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PUFFS Runs May 14-23

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Lilly Robillard, Kasaahn Johnson & DeAndre Swann. Photo illustration by Patti Celek.

PUFFS
Sinclair Community College Theatre
May 14-23
Blair Hall Theatre [Downtown Dayton Campus]

Directed by Chris Harmon

Cast: Kasaahn Johnson, DeAndre Swann and Lilly Robillard as the three friends; Meredith Sandstorm as narrator; with David Shockey, Kylee Pauley, Mark Kreutzer, Callista Kinney, Leia Gaddis, Christopher Koehler & Grace Baumgardner

“This clever and inventive play ‘never goes more than a minute without a laugh’ (Nerdist) giving you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children. Their hilariously heartfelt and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.”

  • Fri-Sat, May 14-15 at 7pm
  • Sun, May 15 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, May 20-22 at 7pm
  • Sun, May 23 at 2pm

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Live on Stage – PUFFS at Sinclair, May 14-23

SCCT_Puffs logoSinclair Theatre proudly presents the hilarious comedy PUFFS, by Matt Cox, LIVE ON STAGE, beginning May 14-23 in Blair Hall Theatre on Sinclair’s downtown campus. Limited seating will be available and all COVID 19 safety protocols will be enforced.

The New York Times proclaims PUFFS, “A fast-paced romp through the ‘Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.’ “

Licensing agent Concord Theatricals claims: “This clever and inventive play ‘never goes more than a minute without a laugh’ (Nerdist) giving you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children. Their hilariously heartfelt and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.”

Directed by Chris Harmon, the cast includes: Kasaahn Johnson, DeAndre Swann and Lilly Robillard as the three friends; Meredith Sandstorm as narrator; with David Shockey, Kylee Pauley, Mark Kreutzer, Callista Kinney, Leia Gaddis, Christopher Koehler and Grace Baumgardner.

PUFFS also provides unique opportunities for student designers Aurora Azbill (costumes), Carter Paige (props) and Liv McNamara (asst. scenic). Design team also includes: Chris Harmon (set), Daniel Brunk (sound) with Sinclair alums Jessy Henning (lighting) and Brian Morgan (stage manager).

“This production has been a long time in coming,” says Gina Neuerer, chair of Sinclair Music, Theatre & Dance. “PUFFS was originally planned as our opener in the fall and it has taken great coordination to be able to finally produce it on stage safely. We’re extremely grateful to Sinclair administration for approving our safety plan and allowing our students to perform live.”

Tickets cost $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. All tickets must be purchased online in advance at www.sinclair.edu/tickets beginning April 15th. The box office will not be open for will call or sales at the door. Patrons can show their e-ticket on their phone at the theatre doors for touchless scanning or they can print their tickets at home.

“Our software algorithm provides for social distancing by automatically seating every other row and maintaining 3 empty seats between groups,” says Patti Celek, Sinclair Theatre marketing and box office manager. “We encourage people to plan who they want to be in their party and purchase all tickets at the same time.”

All patrons will be required to wear a mask while on Sinclair’s campus. Free parking is available in the new lot directly across Fourth St. from Blair Hall which is in building 2 OR in the student parking garage on 5th Street.

Puffs is not authorized, sanctioned, licensed or endorsed by J.K Rowling, Warner Bros. or any person or company associated with the Harry Potter books, films or play.

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Another Exciting Sinclair Theatre Production Coming March 26

SCCT_The Cold Equations logoSinclair Theatre presents THE COLD EQUATIONS: A Play for Radio, based upon the short story of the same name by Tom Godwin, streaming free on Sinclair Theatre’s Facebook page beginning March 26, 2021.  Adapted and directed by Daniel Brunk, the audio performance features the voices of Connor Gray, Mari Pullings, Alexis Paige, Kiarra Matos, Helen Mahle-Grisez and Lydia Dye.

While Godwin’s original science fiction space story was published in 1954, its timeless ethical dilemma remains in Brunk’s updated version, accompanied by a creatively expanded plot. “The Cold Equations” refers to scientific calculations used to create unemotional procedures designed to ensure successful missions.

