CCM Alumnus Andre Catrini Opens First Off-Broadway Musical This Week

CCM alumnus Andre Catrini (BFA Musical Theatre, 2011) is about to open his first Off-Broadway musical, The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit. Catrini has written the music and lyrics to a book by Alan Knee. The production opens at 7 p.m. tonight, Dec. 3, at the New York Workshop Theatre. The show plays through Saturday, Dec. 19.

Set 12 years after the close of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a 19 year old Timothy Cratchit leaves the home of his benefactor, Ebenezer Scrooge, in order to find his place in the world. On his path he encounters many trying, eye-opening and comical situations, but it is with the magnificent stage clown, Grimaldi, and his troupe of lively performers that he discovers his true identity.

Time Out New York has named the piece one of the “Best Christmas Plays to See This Holiday Season.”

Catrini is a composer/lyricist, musical theatre repertoire/audition coach and musical director currently living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He is a member of the BMI-Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, an alumnus of the ASCAP Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Workshop (plus a proud ASCAP member) and a graduate of CCM. In New York, he recently presented a concert of his material, “All Because Of You,” and was part of the York Theatre’s NEO 7 (New, Emerging, Outstanding) Concert.

Catrini is the proud recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award, given “in recognition for his outstanding talent as a musical theatre composer and lyricist” as well as a 2015 New Voices Project Merit Award.

Catrini is the founder and current member of the writing group THE CIRCLE SONGBOOK, comprised of twelve diverse contemporary musical theatre writers. Circle Songbook concerts are held twice a year in NYC.

His previous writing credits include The Wolf, Timmy the Wizard, Other Women, BLOCKED, Whisper, Love (for which a cast album is available) and concert presentations of “All Because Of You,” “Songs From the Trunk,” “Exercises: Songs From Unwritten Musicals” and “A Little Self Indulgent Music. ”

You can learn more about Andre Catrini by visiting www.andrecatrini.com.

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CCM Visiting Professor of Scenic Design Shares Her Holiday Favorites

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CCM's Tamara Honesty, photographed in the CCM Scene Shop. Photography by Ashley Kempher.

‘Tis the season for TV holiday programming – movies that can make us laugh and weep. There are the classics that take us back to our childhood as well as the comedies that put the “fun” in dysfunctional families.

Tamara Honesty, a visiting professor of scenic design at CCM, reveals some of her personal favorites that she’s looking forward to seeing during the month of December:

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: CCM Choirs Welcome The Holidays With ‘Feast of Carols’

Santa Claus makes a surprise appearance at CCM's 2010 'Feast of Carols.' Photography by UC Photographic Services.

Santa Claus makes a surprise appearance at CCM's 2010 'Feast of Carols.' Photography by UC Photographic Services.

More than 300 voices will fill the stage of Corbett Auditorium with favorite holiday songs during CCM’s annual Feast of Carols on December 3 and 4. The festivities will include treasured sounds of the season performed by CCM’s Chamber Choir, Chorale and Concert Orchestra, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and outstanding area guest choirs. Performances will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium on the University of Cincinnati campus.

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