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NKU Dance Concert Features New Works on March 6-7

NKU Dance 20 promoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts will present DANCE ’20, an evening of new works by guest artists, faculty, and students. Twelve dynamic dances will add up to an evening of concert pieces that highlight various styles of dance, including ballet, modern, jazz, musical theatre, tap, and dance theatre. Performances take place March 6-7 at NKU’s Corbett Theatre. The production is coordinated by the artistic team of Frankie Montazemi, Anna Gortner, Sylvia Chervus, DJ Bruggee, and Tracey Bonner.

NKU SOTA ballet instructor Jay Goodlett has choreographed both contemporary and classical ballet works for the concert. He has also lent his choreographic and/or directing talents to the St. Louis Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, Columbia Ballet Company, Lachey Arts, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Landmark Productions. He is a former member of NYC’s School of American Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Toledo Ballet, and Ballet Theatre of Toledo, and previously served as Artistic Director of Education and Outreach for the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

Choreographing a commercial jazz piece is the incredibly distinguished Lea Lachey. Although Lea was born in Cincinnati, her professional works reach far beyond. The versatile dancer has had live stage performance experience with 98 Degrees, NKOTB, Boys II Men, as well as countless others.

Performer, choreographer, director, writer, producer and costume designer Jenny Fitzpatrick will be presenting a dance theatre piece. Jenny is the Founder and Artistic Director of Blackbird Dance Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky. She has also worked as a dance professional, taught at the Burbank School of Ballet and choreographed/directed for the National Enrichment Teacher’s Association.

NKU SOTA modern dance instructor, Ka-Ron Brown Lehman has choreographed a modern piece for the concert. Her rich legacy of dance credits includes concert stages, TV Variety Series, Award Specials, Broadway, Theatre, Film, and Commercials, as well as a featured muse for well-known choreographers like Joe Bennett, Miguel Godreau, Tom Hansen, Joe Layton, Donald McKayle, Jamie Rodgers, Claude Thompson, David Winters, Rob Iscove; and a host of others.

Tracey Bonner, area coordinator of the BFA Theatre Performance Dance Track at NKU SOTA, has choreographed a variety of musical theatre and jazz pieces for the show. She has performed nationwide including touring companies of A Chorus LineShow Boat, and West Side Story; regional theatres, including Stages St Louis, Barter Theatre, The Human Race Theatre, The Pirate Playhouse, and City Center in New York City. Her artistic creations have garnered regional and national awards in both theatrical and dance venues, including the American College Dance Association, Ostrander Awards, and the Kentucky Arts Council.

Event Details: 

What: “Dance ’20” Spring Dance Concert

When: 7:30 p.m. on March 6 & 7; 2 p.m. on March 7

Where: Corbett Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099

Tickets: $12; $10 students. 859-572-5464 or nku.edu/sotatickets.

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NKU School of the Arts Collaborates on HMS PINAFORE

NKU_HMS PINAFORE promoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts kicks off 2020 with Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta of HMS PINAFORE. This is a first-time mainstage collaboration between the Theatre + Dance and Music Programs since SOTA’s inception. The production runs Feb. 21-March 1 at NKU’s Corbett Theatre. For more information and tickets, visit nku.edu/pinafore.

The gentlemanly Captain Corcoran has a daughter, Josephine, who is in love with a lowly but gallant sailor named Ralph Rackstraw. Meanwhile, the Captain’s former nanny, Little Buttercup, falls in love with him, but he hesitates to reciprocate due to his higher social rank. The whole situation is turned on its head when Little Buttercup reveals a game-changing secret she has kept for decades. HMS PINAFORE is filled with robust sailors, star-crossed lovers, and crazy comical antics sure to tickle your funny bone and lift your heart.

This is the first time that NKU is performing HMS PINAFORE. The only other Gilbert & Sullivan shows that have been performed at NKU over the past two decades have been The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance. Gilbert & Sullivan works are considered to be the precursors to modern musical theatre. HMS PINAFORE was an immediate smash hit in the US and continues to be one of the three most often performed of the Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas, boasting big choruses with catchy music and dynamic dance numbers.

The NKU cast features Joshua Van Nort (Sir Joseph Porter), Jacob Threadgill (Captain Corcoran), Jackson Hurt (Ralph Rackstraw), Joel Morgan Parece (Dick Deadeye), Jake Hunter (Boatswain Bill Bobstay), Austin Ray Adams (Carpenter Bob Becket), Adria Whitfill (Josephine), Elanor Morris (Cousin Hebe), and Ally Davis (Little Buttercup). The Chorus of Sailors is comprised of Jeremiah Savon Jackson, Ethan Brooks Baker, Cube Wyrick, Logan Anthony, Liam Sweeney, Tre Taylor, and Kanai Nakata. Sir Joseph’s Female Relatives are Grace Vetter, Victoria Avery, Katie Boyd, Bria Anderson, Makenna Henehan, Olivia Rose Barrell, Willow Davis, and Megan Carlson. The show is co-directed by Nicole Perrone and Kimberly Lazzeri. Other creative team members include Damon Stevens (Music Director), Jay Goodlett (Choreographer), Anna Catton (Scenic Designer), Paige Devroomen (Props Design/Master), Ronnie Chamberlain (Costume Designer), Jeremiah Kearns (Lighting Designer), Zach Collins (Sound Designer), and Halee Hood (Hair/Makeup Designer). The Stage Manager is Brian Robertson, and Assistant Stage Managers are Tiffany Turner and Alexis Pendleton.

