Tag Archives: UC College-Conservatory of Music

Romantic Comedy THE BARTERED BRIDE Opens CCM’s 2019-2020 Opera Series

CCM_The Bartered Bride promo

CCMONSTAGE Opera Series presents THE BARTERED BRIDE on Nov. 21-24, 2019. Tickets are on sale now

CINCINNATI, OH — UC’s College-Conservatory of Music opens its new CCMONSTAGE Opera Series with Bedřich Smetana’s romantic comedy THE BARTERED BRIDE, which runs Nov. 21-24, 2019 at Patricia Corbett Theater. This classic Czech opera is described as “irresistible for its charming characters and lively pace, and, above all, for its rich, colorful score” by the New York Times.

Part bubbly operetta and part Bohemian folk pageant, CCM sets THE BARTERED BRIDE in a Czech community in Texas in 1948. Mařenka is arranged to marry the son of a rich landowner, but she is in love with someone else. Defiantly, Mařenka vows before her parents that she will only accept her love, Jeník, as her husband. As her parents and the matchmaker fight for the arranged marriage, the young lovers fight against tradition in order to be together.

“This story lends itself wonderfully to being shaped from a modern point of view,” says CCM Artist Diploma student Audrey Chait, director of the opera. “This production explores what it means to be a young American immigrant, preserving the traditions of the old country while embracing a new way of life.”

CCM’s production is conducted by guest artist and CCM alumnus Levi Hammer (DMA Orchestral Conducting) and features a new English singing libretto by CCM Opera faculty member Kathleen Kelly. The opera’s original libretto is by Karel Sabina. The process of translation and adaptation started between Kelly and Chait in the summer. In order to make the translation more authentic to the immigrant experience, some text is left in the original Czech.

“In the spirit of realism, the folk songs are sung as-is, as are moments when characters do not want to filter their most urgent thoughts through a second language,” Chait adds.

Movers and Makers magazine named CCM’s production of THE BARTERED BRIDE a “must see” event of Cincinnati’s music and opera of the fall season. Read more about this season’s Opera Series in The News Record.

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Opera Series presents THE BARTERED BRIDE on Nov. 21-24, 2019, at Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

Creative Team 

  • Audrey Chait*, director
  • Levi Hammer, conductor
  • Kathleen Kelly, master coach
  • Molly Getsinger*, chorus master
  • David Adams, Czech language advisor
  • Joshua E. Gallagher*, scenic designer
  • Blaine Shepherd*, costume designer
  • Nina Algelvis*, lighting designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer
  • Cheyenne Holbert*, wig and make-up designer
  • Marley Giggey*, production stage manager
  • Myrrh Sewell*, prop master
  • Shauna Steele, movement consultant
    * CCM Student

Cast List

  • Samuel Kidd*, Jordan Krack+ as Krušina, a peasant
  • Deborah Rivera-Badillo*, Rachel Ballitch+ as Ludmila, his wife
  • Jordan Stadvec*, Brittany Olivia Logan+ as Mařenka, their daughter
  • Turner Staton as Mícha, a landowner
  • Elana Bell as Háta, his wife
  • Tayte Mitchell*, Mishael Eusebio+ as Vašek, their son
  • Victor Cardamone*, Jordan Loyd+ as Jeník, Mícha’s son by a former marriage
  • Michael Hyatt*, Ryan Wolfe+ as Kecal, a marriage broker
  • Manfred Anaya as Principál komediantů, ringmaster
  • Justin Burgess as actor
  • Anyeé Farrar*, Vistoria Ellington+ as Esmeralda, dancer and comedienne
  • Manfred Anaya, Alexander Kapp, James Henry Benson, Haksung Lee, Megan Graves, Anna Mosoriak, David Guzmán, Michael Pandolfo, Saane Halaholo, Josey
    Poppin, Johan Hartman, Yi-Chun Tsai, Andrea Tulipana as ensemble
  • Sophie Beadie, Sarah Santarsiero, Lily Kozub, Rebekah Docea, Erika Shi, Meg Green, Ying-Chi Lu as circus performers
    * Thursday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 23
    + Friday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 24

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Single tickets prices start at $39.50; Student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Subscribe to CCMONSTAGE’s Three-Show Opera Series for just $89.

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

Directions and Parking
CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit
ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.

CCMONSTAGE Production Sponsor: Macy’s and Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

Story by CCM Graduate Student Kelly Barefield

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at https://ccm.uc.edu/.

# # #

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Events, Press Releases

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Quick Review

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW presented by UC College-Conservatory of Music through Nov. 10. I attended the Saturday matinee performance. 

CCM_Rocky Horror Show 3

Mikayla Renfrow as Janet, Ethan Zeph as Frank ‘N’ Furter & Jake Waford as Brad. Photo by Mark Lyons.

