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WHHS Theatre Department Makes a Statement About Modern Corporations and Social Responsibility Through URINETOWN: The Musical

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Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

“It’s a privilege to pee”

A lovable hero, a despicable villain, a citizenry rumbling for a revolution, and… pee? This February, Walnut Hills High School tackles Urinetown, a charmingly self-aware and witty musical set in a dystopian future where a monopoly charges for the ability to use the restroom. As discontent grows among the citizenry, an unlikely hero, Bobby Strong, rises to the challenge of defending one of humanity’s most basic needs. However, as the willful optimism of the lower classes slowly begins to turn the tide of the revolution, the audience is left with one question: how far are we willing to go for our freedom? With a high-energy score and a hilarious book, join the cast and crew of URINETOWN for a satirical glance at the cogs behind modern society.

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Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Runs Thursday February 13th, Friday February 14th, and Saturday February 15th at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students.

Directed by Michael Sherman. Assistant Directed by Bettina Ernst and Kyra Krumins. Music Direction by Bret Albright. Choreography by Maggie Perrino and Matthew Eggers.
Production Stage Manager: Chloe Burwinkel

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Oliver Vockell as Bobby Strong. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Featuring: Oliver Vockell as Bobby Strong, Alex Kirk as Hope Cladwell, Molly Munn as Little Sally, Jack Giglia as Officer Lockstock, Sam Frank as Officer Barrel, Peter Godsey as Caldwell B. Cladwell, Olivia Busche as Penelope Pennywise, Derrick McHale as Senator Fipp, Louis Martini as McQueen, Matthew Eggers as Hot Blades Harry, Clare Brennan as Little Beck Two Shoes, Ella Vaughn as Soupy Sue, Gabe Donnelly as Tiny Tom, Owen Cummings as Robby the Stockfish / Boy Cop 1, Jonah Human as Billy Boy Bill / Boy Cop 3, Aiden Litmer as Joseph "Old Man" Strong / Boy Cop 2, Talia Raider-Roth as Josephine “Old Ma” Strong, Hayden Oberst as Dr. Billeaux, Grace Kelly Fulton as Cladwell’s Secretary, Elle Bisheimer as Mrs. Millenium / Girl Cop, Allison Robertson as UGC Executive 1, and Sunny Dighe as UGC Executive 2. Including Lily Jones, Annika Vockell, Sophia Rooksberry, Lucia Johns, Sophia Cotton-Riker, and Isabella Lachey as the UGC Ensemble; and Brando Donaldson, Megan Graeler, Lili Jenkins, Lily Canter, Joanna Acio-Alele, Artemis Azure, Nadyaa Betts, and Cam Hogue as The Poor Ensemble. Featuring Kathryn Daniher as the Poor Ensemble swing.

Tickets are $10 for students and staff and $12 for adults. Tickets may be purchased by visiting https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets

Photos courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Brings Four Performances to One Stage in A Student Directed One Act Festival

“We’re all mad here”

You won’t want to miss Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department’s very first Student Directed One Act Festival, with two junior high plays: ALICE adapted by Lindsay Price from the novel by Lewis Carroll, & SUPERHEROES: WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY by Ian McWethy; and two senior high plays: TERMINAL LUCIDITY: A DADA INSPIRED FEMINIST SCREAM by Amy Bernstein, & THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE by Christopher Durang. Each of the four plays will run with two performances in the Rick Steiner Black Box Theater.

WHHS One Act press-AliceALICE Show Synopsis:
ALICE follows the white rabbit down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, where she meets a cornucopia of strange creatures. A caterpillar gives advice, the Mad Hatter and March Hare are always at tea time, and the Queen of Hearts continually cries, “Off with her head!” The Cheshire Cat says everyone in Wonderland is mad, and therefore Alice must be too. Has Alice lost her head? Only the Cheshire Cat knows for sure.

