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Auditions Announced for RABBIT HOLE at INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoDavid Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the grieving process of a couple who have lost their only child to a senseless car accident and are now attempting to survive the enormous loss that threatens to bring them down.

Directed by Jamison Meyer
Produced by Michael Schumacher

Mon, Dec. 9 from 6-9pm
Kettering-Moraine Branch Library | Facebook event |

Tue, Dec. 10 from 7-10pm
Miamisburg Branch Library | Facebook event |

Rabbit Hole Character descriptions (2 M, 3 F)

  • Becca: Howie’s wife in her late thirties. She is usually a very responsible and sensible person, but makes some rash decisions throughout the play because of grief.
  • Izzy: Becca’s irresponsible but well-wishing sister. She is unwed, but in a relationship with Auggie. She is pregnant throughout the duration of the play.
  • Howie: Becca’s husband in his late thirties. He is very caring, but has a hard time dealing with Danny’s death, which causes him to be angry and depressed, though he hides it as much as possible.
  • Nat: Izzy and Becca’s mother. She is the voice of reason for her daughters. Her son (Becca’s brother, Arthur), a heroin addict, hanged himself at the age of 30.
  • Jason Willette: 17-year-old boy who accidentally hit Danny with his car, leading to Danny’s death. He blames himself for Danny’s death.

Performances run March 13-22 at Baum Opra House in Miamisburg.

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QUILT: A Musical Celebration Runs Nov. 29-Dec. 8

INNOVA_Quilt logoQUILT: A Musical Celebration
Nov. 29-Dec. 8
[Springboro | Miamisburg]

Directed by Richard Lee Waldeck
Musical & Orchestral Direction by Brett Greenwood

Cast: Michael Schumacher as Wes; Tamar Fishbein as Karen; Jackie Pfeifer as Mrs. Polaski; Tori T. Tuccillo as Roberta; Elaine Smith as Cordelia & Mrs. D’Angelo; Jordan Fredericks as Paul, Timmy Bell & Charlie; Matt Clifton as Todd’s Lover, Eddie & Toby;
John Lawson as Vernon, Stewart & Mr. Leonce; Jamie Pavlofsky as Maria; Ellie Peace as Katy; Sydney Edington as Jane & April Smith as Todd’s Mother

QUILT: A Musical Celebration, is a unique and affecting work that uses the power of musical theatre to celebrate and remember both those who died from AIDS and those who have survived or been left behind. Based on true stories from friends and loved ones who were left behind, the musical is a living history for a new generation.

Stuart Sebastian Auditorium performances:

  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 29-30 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 1 at 2pm

Baum Opera House performances:

  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 6-7 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 8 at 2pm

Official page | Facebook event [Springboro] | Facebook event [Miamisburg] |


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STOP KISS Opens October 11 at the Dunham Arts Center

INNOV_Stop Kiss logoInnova Theatre, Cincinnati’s exciting new theatre company is pleased to kick off its third season with STOP KISS by Diana Son, directed by Jeff Nieman.  The play contains two stories, told in parallel in alternating scenes. The first story follows Callie and Sara as they meet and develop a friendship, and then begin a romantic relationship. The other story relates how that relationship is affected by a tragic event, which is not shown on stage. It’s a moving story of love first developing and then persevering.

Stephanie Klein, who plays Callie, says. “the message of this show is so important and relevant. As an LGBTQ person, I am fully aware of the tribulations we face.” Maddy Weinkam says, “It’s sad how pertinent it still is today, but I’m so glad to get to be a part of it.”

Director Jeff Nieman says that it was important to “create a place my cast felt safe and comfortable. A place that allows me to push them emotionally to reach the depths of these characters.”

Cast members include Stephanie Klein as Callie, Mandy Weinkam as Sara, Nicholas Dunker as George, Jamie Ball as Peter, Eric Thomas as Detective Cole, Trisha Cooper as Mrs. Winsley, and Rachel A. Smith as Nurse. It is directed by Jeff Nieman and produced by Denise A. Schnieders.

Show dates are Friday through Sunday October 11-13 and 18-20 at the Dunham Community Arts Center at 1945 Dunham Way. Cincinnati 45238. Tickets are available by calling 937-802-2637 or from the website innovatheatre.com.

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STOP KISS Runs Oct. 11-20

Oct. 11-20
Art Center at Dunham [West Price Hill]

Directed by Jeff Nieman
Produced by Denise A. Schnieders

Cast: Stephanie Klein as Callie, Maddy Weinkam as Sara, Nicholas Dunker as George, Jamie Ball as Peter, Eric Thomas as Detective Cole, Trisha Cooper as Mrs. Winsley & Rachel A. Smith as Nurse

A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably.

  • Fri-Sat, Oct. 11-12 at 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 13 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, Oct. 18-19 at 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 20 at 2pm

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Auditions Announced for QUILT at INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoJoin INNOVAtheatre as we bring Quilt, A Musical Celebration to life.

The cast requirements below are as follows:

  • If it has an * next to the character name it is a non-singing role
  • If no * then it is a singing role with range described in breakdown.

