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Hop Into the Holiday Season! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Presents THE FROG PRINCESS Dec. 4-Jan. 4

ETC_Frog Princess logo(Cincinnati, OH) The ribbit-ing return of Ensemble Theatre’s first commissioned family-friendly musical, The Frog Princess, leaps to the stage December 4, 2019-January 4, 2020. This musical spin on the beloved classic Russian fairy tale celebrates the beauty within each of us and receives a contemporary twist by local creative team Joseph McDonough (playwright) and David Kisor (composer and lyricist). This year’s production is the first time it will have appeared on the ETC stage in twelve years. With an revitalized script, intricate costumes, and a lavish set, The Frog Princess is holiday fun for the entire family! Directed by D. Lynn Meyers.

It is time for Prince Ivan to marry, but when he discovers his bride-to-be is actually a frog, he is toad-ally disappointed. Vasilisa is more than your typical hoppy-go-lucky frog, though…she’s a kindhearted princess under a curse! When the villainous Old Bones takes Vasilisa to a far-away land, Ivan sets out to find her, discovering along his journey that love sees beyond outside appearances.

“The driving theme of this show is kindness–it’s about non-judgment, not leaping (if you mind the pun) to conclusions, and being kind to one another,” says Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers. “We can all agree that kindness is something we need more of in the world we live in, and I think that this story reaches deeply into the idea of loving, caring, and accepting one another. I am so excited to be bringing The Frog Princess back to the stage, and to bring kindness and joy to audiences this holiday season.” 

About the Cast
Brooke Steele (Vasilisa) has appeared numerous times at Ensemble Theatre, most recently as the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland. Some of her favorite ETC credits include Fly by Night, Violet, Cinderella, and The Marvelous Wonderettes. When not performing, she teaches with Community Arts Initiatives.

Patrick Earl Phillips (Ivan) received his BA in Theatre from Xavier University and was an Acting Intern at ETC during the 2014-2015 Season. He was last seen at ETC in Fly by Night, as well as This Random World, Bloomsday, Cinderella: After Ever After, Violet, Luna Gale, and Love and Information. His other regional theatre credits include The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre; Henry VI, Part I, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; and Saint Joan and Relatively Speaking, Diogenes Theatre Company. 

Michael G. Bath (Bori /Baba Yaga) returns for his 23rd consecutive holiday show with Ensemble Theatre, where he has also appeared in Fly By Night, The Dancing Princesses, Cinderella: After Ever After, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Hands on a Hardbody, among others. Other regional credits include Superior Donuts with Clifton Players and Angels in America at Know Theatre. Mr. Bath has also performed with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, the Performance Gallery, Showboat Majestic, and Stage First Cincinnati. 

Darnell Pierre Benjamin (Nicholai/Wise Man) has been seen at Ensemble Theatre in Alice in Wonderland,
The Dancing Princesses, Cinderella: After Ever After, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Cinderella, and Detroit ’67. His recent regional credits include Titus Andronicus and Miss Holmes with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and
The Absentee with Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Darnell is a dancer, a teacher at CCM, and a board member with the local dance group Pones. 

Burgess Byrd (Tsar/Bear) returns to Ensemble Theatre for her first holiday production since Around the World in 80 Days in the 1999-2000 Season, during which time she was an Acting Intern. Additional  ETC credits include Skeleton Crew, Red Velvet, This Random World, and Detroit ‘67. Recently, she was a guest artist at the University of Texas at Austin in The Merchant of Venice. 

Lisa DeRoberts (Svetlana/Falcon) ) was last seen at Ensemble Theatre in Ripcord, Snow White, and Cinderella (2010). Some of her other local credits include Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride, The Darkest Night at the Gnarly Stump, and Hearts Like Fists, Know Theatre of Cincinnati; and Vibrata in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. She appears in the feature films The Old Man and the Gun and My Days of Mercy. 

Deb G. Girdler (Old Bones) has appeared numerous times on Ensemble Theatre’s stage, often as the villain in the holiday shows. Some of her ETC credits include The Dancing Princesses, Cinderella, Hands on a Hardbody, Around the World in 80 Days, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland (2012 & 2018), The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and The Frog Princess (2007). Deb has appeared at the Olney Theatre as the Fairy Godmother in the now-official version of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as well as in La Cage Aux Folles at the Gateway Playhouse in New Jersey. She can be seen in the feature films Carol and First Kill. A CCM graduate, she began her career on the Showboat Majestic and has worked off-Broadway, in regional theatre, and in summer stock for over thirty years. 

