Monday Matinee 12.13.14

Sound-of-Music-CarnegieLast week, I had a great week of theatre-going and this week looks to be even better. “The Book of Mormon” at the Aronoff was a quality production (of course) and “Hamlet” at Cincinnati Shakespeare (given a 4 Star rating by LCT) was exceptionally well done.  I posted my thoughts on both earlier in the week and you should check out those reviews and then get tickets for yourself while they are still available.

This week there are several cool and unique events happening in the theatre and arts community.  Opening on Friday, January 17th is “The Sound of Music” at The Carnegie Theater in Covington, KY.  This “lightly staged” version of the classic musical features local-talent-turned-stars Abigail Paschke, a Masters graduate of CCM, will star as Maria.  She will be featured opposite of Jared Joplin, who has theatre credits at New York’s Wings Theatre and Algonquin Theatre, the MUNY and Shakespeare Company of St. Louis, and locally at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Playhouse in the Park.  Tickets are only $28 for adults and I love getting to the Carnegie early to say hi to Brenda, one of the best box office managers in town, and check out whatever interesting art exhibit they are featuring in the galleries.  Tickets were selling so well that they added performances.  Click here to get yours now.

Also on Friday is UC-CCM’s “Moveable Feast.”  I spent today shopping for a bow tie to wear and I can’t wait to see what the Musical Theatre department has up their sleeve for this event.  I’ve heard rumblings that its going to be something that’s never been done before and I am confident that it will be amazing.  Also featured will be the departments of Dance, Drama, Opera, Choral Music, Preparatory Department, Chamber Music, Wind Symphony, Piano, and there will be Backstage Tours and Lighting Demos.  I’m really excited to attend.  Tickets are not cheap, but your funds are going to a great cause as this is one of the ways that the scholarship students are funded.  I’m proud to be a “Friend of CCM”and you should consider it, too.  Don’t forget “Les Miserables” is coming up; tickets will sell out for it so get them now.

JOAN THE GIRL OF ARC opens on Friday and will continue around the Tri-State until Mid-February.
JOAN THE GIRL OF ARC opens on Friday and will continue around the Tri-State until Mid-February.

Last week we talked about Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of “Clyborne Park,” which will begin performances on Saturday, January 18th.  The Playhouse’s “Off the Hill” series will continue starting this weekend with their adolescent-friendly production of “Joan The Girl of Arc.”  Here’s a description:

“How does a teenage girl decide to stand up for what she believes? Based on the famous story of the young woman who helped save France, this powerful and dramatic world premiere adaptation starts with Joan as a young girl, just starting to examine her own beliefs. As she begins to understand herself and the world around her, she learns to inspire and lead others. Her journey remains resonant and relevant for today’s teens.”

I saw the last show in this series and was quite moved by the material and the quality of the performances.  Jon Kovach and Justin Weaks will both return in this production along side some new faces.  I will be catching this one on Sunday at The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum (not to be confused with the Carnegie in Covington).  For a complete tour schedule, click here. The show is free in most of the venues and appropriate for audiences 11 and up.

For any night owls in the Dayton area, you should consider checking out “Unreal . . .A Cabaret with Mark Beyer, Zack Steele, and Friends” on Friday night at 10:30 PM.  Some of Wright State’s most talented students will participate in this cabaret.  Participating will be Kelsey Pohl, Ian Benjamin, Kelsey Andrae, Layan Elwazani, Liz Romey, Bailey Rose, Mathys Herbert, Amy Wheeler, Keaton Eckhoff, and Tommy DiMassimo. Some of my favorite shows have been performed in the WSU Director’s Lab and depending on what time I’m done at “Moveable Feast” I may head on up to see it.

So much great theatre is coming up in the next several weeks.  As always, you can see a comprehensive listing at Rob Bucher’s fantastic web site.  Tell me, what are you going to do this week to support local theatre, theaters, and performers?

One way you can help is by following the blog by entering your email address over on the right hand side of this page, retweeting the link, and sharing with your friends on FaceBook.  Let’s get the word out to as many NEW theatre goers as we can this week that there truly is great stuff happening in the theatre community in Cincinnati!

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