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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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Disney’s FREAKY FRIDAY Runs Nov. 15-24

NKU_Freaky Friday promoFREAKY FRIDAY
Northern Kentucky University
Nov. 15-24
Corbett Theatre [Highland Heights]

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another’s struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic.

  • Fri, Nov. 15 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Nov. 16 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 17 at 2pm
  • Wed-Sat, Nov. 20-23 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 24 at 2pm

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THREE SISTERS at NKU: From Russia, With Love and Loss

NKU_Three Sisters promoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts continues its 2019-2020 Theatre + Dance Season with one of Anton Chekhov’s most significant plays THREE SISTERS. The production runs Oct. 17-27 at NKU’s Stauss Theatre. For more information and tickets, visit nku.edu/threesisters.

As the Prozorov sisters and their brother yearn for a return to adventure-filled life in Moscow, the pastoral setting of their new lives brings change and reflection on love, marriage, and career. In a prophetic hinting of the coming Bolshevik Revolution, the playwright weaves a memorable tale about the rise of the working class and social change in Russia. THREE SISTERS is a naturalistic play examining the aching desire of dreams and the often cold realities that come to pass.

NKU is using a translation of the play by Dr. Sharon Carnicke of the University of Southern California. She is one of the leading scholars of Russian theatre, especially the work of Anton Chekhov and Constantin Stanislavski, and has translated many works by Chekhov and other Russian dramatists. She has also published widely in the fields of acting on stage and film.

Dr. Carnicke shared her work on Stanislavsky’s system of Active Analysis to the cast during a two-day intensive workshop. The Active Analysis Technique was suppressed in Russia for decades because it failed to adhere to Communist Party ideology. Active Analysis changes the work of analyzing a play from a cerebral activity done around a table, to a physical process done in the theatre space. The cast and director applied the training throughout the rehearsal process, resulting in some exciting discoveries.

The NKU cast features Joel Parece (Andrey Prozorov), Gabriela Barbosa-Gonzales (Natasha Ivanovna), Chelsea Trammell (Olga), Rachel Kazee (Masha), Hannah Beaven (Irina), Nathaniel Clifford (Kulygin), Trevor Browning (Vershinin), Tim Belton (Tuzenbach), Jason Coffenberry (Solyony), Jarod Higgins (Chebutykin), Field Oldham (Fedotik), Trey Finkenstead (Rode), Jordan Whittaker (Ferapont), and Ellie Bennett (Anfisa). The show is directed by Mike King. Other creative team members include Anna Catton (Scenic/ Prop Designer), Paige Devrooman (Asst. Scenic/ Prop Designer), Jacob Miller (Costume Designer), Aaron Burns (Lighting Designer), Kevin Havlin (Sound Designer), and Maria Barnes (Hair/Makeup Designer). The Stage Manager is Holden Casada, and Assistant Stage Managers are Payton Pearson and Mary McNeill. Dr. Carnicke’s visit was made possible by the Tom & Christine Neyer Family Guest Artist Fund.

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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