CCM Announces 2019 Opera Scholarship Competition Winners

Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li with Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.

Six students won awards in CCM’s 2019 Opera Scholarship Competition, which was held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Corbett Auditorium.

Since its inauguration in 1976, the annual competition welcomes current and incoming CCM voice students to compete for scholarships and cash prizes, and a panel of judges composed of opera industry professionals selects each year’s class of prizewinners.

The 2019 CCM Opera Scholarship Competition winners are:

Victor Cardamone, first-year Master of Music student
From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Studying at CCM with Tom Baresel
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Corbett Award ($15,000)
The Corbett Award is supported by the Corbett Foundation in cooperation with CCM.

Carlos Cardenas, first-year Artist Diploma student
From Bogota, Columbia; Studying at CCM with Daniel Weeks
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Italo Tajo Memorial Award ($15,000)
This award is supported by the Italo Tajo Memorial Scholarship Fund (established by Mr. Tajo’s wife Inelda Tajo) in cooperation with CCM.

Samuel Kid, incoming Master of Music student from the University of Michigan
From Ann Arbor, Michigan
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Andrew White Memorial Award ($12,500)
This award is supported by the Andrew White Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.

Teresa Perrotta, second-year Master of Music student
From Orlando, Florida; Studying at CCM with Gwen Detwiler
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Seybold-Russell Award ($10,000)
This award is supported by the Seybold-Russell Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.

Amanda Olea, second-year Master of Music student
From Mexico City, Mexico; Studying at CCM with Gwen Detwiler
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the John Alexander Memorial Award ($10,000)
This award is supported by the John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with CCM.

Maria Miller, first-year Master of Music student
From Paducah, Kentucky; Studying at CCM with Amy Johnson
Prize: Norman Treigle Award ($3000)
This award is supported by the Norman Treigle Opera Scholarship Competition Award Fund in cooperation with CCM.

The judges panel for CCM’s 2019 Opera Scholarship Competition included:

  • Thomas Bankston, Artistic Director of Dayton Opera
  • Lawrence Edelson, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater in New York, where he oversees the Composer Librettist Development Program.
  • Neal Goren, Founder and Artistic Director of Catapult Opera, a new touring company premiering in fall 2020 with a new Robert Wilson production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.

About CCM Opera
The Department of Opera at CCM boasts one of the most comprehensive training programs for opera singers, coaches and directors in the United States. Students at CCM work with some of the most renowned teachers and artists active in opera today.

CCM students and alumni frequently advance to the final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2017, four CCM alumni competed in the semi-finals: Jessica Faselt, soprano (MM Voice, 2016); Summer Hassan, soprano (MM Voice, 2014); Andrew Manea, baritone (MM Voice, 2016); and Cody Quattlebaum, bass-baritone (BM Voice, 2015) — who was chosen as a finalist in the national competition. In 2018, former CCM Artist Diploma in Opera Performance student Brandon Scott Russell (MM Voice, 2018; AD Vocal Performance, 2018) took first place at the Met’s National Council Auditions Southeast Regional Competition and went on to compete in the semi-final round. This year, three CCM alumni and students will advance to the Met’s National Council Semi-Finals: Joshua Wheeker, tenor (CCM Voice 2007-2012); Murrella Parton (MM Voice, 2017); and Elena Villalón, soprano, currently studying at CCM with William McGraw. The semi-finals take place in New York on March 24, 2019. Learn more at metopera.org/about/auditions/national-council-auditions/.

In addition, CCM’s Mainstage Opera and Studio Opera Series have received some of the National Opera Association Production Competition’s highest honors throughout the years, taking home six of the 18 non-professional prizes awarded in 2010 and four prizes in 2011.

CCM Opera graduates have performed on the stages of the world’s greatest opera companies, including Cincinnati Opera, Metropolitan Opera (New York), Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera (London), La Scala (Italy) and more.

CCM’s 2018-19 Mainstage Opera season concludes with W.A. Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus), conducted by Jiannan Cheng with stage direction by Robin Guarino. The opera runs April 12-14, 2019 at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Learn more about the production at uc.edu/news/articles/2018/09/n201495.html

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Register now for CCM Prep Summer Arts Experiences for Youth, Teens and Adults

Arts enthusiasts of all ages and abilities are invited to register now for summer 2019 music, dance and theatre arts programs offered through CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement.

CCM Prep provides enjoyable and accessible arts opportunities within a highly creative environment that educate and inspire the whole student. Courses are taught by CCM Prep and collegiate faculty members and guest artists.

