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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

WHHS Auditorium

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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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM on the WHHS Stage Valentine’s Day Weekend


By Mikki Schaffner Photography.

“Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be.”


By Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Cincinnati OH – Join us this Valentine’s Day weekend at Walnut Hills High School for a retelling of a famous play but in a way you’ve never seen it before. Senior high students take on the classic comedy A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with its usual twists and turns, but this time everything is in the 1970’s. Accompanied by a live band, you get to follow the story through the faeries, the “rude mechanicals,” and the quartet of lovers as their plots converge in hilarious twists and turns (the course of true love never did run smooth, right?). This show is not one you will want to miss, so dig out your bell bottoms and tie dye shirts, and join us on a magical journey.


By Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The show will run February 14th through February 16th at 7pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and children.

Show Synopsis
By William Shakespeare
One of the greatest comedies ever written, A Midsummer Night’s Dream revolves around the adventures of four young lovers and their interactions with the fairies that inhabit a mysterious forest. Their romantic intrigues are confused and complicated still further by Puck, a mischievous fairy, who causes hilarious bouts of confusion. Other visitors to the enchanted forest include Nick Bottom, the weaver, and his friends Snug, Snout, Quince and Flute: the amateur dramatists who want to rehearse their terrible (but hilarious) version of the play Pyramus and Thisbe that they will perform for the Duke of Athens upon his wedding day. Set in the 1970s and integrated with music and dance, this production will be a comedic spectacle that brings The Bard to our larger venue.

Directed by Michael Sherman, Assistant Directed by Lydia Noll.
Production Stage Manager: Reeya Dighe


By Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Featuring De’Ariss Hope as Theseus, Naomi Stoner as Hippolyta, Sam Frank as Egeus, Oliver Vockell as Demetrius, Louis Martini as Lysander, Caroline Yaeger as Hermia, Katie Sutkamp as Helena, Milan Parikh as Philostrate, Grace Davis as Titania, Jowon Briggs as Oberon, Peter Godsey as Puck, Colby James as Moth, Kennedy Nadermann as Cobweb, Lincoln Messerly as Mustardseed, Tamir Gray as Peasblossom, Lily Adams as Patty Quince, Jack Giglia as Nick Bottom, Matthew Eggers as Francis Flute, Elle Bisheimer as Tina Snout, Clare Brennan as Robin Starveling, Brando Donaldson as Snug, and ensemble members Cam Hogue, Ingrid Kindel, Anna Gavin, Grace Kelly Fulton, Sarah Mansfield, Joanna Acio-Alele, Christina Picklo, Kendal Cooke, Kyra Krumins, Charlie Patterson, Owen Cummings, Bettina Ernst, Rehme Leanza, Olivia Busche, Talia Raider-Roth, Piper Sauerbrunn, and Derrick McHale

Performance Dates:
February 14-16 @ 7pm

WHHS Auditorium

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By Chloe Burwinkel
January 20, 2019

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At Walnut Hills, Junior High Theatre Students Retell a Familiar Holiday Story

WHHS_Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge promoCincinnati OH – Join us this holiday season at Walnut Hills High School for the trial of the century as the theatre department presents THE TRIAL OF EBENEZER SCROOGE by Marc Brown. The award-winning department is excited to share a new take on A Christmas Carol with the aftermath of that fateful night.

New characters and perspectives will make you laugh and question the truth of the story you’ve always known. One new character is the Translator of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Eighth grader Adeleigh Karoutchi who plays the translator says that her character “brings on an attitude that you don’t get to see in the original story.” The translator is just one of the few characters that bring comedy and a new story to the table in this production.

The show will run December 7th (7pm) and 8th (2pm & 7 pm). Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and children.

Show Synopsis:
By Marc Brown

The Trial of the Century! A year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways and is suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. The ghosts employ Solomon Rothschild, England’s most charismatic, savvy, and clever barrister. Scrooge, that old penny pincher, represents himself. One by one, Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s nephew Fred, solicitor and philanthropist Sara Anne Wainwright, and the ghosts themselves take the witness stand to give their account of the night in question.