Brunk, who also recorded and edited the production, says, “I started listening to OTR (Old Time Radio) maybe 15 or 20 years ago and I heard “The Cold Equations” as produced by the NBC radio program X Minus One around that time.  The thought of making my own radio version has been with me for a decade.”

“It turned out that now was the perfect time to undertake the project, given the pandemic and the necessary limitations on live performances,”  says Brunk. “It also provides Sinclair’s Theatre department with the opportunity to produce a different kind of theatre, and allows the students to gain experience as voice actors.”

Brunk is an award-winning sound and lighting designer and assistant professor of theatre technology at Sinclair. He holds a B.A. in Theatre and English from the University of Maine and an M.F.A. in Theatre Production/Design & Technology from Ohio University. He has previously worked at the University of Maine at Farmington, Dartmouth College, and Papermill Theatre in New Hampshire.

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ANTIGONE Runs Oct. 1-4

ST_Antigone logoANTIGONE
Sinclair Theatre
Oct. 1-4
[Online]

Co-directed by Kimberly Borst and Gina Neuerer

Cast: Kylee Pauley as Antigone, Rebecca Shelley as Ismene, Kasaahn Johnson as Kreon, Rafael Santillan as Haimon, Cormari Pullings as Eurydike, Mackenzie Moore as Teiresias, Connor Gray as Boy/Messenger & DJ Swann as Guard
Chorus:  Lilly Robillard, Riley Karr, Callista Kinney, Jasmine Eason & Meredith Sandstrom

When her dead brother is decreed a traitor, his body left unburied beyond the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept this most severe of punishments. Defying her uncle who governs, she dares to say ‘No’. Forging ahead with a funeral alone, she places personal allegiance before politics, a tenacious act that will trigger a cycle of destruction.

  • Available for viewing Oct. 1-4

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Sinclair Theatre Presents ANTIGONE

ST_Antigone logoSinclair Theatre presents Sophokles’ classic, ANTIGONE, with modern translation by Anne Carson, streaming online from Oct. 1-4. Tickets cost $10 at www.sinclair.edu/tickets. Groups of 20 or more, or instructors seeking classroom viewing should email: patti.celek@sinclair.edu. Multiple student attendee codes can be made available to instructors who are providing online assignments.

Originally slated for live performances in Sinclair’s Black Box Theatre in April and cancelled by the COVID 19 pandemic, the show had already been cast, rehearsals begun and the set nearly completed. To accommodate health and safety guidelines for everyone involved, Gina Neuerer, chair of Music, Theatre and Dance, elected to move the set to Blair Hall to utilize the larger space. The performance was reblocked to include social distancing on stage and masks were incorporated into costuming. Sinclair‘s Learning Technologies Department was enlisted to film and edit the finished product for streaming.

“The story of Antigone, a woman who persisted against King Kreon, was added to our season pre-pandemic because of its relevance to enacting change by standing up for what you believe to be right,” says Neuerer. “We also felt there was a correlation to the 19th Amendment Anniversary with an emphasis on making all voices heard by exercising your right to vote.”

“One vote DOES make a difference,” says Kimberly Borst, Sinclair acting professor. “The 19th Amendment was ratified by only one vote in Tennessee in 1920. After decades of struggle, the decisive vote was cast by a 24-year-old representative who reputedly changed his vote in the third round.”

Co-directed by Kimberly Borst and Gina Neuerer, cast includes:
Antigone – Kylee Pauley; Ismene – Rebecca Shelley; Kreon – Kasaahn Johnson; Haimon – Rafael Santillan; Eurydike – Cormari Pullings; Teiresias – Mackenzie Moore; Boy/Messenger – Connor Gray; Guard – DJ Swann; Chorus:  Lilly Robillard, Riley Karr, Callista Kinney, Jasmine Eason and Meredith Sandstrom.

Once patrons have reserved their ticket online, they will receive an “attendee code” that will allow them to watch the performance on their own device in the comfort of their own homes during the streaming period. After Oct. 4th, the recording will be destroyed due to licensing restrictions.

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