Summer programs include “Animal Crackers” or “Join the Circus” theatre arts and music workshops for young performers in preschool and elementary school. Middle and high school students can start summer on a high note by joining the “Summer Band Experience,” hone their skills in dance classes or become a “triple threat” musical theatre star at “Camp Bravo.”

Adults can also enjoy summer arts experiences in the New Horizons Orchestra or by participating in CCM Prep’s first intergenerational residential camp. “CCM Grand” is open to students and their grandparents who want to share and make new memories while experiencing dorm life at UC’s Marian Spencer Hall.

For more information, view the complete course offerings listed by age group below. Register for courses and view CCM Prep’s summer 2019 course offerings in the links below and at https://register.asapconnected.com/default.aspx?org=1185.

Please contact CCM Prep at 513-556-2595 or ccmprep@uc.edu for more information.

Preschool and Elementary | Ages 3-12

Animal Crackers | Ages 3-6
9 a.m.-noon July 8-12, 2019
Tuition: $160
Amy Dennison, instructor

Stories about the circus inspire creative play, songs, movements and games for our youngest performers. Circus skills like juggling and walking on stilts are adapted for this age!
Register online.

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Join the Circus! | Ages 7-9
9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 15-19, 2019
Tuition: $315
Amy Dennison, instructor

Whether you join the circus or act on the stage, acting, singing, dancing and drumming are waiting for you at this jam-packed week of circus fun! At the end of the week, dazzle your family with a performance showcasing your new skills.
Register online.

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Suzuki Strings Summer Camp | Grades K-6
9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 29-August 2, 2019
Tuition: $260
Joyce Chan Grabell, instructor

Practice your instrument, gain new friends and have fun learning and reviewing skills and songs while improving your technique! CCM Preparatory faculty are planning a full week of classes, rehearsals, enrichment and games for Suzuki string students from pre-twinkle through Book 4 (students will be placed in age appropriate groups). Previous Suzuki experience is required.
Register online.
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Elementary and Middle School | Ages 9-14

Summer Band Experience | Grades 6-8
9 a.m.-noon June 3-7, 2019
Tuition: $160
Rick Canter, instructor

Start your summer on a high note by playing in our band! Spend each day learning new music, through band and small group instruction and developing your musical skills while practicing in a great environment! The band will be featured in concert at the end of the week. Open to all woodwind, brass and percussion players who have completed fifth through eighth grade and have been playing their instrument for at least one year.  
Register online.
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Camp Bravo at CCM | Ages 9-14
9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3-7, 2019; 9 a.m.-noon June 8
Tuition: $315
Becky Childs, instructor

Prepare to wow family and friends at the end of this popular musical theatre camp. Learn valuable stage skills, tips and repertoire by our seasoned faculty while preparing for an exciting performance starring you! The camp culminates with a performance at 10 a.m. on June 8! No audition for entrance; audition for parts will happen at the beginning of the week. Please note: this camp is designed for students with previous experience and training in musical theatre.  
Register online.

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Camp Bravo at St. Thomas | Ages 9-14
9 p.m.-4 p.m. June 10-14, 2019
Tuition: $315
Karie-Lee Sutherland, instructor

Prepare yourself for applause, cheers and rave reviews with our musical theatre camp. Begin your journey to becoming a triple threat with acting, dance and voice classes taught by the professional teaching artists of the CCM Preparatory faculty. Take a bow at the concluding performance! Please note: this camp is designed for students with little experience or are new to musical theatre.
Register online.
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Middle and High School

Drop-In or Punch Card Ballet Classes
For students in levels 5 through adult
June 3-August 3, 2019
6:15-7:45 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
11 a.m.-noon on Saturdays

Current CCM Preparatory students in these levels do not need to audition. New students should contact Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer at 513-556-3214 or by e-mail at jacobsji@uc.edu for further information. Punch cards may be purchased at CCM for $60 for 6 classes. Summer ballet punch card classes, typically $17 each, are subsidized by the support of a generous donor. There will not be classes the week of July 1-6.
Register online.

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Back to Ballet Bootcamp
For intermediate and advanced students in levels 5-7
5:15-6:45 p.m. August 26-29, 2019
Tuition: $120

CCM Preparatory’s Back to Ballet Bootcamp is designed for dancers currently in levels 5-7 and offers comprehensive training for young men and women in ballet technique in our state-of-the-art facility.
Register online.
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Looking for more high school summer arts offerings? Students can also study piano, jazz, ballet, musical theatre and more in CCM Prep’s High School Arts Immersion programs. Learn more.