Director & choreographer Vincent DeGeorge breathes new life into the cult-classic musical, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW.

CCM_Rocky Horror Show 23

Sofie Flores as Magenta. Photo by Mark Lyons.

The show is uniquely staged on a play area that is reminiscent of a runway, with the audience seated along the length on opposing sides. Except for the movie theater marquee hanging over one end of the play area, the set is comprised of smartly designed rolling pieces, courtesy of scenic designer Joshua E. Gallagher.

The iconic characters receive updated looks thanks to Costume Designer Maddie Kevelson and Wig & Make-Up Designer Kelly Yurko. The ensemble (Phantoms) are dressed in all black and presented as genderqueer. The named characters have more modernized looks, but are still easily identifiable.

CCM_Rocky Horror Show 19

Delaney Guyer as Columbia & Joseph (Hank) Von Kolnitz as Eddie. Photo by Mark Lyons.

The cast is very strong across the board in their performances and vocals. Ethan Zeph impresses with his command of the stage as Frank ‘N’ Furter. Music director Stephen Goers rocks out the score, doing double duty as keyboardist and conductor of the other five instrumentalists.

Overall a very enjoyable update to a show crossing into its fifties. Sadly this already extended run has pretty much SOLD OUT. Never hurts to contact the box office though.

My rating: 4.75 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

Leave a comment

Filed under Reviews

42ND STREET Quick Review

42ND STREET presented UC College-Conservatory of Music ran Oct. 24-27. I attended the Saturday matinee performance. 

CCM_42nd St1

“Forty-Second Street.” Photo by Mark Lyons.

I do enjoy a good tap show. And University of Cincinnati’s 42ND STREET was not a good tap show. It was a great tap show.

One advantage CCM has over a touring Broadway show is the ability to go big. In this case, with an ensemble comprised of more than two dozen performers. The production numbers nearly filled the stage from wing to wing with rows of dancers. The choreography was top notch and well-handled by all.

CCM_42nd St3

Bailee Endebrock as Peggy Sawyer. Photo by Mark Lyons.

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the wonderful work by costume designer Reba Senseke and crew. Also well-done were the wigs designed by Samantha Kittle.

The show flowed well from scene to scene and the pacing was strong throughout. I’m not sure if the downplaying of the May-December romance between Peggy Sawyer and Julian Marsh was a director’s decision or a script change from the revival, but I thought that as presented it made for a great dynamic between the two.

Bailee Endebrock was very enjoyable as Peggy Sawyer. Both Camila Paquet (as Maggie Jones) and Nick Berninger (Julian Marsh) were strong in their aged-up roles. Solid performances across the cast.

CCM_42nd Street2

“We’re in the Money.” Photo by Mark Lyons.

Thank you for a very enjoyable afternoon meeting those dancing feet.

My rating: 4.75 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

Leave a comment

Filed under Reviews

Classic Broadway Hit 42ND STREET Opens CCM’s 2019-2020 Musical Series

CCM_42nd StThe CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents the ultimate show-biz musical
42ND STREET on Oct. 24-27, 2019
Tickets are on sale now

CINCINNATI, OH — Declared by Playbill Magazine as one of the most represented schools on Broadway, UC’s College-Conservatory of Music presents 42ND STREET on Oct. 24-27, 2019 at Corbett Auditorium. Featuring tap dancing and classic show tunes, CCM’s musical theatre student stars of tomorrow bring this beloved story to life on stage with all of the glitz and glamour of the Great White Way.

The ultimate show-biz musical, 42ND STREET celebrates Broadway, Times Square and the people who make the magic of musical theatre. Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star?

Featuring music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin and a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, the score is chock-full of Broadway standards, including “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me,” “Dames,” “We’re In the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “Forty-Second Street.”

A special guest and distinguished alumnus returns to CCM during the run of 42ND STREET to work with musical theatre students in a series of master classes. Lee Roy Reams (’64, ‘82; HonDoc ’98) originated the role of Billy Lawlor in 42ND STREET when it opened on Broadway in 1980. He was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk awards for his performance. Reams’ master classes at CCM will focus on auditioning, the importance and impact on 42ND STREET in the realm of American musical theatre, tap dancing and the “business of the business.” Read more about Reams and his upcoming CCM master class.

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents 42ND STREET on Oct. 24-27, 2019, at Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

42ND STREET Billing Credits 

  • Music by Harry Warren
  • Lyrics by Al Dubin
  • Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
  • Based on the Novel by Bradford Ropes
  • Original Direction and Dances by Gower Champion
  • Originally Produced on Broadway by David Merrick

The use of all songs is by arrangement with Warner Bros., the owner of music publishers’ rights.

