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2022-2023 Season Announced by NKU SOTA Theatre & Dance

ANNOUNCING SOTA’S 2022-2023 THEATRE & DANCE SEASON

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Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts is pleased to announce the productions slated for the 2022-2023 Theatre & Dance Season. Tickets for Fall productions will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. Spring productions will go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2023. For more information, visit nku.edu/tickets or call the SOTA Box Office at (859) 572-5464.

VIOLET | Sept. 23-Oct. 2, 2022

As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved she’s traveling across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful. Although she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those scars that are lying deeper than her skin. Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Violet is a moving musical featuring show-stopping anthems, ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel.

DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE | Oct. 27-Nov. 6, 2022

Dr. Jekyll is a kind, well-respected and intelligent scientist who explores the darker side of science, as he wants to bring out his ‘second’ nature. His experiments transform himself into Mr. Hyde – his evil alter ego who doesn’t repent or accept responsibility for his evil crimes and ways. Jekyll tries to control his alter ego, Hyde, and for a while, Jekyll has the power. The struggle to keep his alternate nature contained leads Dr. Jekyll down a path of death and destruction in this Gothic thriller. This exciting stage adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is a narrative about the complexities of science and the duplicity of human nature.

PETER & THE STARCATCHER | Dec. 2-11, 2022

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training. They discover a mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin containing starstuff, a powerful, celestial substance. When the ship is taken over by pirates determined to claim the trunk and its treasure, the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure. Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher is a coming-of-age adventure story about how a nameless orphan became the strange and celebrated hero that is the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up.

TWELFTH NIGHT | Feb. 16-26, 2023

Shipwrecked on the shores of the strange land, Illyria, Viola believes herself alone in the world and her twin brother drowned. Disguising herself as a boy to work in the court of Illyria’s Count Orsino, Viola discovers her male disguise has proven all too effective: Orsino sends her as a go-between in his persistent love-suit to the unresponsive Countess Olivia. Even as Viola solicits for Olivia’s love on Orsino’s behalf, Viola falls in love with Orsino herself. What ensues is a cross-dressing comedy rife with pain and triumph, humor and madness, transformation and redemption. Twelfth Night or, What You Will, is one of the most structurally perfect comedies ever written and beloved by audiences.

THE PRINCESS PLAYS | March 24-April 2, 2023

Featuring the musicals Snow White and the Dancing Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty: Rise and Shine.

Did you know that Snow White’s Dwarfs are amazing dancers? Come see for yourselves as the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale of Snow White, her evil stepmother, the all-knowing mirror and the handsome (but not-too-brainy) prince, sing and dance their way back into your hearts and imagination.

Princess Aurora, a bold, unconventional young heroine princess defies the age-old tradition of attending ‘Princess School.’ As her eighteenth birthday nears, she encounters an evil witch and a cursed spinning wheel. Aurora is tested when she fails, for the first time, to believe in her authentic self. Then with help from her sweet Prince Phillip, she awakens, ready to rock, and begins a whirlwind musical quest to defeat the witch and to restore order to the Kingdom.

A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING | April 14-23, 2023

Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon, conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. Featuring songs from lesser-known works as Allegro, Me and Juliet, and Pipe Dream, to big hits like Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music, this Tony-nominated musical revue showcases the work of Rodgers & Hammerstein with flair and distinction.

DANCE ’23 | April 28-30, 2023

Featuring a company of our best young dance artists, along with new and innovative works created by faculty, guest artists, and nationally renowned choreographers, Dance ’23 has something for everyone – contemporary dance forms that include modern, jazz, and African/Afro-Fusion.

Finally, after much discussion and consideration, NKU SOTA has made the difficult decision to permanently end its Summer Dinner Theatre programming. During the past few years, the Commonwealth Theatre Company was unable to produce the summer dinner theatre productions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other related challenges. For over 35 years, CTC produced over 80 productions for the NKU community, performing around the country and the world. NKU SOTA extends its heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the wonderful and loyal guests, staff, and performers that have created so many memories over the years. Thank you for the music, laughter, and joy!

