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THE CIVIL WAR Runs April 28-May 6

SBP_The Civil War logoTHE CIVIL WAR
Showbiz Players
April 28-May 6
The Carnegie [Covington]

Directed by Bunny Arszman
Vocal & music direction by Alan Masters
Choreographed by JV Katz & Bunny Arszman
Produced by Bunny Arszman & Ken Goldhoff

The Soldiers: Lane Cohen as Capt. Emmett Lochran, Ken Goldhoff as Capt. John Todd, Jeff Richardson as Capt. George B. Swan, Steve Hofferber as Capt. Billy Pierce, Mike Fielder as Capt. Victor Beauregard/AutoLycus Fell, Zac Huffman as Bill McEwen, Michael “Mickey” Mills as Nathaniel Taylor, Gary Rogers as Horatio Wright, Kent Smith as Spencer Adams, Karl Bolinger as Richardson Allen, Scott Ledyard as Patrick Barns, Justin Stallkamp as Samuel Taylor, Dana Kisor as Cyrus Stevens & Andrew Weidner as Virgil Hendricks
The Enslaved: Glenn Davis as Benjamin, Henry Farfsing as Exter, Rita Winters as Bessie Toler, Charles McClinon as Douglass, Royce Winters as Clayton Toler, Adia Dobbins as Harriet, Tony Wright as Jeremiah, Kyndra Dyanne Jefferies as Bethea, Charice Davis as Letty, Linda Meador as Jessey & Meredith Strayhorn as Nea
Civilians: Joel Lind as The Narrator/Lincoln Speeches, Emily Rowekamp as Sarah McEwen, Deb Cornetet Schubert as Hannah Ropes, Amy Wingert Gilmore as Clara Barton, Cathy Bennett as Pauline Cushman-Grave & Sharon Shelton as Dorothea Lynde Dix

Inspired by the Ken Burns PBS documentary series about the Civil War, Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn and lyricists Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd created a series of pop, country and gospel songs that are based on letters written by soldiers, speeches from Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, and poetry from Walt Whitman, Sojourner Truth and Maya Angelou. The show was nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

The production is a powerful and moving experience. It is not about the battles or who won or lost. It looks at that time in our history through the eyes of the people who were there. It is a true history lesson for all of us.

Please Note: There will be historical photographs projected throughout this production, some graphic in nature.

  • Fri-Sat, April 28-29 at 8pm
  • Sun, April 30 at 3pm
  • Tue-Thu, May 2-4 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, May 5-6 at 8pm

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Cast Announced for THE CIVIL WARS at Showbiz Players

SBP_logoShowbiz Players first produced “THE CIVIL WAR” in 2002 and was chosen to represent the State of Ohio at AACT 5 State Regional Final. We were 1st Runner-Up. In 2006, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center asked us to do an encore performance for Tall Stacks. In 2017, Showbiz has chosen “THE CIVIL WAR” to celebrate it’s 30 year history and to be it’s final production. We are overwhelmed and extremely proud to finally announce the cast for this amazing production:

The Soldiers…

  • Capt. Emmett Lochran……Lane Cohen (Union Capt. 2002 – returning from Denver, Co)
  • Capt. John Todd…..Ken Goldhoff (Union Capt. 2006)
  • Capt. George B. Swan….Jeff Richardson
  • Capt. Billy Pierce….Steve Hofferber
  • Capt. Victor Beauregard/AutoLycus Fell…Mike Fielder (2006)
  • Bill McEwen…Zac Huffman (2006)
  • Nathaniel Taylor….Michael “Mikey” Mills
  • Horatio Wright…..Gary Rogers
  • Spencer Adams…Kent Smith
  • Richardson Allen…..Karl Bolinger
  • Patrick Barns…..Scott Ledyard (2002/2006)
  • Samuel Taylor…..Justin Stallkamp
  • Cyrus Stevens….Dana Kisor
  • Virgil Hendricks….Andrew Weidner

The Enslaved

  • Benjamin….Glenn Davis (2006)
  • Exter…..Henry Farfsing (2002 & 2006)
  • Bessie Toler….Rita Winters (2002 & 2006)
  • Douglass – Charles McClinon (2006)
  • Clayton Toler – Royce Winters (2002 & 2006)
  • Harriet…Adia Dobbins (former Nala, National Tour-the Lion King)
  • Jeremiah…Tony Wright (2002 & 2006)
  • Bethea…Kyndra Dyanne Jefferies
  • Letty….Charice Davis
  • Jessey…Linda Meador
  • Nea….Meredith Strayhorn


  • The Narrator/Lincoln Speeches…Joel Lind
  • Sarah McEwen…Emily Rowekamp
  • Hannah Ropes…Deb Cornetet Schubert (2006)
  • Clara Barton…Amy Wingert Gilmore (2002 & 2006)
  • Pauline Cushman-Grave – Cathy Bennett (2002 & 2006)
  • Dorothea Lynde Dix…Sharon Shelton

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Auditions Announced for THE CIVIL WAR at Showbiz Players

SBP_logoShowbiz Players is extremely proud to announce auditions for it’s 30th Anniversary Production, Frank Wildhorn’s THE CIVIL WAR.