Sara Mackie (Natasha/Pike) is an alumna of the Wright State Acting BFA Program. She has performed with Ensemble Theatre most recently in Fun Home and many other productions since 1999 including Hands on a Hardbody, all three Wonderette iterations, Rabbit Hole, and Mauritius, among others. Some of her favorite credits include An Act of God, Twelfth Night, and Family Ties, Human Race Theatre; Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Carnegie; and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Falcon Theatre. Sara appears briefly in the feature films The Public and Dark Waters.

Rounding out the ensemble cast is last season’s Acting Apprentice Kayla Marie Klammer (Night Maiden), as well as this season’s this season’s Acting Apprentices Joshua Brian Beasely (ERG), Rachael M. Petranek (Night Maiden), Alexia Vlahos (Night Maiden), and Nora Weisz (ERL).

Production team: Brian c. Mehring (Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer), Mary Murphy (Costume Designer), Matt Callahan (Sound Designer), Kelly Yurko (Wig & Makeup Designer), Dee Anne Bryll (Choreographer), Steve Goers (Musical Director), Shannon Rae Lutz (Properties Master & Design Assistant), Matthew Hollstegge (Production Manager), and Jack Murphy (Technical Director). Production Stage Manager is Brandon T. Holmes. Assistant Stage Manager is Lexi Muller.

Performance Information
Select performances Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm; and Sunday at 6:00 pm. Performances vary. A complete calendar of performances is available online at www.ensemblecincinnati.org.

Ticket Prices
Tickets start at $40 for adults; student tickets are $28; and children are $24. Half-Price Rush Tickets: All remaining tickets for the current day’s performance(s) are available two hours prior to each show time for half-price (discount only applies to adult tickets) when purchasing by phone or in person. $15 Student Rush Tickets: Students may purchase up to two $15 student rush tickets two hours prior to show time with valid student I.D. Available in person only.

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2019-2020 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support provided PNC.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

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THE FROG PRINCESS Runs Dec. 4-Jan. 4

ETC_Frog Princess logoTHE FROG PRINCESS
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
Dec. 4-Jan. 4
[Over-the-Rhine]

Book by Joseph McDonough
Music and lyrics by David Kisor

Prince Ivan’s father has declared that it is time for his sons to marry, but when Ivan discovers his bride-to-be is actually a frog, he is toad-ally disappointed. Vasilisa is more than your typical hoppy-go-lucky frog, though…she’s a kindhearted princess under a curse! When the villainous Old Bones takes Vasilisa to a far-away land, Ivan sets out to save her, discovering along his journey that love sees beyond outside appearances. With a revitalized script and score, this modern, musical spin on the famous Russian fairy tale celebrates the beauty within each of us. This production is suitable for all audiences.

  • Wed-Fri, Dec. 4-6 at 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 7 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 8 at 2pm & 6pm
  • Tue-Fri, Dec. 10-13 at 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 14 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 15 at 2pm & 6pm
  • Tue-Fri, Dec. 17-20 at 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 21 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 22 at 2pm & 6pm
  • Mon, Dec. 23 at 7pm
  • Thu, Dec. 26 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Fri, Dec. 27 at 2pm
  • Sat, Dec. 28 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 29 at 2pm & 6pm
  • Mon, Dec. 30 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Thu-Fri, Jan. 2-3 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sat, Jan. 4 at 2pm

Official page | Facebook event |

 

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MEALS 4 MONOLOGUES at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

ETC_Meals for MonologuesCasting Society of America member D. Lynn Meyers to audition actors in
exchange for donations to benefit local Freestore Foodbank, December 9, 10 & 11, 2019

(Cincinnati, OH) Dim the lights, raise the curtain! With the holiday season in full swing, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati hosts its eighth annual Meals 4 Monologues auditions. Actors from throughout the Midwest are invited, on behalf of the Casting Society of America (CSA), for a general audition call to perform for CSA member D. Lynn Meyers in exchange for a suggested donation of three non-perishable food and/or toiletry items to benefit Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank.

