CCM Talent For Hire Presents “Let It Go” Performed by Sarah Bishop

Senior musical theatre major Sarah Bishop recently made a three-year-old’s birthday wish come true when she performed the hit song “Let It Go” in character as Elsa from the popular Disney film Frozen!

Last seen wowing audiences as Elle in CCM’s acclaimed production of Legally Blonde – The Musical, Bishop’s birthday party appearance was facilitated by CCM Talent for Hire.

CCM’s talented students and alumni will bring world-class artistry to your special event, too! Learn more by visiting ccm.uc.edu/talentforhire.

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CCM’s Studio Series Production of ‘Speech and Debate’ Receives a 4.5 Star Rating from the League of Cincinnati Theatres

League of Cincinnati TheatresWe are delighted to report that panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized CCM’s Studio Series production of Speech and Debate with a 4.5 star recommendation.

Written by Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Stephen Karam, Speech and Debate feels ripped from today’s headlines. What begins as a story of on-line stalking quickly snowballs into a play that is part mystery, part coming-of-age story; a smart comedy and an insightful reflection of what it means to be young in America today.

Panelists called Speech and Debate “a wonderful production… contemporary, real and sometimes raw.” They were unanimous in praising CCM Drama Chair Richard Hess’ direction: “tight and economical, allowing his actors to bond together in their awkwardness while slowly revealing their secrets.”

The ensemble in the show “couldn’t be better… they worked marvelously together as a seamless unit.” Panelists singled out actress Katie Langham’s performance as Diwata: “brilliant, quick-delivery, comic in the truest sense.”

Critics have heaped praise on this production, with David Lyman calling the show “glorious to watch” in his review for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Kirk Sheppard observed that Langham is “on track to be a major comedic star” in his review for The Sappy Critic.

In his review for Behind the Curtain Cincinnati, Rob Bucher wrote that, “The show features excellent direction by Richard E. Hess, and is extremely well-cast with a committed and fearless leading trio.”

MacKenzie Bower concluded that Speech and Debate was “a lovable show for all” in her review for The News Record.

CCM Drama will next present a free play reading series from Nov. 17 – 20, focusing on dramatic treatments of war and aggression. From England to Vietnam to Africa and beyond, this series will allow CCM’s Dramatic Performance majors to consider global and historical conflicts through the lens created by the playwright. All readings will begin at 7 p.m. in room 4735 of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts. The schedule includes:

  • Monday, Nov. 17: Shirley Lauro’s A Piece of My Heart, directed by k. Jenny Jones
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18: Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915, directed by Richard E. Hess.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19: William Shakespeare’s Henry V, directed by Diane Kvapil
  • Thursday, Nov. 20: Charise Castro Smith’s The Hunchback of Seville, directed by Brant Russell

CCM’s Drama Season then resumes Feb. 11 – 15 with a Mainstage Series production of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, directed by Richard E. Hess. Tickets are on sale now.

About the League of Cincinnati Theatres
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. Learn more about the LCT here.

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CCM Alumna Ellie Jameson Appears on CBS Drama ‘Criminal Minds’ This Week

CCM alumna Ellie Jameson.

CCM alumna Ellie Jameson.

We are thrilled to report that CCM alumna Ellie Jameson (BFA Dramatic Performance, 2013) appears in a guest starring role as Detective Carpenter on the CBS police-procedural television program Criminal Minds at 9/8c this Wednesday, Nov. 5. The episode is called “If the Shoe Fits.”

Jameson lives in Los Angeles and appeared in productions of Red Light Winter, Arcadia, The Time of Your Life, Coram Boy and The Matchmaker while at CCM.

She was named a Rising Star by the League of Cincinnati Theatres for her body of work while in Cincinnati. She also appeared in the 2009 feature film The World’s Greatest Dad with Robin Williams.

Learn more about CCM Drama’s actors at work here.

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CCM Alumna Faith Prince Opens Memorial Hall’s Signature Event Series on Nov. 14

Distinguished CCM alumna Faith Prince.

Distinguished CCM alumna Faith Prince.

Cincinnati Memorial Hall‘s Signature Series of events will kick off on Friday, Nov. 14, with an evening of Broadway hits performed by Tony Award-winner and distinguished CCM alumna Faith Prince (BM Musical Theatre, 1979; HonDoc, 2009).

Prince, whose career includes Adelaid in Guys and Dolls with Nathan Lane, Ursula in Broadway’s The Little Mermaid and Miss Hannigan in the recent revival of Annie will perform at 8 p.m., following a 6:30 p.m. reception.

