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The Drama Workshop Announces HOME VIEW THEATRE

TDW_VERT(Cheviot, Ohio) The Drama Workshop, being currently unable to bring more award-winning live theatre to the Glenmore Playhouse, will be releasing video shorts online as part of their series called HOME VIEW THEATRE.

HOME VIEW THEATRE is in the spirit of The Drama Workshop’s popular short play festival called “Home Brew Theatre.” It will feature short films primarily written and adapted by local authors. These short filmed plays will be in a variety of formats: some filmed on stage, some shot on location as short films, and one has been adapted to be performed as a “Zoom play” where the actors appear on screen as if by video call.

The first release is “Stranded Traveler”, which was produced for the stage as part of Home Brew in 2018. Written and directed by Eric Thomas, it is about someone asking for money at a bus stop, who is challenged to be honest about what they need the money for.

October will have two offerings in the spirit of Halloween. “A Paranormal Investigation into The Raven,” written and directed by Dennis Murphy, is a comedic take on the Poe classic, where a  paranormal investigator interviews a man being haunted by a raven. The other offering is “Local Legends,” a collection of spooky tales told by local story tellers, including local legend Greg Hand. That collection will be directed by Alexa Justice.

Two short films about love and relationships will be released in November, both of which were originally staged as part of Home Brew 2019. The first is “Denise’s Do Over,” about a middle-aged woman getting back in the dating game — this time, online. It was adapted by the author Susan Decatur  to work as a “Zoom Play” with windows appearing on screen for each character as they telephone Denise. It will be directed by Amanda Schumate.

The other is “A Better Place” by Eric Thomas, about a person trying to find a way to get over a breakup, who asks a rideshare driver for help in navigating a path to peace. It will be directed by Scott Unes.

December will feature an adaptation of O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” written and directed by Dennis Murphy.

They will be offered at a price of $5 each for general admission, and $10 for “generous” admission. There will also be a discounted price of $25 for the collection of 6 films. Links to the videos will be released to ticket holders. Tickets can be purchased at www.thedramaworkshop.org/homeview or by calling the box office at (513)598-8303.

The Drama Workshop operates from its home at The Glenmore Playhouse at 3716 Glenmore Way in Cheviot.

THE DRAMA WORKSHOP was founded in 1954. TDW is a 501I3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education and promotion of the theatrical arts. The Drama Workshop is widely recognized as one of greater Cincinnati’s most accomplished community theater organizations, garnering dozens of awards annually from the Association of Community Theatres of Greater Cincinnati. TDW’s 2019 production of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” was selected to represent the Southwest Ohio region at the Ohio Community Theatre Association annual conference. TDW was also honored to represent the state of Ohio at the 2013 and 2017 American Association of Community Theatre regional conferences. The Drama Workshop has been recognized by the Cincinnati Preservation Association for their efforts to rehabilitate the former Glenmore Bowl into The Glenmore Playhouse. Prospective members, and individuals or businesses interested in becoming involved or in helping advance TDW’s mission are encouraged to contact the group through our website at www.thedramaworkshop.org, or by phone at 513-598-8303.

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TDW Postpones 2020-2021 Season

TDW_VERTDear Patrons, Members, and Friends of The Drama Workshop,

We had hoped to kick off our 2020-21 season with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged” next month.

As it seems unlikely that the state of Ohio will allow performance theatres to reopen anytime soon, The Drama Workshop has decided to delay the start of our 2020-21 season. For the safety and health of our actors, crew and patrons we are suspending preparations of all shows scheduled for the rest of 2020.

Our tentative plan is to open in early 2021 and offer a shortened season. That exact schedule of shows is still being decided, and will be communicated to you soon.

Please keep yourselves safe and healthy until we can meet again.

Eric Thomas, President
The Drama Workshop

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2019-2020 Orchid Awards for The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTA CATERED AFFAIR

  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Cathy Ross
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Dan Maloney
  • EXCELLENCE IN HAIR/WIGS – Manny Frias
  • EXCELLENCE IN HOUSE – Clint Bramkamp, Lindsey Pullum, Eric Thomas, Amy Waldfogle
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT DESIGN – Dennis Murphy
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT EXECUTION – Elaine Volker & Dennis Murphy
  • EXCELLENCE IN LOBBY DISPLAY – Greg Schaper
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Cathy Judge
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Mark Culp
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Robert Weidle
  • EXCELLENCE IN ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE – Linda Abbott, Brenda Jones, Marsha Moore & Paul Brehm
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Elaine Volker
  • EXCELLENCE IN PROGRAM ART – Marsha Moore
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET CONSTRUCTION – Greg Schaper & Crew
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR – Dennis Murphy and Elaine Volker
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Greg Schaper

