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2023-2024 Season Announced by The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTThe Drama Workshop is proud to announce our 70th Season, continuing the tradition of bringing quality theatre to Cincinnati’s west side, while encouraging the growth of our local actors, artists and technicians.

The shows selected for our 2023-24 season are as follows:

BINGO! The Winning Musical
By Heitzman, Reid & Holcenbert
Directed by Gina Kleesattel
Performance dates: July 28 – August 13, 2023

THE TIN WOMAN
by Sean Grennan
Directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn
Performance Dates: September 29 – October 15, 2023

WINTER WONDERETTES
by Roger Bean
Directed by Linda Abbott
Performance Dates: December 1-17, 2023

HOME BREW THEATRE VII
A weekend of short plays by local authors.
Performance Dates: Jan 19-21, 2024

BECKY’S NEW CAR
by Steven Dietz
Directed by Tom Peters
Performance Dates: March 1-17, 2024

DEAR WORLD
by Lawrence, Lee & Herman
Directed by Dennis Murphy
Performance Dates: May 3-19, 2024

More information to come!

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Auditions Announced for STEPPING OUT at The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTThe Drama Workshop will hold auditions for Stepping Out, a play with dancing, on Sunday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. and Monday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. Invitation-only call backs will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. All auditions will be held at the Glenmore Playhouse, 3712 Glenmore Avenue, 45211.   The theater will open at 6:30 p.m. each evening.

Stepping Out is a comedy by Richard Harris. The play centers around the instructor and members of a weekly tap-dancing class. As the class prepares for an upcoming performance, we learn about their lives outside of the dance studio as well.   Liza Minnelli starred in a 1991 film based on the play.

Dianna Davis will direct the play with choreography by Genevieve Perrino and Jerry Weisenhahn.

Performance dates: May 12-28.

There are roles for eight women and one man who play the instructor and members of the tap class and one woman who plays the piano for the class.

Those auditioning do not need to be proficient in tap, but a background in tap dancing would be helpful. For anyone with little or no tap/movement experience, we are simply looking for a willingness and commitment to learn during rehearsals.  Most of the choreography is very basic during the scenes taking place during class. But the play does end with the cast performing a polished finale tap dance.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script, a brief tap dance audition, and a jazz dance audition for those auditioning for the role of Mavis.  Auditionees should bring tap shoes and dance wear if they have them. A resume and photo would also be helpful.

Covid policy: The Drama Workshop requires all staff and performers to be vaccinated.   Please bring your vaccination card to the audition.

CHARACTERS IN THE PLAY
*Ages are approximate “playing ages”.

  • Mavis: the tap-dancing instructor; Mavis is an ex-pro dancer, 30 – 50 years old. Mavis is considerate, organized and always in charge of the group. Mavis must be a proficient tap and jazz dancer.
  • Lynne: an eager to please student nurse, 20 – 25 years old.
  • Dorothy: anxious, birdlike, between 25 – 45 years old; has a habit of repeating other people’s last words.
  • Maxine: a confident Jewish business woman who wears big diamond rings, 30 – 40 years old.
  • Andy (woman):  timid, bullied by her husband, 25 – 40 years old.
  • Geoffrey: a shy, quiet, bumbling widower who has a crush on Andy, 30 – 50 years old. The ability to play the piano is a plus.
  • Sylvia: bubbly, flirty, chews gum all of the time, 25 – 40 years old.
  • Rose: a larger-than-life Trinidadian who wears an obvious wig, a crucifix around her neck and lots of finger rings, 30 – 50 years old.
  • Vera: a neat, proper, British, well-meaning snob with expensive tastes in clothes who doesn’t quite get it right. Vera does have immaculate hair & make-up. She is aspiring middle-class, 35 – 50 years old.
  • Mrs. Fraser: the pianist; intolerant, sarcastic, grumpy. Mrs. Fraser believes she is doing everyone a favor by being there. 50+ years old. The ability to play the piano is a plus.

Casting note This play is very story and character driven, therefore we are looking for those who can embody their roles, define their own interpretation and bring their character to life. We ask that preparation involves making some decisions about the character and how it could be performed, but also being open to change and direction. For anyone with little or no tap or movement experience, we are simply looking for a willingness to learn. The audition will involve a movement audition to gauge how the performer approaches and enjoys dancing rather than how well it is performed.

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Cast Announced for SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS at TDW

TDW_Sanders Family Christmas logoThe Drama Workshop and director Judy Berrens are pleased to announce the cast for Sanders Family Christmas.

  • Micheal Kiser as Mervin
  • Kevin Noll as Burl
  • Peggy Allen as Vera
  • Chris Eyers as Stanley
  • Nathen Courtney as Dennis
  • Izz Allison as Denise
  • Katie McDaniel as June

Dennis Betz is the Musical Director

Celebrate with the Sanders family in this heartwarming sequel to the bluegrass gospel musical SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN.It’s December 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the spirit filled Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five Southern Gospel Christmas favorites.

Performance dates are December 2 – 18.

Tickets are available at www.thedramaworkshop.org/tickets or by calling (513) 598-8303.

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Plays Selected for HOME BREW THEATRE 6 at The Drama Workshop

TDW_Home Brew TheatreHOME BREW THEATRE is The Drama Workshop’s regular festival featuring short plays by local artists.

The following are the nine plays and one musical selected for this season’s Home Brew Theatre, which will be held January 20-22,2023. Congratulations to all selected authors and many thanks to all the talented authors who submitted quality work, making this year’s selections very challenging.

AFTER YOU You by Elizabeth Coley
Directed by Fred Murrell

BEYOND THE VEIL by Nicholas Dunker
Directed by Ray Lebowski

CURTAIN CALL Call by Greg Hatfield
Directed by Greg Hatfield

FALLING by Christie Bishop
Directed by Judy Berrens

GEESE by Peter J. Stavros
Directed by Trisha Cooper

HAMBETH by Rose VandenEynden
Directed by Amy Eyers

PUDDLE JUMPERS by Fred Tacon
Directed by Lynne Aronson

SAHARA by Teri Foltz
Directed by Teri Foltz

SAY IT! by Rob Willoughby
Directed by Allie Webber

THE RAINBOW BRIDGE PACKAGE by Christine Charlson
Directed by Gina Kleesattel

Auditions will be held Sunday Nov 13 and Monday Nov 14th at The Drama Workshop Annex building. Please visit www.behindthecurtaincincy.com/2022/11/02/auditions-announced-for-home-brew-theatre-6-at-the-drama-workshop for more information on auditioning.

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SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS Runs Dec. 2-18

TDW_Sanders Family Christmas logoSANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS
The Drama Workshop
Dec. 2-18
Glenmore Playhouse [Cheviot]

Directed by Judy Berrens

Celebrate and rejoice with the Sanders family in this heartwarming sequel to the bluegrass gospel musical SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN! It’s December 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the spirit filled Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five Southern Gospel Christmas favorites.

  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 2-3 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 4 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 9-10 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 11 at 2pm
  • Thu, Dec. 15 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 16-17 at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 18 at 2pm

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