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NKU SOTA Cancels Summer Dinner Theatre Season

NKU_SOTA logoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts commitment to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and guests is our top priority. At this time, we have decided to cancel our 2020 Commonwealth Theatre Company summer dinner theatre season, with the intent to run the productions of BEGUILED AGAIN and NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS next summer (June & July 2021).

We are continuing to monitor COVID-19 (Coronavirus) news, including regular updates from NKU’s Coronavirus Preparedness Team (nku.edu/covid19), the State of Kentucky, Center for Disease Control, and local health agencies. Decisions are made based on this information, as well as directives from government agencies. Your patience and understanding is much appreciated as we all do our part to ensure the health and safety of our community and country.

In the meantime, we invite you to tune in to our new video series, NKU SOTA Stream – an ongoing collection of videos showcasing the deep talent throughout SOTA. Videos are available to view for free on our YouTube channelFacebook page, and Instagram. For more information, please visit nku.edu/sotastream.

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Auditions Announced for NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS at Commonwealth Theatre Company

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Updated Audition Notice for Nana’s Naughty Knickers by Katherine DiSavino

In-person auditions scheduled for March 26 have been canceled and will move to video submission.

Interested individuals should submit a video of a 60 second comedic monologue in the style of the show. Video files or YouTube links can be sent to theatre@nku.edu. The deadline for video submissions is Friday, April 10 at 5:00 p.m.

All roles are paid.

The production will run July 9-26, 2020 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Rehearsals will begin the second week of June.

A headshot and resume are appreciated.

All roles are available.

Synopsis:

Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area!

Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her Nana get arrested – or worse! – evicted?

Character Breakdown:

  • SYLVIA CHARLES – In her early eighties, living like she’s in her early twenties. The mastermind behind Saucy Slips, Etc., and the proud tenant of a rent controlled apartment.
  • VERA WALTERS – Sylvia’s aged accomplice: equipped with two hearing aids and a collapsible walker.
  • BRIDGET CHARLES – Sylvia’s unsuspecting, 20-something, soon-to-be-law-student granddaughter.
  • TOM O’GRADY – The newest cop on the force, happily assigned the beat where Sylvia’s apartment is.
  • GIL SCHMIDT – The landlord, overly eager to rid himself of his aged tenants. 60s.
  • HEATHER VAN PREE – Employee of Saucy Slips, looking for better opportunities, a modeling career, or just her boxes.
  • CLAIR – The big client. Mid 60s.
  • VOICE – The man at the front desk. Slightly bored and always sarcastic. Can double as one of the UPS men.
  • UPS MAN – Cute and a little lonely.
  • OTHER UPS MAN – The strong and silent type. For doubling purposes, this could be the same actor that plays Heather, Clair or Mr. Schmidt, as long as the audience doesn’t recognize them as such.

Nana’s Naughty Knickers is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

Auditions for Commonwealth Theatre Company’s annual summer dinner theatre season will continue on Thursday evening, March 26, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m. for their upcoming production of NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS.

Interested auditionees should call the NKU Theatre and Dance Program office at 859.-572.6362 to schedule an audition appointment. No walk-up auditionees will be seen.

Auditions will take place on Northern Kentucky University’s campus in the Fine Arts Center, room 378. Auditionees should plan to park in the Welcome Center Garage or Parking Lot I. For a map of campus and driving directions, please visit: http://map.nku.edu

All roles are paid.

The production will run between July 9 – 26, 2020 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Rehearsals will begin the second week of June.

Audition Requirements:
Actors may prepare either a 60 second contemporary comedic monologue or choose to read from the script. Should you choose to read from the script, sides will be provided prior to the audition. When scheduling your audition time, please let us know if you’d a copy of the sides.

If callbacks are necessary, they will be held at 6pm on March 27th at NKU.

A headshot and resume are appreciated.

All roles are available.

Synopsis:
Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area!

Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her Nana get arrested – or worse! – evicted?

Character Breakdown:

SYLVIA CHARLES – In her early eighties, living like she’s in her early twenties. The mastermind behind Saucy Slips, Etc., and the proud tenant of a rent controlled apartment.

VERA WALTERS – Sylvia’s aged accomplice: equipped with two hearing aids and a collapsible walker.

BRIDGET CHARLES – Sylvia’s unsuspecting, 20-something, soon-to-be-law-student granddaughter.

TOM O’GRADY – The newest cop on the force, happily assigned the beat where Sylvia’s apartment is.

GIL SCHMIDT – The landlord, overly eager to rid himself of his aged tenants. 60s.

HEATHER VAN PREE – Employee of Saucy Slips, looking for better opportunities, a modeling career, or just her boxes.

CLAIR – The big client. Mid 60s.

VOICE – The man at the front desk. Slightly bored and always sarcastic. Can double as one of the UPS men.

UPS MAN – Cute and a little lonely.

OTHER UPS MAN – The strong and silent type. For doubling purposes, this could be the same actor that plays Heather, Clair or Mr. Schmidt, as long as the audience doesn’t recognize them as such.

