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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Thaws Hearts in Disney’s FROZEN JR.

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Katie Berich as Anna & Izzy Lachey as Elsa. Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Cincinnati, OH- Bringing it’s 2020-2021 season to a close, the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department will present Disney’s FROZEN JR.

The show will be filmed in the Walnut Hills auditorium and streamed online May 13-15, @ 7 p.m.  

Frozen Jr is based on the Disney film of the same name, and is a condensed version of the stage adaptation that ran on Broadway. It features the same loveable characters of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, and many others. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, the show expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart.

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Clare Graff as Sven & Josie Leanza as Olaf. Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

“In a time where it looks like things are taking a turn for the better, we’re excited to tell a story about finding yourself, accepting yourself, and loving yourself through times of great trial,” says director Mike Sherman. “It’s a popular movie for a reason- it’s a heartwarming story with a great message and speaks to the powerful bond of sisterhood, and what true love really is.” 

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

For tickets: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets 

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Nate Caudill as Kristoff & Katie Berich as Anna. Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Featuring Katie Berich as Anna, Izzy Lachey as Elsa, Wolf Singer as King Agnarr/Hans, Lizzy Rebber as Queen Iduna/Oaken Family, Nate Caudill as Kristoff, Clare Graff as Sven, Josie Leanza as Olaf, Jude Shotwell as Duke Weselton, Emma Dalton as Pabbie, Sarah Gebremeskel as Bulda, Andrew Canter as Bishop/Oaken/Guard, Catherine Riggs as Housekeeper/Oaken Family, Ritvik Madan as Cook/Oaken Family/Guard, Mya Verticchio as Handmaiden/Oaken Family, Caroline Lovelace and Steward/Oaken Family, Nyla Shahanavaz as Butler/Oaken Family, Arshya Maricar as Townsperson/Hidden Folk, Alejandra Frecker as Townsperson/Hidden Folk, Adalaide Linser as Townsperson/Hidden Folk, Charli Maxwell as  Townsperson/Hidden Folk, Eden Ferry as  Townsperson/Hidden Folk, Emma Smith as Townsperson/Hidden Folk, Kyra Doty as Snow Chorus/Summer Chorus, Lux Gray as Snow Chorus/Summer Chorus, Lael Ingram as Snow Chorus/Summer Chorus, and Landen Cummins as Snow Chorus/Summer Chorus

  • Directed by Mike Sherman
  • Assistant Director: Lily Canter
  • Music Director: Steve Goers
  • Choreographer: Izzy Lachey
  • Assistant Choreographers: Avery Frank and Diana Hutchinson
  • Technical Director: Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Scenic Designer: Ella Knellinger
  • Stage Manager: Reagan Warvel
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Nadyaa Betts and Lucia Johns
  • Costume Designers: Sadie Gray and Sena Segbefia 
  • Lighting Designer: Grace Allen
  • Makeup Designer: Lexi Adams 
  • Props Designer: Sarah Mansfield 
  • Sound Designer: John Arora 

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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Debuts World Premiere Original Show With TO THE MEADOW AND BACK AGAIN

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Cast members Sophie Christian & Emma Dalton. Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography

Cincinnati, OH- As spring begins to arrive, the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department presents an original, nature-inspired devised play: TO THE MEADOW AND BACK AGAIN.

TO THE MEADOW AND BACK AGAIN is being produced and filmed in the Walnut Hills High School Rick Steiner Black Box Theater, and the recording will be available to the public for On Demand Streaming.  Actors and crew are masked, and are following strict COVID-19 guidelines while filming.

“This is an original show composed both from established text and original writing from our cast of actors,” says director Helen Raymond-Goers.  “We’ve pieced together all of these writings into characters that all share a common bond or theme to make a unique storytelling experience that is different from plays you may have seen before.”

On Demand Streaming begins April 22 and runs through May 1.  Streaming Passes are $10 for an individual and $20 for a family. No live audience will be permitted for performances.  Passes can be purchased through the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Website: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets.

