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WHHS Theatre Department Welcomes Audiences Back to the Rick Steiner Blackbox Theatre with the 2022 One Acts Festival

WHHS_logoCincinnati, OH – After a wonderful start of the season with Macbeth, Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is happy to welcome back audiences to The Rick Steiner Black Box Theater with the 2022 One Act Festival.

The junior high shows run December 1st at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 3rd. The senior high shows run December 2nd-3rd at 7 p.m.

The junior high shows include Who Am I This Time? where the subject is love, pure and complicated. Set on the stage of The North Crawford Mask & Wig Club, three early comic masterpieces by Kurt Vonnegutare sewn together into a seamless evening of hilarity and humanity. The second junior high one act is titled The Well: A Faerie Terror. When Lisette, a teenage seamstress, falls down a well she is faced with a new world with one terrible secret within the well and has to find her way out.

The senior high shows include Tracks and Conflict of Interest. In Tracks, a group of strangers meet in a dirty subway station. They have arrived with limited personal belongings, their watches have stopped and they all claim to be in different cities. Soon they learn there is no way out of the station, and the unfortunate truth is told to them: they are all dead. Since subway stations have two sides, they reason the train leaving from one platform must be bound for heaven, while the train leaving from the other platform must be bound for hell. But which platform are they on? They reflect upon their lives, recalling and confessing past deeds of which they are not proud, hoping to figure out which platform is which. The arrival of someone from the other platform only complicates matters, and the answer remains unclear. As the subway train finally approaches, they must decide whether to stay and ponder their actions further, or to have faith and climb aboard to their final destination.

In Conflict of Interest, Cece and Jazz are roommates and Cece is a photographer. Cece has recently gotten a job at a publication known for corruption, and is warned by Jazz not to get caught up in the shadiness as they are looking over Cece’s recently published work. From there, the play takes the old and recognizable story and structure of losing your morals in pursuit of success, and puts a new spin on it to pose the very relevant questions of: when does journalism cross the line into simple exploitation? How does someone get pushed to the point of no longer recognizing that line?

Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students. They are now available, and can be purchased at:
https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets

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Yeteva Bowker as Nellie (far left), Myla Stuckkey as Mrs. Hall (center left), Sophia Puthoff as Ma (center right), Kendra Suvillian as Lisette (far right). Photo by Mikki Shaffner,

The Well: A Faire Terror
Directed by Oran Wilkins
Assistant Directed by Bella Gordo
Stage Managed by Lily Clark
Featuring Kendra Suvillian as Lisette, Myla Stuckkey as Mrs. Hall, Sophia Puthoff as Ma, Yeteva Bowker as Nellie, Avani Wagh as Tree, Ash Kerpet, Noah Leventhal, Ayla Perkins, and Andrew Prevost as Bread

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Greta Linser as Helene Shaw (far left), Jonas Warner as Tom Newton (center), and Claire Wise as Harry Nash (far right). Photo by Mikki Shaffner.

Who Am I This Time
Directed by Andrew Canter and Caroline Lovelace
Stage Managed by Jonathan Rubin
Featuring Jonas Warner as Tom Newton, Greta Linser as Helene Shaw, Claire Wise as Harry Nash, Noa Jaffee as Doris Sawyer, Adah Mosher as Katie Newton, Grant Luebke as Verne Miller, and Catherine Berninger as Joey “Doodles” Brookes.

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Azariah Cuff as The Businesswoman, Uyen Dao as The High School Girl, Jana Smith as The Businesswoman, Corinne Adams as The Nun, Theo Davis as The Professor, Roree Whitaker as The High School Boy, and Eterniti McCray as The Waitress (left to right), Crow Cisneros as The Homeless Girl (center middle), Lauryn Shafer as The Old Man (bottom middle). Photo by Mikki Shaffner

Tracks
Directed by Diana Hutchinson
Stage Managed by Ryan Peerless
Featuring Crow Cisneros as The Homeless Girl, Lauryn Shafer as The Old Man, Laura Lammers as The Lawyer, Theo Davis as The Professor, Corinne Adams as The Nun, Jana Smith as The Businesswoman, Azariah Cuff as The Businesswoman, Uyen Dao as The High School Girl, Roree Whitaker as The High School Boy, and Eterniti McCray as The Waitress.

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L Mahler as Angry Protester (top left), Maya Jaffee as Mr. Hearst (top right), Evelyn Denen as Jazzy (bottom left), Elle Shaffer as Cece (bottom right). Photo by Mikki Shaffner

Conflict of Interest
Directed by Kat Swift
Stage Managed by Tien Dao
Featuring Elle Shaffer as Cece, Evelyn Denen as Jazzy, Maya Jaffe as Mr. Hearst, and L Mahler as Angry Protester.