BLITHE SPIRIT

  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Betsy Bossart
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Lon Nease
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Torie Pate
  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Dennis Murphy and Karen Romero
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Gina Kleesattel
  • EXCELLENCE IN HAIR/WIGS – Manny Frias
  • EXCELLENCE IN HOUSE – Clint Bramkamp, Tobie Braverman, Eric Thomas & Amy Waldfogle
  • EXCELLENCE IN LOBBY DISPLAY – Megan Schultheis
  • EXCELLENCE IN OVERALL TECHNICAL QUALITY – Clint Bramkamp & Megan Schultheis and Crew
  • EXCELLENCE IN PHOTOGRAPHY – Tammy Cassesa
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Clint Bramkamp and Megan Schultheis
  • EXCELLENCE IN PROPERTIES – Elaine Volker
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET CONSTRUCTION – C. J. Bossart and Crew
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR – Dennis Murphy
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Dennis Murphy
  • EXCELLENCE IN SPECIAL EFFECTS – Jason Cox, Dennis Murphy, John Netzley, Lon Nease & Greg Schaper
  • EXCELLENCE IN STAGE MANAGEMENT – Josh Neumeyer

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE…A LIVE RADIO PLAY

  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Bill Rinehart
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Jonathan Goolsby
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Ray Lebowski
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Adam Drake
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Dennis Murphy
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Ray Persing

NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS

  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Samantha Timmons
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Tobie Braverman
  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Dennis Murphy
  • EXCELLENCE IN HOUSE – Peggy Allen, Rusty Lacy, Lindsey Pullum, Eric Thomas, Amy Waldfogle
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Elaine Volker
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET CONSTRUCTION – Greg Schaper and Crew
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR – Vicki Rafferty and Elaine Volker
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Clint Bramkamp
  • EXCELLENCE IN SPECIAL EFFECTS – CJ Bossart, Clint Bramkamp, John Netzley, Greg Schaper, Kent Smith
  • EXCELLENCE IN STAGE MANAGEMENT – Cassie Stevens

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Casts Announced for THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED] at The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTTDW announces two casts for “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged)[revised]”

The Drama Workshop is happy to announce the casting for their summer production of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” currently scheduled to run August 7 – 23 at the Glenmore Playhouse.

In a clever twist on the tradition approach for the play, Director Becky Collins has cast both an all-male and an all-female cast for the production.  The male cast will consist of Chris Bishop, Eric Thomas and Joshua Van Nort. The female cast features Peggy Allen, Patricia Mullins and Lindsey Pullum. The performers were cast via online auditions and call backs and will alternate performances throughout an expanded run of the play that will feature fourteen performances rather than the normal ten performances.

Dennis Murphy, TDW’s Production Vice President, applauds director Collins’ willingness to stage and rehearse two casts for this show. “Using two completely different casts will require more rehearsal time for Becky and assistant director Betsy Bossart, but it gives audiences the choice between two fresh and interesting ways to enjoy this modern and inventive comedy classic.”

Alternating casts is just one of the many changes TDW is adopting in order to keep production staff, cast members and audiences safe. The board of TDW has developed policies for both rehearsals and performances that allow TDW to meet all current standards for sanitizing and social distancing. The expanded performance schedule was adopted because the house size will be limited in order to allow six feet of space between audience parties. Additional measures will be taken in the house, lobby and ticketing operations to reduce the risk of infectious spread, and keep everyone safe, relaxed, and able to have a great time.

Jason Cox will design the show’s sound cues as well as produce the show. Dennis Murphy serves as assistant producer and lighting designer. CJ Bossart will design the set and serve as master carpenter.  Elaine Volker and David Karsner will provide props.

The Drama Workshop applauds Becky, Betsy, Jason, the production staff and the cast members for their courage to participate in TDW’s first pandemic-era production.

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Online Auditions Announced for THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) at The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTThe Drama Workshop to Hold Online Auditions for
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)

The Drama Workshop is pleased to announce auditions for The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged).  The play will be directed by Becky Collins and opens Drama Workshop’s season with performances running August 8 – 22. Rehearsals will begin June 22.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) calls for a cast of 3 performers in any combination of gender identity. There is a possibility that the show may be double cast.

Those interested in auditioning should go to https://thedramaworkshop.org/auditions-2

Fill the form out and submit it as instructed.  A collection of monologues from the show will be sent to you.  Choose one monologue from Group A and one from Group B.  Videotape a yourself performing the two chosen monologues using a wide, full body shot and send the videos to the email address provided on the speeches. Please clearly state your name at the start of the video(s). Facial expression and physicality will be as important as how well you read the speeches.

Audition videos are due no later than May 30.

After the videos have been reviewed, the director will contact those performers whom she would like to invite to a call-back. Online call backs will be held in small groups via Zoom.

For more information, send an email inquiry to TDW.Auditions@gmail.com.

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