This production  and the entire WHHS Theatre 2020-2021 season is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.

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Cast member Wolf Singer. Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

About the show:
How do you know when it is time to grow up? Does it happen all at once, like a flash? Or does it come on slowly, like a sunrise? What happens when your friends don’t come along or leave you behind? Explore these questions and more with the cast of  To the Meadow and Back Again, Based on the works of authors across place and time, including inspiration from Shel Silverstein, William Blake, William Shakespeare, David Sedaris, and more, Walnut Hills Students have created a piece that explores questions of aging, shared humanity, and our place in the universe.

Featuring cast members Kenner Bailey, Nate Caudill, Sophie Christian, Owen Cummings, Emma Dalton, Tess Fightmaster, Alejandra Frecker, Megan Graeler, Emma Herzig, Joanna Lin, Allison Robertson, Loretta Rubin, Wolf Singer, and Emma Smith.

  • Director: Helen A. Raymond Goers
  • Assistant Directors: Olivia Busche and Sophia Rooksberry
  • Stage Manager: Grace Allen
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Reagan Warvel
  • Costume Designers: Cam Hogue
  • Lighting Designer: John Arora
  • Hair and Makeup Designer: Nadyaa Betts
  • Props Designer: Gabby Burns
  • Set Designer: Ella Knellinger
  • Sound Designer: Charlie Wise

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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Brings Light and Hope Through Music in SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD

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Sunny Dighe & Sophia Cotton-Riker. Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Cincinnati, OH – Following up it’s virtual productions of Hamlet and The Virtual Theatre Festival earlier in the fall, The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is back on its stage and on your screen with their senior high musical, Songs For a New World.

The show will be livestreamed from the Walnut Hills auditorium March 4-6, @ 7 p.m.

“We had hoped to be welcoming back small live audiences by this point, but unfortunately, that is not reality yet,” says director Mike Sherman.  “Still, we’re giving you as close to a live theatre experience as possible with being able to watch the show in your home live as it happens on stage in real time.”

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Ella Vaughn & Nadyaa Betts. Photos courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Songs For a New World, by esteemed Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Bridges of Madison County), is a song cycle of 16 independent stories told entirely through song.  From immigrants sailing to the new world, to a kid growing up in Brooklyn with dreams of becoming a basketball star, to a couple taking a second chance at love, the songs span a diverse cast of characters throughout different periods of space and time. Whether dramatic, tragic, or comedic;  all of the stories and songs in the show are tied together by the common themes of change, love, hope, and resolve.

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

For tickets: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets

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Diana Hutchinson, Gabe Donnelly, Ella Vaughn, & Olivia Busche, Photo courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Featuring cast members Katie Berich, Nadyaa Betts, Maya Busche, Olivia Busche, Lily Canter, Lily Clark, Sophia Cotton-Riker, Sunny Dighe, Gabe Donnelly, Kyra Doty, Avery Frank, Jack Giglia, Chloe Goodman, Clare Graff, Diana Hutchinson, Lily Jones, Adeleigh Karoutchi, Isabella Lachey, Josie Leanza, Lizzy Reber, Ella Vaughn, and Anika Vockell.

  • Directed by Mike Sherman
  • Music Director: Steve Goers
  • Choreographer: Maggie Perrino
  • Student Choreographer: Lily Jones
  • Orchestra Conductor: Rick Canter
  • Technical Director: Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Scenic Designer: Ella Knellinger
  • Stage Manager: Sarah Mansfield
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Jamiera Jones and Lucia Johns
  • Costume Designer: Sadie Gray
  • Lighting Designer: JP Oberst
  • Makeup Designer: Laurel Price
  • Props Designer: Keziah Wilkins
  • Sound Designer: John Arora

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Walnut Hills High School’s VIRTUAL THEATRE FESTIVAL Runs Online through Dec. 11

WHHS_Virtual Theatre FestivalFor Immediate release:

The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is proud to announce that our Virtual Theatre Festival is now streaming through December 11th!

