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Selections Announced for HOME BREW THEATRE at The Drama Workshop

TDW_Home Brew 5 logoThe Drama Workshop will present HOME BREW THEATRE the weekend of June 12-14, 2020 at the Glenmore Playhouse in Cheviot.

Due to popular demand a 4th performance has been added this year – a Saturday matinee!

The annual festival features full productions of short plays by local authors, and a Meet the Artists reception featuring local beer.

This year again the beer will be supplied by our friends at West Side Brewing.

The selected plays are:

A BEER* by Peter J. Stavros
Directed by Becky Collins

FIRST KISS* by Betsy Bossart
Directed by Stephanie Klein

Directed by Jeff Nieman

Directed by Judy Berrens

MADAME MISTY by Megan Ann Jacobs
Directed by Trisha Cooper
Directed by Lynne Aronson

THAT WASN’T MY INTENT* by Patricia Mullins
Directed by Betsy Bossart

THE MILE HIGH CLUB* by Arny Stoller
Directed by Amy Eyers

THE SURPRISE ENGAGEMENT* by Christine Charlson
Directed by Greg Hatfield

Directed by Rose Vanden Eynden

*Indicates World Premier.

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

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Auditions Announced for BRIGHT STAR at The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTThe Drama Workshop Announces Audition Dates for the Musical BRIGHT STAR

Open auditions for The Drama Workshop’s production of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s bluegrass musical BRIGHT STAR will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 23 and at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 24. If needed, call backs will be held on Wednesday, February 26 at 7 p.m.

Auditions will be held at the Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave. Cheviot, OH 45211. The doors of the theater will open 30 minutes before the start of each audition.

BRIGHT STAR will open on August 7 and close on August 23. Rehearsals will begin mid-June. The show will be directed by Dennis Murphy with musical direction by Linda Abbott.

Set in Richmond and Asheville and small towns in the Smokey Mountains, Bright Star tells two stories that take place 22 years apart. One story is about a young man returning home from WWII and pursuing a career in journalism. The second story is about a young woman whose newborn child is taken from her and put up for adoption. The two stories are woven together until they reach a magical and  emotional conclusion.

The cast of 18 includes roles for men and women ages 18-70.  There are 6 principal roles for men and 4 principal roles for women.

Those auditioning should prepare 32 bars of a song that shows off their best vocal abilities. Bluegrass songs are encouraged, if possible, but not necessary.  Please bring a picture of yourself, a resume and sheet music in your key.  You will also be asked to read from the script and to participate in a short dance audition.

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Attend A CATERED AFFAIR at the Drama Workshop

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Cathy Jo Judge as Aggie, Robert Weidle as Uncle Winston & Anna Hazard as Janey.

The Drama Workshop, entertaining Westside audiences since 1954, invites everyone to attend “A Catered Affair”. This heart-warming musical, based on the 1956 film of the same name, runs February 21 – March 8. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and include a special Thursday evening performance on March 5 at 7:30 p.m.  All performances are at The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore, Ave. Cheviot, OH 45211.  Tickets are $18 if purchased online or by phone and $20 at the door.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the TDW ticket line at 513-598-8303 or by ordering online at www.thedramaworshop.org.

This musical version of “A Catered Affair” is based on the movie that starred Betty Davis, Ernest Borgnine and Debbie Reynolds.  Playwright Harvey Fienstein and composer John Bucchino     turned the story into a musical in 2008.  Bucchino usually composes operas. His first foray into musicals results in beautifully lush melodies that underscore the emotional life of the characters perfectly. The show was nominated for 12 Drama Desk awards and was chosen as “Best Musical” by the New York Drama League.

The action of the musical will take the audience back to Brooklyn in 1953.  Husband and wife, Tom and Aggie, are reminded of the loss of their son in Korea when his death benefits check arrives.  Tom wants to use the money to buy the medallion for the taxi he has been driving for twenty years.  But when daughter Janey announces that she is getting married to her boyfriend at the court house before taking a cross country trip, Aggie decides that the money should be used to give her daughter the beautiful wedding she herself never had. Uncle Winston, Aggie’s gay brother, offers his assistance to plan and pay for the wedding but is told the event will be for immediate family only. Planning for the wedding puts the family unit in turmoil leaving them all to question whose dreams should come true in the end.

Cathy Jo Judge will take on the role of Aggie, the bride’s mother, who wants her daughter to have the wedding she never had and Mark Culp will play Tom, the father. Anna Hazard will play the bride-to-be and D’Waughn Hazard, her fiance.  Robert Weidle will play Uncle Winston.  Jim Swartout, Mary Puetz, Denise Schnieders, Cathy Roesener and Sarah Willis each play multiple roles including Janey’s best friend, Tom’s taxi-driving friend, the fiance’s parents, a caterer, a wedding dress shop owner and the family’s neighbors.

Director Dan Maloney wanted to direct this show because he is “at a point in my life where I just want to tell a love story, and this is a beautiful one. The music is gorgeous. My hope is that audience members will come to the show and feel like they know these characters from their own lives and families.” Maloney further states that “Love is full of peaks and valleys, happiness and frustrations, and in a lot of ways, it’s like a ride at an amusement park. ‘A Catered Affair’ encourages us to open our eyes and find the beauty in all of it.”

The production team for the play is led by producer Elaine Volker. The set was designed by Greg Schaper and set construction is led by master carpenters Schaper and Kent Smith. The costumes were designed by Cathy Ross. Jason Cox serves as the sound designer and Dennis Murphy as lighting designer. Elaine Volker assembled the props.

A Taste of Class Catering is sponsoring A CATERED AFFAIR.

Join us at The Drama Workshop for a special musical about a very special day in the life of this Bronx family who in many ways is just like our own families.

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A CATERED AFFAIR Runs Feb. 21-March 8

TDW_ A Catered Affair logoA CATERED AFFAIR
The Drama Workshop
Feb. 21-March 8
Glenmore Playhouse [Cheviot]

Directed by Dan Maloney
Music direction by Linda Abbott
Vocal direction by Matthew Nassida
Produced by Elaine Volker

Cast: Cathy Jo Judge as Aggie, Mark Culp as Tom, Anna Hazard as Janey, D’Waughn Hazard as Ralph, Robert Weidle as Winston, Jim Swartwout as Mr. Halloran/Sam, Mary Puetz as Pasha/Mrs. Halloran, Denise Schnieders as Myra/Wedding Dress Saleswoman, Cathy Roesener as Dolores/The Caterer & Sarah Willis as Alice/Army Sergeant

Tells the story of a Bronx mother’s efforts to give her only daughter the elaborate wedding she never had – and the bride never asked for. In this funny, poignant and oh, so human show of love and disaffection, Harvey Fierstein’s book and John Bucchino’s score explore both our need for love and true meaning of family.

  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 21-22 at 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 23 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 28-29 at 8pm
  • Sun, March 1 at 2pm
  • Thu, March 5 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat. March 6-7 at 8pm
  • Sun, March 8 at 2pm

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Cast Announced for RING OF FIRE at The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTPlease join The Drama Workshop in congratulating the following cast members of TDW’s upcoming production of RING OF FIRE! Listed in alphabetical order by last name. We have a full cast now!

  • Evan Blanton
  • Megan Horton
  • Nick Horton
  • Cathleen Judge
  • Kelly Lumbert
  • Mitch Ruth
  • Amy Shaffer Waldfogle
  • Robert Weidle

Directed by Linda Abbott and produced by Valeria Amburgey. Performances run May 1-17.

For more information visit www.thedramaworkshop.org.

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