Directed by Sophia Rooksberry
Stage Manager: Lucia Johns

Kaelyn Carr as Alice, Wolf Singer as Cheshire Cat 1/Mad Hatter, Khara Rosebrook as Cheshire Cat 2/March Hare, Molly Rebber as Cheshire Cat 3/Doormouse, Ella Shaffer as White Rabbit, Nate Caudill as Caterpillar/King of Hearts, Josie Leanza as Pigeon/Queen of Hearts, Clare Graff as Duchess/Jury Member, Lizzy Rebber as Low Door/Cook, Theresa Nguyen as Door 1/Baby/Knave, Charleigh Bates Door 2/Footman 1/Card 2, Shannon Speaker as Door 3/Footman 2/Card 5, Aidan Brogan as Door 4/Lackey/Card 7, Paloma Lanzador as Key/Stove/Jury Member, Naima Jones as Bottle/Stove/Jury Member, Kyra Doty as Cake/Stove/Jury Member

For superheroes, saving the world is tough, but the time spent away from work is tougher. The Hulk has to do taxes, a crime-fighting sidekick joins a support group, and Batman goes stir-crazy without enough criminals to take down. SUPERHEROES is a funny, fast-paced series of vignettes that explores how the caped crusaders deal with life in street clothes.

Directed by Peter Godsey
Stage Manager: Chloe Burwinkel

Isabella Lachey as Black Widow, Maya Busche as Storm, Jude Shotwell as Batman, Sarah Gebremeskel as Nelly/Ventnor, Marcus Ray as Clark/Tommy, Anna Visger as Ulma/Teen 2, Iris Westfall as Tucker/Teen 1, Caitlyn Hollywood as Hulk/Jimmy, Nola Stowe as Woman/Tina/Fan, Helen Sandhu as Felicia/Mia, Alejandra Frecker as Orin/Client, Andrew Canter as Robin/Boss, Julia Wasem as Garth/Manager, and Katie Berich as Penelope/Teen Girl.

Both Junior High One Acts run Friday, December 6 at 7 PM, and Saturday, December 7 at 2 PM.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for staff and students.

She could be your friend, your neighbor, your relative: And she’s struggling to cope with a monster in her midst. What’s the right thing to do? Is there a right thing?

Directed by Bettina Ernst
Stage Manager: Grace Allen

Sophie Christian as Journalist, Lily Clark as Senator, Diana Hutchinson as Soldier, Uyen Dao as Offspring, Grace Kelly Fulton as Wife/Mistress, Avery Frank as Old Woman, Anna Gavin as BPC, Nina Roberto as Girl, and Sarah Mansfield as Baroness.

WHHS One Act press-Actor's NightmareTHE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE Show Synopsis:
Having casually wandered onstage, George is informed that one of the actors, Eddie, has been in an auto accident and he must replace him immediately. Apparently, no one is sure of what play is being performed but George (costumed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in the middle of a scene from Private Lives, surrounded by such luminaries as Sarah Siddons, Dame Ellen Terry, and Henry Irving. As he fumbles through one missed cue after another the other actors shift to Hamlet, then a play by Samuel Beckett, and then a climactic scene from what might well be A Man for All Seasons—by which time the disconcerted George has lost all sense of contact with his fellow performers.

Directed by Talia Raider-Roth
Stage Manager: Hannah Wardlow

Allison Robertson as George Spelvin, Christina Picklo as Sarah Siddons, Lily Canter as Dame Ellen Terry, Colby James as Meg, Ella Vaughn as Executioner, and Jackson Prus as Henry Irving.

Festival Production Stage Manager: Olive Leonardi
Festival Assistant Stage Managers: Reagan Warvel & JP Oberst

Both Senior High One Acts run Saturday, December 7 at 7 PM, and Sunday, December 8 at 2 PM.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for staff and students.

To purchase tickets: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets

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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Creates a New World in Imaginative Production of Simon Stephens’ THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

WHhs_Curious Press-35“Do you know who killed Wellington?”

