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INSPECTING CAROL Puts a New Twist on Classic Dickens Tale

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Last-minute script changes stun the cast of INSPECITING CAROL opening December 1st at The Drama Workshop. Pictured: Rick Hunt, Joe Hamzy, Ivory Mazur, Kristy Rucker, Carolmarie Stock, Bill Keeton & BJ Simpson. Photo by Tammy Cassesa.

(Cheviot, Ohio) The Drama Workshop is thrilled to present its Christmas play for this year, INSPECTING CAROL. Get your holiday cheer on with this hilarious, madcap comedy!

The production opens December 1st, and runs through December 17th with performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for three weekends. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 pm, while Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2 pm. Because of strong ticket demand, a special Thursday performance has been added for December 14th at 7:30 pm. All performances are at The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave in Cheviot.

Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual slapdash production of A Christmas Carol, rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), and their funding is on hold pending an inspection by the National Endowment for the Arts. When an itinerant actor shows up at their door looking for an audition and is mistaken for the NEA inspector, mayhem ensues with romantic entanglements, clanking chains, and a very unusual twist on the classic story. This laugh out loud spoof makes for a night at the theatre that is anything but show business as usual.

TDW’s production is spearheaded by an award-winning production team led by director Ray Persing, and includes an accomplished technical team of Amy Waldfogle, Jason Cox, Eric Bardes, Elaine Volker, and Amanda Borchers. The show features the talents of Stefanie Adams, Cameron Baker, Chris Bishop, Joe Hamzy, Rick Hunt, Bill Keeton, Dennis Murphy, Ivory Mazur, Kristy Rucker, BJ Simpson, Carolmarie Stock, Amy Sullivan, and Doug Tumeo.

Stefanie Adams returns to The Drama Workshop’s stage after her award-winning appearance in last season’s ‘Noises Off,’ and cites the cast as one of the things she’s enjoyed most about the show. “From the very first read-through they have made me laugh and it’s only gotten better over the past months,” she explained. “Audiences will love how relatable these characters are. Chances are you know somebody (or two) like the people on the stage. If you like to laugh … this is the show for you.”

Kristy Rucker, who plays stage manager M. J. McMann, agreed. “Audiences will love this show because we all need more laughter in our lives and this show brings that in spades. TDW is always going to do what it takes to pull off a great show, from amazing cast to fabulous crew!”

Doug Tumeo has been on TDW’s stage several times over the last few years, and is happy to once again be working in Cheviot. “This theater and its members put SO much into everything they do, it’s really a top-notch experience for actors and audience alike,” he said. “If you don’t know this show, you’ll have fun, hilarious surprises over and over. If you DO know the show, you’ll see it really brought to life.”

Tickets to ‘Inspecting Carol’ are $18 each if ordered in advance, or $20 the day of the show. Show dates and times are December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8 pm, December 3, 10, and 17 at 2 pm, and December 14 at 7:30 pm. Shows frequently sell out, and reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets can be ordered through The Drama Workshop’s ticket line at 513.598.8303, or ordered online via the TDW website at www.thedramaworkshop.org.


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TDW_Inspecting Carol logoINSPECTING CAROL
The Drama Workshop
Dec. 1-17
Glenmore Playhouse [Cheviot]

Directed & produced by Ray Persing

Cast: Kristy Rucker as MJ McMann, Cameron James Baker as Wayne Wellacre, Jody Hart as Zorah Bloch, Dennis Murphy as Sidney Carlton, Carolmarie Stock as Dorothy Tree-Hapgood, BJ Simpson as Phil Hewlitt, Joe Hamzy as Luther Beatty, Ivory Mazur as Walter Parsons, Doug Tumeo as Kevin Emory, Rick Hunt as Bart Frances, Bill Keeton as Larry Vauxhall & Amy Sullivan as Betty Andrews

INSPECTING CAROL deals with a regional theatre company that is rehearsing its annual production of A Christmas Carol, when it gets news of the impending arrival of an inspector from the National Endowment for the Arts to review their work. When they assume that the man who asks to audition is really an informer for the NEA, everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor and he is given a role. What will happen when the actual inspector shows up? Come see this laugh-a-minute romp!

