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MEALS 4 MONOLOGUES Auditions on Dec. 5-6 at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

ETC_Meals for MonologuesMEALS 4 MONOLOGUES: Casting Society of America Member D. Lynn Meyers to Audition Actors to Encourage Support of Local Foodstore, December 5 & 6

(Cincinnati, OH) Dim the lights, raise the curtain! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati hosts its 11th annual Meals 4 Monologues auditions. Actors from throughout the nation are invited to a general audition call to perform for D. Lynn Meyers, a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA) and are encouraged to make a donation to Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank.

The event, in an effort to support local food banks while auditioning local talent, will be held virtually via Zoom on Monday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 6 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. This is an open casting call to all Equity union and non-union actors for future theatre, film, TV, and/or commercial projects cast by D. Lynn Meyers, CSA. This call is for all interested without regard to previous experience and with a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

Audition time slots are 3 minutes each and must be scheduled ONLINE at www.ensemblecincinnati.org/auditions. Sign-ups are now available and are and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To audition:

  • Upload a current HEADSHOT and RÉSUMÉ (DO NOT email them) during sign-up
  • Prepare a short monologue and song (must be performed a cappella), or two prepared monologues
  • Make a suggested donation to the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank:  https://bit.ly/Meals22.

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. “The idea of Meals 4 Monologues came from a desire to always see new talent and to aid the community. I am delighted at the opportunity to see new faces and to spread outreach beyond the Greater Cincinnati area through this event.”


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 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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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Presents Family-Friendly Holiday Musical THE DANCING PRINCESSES, Nov. 30-Dec. 30, 2022

ETC_The Dancing Princesses logoAn Enchanting Mystery is afoot!

(Cincinnati, OH) The tango, the cha cha, and the waltz, oh my! It’s time to break out those dancing shoes with the return of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s family-friendly musical The Dancing Princesses, by local playwright Joseph McDonough with music and lyrics by David Kisor. This whimsical production brings to life a royal mystery as five diverse sisters dance their way through an incarnation of the classic, enchanting story. With hot chocolate, dance numbers, and shenanigans aplenty, The Dancing Princesses is holiday fun for the entire family! Playing November 30-December 30, 2022. Directed by D. Lynn Meyers. Premiere Sponsor is The Schueler Group. Opening Night Sponsors are Messer Construction and the Johnson Investment Counsel.

Wanting the best for his daughters, an overprotective king locks the castle doors each night. Yet, each morning, the princesses’ shoes have been curiously worn to tatters. Keen to cobble together the mystery of the frayed footwear, the King resorts to drastic measures of royal proportions. This heartfelt and humorous story of five uniquely different princesses explores the universal quest for understanding, acceptance, and love.

“We commissioned this play in 2017 when we had just opened our newly renovated facilities,” says Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers. “It gave us a sense of renewal then and gives us that same sense now after a tentative few years. This show, maybe more than any of our other holiday productions, is about how to never stop growing, learning, and moving forward. It’s all about learning to thrive.”

About the Cast

Michael G. Bath (Joziam) returns for his 25th consecutive holiday show with Ensemble Theatre, where he has also appeared in Tiny Beautiful Things, Cinderella, The Frog Princess, Fly By Night, The Legend of Georgia McBride, 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. Michael 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 (Jack/Dream Dancer) has been seen at Ensemble Theatre in The Legend of Georgia McBrideDetroit ’67, and many holiday shows. Darnell has been a professional performing artist, director, choreographer, educator, and activist for over 15 years. He works as a professor in the arts programs at Northern Kentucky University and College-Conservatory of Music and is also an active board member with Caracole, Pones, Stop the Stigma Productions, and Treehouse Cincinnati.

Kenneth Early (Aldrin) was last seen at Ensemble Theatre in Pipeline, where his other credits include Alice in Wonderland, The Dancing Princesses (2017), Red Velvet, The Whipping Man, Grey Gardens, Snow White, and The Frog Princess. Other regional credits include Once on This Island, Misery, August Wilson’s Jitney, and To Kill a Mockingbird, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, and To Kill a Mockingbird, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; On Golden Pond, The Human Race Theatre; Once on This Island, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville; Pluto and Harry and the Thief, Know Theater; and Awaited at the Aronoff.

Sara Mackie (Woman) is an alumna of the Wright State Acting BFA Program. She performed with Ensemble Theatre most recently in Cinderella, The Frog Princess, 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 other credits include An Act of God, Family Ties, Twelfth Night, Human Race Theatre; Pride and Prejudice and Romeo and Juliet, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Carnegie; and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, New Edgecliff Theatre. You can also catch her briefly in the feature films The Public and Dark Waters.