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NKU To Host Benefit Concert For Ukrainian Refugees

NKU_Ukraine Benefit logoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY- In light of the tragic events transpiring in Ukraine, Northern Kentucky University will welcome back two world-renowned pianists and NKU alums on April 22 for a concert to benefit Ukrainian refugees in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati community.

Ukraine natives Anna Shelest (’05) and Dmitri Shelest (’05, ’08) will return to campus and the Greaves Concert Hall to perform works by Ukrainian and American composers. NKU School of the Arts string musicians and members of the NKU Chamber Choir will also perform. The Shelests hail from the city of Kharkiv which is a sister city of Cincinnati. To learn more about Anna and Dmitri Shelest, visit Anna’s website by clicking HERE.

“Our hearts continue to be with the people of Ukraine through this tragic time,” NKU President Ashish Vaidya said. “NKU is fortunate to have such incredibly talented alums in Anna and Dimitri. Hosting the concert with their help, allows us to support two excellent organizations aimed at welcoming Ukrainian refugees in our community.”

All proceeds from the concert will benefit Kentucky Refugee Ministries and Refugee Connect. The concert is sponsored by Duke Energy and Vincent Lighting Systems (VLS).

Anna Shelest is an international award-winning pianist who The New York Times has hailed as a pianist with a “fiery sensibility and warm touch.” With her husband Dmitri, the couple recorded an album titled “Ukrainian Rhapsody,” which features works for two hands and four hands by Ukrainian composers. The Shelests have performed with world-class orchestras across the globe, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

  • What: Concert to benefit Ukrainian refugees in northern Kentucky
  • Who: Featuring Anna and Dmitri Shelest, with performances by NKU SOTA string musicians and members of the NKU Chamber Choir
  • When: April 22 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: NKU Greaves Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building

For more information on the Ukraine benefit concert at Northern Kentucky University and to buy tickets, click HERE.

About NKU:  Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky, and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit nku.edu.

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DANCE ’22 Runs April 22-24

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NKU School of the Arts
April 22-24
Corbett Theatre [Highland Heights]

Artistic Directed by Tracey Bonner

Featuring a company of our best young dance artists, along with new and innovative works created by faculty, guest artists, and nationally renowned choreographers, Dance ’22 has something for everyone – contemporary dance forms that include modern, jazz, and African/Afro-Fusion.

  • Fri-Sat, April 22-23 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, April 24 at 2pm

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NKU Stages Hilarious Grand Tour of Opera Tropes

NKU_Signor Deluso logoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Opera has returned to the stage at Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts with “Signor Deluso,” a hilarious one act opera composed by Thomas Pasatieri. The production runs April 1 and 3, 2022 at NKU’s Greaves Concert Hall.

  • What: “Signor Deluso” by Thomas Pasatieri
  • When: April 1, 7 p.m. and April 3, 2 p.m.
  • Where: NKU Greaves Concert Hall
  • Tickets: nku.edu/tickets or (859) 572-5464

Gorgibus is forcing his daughter Célie to marry the wealthy Valère, but she is in love with Léon and he with her. However, a series of mistaken assumptions and quarrelling ensues after Célie faints in the town square and loses her locket with a portrait of Léon inside. “Signor Deluso” is an English-language, heavily condensed version of Molière’s 1660 comedy “Sganarelle,” or “The Imaginary Cuckold.”

“Since the 1660s, when the play premiered, as well as the 1970s, when the opera was written, the opera community has evolved considerably,” states director Audrey Chait. “Some of these situations and jokes still work, while others no longer quite land. This is where our role as interpreters comes in, approaching the material with modern sensibilities and a modern sense of humor. We hope you enjoy the finished product!”