This production and the entire WHHS Theatre Season is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.
Technical Direction by Helen A. Raymond-Goers
Production Stage Manager- Katie Berich and Lizzy Rebber
Hair and Makeup Designers- Adelaide Lindser
Props Designers- AJ Frecker and Oran Wilkins
Props Manager- Will Curtain
Costume Designer- Izzie Newman
Lighting Designer- Sophie Glenn and Charlie Prince
Head Electrician- Maya Busche
Scenic Designer- Emma Smith and Helen A. Raymond-Goers
Sound Designer- Wolf Singer
Marketing and Publicity Manager- Lizzy Rebber

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Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Welcomes Audiences to their 2022-2023 Season with the Shakespearean Classic, MACBETH

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Wolf Singer as Macbeth & and Nate Caudill as Macduff in the Walnut Hills High School production of MACBETH. Costume design by Paloma Landzador. Hair and Makeup design by Lizzy Rebber and Sci Redding. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Cincinnati, OH – After a wonderful season last year, the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is eager to welcome back audiences to The Rick Steiner Black Box Theater with a World War I twist on the Shakespearean classic, MACBETH.

The show runs November 3rd-5th, 2022 at 7 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, November 5th.

In one of the world’s most well-known tragedies, Macbeth, a popular Scottish noble and general is given a mysterious prophecy by three witches telling him he will be king.  Spurred on by his wife and his own ambition and desires, Macbeth murders his way to the crown, losing his humanity along the way.

“This play is a classic for a reason,” says director Mike Sherman. “It is a timeless tale about how the pursuit of power can lead not to the downfall of society, but also the loss of what makes us human.”

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Izzy Lachey as 2nd Witch, Tammy Munoz as Hecate, Josie Leanza as 1st Witch and Clare Graff as 3rd Witch in the Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department’s production of MACBETH. Costume design by Paloma Lanzador. Hair and Makeup design by Lizzy Rebber and Sci Redding. Photo credit- Mikki Schaffner photography.

The design concept of the play updates the setting to Europe in the aftermath of World War I, and will speak to mankind’s capacity for destruction. “The Scottish Play” combines the historical battlefield and style of the early 1900s and the mythological legends of Celtic and Scottish Mythology, further blurring the lines of the truth and reality. In keeping with the play, blood, gore, and death are all to be expected; just in time for Halloween.

“Even if you are familiar with the show and the plot, we’re incorporating lots of scary moments that will make the show fresh and bring the text alive for our audiences, ” says Sherman.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students. They are now available, and can be purchased at: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets

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

Featuring Wolf Singer as Macbeth, Emma Dalton as Lady Macbeth, Avery Frank as Banquo, Nate Caudill as Macduff, Loretta Rubin as Malcolm, Emma Smith as Ross, Abby Riddle as Lennox, Sophie Christian as Seton, Josie Leanza as 1st Witch, Izzy Lachey as 2nd Witch, Clare Graff as 3rd Witch, Tammy Munoz as Hecate, Hadrian Dwyer as Duncan/Siward, Kyra Doty as Donalbain/Lady Macduff, Hoyt Noble as a Murderer/Soldier, Andrew Kelm as a Murderer/Soldier, Jude Shotwell as a Murderer/Soldier, Khara Rosebrook as Messenger, James Overton as Sergeant/Doctor, Olivia Hufford as an Apparition, Nola Stowe as an Apparition, Scarlett Frank as an Apparition, Adeleigh Karoutchi as Fleance/Macduff’s Son, Clark Sayre as Porter/Young Siward, Naima Jones as Angus, Kenner Bailey as Mentieth, and Riley Soutar as Gentlewoman/Caithness.

  • Directed by Mike Sherman
  • Assistant Directed by Ryan Peerless
  • Technical Direction by Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Production Stage Manager- Abbie Kershner
  • Assistant Stage Manager- Nyla Shahanavaz
  • Co-Hair and Makeup Designers- Lizzy Rebber and Sci Redding
  • Co-Props Designers- AJ Frecker and Oran Wilkins
  • Props Manager- Oran Wilkins
  • Costume Designer- Paloma Lanzador
  • Lighting Designer- Allison Calkins
  • Master Electrician- Maya Busche
  • Scenic Designer- Jae Goodman
  • Sound Designer- Maya Busche
  • Choreographer- Lael Ingram
  • Fight Choreographer- Melissa Bennett Murphy
  • Intimacy Coordinator- Erin Carr 

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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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