Congratulations to Ty Olwin, who has been recognized by the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) with an award for Leading Actor in a Play for his role in CCM’s production of Coram Boy. The epic thriller, written by Helen Edmundson and based on a young adult novel by Jamila Gavin, recently launched the school’s 2011-12 Mainstage Series.
Olwin, a junior from Boulder, Colo., portrayed Alexander Ashbrook, the heir to an English estate whose life takes a fateful turn when his uncaring father fails to support his love for music. One LCT panelist described Olwin as “marvelous in conveying the agony and ecstasy of the character. [He] really gave a strong performance overall.” Olwin’s previous CCM credits include Red Light Winter, TRANSMIGRATION 2010: InLimbic, The Three Sisters and Picnic.
Coram Boy is a sprawling Dickensian-style story, set during the 18th century and focusing on the Coram Foundling Hospital for orphans. Intertwining drama with music, the play explores themes of class division, the hardships of the children of the time and the deceit of the men who took advantage of the systems put in place to help those children.
Coram Boy’s limited run closed on Oct. 30. CCM’s next Mainstage production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Oklahoma!, opens this Thursday. Upcoming CCM events can be viewed at ccm.uc.edu.
The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote Cincinnati’s theatre community. LCT provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community in Cincinnati and increase community awareness, attendance and involvement. More information about the League can be found at www.leagueofcincytheatres.info.