CCM Alumni Stage New Broadway Musical “Anastasia”

Graduates from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music work in every aspect of the arts from teachers and composers to performers and theatre designers. Now, one alumna is taking on the role of a long-lost princess in a new musical composed by a fellow graduate — Anastasia.

Christy Altomare

Christy Altomare

Christy Altomare (BFA Musical Theatre, 2008) will perform the title role in Anastasia, which follows the story of a woman who leaves the Russian Empire and travels to Paris in the 1920s to discover the mystery of her past. The score is written  by acclaimed composer Stephen Flaherty (BM Composition, 1982) and his long-time writing partner Lynn Ahrens.

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Stephen Flaherty

Inspired by the beloved films, the musical features a book by playwright Terrence McNally with Tony Award-winning director Dark Tresnjak leading the production. The company includes Derek Klena as Dmitry, Ramin Karimloo as Gleb, Mary Beth Peil as Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, John Bolton as Vlad Popov and Caroline O’Connor as Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch.

More information on the production is available online at www.anastasiabroadway.com. Previews for Anastasia begin on March 23 and it opens on Broadway April 24.

However, patrons to CCM’s annual Moveable Feast event on Jan. 20, 2017 will hear a special preview performance as Altomare returns to perform Journey to the Past and Once Upon a December from the musical with the CCM Philharmonia. This year’s Moveable Feast was recently featured by Rick Pender in Movers and Maker’s magazine. Pender calls the event “one of the city’s most imaginative and expansive arts fundraisers.”

“It’s a grand celebration of the numerous artistic disciplines that attract CCM’s talented students — musicians, singers, dancers, actors, designers — passionate young performers and behind-the-scenes artists who are launching careers in the arts,” he wrote.

Additional details for CCM’s Moveable Feast will be announced on Monday, December 5. Visit ccm.uc.edu for updates.

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CCM Holiday Gift Guide: Treat Family and Friends to Performing Arts

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music has gifts for all of the art lovers on your shopping list this holiday season. Whether it’s CCM-branded merchandise, tickets to a performance or hiring student musicians for your holiday party, CCM offers something for everyone.

Holiday “CCM Swag”
090116-Ignite 3131-CCM-G185The undergraduate student government (CCM Tribunal) is selling officially branded sweatshirts, long-sleeve T-shirts and hoodies online through Dec. 1. Proceeds benefit student projects throughout the college such as undergraduate masterclasses, Memorial Hall music stands and more.

Prices vary from $18 to $25; items will ship by mid-December to arrive before the holidays. Please visit uc.ignitecx.com/CCMHoliday to place your order.

Book CCM Talent For Hire
Photography by Dottie Stover.Need some carolers for your holiday party? Or a pianist during your family dinner? CCM students and alumni are available to provide live entertainment for your event through Talent for Hire.

Book some of CCM’s “stars of tomorrow” to perform at your event before they go on to the world’s stage. Talent for Hire’s online referral service will connect you with student artists, from singers to actors or instrumentalists. Pay is determined by the individual performers.

Find more information and book CCM Talent for Hire online at ccm.uc.edu/talentforhire.html.

Feast of Carols Holiday Celebration, Dec. 3 and 4
CCM's Feast of Carols Holiday ConcertThis annual concert features yuletide favorites performed by the CCM Concert Orchestra, CCM choral ensembles and outstanding high school and community choirs from the Tristate. Performances take place at 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UC students and free for UC students with a valid ID. For tickets and information, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.html.

cccholidayconcertCincinnati Children’s Choir, Dec. 10
CCM ensemble-in-residence, the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, presents its annual Holiday Concert with performances at 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. All 450 members of the ensemble, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the Tristate area, will perform holiday songs from around the globe.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UC students and free for UC students with a valid ID. For tickets and information, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.html.

Join us in 2016-17 as CCM presents a season of passion, courage and romance.Mainstage Series Subscriptions and Single Tickets Available
For the acting, dance, musical theatre and opera lovers in your life, CCM offers a variety of Mainstage Series subscription packages. The final performances of the 2016 season occur Dec.1-4, featuring Classics with a Twist from the Department of Dance.

The series continues February through April with suffragette drama Her Naked Skin, Broadway master Jerry Herman’s powerful musical Mack and Mabel, Mozart’s epic opera Idomeneo and the Department of Dance’s celebration of Masterworks and Beyond

Choose between 4-Show or 3-Show Subscriber Packages to ensure the theater aficionados in your life get the most from their Mainstage experience. Packages range from $69 to $112.

Or pick and choose your favorite shows by purchasing single tickets. Prices range from $17 to $35.