The NKU cast features Katherine Sharp (Célie), Trevor Gutu (Gorgibus/Magistrate), Madison Boler (Rosine), Zach Felts (Signor Deluso), Ashley Tinch (Clara) and Jimmy Renton (Léon). The show is directed by Audrey Chait. Other creative team members include Damon Stevens (Music Director), Meg Booker (Stage Manager), Allison Jones (Costume Designer), and Faith Greene (Assistant Stage Manager, Costumes/Hair/Makeup Assistant).

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit nku.edu.

About SOTA: The Music, Art and Design, and Theatre and Dance programs make up the School of the Arts that sit in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. The Music Program provides student-centered instruction to a diverse population of versatile musicians and creative thinkers who are prepared to make a meaningful impact on communities in an ever-changing world. Graduates pursue successful careers as professional performers, college and university faculty, public school music teachers, private studio instructors and in allied fields within the music industry. For more information, visit music.nku.edu.

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Four World Premieres, Collaboration Headline NKU’s New Play Festival

NKU_YES Festival logo 2022HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s biennial Year End Series (YES) Festival returns for its 20th Anniversary. The YES Festival is the oldest collegiate new-play festival in the country, and for its 20th Anniversary, the School of the Arts will host four world-premiere plays, including a first-ever regional collaboration with The Carnegie in Covington, producing a new play by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Producing Artistic Director, D. Lynn Meyers. The festival runs April 1-17, 2022. More information at nku.edu/yesfestival.

  • What: 20th Anniversary Year End Series (YES) Festival
  • When: April 1-17, 2022
  • Where: NKU Fine Arts Center, The Carnegie
  • Tickets: nku.edu/tickets or (859) 572-5464

Keeper of the Realm
By D. Lynn Meyers, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati Artistic Director
Directed by Brian Robertson
April 1-16, 2022 | The Carnegie – Covington, KY

What happens when middle-aged parents unexpectedly pass and their 20-something children get together to decide what happens to their family house and possessions? Add in the parents who haven’t quite moved on and mysterious person with an eye to encyclopedias. Keeper of the Realm is about those we love and what is truly never lost.

Falstaff and the Endless Machine
By Jared Michael Delaney
Directed by Daryl Harris
April 7-17, 2022 | NKU Corbett Theatre

Young Jack Falstaff is eager to join the army and prove himself worthy of becoming a knight, both to himself and to his friends at the Boar’s Head Tavern. After he signs up, however, he is given duties that he didn’t expect and don’t exactly sit right with him. How can he decide between friendship and duty? Love and honor? Justice and the law? Falstaff explores how the most famous drunken coward in literary history became who he became. 

New Year’s Eve at the Stop-n-Go
By Samantha Oty
Directed by Mike King
April 8-17, 2022 | NKU Stauss Theatre

A group of friends confront their changing lives and each other at a convenience store on Dec. 31, 1999.

Persona (staged reading)
By Sage Daman
Directed by Ed Cohen
April 9-16, 2022 | The Henry Theatre (limited seating)

A stressed businessman is invited to a club in the big city to reconnect with an old friend, once there he is faced with an astonishing problem when he encounters his subconscious personified in physical form and must overcome its increasingly reckless suggestions.

The Pig Farm (staged reading)
By Richard Klein
Directed by Ed Cohen
April 10-16, 2022 | The Henry Theatre (limited seating)

Two young Christian women find their faith in the Lord tested as they attempt to dispose of the evidence of a recent display of faith by feeding it to pigs housed on a rural farm. Caught in the act, these young women find the evening becomes progressively more complex, morbid, and dangerous as they encounter test after test.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit nku.edu.

About SOTA: The Theatre and Dance, Art and Design, and Music programs make up the School of the Arts that sit in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. Theatre and Dance relies on intensive student involvement both inside and outside the classroom. Our staff, resources and facilities serve the developing artist. At the program’s center is a vital balance of process and production, giving each student opportunities to stretch boundaries and discover new possibilities. Graduates are working in professional theatres in every major city in the United States and on five continents, having successful careers on Broadway and in regional theatre, on cruise ships, in theme parks and film and television. For more information, visit theatre.nku.edu.

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