Happy end of June! I had the fortune to see PCLO’s FOOTLOOSE this weekend in Pittsburgh. It was great and even from my seat at the top of the balcony section I got weepy. Was great to see some pretty famous folks (Patrick Cassidy (brother of David, for one) on stage with some local-rooted folks like CCM grad Greg Kamp (“Willard”), rising senior at CCM Dallas Padoven (“Lyle”), hometown son Jeff Kuhr (“Travis”), and Wright State University grad Darien Crago (“Ensemble”). I really enjoyed it and the one day almost 10 hour drive up and back was totally worth it.
I’ve got a couple of community theatre shows coming up soon that I am very excited about. ACT-Cincinnati awarded their annual “Orchids” this past weekend. Looks like this year’s winners will be posted here soon. Congratulations to all of those who excelled this year – I’ve heard what a rigorous judging process it is!
Congratulations are also in order to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. They have been awarded a $25,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts for their Shakespeare in American Theatre Communities program. Here’s a snippet from their press release:
As a part of this national theatre initiative, CSC will welcome about 1,200 students from 10 different schools in the area to four educational matinee productions of William Shakespeare’s “Henry V” and at least 16 evening performances for the general public in May of 2015. This grant will allow Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to expand its reach to more underserved schools that might otherwise be unable to afford arts programming, and expose a whole new young audience to Shakespeare.
Between this endowment and CSC’s Project 38 initiative, they are truly demonstrating their commitment to educating future generations about Shakespeare is serious.
Kudos to them. In other news, Human Race Theatre in Dayton has announced that all seats left for PLAY IT BY HEART are now $25. More information is available here. The show wraps up this weekend. Also, don’t miss Episode Two of SERIALS! at Know Theatre in Over-the-Rhine next Monday night. You can read my thoughts about the pilot episodes here.
Also, Know Theatre has announced The Welcome Experiment, where they will be opening their doors on Wednesdays of main-stage show runs to anyone who wants to attend free of charge. I’m interested to see how this works and appreciate that they are always willing to take risks. You can read more about it here.
That’s about it for this week! I’m enjoying a restful summer and gearing up for a great fall season starting in about a month. Which theatres are you subscribing to? Which shows are you excited to see? Leave your thoughts in the comments and I’ll see you at the theatre!