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Fierstein’s TORCH SONG Kicks Off NKU’s Theatre & Dance Season

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts presents Harvey Fierstein’s TORCH SONG as the start of their 21/22 Theatre + Dance academic season. TORCH SONG will run Sept. 29-Oct. 9, 2021 at NKU’s Stauss Theatre. TORCH SONG is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

  • What: “Torch Song” by Harvey Fierstein
  • When: Sept. 29-Oct. 9, 2021
  • Where: NKU Stauss Theatre
  • Tickets: nku.edu/sotatickets

TORCH SONG is the two-act revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning Torch Song Trilogy. The life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish drag queen living in New York City, is dramatized over the span of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Told with a friendly, human voice, Torch Song follows Arnold’s odyssey to find happiness in New York. Along the way, Arnold experiences love, loss, and misadventure. A visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect.

The NKU cast features Gabriela Barbosa Paul, Alec Harrison, Emily Hilbrecht, Nick Rohr, Evan Rogers, and Jayvon Shack; understudies are Linnzie Hays and Elizabeth J. McClure. The show is directed by Michael Hatton. The Music Director is Damon Stevens. The Stage Manager is Alyssa Taylor and Assistant Stage Managers are Julie Fellinger and Savanah Scott.

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NKU is following all CDC and government guidelines, and continues to monitor the COVID situation. Masks are required indoors on campus for all persons, vaccinated and unvaccinated. The vaccines are safe and effective in preventing serious disease. Please get vaccinated if you have not done so already. Visit nku.edu/covid19 for more information.

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.

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TORCH SONG Runs Sept. 29-Oct. 9

NKU_Torch Song logoTORCH SONG
Northern Kentucky University
Sept. 29-Oct. 9
Stauss Theatre [Highland Heights]

Directed by Michael Hatton
Music directed by Damon Stevens

TORCH SONG is the two-act revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning Torch Song Trilogy. The life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish drag queen living in New York City, is dramatized over the span of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Told with a friendly, human voice, Torch Song follows Arnold’s odyssey to find happiness in New York. Along the way, Arnold experiences love, loss, and misadventure. A visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect.

9/24/21 Covid Policy: NKU is following all CDC and government guidelines, and continues to monitor the COVID situation. SOTA plans to be at full capacity in public venues. Healthy@NKU remains an important part of our plan even with the easing of certain restrictions. Masks are required indoors on campus for all persons, vaccinated and unvaccinated. The vaccines are safe and effective in preventing serious disease. Please get vaccinated if you have not done so already.
Note: Always verify the latest policy changes before attendance.

  • Wed-Sat, Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Oct. 3 at 2pm
  • Wed-Sat, Oct. 6-9 at 7:30pm

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BURIED CHILD Runs March 26-April 5

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BURIED CHILD
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

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NKU COMMONWEALTH THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2020 SUMMER SEASON

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.

BEGUILED AGAIN – The Songs of RODGERS & HART
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. 

NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS
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)

Times:

  • 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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