  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 1-2 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 3 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 8-9 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 10 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, Dec. 14-16 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 17 at 2pm

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2018-2019 Season Announced by The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTTDW is pleased to announce its 2018-19 season.

Directed by Marcha Hunley
Aug. 10-26, 2018

Directed by Dennis Murphy
Oct. 5-21, 2018

Directed by Linda Abbott
Nov. 30-Dec. 16, 2018

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE by Nora & Delia Ephron
Directed by Rose Vanden Eynden
Feb. 22-March 10, 2019

WORKING by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Amy Waldfogle
May 3-19, 2019

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Cast Announced for THE STING at The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTThe Drama Workshop and director, Fred Hunt are pleased to announce the cast of THE STING.  This production will run May 4-20, 2018.

Based on the 1973 film, THE STING comes to the Glenmore Playhouse stage!  The strains of jazz, swing and stride spill from every bar and fill the airwaves of Chicago. It’s 1936 and confidence trickster Johnny Hooker is set on revenge for the murder of his friend by powerful and dangerous mobster, Doyle Lonnegan.  Teaming up with the greatest con artist of them all, Henry Gondorff, together they plot to pull off The Sting, an outrageous and elaborate con trick designed to rob Lonnegan of his fortune.

Chris Bishop as Henry Gondorff
Nathan Henegar as Johnny Hooker
Kevin Noll as Doyle Lonnegan
Bill Keeton as Kid Twist
Valeria Amburgey as Mrs. Vanderkieft

Also featuring: Dan Bathe, Erica Beimesche, Meagan Blasch, Amanda Borchers, Clint Bramkamp, Trisha Cooper, Adam Drake, Gretchen Gantner, Julie Jordan, Cathy Judge, Ben Lacy, Camron Lacy, Ray Lebowski, Joel Lind, Burt McCollom, Russ McGee, Kaitlyn Moss, Patricia Mullins, Gail Nixon, Erin Marie Schwartz, Jim Waldfogle, Joe Ward, Matt Wich, Mike Williams.

Fred Hunt – Director
Tobie Braverman – Stage Manager
Elaine Volker – Producer

The Drama Workshop is located at 3716 Glenmore Ave. Cincinnati Ohio 45211 in the heart of Cheviot.

For more information and tickets, please call the ticket line at 513-598-8303 or visit www.thedramaworkshop.org.

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Get your holiday cheer on with this hilarious, madcap comedy! Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual slapdash production of A Christmas Carol, rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), and their funding is on hold pending an inspection. This laugh out loud spoof makes for a night at the theatre that is anything but show business as usual.  Contains mild profanity.

The show runs from December 1 through December 17, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2 pm. Because of anticipated demand, there also is an extra performance on Thursday, Dec 14, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18 if purchased in advance, $20 the day of the show. The Drama Workshop performs at The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave in Cheviot.

Production Staff:

  • Directed and Produced by Ray Persing
  • Stage Manager – Amy Shaffer Waldfogle
  • Lighting Design – Eric Bardes
  • Costume Design – Amanda Borchers
  • Set Design – Ray Persing
  • Sound Design – Jason Cox
  • Properties – Elaine Volker


  • Zorah Bloch – Stefanie Adams
  • Mary Jane McMann – Kristy Rucker
  • Wayne Wellacre – Cameron James Baker
  • Phil Hewitt- BJ Simpson
  • Walter E. Parsons – Ivory Mazur
  • Larry Vauxhaull – Bill Keeton
  • Luther Beatty – Joe Hamzy
  • Dorothy Tree Hapgood – Carolmarie Stock
  • Sidney Carlton – Dennis Murphy
  • Kevin Emory – Doug Tumeo
  • Betty Andrews – Amy Sullivan
  • Bart Frances – Rick Hunt
  • Spike – Chris Bishop

For tickets, call the TDW box office at 513.598.8303, or order online at www.thedramaworkshop.org.

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