Intergenerational and Adult

New Horizons Orchestra and Chamber Music | Ages 50 and up
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 8, 10, 12, 15, 17 and 19
Tuition: $130

Betty Anne Gottlieb, instructor
Join us for two weeks of music making in July. Open to amateur adult string players at any level, we meet in the mornings 3 days each week for sectionals, large ensemble rehearsals and special topic sessions. The two weeks culminate in an informal performance. For those interested in additional music making, chamber music may be offered in the afternoon for an additional fee.
Register online.

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CCM Grand | Ages 8-13 and their grandparents
July 24-26, 2019
Tuition: $350 per person (with dorm) or $300 per person (without dorm)
Amy Dennison, instructor

Remember, share and make new memories here at CCM this summer at CCM Grand, our first intergenerational summer program. Grandparents along with their grandchildren ages 8-13 are invited to our first residential camp of this kind. Families will actively participate in courses taught by preparatory and college faculty that will inspire all ages and create memories for a lifetime! Experience dorm life circa 2019, and see CCM and UC with new eyes. We ask that an existing or previous relationship with CCM (college or preparatory) be established within the family. The dorm for this experience is Marian Spencer Hall.
Earlybird discount: $325 per person. Lock in this rate by registering before March 15!
Register online.
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Looking for more summer arts opportunities for collegiate students and adults? Study instrumental music, playwriting, opera, music education and more in CCM’s Summer Programs. Learn more.

Registration

Register and find more details for each program in the registration links included in the listings above.

You can also register and find more information online. Find courses in the “A to Z” index or in the “Summer for All Ages” links included in the menu on the left on CCM Prep’s online registration website.

Questions?

For more information, please contact CCM Prep at 513-556-2595 or ccmprep@uc.edu.

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TRANSMIGRATION Festival of Student Works Returns to CCM

Tickets for the 11th Anniversary edition of CCM’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11 through the CCM Box Office.

CCM presents six original, student-created works in the Acting Department’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival: The Inversion Scheme, The First Timers, Terminal X, After Y, Do Not Disturb and Honey, I’m Home! Celebrating its 11th Anniversary, the annual festival runs March 13-15, 2019, throughout CCM Village.

TRANSMIGRATION gives CCM Acting students the freedom to produce an entirely new show from start to finish. The teams are tasked with writing, designing and producing a 30-minute piece of theatre all on their own. Descriptions for each production presented this year are below.

Co-produced by CCM Acting Chair Richard Hess and Professor Brant Russell, this unique festival has presented more than 60 original productions over the past 11 years. The shows are performed simultaneously and in non-traditional spaces throughout CCM’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts. Attendees may customize their personal theater-going experience by viewing up to four shows of their choice throughout the evening.

View a slideshow of the student-created posters for each production:

