CCM is pleased to announce details for the 2010-11 CCM Studio Series of opera, musical theatre and drama. This year’s Studio Series features seven productions in CCM’s intimate and versatile “black box” space, the Cohen Family Studio Theater, along with a special Studio Series opera produced in Patricia Corbett Theater and a festival of new dramatic works that will utilize spaces throughout CCM Village.

The Studio Series runs from Oct. 21, 2010 through May 29, 2011. All Studio Series events held in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater are free and open to the general public, although reservations are required. Reservations may be made the week of each show only by contacting the CCM Box Office by phone at 513-556-4183. For additional information, visit www.ccm.uc.edu. Full production and ticketing details after the jump!

Under Construction II
Conceived and Choreographed by Diane Lala

Under Construction II explores aspects of love, separation, temptation, deceit, desire and discovery through dance, music and theatricality. A new “musical” by choreographer Diane Lala, the work employs a variety of dance styles set to selections by Peter Gabriel, John Williams, Peter Frampton and others to capture the ever-evolving nature of human passion. “Constructed” with creative input from the performers, the choreographer aims to translate ideas and emotions common to us all into dazzling three-dimensional form.

Performance Dates: Oct. 21–23, 2010
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required.  Tickets available Mon., Oct. 18 at noon—please contact the CCM Box Office at (513) 556-4183 to reserve.  Limit two tickets per order.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Three Sisters
By Anton Chekhov
Diane Kvapil, director

The decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world is the subject of Chekhov’s influential play, Three Sisters. Olga, Masha and Irina are refined and cultured young women who were raised in urban Moscow but have been living in a small, colorless Russian provincial town for eleven years. With their father dead, their hopes lie heavily in their anticipated return to Moscow, while the painful monotony of day-to-day living exacts its toll.

Performance Dates: Nov. 4–Nov. 6, 2010
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets available Mon., Nov. 1 at noon—please contact the CCM Box Office at (513) 556-4183 to reserve.  Limit two tickets per order.

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub
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The Turn of the Screw (1954)
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper
Based on the novella by Henry James
Christopher Allen, conductor
Amanda Consol, director

Based on Henry James’ classic ghost-story novella, Britten’s compelling chamber opera presents the story of a governess charged with the care of two orphaned children at their absentee uncle’s country estate, where the ghosts of a former abusive valet and his lover haunt the grounds. With a blend of 12-tone techniques, arresting motifs and stirring lyricism, the action moves with incredible fluidity, creating a chilling tale of sexual repression and the corruption of innocence. Sung in English with supertitles.

Performance Dates: Nov. 5–Nov. 7, 2010
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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A Little Night Music
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Steven Goldstein, director

Based on Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night, this lyrical Tony Award-winning masterpiece is set at a country house in Sweden at the turn-of–the-century. Impossible liaisons and long-simmering passions come to light as the sun steadfastly refuses to set and the night smiles three times: once for the lovers, once for the dreamers and once for the fools. Witty and urbane, A Little Night Music fully captures the intricacies of love’s endless possibilities in haunting three-quarter time.

Performance Dates: Feb. 3–Feb. 5, 2011
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets available Mon., Jan 31 at noon—please contact the CCM Box Office at (513) 556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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TRANSMIGRATION: A Festival of Student Created New Works

TRANSMIGRATION, so named for “the movement from one place to another” or “the transition from one state of being to another,” is a festival of new works created by the acting students in CCM Drama. Performed simultaneously in different locations throughout CCM Village, TRANSMIGRATION will allow the audience to sample four different 30-minute new works of their choosing in one spectacular evening. Recognized by CityBeat with a Best Alternative Theatre Cincinnati Entertainment Award nomination.

Performance Dates: Feb. 10–Feb. 12, 2011
Location: Various locations in the CCM Village
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets available Mon., Feb. 7 at noon—please contact the CCM Box Office at (513) 556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub
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L’le De Tulipatan
Music by Jacques Offenbach
French libretto by Henri Chivot and Alfred Duru
Jennifer Williams, director

Set on the Island of Tulipatan, Théodorine has raised her son as a girl named Hermosa to rescue him from military conscription, while Duke Cacatois’daughter, lacking a male heir to the throne, has been brought up as a boy named Alexis. Unknowingly, the pair fall in love and plan to wed, even after the cross-gender role-playing comes to light. Offenbach sets Chivot and Duru’s original French libretto to a deliriously delightful one-act operetta, filled with uproarious calamity and endless hilarity. Sung in French with English supertitles.

Performance Dates: Mar. 4–Mar. 6, 2011
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets available Mon., Feb 28 at noon—please contact the CCM Box Office at (513) 556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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Red Light Winter
Written by Adam Rapp
k. Jenny Jones, director

Adam Rapp’s play follows two men and a woman in very foreign territory. College friends Davis and Matt spend a wild, unforgettable evening in Amsterdam’s Red Light District with a beautiful young prostitute, Christina. Their lives are changed forever when the bizarre love triangle plays out in unexpected ways a year later in the East Village. Due to its themes and content, Red Light Winter is intended for mature audiences only.

Performance Dates: Apr. 28–Apr. 30, 2011
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets available Mon., April 25 at noon—please contact the CCM Box Office at (513) 556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub
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Musicals Redux: Out of This World
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Dwight Taylor and Reginald Lawrence
Roger Grodsky, director

Continuing our mission to resurrect gems from the storehouse of forgotten American musical theatre, Musicals Redux presents a stylish comic gem from the master, Cole Porter. A free adaption of Amphitryon by Plautus, Out of This World pits Roman gods and goddesses against each other with amusing results. Erudite and polished, the complicated plot-twists are all set to the timeless sophistication of a Porter score. Featuring the hit song, “From This Moment On,” Out of This World has seldom been seen since its Broadway debut in 1952.

Performance Dates: May 12–May 14, 2011
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets available Mon., May 9 at noon—please contact the CCM Box Office at (513) 556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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Giulio Cesare
Music by George Fredric Handel
Libretto by Nicole Francesco Haym
Nicholas Muni, director

Embroiled in bitter struggle for control of the Roman and Egyptian worlds, Giulio Cesare recounts the passion between Cesare and Cleopatra as they form an alliance against the Egyptian queen’s brother and co-ruler, Tolomeo. With all of the historical backing, Handel’s tragic opera boasts themes of warfare, passionate love, betrayal and heroic action brought to lyric drama on an epic scale. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Performance Dates: May 27–May 29, 2011
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available on Mon., May 23 at noon—please contact the CCM Box Office at (513) 556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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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.

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