A dog, a gardening fork, and a family secret. How are these three things connected? Discover the mystery and join us this November for this organic and inventive production of the Simon Stephens’s deeply moving drama. The Curious Incident  of the Dog in the Night-Time presents the novel of a young Christopher Boone, a student and amateur detective with a developmental disability living with his father in Swindon, England. Christopher, upon discovering the death of his neighbor’s dog, decides to uncover the truth about the incident and detail his discoveries in a book. Going against his father’s wishes in the search for answers, what secrets will he find in his search? This minimalistic and innovative production will immerse you thoroughly in Christopher’s world through the use of stylistic staging and unconventional technical elements. The cast and crew highlight the complexities of personal relationships and the confusion  that comes with navigating our contemporary world with nuance and beauty. Delving into themes of bravery, empathy, and the importance of human connection; you will not want to miss this chance to see the world through a new perspective.

Runs Thursday, November 7, Friday, November 8, and Saturday November 9 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 pm

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for staff and students

WHhs_Curious Press-37Show Synopsis:
15 year old Christopher Boone, who is on the autism spectrum, lives with his father in Swindon. He excels in math and loves school with Siobhan, but not everything is fun and games. He finds his neighbor’s dog Wellington murdered in her garden and is determined to find the culprit, even after his dad tells him not to investigate. Along the way he meets new people, has new experiences, and even discovers a new mystery along the way which puzzles him even more. Narrated by his teacher Siobhan, Christopher’s diary goes through every detail of his fantastic adventure.

Directed by Michael Sherman, Movement Directed by Erin Carr
Production Stage Manager: Reeya Dighe

WHHS_Curious Press-42Featuring:
Kyra Krummins as Mrs. Shears, Clare Brennan as Siobhan, Jack Giglia as Christopher Boone, Derrick McHale as Swindon Policeman, Louis Martini as Duty Sergeant/Uncle Terry, Oliver Vockell as Ed Boone, Sam Frank as Reverend Peters, Aiden Litmer as Mr. Thompson / Man With Socks, Megan Graeler as #40, Aaron Tossey as Mr. Wise, Olivia Busche as Mrs. Alexander, Elle Bisheimer as Mrs. Gascoyne/Woman on the train, Katie Sutkamp as Judy Boone, Alex Kirk as Lady in the Street, Nick Wittenauer as Station Policeman, Rafael Ramirez as Man Behind Counter/London Policeman, , Owen Cummings as Drunk 1, Brando Donaldson as Drunk 2, Cam Hogue as Station Guard, Kathryn Daniher as Information, Nia Stefanov as Punk Girl 1, Adeleigh Karoutchi as Punk Girl 2, Lily Jones as Punk Girl 3, Mama Njie as Shopkeeper, and Matthew Eggers as Roger Shears.  Understudies include Jackson Prus (Christopher), Anika Vockell (Siobhan), Avery Frank (Judy and Mrs. Shears), Loretta Rubin (Mrs. Alexander), Charles Bishop (Male Ensemble Swing), and Uyen Dao (Female Ensemble Swing).

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for staff and students. Tickets may be purchased by visiting:



Photos courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography

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XANADU JR Closes Walnut Hills High School Theatre Season


Sophia Cotton-Riker as Kira.

“This isn’t Venice, Italy; this is Venice, California. And this isn’t 1780, this is 1980.”

By Clare Brennan. April 28, 2019. Cincinnati OH – Join us for our final show of the season: Xanadu Jr.! Our junior high students take on the zany musical full of magic, familiar songs, and Greek gods. Based on the terrible movie of the same name and featuring 80s hits such as “Xanadu”, “Strange Magic”, “All Over the World” and many more, the rocking score is sure to rile nostalgia in anyone missing the 80s, as well as delight younger audiences discovering the music for the first time. This loud and hilarious love story is a wonderful way to ease into the summer spirit. Bring your leg warmers and roller skates and join us in 1980!

Show Synopsis
Xanadu JR. follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first Roller Disco. (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.

