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The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Closes Season with the Classic Musical Comedy, GUYS AND DOLLS JR.

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Andrew Canter as Nathan Detroit and Adelaide Linser as Adelaide. Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Cincinnati, OH – As summer approaches, the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department will close out the year with their junior high musical, Guys and Dolls Jr.

The show runs May 12-14 at 7 p.m. in the Walnut Hills High School Auditorium.

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Tyrone Hall as Sky Masterson and Mya Verticchio as Sarah Brown. Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Set in Damon Runyon’s New York City, Guys and Dolls Jr. follows gambler Nathan Detroit, as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown. Guys and Dolls Jr. takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong.

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Jonathan Rubin as Nicely Nicely Johnson and Andrew Prevost as Benny Southstreet. Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. They are now available, and can be purchased at: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets, where audience members can also read the COVID 19 policies for attending the performance.  Seating is no longer limited, and we are excited to announce that we are back to full capacity. Masks are encouraged, but optional for all audience members.

This production and the entire WHHS Theatre Season is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.

Featuring Tyrone Hall as Sky Masteron, Mya Verticchio as Sarah Brown, Andrew Canter as Nathan Detroit, Adelaide Linser as Adelaide, Jonathan Rubin as Nicely Nicely Johnson, Andrew Prevost as Benny Southstreet, Clark Sayre as Harry the Horse, James Overton as Big Jule, Tvisha Mirashi as Arvide, Caroline Lovelace as General Cartwright, Jude Shotwell as Brannigan, Will Curtain as Rusty Charlie, Cat Riggs as Angie the Ox, Violet Kimnach as Mimi, Emmett Corby as Brandy Bottle Bates / Crapshooter, Winter Cruser as Scranton Slim / Crapshooter, Noah Levinthal as Society Max / Crapshooter, Ash Kertpet as Agatha, Milo Hickerson as Calvin, Anna Rose Wright as Martha, Riley Coleman as Bertha, Claire Wise as Mission Band/Havanna Patron, Maya Lipscomb as Hot Box Girl / Havana Dancer, Nina Muro as Hot Box Girl / Havana Dancer, Jennifer Keifer as Hot Box Dancer, Adah Mosher as Hot Box Girl / Havana Ensemble, Noa Jaffee as Hot Box Girl / Havana Ensemble, Harper Monnin as Hot Box Girl, Myah Firdhaus as Hot Box Girl / Havana Ensemble, Maria Smyth as Hot Box Girl, Valeria Molina as Hot Box Girl / Havana Ensemble, Jonas Warner as Newspaper Seller / crapshooter, Isaiah Griswold as Havana Bartender / Cop / Crapshooter, Grant Luebke as Havana Waiter / Cop / Crapshooter, and Cal Moore as Havana Patron / Crapshooter

Director: Mike Sherman
Assistant Directors: Lily Canter and Clare Graff
Choreographers: Lael Ingram and Izzy Lachey
Music Director: Bret Albright
Production Stage Manager: Lucia Johns
Assistant Stage Managers: Katie Berich and Abbie Kershner
Technical Director: Helen A. Raymond-Goers
Costume Designer: Emma Smith
Hair and Makeup Designers: Emma Dalton and Lizzy Rebber
Lighting Designer: Sophie Glenn
Marketing and Publicity Head: Lizzy Rebber
Master Electrician: Reagan Warvel
Props Designer: Laurel Prince
Scenic Designers: Ryan Peerless and Leo Jenkins
Sound Designer: Maya Busche

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WHHS Theatre Department Welcomes Back Live Audiences With the Hilarious Screwball Comedy, LEND ME A TENOR

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Owen Cummings as Tito and Leo Jenkins as Max. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Welcomes Back Live Audiences to the Blackbox Theatre with the hilarious Screwball Comedy, LEND ME A TENOR

Cincinnati, OH-After an amazing previous performance in the Rick Steiner Blackbox Theatre with Rhinoceros, the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is eager to welcome back audiences with Ken Ludwig’s hilarious screwball comedy, Lend Me a Tenor.  A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap romp is guaranteed to make audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

The show runs April 21st-23rd, 2022 at 7 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 23rd.

Set in September 1934, Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand opera Company, is preparing to welcome Tito Merelli, the greatest tenor of his generation and known as Il Stupendo, to appear for one night only as the star of the opera. However, Tito arrives late and through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double-dose of tranquilizer and passes out, making his pulse so low Saunders and his assistant Mas believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the opera, Saunders persuades Max to fool the audience into thinking he is the great Tito Merelli by getting into his costume. Max succeeds and lives up to his idol, but Merelli regains consciousness and gets into an identical costume, ready to perform. Now two opera singers are running around in the same costume with two women chasing them, both thinking they are with Il Stupendo.

“Mistaken identities, slamming doors, Scooby-Doo style chases– it’s a classic farce ” says co-director Helen Raymond-Goers. “After the last couple years, it’s time for us all to take things a little less seriously, at least for a couple hours, and Lend Me A Tenor gives us a great opportunity to find the silly in the ordinary and the absolutely ridiculous in the extraordinary.”

