CCM Alumni in 4 Tony-Nominated Productions

The nominees for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards have been announced, and the results are in: CCM’s stars shine bright on Broadway! CCM alumni are working on stage and behind-the-scenes in at least four Tony Award-nominated productions.

Tony Awards LogoSun Hee Kil (MFA Sound Design, 2009) was the associate sound designer for the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre’s production of Choir Boy, which was nominated for Best Play and Best Sound Design of a Play.

Two productions nominated for Best Musical feature CCM alumni. Adam Monley (BFA Musical Theatre, 2000) is a swing in the Marquis Theatre’s production of Tootsie, and the Winter Garden Theatre’s production of Beetlejuice features choreography by Connor Gallagher (BFA Musical Theatre, 2006), as well as performances by Leslie Kritzer (BFA Musical Theatre, 1999) as Delia, Ryan Breslin (BFA Musical Theatre, 2011) as an ensemble member and Sean Montgomery (BFA Musical Theatre, 2007) as a swing.

Kritzer was awarded CCM Musical Theatre’s 2011 Young Alumni Award, and her role in Beetlejuice has also earned her nominations for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical and a Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show.

Preston Truman Boyd (BFA Musical Theatre, 2008) and Christine Cornish Smith (BFA Musical Theatre, 2013) are both in the ensemble for Studio 54’s Kiss Me, Kate, which was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical.

This year’s Tony Awards will be hosted by James Corden at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, June 9 on CBS. For more information, visit tonyawards.com.

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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Grand Uses Arts to Strengthen Bonds Between Grandparents and Children

The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory and Community Engagement (CCM Prep) is thrilled to announce CCM Grand, its first intergenerational arts program for families. Creativity has no age limit in this summer workshop, which runs from July 24-26, 2019.

Alumni grandparents and their grandchildren (ages 8-13) are invited to return to UC for a unique, fun-filled arts experience. This camp is designed to create lasting memories and strengthen the special bond that exists between generations.

CCM Grand offers grandparents the opportunity to spend quality time embedded within a rich and creative learning environment with their grandchildren. Grandparents who previously attended UC can explore and re-familiarize themselves with our inspiring campus, which is among the world’s most beautiful campuses according to Forbes Magazine.

During this camp, attendees will actively participate in engaging arts workshops taught by renowned CCM Prep and collegiate faculty, tour the UC campus and experience life on campus at the newly renovated Marian Spencer Hall. Tuition is $350 per person, which includes all activities, on-campus housing and six meal vouchers for the campus dining hall.

Register for CCM Grand online at: https://bit.ly/2EhxS6m

For more information, call the CCM Prep office at 513-556-2595 or email Amy Dennison at Amy.dennison@uc.edu.

Looking for more summer arts opportunities for your family? CCM Prep offers a variety of music, dance and theatre arts programs for youth, teens and adults. Learn more about CCM Prep’s Summer 2019 offerings.

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CCM Prep Presents ‘Godspell Jr.’ on May 9-11

CCM Prep showcases its young actors with a one-act version of this cult-classic musical. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement presents a shortened and edited version of Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s popular musical Godspell Jr. on Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11, 2019. The show is told as a series of parables taken from the Biblical books of Matthew, Luke and John.

This production features the students of CCM Prep’s Junior Musical Theatre Intensive program, who range from 9 and 14 years old. The student cast includes: Shannon Aitken, Hana Conte, Ben Crane, Jackson Higgason, Natalie Hillgrove, Claire Jeffreys, Noah Jeffreys, Kadyn Keeney, Lily Larsen, Ella Maisel, Esther Medlin, Rory Miller, Jack Rosen, Ceiliegh Rodway, Noelle Shiffert and Miriam Shrivastava.

In January, co-directors Becca Kloha Strand, Rebecca N. Childs and Karie-Lee Sutherland took the production to the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, where they presented a 15-minute excerpt of the show. Their performance received an award for Excellence in Acting, and actors Ben Crane and Esther Medlin were designated Festival All Stars. In addition to the performance, the students participated in master classes for acting, dance and music.

Numerous CCM Theatre Design and Production students make up the production crew for this show. These include Haleigh Sano, stage manager; Olivia Darling, assistant stage manager; Jacquelyn Reis, set designer; Lynae Smith, technical director; Andrew Stewart, lighting designer, Kelly Howland, sound operator; Julie Lasonczyk, scenic change artist; and Myrrh Sewell, prop master.

