Preview: The Scenic Design of “Rent”

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Later this month, CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater will transform into the lower East Side of New York City for our Mainstage Production of Jonathan Larson’s Rent. Set Designer Brian Ruggaber provides us with a preview of this transformation today. UC Photojournalism student Jospeh Wilkens then shows us how these designs come to life in our state-of-the-art scene shop.

Rent features lighting by Weston Wetzel, sound design by Valerie Lawrence, costumes by Rebecca Doroshuk, hair & make-up design by Robert Michael Navarre, choreography by Diane Lala, musical direction by Steven Goers and stage direction by Richard Hess. The breakthrough musical of the 1990s runs Feb. 24 – March 6. Tickets are on sale now. Learn more about the production after the jump.

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CityBeat Previews ‘Turandot’

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In this week’s issue of CityBeat, Anne Arenstein takes a closer look at CCM’s collaborative concert presentation of Puccini’s Turandot. Click here for the full story.

The story of the beautiful but cold princess and the prince who wishes for her love is presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 28 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium on the University of Cincinnati campus. Tickets are $20 reserved seating, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE. UC student tickets are available day of performance only. Contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for more information.

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Join Us This Evening for A Moveable Feast!

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This evening, CCM proudly presents “A Moveable Feast,” a one-of-a-kind sampling of artistic and culinary delights that will take you both around the world and around the remarkable CCM Village. Enjoy a rare peak behind the curtain with backstage and studio tours and experience the brilliance of live performance as our young artists take to the stage. Join the Friends of CCM for this wildly popular fundraising event tonight only! Ticket information is available after the jump. Learn more at ccm.uc.edu or by calling 513-556-2100. View Metromix Cincinnati’s video preview of the event here!

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Preview: The Costume Designs of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

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Costume designer Amanda Rae Janke, a third-year graduate student, will present her thesis work with her 18th-century inspired costume designs for CCM’s upcoming production of The Marriage of Figaro. Designing for her first opera and her first set of costumes for the 18th-century, Amanda had the challenge of researching the time period to design the realistic costumes. In addition, her costumes were integral to the plot of the opera as well. One example is a cloak that switches hands quickly between two female characters in a comedic scene of mistaken identities.

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Preview: The Scenic Design of “The Marriage of Figaro”

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CCM’s 2010-11 Mainstage Series continues next month with Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. This is CCM Professor of Stage Design Thomas Umfrid’s second Marriage of Figaro project for CCM. Umfrid and Robin Guarino, Figaro director and head of CCM Opera, capitalized on their previous operatic collaborations to produce a classic set design for Figaro that will elegantly support and showcase the young CCM cast.

The Marriage of Figaro runs from February 10-13, 2011 in the Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus. Annunziata Tomaro conducts.

Tickets are available by contacting the CCM box office at 513-556-4183 or by visiting http://ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.html.

You can view Umfrid’s previous Figaro designs here.

Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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Experience CCM’s “Evita,” Tonight Through Nov. 21st

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A beautifully produced show, CCM’s Evita is filled with effortless scene changes and special effects, strong vocals and choreography, striking costumes, compelling music and historic imagery. You’ll likely find yourself cheering along with the People of Argentina as they celebrate their love for First Lady Eva Perón (wonderfully played by senior Alaina Mills) and the powerful presence she exudes.

CCM’s Mainstage Series presents Evita tonight through Sunday, Nov. 21. Contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or boxoff@uc.edu for tickets. Learn more about Evita’s run at CCM here.

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Here They Come A-Caroling: CCM Choirs Celebrate Holidays with Annual Feast of Carols

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More than 300 choir voices will fill the halls of Corbett Auditorium with favorite holiday songs during CCM’s annual Feast of Carols on December 4 and 5. The festivities will include treasured sounds of the season performed by CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale and Concert Orchestra; UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and outstanding area high school choirs. Performances will take place on Saturday, December 4 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 5 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium at the University of Cincinnati.

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Preview: The Scenic Design of Evita

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Next month, CCM’s Corbett Auditorium will transform into mid-century Latin America for the Mainstage Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita. Here’s a sneak peek at what that transformation will look like, courtesy of Senior Resident Scenic Designer Thomas Umfrid. You can view more of Umfrid’s work here.

With lighting by Samantha Spiro, sound design by Richard J. Koharik and Chuck Hatcher, costumes by Reba Senske, wig and make-up design by Kelly Yurko, choreography by Patti James, musical direction by Jesse Kissel and direction by Aubrey Berg, Evita will be the must-see musical this fall. See full production details after the jump.

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CCM Slideshows: The Matchmaker

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Don’t miss your chance to see classic comedy The Matchmaker, running tonight through Sunday in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. A hilarious farce with slapstick flair, the fun-loving show opens up CCM’s 2010-11 Mainstage Series of Operas, Musicals and Dramas. Tickets are still available by calling 513-556-4183. You can learn more about the production here.

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A Behind the Scenes Look at “The Matchmaker”

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Next week, CCM Drama opens our Mainstage Series with The Matchmaker, a classic comedy by the great American playwright Thornton Wilder. Today, we present a behind-the-scenes look at the make-up, wig and prosthetic work going into the show, courtesy of UC Photojournalism student Kevin Wauligman. The Matchmaker runs Oct. 27 (preview) through Oct. 31 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus. Tickets are still available by calling 513-556-4183. You can learn more about the production here.

CCM gratefully acknowledges the support of Mainstage Season Production Sponsor Macy’s.

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