CCM Musical Theatre Students Give a Lesson in History Through Song

Dave Clemmons (center) and the cast of CCM's Studio Series production of 'The Civil War.'

Dave Clemmons (center) and the cast of CCM’s Studio Series production of ‘The Civil War.’

Take a trip back in time with the CCM Studio Series production of Frank Wildhorn’s unique musical The Civil War. Premiering on Broadway in 1999, this musical tells the story of the American Civil War through the viewpoints of all involved – Confederate, Union and slave alike – by way of musical numbers spanning the gamut of genres from gospel, folk and country to R&B and rock.

Directed by Jason Podplesky with musical direction by Ryan Shirar, The Civil War runs May 10 – 12 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus. Tickets to The Civil War are free, but reservations are required.

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CCM’s Annual Musicals Redux Series Presents “Out of This World”

This year’s annual Musicals Redux series – which carries out CCM Musical Theatre’s mission to resurrect gems from the storehouse of forgotten American musical theatre – will present a stylish comic gem from the master, Cole Porter. On May 12-14, CCM will present Out of This World in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available on Monday, May 9 at noon—please contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 to reserve. Learn more about the production after the jump.

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CCM Adds Additional Performance to ‘RENT’s Sold-Out Run

Due to overwhelming demand, CCM has added an additional performance to the previously booked-up run of Jonathan Larson’s Rent, which opens on February 24 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are now available for an 8 p.m. performance on Wednesday, March 2This additional performance will include ASL interpretation for deaf and hearing-impaired patrons.

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“Rent” Originators Inspire Current CCM Cast

"Rent" actor Anthony Rapp gives a master class for CCM's "Rent" cast members. Photography by Ashley Kempher.

"Rent" actor Anthony Rapp gives a master class for CCM's "Rent" cast members. Photography by Ashley Kempher.

Producer Kevin McCollum and actor Anthony Rapp, two of the talents involved in the original Broadway run of Jonthan Larson’s RENT, recently stopped by CCM Village to spend time with the cast of CCM’s upcoming revival. You can learn more about their unique visits here.

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CCM Students Connect to Characters Embracing Life and Celebrating Love in Groundbreaking Musical “Rent”

Photography by Chris Blem.

Photography by Chris Blem.

As CCM prepares for its first production of Jonathan Larson’s revolutionary musical Rent – which runs February 24-27 and March 3-6 in the Patricia Corbett Theater in CCM Village – the young cast is finding energy and excitement in portraying characters their own age who embrace life in a city where many will one day live.

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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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