You can see CCM Prep’s Godspell Jr. on May 9-11, 2019 at Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UC students and free for UC students with a valid ID. Single tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online.

Performance Times

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9
  • 7 p.m. Friday, May 10
  • 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to CCM Prep’s Godspell Jr. are $15 general, $10 non-UC students and FREE for UC students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through 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 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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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Studio Musical Theatre Series Presents ‘Yeast Nation’

CCM’s 2018-19 Studio Series continues with Yeast Nationa musical comedy by Tony Award-winning Urinetown creators Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. Directed and choreographed by Vince DeGeorge with musical direction by Henry Lewers, the musical runs Thursday, April 4, through Saturday, April 6, 2019, at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.

Yeast Nation is an epic tale of evolution and revolution set in 3,000,458,000 B.C. at the bottom of the primordial sea. The musical centers on a society of salt-eating Yeast, the world’s very first life form. “As we are thrown into the deep end of this most epic of underwater tales, we discover a kingdom in turmoil, whose inhabitants long for the comfort of stasis all the while grappling with a new, hitherto-unknown, force of nature that will change their lives forever: love,” DeGeorge says.

The music is a hybrid of pop, rock and musical theatre with a definite groovy ’70s vibe, DeGeorge adds. He has been in contact with Hollmann and Kotis for the past year as CCM prepared for its production of Yeast Nation. During CCM’s rehearsal process there were changes to the script and score — both Hollmann and Kotis are dedicated theater artists who are very interested in the continued development of the musical, DeGeorge says. Hollmann and Kotis are coming to CCM on April 5 to see the show and to talk with musical theatre students about the production.

“This entire process has been a wonderful labor of love,” DeGeorge says. “Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman have been incredibly generous with their time and talents. The student designers, technicians, stage managers and performers have all risen to the challenges presented by this unique piece of ‘bio-historical musical theatre.’ ”

“The cast, stage management team and I have had a blast in the rehearsal room as we dive into the ridiculousness of the musical and discover its depth,” he adds. “This piece is a weird and wonderful combination of absurdity and pathos — like nothing I have ever worked on before.”

Admission to CCM’s production of Yeast Nation is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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Yeast Nation
Music by Mark Hollmann
Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
Book by Greg Kotis

Cast List

  • Anya Axel as Jan-the-Unnamed
  • Eli Goykhman as Jan-the-Elder
  • Erich Schleck as Jan-the-Wise
  • John Collins as Jan-the-Second-Oldest
  • Bailee Endebrock as Jan-the-Sweet
  • Delaney Guyer as Jan-the-Sly
  • Jamie Goodson as Jan-the-Famished
  • Kurtis Brown as Jan-the-Wretched
  • Elijah King as Jan-the-Youngest
  • Veronica Stern as The New One
  • The Yeast: Olivia Buss, Nick Berninger, Carlee Coulehan, David Littlefield, Haley Holcomb, Quinn Surdez, Victoria Popritkin, Jake Waford, Jordyn Walker

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4
  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 5
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati 

Admission
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two 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 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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Co-Founder of CCM Musical Theatre Helen Laird Honored at Memorial Service on April 7

Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance will hold a memorial to honor Helen Laird, who served as Dean of the College from 1978 to 1993, on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the college’s Rock Hall Auditorium. The memorial will also be streamed live at youtube.com/boyercollege.

Former voice faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), Laird helped establish CCM’s BFA Musical Theatre program in the 1960s. She believed that other forms of singing should be included in a conservatory, so she lobbied former CCM Dean Jack Watson to establish a program in musical theatre, the first of its kind in the country. Watson recruited Jack Rouse to shape the program, which conferred its first BFA degree in musical theatre in 1969 to Pamela Myers. Fifty years later, the nationally-recognized program is one of the top musical theatre programs in the country.

Laird passed away on Oct. 24, 2018, at age 92. A Haddonfield, New Jersey resident for 40 years, Laird was best known throughout the Philadelphia region as Dean of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music. Her glorious soprano voice, however, had been heard previously in solo performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra, which was among many of the leading ensembles throughout the United States and in Europe, with which she sang during her career as soloist and in opera. She became known throughout the musical academic world also for her administrative acumen, which resulted in her election as the first female officer of the National Association of Schools of Music, the primary accrediting body for college music degree programs in the United States.