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THE INVERSION SCHEME
A massive solar flare knocks electrical energy off the globe, and the world crumbles. A colony holed up in a Sam’s Club has survived two hundred years later. This rugged society falls. How it falls? That’s up to you.
Cast: Noah Buyak, Austin James Cleri, Sierra Coachman, Carter LaCava, Jack McElroy, Abby Palen, Jason Pavlovich, Trey Peterson, Emily Wallace
Location: Corbett Center Room 3705
Performance Times: 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
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THE FIRST TIMERS
What do the first person to drink cow’s milk, the first person to say “smooth as a baby’s bottom,” and the founder of Intercourse, Pennsylvania have in common? Despite their genius, none of them are allowed around children anymore. Come see The First Timers and follow the adventures of other pioneers and revolutionaries in this cavalcade of comedy!
Cast: Frankie Chuter, Zoe Cotzias, James Egbert, Matthew Fox, Charles James Gidney, Cameron Nalley, Amanda Nelson, Dustin Parsons, Rachel Baker
Location: Corbett Center Room 3705
Performance Times: 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
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TERMINAL X
Millions of people pass through airports everyday. They keep their heads down, rushing to their gates, hardly aware of the strangers that surround them. But what brings these travelers together? Find your gate, keep track of your belongings and have your boarding pass ready. Now boarding.
Cast: Chandler Bates, AJ Civello, Emma Fitzgerald, Paige Jordan, Graham Rogers, Kristina Steinmetz, Dan DeGroh, Jack Fogle
Location: Corbett Center Room 4755
Performance Times: 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
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AFTER Y
The day before they begin training for the Pangean Armed Forces, Theo stumbles upon a scientific phenomenon. In a world where a flourishing utopia has reigned throughout the millennia, what they uncover will challenge everything. Join us in this futuristic black comedy as we follow Theo’s discovery of what it means to be “other.”
Cast: Jacqueline Daaleman, Shakoria Alexus Davis, Annie Jacques, Rachel Jones, Liza Lagerstrom, Briley Oakley, Jack Steiner, Kayla Temshiv, Ariel Shaw
Location: Corbett Center Room 4755
Performance Times: 7:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
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DO NOT DISTURB
Here is your confirmation email. We tried screaming into the ether, but you didn’t respond. Please contact ROOM 4735 with any questions, to sit, stare and absorb light particles through your eyes holes. We hope you enjoy your stay at the Sleep Inn.
Cast: Gabriella DiVincenzo, Ella Eggold, Eli Lucas, Sydney Miles, Madison Pullman, Lily Olsen, Rin Wallace, Duncan Weinland, Julianna Weis-Palacios, Jacob Mallory
Location: Corbett Center Room 4735
Performance Times: 7:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
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HONEY, I’M HOME!
For the first time in history, you can join your favorite all-American family LIVE in front a studio audience on primetime! Did someone say Honey, I’m Home?! Join Jim as he navigates the ever-increasing challenges of family life. The whole gang is back for more laughter, mischief and wonderful adventures! What will the Henderson’s cook up this time? Only you can find out!
Cast: Jabari Carter, Neuma Cohen-Denson, Sarah Durham, Michelle Jardine, Gabriel Nasato, Madeleine Page-Schmit, Lucas Prizant, Reid Robison, Isabella Wagner, Griffin Whittaker
Location: Corbett Center Room 4735
Performance Times: 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
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TRANSMIGRATION Performance Times

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14
  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 15

Location
CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 11. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub

Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

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CCM Musical Theatre Stages Epic ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

From the Oscar-winning team of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz comes a lush retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.

CCM’s Mainstage Series production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame opens on Thursday, March 7 and continues through Sunday, March 10, 2019, at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Directed by CCM Musical Theatre Chair Aubrey Berg, the beloved musical features the college’s student stars of tomorrow with musical direction from Stephen Goers.

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s book features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel. Parental discretion is advised.

CCM's 2014 production of "Les Misérables" featured Stephanie Jae Park, who is currently in the US tour of "Hamilton," and Eric Geil, who is in the US Tour of "Book of Mormon."

CCM’s 2014 production of “Les Misérables” featured Stephanie Jae Park, who is currently in the US tour of “Hamilton,” and Eric Geil, who is in the US Tour of “Book of Mormon.”

This isn’t the first time Berg has brought one of Victor Hugo’s dramatic tales to the CCM Mainstage. Berg staged a critically acclaimed production of Les Misérables at CCM in March 2014. CityBeat’s Rick Pender called CCM’s production “powerful and memorable, one of the best musical theater productions on a Cincinnati stage this season.”

“With ‘Hunchback,’ we are employing similar techniques,” Berg says. “Set designer Lindsey Purvis has created a 40-ton timber cathedral of the mind — a poetic rather than literal space — in which the action unfolds. Dean Mogle is supplying a boatload of Medieval costumes and Kelly Yurko and her elves are creating wigs and make-up that would be at home in any painting by Brueghel. Oliver Tidwell-Littleton, currently under contract to the Walt Disney Company, is creating the lighting.”

“There is quite a lot to look at, but the stars of the production are the hard-working actors who play a multitude of roles to bring the story to life. They are true ‘triple threats,’ singing and dancing and acting their hearts out to tell this moving tale.”

The musical begins as bells sound through the famed Notre Dame cathedral in 15th-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer, observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools, but he is held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo. He escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though — the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, CCM Musical Theatre took the No. 3 spot in Playbill Magazine’s list of “10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway” in the 2018-19 season. Cincinnati audiences get the chance to see CCM’s stars of tomorrow perform locally before students move on to the world’s stages.

