CCM’s Diane Kvapil Receives 2011 Acclaim Educator Award

When a theater educator succeeds, it’s usually the students who get the applause. But once a year the Cincinnati theater community gives a great big standing ovation to a few area teachers who inspire excellence on and off their school stages. Working long hours, out of the spotlight, these committed men and women foster collaborative creativity in all its forms, maintain vibrant educational theater programs in tough budgetary times, and produce graduates with a lifelong love of the performing arts — and the skills and values they’ll need to succeed in any field they choose.

CCM’s own Diane Kvapil received one of two Enquirer/Fifth Third Bank Theater Educator Awards presented this year; the other went to Lisa Bodollo of Mother of Mercy High School (Theater Educator Award Winner). The Acclaim Educator Winner, Kvapil has taught at CCM since 1977. Both Kvapil and Bodollo will receive a financial award for their schools’ theater programs.

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Jazz Major Wins Two DownBeat Awards

Congratulations to Dominic Marino, a Master of Music candidate in CCM’s Jazz Studies programs, for winning two DownBeat Student Music Awards. The magazine just announced that Marino was one of two winners of the Outstanding Composition Award (Orchestrated Work) for his piece “Perpetrator,” recorded last school year with the CCM Jazz Ensemble in the CCM Jazz Recording Studio.

Dominic also received another award as a recording engineer: Outstanding Performance Award for Engineered Studio Recording for a group of combo recordings that he engineered this Fall.

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CCM’s Hope Shangle Garners Acclaim for ‘Our Town’

CCM Drama student Hope Shangle.

CCM Drama student Hope Shangle.

Congratulations to Hope Shangle, who earned an Acclaim Award nomination for her performance as Mrs. Gibbs in CCM’s recent production of Our Town. Shangle, a junior from Grand Rapids, Mich., was recognized in the category of supporting performance by a non-Equity actress. Among her previous CCM credits, Shangle counts roles in Bury the Dead  (in which she earned a 2009-10 Acclaim Award as part of the show’s principal ensemble), You Can’t Take It With You (in which Shangle offered another Acclaim Award-winning supporting performance as family matriarch Penny Sycamore), Blood Wedding and The Matchmaker.

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Acclaim Awards Announce Additional 2010-11 Nominations

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Earlier this month, additional performers and productions received nominations from the Acclaim Awards. These nominations included the following CCM performers and productions:

Under Construction 2

  • Ensemble
  • Choreography: Diane Lala

Three Sisters

  • Ensemble

Evita

  • Lead Performance by a Non-Equity Actress: Alaina Mills as Eva Peron

Our congratulations go out to all of the additional nominees! You can view the full list of additional Acclaim Awards nominees here.

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CCM Drama Announces 2011 Dolly Award & Cohen Chair Special Scholarship Recipients

Last night, CCM’s Department of Drama presented its 9th annual Dolly Awards, which honor students for outstanding achievement throughout the year . Select students were recognized for their work in recent department productions as well as service and achievement, aesthetic leadership and sustained excellence throughout one’s CCM career.

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