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2021-2022 Orchid Awards for Footlighters, Inc.

fli_logoBONNIE & CLYDE

  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Kristie Marasch & Carolyn Martinez
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Bunny Arszman
  • EXCELLENCE IN HOUSE – Cathy Lutts
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT DESIGN – Elizabeth Boland
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT EXECUTION – Nate Miller, Timothy Boland, Nicholas Boland
  • EXCELLENCE IN LOBBY DISPLAY – Jim Curtis & Jill Herzner
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL DIRECTION – Paul Chiappone
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Alex DeVore
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Annie Bloemer
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Grace Nowak
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Robert Breslin IV
  • EXCELLENCE IN ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE – Paul Chiappone and the Orchestra
  • EXCELLENCE IN OTHER – Bill Voss, Scott Ledyard, Wes Ledyard for Vintage Car creation
  • EXCELLENCE IN OVERALL PERFORMANCE QUALITY – Bunny Arszman and the Cast
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET CONSTRUCTION – Gregg Dietrich and the Construction Team
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Dan Dermody
  • EXCELLENCE IN STAGE MANAGEMENT – Kelly Holtgrefe and Wendy Williams
  • EXCELLENCE IN VIDEO PRODUCTION DESIGN – Bunny Arszman, Steve Sobel, Eric Bardes

SOMETHING ROTTEN

  • EXCELLENCE IN CHOREOGRAPHY – Jerry Wiesenhahn
  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Carolyn Martinez
  • EXCELLENCE IN DANCE EXECUTION – The Cast – Jules Breslin, Dance Captain
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Jerry Wiesenhahn
  • EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE – Jerry Wiesenhahn & The Cast
  • EXCELLENCE IN HAIR/WIGS – Jim Percival
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT EXECUTION – Eric Day
  • EXCELLENCE IN LOBBY DISPLAY – Jim Curtis & Jill Herzner
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL DIRECTION – Charles Wilhelm
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Cody Hendershot
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Fred Tacon
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Jackie Miesle
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Jeremy Robison
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Katelyn Reid
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Robert Breslin IV
  • EXCELLENCE IN OVERALL PERFORMANCE QUALITY – Jerry Wiesenhahn & The Cast
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Cathy Lutts & Kristen Vincenty
  • EXCELLENCE IN PROPERTIES – Michelle Burdett, Wes Ledyard, Scott Ledyard, & Mary Shearer
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR – Michelle Burdett, Wes Ledyard, Scott Ledyard, & Mary Shearer
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Ryan Oelker
  • EXCELLENCE IN STAGE MANAGEMENT – Janet Wisner and Kelly Holtgrefe
  • EXCELLENCE IN VOCAL DIRECTION – Paul Chiappone

THE ODD COUPLE Female Version

  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Jay Dallas Benson
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Jeff Richardson
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Jen Drake
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Mary Stone
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Tom Peters
  • EXCELLENCE IN PROGRAM – Maureen Lindner
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET CONSTRUCTION – Alan Masters and Crew
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Dan Dermody

 

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Cast Announced for PIPPIN at Footlighters

FLI_Pippin cast logoThe cast includes:

  • Sharisse Vernelle Santos as Leading Player
  • Gabe Schenker as Pippin
  • David L Radtke as Charlemagne
  • Krisitin Santeler as Fastrada
  • Allison Evans as Catherine
  • Paul Hahn as Theo
  • Jake Schaub as Lewis
  • Marvel Gentry Harmon as Berthe
  • Players: Christopher Ball, Jules Breslin, Kate Coyne-Chailland, Jonah Human, Zachary Julian, Garrett Klaas, Cassidy Perme, Rachel Scardina, Jamie Sivrais, Elizabeth Travnik & Jay Works

Directed by Amanda Emmons Shumate, with music direction by Alan Masters & choreographed by Robert Fields.

Performances run Sept. 22-Oct. 9.

For more information visit www.footlighters.org

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Auditions Announced for PIPPIN at Footlighters

fli_logoFootlighters, Inc. Announces Auditions for PIPPIN!

Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this updated circus-inspired version of Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world. Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

Director and Choreographer: Amanda Emmons Shumate
Music Director: Alan Masters
Choreographer: Robert Fields
Producers: Adrianna Boris, Amanda Emmons Shumate & Alan Masters

This production staff is committed to bringing together a diverse group of people who are dedicated to bringing this story to life. We encourage performers of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, body types, and ages, to submit an audition. We hope to unite a group of people looking to enhance the arts in our community. Listed age ranges are merely suggestions and no roles have been precast. Rehearsals begin in June 2022.

Auditions

  • Monday, May 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Callbacks: Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. (if needed)

Location
The Stained Glass Theatre
802 York Street, Newport KY 41071

Performances: September 22, 2022 – October 9, 2022

Audition Requirements

  • Please sign-up for an audition slot. Walk-ins are welcomed, but will be assigned to the first available audition slot.
  • We are committed to the safety of all members of this production. Please bring proof of your COVID-19 Vaccination. We do require that the cast, crew, and production team be fully vaccinated. Masks will be required during rehearsals when not actively engaged on stage.
  • Prepare 16-32 bars of a broadway style song of your choice that best highlights your vocal abilities. You may also be asked to do some vocalizing with the music director. Your sheet music should be in the proper key with cuts clearly marked. An accompanist will be provided (no recordings or a cappella numbers).
  • Prepare one of the following: If presenting a skill, monologue or story in-person, please limit it to 1 minute.
    • A presentation of a circus or magic related skill you may have. If you are unable to present this in-person at auditions (i.e. safety concerns, lack of equipment, etc.), we would love to see a recorded presentation of your act. Please email these prior to your audition slot: Pippin.Footligthers@gmail.com.
    • A comedic monologue. (should be presented in-person)
    • A short story of a time when you overcame societal pressures. (should be presented in-person)
  • You will be asked to participate in a dance choreography combination. An instructional video of the audition dance is available in the “audition documents” drive linked below. The dance studio is open and available for you to work with a choreographer if you wish to have additional instructional time. Once you are ready, you may join any dance group slot for the dance call. Those interested in the role of THEO will not be asked to participate in the dance combination.
  • We understand that the audition process can sometimes be intimidating and overwhelming. This production staff believes firmly in full transparency and is committed to making this process as accessible as possible. Helpful audition materials, including the choreography combination video, possible callback sides and sheet music are available in our AUDITION DOCUMENTS drive.

PIPPIN is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Book by Roger O. Hirson
Orchestrations for 2013 Revival by Larry Hochman

Questions: Pippin.Footlighters@gmail.com

Character Breakdown

  • Leading Player: The ultimate ‘ring leader.’ Masterfully charming and manipulative, the Leading Player is a chameleon of sorts. Guides Pippin through his own story and tries to intervene at the end. Excellent dancer. Obsessed with putting on a great show for the audience.
    • Gender: Any/All Identifications
    • Age: Flexible
    • Vocal Range: Ab3 – Eb5
  • Pippin: Our story’s young and confused protagonist. He is longing to find his purpose in life. Naive, innocent, and discontent. Eventually finds love, and meaning in life, with Catherine and Theo. Moves well.
    • Gender: Male Identifying
    • Age: 18 to 35
    • Vocal Range: Ab4 – G2
  • Charles: Pippin’s demanding father. As the King of the Holy Roman Empire, Charlemagne is more comfortable wielding a sword than breaking bread. He wears his years with great pride.
    • Gender: Male Identifying
    • Age: 40 to 60
    • Vocal Range: E4 – G2
  • Fastrada: Pippin’s conniving stepmother. A seductress, who is no stranger to deceit and betrayal, she is both sexy and smart. Skilled at using her sexual appeal to benefit her and her son. Moves well.
    • Gender: Female Identifying
    • Age: 30 to 45
    • Vocal Range: F5 – A3
  • Berthe: Pippin’s saucy grandmother. A brassy broad full of wisdom, grace, and sass. She tries to help Pippin and encourages him to live his life to the fullest. Moves well.
    • Gender: Female Identifying
    • Age: 55+
    • Vocal Range: C5 – E3
  • Catherine: A widow and mother. She is beautiful and a hopeless romantic, who possesses graceful elegance. Encounters Pippin at his lowest point and eventually falls in love with him.
    • Gender: Female Identifying
    • Age: 18 to 35
    • Vocal Range: Db5 – F#3
  • Theo: Catherine’s son. This performer does not need to participate in the dance combination of auditions, but could be used throughout various ensemble scenes as needed, particularly if they have a circus related talent to share.
    • Gender: Male Identifying
    • Age: 8 to 15
  • Lewis: Pippin’s half brother who loves the limelight. Lewis loves…well, Lewis, and is a favorite of his mother. Will also be a player in the ensemble.
    • Gender: Male Identifying
    • Age: 18 to 40
  • The Players: This ensemble of individuals will help tell the story. They will fill numerous roles throughout the production. They will be asked to portray Charlemagnes Army, Monks, Nobility, Peasants, and most importantly players in our circus. We are seeking a hugely diverse group of individuals who are willing to be extraordinary together! They should be strong movers and willing to attack various dance styles. They will also explore the world of circus acts as we bring them to life – though no previous experience is required! These players are heavily featured throughout the production. This is an opportunity to show off talents that are not usually brought to the musical theatre stage.