Andrew Maloney (Mack/Dream Dancer) is back on the Ensemble Theatre stage where he was last seen in Alice in Wonderland, The Dancing Princesses (2017), and First Date. His other ETC credits include Violet, Around the World in 80 Days, and Snow White. Internationally, he appeared in the Ecuadorian premiere of West Side Story at the Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito, Ecuador. His recent credits include Rent, Assassins, The Little Mermaid, and A Chorus Line.

Brooke Steele (Tiva/Young Zilda) has appeared numerous times at Ensemble Theatre, where some of her favorite credits Cinderella in Cinderella, Vasilisa in The Frog Princess, Miriam in Fly By Night, Violet in Violet, and Suzy Simpson in The Marvelous Wonderettes.

Kate Wilford (Zilda) has appeared in ETC’s productions of Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Violet, Luna Gale, Becky’s New Car, Good People, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and many others. She has appeared at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in August: Osage County and All the Way and A Prayer for Owen Meany with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Regionally, she has also worked at The Lyceum Theatre, Beef N Boards, Westgate Theatre, and The Kenley Players and was a founding member of The Troupe in Cincinnati. She has also directed at Xavier University, Thomas More College, and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

Shonita Joshi (Nritya) was last seen at Ensemble Theatre in Queen. She is a south Asian actor, born and brought up in Pune, India. Prior to moving to the US, she worked for three years in Mumbai in the Indian film industry and two years at Google. Shonita graduated in 2019 from Stella Adler School of Acting in New York. Some of her recent credits include Antony & Cleopatra, Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, and Twelfth Night with Hip to Hip Theater Company NYC and A Christmas CarolStuart Little, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane with Playhouse in the Park.

Antonio Cruz (Pharron) is a Mexican American operatic baritone from Tucson, Arizona. Some of his roles include Silvio in Pagliacci with El Paso Opera, L’horloge Comtoise in L’enfant et les Sortilèges with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and as Jim/Troll #2 in the world premiere of Fierce with Cincinnati Opera. Tony has been an apprentice artist with Kentucky Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and Des Moines Metro Opera respectively. He holds an Artist Diploma in Opera and a Master’s of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, as well as a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Arizona. 

Rounding out the ensemble cast is last season’s Acting Apprentice Malyssa Quinn (Tusu), as well as this season’s Acting Apprentices Andrea Beasley (Dream Dancer/Courtier), Timothy Belton (Dream Dancer/Courtier), Caroline Mariono (Woman u/s), Emmy Rice (Natalya/Young Asa), and Elexis Selmon (Gidela).

Production team: Brian c. Mehring (Resident Scenic & Lighting Designer), Steve Goers (Music Director), Dee Anne Bryll (Choreographer), Patti James (Choreographer), Lea Lachey (Choreographer), Reba Senske (Costume Designer), Matt Callahan (Sound Designer), Kelly Yurko (Wig & Makeup Designer), Shannon Rae Lutz (Properties Curator & Design Assistant), and Jack Murphy (Technical Director). Production Stage Manager is Margot Whitney. Assistant Stage Manager is Lexi Muller.

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

Ticket Prices
Tickets start at $52 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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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 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 DANCING PRINCESSES Runs Nov. 30-Dec. 30

ETC_The Dancing Princesses logoTHE DANCING PRINCESSES
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
Nov. 30-Dec. 30
[Over-the-Rhine]

Book by Joseph McDonough
Music & lyrics by David Kisor

Cast: Michael G. Bath as Joziam, Andrea Beasley as Dario, Timothy Belton as Jack, Antonio Cruz as Pharron, Kenneth Early as Aldrin, Shonita Joshi as Nritya, Sara Mackie as Woman, Andrew Maloney as Mack, Malyssa Quinn as Tusu, Emmy Rice as Natayla, Elexis Selmon as Gidela, Brooke Steele as Tiva and Kate Wilford as Zilda

From the creators of last season’s hit Cinderella comes a whimsical adaptation of the classic fairy tale! Wanting the best for his daughters, an overprotective king locks the castle doors each night. Yet, each morning, the princesses’ shoes have been curiously worn to tatters. Keen to cobble together the mystery of the frayed footwear, the King resorts to drastic measures of royal proportions. This is the heartfelt and humorous story of five uniquely different princesses who embark upon a journey of the imagination that explores the universal quest for understanding, acceptance, and love. The Dancing Princesses is suitable for all ages!