Directed by Danielle Muething, Assistant Directed by Oliver Vockell and Clare Brennan
Production Stage Manager: Chloe Burwinkle

WHHS_Xanadu2Featuring Sophia Cotton-Riker as Kira, Sunny Dighe as Sonny, Christopher Vonderschmidt as Old Danny, Brando Donaldson as Young Danny, Ella Vaughn as Melpomene, Josie Leanza as Calliope, Diana Hutchinson as Erato/Siren, Sophie Hammons as Euterpe/Siren, Anika Vockell as Polyhymnia/Siren, Isabella Lachey as Terpsichore/Siren, Clare Graff as Thalia/Siren, Tierney Shafer as Urania/Siren, Owen Cummings as Zeus/Chorus, Kayla McGraw as Hera/Andrews Sister/Chorus, Sophia Rooksberry as Thetis/Andrews Sister/Chorus, Lily Canter as Aphrodite/Andrews Sister/Chorus, Nate Caudill as Hermes/Chorus, Adeleigh Karoutchi as Young Woman/Chorus, Mischa Sella as Cyclops/The Tubes/ Chorus, Avery Frank as Medusa/The Tubes/Chorus, Hannah Wardlow as Centaur/The Tubes/Chorus; and the Greek Chorus featuring, Kathryn Daniher, Annalise Smith, Katie Beth Christie, Katie Berich, Khara Rosebrook, Sophie Christian, Maya Busche, Joanna Lin, Kaelyn Carr, Lucia Johns, Rose Ellsworth, Andrew Kelm, and Aiden Brogen.

Performance Dates: May 9th-11th @ 7pm

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Buy Tickets: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets

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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Turns Tradition On Its Head With All-Female Production of Euripides’ MEDEA

WHHS_medea press-64“Now will men admire
our women’s ways, and give
us sway; no more will they
insult and slander us; honor
shall be our daily bread.”

Imagine a time you have loved, a time you have lost, a time you have triumphed…Join us this April for one of the most powerful, but lesser-known Greek tragedies.  Continuing where the myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece left off, Medea finds herself betrayed by her husband in a strange land.  Set on a dark path, will she be able to come back from the brink, or will madness and the need for revenge consume her and her children? Through an all-female cast and traditional Greek masks, this production explores themes of love, empowerment, and betrayal. The cast and crew strip away the hyper theatricality to present this classic in an intimate and minimalist manner, truly showcasing the beauty of the words and the prowess of the actresses. Highlighting the extraordinary in the ordinary, the unconventional within the conventional, this is an experience you do not want to miss.

Runs Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th at 2:00 pm and Saturday April 27th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students.

Show Synopsis:
In this production of the classic Greek tragedy, translated skillfully by poet Inés Azar, the story of Medea, princess of Colchis, a powerful sorceress is revealed. Medea, taken to Corinth by her former husband Jason after assisting him in the securing of the golden fleece, is forced to reckon with Jason’s betrayal, as he has left her to marry the daughter of Creon, Corinth’s king. Infuriated by Jason’s actions, Medea and her Familiar devise a plot to take revenge on those who have wronged her. Narrated by a chorus of Corinthian woman, this tale of a woman wronged unfolds as Medea encounters Jason and other mythical characters ultimately ending in the tragic outcomes of Medea’s plans. A subversion of the greek tradition of casting men in all roles, our production brings an all-female cast performing in traditional greek style, masks included, to the Rick Steiner black box.

Directed by Helen Raymond-Goers, Assistant Directed by Bettina Ernst.
Production Stage Manager: Matthew Eggers

Featuring: Charlie Patterson as Nurse/Guard, Cam Hogue as Tutor/Guard, Lily Canter as Child, Megan Graeler as Child, Grace Kelly Fulton as Medea, Kennedy Nadermann as Familiar, Talia Raider-Roth as Chorus Leader, Christina Picklo as Rational, Nina Roberto as Juror, Elle Bisheimer as Advisor, Caroline Yaeger as Zealot, Sarah Mansfield as Creon, Lily Adams as Jason, Perri Wedlock as Aegeus, Sophia Rooksberry as Messenger/Guard, and Mama Njie as Guard.

Tickets are $10 for students and staff and $12 for adults. Tickets may be purchased by visiting



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