Born in Harrisburg, Illinois, her exceptional musical talent became apparent from a young age. Singing opportunities came to her very early, and she matriculated at the University of Nebraska as a music major. Following a move by her family to Wyoming, she embarked upon and completed a graduate degree at Columbia University in New York City. After further vocal study and concert appearances in the United States, she went to Europe in 1953, and by 1954 had been engaged for leading roles at the Basel City Theater in Switzerland. Appointments followed at Mainz and Kassel in Germany, and for 14 years she was a leading soprano with performances of major roles in over 40 operas, averaging over a hundred performances per season. She found time to return to the United States for specific engagements. She garnered significant awards, including the first ever Blanche Thebom Award, the Laureate of International Competition in Geneva and the Martha Baird Rockefeller Award for Vocal Performance. Included among her title roles were Verdi’s Aida, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Tosca, and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and others. Important also were several Wagnerian roles, including Eva in Die Meistersinger and Senta in The Flying Dutchman. Favorites included Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Chrysothemis in Richard Strauss’ Elektra. A review of her Madama Butterfly in Kassel said, “She created the timeless destiny of Madama Butterfly with her acting ability, with conquering naturalness, and with full use of her dramatic and moving vocal resources.” Of her Ariadne, it was said in Frankfurt, “She unfolded a greatness of interpretation and bewitched the audience with her beautiful voice.” Her repertoire ranged from baroque to contemporary, with a particular attention to American works, which she enjoyed sharing with European audiences.

Seeking to expand her teaching, Laird returned to the United States and accepted the post of voice professor and artist-in-residence at CCM. She taught and administered at CCM for a decade, during which she helped establish the college’s Musical Theatre Program, until she accepted a position at Temple University. She served the university from 1978 to 1993 as Professor of Voice and Opera and Dean of the Boyer College of Music and Dance. Laird’s time at the university resulted in major growth for the school, said Boyer College Dean Emeritus Jeffrey Cornelius in an obituary he wrote for her:

“At her retirement she was hailed as an exceptional professor and administrator and as one who encouraged and followed the professional success of her students, among whom are major American figures in opera and musical theater.”

The complete obituary written by Cornelius is available at http://www.temple.edu/boyer/about/Laird.asp. The Haddonfield Sun has published an obituary at https://haddonfieldsun.com/obituary-helen-lorene-laird-ab6ad5d48a00?gi=813b1b311b2c. Legacy.com has also published an obituary at https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?pid=190618951.

Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance will hold a memorial for Laird at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the Rock Hall Auditorium, located at 1715 North Broad Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122. The memorial will also be streamed live at youtube.com/boyercollege.

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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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“Not Famous Yet:” CCM Musical Theatre’s Class of 2019 Presents Senior Showcase

Get a sneak peek at CCM Musical Theatre’s “Not Famous Yet” Showcase on March 15 and 16 before our stars of tomorrow take the show to New York.

Cincinnati audiences can see the first performances of an original showcase created by CCM’s Musical Theatre Class of 2019 on March 15 (CCMpower benefit performance) and 16, 2019, at Patricia Corbett Theater.

Featuring hit songs from Broadway, Off-Broadway and pop music, the Senior Showcase is created by the students themselves under the supervision of Musical Theatre Chair Aubrey Berg and with the assistance of musical director Julie Spangler. Cincinnati performances include the CCMpower benefit event at 7 p.m. on March 15 and the free performances at 2 and 5 p.m. on March 16.

Admission to the performances on March 16 is free and reservations are required; tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11 through the CCM Box Office. Event details are below.

CCM’s stars of tomorrow share the musical revue with Cincinnati audiences before they take it to New York, where they present it for leading agents, casting directors and managers in the business. The showcase takes the format of a Broadway audition, with the actors showing off their solo and ensemble skills through song and dance numbers. The Class of 2019 will present their showcase at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at New World Stages in New York. For more information and reservations for the showcase in New York, call Patti Hall at 513-556-5803 or email hallpt@ucmail.uc.edu.

Many students are connected with professional performance opportunities shortly after they present the showcase in New York. Such was the case with Paul Schwensen (BFA Musical Theatre, 2017), who auditioned for Miss Saigon after his showcase and is now in the national tour of the musical.

The annual showcase began with the establishment of the Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre in 1991. At the time of its inception, it was the only academic chair of its kind in the United States.