For more information on Mainstage Series tickets, please contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.html.

CCM has hundreds of additional performing and media arts events from December through May. Visit ccm.uc.edu for more information and a schedule of events.

 

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Arts Administration Students Get Work Experience at Local Organizations

CCM is partnered with the University of Cincinnati’s nationally ranked Lindner College of Business in one of the few MA/MBA graduate Arts Administration programs in the country. We train future CEOs and senior managers of nonprofit arts institutions by giving our students real world experience at local and national arts organizations.

Applications are now open for fall 2017 admissions into the program. In the past six years, 100% of arts administration graduates have found jobs in their field. Many go on to leadership positions in small and large organizations, while others launch their own nonprofits. While enrolled, students have multiple opportunities to gain real-world experience through internships and graduate assistantships. This year, two first-year students are balancing school work with internships at local organizations — the Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra and concert:nova. Below you can read about their experiences so far.

Stephanie Calascione | First-year Graduate Student in Arts Administration
Graduate Assistant for the Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra

Stephanie Calascione.

Stephanie Calascione.

The Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra is my new home. I am the current CCM Graduate Assistant for the CSYO and it has been an amazing opportunity for me. The CSYO is under the umbrella of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and consists of the younger Concert Orchestra and the upper Philharmonic Orchestra. My main role within the organization is the active librarian for both orchestras as well as the general operations and personnel administrator for the upper orchestra.

Being a part of the CSYO is a perfect opportunity to experience a little bit of everything in an organization. Although it is linked to the CSO, the youth orchestras seem to operate separately from the major orchestra. This, in part, is attributed to the very small education staff through the CSO that focuses specifically on the youth programs. It is also attributed to the fact that it has its own budget, programming, schedules, personnel and equipment. I have the opportunity to interact with the employees of the CSO and communicate with the CSO musicians.

Growing up, I was a part of the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra; this background has given me perspective into how important this program is to kids. Going to a rehearsal every week to play advanced repertoire is imperative to the musical growth of a child. For some kids, this orchestra could be their only opportunity. For others, it is an opportunity to further their musical capacity. For everyone, it is a time each week to make music in an enriching environment with friends.

This experience has affirmed my love for orchestras and enriched my enjoyment of helping today’s youth. I’ve gained useful experience in operations, production, personnel management and librarianship. Expanding my professional connections by communicating with the CSO staff and musicians to get them involved with the CSYO and has opened the door to many opportunities in the future.

Deborah Stevens | First-year Graduate Student, Arts Administration
Internship: Administrative Intern for concert:nova

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Deborah Stevens.

For the 2016-17 school year, I’m serving as an Administrative Intern for concert:nova, a small chamber music organization that creates innovative and collaborative classical music performances. My duties span a variety of administrative areas, including donor solicitation and acknowledgment, email marketing blasts, grant writing and reporting and box office management. With an undergraduate degree and several internships in theatre, this has been my first opportunity to work with a music organization. It has allowed me to broaden my horizons to different art forms, and to utilize the skills I am learning in the classroom.

concert:nova is known as “Cincinnati’s Music Lab” because of its artist-driven collaborations that create multidimensional performances. Seeing these performances evolve from concepts to artistic experiences and knowing that I have contributed has been incredibly rewarding. concert:nova’s first event of the season was a caffeinated collaboration with Deeper Roots Coffee, inspired by composers who loved coffee. It featured a myriad of musical selections — from Bach’s Coffee Cantata to “Taylor the Latte Boy” — all interspersed with narratives about the history of coffee. Running the box office, I had the opportunity to connect with the attendees of this event and hear the overwhelmingly positive things they had to say about the performance.

Another exciting aspect of concert:nova’s programming is their educational program, Next:Generation, which gives music students at local universities, including CCM, the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills in order to pursue a career in music. This year concert:nova is expanding its educational programming to include more community engagement events. In mid-October, it held the first of a series of free Late:Night events targeted at young professionals. An experience in synesthesia, it featured solo instrumentations of Berio works paired with wine. With complimentary admission and wine tasting, this event was successful in bringing in students who otherwise may not have attended a concert:nova performance, due to time, cost or other constraints.

concert:nova is such an innovative organization, and I am delighted to join it this season. Working there has given me the opportunity to see how a musical organization runs, an experience I would not have undertaken were it not for the Arts Administration program. I am gaining invaluable knowledge in grant-writing, marketing, communication and non-profit administration — skills that will prepare me to work in any art form.

The deadline to apply to CCM’s Arts Administration program is Dec. 1. Learn more about the program online at ccm.uc.edu/theatre/arts_admin.