The event, which is part of a nationwide Casting Society of America effort to support local food banks while auditioning local talent, will be held at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202) on Monday, December 9; Tuesday, December 10; and Friday, December 11, 2019 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. This is an open casting call to all Equity union and non-union actors for future theatre, film, TV, and commercial projects cast by D. Lynn Meyers, CSA.

In the 2018 iteration of this audition event approximately 22% of the actors who auditioned were hired between different theatre, film, and media projects.

Actors must bring:

  • A current HEADSHOT and RÉSUMÉ to the audition (DO NOT email them);
  • Suggested donation of THREE non-perishable food (pasta, canned goods, etc…) or toiletry items (soap, toothpaste, etc…); and
  • A short, prepared monologue and song (must be performed a cappella), or two prepared monologues.

Time slots are 3 MINUTES maximum and available by appointment only. Time slots are on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be scheduled ONLINE at www.ensemblecincinnati.org. Walk-ins and reservations via phone will not be accepted.

The Freestore Foodbank is the largest emergency food and services provider to children and families in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana, distributing 33 million meals annually to low-income individuals and families. The Freestore Foodbank supports 511 community partner agencies serving 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. This includes food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community centers, program sites, senior centers, and daycare facilities. The Freestore Foodbank is a member of Feeding America.

The Casting Society of America (CSA) is the premier organization of theatrical Casting Directors in film, television, and theatre. Although it is not a union, the CSA is a united professional society that consistently sets the level of professionalism in casting upon which the entertainment industry relies. CSA’s more than 490 members are represented not only in the United States, but also in Europe, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. “I am very proud to be a member of the Casting Society of America,” says CSA member D. Lynn Meyers. “I am delighted at the opportunity to see new faces and to spread outreach beyond the Greater Cincinnati area by embracing the idea of Meals 4 Monologues. It is such an inspiration for CSA to support this event.”

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2019-2020 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support provided PNC.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

 

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SEX AND EDUCATION Quick Review

SEX AND EDUCATION presented Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati through Oct. 27. I attended the opening night performance. 

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Esther Cunningham as Hannah Winters, R. Graham Rogers as Joe Marks & Dale Hodges as Miss Edwards. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

A smartly-cast production of SEX AND EDUCATION scores on the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati stage for a limited run through Oct. 27.

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R. Graham Rogers as Joe Marks & Esther Cunningham as Hannah Winters. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Local favorite Dale Hodges is Miss Edwards, a teacher administering her last final exam of a 25-year teaching career. Recent University of Cincinnati CCM Acting graduate R Graham Rogers is the academically-underachieving, high school basketball star already dreaming of his college career. When he is caught passing a sexually explicit note to his girlfriend (local actress Esther Cunningham) it sets off an after-class confrontation between teacher and student.

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R. Graham Rogers as Joe Marks & Dale Hodges as Miss Edwards. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

The script is laugh out loud funny with several of the best lines delivered as snarky asides to the audience by the cast, including now-you-see-her-now-you-don’t appearances by “Every Cheerleader” (also Cunningham). Multiple topics such as bureaucratic obstacles to teaching, athletics over academics, and high school stereotypes are touched upon. Several lines elicited vocal responses from suspected teachers in the audience. Ironically, my high school Data Processing (yes, you read that right) teacher was in attendance in the first row.

By opening night the production had not quite gelled, but I expect a few more performances under the belt to take care of any issues I had. Congratulations on an enjoyable night of theater.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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Get Ready for a Hilarious Lesson in Language! ETC Presents SEX AND EDUCATION, Oct. 15-27, 2019

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(Cincinnati, OH) Sharpen  your pencils! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati takes lousy language to school with the regional premiere of Sex and Education by Lissa Levin. This limited 2-week event is a spirited (and not-so-family-friendly) comedy about a duel between an overworked educator and an underachieving high school athlete. Playing October 15-27, 2019. Directed by Dan Guntzelman.

