Preparatory Ballet Concert. Photography by Kyuran Ann Choe.

CCM Prep Presents Fall Youth Ballet Concert on Dec. 8 and 9

Featuring talented students from ages nine through adult, the CCM Youth Ballet Companies perform the annual Fall Youth Ballet Concert on Dec. 8-9, 2017.

CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement presents the Fall Youth Ballet Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, and Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer directs the mixed-repertoire ballet performance, which features the students of the CCM Youth Ballet Companies.

The annual dance concert features talented CCM Prep students from ages nine through adult, performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM Prep students and faculty. Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office.

The program opens with Strangers in the Night, set to music by Frank Sinatra with choreography by CCM Prep student Anna Faist. CCM Prep students will then perform an excerpt from Napoli, also known as The Fisherman and His Bride. This story ballet, originally choreographed in 1842 by Danish choreographer August Bournonville, tells the tale of an Italian girl who falls in love with a poor fisherman. The pair finally wed after they endure many trials and tribulations, and their friends present special dances at their wedding. These wedding dances will be performed at the Fall Youth Ballet Concert.

The main highlight of the performance is Babes in Toyland, featuring music by Victor Herbert with choreography and direction by CCM Prep ballet faculty members Thomas Bell, Ana Bird, Heather Cameron-Johnson, Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, Sergey Pakharev and Tricia Sundbeck. Originally an operetta, this work focuses on Mary-Mary Quite Contrary and Tom-Tom the Piper’s Son, two residents of Mother Goose Land. They hope to get married, but the sinister town miser, Barnaby, has other plans for them. They encounter mischievous trees, an evil toy maker and other conniving characters along the way, but ultimately the couple finds their happily ever after.

You can see the CCM Fall Youth Ballet Concert this weekend in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Single tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID. Visit the CCM Box Office website or call 513-556-4183 for more information.

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8
  • 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
$15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE. 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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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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Celebrate the Season at CCM with Annual Holiday Concerts

Bring family and friends to CCM to celebrate the season with annual Jazz, Feast of Carols and Cincinnati Children’s Choir holiday-themed concerts.

Swing into the season to the big band sounds of CCM’s hottest bands and coolest voices at the Jazz Holiday Extravaganza at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The concert features the CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band with Musical Theatre students, led by music directors Scott Belck and Craig Bailey.

Later that week, the annual favorite Feast of Carols returns with performances at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on both Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3.

A tradition that dates back decades, the Feast of Carols concert embraces a variety of holiday songs ranging from the classic and traditional to the contemporary. CCM’s Chamber Choir, Chorale and Concert Orchestra will be joined by the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and guest choirs from Walnut Hills High School, Bridgetown Middle School and the Southern Gateway Chorus for four performances of holiday favorites.

Conductors Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Robyn Lana, Kevin Coker, Molly Getsinger, Jeff Ledgers, Anthony Nims and Chelsey Sweatman lead the choirs on stage and invite the audience members to join in for the spectacular “Fa-La-La” finale.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Cincinnati Children’s Choir’s Holiday Concert will feature all 450 members of the Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the Tristate area, performing holiday songs from around the globe. Robyn Lana conducts.

Only a limited number of seats remain for each of these performances! Please see individual listings below for ticket prices and additional information.

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Event Information

8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29
• Jazz Series •
JAZZ HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band
Featuring student singers from CCM Musical Theatre
Scott Belck and Craig Bailey, musical directors
Swing into the season with the big band sounds of CCM’s hottest bands and coolest voices. You better be good…
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: $15 general admission, $10 for non-UC students, UC students FREE
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2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2
2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3
• Prestige Event Series •
FEAST OF CAROLS
CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale and CCM Concert Orchestra, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Featuring guest choirs from Walnut Hills High School, Bridgetown Middle School and the Southern Gateway (Barbershop) Chorus
Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Robyn Lana, Kevin Coker, Molly Getsinger, Jeff Ledgers, Anthony Nims and Chelsey Sweatman, conductors
Bring family and friends to CCM to welcome the 2017 holiday season with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’s, UC’s and CCC’s fabulous choirs and outstanding guest choirs.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15-$20 for adults, $10-15 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
HOLIDAY CONCERT
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, conductor
The 450 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the Tristate area, perform holiday songs from around the globe.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: $15 general admission, $10 for non-UC students, UC students FREE
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Purchasing Tickets
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.

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 new 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: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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CCM presents 'Candide' Nov. 16-19, 2017, in Patricia Corbett Theater. Photo by Mark Lyons.

CCM Slideshows: ‘Candide’

Here is your sneak peek at CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Candide, presented in conjunction with the world-wide Leonard Bernstein at 100 centennial celebration. Conducted by Mark Gibson with stage direction by Emma Griffin, the opera opens at 8 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

Based on Voltaire’s biting satirical novella of the same name, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide follows a naïve young man as he searches for the meaning of life in a cruel and chaotic world. CCM’s innovative new production of Candide uses a mysterious, one-room set design that inspires the theatricality of the show.