For more information, call the NKU School of the Arts Box Office at (859) 572-5464 or visit nku.edu/sotatickets.

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Cast Announced for MAMMA MIA! at Northern Kentucky University

NKU_SOTA logoAnnouncing the cast for MAMMA MIA!, running April 24-May 3 in the NKU Corbett Theatre.

  • Ellie O’Hara as Donna Sheridan
  • Makenzie Ruff as Sophie Sheridan
  • Mattison Sullivan as Sam Carmichael
  • Kanai Nakata as Harry Bright
  • Trey Finkenstead as Bill Austin
  • Donny Elkins as Sky
  • Haley Gillman as Rosie Mulligan
  • Victoria Avery as Tayna Chesham-Leigh
  • Logan Anthony as Pepper
  • Alex Simpson as Eddie
  • Arianna Catalano as Ali
  • Ally Davis as Lisa

Ensemble: Chloe Hedrick, Chris Monell, Sophie Hill, Field Oldham, Bria Anderson, Jeshaun Jackson, Brianna Mullins, Austin Adams, Allison Gabert, Noah Warner, Olivia Rose Barrell & Dalen Payton

For more information visit https://www.nku.edu/academics/sota/theatre/season.html.

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H.M.S. PINAFORE Runs Feb. 21-March 1

NKU_HMS PINAFORE

Photo by Sagar Galolia.

H.M.S. PINAFORE
Northern Kentucky University
Feb. 21-March 1
[Highland Heights]

Cast: Joshua Van Nort as Sir Joseph Porter, Jacob Threadgill as Captain Corcoran, Jackson Hurt as Ralph Rackstraw, Joel Parece as Dick Deadeye, Jake Hunter as Boatswain Bill Bobstay, Austin Adams as Carpenter Bob Becket, Adria Whitfill as Josephine, Elly Morris as Cousin Hebe & Ally Davis Little Buttercup
Men’s Chorus: Jeremiah Savon Jackson, Ethan Brooks Baker, Cube Wyrick, Logan Anthony, Liam Sweeney, Tre Taylor & Kanai Nakata
Ladies’ Chorus:
Kaitlin Fierro, Grace Vetter, Victoria Avery, Katie Boyd, Bria Anderson, Makenna Henehan, Olivia Rose Barrell, Willow Davis & Megan Carlson

The gentlemanly Captain Corcoran has a daughter, Josephine, who is in love with a lowly but gallant sailor named Ralph Rackstraw. Meanwhile, the Captain’s former nanny, Little Buttercup, falls in love with him, but he hesitates to reciprocate due to his higher social rank. The whole situation is turned on its head when Little Buttercup reveals a game-changing secret she has kept for decades. H.M.S. Pinafore is filled with robust sailors, star-crossed lovers, and crazy comical antics sure to tickle your funny bone and lift your heart.

  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 21-22 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Feb. 23 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 28-29 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, March 1 at 2pm

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Submissions Open for NKU’s Y.E.S. Festival

NKU_Yes Festival 19 logoNorthern Kentucky University School of the Arts is once again calling for submissions for the 20th anniversary of our award-winning Year End Series Festival of New Plays – THE Y.E.S. FESTIVAL, running April 8-18, 2021.

Submissions will be accepted from Jan. 15 until June 1, 2020. 

Two plays will be selected for performance in the festival. The selected playwrights will each receive a cash prize of $400 and an expense-paid (travel and accommodations) visit to NKU to see their plays in production. Selected plays will receive a full production.

For additional information visit nku.edu/yesfestival or contact:

Michael King, Co-Project Director
mking@nku.edu • (859) 572-5647

Corrie Danieley, Co-Project Director
danieleyc1@nku.edu • (859) 572-5451

WHAT TO SUBMIT

  • Full-length plays and musicals are eligible. The author must fully own all rights.
  • No children’s theatre, one-acts, or reader’s theatre pieces will be considered.
  • Adaptations will only be considered if the adapted work is in the public domain.
  • Submissions may not have had a previous professional or university production.
  • In deciding what to submit, a writer should know the festival will be cast with undergraduate student actors. Submissions with larger casts are looked upon favorably in the selection process.
  • Scripts must be standard sized and legibly typed. Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred.
  • Submissions (ONE per playwright) should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.
  • For musicals, please also include libretto, a list of characters with vocal ranges, demo CD and samples of the score.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Michael King
NKU School of the Arts
Nunn Drive, FA 205
Highland Heights, KY 41099

  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish the project director to acknowledge receipt of your script. Online submissions will be acknowledged via email.
  • Printed scripts are not returnable unless specifically requested and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the selected playwrights have been notified.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Selections will be made and selected playwrights notified by Sept. 2020.
  • The names of the winning plays will be posted on the Y.E.S. Festival website in Oct. 2020.
  • Selected playwrights must be available to visit the festival about one week before opening so that their visit can be arranged to include late rehearsals and the premiere of their play. Festival dates are April 8-18, 2021. The visiting dates are at the discretion of the festival. NKU will cover the cost of travel and accommodations. Selected playwrights will receive a cash prize of $400.
  • Playwrights and directors of their plays will participate in one post-show question-and-answer session with the audience.

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