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. They are now available, and can be purchased at: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets, where audience members can also read the COVID 19 policies for attending the performance.  Seating is no longer limited, and we are excited to announce that we are back to full capacity. Masks are encouraged, but optional for all audience members.

This production and the entire WHHS Theatre Season is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.

Featuring Leo Jenkins as Max, Anika Vockell as Maggie, Emma Smith as Saunders, Owen Cummings as Tito, Chloe Goodman as Maria, Sophie Christian as the Bellhop, Gwen Schumann as Diana, and Kayla McGraw as Julia.

  • Co-Directed by Ryan Peerless and Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Technical Director- Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Production Stage Manager- Mary Sullivan
  • Assistant Stage Manager- Jamiera Jones
  • Costume Designer- Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Hair and Makeup Designer- Laurel Prince
  • Lighting Designer- Allison Calkins
  • Marketing and Publicity Head- Lizzy Rebber
  • Master Electrician- Reagan Warvel
  • Props Designer- Sophia Rooksberry
  • Co-Scenic Designer- Ryan Peerless and Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Co-Sound Designer- Reagan Warvel and Cristian Grover

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The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Presents an Optimistic Tale in the Midst of Cynicism, Through Cartoon Comedy in THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

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Cincinnati, OH-The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is elated to be welcoming back live audiences to its 2021-2022 school year senior high musical, the regional high school premiere of The SpongeBob Musical.

Adapted from the iconic Nickelodeon series, The SpongeBob Musical follows SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and all of Bikini Bottom as they face total annihilation when a local volcano, Mount Humongous, threatens to erupt in 24 hours. Spongebob, Patrick, and Sandy attempt to save the day, while Plankton cooks up another one of his evil schemes and attempts to thwart our heroes—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage.

Regarding the musical, director Mike Sherman says, “While this is certainly a fun show based on a cartoon loved by so many, it also has a really great message about friendship and community. In a very cynical time, this show brings a joyous message of hope and optimism.”

The show runs February 17-19, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Walnut Hills High School Auditorium.

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Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The SpongeBob Musical
With New Songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley / Additional Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton / Additional Music by Tom Kitt / Music Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements by Tom Kitt / Original Choreography by Christopher Gattelli

Based on the series by Stephen Hillenberg, Book by Kyle Jarrow, and Musical Production Conceived and Directed by Tina Landau.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. They are now available, and can be purchased at: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets, where audience members can also read the COVID 19 policies for attending the performance.  Please be advised that seating is currently limited for all performances.

This production and the entire WHHS Theatre Season is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.

Featuring:
Leo Jenkins as SpongeBob Squarepants, Valerie Dreith as Patrick Star, Diana Hutchinson as Sandy Cheeks, Nate Caudill as Krabs/French Narrator, Ella Vaughn as Pearl, Brando Donaldson as Plankton, Lily Canter as Karen, Emma Dalton as Squidward, Owen Cummings as Perch Perkins, Wolf Singer as Patchy the Pirate/Johnny the Bartender, Avery Frank as The Mayor, Loretta Rubin as Mrs. Puff, Hadrian Dwyer as Larry the Lobster/Gary, Sophie Christian as Old Man Jenkins/Pirate, Oscar Stec as Buster Bluetang/Pirate, Riley Soutar as Security Guard 1/Mob Fish/ Jellyfish Puppeteer, Alonzo Mongomery as Security Guard 2/Sardine Devotee 1/Sea Anemone, Anika Vockell as Electric Skate 1 / Girl Fish Trio/Cowboy Fish, Clare Graff as Electric Skate 2 / Girl Fish Trio/Cowboy Fish/Sea Anemone, Maya Busche as Electric Skate 3/Girl Fish Trio/Cowboy Fish, Izzy Lachey as Hip Hop Dancer/ Plankton Backup Fish/A Fish/Pirate/Sea Anemone, Nick Kaufmann as Mob Fish/Jellyfish Puppeteer, Lily Clark as Sardine Devotee 5/Jellyfish Puppeteer, Andrew Canter as A Sardine/Pirate/ Sea Anemone, Sophia Cotton-Riker as Plankton Backup Fish/Sardine Devotee 2/Sea Anemone, AJ Frecker as Hip Hop Dancer/Plankton Backup Fish/Sardine/Sea Anemone, Kyra Doty as Sardine Devotee 3/Pirate/Sea Anemone, Chloe Goodman as Sardine Devotee/Sea Anemone, Katie Berich as Plankton Backup Fish/Sardine Devotee/ Teen Fan 3/Sea Anemone, Lizzy Rebber as Another Fish/Sardine/ Pirate/Sea Anemone, James Overton as Another Sardine/Pirate/Sea Anemone, Mya Verticchio as Sardine Devotee/Pirate/Teen Fan 2/Sea Anemone, and Josie Leanza as Sardine Devotee 4/Teen Fan 1/Jellyfish Puppeteer.