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“CCM’s highly imaginative staging of this classic opera-musical is part of a long performance tradition of presenting Candide as a theatrically inventive show,” Griffin says. “In our production, we’ve given the performers a blank canvas with which to create a world of heightened theatricality and magical realism.”

Journey through Voltaire’s “best of all possible worlds” in CCM’s production of Candide, presented Nov. 16-19 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/candide.
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CANDIDE
(New York City Opera House Version)
By Leonard Bernstein
Book by Hugh Wheeler, after Voltaire
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche and Leonard Bernstein

By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, publisher and copyright owner.
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Creative Team

  • Mark Gibson, conductor
  • Emma Griffin, director
  • Katie Johannigman, choreographer
  • Thomas C. Umfrid, scenic designer
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton*, lighting designer
  • Edward Mineishi*, sound designer
  • Ann Marie White*, dialect coach
  • Reba Senske, costume designer
  • Lydia Brown, vocal coach
  • William R. Langley*, chorus master
  • Pauline Humbert*, stage manager

* CCM student

Cast List

  • Brandon Scott Russell# as Candide
  • Rob Stahley^ as Candide
  • Heidi Middendorf# as Cunegonde
  • Shannon Cochran^ as Cunegonde
  • Chelsea Duval-Major# as Old Lady
  • Karis Tucker^ as Old Lady
  • Schyler Vargas as Maximilian
  • Rebecca Printz as Paquette
  • De’ron McDaniel as Pangloss
  • Jacqueline Daaleman, Landon Hawkins, Nick Heffelfinger as Voltaire
  • Clay Edwards as Baron
  • Mia Athey as Baroness
  • Logan Wagner, Grant Peck as Bulgarian Soldiers
  • Breanna Flores, Elle Zambarano as Westphalian Soldiers
  • Michael Hyatt as High Inquisitor
  • Natalie Shepard as Auto-da-fe Victim
  • Chandler Johnson as Governor
  • Kseniia Polstiankina as Pianist
  • Amy Joy Stephens, Briana Moynihan as El Dorado Sheep
  • John Siarris as Prefect of Constantinople

^Denotes performers on Nov. 16 and 18
#Denotes performers on Nov. 17 and 19

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
  • 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Candide are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID.

Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2017-18 Mainstage Series.

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/candide.

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: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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Stay Warm in CCM Swag During Holiday Season

 

It’s time to show your CCM spirit and stock up on officially branded gear to keep you warm during the coming winter months! The CCM Tribunal is selling red-and-white baseball tees, black long-sleeved tees and cozy red hoodies, all emblazoned with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music emblem.

CCM’s holiday line of officially branded merchandise is available online: uc.ignitecx.com/2017holiday

CCM’s holiday line of officially branded merchandise is available online: uc.ignitecx.com/2017holiday

The proceeds from the holiday merchandise sale go toward the CCM Tribunal, which uses its funds to sponsor projects that support students. CCM Tribunal has recently provided funding for the undergraduate opera, master classes and music stands in Memorial Hall practice rooms.

The fundraiser is going on now through Dec. 7, so be sure to pick up your new CCM swag and support CCM Tribunal’s programs and initiatives while you still can!

CCM holiday merchandise is available for purchase online at uc.ignitecx.com/2017holiday.

About CCM Tribunal
CCM Tribunal is the undergraduate Student Government at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The Tribunal is comprised of students from every department within CCM.  The organization’s mission is to provide support for CCM students by sponsoring projects that would otherwise not come to fruition. In addition, CCM Tribunal hosts school-wide social events throughout the year, provides concessions for CCM’s Mainstage Series productions, holds fundraisers for community engagement programs like WhizKids and participates in UC’s Relay for Life.

You can learn more about the CCM Tribunal by visiting ccm.uc.edu/tribunal.
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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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Ariel Quartet members Gershon Gerchikov, Amit Even-Tov, Jan Grüning and Alexandra "Sasha" Kazovsky. Photography by Robert A. Flischel.

CCM’s Ariel Quartet Welcomes Weilerstein Duo in Nov. 14 Concert

Ariel Quarter performs with the Weilerstein Duo on Nov. 14.

The Ariel Quartet continues its 2017-18 concert series at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Guest artists Donald Weilerstein, viola, and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano, join the quartet for an evening of music featuring works by Janáček, Mozart and Shostakovich.

Donald Weilerstein was a founding member and the first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet, with whom he toured the world, earned seven Grammy nominations and won Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review. He performs regularly across the country with Vivian in the Weilerstein Duo.

Critics have praised the Weilerstein Duo’s performances and recordings. Fanfare declared the duo’s recordings of music by Ernest Bloch a “must” on the journal’s annual “Want List” and the American Record Guide lauded the duo’s recordings of both Bloch and Janáček.

Both musicians also perform across the country as part of the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio, which is in residence at the New England Conservatory. The trio includes Donald, Vivian and their daughter, cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Highlights of the trio’s previous performances include concerts at Lincoln Center in New York City and at prominent venues in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, St. Louis, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston.