  • Sunday, November 20 – 6:00-9:00 pm
  • Monday, November 21 – 7:00-10:00pm
    Callback – Tuesday, November 22 – 7:00pm

Madisonville Recreation Center
5320 Stewart Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45227

This production of THE CIVIL WAR will be very special and will have a strong emotional impact.  Besides the dramatic content, this show will be a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Showbiz Players and will also be its final show. This production will be totally re-staged and re-imagined from our previous versions.  Some of the songs previously sung by one person, may be sung by someone else or by multiple people this time.  We have permission from Frank Wildhorn to change things from the script.  He will be providing us with a new song for this production.

Multi-Ethnic Cast of Strong Singers Needed

  • 12 Caucasian Men/6 Caucasian Women
  • 5 African American Men/5 African American Women
  • 2 Possibly Non-singing Caucasian Men

To sign up for an audition time slot – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f49a5a623a46-auditions

Audition Requirements – Bring sheet music in the correct key and prepare 16-32 Bars from your best Pop, Gospel or Broadway selection. No monologue required.  Acting ability will be determined by the “selling” of your song.  There will be a dance audition for those auditioning as interpretive dancers.  Headshots are helpful but not required.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Director, Bunny Arszman at barszman@gmail.com or call 513-325-7842.

Production Dates:  April 28-May 6 at The Carnegie in Covington

Caucasian Male Roles:

  • Confederate Captain Billy Pierce (age range 35-55) (Vocal range B5-A3)
  • Union Captain Emmet Lochran (age range 35-60) (Vocal range B5-C4)
  • Bill McEwen (age range 20’s-30’s)
  • Nathaniel Taylor (20’s) (Vocal range B5-B3)
  • Samuel Taylor (20’s)
  • AutoLycus Fell (30’s)
  • Narrator – Possibly Non-singing (40’s-60’s Country accent) – May play other roles
  • Speaker of some of Abraham Lincoln quotes – Possibly non-singing (40’s-60’s)
  • + Strong male singers for Solder’s Ensemble

African American Roles – Male & Female:

  • Frederick Douglass (50’s) (Vocal Range D6-D4)
  • Benjamin (30’s-40’s) (Vocal Range G5-C4)
  • Clayton & Bessie Toler  (Vocal Range C6-F3) – These roles have been pre-cast
  • Harriet (Age Range 25-35) (Vocal Range C6-A3)
  • Exter
  • 2 Interpretive Dancers – 1 Male/1 Female (potentially non-singing)
  • + Strong Male/Female singers for Enslaved Ensemble

Caucasian Female Roles:

  • Sarah McEwen (age range 18-30)  (Vocal range F5-F3)
  • The Nurse (age range 20’s-40’s)
  • + Strong female singers for Civilian Ensemble (will be some solo opportunities)

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CIVIL WAR Announced as 30th Anniversary and Final Production of Showbiz Players

SBP_logoVia Bunny Arszman

THE CIVIL WAR“The Civil War” has been announced as our 30th Anniversary production. It will be the last production for Showbiz Players, Inc. After 30 years, Showbiz is officially calling it quits. I know the first question people will ask is why? Well the honest truth is that there is no one reason. There are several reasons that have accumulated over the years that have brought us to this point. I know many groups face the same issues. It’s no one’s fault. We just can’t be financially successful and continuing the way we were going was not sustainable. We only had a couple of options – none of them good. We didn’t want to start over again, so we opted for Option C – none of the above.

It is our fervent hope that this last show will be successful. We want to go out with a bang (so to speak) and we wanted to do the show for which we want to be remembered. We want to go out on top. We hope that you will come and help us say “good-bye”. Besides helping us financially so that we can pay off our debt, you’ll see a top-notch production. We’ve pulled out all the stops to make it super special – one last time.

As for me personally, I will still be around. I don’t intend to retire from theatre. I plan to see what’s out there to broaden my horizons, but I will always be grateful to Showbiz for allowing me to follow my dream. I’ve given almost ½ my life to this organization and I wouldn’t change one second of it. I’m sure that there will be tears over the coming months, but there will also be a lot of laughter as we remember the good times. We are looking at this as the ultimate way to end it. On our terms. Doing the show that took us to the top and meant so much to us. We want this to be a great celebration. Hell – we made it to 30 and that is fantastic!!

There will be more details coming during the next few weeks.

Thank you for one helluva ride!!

[Directed by Bunny Arszman, CIVIL WAR runs April 28-May 6 at The Carnegie.]

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Showbiz Players Present CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

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Natasha Boeckmann, Robert Breslin as Frank W. Abagnale, Jr, Ellyn Broderick, JV Katz & Tia Casey.

Regional Theatrical Premiere Opens at the Carnegie in Covington on May 13th

(Cincinnati) The Regional Theatrical Premiere of the Showbiz Players production of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN opens May 13th and runs through May 22nd at the Carnegie in Covington, KY. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN was nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical. For tickets call the Box Office at 859-957-1940 or go to http://www.showbizplayers.com.

Based on the hit DreamWorks film starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hanks and the incredible true story that inspired it, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a high-flying, splashy Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end……and finds something he never expected.


Showbiz Players, Inc. is one of the premiere community theatre companies in Cincinnati. Spanning a history of 23 years, Showbiz Players, Inc. has won a multitude of national, state and local awards for their productions.

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