 

 

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CCM Slideshows: More Photos from ‘A Chorus Line’

Local critics have praised CCM’s Mainstage production of A Chorus Line, which continues tonight and runs through October 30 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Directed and choreographed by Diane Lala with musical direction from Roger Grodsky, A Chorus Line gives an inside look at the world of musical theatre by telling the story of a group of Broadway hopefuls as they audition for the next big hit.

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Scott Cain of Talkin’ Broadway says the musical’s cast “shows themselves to be true triple threat performers. All of the dancing is sharp and cohesive, executed with full energy.” He went on to compare A Chorus Line with another Tony Award-winning musical that is currently on Broadway:

“A Chorus Line has a lot in common with the hottest show on Broadway right now, Hamilton. Both were developed Off-Broadway at the Public Theatre, won numerous Tony Awards including Best Musical, and won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a rarity for musicals. CCM’s production is skillfully helmed, performed, and designed, and is a wonderful example of this show in its traditional form.”

The show was praised as being “one of the best shows in Cincinnati,” by the League of Cincinnati Theatres. The reviewer wrote: “A Chorus Line and CCM Musical Theatre Program are a perfect match.  These students LIVE these stories. They bring a passion and a pathos that is visceral, making this musical about an audition as true today as it was in 1975, when the show first hit Broadway.  Director Diane Lala’s cast delivers so many great moments in this show that it is a 10, both for dance and looks.”

Rafael de Acha praised CCM’s “lineup of excellence” and A Chorus Line‘s creative team in his review of the production on Rafael’s Music Notes. “The stunning visual aspects of the production again remind us that CCM is unarguably one of the top theatre arts training centers in the country,” he wrote. “From Matthew D. Hamel‘s clean-lined and symbolic set to Lindi-Joy Wilmot‘s period-perfect costumes to Jeremy Dominik‘s gorgeous lighting, the show’s design by students is as good as you will get outside of the school by seasoned pros.”

You can read a preview of the production on the River City News website.

The League of Cincinnati Theaters gives viewers an inside look at A Chorus Line costuming in this video interview with student designer, Lindi-Joy Wilton.

Kirk Sheppard‘s A Chorus Line review is available to read online at The Sappy Critic.

Find more information on CCM’s A Chorus Line online at http://ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/chorus-line.html.

Performance Times
•    8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26
•    8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
•    8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28
•    2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
•    2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to A Chorus Line are $31-35 for general admission, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. Customizable subscription packages are also available.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/chorus-line.html.

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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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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CCM presents "A Chorus Line" Oct. 20-30 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Photo by Mark Lyons.

CCM Slideshows: “A Chorus Line”

CCM’s Mainstage production of nine-time Tony Award-winning musical, A Chorus Line, continues through Oct. 30 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Directed and choreographed by Diane Lala with musical direction from Roger Grodsky, A Chorus Line gives an inside look at the world of musical theatre by telling the story of a group of Broadway hopefuls as they audition for the next big hit.

“The stunning visual aspects of the production again remind us that CCM is unarguably one of the top theatre arts training centers in the country,” wrote Rafael de Acha in his review of the show’s opening night performance. “From Matthew D. Hamel‘s clean-lined and symbolic set to Lindi-Joy Wilmot‘s period-perfect costumes to Jeremy Dominik‘s gorgeous lighting the show’s design by students is as good as you will get outside of the school by seasoned pros.”

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To learn more about CCM’s production of A Chorus Line, read our press release. You can also get an inside look at the production’s costumes in this video interview with student designer, Lindi-Joy Wilton, by the League of Cincinnati Theaters.

Performance Times
•    8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20
•    8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21
•    2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22
•    2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23
•    8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26
•    8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
•    8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28
•    2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
•    2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to A Chorus Line are $31-35 for general admission, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. Customizable subscription packages are also available.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/chorus-line.html.

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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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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CCM presents THEY WERE YOU. Photo by Adam Zeek.

World Premiere of CCM’s “They Were You” Gets Rave Reviews

CCM presents THEY WERE YOU. Photos by Adam Zeek.

CCM presents THEY WERE YOU. Photo by Adam Zeek.

Critics praised CCM’s world premiere of They Were You, a musical revue of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt songs, which ran Oct. 5-9 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. Devised and directed by Aubrey Berg, the Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre at CCM, They Were You featured musical arrangements by CCM faculty member Stephen Goers and choreography by alumna Katie Johannigman (BFA Musical Theatre, 2012).