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SOMETHING ROTTEN! Runs April 28-May 15

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Jackie Miesle as Portia, Robert Breslin as Shakespeare & Katelyn Reid as Bea.

SOMETHING ROTTEN! 
Footlighters, Inc.
April 28-May 15
Stained Glass Theatre [Newport]

Directed & choreographed by Jerry Wiesenhahn
Vocal direction by Paul Chiappone
Music direction by Charles Wilhelm,
Produced by Cathy Lutts and Kristen Vincenty

Cast: Fred Tacon as Nick Bottom, Jeremy Robison as Nigel Bottom, Robert Breslin as Shakespeare, Katelyn Reid as Bea, Jackie Miesle as Portia, Cody Hendershot as Nostradamus, Jeff Richardson as Brother Jeremiah, Royce Louden as Shylock & Rob Bucher as Lord Clapham
Ensemble:
Megan Archibald, Taylor Benner, Evan Blanton, Adrianna Boris, Jules Breslin, Marypat Carletti, Jeff Centrello, Kat Falk, Katie McCarthy, Ruby Sanchez, Kristin Santeler, Matt Santeler, Mary Stone, Rebecca Wall, Aaron Whitehead & Rob Workley

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

  • Thu-Sat, April 28-30 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, May 1 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, May 5-7
  • Sun, May 8 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, May 12-14 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, May 15 at 2pm

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The Passing of Don Haas

FLI_Don HaasFounder, Treasurer, Donor, Member, and Friend of Footlighters, Inc.

The stage lights dimmed on March 18, 2022, and our stained glass was not as colorful as it usually is. Founder, treasurer, friend, and firestarter of the Footlighters organization, Donald J. Haas, passed away at his home in Bellevue, KY, at the age of 91. 

In the early 1960s, Don, his wife Mary, and other close friends—like Ron and Freida Houck and Mario Pitocco—joined forces to bring a new theater organization called The Footlighters to the West Side of Cincinnati. Their vision was to present musicals and plays of the highest professional quality with help from many talented and enthusiastic actors and technicians. 

It wasn’t long before venues began to witness one of the most vibrant community theater organizations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, thanks to the driving energy of Don and his director/actress wife, Mary Haas. 

Their love for this organization found a higher calling in the late 1980s when a historic building and former church, located at 8th and York Street in Newport, was heavily damaged in a freak tornado. The dwindling congregation of the church felt it would be best to sell the building, and the founders invested their own money to purchase the building that is today the home of season after season of magical productions. 

Don’s wife Mary directed the very first upstairs mainstage production of the musical “Annie,” and that was all it took to breathe life into a building many assumed was destined for the wrecking ball. Since then, countless numbers of audience members and season subscribers have benefited from the vision of this great man, his wife, and a team of fast friends who will never forget his passion for this group and the arts as a whole. 

Don’s family was the Footlighters organization, yet he held tight to his relationship with his true family, including his son and daughter, five grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. 

We at Footlighters will continue to see and appreciate his decades of sweat equity in building and remodeling this wonderful arts venue. We will all truly miss him.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 26, 2022, at St John’s United Church of Christ, 415 Park Ave. in Newport. Funeral Ceremony will follow at 11 a.m. at the St. John’s UCC. Burial will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to St. John’s United Church of Christ, 415 Park Avenue Newport, KY 41071; or the Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St. Newport, KY 41071. For the full obituary, or to give online condolences, visit dmefuneral.com.

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