42ND STREET is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK, www.tamswitmark.com

Creative Team

  • Diana Lala, director
  • Roger Grodsky, musical director
  • Diana Lala and Katie Johannigman, co-choreographers
  • Mark Halpin, scenic designer
  • Reba Senske, costume designer
  • Jeremy Mayo*, lighting designer
  • Hankyu Lee*, sound designer
  • Samantha Kittle*, wig and make-up designer
  • Jennelle John-Lewis*, production stage manager
  • Eddy Mineishi*, associate sound designer
  • Ashley Crockett*, prop master
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight director
  • Sammi Grant, dialect coach
    * CCM Student

Cast List 

  • Michael Canu as Andy Lee
  • Joey Vaz as Oscar
  • Matthew Skrovan as Mac
  • Zoë Grolnick as Annie
  • Camila Paquet as Maggie Jones
  • John Collins as Bert Barry
  • Anna Chase Lanier as Ethel
  • Kylie Liya Page as Diane
  • Tori Heinlein as Gladys
  • Jack Brewer as Billy Lawlor
  • Bailee Endebrock as Peggy Sawyer
  • Allison Bossart as Lorraine
  • Haley Holcomb as Phyllis
  • Nick Berninger as Julian Marsh
  • Jamie Goodson as Dorothy Brock
  • Sam Cohen as Abner Dillon
  • Sam Pickart as Pat Denning
  • Madison Hagler, Stone Mountain as Thugs
  • Kurtis Brown as Doctor
  • Ensemble: Jenna Bienvenue, Kurtis Brown, Carina Florio, Ashton Francis, Alloria Frayser, Madison Hagler, Cole Harksen, Chip Hawver, Tori Heinlein, Kai Horvit, Joshua Kenneth Allen Johnson, Anna Chase Lanier, David Littlefield, Kylie Liya Page, Cassie Maurer, Eli Mayer, Kassi McMillan, Chesney Mitchell, Stone Mountain, Eli Owens, Ben Pimental, Aaron Richert, Sammy Schechter, Quinn Surdez, Abby Tucker, Julia Yameen, Jess Zylstra
  • Swings: Christian Feliciano and Delaney Benson
  • Dance Captain: Joshua Kenneth Allen Johnson
  • Tap Captain: Zoë Grolnick
  • Assistant Director: Elijah King

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Single tickets prices start at $35.50. Student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

Directions and Parking
CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.

CCMONSTAGE Production Sponsors: Macy’s and Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at https://ccm.uc.edu/.
# # #

Leave a comment

Filed under Press Releases

CCM Stages Award-Winning Mystery THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

CCM_Curious Incident logoThe CCMONSTAGE Play Series presents this moving coming-of-age tale about the challenges and wonders of life on Oct. 17-20, 2019. Tickets are on sale now

CCM continues its new CCMONSTAGE Play Series with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, playing Oct. 17-20 in Cohen Family Studio Theater. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, the production is based on the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens.

The story focuses on 15-year-old Christopher and how he uses his extraordinary brain to navigate everyday life. He is exceptional at mathematics, but has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road. He detests being touched and he distrusts strangers, overwhelmed by sensory overload.

When Christopher finds his neighbor’s dead dog, he becomes determined to solve the mystery and find the murderer. His detective work takes him on a thrilling journey through London that overturns his entire world.

“Christopher is a hero on a hero’s journey,” says CCM Acting Professor Richard E. Hess, director of the play. “He teaches us about courage, about resilience, about curiosity and about hope. This play is a revelation, a magical journey to the heart.”

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Play Series presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Oct. 17-20, 2019, at Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

Creative Team

  • Richard Hess, director
  • Mallory Bruno, production stage manager
  • Seth Howard*, scenic designer
  • Alex Mason*, lighting designer
  • Travis Byrne*, sound designer
  • Sammi Grant, dialect coach

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Jabari Carter as Christopher
  • Amanda Nelson as Siobhan
  • Gabe Nasato as Ed
  • Sierra Coachman as Judy
  • Chandler Bates as Voice One, Mrs. Shears, Mrs. Gascoyne, Woman on Train, Shopkeeper
  • Noah Buyak as Voice Two, Roger (Mr. Shears), Duty Sergeant, Mr. Wise, Man Behind Counter, Drunk One
  • Reid Robison as Voice Three, Policeman, Mr. Thompson, Drunk Two, Man with Socks, London Policeman
  • Frankie Chuter as Voice Four, Reverend Peters, Uncle Terry, Station Policeman, Station Guard
  • Kayla Temshiv as Voice Five, No. 40, Lady in Street, Information, Punk Girl
  • Michelle Jardine as Voice Six, Mrs. Alexander, Posh Woman

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Directions & Parking
CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.
____________________

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York.

Leave a comment

Filed under Press Releases