Berg first came to CCM 32 years ago to direct Nine as part of the college’s Hot Summer Nights performance series. He says that he particularly enjoyed working on CCM’s productions of Evita, West Side Story, The Secret Garden, Into the Woods and Les Misérables. “None of these would have been possible without the help of my collaborators, the musical directors, choreographers and designers who give their all to teach our students professionalism and discipline,” he adds.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see CCM’s stars in the college’s epic production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame on March 7-10, 2019. Tickets on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

CCM’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame will last 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions

Creative Team

  • Aubrey Berg, director
  • Stephen Goers, musical director
  • Katie Johannigman, choreographer
  • Erin Magner*, production stage manager
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Oliver Tidwell-Littleton*, lighting designer
  • Matthew Tibbs, sound designer
  • Aria Braswell*, assistant director
  • Kelly Yurko, hair and make-up designer
  • Lindsey Purvis*, scenic designer
  • Hankyu Lee*, associate sound designer
  • Jenny Jones, fight choreographer

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Andrew Alstat asLieutenant Frederic Charlus
  • Bryce Baxter as Claude Frollo
  • Jack Brewer as Father Dupin
  • Kevin Chlapecka as Clopin Trouillefou
  • Matt Copley as Jehan Frollo
  • Dylan Dougal as Saint Aphrodisius
  • Madison Hagler as King Louis Xi
  • Kendall McCarthy as Florika
  • Jenny Mollet as Esmeralda
  • Sam Pickart as Tribunal
  • Alex Stone as Quasimodo
  • Frankie Thams as Captain Phoebus de Martin
  • Madelaine Vandenberg as Madam
  • Jordan Alexander, Michael Canu, Madison Deadman, Sofie Flores, Kylie Goldstein, Zoe Grolnick, Chip Hawver, Joshua Johnson, Camila Paquet, Bryn Purvis, Mikayla Renfrow, Aaron Richert, Hank Von Kolnitz, Ethan Zeph as Multiple Roles
  • Leo Carmody, Samuel Cohen, Britta Cowan, Christian Feliciano, Carina Florio, Ashton Francis, Colton Harksen, Kai Horvit, Jack Johnson, Christian Kidd, Anna Chase Lanier, Tyler J. Martin, Cassandra Lyn Maurer, Drew Minard, Chesney Mitchell, Stone Mountain, Eli Owens, Ben Pimental, Brandon Schumacker, Matthew Skrovan, Eleanor Zambarano as The Voices of Notre Dame
  • Dance Captains: Joshua Johnson, Bryn Purvis
  • Vocal Warm-Ups: Ben Pimental

Understudies:

  • Quasimodo – Aaron Richert
  • Esmeralda – Camila Paquet
  • Male Cover – Ben Pimental
  • Swings – Tori Heinlein, Sammy Schechter

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 8
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Ticket prices start at $32. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through CCM’s e-Box Office.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor: Graeter’s Ice Cream

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

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CCM Video: Teaser Trailer for ‘Our Country’s Good’

CCM’s Mainstage Acting production of Our Country’s Good opens with a preview performance at 8 p.m. tonight, Feb. 13, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

Directed by Susan Felder, the award-winning play centers on a group of 18th-century criminals and British colonialists who explore how theatre can help rehabilitate and inspire. A British Royal Marine lieutenant decides to put on a play to celebrate the king’s birthday. He casts the play with English convicts who populate a distant Australian prison camp to remind them that “there is more to life than crime and punishment.” Few of them can read, let alone act, and the play is produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric prison punishments. CCM’s production is for mature audiences.

Arts reporter David Lyman describes Our Country’s Good as “witty, sobering and highly revealing of harsh life in what is now the Sydney suburbs,” in a preview story for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Watch CCM Acting’s teaser trailer for the production: https://youtu.be/i0LNQtTWfLg

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OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally

CCM’s production will last 2 hours, including a 10-minute intermission.

Creative Team

  • Susan Felder, director
  • Joshua E. Gallagher*, scenic designer
  • Sam Kittle*, hair and make-up designer
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
  • Ashley Trujilo*, costume designer
  • Michael Ekema-Nardella*, lighting designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer
  • Travis Byrne*, associate sound designer
  • Yue Shi (Jenny)*, production stage manager
  • D’Arcy Smith and Katherine Webster, dialect coaches

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Madeleine Page-Schmit as Mary Brenham
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Dabby Bryant
  • Kayla Temshiv as Duckling
  • Abby Palen as Liz Morden
  • Chandler Bates as Meg/Reverend
  • Carlee Coulehan as Johnston/Convict/Narrator
  • Olivia Buss as Dawes/Convict/Narrator
  • Jack Steiner as Ralph Clark
  • Carter LaCava as Robert Sideway
  • Jabari Carter as Captain Phillip/Aborigine
  • Cameron Nalley as Ross/James Ketch
  • James Egbert as Harry Brewer/Campbell
  • Trey Peterson as Caesar/Narrator
  • Graham Rogers as Judge Collins/Narrator
  • Lucas Prizant as Arscot/Tench
  • Duncan Weinland as Wisehammer/Faddy

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online though our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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CCM Mainstage Acting Presents Dark Comedy ‘Our Country’s Good’

Based on the true story of convicts and captors producing Australia’s first play, “Our County’s Good” is an inspiring tribute to the transforming power of drama. Tickets on sale now.