  • Directed by Mike Sherman
  • Technical Direction by Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Assistant Director: Sophia Rooksberry
  • Production Stage Manager- Lucia Johns
  • Assistant Stage Managers- Jamiera Jones and Abbie Kershner
  • Choreographer- Maggie Perrino
  • Student Choreographers- Lael Ingram and Izzy Lachey
  • Costume Designer- Sadie Gray
  • Hair and Makeup Designer- Laurel Prince
  • Lighting Designer- Allison Calkins
  • Makeup and Hair Designer- Laurel Prince
  • Master Electrician- Reagan Warvel
  • Marketing and Publicity Head- Avery Frank
  • Music Director- Tony Nims
  • Orchestra Conductor- Ed LeBorgne
  • Props Designer- Oran Wilkins
  • Scenic Designer- Chloe Goodman
  • Sound Designers- Mary Sullivan and Reagan Warvel

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ONE ACTS FESTIVAL at WHHS Runs Dec. 2-5

WHHS_One Acts Festival 2021 logoThe Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is proud to announce the return of our student-directed ONE ACTS FESTIVAL, playing December 2-5, 2021.

This festival features four one act plays (two junior high, and two senior high):

Junior High One Acts 

OZ by Don Zolidis
Directed by Clare Graff and Nate Caudill

THE INTERNET IS DISTRACT-OH LOOK A KITTEN! by Ian McWethy
Directed by Oran Wilkins and Katie Berich

Senior High One Acts

HOME OF OVERGROWN WEEDS by Ava Wallace (current WHHS student!)
Directed by Avery Frank

THE NIGHT WITCHES by Rachel Bublitz
Directed by Sophia Rooksberry

Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for students. Due to COVID 19 protocols, there are no door sales- all tickets must be purchased online prior to the show. Service fees apply, and seating is limited.

Festival Line Up:

Junior High One Acts:

  • Thursday, December 2 @ 7 p.m.- SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, December 4 @ 2 p.m.- SOLD OUT
  • ADDED PERFORMANCE Sunday, December 5 @ 2 p.m. -Tickets on sale to public starting 12/2

Senior High One Acts:

  • Friday, December 3 @ 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 4 @ 7 p.m.

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

For complete cast and crew lists, please visit: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/current-season/one-act-festival

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The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Welcomes Back Live Audiences with the Absurdist Classic, RHINOCEROS

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Poster design by Nadyaa Betts.

Cincinnati, OH- After a full season of virtual offerings last year, the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is eager to welcome back live audiences with Eugene Ionesco’s classic of the Absurdist Theatre, Rhinoceros.

The show runs November 11-13, 2021 at 7 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, November 13.

The play follows the inhabitants of a small French town, as one by one, they inexplicably turn into rhinoceroses. One “sane” man, Beringer, tries his best to survive the onslaught while resisting the temptation to become one of the herd.

“Being an absurdist play, Rhinoceros doesn’t make a lot of sense on purpose,” says director Mike Sherman. “However, audiences will soon realize that it’s actually pretty brilliant social satire on a whole host of contemporary social issues.  Also, there’s a lot about the current world we live in that doesn’t make a whole lot of rational sense, either.”

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Owen Cummings as Berenger & Adeleigh Karoutchi as Daisy. Costume and mask design by Sadie Gray. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The design concept of the play combines traditional French style clowning and masks, while also being influenced by the black and white episodes of The Twilight Zone. The design elements are all done in grayscale to make the audience feel like they are watching a black and white, B-horror movie right out of the 1950s- right down to the glorious campiness of it.

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Wolf Singer as Jean. Costume and mask design by Sadie Gray. Photo by Mikki Schaffner photography.

“While there are some jump scares that happen, it’s also a dark comedy- there’s a lot about human behavior to laugh about,” says Sherman.

Tickets are now available, and can be purchased at: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets, where audience members can also read the COVID 19 policies for attending the performance.

This production and the entire WHHS Theatre Season is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.

Featuring Owen Cummings as Berenger, Wolf Singer as Jean, Adeleigh Karoutchi as Daisy, Claire Graff as The Housewife, Loretta Rubin as The Grocer’s Wife, Azaria Cuff as The Logician, Leo Jenkins as The Old Gentleman, Jude Shotwell as The Grocer/A Fireman, Anika Vockell as The Cafe Proprietor, Josie Leanza as The Waitress, Nicholas Kaufmann as Mr. Papillon, Isabella Lachey as Botard, Nate Caudill as Dudard, Sophie Christian as Mrs. Boeuf, Andrew Canter as The Little Old Man, and Echo Lyons Siler as The Little Old Man’s Wife.

  • Directed by Mike Sherman
  • Technical Direction by Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Production Stage Manager- Mary Sullivan
  • Assistant Stage Manager- Abbie Kershner
  • Costume and Character Mask Designer- Sadie Gray
  • Lighting Designer- Sophie Glenn
  • Master Electrician- Reagan Warvel
  • Props, Puppet, and Rhinoceros Mask Designer- Laurel Prince
  • Scenic Designer- Chloe Goodman
  • Sound Designer- Maya Busche

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