing them. We will be practicing “social distancing” of trying to remain 6 feet away from each other and advise others to do the same.

If you are not confident in this approach and would prefer to submit a video audition, then we are completely fine with this. You may email us a video audition by 5pm on Saturday, March 14th to jasonburgess@caststages.org. If you are unable to meet this deadline for the video submission, please email us and let us know and we might be able to make other accommodations.

As far as crew interviews are concerned, if you are not confident in this approach and would prefer to do a phone interview, we are completely fine with this. Please email us at jasonburgess@caststages.org and we will set up a time to do a phone interview with you.

As far as callbacks are concerned for PUFFS and NEWSIES, the production teams are working right now to figure everything out and we will have a definitive plan by the end of auditions tomorrow, Saturday, March 14th. At this moment, we plan on still holding callbacks next Saturday and posting all cast and crew lists on Tuesday, March 31st.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns at all, please do not hesitate to reach out and email us at jasonburgess@caststages.org.

Jason Burgess
Artistic Director, CAST

March 8 from 6-9:30pm

March 14 from 2-5pm

Highlands High School – 2400 Memorial Pkwy, Fort Thomas, KY 41075

Incoming high school freshman through graduated high school seniors.

PUFFS running July 3-12 at The Carnegie

  • Bring a memorized 45 second to 1 minute comedic monologue.

NEWSIES running July 17-26 at Highlands High School

  • Bring a memorized 45 second to 1 minute monologue and 32 measures of music from a Broadway show. Also, you need to learn the dance audition which will be published shortly.

If you are auditioning for both, please cater your memorized monologue towards PUFFS and your song towards NEWSIES. Also, you need to learn the dance audition which will be published shortly.

Please make sure to fill in an audition form which can be found here. Please fill in the audition form completely as well as including all schedule conflicts. Please bring your resume and headshot to your audition time if you have one.  Please show up for the auditions on time and ready to go. Also, remember to learn the dance audition before you arrive. The dance audition which will be published shortly. There will be a voluntary dance audition workshop/brush-up for 30 minutes prior to auditions starting at 5:30pm.

Callbacks for PUFFS will be held on Saturday, March 21st from 9am-Noon

Callbacks for NEWSIES will be held on Saturday, March 21st from 6-9pm

Also interviewing for crew positions.

Please visit the official site audition page for more information and links to forms and other information.


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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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