CCM’s ‘Chess’ Receives Four League of Cincinnati Theater Nominations

"Chess" runs Oct. 25 - 28 in UC's Corbett Auditorium. Photography by Mark Lyons.

“Chess” runs Oct. 25 – 28 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Photography by Mark Lyons.
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CCM’s production of Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice’s Chess has earned four nominations from the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT)! The LCT also distinguished the rock musical as a recommended production: Outstanding Production (musical), Ensemble, Lead Actor (Julian Decker) and Lead Actress (Aubrey Ireland). Congratulations to the entire creative team!

Loosely based on the lives of chess grandmasters Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov, Chess involves a romantic triangle between two top players (an American and a Russian) and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other.

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CCM Musical Theatre Alumnus Nominated For Astaire Award

Left to right: CCM Musical Theatre Alumni Garrett Hawe and Ryan Breslin at a Newsies rehearsal.

Left to right: CCM Musical Theatre Alumni Garett Hawe and Ryan Breslin at a Newsies rehearsal.

Musical Theatre alumnus Ryan Breslin is a nominee for the 30th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Award, which honors excellence in dance on Broadway and film. Breslin is nominated as Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Musical for his work in the Disney production of Newsies. Congratulations!

Watch Breslin discuss his role in Newsies below:

The 2012 Astaire Awards will be held on June 4 at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Watch footage of Breslin from CCM’s 2011 production of RENT after the jump!

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CCM’s Ty Olwin Recognized with Acclaim Award Nomination for ‘Red Light Winter’

Congratulations to sophomore Ty Olwin, who has earned an Acclaim Award nomination for his role in Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter. Olwin, who portrays Matt, was singled out in the category of leading performance by a non-Equity actor. Red Light Winter tells the story of college pals Matt and Davis, who hope to rekindle their friendship by spending a wild night together in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. But when the beautiful, young prostitute they meet there surprisingly returns to their lives a year later, a bizarre love triangle ensues, revealing harsh, emotional truths and the dangers of romantic obsession.

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CCM’s Hope Shangle Garners Acclaim for ‘Our Town’

CCM Drama student Hope Shangle.

CCM Drama student Hope Shangle.

Congratulations to Hope Shangle, who earned an Acclaim Award nomination for her performance as Mrs. Gibbs in CCM’s recent production of Our Town. Shangle, a junior from Grand Rapids, Mich., was recognized in the category of supporting performance by a non-Equity actress. Among her previous CCM credits, Shangle counts roles in Bury the Dead  (in which she earned a 2009-10 Acclaim Award as part of the show’s principal ensemble), You Can’t Take It With You (in which Shangle offered another Acclaim Award-winning supporting performance as family matriarch Penny Sycamore), Blood Wedding and The Matchmaker.

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