In his review for The Sappy Critic, Kirk Sheppard called CCM’s They Were You “a magical night of theater.” He praised Berg’s direction, the “excellent” cast, Johannigman’s “fun, logical” choreography and Goers’ “beyond beautiful” musical arrangements. 

“There’s no need to single out any one of the six outrageously gifted young artists in the cast,” said Rafael de Acha in his review of the production on Rafael’s Music Notes. “Let me merely give you their names and entreat you to make mental note of them, with the assurance that, sooner than you think, you will be hearing these names: Gabe Wrobel, Emily Fink, Stavros Koumbaros, Aria Brasswell, Karl Amundsen and Michelle Coben.”

CCM presents THEY WERE YOU. Photo by Adam Zeek.

CCM presents THEY WERE YOU. Photo by Adam Zeek.

Teddy Gumbleton of the League of Cincinnati Theatres wrote that each of the six student performers sang “like a dream, navigating the lush harmonies and infusing each song with the necessary depth and wit. Together they work flawlessly as an ensemble, infusing the rich music with tremendous character.”

In a review for Talkin’ Broadway, Scott Cain said CCM’s Jones and Schmidt revue “revealed a thoughtful, varied and pleasant journey through pair’s exemplary work, and showcased some fine performances and design.” Cain praised the production’s “beautiful, night-sky mural” backdrop designed by CCM faculty member Thomas Umfrid. He also proposed that They Were You “will hopefully be licensed and made available for other theater companies to perform.”

CCM’s 2016-17 season continues with a production of Broadway hit, A Chorus Line, Oct. 20-30 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now.
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They Were You photos by Adam Zeek, http://www.zeekcreative.com/

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CCM Presents Broadway Hit ‘A Chorus Line’ Oct. 20-30

"A Chorus Line" preview photography by Mark Lyons.

“A Chorus Line” preview photography by Mark Lyons.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Mainstage Series continues with nine-time Tony award-winning musical, A Chorus Line. Directed and choreographed by Diane Lala with musical direction from Roger Grodsky, A Chorus Line runs Oct. 2030 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

Centered around Broadway dancers as they audition for roles in the next smash hit, A Chorus Line offers a candid look at the backstage world of musical theatre.  Director and choreographer Diane Lala and musical director Roger Grodsky stay true to the show’s origins by setting it in the 1970s, when A Chorus Line was written.

“This show is very special to performers, theatre dancers especially,” says Lala, CCM professor of Musical Theatre. “Everyone wants to know what it feels like to get to that moment in the finale that everyone has been waiting for and sing ‘One’ as the lights pulse and the audience goes crazy. There is nothing better.”

The original director and choreographer of A Chorus Line, Michael Bennett, wanted to create a show about so-called Broadway “gypsies” who constantly move from show to show to audition for new productions. Bennett brought some of these migrant performers together to discuss their experiences, both in and out of show business, and recorded the sessions. This dialogue became A Chorus Line, with part of the script pulled directly from the recordings. Some of the interviewed performers joined the musical’s original cast to play themselves on Broadway.

“By the end of the show, the audience feels as though they have really gotten to know the dancers and roots for them to succeed,” says Grodsky, CCM professor of Musical Theatre. “The illusion that the audience was watching an actual audition taking place was reinforced in the original production by the orchestra being invisible. This was one of the first shows that completely covered the orchestra pit.”

A Chorus Line focuses on the experiences and perspectives of musical theatre performers, but Lala says the show has universal appeal for non-performers as well.

“It is really a universal quest, right?” she suggests. “People in ‘regular’ jobs also are just looking for work, and some are hoping for that next promotion or to be stars in their own profession. This show puts that desire, struggle, hope, success and disappointment out there for the audience to see. I think that is why this is such a powerful show. People feel and can instantly associate with the characters onstage.

“If you are someone with a love for it,” she continues, “everything you go through is worth it to get to stand up there and do what you have trained your whole life for.”

James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante wrote the book for A Chorus Line. The music is by Marvin Hamlisch, with lyrics by Edward Kleban. The show opens on Thursday, Oct. 20 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 30 at the College-Conservatory of Music’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now.

*There is a University of Cincinnati Homecoming Kickoff Party on Sigma Sigma Commons from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21. There are also UC Homecoming events that begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. The UC Homecoming Football game will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Nippert Stadium. Please be aware there may be heavier-than-normal traffic in and around campus.

Performance Times
•    8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20
•    8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21
•    2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22
•    2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23
•    8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26
•    8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
•    8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28
•    2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
•    2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to A Chorus Line are $31-35 for general admission, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. Customizable subscription packages are also available.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/chorus-line.html.

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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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
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