What an emotional weekend as I took in both of the CCM Showcases – Drama and Musical Theatre – and said goodbye to a few friends as they head off to begin their careers in New York City. I also had the fortune to see PRIDE AND PREJUDICE on Opening Night and you can read my review of that show here. Saturday was a fun day as the League of Cincinnati Theatres, of which I am on the Board, hosted the Unified Auditions. We have a few more auditioning today. What a great opportunity for both the dozen or so theatres in attendance to take a look at nearly 100 potential actors and actresses and technicians.
This week should be equally as exciting for our local theatre community as we see the opening of THE MOUNTAINTOP on Wednesday at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Starring Gavin Lawrence and Torie Wiggins, this show recounts the last night of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. It’s selling fast so do not wait to get your ticket. The show opens on 3/19 and runs through April 6th. Grab something to eat at one of the hot new places in Over the Rhine before you go. Here’s a video preview from the cast courtesy of WLWT Channel 5.
Also opening this weekend is NKU’s production of MY NAME IS ALICE . . . This show is a collaboration between NKU and The Women’s Crisis Center of Kentucky. Below is a video preview:
MY NAME IS ALICE . . . opens on Thursday night and runs through March 30th. Tickets are available here.
Also opening this week is Wright State’s ambitious production of LES MISERABLES. Starting Thursday evening and running through April 6th, the students of WSU’s musical theatre program will present this epic of song and story featuring Andrew Quiett as Jean Valjean and Law Dunford as Inspector Javert. Word on the street is that they’ll be using some familiar wigs as CCM is graciously providing them following their successful run. I’ll be there on Sunday, March 30th. The show sold out in twenty minutes so good luck getting a ticket.
We still have a little time before we open, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t hype ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST at the Falcon Theatre in Newport. I’m playing Chief Bromden and its my first stage play. I’d love it if you would join us. Tickets are on sale now here. Look for a series of feature interviews coming next week.
Don’t forget to check out PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at the Playhouse and I LEFT MY HEART at the Covedale, both of which continue this week. There are also a TON of incredible shows opening in the next few weeks so stay tuned for future coverage.
So . . . with all this great theatre in town, what are you doing this week to support our local theatre community?