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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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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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