CCM is pleased to announce details for the 2010-11 Mainstage Series of drama, musical theatre and opera productions.

The 2010-2011 Mainstage Season will sweep you away – from Argentina to small town America, from riotous farce to the deepest of human emotions and across a landscape of truly great works in musical theatre, drama and opera. With sensational Tony Award-winning musical theatre hits, comedy and pathos from the American master playwright Thornton Wilder and opera in all of its glory, each title will be brought to life by the brightest and freshest young talent in Cincinnati. Here is a first look at what next season has to offer:

Wed., Oct. 27, 8 p.m. (preview)
Thurs., Oct. 28, 8 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 30, 2:30 & 8 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 31, 2:30 p.m.
The Matchmaker
Written by Thornton Wilder
Richard E. Hess, director

The inspiration for the Tony Award-winning Hello, Dolly!, Wilder’s classic farce follows the exuberant Dolly Levi from one comic situation to another as she plays matchmaker to several unlikely couples in 19th century New York. Location: Patricia Corbett Theater. Drama Tickets: $11 (preview only); $27-$29, $17-$19 students.

Wed., Nov. 17, 8 p.m. (preview)
Thurs., Nov. 18, 8 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 19, 8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 20, 8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 21, 2:30 p.m.
Evita
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book by Tim Rice
Aubrey Berg, director
Jesse Kissel, music director
Patti James, choreographer

This dazzling “rock-umentary” follows the life of Eva Perón, a girl from a mundane background who became the most powerful woman in Latin America. Evita’s meteoric rise from her nightclub roots to a position of political prominence is told through a provocative mix of song, dance and a pulsating rock score that reflects the scheming, beguiling and compelling personality of a woman considered a sinner by some, a saint by others. Dead at the age of 33, Eva’s story is immortalized in this powerful, Tony Award-winning musical. Location: Corbett Auditorium. Musical Theatre Tickets: $22 (preview only); $27-$29, $17-$19 students.

Thurs., Feb. 10, 8 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 11, 8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 12, 2:30 & 8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 13, 2:30 p.m.
The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro, 1786)
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Annunziata Tomaro, conductor
Robin Guarino, director

The most popular of Mozart’s operas, The Marriage of Figaro presents a comically tangled web of infidelity, duplicity, blackmail and mistaken identity, all leading to a happily-ever-after ending. Recounting a single day of madness in the palace of Count Almaviva, this classic opera buffa is celebrated for its wonderful arias, complemented by some of the finest ensemble scenes ever written. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Location: Patricia Corbett Theater. OperaTickets: $27-$29, $17-$19 students

Thurs., Feb. 24, 8 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 25, 8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 26, 2:30 & 8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 27, 2:30 p.m.
Thurs., March 3, 8 p.m.
Fri., March 4, 8 p.m.
Sat., March 5, 2:30 & 8 p.m.
Sun., March 6, 2:30 p.m.
Rent
Music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson
Richard E. Hess, director
Steve Goers, musical director

The breakthrough musical of the 1990s, Rent resets Puccini’s La bohème in the lower East Side of New York City. The Bohemian artists and poets of the original are now contemporary figures working on the fringes of the art world, finding humor, conflict and love in an environment struggling under the specter of AIDS. The winner of four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this rock opera is a challenging, emotional and deeply moving portrait of a new generation. Location: Patricia Corbett Theater. Musical Theatre Tickets: $27-$29, $17-$19 students.

Wed., April 20, 8 p.m. (preview)
Thurs., April 21, 8 p.m.
Fri., April 22, 8 p.m.
Sat., April 23, 2:30 & 8 p.m.
Sun., April 24, 2:30 p.m.
Our Town
By Thornton Wilder
Diane Kvapil, director

Winner of the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this timeless portrait of life in a mythical New Hampshire town has become an American classic. Through the lives of Grover’s Corners residents George Gibbs and Emily Webb, Wilder explores the universal questions about the meaning of love, life and death. Location: Patricia Corbett Theater. Drama Tickets: $11 (preview only); $27-$29, $17-$19 students.

Thurs., May 12, 8 p.m.
Fri., May 13, 8 p.m.
Sat., May 14, 8 p.m.
Sun., May 15, 2:30 p.m.
Dialogues of the Carmelites (Dialogues des carmélites, 1957)
Composed by Francis Poulenc
Libretto by Emmet Lavery
Mark Gibson, conductor
Steven Goldstein, director

Based on a true story, this haunting opera tells the tale of the Carmelite Nuns, a small order put to death during the French Revolution. The fictional Parisian aristocrat Blanche de la Force attempts to find refuge with the nuns, setting the stage for a psychological study of devotion in the face of terror. Sung in English with supertitles. Location: Corbett Auditorium. Opera Tickets: $27-$29, $17-$19 students.

Subscriptions and Single Tickets
The 2010-11 CCM Mainstage Series of drama, musical theatre and opera productions includes subscription packages for six-show, four-show and three-show combinations. Matinee subscriptions are $144.00 for a full six-show package, $100.00 for a four-show package or $78.00 for a three-show package. Evening subscriptions are $156 for a six-show package, $108.00 for a four-show package or $84.00 for a three-show package.

Subscription renewal information will be sent to current subscribers in May 2010, and new subscriptions become available in late summer 2010.

Single tickets for Mainstage drama, opera and musical theatre events go on sale October 11, 2010, with adult tickets at $29, and for students, $19. Preview tickets for the productions of The Matchmaker and Our Town are available for $11. Preview tickets for Evita are available for $22. A special student rush rate is available for select performances, and group discounts are also available—please inquire at the CCM Box Office for details.

Flex Concert Tickets Are Back
Subscribers are also able to purchase flexible ticket packages to CCM’s 2010-11 Mainstage Series of concerts, which will include wind, orchestral, jazz, dance, choral and guest artist events, among others. Available exclusively to subscribers, Concert Flex Ticket Packages offer the chance to experience the incredible range of additional performing arts events at CCM at 50% off regular concert ticket prices. Programming and ticket package details for the CCM Mainstage Series of concerts will be announced late summer and single ticket sales will begin September 27, 2010.

Performances will be held in Patricia Corbett Theater and Corbett Auditorium on the UC campus.

Additional Information
Season subject to change—rights pending. For more information regarding CCM events, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit www.ccm.uc.edu.

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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