Meet CCM Musical Theatre’s Class of 2019

Jordan Alexander is from Sidney, Ohio. He has been seen in The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), A Raisin in the Sun (Bobo) and West Side Story at Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theatre. He performed in Gypsy (Tulsa) at Weathervane Playhouse and Runaways (Mex Mongo) at Know Theatre of Cincinnati. At CCM, he appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Lysistrata Jones (Uardo), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Guys and Dolls, Children of Eden and Big River.

Anya Axel is from Needham, Massachusetts. She has been seen at Kincaid Regional Theatre as Laurey in Oklahoma! and at Reagle Music Theatre in 42nd Street. At CCM, she has appeared in Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide), Mack and Mabel (Phyllis Foster), Yeast Nation (Yan the Un-named), A Chorus Line (Tricia, understudy Cassie, Sheila, Maggie), The Merry Widow (Froufrou), American Idiot, Jesus Christ Superstar and Seussical. She originated the role of Ariel in the developmental workshop of Matryoshka at CCM and in New York for Alchemation. Anya is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Bryce Baxter is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has been seen as Davey in Newsies and Josh in 9 to 5 at Porthouse Theatre in Akron, and as Franz in Rock of Ages and Ru in Merrily We Roll Along at Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theatre. At CCM, Bryce has performed in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Frollo), Godspell (Sonia), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Sondheim on Sondheim (Matthew Scott), Children of Eden (Adam) and Runaways (Iggy). Bryce is a proud member of AEA.

Aria Braswell is from San Antonio, Texas. Her credits include The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Cabaret and Oliver at Clinton Area Showboat, and Grease and The Man Who Came to Dinner at Wagon Wheel. At CCM, she has performed in Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Sondheim on Sondheim (Erin Mackey), The Merry Widow, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mack and Mabel and the premiere of They Were You: The Songs of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Her film credits include Mystery Diagnosis for the Discovery Health Channel. Aria released her debut album, Lady Nobody, in May 2018.

Kevin Chlapecka is from Chicago, Illinois. He has been seen in Sister Act and Ghost, the Musical at Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Footloose (Ren) at Kincaid Regional Theatre and Ordinary Days (Warren) at Steel Beam Theatre. At CCM, he appeared in Seussical (Cat in the Hat), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Clopin), Big River (The King), Mack and Mabel (Kessel) and A Chorus Line. Kevin is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Dylan Dougal is from Rochester, New York. He has performed in Oklahoma! (Curly) at Kincaid Regional Theatre and Runaways (AJ) at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati. At CCM, he has been seen in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Saint Aphrodisius), The Theory of Relativity (Oliver), Children of Eden (Ham) and Guys and Dolls.

Kendall McCarthy is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She played Ariel in Footloose at Kincaid Regional Theater, Pilar in Legally Blonde and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at North Carolina Theater and Young Groupie in Rock of Ages at Lake Dillon Theater Company. At CCM, she performed as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Julie in The Theory of Relativity, Aphra/Eve understudy in Children of Eden, Florika in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Deidre in Runaways and Gertrude understudy in Seussical. She appears in the films Changeover, Pills, Grace Running and A View from the Bay. Kendall is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Jenny Mollet is from the Bronx, New York. She appeared in Oprah Winfrey’s Broadway production of The Color Purple (Young Celie/Henrietta) and H2O: A Play About Water at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She can be seen in the music video of Eve Ensler’s “One Billion Rising.” At CCM, she appeared in Lysistrata Jones (Myrhrinne), Big River (Alice), Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), Godspell (Joanne) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmeralda). She performed with the University of Cincinnati Marching Band at home games during football season. She has appeared in workshops of new works including Nasha America for Alchemation and is featured on Juel Anthony’s EP available on iTunes. Jenny is a proud member of AEA.

Dylan James Mulvaney is from San Diego, California. He has performed in How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe, Sons of the Prophet and Spring Awakening at Cygnet Theatre Company, Peter Pan and All Shook Up at Moonlight Stage and Oklahoma! at the Welk Resort. He received a Stage Scene LA award for his work as Peter in Bare: A Pop Opera at Diversionary Theatre. At CCM, he has been seen in Godspell, The Theory of Relativity, Seussical, Mack and Mabel and Runaways. He performed at Joe’s Pub with The Skivvies and in the LA/NYC reading of Living Over the Rainbow. His film and television experience include the current pilot of Love Not Likes, 7th Heaven and Awkwardness. Dylan is an EMC.