The pre-performance reception will including a sampling of Heidelberg wines from the Bordeaux region of France and lire-bites courtesy of A Catered Affair and Elegant Fare, with desserts by Eatwell.

All inclusive tickets start at $47 and are available online here.

About Faith Prince
After Faith Prince graduated as “Most Talented” with her bachelor’s degree from CCM’s Musical Theatre program in 1979, she began a career on stage that continues to see her star rise. Perhaps best known for her award-winning performance as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, which earned her a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award in 1992, Prince was nominated for the same awards for her performance in A Catered Affair on Broadway in 2008. Other award-nominated performances on Broadway include Bells are Ringing (2001), Jerome Robbins’ B’way (1989) and Nick and Nora (1991).

Besides her stage performances, the Lynchburg, Va., native has had a number of film and television roles, including appearances on primetime hits Grey’s Anatomy and Spin City. Musical accomplishments include concert performances, Tony awards and a CD.

In June 2009, Prince received an honorary doctor of performing arts and addressed UC’s graduating students as commencement speaker. She offered career advice, touching on the temporary nature ofher field and of life in general, reminding graduates that just like them, come Monday, she’d be looking for her next job, too.

Learn more about Faith Prince courtesy of UC Magazine.

About Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall
Established in 1908, Memorial Hall is conveniently located in the heart of the revitalized arts district of Over-the-Rhine. This Exquisite venue is adjacent to Music Hall and the School for Creative and Performing Arts and overlooks Washington Park.

Designed by Samuel Hannaford, marble staircases adorned with intricate wrought iron lead to the 600 seat proscenium theater. Exceptional acoustics, decorative murals and Tiffany chandeliers enhance this historic theater. Memorial Hall offers an elegant setting for performances and exquisite social and business events.

Learn more by visiting http://cincinnatimemorialhall.com.

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CCM Alumna Stephanie Jae Park Performs in National Tour of ‘Cinderella’

CCM alumna Stephanie Jae Park.

CCM alumna Stephanie Jae Park.

We are thrilled to report that CCM alumna Stephanie Jae Park (BFA Musical Theatre, 2014) has been cast in the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which is due at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center early next year!

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of Oklahoma! and The King and I will delight local audiences Jan. 6 – 18, 2015.

Park’s previous credits include Tuptim in The King and I at the St. Louis Muny. At CCM, she played the role of Cosette in the acclaimed Mainstage Series production of Les Misérables. She also played Marcy Park in the Showboat Majestic’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Learn more by visiting www.stephaniejaepark.com.

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CCM Alumnus Michael Shults Joins the Faculty of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

CCM alumnus Michael Shults.

CCM alumnus Michael Shults.

We are happy to report that CCM alumnus Michael Shults (MM Jazz Studies, 2012) recently accepted a tenure track position as assistant professor of saxophone at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He teaches applied jazz and classical saxophone, coaches saxophone quartets and jazz combos, and teaches jazz improvisation.

Shults served as a graduate assistant in the Department of Jazz Studies during his time at CCM, teaching improvisation and coaching combos and big bands. He studied saxophone with James Bunte and Rick VanMatre, improvisation with Phil DeGreg and composition with Kim Pensyl.

Shults has been praised for his “strong, imaginative” improvisations (Downbeat Magazine) and “fresh and intelligent musical ideas” (The Pitch). As a jazz saxophonist, he was a finalist in the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Artist Competition, and was the winner of the Graduate College Soloist category in the 2012 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards Issue. He was a featured soloist on Bobby Watson’s 2010 release The Gates BBQ Suite which reached as high as #4 on the Jazzweek National Radio Airplay Charts. Also adept as a concert saxophonist, Shults has been praised for his “jaw-dropping” and “authoritative” technique (Bill Brownlee of the Kansas City Star) and has performed by invitation at the North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conference and the University of Iowa Festival for New Music.

He is currently a DMA candidate at the the University of Missouri-Kansas City under the tutelage of Zach Shemon of the PRISM Quartet. Before coming to CCM for his graduate studies, Shults earned dual BM degrees in Saxophone Performance and Jazz and Studio Music from the UMKC where he studied with noted saxophonists Bobby Watson, Tim Timmons and Dan Thomas.

Learn more by visiting www.michaelshultsmusic.com.

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Senior Musical Theatre major Max Clayton is Don Lockwood in CCM's Mainstage Series production of 'Singin' in the Rain,' running Oct. 31 – Nov. 3 in Corbett Auditorium.

CCM Alumnus Max Clayton Cast in Broadway-Bound Revival of ‘Gigi’

CCM alumnus Max Clayton.

CCM alumnus Max Clayton.