CCM continues its Mainstage series with Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good from Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview performance) through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Directed by Susan Felder, the award-winning play centers on a group of 18th-century criminals and British colonialists who explore how theatre can help rehabilitate and inspire.

Based on Thomas Keneally’s historical novel “The Playmaker,” Our Country’s Good tells the true story of Australia’s first theatrical performance in the 1780s. A British Royal Marine lieutenant decides to put on a play to celebrate the king’s birthday. He casts the play with English convicts who populate a distant Australian prison camp to remind them that “there is more to life than crime and punishment.” Few of them can read, let alone act, and the play is produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric prison punishments. CCM’s production is for mature audiences.

“The play throws wild humor up against absolute brutality,” Felder says. “We see convicts and soldiers in their daily lives — all while trying their best to produce a play.”

CCM’s production takes advantage of Patricia Corbett Theater’s wide, thrust stage to create the maze of the Australian landscape. The set creates an “edge of the world” feel, Felder says, where the set and the characters transform — sails become a tent, the sun can change into the moon and condemned convicts become aspiring actors.

Recipient of the BBC Award: West End Play of the Year, the Laurence Olivier Award, the London Evening Standard Award and the New York Drama Critics Award, Our Country’s Good is described as “a tribute to the transforming power of drama…It is heartening to find someone standing up for theatre’s unique spiritual power” (The Guardian).

CCM Acting presents Our Country’s Good on Feb. 13 (preview performance)-17, 2019 at Patricia Corbett Theater. The production will last 2 hours, including a 10-minute intermission. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.
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Creative Team

  • Susan Felder, director
  • Joshua E. Gallagher*, scenic designer
  • Sam Kittle*, hair and make-up designer
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
  • Ashley Trujilo*, costume designer
  • Michael Ekema-Nardella*, lighting designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer
  • Travis Byrne*, associate sound designer
  • Yue Shi (Jenny)*, production stage manager
  • D’Arcy Smith and Katherine Webster, dialect coaches

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Madeleine Page-Schmit as Mary Brenham
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Dabby Bryant
  • Kayla Temshiv as Duckling
  • Abby Palen as Liz Morden
  • Chandler Bates as Meg/Reverend
  • Carlee Coulehan as Johnston/Convict/Narrator
  • Olivia Buss as Dawes/Convict/Narrator
  • Jack Steiner as Ralph Clark
  • Carter LaCava as Robert Sideway
  • Jabari Carter as Captain Phillip/Aborigine
  • Cameron Nalley as Ross/James Ketch
  • James Egbert as Harry Brewer/Campbell
  • Trey Peterson as Caesar/Narrator
  • Graham Rogers as Judge Collins/Narrator
  • Lucas Prizant as Arscot/Tench
  • Duncan Weinland as Wisehammer/Faddy

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online though our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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CCM Winter Merchandise Available Online

Stay cozy and warm in official CCM apparel this winter. The CCM Tribunal is sponsoring the college’s winter merchandise campaign to help raise funds for students. CCM hoodies, T-shirts and long-sleeved T-shirts are available for purchase online now through Feb. 10, 2019.

CCM Tribunal is selling merchandise to raise money for student initiatives. A portion of the funds raised by sales benefit CCM students. CCM Tribunal has provided funding for social gatherings, the undergraduate opera, master classes, music stands and more.

The fundraiser is going on now through Feb. 10, 2019, so be sure to order your new CCM swag and support CCM Tribunal’s initiatives while you still can!

CCM winter merchandise is available for purchase online at uc.ignitecx.com/CCMWinter2019.

About CCM Tribunal
CCM Tribunal is the undergraduate Student Government at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The Tribunal is comprised of students from every department within CCM. The organization’s mission is to provide support for CCM students by sponsoring projects that would otherwise not come to fruition. In addition, CCM Tribunal hosts school-wide social events throughout the year, provides concessions for CCM’s Mainstage Series productions, holds fundraisers for community engagement programs like WhizKids and participates in UC’s Relay for Life.

You can learn more about the CCM Tribunal by visiting ccm.uc.edu/tribunal.

Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

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