Bryn Purvis is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has performed in Legally Blonde (understudy Pilar, Brooke) at the Lexington Theatre Company, and in Cabaret and A Chorus Line (Bebe) at Summer Lyric Theatre. At CCM, she was seen in Seussical (Mayzie LaBird), A Chorus Line (Kristine), Guys and Dolls (Mimi/Dance Captain), Mack and Mabel, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Duke Ellington’s The Nutcracker Suite. Bryn is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Alex Stone is from McLean, Virginia. He has been seen in Newsies (Jack Kelly) at Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, Dial M for Murder, The 39 Steps, The Bridges of Madison County and Footloose at the Clinton Area Showboat, and in Aftershocks at Signature Theatre. At CCM, he performed in Mack and Mabel (Mack Sennett), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Sondheim on Sondheim (Tom Wopat), Runaways (Eddie), American Idiot and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo). Other credits include the developmental workshops of Home Street Home and Nasha America (Yasha) for Alchemation. Alex is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Frankie Thams is from Detroit, Michigan. He has performed in Mamma Mia (Eddie) at Stages St. Louis and in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), Hairspray (Link Larkin) and Annie Get Your Gun at Tulane Summer Lyric Theater. He was also in The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. At CCM, he performed The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Phoebus), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), The Theory of Relativity (Ryan), Seussical (Horton), Mack and Mabel, A Chorus Line, American Idiot and Carousel. He appeared in the developmental workshop of Nasha America for Alchemation. Frankie is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Zach Triska is from Chicago, Illinois. He has performed in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Zebulun) at Totem Pole Playhouse, Footloose (Willard) at Kincaid Regional Theatre and Iggy in Runaways at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati. At CCM, his credits include Children of Eden (Cain), in The Theory of Relativity (Adam) and Seussical. He appeared in the developmental workshop of Home Street Home for Alchemation. He served as Assistant Director for the CCM production of Godspell. Zach is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Madelaine Vandenberg is from Ithaca, New York. She has appeared as Natalie in Next to Normal at Porthouse Theatre and Urinetown at Cider Mill Playhouse. At CCM, she has been seen in A Chorus Line (Bebe), American Idiot (Libby), Children of Eden (Aysha understudy Mama Noah), Seussical, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She was seen in the developmental workshops of Home Street Home (Trashley) and Nasha America (Loretta) for Alchemation. Madelaine is an Equity Membership Candidate.

About CCM Musical Theatre
The Musical Theatre program at CCM is the oldest in the country and was the first of its kind. It was used by the National Association of Schools of Theatre in formulating the guidelines for the accreditation of Musical Theatre programs nationwide. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, CCM Musical Theatre took the #3 spot in Playbill Magazine’s list of “10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway” in the 2018-19 season. CCM Musical Theatre is widely recognized for its “triple-threat” approach to training and many of its graduates are following careers as performers and creative artists in every facet of the entertainment industry.

New York Showcase Performance Times
CCM’s Musical Theatre Class of 2019 presents its showcase to industry professionals. For more information and reservations, call Patti Hall at 513-556-5803 or email hallpt@ucmail.uc.edu.

Performance Times
3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17

Location
New World Stages
340 W 50th Street, New York, New York 10019

Additionally, the Class of 2019 will join Musical Theatre graduates from the last five decades at two gala cabaret performances at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York. For reservations, visit 54below.com/events/ccm-golden-anniversary-celebration.

Cincinnati Showcase Performance Times

  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 15 *CCMpower Benefit
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16

*The CCMpower Benefit performance is followed with wine and dinner-by-the-bite in CCM’s Atrium. The event also includes the presentation of the Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award to Kristy Cates (BFA Musical Theatre, 1999). Cates was a member of the original Broadway cast of Wicked and went on to play Elphaba in the acclaimed production of the musical in Chicago. CCMpower Benefit performance details and ticketing information is available online at ccm.weshareonline.org/NotFamousYetShowcase2019

Admission
Admission to the performances on March 16 is FREE. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

To reserve a ticket to the CCMpower Benefit performance on March 15, call CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100 or visit ccm.weshareonline.org/NotFamousYetShowcase2019.

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

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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Musical Theatre Senior Showcase Sponsor: Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld

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