Meet Joe Marks, a graduating basketball star whose college scholarship is suddenly in jeopardy when his poorly-written, sexually explicit note to his girlfriend is confiscated during a final exam. Meet Miss Edwards, his jaded public high school English teacher on her last day of teaching. With nothing to lose and resentment from years of disinterested students, she assigns him the task of turning the purloined letter into a polished, persuasive essay. This scintillating romp is a hilarious lesson for all in life, sex, sports, and grammar.

“This play is very much a comedy, but it’s also very much a valentine to teachers and the importance of formal education,” says playwright Lissa Levin. “In a play about an English teacher impressing the value of language skills upon a sports phenom, I wanted to make an arena out of a classroom, and a battle of wills and viewpoints to play out with the drive, pace, intensity, and excitement of an NBA playoff game.” Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers adds, “I think the show is enormously funny and very smart, but I also think it has enormous heart. I’m thrilled with the show, and am very excited to tell this story.”

Ensemble Theatre is thrilled to welcome Dan Guntzelman back to his hometown of Cincinnati, having moved to Los Angeles in 1976 to work in television and film. He is not only the director of this production, but also the husband of the show’s playwright, Lissa Levin, who met Dan while they were working together on the Emmy-nominated hit sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. 

About the Cast

Dale Hodges (Miss Edwards) returns to Ensemble Theatre, where she was last seen in Ripcord, as well as Outside Mullingar, Other Desert Cities, Grey Gardens, and Mrs. Mannerly. Select regional credits include Wit, King Lear, To Kill a Mockingbird, 23 years of A Christmas Carol with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Noises Off with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Ms. Hodges has worked on Broadway in Equus and Benefactors, off-Broadway in Top Girls and A Woman in Mind, and in regional theatres around the country, including 15 summers with Peterborough Players in New Hampshire. 

Esther Cunningham (Hannah Winters/Every Cheerleader) was last seen at Ensemble Theatre in A Doll’s House, Part 2, Bob: A Life in Five Acts, and as the Mad Hatter understudy for Alice in Wonderland. Off stage she works with the ETC Education Department as a teaching artist for the Hunter Heartbeat Program. She is a graduate of Wheaton College, where some of her credits include Julius Caesar, The Sparrow, and Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

R. Graham Rogers (Joe Marks) makes his Ensemble Theatre debut with this production. He is an actor and playwright who recently earned his BFA in Acting from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. His recent credits include Sam in The Flick, The Esquire; H2O: A Play About Water, 2018 Edinburgh Fringe; The Government Inspector, Middletown, and the world premiere of The Earth is Flatby Todd Almond, CCM. His original play Black & White was a part of Fringe Development at the 2019 Cincinnati Fringe Festival and his series Happy Hour: The Bar Series was a part of Play(under)ground at Know Theatre of Cincinnati in November 2018.

Production Team: D. Lynn Meyers (Producing Artistic Director), Brian c. Mehring (Set & Lighting Designer), Jack Murphy (Technical Director), Matthew Hollstegge (Production Manager), Shannon Rae Lutz (Properties Master & Design Assistant), Matt Tibbs (Sound Designer), and Stormie Mac (Costume Designer). Production Stage Manager is Brandon T. Holmes. Stage Manager is Lexi Muller.

Performance Information
Performances run Tuesday through Sunday. Evening preview performances are at 7:00; evening performances are Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm; and Sunday, 7:00 pm. A complete calendar of performances is available online at www.ensemblecincinnati.org.

Ticket Prices
Ticket prices start at $35 for adults; student tickets are $28; and children are $24. Half-Price Rush Tickets: All remaining tickets for the current day’s performance(s) are available two hours prior to each show time for half-price (discount does not apply to children’s tickets) when purchasing by phone or in person. $15 Student Rush Tickets: Students may purchase up to two $15 student rush tickets two hours prior to show time with valid student I.D. Available in person only.

Discounts
$40 Sunday Saver: Sunday evening performances at 7:00 pm are always $40 all season long (excludes holiday production).
Half-Price Rush Tickets: All remaining tickets for the current day’s performance(s) are available two hours prior to each show time for half-price (discount does not apply to children’s tickets) when purchasing by phone or in person. $15 Student Rush Tickets: Students may purchase up to two $15 student rush tickets two hours prior to show time with valid student I.D. Available in person only. Group discounts available for 8+. Complete details available at www.ensemblecincinnati.org.

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2019-2020 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support provided PNC.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

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