We are thrilled to report that CCM alumnus Max Clayton (BFA Musical Theatre, 2014) has just been cast in the Broadway-bound revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s Oscar and Tony Award-winning musical Gigi.

Gigi is set to play a pre-Broadway engagement in the Eisenhower Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The show will officially open on Jan. 29, 2015, and will play a limited engagement through to Feb. 12, before moving on to the Great White Way later next year.

Clayton has kept busy since graduating just last spring. He was recently seen as Gabey in On the Town at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago and as Slim in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Oklahoma! The Chicago Tribune hailed Clayton’s performance in On the Town, calling him “an excellent lead.”

CCM audiences last saw Clayton as Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain and as Macheath in The Threepenny Opera.

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CCM’s Mainstage Production of ‘Legally Blonde’ Receives a 4.5 Star Rating from the League of Cincinnati Theatres

Senior Lawson Young as Elle and junior Chris Collins-Pisano as Emmett in CCM's production of LEGALLY BLONDE, playing Oct. 23 - Nov. 2, 2014. Photography by Mark Lyons.

Senior Lawson Young as Elle and junior Chris Collins-Pisano as Emmett in CCM’s production of LEGALLY BLONDE, playing Oct. 23 – Nov. 2, 2014. Photography by Mark Lyons.

We are tickled pink to report that panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Legally Blonde – The Musical with a 4.5 star recommendation.

Panelists loved the CCM production, with one individual reporting: “Going back to college for the opening night of CCM‘s Legally Blonde did not disappoint! The stage becomes a powerhouse of song and dance… Ohmigod you guys, just go see this show and have a lot of fun.”

Panelists praised Diane Lala’s “well designed and executed” choreography (“the highlight of the show”) and guest scenic designer/CCM alumnus Joe Leonard’s “spectacular” scenic design: “Sophisticated…transforms constantly and seamlessly.”

Lead actress Lawson Young as Elle, lead actor Chris Collins-Pisano as Emmett, and supporting actress Madeline Lynch as Paulette were all singled out for their outstanding performances, but panelists gave kudos to all the performers: “The real strength of this musical was the total ensemble singing and dancing their hearts out for the pure joy felt by the audience.”

Legally Blonde plays tonight through next Sunday, Nov. 2, in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now. Learn more by visiting ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/legally-blonde-mainstage.

About the League of Cincinnati Theatres
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. Learn more about the LCT here.

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Universal Sports Network Premieres Student-Produced ‘2013 Gold Rush Expedition Race’ Film Tonight

Photography by Kaori Funahashi.

Photography by Kaori Funahashi.

The Universal Sports Network presents the premiere broadcast of the student-produced 2013 Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary film at 6:30 p.m. ET tonight, Oct. 24!

The Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary films chronicle one of the foremost expedition races in the world. Each 90-minute documentary features an international field of 50 elite athletes tackling a grueling 275-mile course through the California wilderness as they test their mental and physical limits in the toughest competition in North America. Over the course of four days, teams face merciless heat and sleepless nights while trekking, mountain biking, climbing and kayaking amidst the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The race is part of the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) and the winning team receives an entry into the ARWS World Championship.

Each film has been produced by a team of UC students hailing from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP), and the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.

Working under the guidance of professional television director/producer and CCM Electronic Media (E-Media) alumnus Brian J. Leitten (BFA, 2001) and E-Media Professor Kevin Burke, these students shot, edited, scripted and produced the film on location in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Both Leitten and Burke advise the project and provide professional guidance and feedback to the students during all phases of the documentary’s development.

Earlier this month, GearJunkie.com hailed the Gold Rush Expedition Race project as “undoubtedly one of the most amazing educational initiatives we’ve seen.”

Learn more about the Gold Rush Expedition Race project by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/notations-ovations/student-produced-film-series-airs-on-universal-sports-network.

All broadcast times Eastern and subject to change. Learn more about the Universal Sports Network by visiting http://universalsports.com.

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CCM Video: The Make-Up and Wig Design Program Illustrates How to Paint a Bearcat Face

The University of Cincinnati “Bearcats” name officially turns 100 years old this month!

To help celebrate the enduring legacy of the Bearcat, CCM Assistant Professor of Make-Up Kelly Yurko and Make-Up and Wig Design major Una Lin present a one minute demonstration on how to paint a Bearcat face. View the full video below!

The Bearcat moniker was born on Oct. 31, 1914, during a home football game against the Kentucky Wildcats. UC will celebrate the 100th birthday of the name with a variety of special activities next Friday, Oct. 31!

Learn the complete history of the Bearcat by visiting http://www.uc.edu/bearcats.

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