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BURIED CHILD Runs March 26-April 5

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Northern Kentucky University
March 26-April 5
Stauss Theatre [Highland Heights]

Cast: Jordan Whittaker as Dodge, Gabby Barbosa as Halie, Jarod Higgins as Tilden, Trevor Browning as Bradley, Tim Belton as Vince, Mo Cox as Shelly & Randolph Geersas Father Dewis

Deep in the American Heartland, life seems to have mysteriously come to a stop. Grappling with the disillusionment of American Mythology a family seeks to hide their past, only to become trapped by it. The surprise arrival of an estranged grandson and a mysterious finding in the field ignites the characters like fireworks on the Fourth of July. Alternately funny and darkly macabre, Buried Child weaves a twisted family drama of epic proportions.

  • Thu-Sat, March 26-28 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, March 29 at 2pm
  • Wed-Sat, April 1-4 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, April 5 at 2pm

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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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2020 Summer Season Announced by NKU Commonwealth Theatre



HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Commonwealth Theatre Company at Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts is proud to present the musical comedy of BEGUILED AGAIN, and the comedy of NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS as their 2020 summer dinner theatre season. A buffet dinner will be served in the NKU SOTA Art Gallery with performances taking place in the NKU Robert & Rosemary Stauss Theatre.

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Conceived By J. Barry Lewis, Lynnette Barkley and Craig D. Ames
Music Arrangements by Craig D. Ames
Co-Directed by Dee Anne Bryll and Ed Cohen
Music Directed by Damon Stevens
June 4-21, 2020

The remarkable partnership of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart spanned twenty-four years, resulting in the scores for thirty stage musicals and nine films. While their songs are acknowledged as among the most sophisticated and witty of their time, they could also be stunning in their simplicity and directness. BEGUILED AGAIN illuminates the astonishing breadth of their output with a musical menu offering nearly fifty selections from the incomparable Rodgers and Hart songbook. This cleverly compiled potpourri juxtaposes the urbane and the melancholy, the sardonic and the romantic, providing ever-changing and contrasting emotional journeys that give this revue real momentum. There is no linear plot or ‘and then they wrote’ narrative. Rather, the songs are grouped thematically in ways that allow them to tell their own stories and reveal their splendor in the process. BEGUILED AGAIN is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. 

By Katherine DiSavino
Directed by Michael Hatton/Corrie Danieley
July 9-26, 2020

Bridget and her grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling handmade naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five-borough area! Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her nana get arrested – or worse – evicted? NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

Event Details

Dates: June 4-21 & July 9-26 (dark on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays)


  • Thursdays through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m., Dinner served at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday matinees at 6 p.m., Dinner served at 5 p.m.

Place: Fine Arts Center on NKU Campus – 1 Louie B. Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099

Tickets: $40 single tickets or $65 for two-show package (includes buffet dinner and show). Tickets will go on sale in March 2020.

More information: nku.edu/ctc or 859-572-5464


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Cast Announced for BURIED CHILD at Northern Kentucky University

NKU_SOTA logoAnnouncing the cast for BURIED CHILD, running March 26–April 5, 2020!

Dodge: Jordan Whittaker
Halie: Gabby Barbosa
Tilden: Jarod Higgins
Bradley: Trevor Browning
Vince: Tim Belton
Shelly: Mo Cox
Father Dewis: Randolph Geers

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

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Cast Announced for HMS PINAFORE at Northern Kentucky University

NKU_SOTA logoAnnouncing the cast for HMS PINAFORE, running Feb. 21-March 1, 2020!

  • Sir Joseph Porter: Joshua Van Nort
  • Captain Corcoran: Jacob Threadgill
  • Ralph Rackstraw: Jackson Hurt
  • Dick Deadeye: Joel Parece
  • Boatswain Bill Bobstay: Jake Hunter
  • Carpenter Bob Becket: Austin Adams
  • Josephine: Adria Whitfill
  • Cousin Hebe: Elly Morris
  • Little Buttercup: Ally Davis

Sailors (Men’s Chorus):

  • Jeremiah Savon Jackson
  • Ethan Brooks Baker
  • Cube Wyrick
  • Logan Anthony
  • Liam Sweeney
  • Tre Taylor
  • Kanai Nakata

Sisters/Cousins/Aunts (Ladies’ Chorus):

  • Kaitlin Fierro
  • Grace Vetter
  • Victoria Avery
  • Katie Boyd
  • Bria Anderson
  • Makenna Henehan
  • Olivia Rose Barrell
  • Willow Davis
  • Megan Carlson

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

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