Directed by Danielle Muething. Assistant directed by Sophia Rooksberry.

Featuring: Nate Caudill as Scrooge, Sophie Christian as Solomon Rothschild, Isabella Lachey as Judge Pearson, Sunny Dighe as Jacob Marley, Avery Frank as The Bailiff, Jonah Swift as Bob Cratchit, Kaelyn Carr as Belle, Adeleigh Karoutchi as Translator/Fan, Lily Clark as The Ghost of Christmas Past, Nija Olagbemiro as Sara Wainwright, Caitlin Berich as Mrs. Dilber / Mrs. Crachit, Judah Cobb as The Ghost of Christmas Future, and Gabe Conley as Fred.

Performance Dates:

  • December 7 @ 7 p.m.
  • December 8 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Rick Steiner Black Box Theatre

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

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Walnut Hills High School Opens the School Year with Musical Hit INTO THE WOODS

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Lydia Noll, grade 12, as Cinderella; Molly Munn, grade 11, as Little Red Riding Hood, Jack Giglia, grade 10, as the Baker & Peter Godsey, grade 10, as Jack. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Cincinnati, OH- Walnut Hills High School is set to debut their first show of the 2018-19 school year with “Into The Woods” on November 1st. The award-winning department is excited to open the year with their Cappies production in the newly-dedicated Rick Steiner Black Box Theatre, where they will stage the show in an environmental setting that will blur the lines between performer and audience.

“Into The Woods” is a famous show, known mostly for its Disney movie adaptation. “We’re doing a popular show in a very unique and original way,” says Michael Sherman, head of the department and director for this production. “I’m excited to do this show in this space because I think it will really help to bring out the intimacy of the show and heighten the connection the audience can make with these characters.”

The set and full immersion of the audience are a big part of the future success of Walnut Hills’ adaptation. “The audience is actually sitting in the woods and all over the place, so it’s really going to be an immersive audience experience,” says Helen A. Raymond-Goers, the Walnut Hills Technical Director and set designer for the show.

“We want it to feel as organic as possible,” says senior Ben Methena, master carpenter, “We thought it would be more natural, and we wanted everything to be different.”

Walnut Hills High School’s production of “Into The Woods” is expected to be a hit with all of the immersion of the audience and the way that they can relate to the familiar and loveable fairy tale characters.

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Maya Robinson, grade 12, as the Witch. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Book by James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece.

The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

Featuring Jack Giglia as The Baker, Lily Adams as The Baker’s Wife, Lydia Noll as Cinderella, Peter Godsey as Jack, Maya Robinson as The Witch, Molly Munn as Little Red Ridinghood, Mei Li Weil as Rapunzel, Oliver Vockell as Cinderella’s Prince, Sam Frank as Rapunzel’s Prince, Louis Martini as The Wolf, Matthew Eggers as The Steward, Milan Parikh as The Narrator, Terts Verhaak as The Mysterious Man, Clare Brennan as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Grace Davis as Lucinda, Colby James as Florinda, Derrick McHale as Cinderella’s Father, Olivia Busche as Jack’s Mother, Perri Wedlock-Dunn as Granny and The Giant, Gracekelly Fulton as Cinderella’s Mother, Kayla McGraw as Milky White, Christina Picklo as Bird Puppeteer / Snow White, and Alex Kirk as Bird Puppeteer / Sleeping Beauty.

Directed by Michael Sherman. Choreography by Maggie Perrino. Music Direction by Anthony Nims.

Show Dates:

  • November 1-3, @7p.m.
  • November 8-10, @ 7p.m.
  • November 3&10 @ 2 p.m.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for Walnut staff and students, https://www.showclix.com/event/WHHStheatre-Into_the_Woods
(please note that online ticket fees apply)

Walnut Hills Theatre Department Website: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment

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