This show is unique as it will not require a lot of rehearsal time as the roles with the exception of Wes and Karen are individual vignettes. Other than the opening and closing numbers the cast is on for their individual vignette and then off until the closing number. This show is a poignant recollection of what life was like for people living, affected, or those who died of AIDS. We will be bringing actual panels of the NAMES AIDS Memorial quilt to this production and the have the panels displayed to the general public a few hours prior to each production. We hope you will find the time to join us in this once in a lifetime event.

Production dates:

  • November 29th -December 1st, location TBA
  • December 6th – 15th at the Historic Baum Opera House in Miamisburg Ohio

PLEASE prepare 16-32 bars of a POWER BALLAD and an EMOTIONAL 1 minute monologue. You will be asked to run scales to check your range. Please make sure to fill out the conflicts calendar attached to your audition form.

Those forms can be found at INNOVAtheatre.com/auditions or you can obtain one as well by emailing INNOVAtheatre@gmail.com.

Auditions will be held at 2 different locations:

  • September 30th at 6:30pm
    Miami Township Library
    Multipurpose Room
    2718 Lyons Rd, Miamisburg, OH 45342
  • October 1st at 6:30pm
    Harmony Creek
    Fellowship Hall
    5280 Bigger Rd, Dayton, OH 45440

QUILT A Musical Celebration

  • Cast Size: Large 21 And Up
  • Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
  • Dance Requirements: None

Character Breakdown

  • Wes Cronk
    An HIV-positive man who has recently lost his lover to AIDS. He volunteers at a LGBT quilting workshop and is contemplating suicide.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 35 to 45
    Vocal range top: C4
    Vocal range bottom: Ab2
  • Karen
    An attractive, intelligent, hyper woman who is going to help at the quilting workshop. She fears going to the LGBT center as she is not gay but realizes she needs to go.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 35 to 35
    Vocal range top: Eb5
    Vocal range bottom: Bb3
  • *Cordelia Winthrop
    A stately and regal grandmother who lost her granddaughter to AIDS. She has commissioned a quilt pattern for Alison but won’t allow the family name to be put on it.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 70 to 70
  • *Vernon Dupace
    A dirt farmer from the south who is curious as to how he lost his son to AIDS. He is simpleminded and a bit naive.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 40 to 50
  • *Mrs. Pauline Polaski
    A mother from a small town in Ohio who feels that the rumors of her son dying from AIDS is gossip. She believes he died from pneumonia and that his roommate was only a friend.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 40 to 50
  • Mikey
    A straight guy who performs with his friends as a rap group. Learns on his field trip to the Quilting workshop the girl he first had sex with has died of AIDS.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 18 to 20
    Vocal range top: Eb5
    Vocal range bottom: Bb3
  • Paul
    A photographer. He serves as a friend to people at the center and it has changed his life.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 35 to 45
    Vocal range top: E5
    Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Todd’s Mother
    The mother of Todd who sews the quilt on the opposite end of Todd’s lover. This moment brings them together.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 45 to 55
    Vocal range top: D#5
    Vocal range bottom: B3
  • Todd’s Lover
    The lover of Todd. He sews one end of the quilt as Todd’s mother sews the other.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30 to 40
    Vocal range top: D#5
    Vocal range bottom: C4
  • *Timmy Bell
    A short, energetic skater who reminisces about Peter, a fellow skater who he lost to AIDS. Timmy is also HIV positive and doing all he can to enjoy the time he has left. He eventually starts to date Wes after meeting him at the Center.
    Gender: Male
    *Age: 20 to 28
  • Stuart
    A precise, neat and orderly antique dealer who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He lost his friend but was left with the friend’s cat and bird upon his death.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 50 to 55
    Vocal range top: E5
    Vocal range bottom: B3
  • Jane Woodward
    A warm, larger-than-life nurse whose next door neighbor, Danny, died from AIDS. She helps fulfill Daniel’s wish of dying faster in the hospital by adjusting his morphine drip. African American.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 25 to 45
    Vocal range top: A5
    Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Katy
    A young girl who writes a letter about her favorite Uncle Billy. Her parents did not approve of her uncle’s life style so Katy was only left to write letters to him.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 12 to 12
    Vocal range top: Eb5
    Vocal range bottom: A3
  • *Toby
    A young African-American man. The lover of Mrs. Polaski’s son, Chris, who she claimed was just his roommate.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 28 to 28
  • Roberta Andrews
    A former actress who is now married to a state politician. She has AIDS because of a transfusion and passed it down to her child upon birth. The founder of the Coalition for Parents and Children with AIDS.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 35 to 45
    Vocal range top: C5
    Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Charlie
    A man who has denied his sexuality and bought into the conservative corporate world. Previously held a secret relationship with Michael. He eventually becomes a member of ACT-UP, a group fighting against discrimination.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30 to 50
    Vocal range top: F5
    Vocal range bottom: B3
  • Ensemble
    Readers; Unfolders; Animal Voices; Act Up Activists; Chorus

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