Nana’s Naughty Knickers is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

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Auditions Announced for BEGUILED AGAIN at NKU Commonwealth Theatre Company

CTC_logoAuditions for NKU Commonwealth Theatre Company’s annual summer dinner theatre season will occur on Thursday evening, March 5, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m. for their production of BEGUILED AGAIN.

Interested auditionees should call the NKU Theatre and Dance Program office at 859.572.6362 to schedule an audition appointment. No walk-up auditionees will be seen.

Auditions will take place on Northern Kentucky University’s campus in the Fine Arts Center, room 378. Auditionees should plan to park in the Welcome Center Garage or Parking Lot I. For a map of campus and driving directions, please visit: http://map.nku.edu

All roles are paid.

The production will run between June 4-21, 2021 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Rehearsals will begin the second week of May.

Audition Requirements:

  • Please prepare 2 songs (one 32 bar cut of a ballad and one 32 bar cut of an up tempo) with at least one of the songs being written by Rodgers and Hart and the other being Golden Age.
  • Please provide a resume and headshot at your audition.

BEGUILED AGAIN – The Songs of Rodgers and Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Conceived By J. Barry Lewis, Lynnette Barkley and Craig D. Ames
Music Arrangements by Craig D. Ames

Co-Directed by Dee Anne Bryll and Ed Cohen
Music Directed by Damon Stevens
June 4-21, 2020

The remarkable partnership of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart spanned twenty-four years, resulting in the scores for thirty stage musicals and nine films. While their songs are acknowledged as among the most sophisticated and witty of their time, they could also be stunning in their simplicity and directness. Beguiled Again illuminates the astonishing breadth of their output with a musical menu offering nearly fifty selections from the incomparable Rodgers and Hart songbook.

BEGUILED AGAIN is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

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2020 Summer Season Announced by NKU Commonwealth Theatre

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NKU COMMONWEALTH THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2020 SUMMER SEASON

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Commonwealth Theatre Company at Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts is proud to present the musical comedy of BEGUILED AGAIN, and the comedy of NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS as their 2020 summer dinner theatre season. A buffet dinner will be served in the NKU SOTA Art Gallery with performances taking place in the NKU Robert & Rosemary Stauss Theatre.

BEGUILED AGAIN – The Songs of RODGERS & HART
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Conceived By J. Barry Lewis, Lynnette Barkley and Craig D. Ames
Music Arrangements by Craig D. Ames
Co-Directed by Dee Anne Bryll and Ed Cohen
Music Directed by Damon Stevens
June 4-21, 2020

The remarkable partnership of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart spanned twenty-four years, resulting in the scores for thirty stage musicals and nine films. While their songs are acknowledged as among the most sophisticated and witty of their time, they could also be stunning in their simplicity and directness. BEGUILED AGAIN illuminates the astonishing breadth of their output with a musical menu offering nearly fifty selections from the incomparable Rodgers and Hart songbook. This cleverly compiled potpourri juxtaposes the urbane and the melancholy, the sardonic and the romantic, providing ever-changing and contrasting emotional journeys that give this revue real momentum. There is no linear plot or ‘and then they wrote’ narrative. Rather, the songs are grouped thematically in ways that allow them to tell their own stories and reveal their splendor in the process. BEGUILED AGAIN is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. 

NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS
By Katherine DiSavino
Directed by Michael Hatton/Corrie Danieley
July 9-26, 2020

Bridget and her grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling handmade naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five-borough area! Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her nana get arrested – or worse – evicted? NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

Event Details

Dates: June 4-21 & July 9-26 (dark on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays)

Times:

  • Thursdays through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m., Dinner served at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday matinees at 6 p.m., Dinner served at 5 p.m.

Place: Fine Arts Center on NKU Campus – 1 Louie B. Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099

Tickets: $40 single tickets or $65 for two-show package (includes buffet dinner and show). Tickets will go on sale in March 2020.

More information: nku.edu/ctc or 859-572-5464

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CHURCH GIRLS The Musical Runs July 5-21

CTC_Church Girls promoCHURCH GIRLS The Musical
Commonwealth Theatre Company
July 5-21
Stauss Theatre [Highland Heights]

Book and story by Ken Jones
Music by Jamey Strawn, Lyrics by Christine Jones
Additional Material by Roderick Justice

Cast: Ken Jones, Rodger Pille, Roderick Justice, James Jones, Jeshaun Jackson, Brandon Bentley & Jamey Strawn

A new campy, cheeky, audacious musical comedy! The “ladies” of the Umatilla Second Christian Church Women’s Auxiliary League are getting together to produce their annual Mother’s Day Pageant.  Six men play every character in this singing, acting, dancing, improvisational tour de force. As the ‘Church Girls’ prepare for their pageant, chaos and calamity bring out less than ‘saintly’ behavior.  The result is Heaven sent hilarity! Includes dinner is served 90 minutes before curtain. 

  • Fri-Sat, July 5-6 at 8pm
  • Sun, July 7 at 6:30pm
  • Wed-Sat, July 10-13 at 8pm
  • Sun, July 14 at 6:30pm
  • Wed-Sat, July 17-20 at 8pm
  • Sun, July 21 at 6:30pm

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