This festival features five short productions that are entirely directed, acted, produced, and filmed by students.  The line up includes:

4 A.M.
By Jonathan Dorf
Directed by Sophia Rooksberry

10,000 CIGARETTES
By Alex Broun
Directed by Gabriel Donnelly

A PLAY WITH WORDS
By Peter Bloedel
Directed by Maya Busche

CASSIOPEIA
Written and Directed by Megan Graeler

I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT
By Bradley Hayward
Directed by Clare Graff
Assistant Directed by Nate Caudill 

Streaming pases are only $3 per show but service fees apply. 

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

For complete cast lists, please visit:

https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/current-season/virtual-theatre-festival

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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Brings 2020 To William Shakespeare’s HAMLET

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Photo by of Mikki Schaffner Photography.

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in it”

Cincinnati, OH- Coming off its historic production of Urinetown, which garnered 19 Cappie awards last season, the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department will now tackle perhaps the most challenging play of all time in the most challenging of circumstances.

HAMLET is being produced and filmed in the Walnut Hills High School Auditorium, and the recording will be available to the public for On Demand Streaming beginning November 20th.  Actors and crew are masked, and are following strict COVID-19 guidelines while filming.

“Conceptually, we’re bringing 2020 into the world of HAMLET,” says director Mike Sherman.  “Our  production is set now during the pandemic, as well all our political turmoil. Our philosophy was by making 2020 part of the show, we don’t have to pretend to ignore it, and neither does our audience.  In a sense, we’re all Hamlet right now- constantly bombarded with grief, overstimulated and overloaded with information, and left wondering whether or not to take action about anything. We’ve also gender flipped multiple roles to reflect a more contemporary feel.  Making some of these traditional male roles female, especially Polonus and Laertes, has given a lot of the show new life and meaning.”

On Demand Streaming begins 11/20 and runs through December 31.  Ticket sales for the show will begin on Monday, November 2.  Streaming Passes are $10 (service fees apply). No live audience will be permitted for performances.  Tickets can be purchased through the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Website: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets.

This production is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.

About the show:
Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, is visited by the ghost of his father who reveals that Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius, is responsible for his father’s murder. Hamlet then sets down a path of madness and revenge against Claudius, who is now the king and married to Hamlet’s mother. Along the way, Hamlet begins to question his own sanity and discovers that all actions, and inactions, have consequences.

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Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Featuring Jack Giglia as Hamlet, Owen Cummings as Claudius, Alli Robertson as Gertrude, Olivia Busche as Ophelia, Sarah Mansfield as Polonius, Emma Dalton as Laertes, Brando Donaldson as Horatio, Cam Hogue as Rosencrantz, Nina Roberto as Guildenstern, Sophie Christian as Francisco/Reynaldo, Megan Graeler as Marcellus / Servant, Avery Frank as Bernardo / Sailor, Wolf Singer as The Ghost / Fortinbras’ Captain, Lily Canter as Voltimand / First Gravedigger, Josie Leanza as Cornelius / Second Gravedigger, Nate Caudill as Player King / Priest, Lila Herzig as Player Queen / British Ambassador, Olivia Hufford as Third Player / Gentlewoman, Maxwell Nolan as Messenger / Osric, and Joanna Lin as Fortinbras. Understudies include Clare Graff, Chloe Goodman, Emma Herzig, Loretta Rubin, Emma Smith, Kyra Doty, Sidney Harris, and Alejandra Frecker.

Directed by Mike Sherman

  • Technical Director: Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Stage Manager: Lily Jones
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Grace Allen
  • Costume Designers: Nicole Domoe and Sena Segbefia
  • Lighting Designer: JP Oberst
  • Makeup Designer: Nadyaa Betts
  • Props Designer: Gabby Burns
  • Sound Designer: John Arora

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