  • Relaxed performance Fri, Nov. 18 at 7pm
  • Relaxed performance Sat, Nov. 19 at 7pm
  • Relaxed performance Sat, Nov. 26 at 2pm
  • Wed-Fri, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at 7pm
  • Sat, Nov. Dec. 3 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 4 at 2pm
  • Wed-Fri, Dec. 7-9 at 7pm
  • Sat, Nov. Dec. 10 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 11 at 2pm
  • Wed-Fri, Dec. 14-16 at 7pm
  • Sat, Nov. Dec. 17 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 18 at 2pm
  • Tue, Dec. 20 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Wed, Dec. 21 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Nov. Dec. 22-23 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, Dec. 27-28 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Thu, Dec. 29 at 7pm
  • Fri, Dec. 30 at 2pm & 7pm

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Access for All. ETC Extends Relaxed Performance Accessibility Program for the Entire 2022-2023 Season

ETC_logo(Cincinnati, OH) Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) is thrilled to offer relaxed performances for every production in their 2022-2023 Season. Relaxed performances (previously called sensory-friendly performances) are designed to create a comfortable arts experience for audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment. Although these performances are open to all patrons, they are intentionally modified to accommodate patrons with Autism, anxiety, dementia, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other sensory and vestibular sensitivities.

What to expect:

Relaxed performance modifications include:

  • lower sound level for startling or loud sounds
  • low-level house lights remain on throughout the performance
  • reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience
  • relaxed attitude regarding noise and movement in the audience
  • space throughout the theater for standing and movement
  • freedom to leave and reenter the auditorium as often as needed
  • designated quiet areas within the theater facility

Relaxed performance dates:

Non-holiday productions:

  • Sweat | Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 2:00 pm
  • Grand Horizons | Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 2:00 pm
  • Morning Sun | Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 2:00 pm
  • Who All Over There? | Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 2:00 pm
  • Maytag Virgin | Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 2:00 pm

Holiday production:

  • The Dancing Princesses | Friday, November 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm
  • The Dancing Princesses | Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 7:00 pm
  • The Dancing Princesses | Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Ticket Prices
Single tickets for relaxed performances are $25 for adults and $15 for children for all non-holiday productions. Admission to the relaxed performance of our holiday production is free but requires registration.

Additional Information
For more information about ETC’s relaxed performances, visit www.ensemblecincinnati.org/relaxed or contact the Education Department at education@ensemblecincinnati.org or (513) 421-3555 x5.

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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 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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SWEAT Quick Review

SWEAT presented by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati through Oct. 9. I attended the opening night performance. 

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Burgess C. Byrd as Cynthia, Mierka “Mookie” Girten as Tracey, Ollie Corchado as Oscar, and Allen R. Middleton as Stan. Photo by Ryan Kurtz.

It is not very often I leave a theatre as energized as I did last night’s opening at ETC. SWEAT is simply damn good theatre.

The foundation is the excellent, Pulitzer prize-winning script by Lynn Nottage (Intimate Apparel and Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine), giving face and voice to the blue-collar workers impacted by America’s economic decline.

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Burgess C. Byrd as Cynthia and Mierka “Mookie” Girten as Tracey. Photo by Ryan Kurtz

The characters are believable, easily relatable, and played brilliantly by the near-perfect ensemble. While the dialogue is very conversational, the performances and pacing easily draw you into the story. Director Darnell Pierre Benjamin takes full advantage of his cast and set, expertly using both to bring this story to the stage.

The set is amazing and so realistic looking that you believe you in a bar, allowing the audience to effortlessly be transported into the story. Excellent work by Brian c. Mehring (set and lighting designer), Shannon Rae Lutz (properties curator/design assistant), and Rae Kuhn (scenic charge/production assistant). The costumes by Jerrilyn Lanier Duckworth are well-suited to the characters and the time period.

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Charlie Cromer as Jason, Allen R. Middleton as Stan, and Jay Wade as Chris. Photo by Ryan Kurtz

I do want to circle back around and again praise the cast as a whole (Burgess C. Byrd as Cynthia, Ollie Corchado as Oscar, Charlie Cromer as Jason, Denise Dal Vera as Jessie, Mierka Girten as Tracey, Allen R. Middleton as Stan, “ranney” as Brucie, Derek Snow as Evan & Jay Wade as Chris). There are so many little moments by and between the characters that make SWEAT such a rich experience.

Overall, ETC’s production of SWEAT needs to be seen and will easily stand as one of the best productions of the 2022-2023 season.

My rating: 5.0 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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