The Ariel Quartet is comprised of Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998 and has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012. Complete program information for the Nov. 14 concert is below.

About Donald and Vivian Weilerstein

Donald Weilerstein has concertized extensively throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician. He studied at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet, and was honored at graduation by the National Foundation of the Arts as an outstanding graduate of the school. He was a member of the Young Concert Artists and a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, performing on several Music from Marlboro Tours. In 1968, he won the Munich International Competition for violin and piano duo.

For twenty years (1969–1989) Weilerstein was the first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet, with whom he toured the world. His recordings with the quartet have earned seven Grammy nominations and won Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review.

Weilerstein has taught and performed at such major American and European music festivals as Caramoor, Tanglewood, Aspen, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Luzern, Verbier, Ishikawa, Keshet Eilon, “Chamber Music Encounters” sponsored by La Cite de la Musique, the Paris Conservatory and many more. He regularly teaches and performs at the Steans Institute in Ravinia, the Yellow Barn Music Festival and at the Perlman Music Program.

He also performs as a duo recitalist with pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. The Duo was enthusiastically received at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and in the major American cities. Their discography includes the complete works of Ernest Bloch for violin and piano, and the Janáček, Dohnányi and Enescu Sonatas for Arabesque, as well as the complete Schumann Sonatas for Azica Records.

Weilerstein is the violinist in the renowned Weilerstein Trio, which is in residence at New England Conservatory. The trio’s highly acclaimed 2006 CD on the Koch label, with music of Dvořák, was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Vivian Hornik Weilerstein is the director of the Professional Piano Trio Training Program and coordinator of Piano Chamber Music at the New England Conservatory.

Weilerstein has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world and is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s most eminent artists and ensembles. She has appeared as a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale di Torino, and has toured throughout Europe and Japan. She has been featured in More magazine, and on the “Jane Pauley Show” in stories about professional mother/daughter teams.

Weilerstein is the pianist in the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio. Highlights of the Trio’s current and past seasons include concerts at Lincoln Center in New York City and at prominent venues in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, St. Louis, St. Paul, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston. They gave their London debut in spring ’04 at the Royal Academy of Music.

Critics and audiences have welcomed Weilerstein’s performances as part of the Weilerstein Duo, with violinist Donald Weilerstein. Fanfare declared the duo’s Bloch recordings a “must” on the journal’s annual “Want List,” and American Record Guide lauded both the Bloch and Janáček recordings. In addition to the duo and trio recordings, Weilerstein has also recorded for the EMI Debut Series.

Weilerstein has performed at the major American music festivals, including Music Academy of the West, the Marlboro, Aspen, Chamber Music West, Yellow Barn, Norfolk, Sarasota, Roundtop and La Jolla festivals and the Perlman Chamber Music Program. She has been a guest artist at Kneisal Hall, the Young Musicians Festival in Israel, the Daniel Days in Holland and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. She also taught and performed in Shanghai, China as part of the Morningside Music Bridge and in Caracas, Venezuela as part of El Sistema.

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REPERTOIRE
JANÁČEK: String Quartet No. 1 (Kreutzer Sonata)
MOZART: String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57

PERFORMANCE TIME
8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14

LOCATION
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

Subscription packages and single tickets are now available for the Ariel Quartet’s full 2017-18 concert series.

Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office or over the telephone at 513-556-4183. 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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. 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: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

The Ariel Quartet’s 2017-18 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. and Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker.

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CCM’s 150th Anniversary Mainstage Series Presents Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Candide’

CCM presents "Candide" Nov. 16-19 in Patricia Corbett Theater.

CCM’s innovative staging of this classic opera highlights the artistry of the college’s “stars of tomorrow” and Bernstein’s extraordinary score.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) continues its Sesquicentennial Mainstage Series with Candide, presented in conjunction with the world-wide Leonard Bernstein at 100 centennial celebration. Conducted by Mark Gibson with stage direction by Emma Griffin, the opera runs Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, through Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

Based on Voltaire’s biting satirical novella of the same name, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide follows a naïve young man as he searches for the meaning of life in a cruel and chaotic world. First performed on Broadway in 1956 and then revised in 1973, the comic operetta won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and multiple Drama Desk and Tony Awards. The opera’s energetic overture and the aria “Glitter and Be Gay” quickly became classics in their own time.

CCM’s innovative new production of Candide uses a mysterious, one-room set design that inspires the theatricality of the show. The performance will guide audiences’ imaginations as they journey through Voltaire’s “best of all possible worlds” with verve and humor.

“CCM’s highly imaginative staging of this classic opera-musical is part of a long performance tradition of presenting Candide as a theatrically inventive show,” Griffin says. “In our production, we’ve given the performers a blank canvas with which to create a world of heightened theatricality and magical realism.”

The production’s cast includes students from CCM’s opera, voice, musical theatre and acting programs, who use various items that are at hand to transform themselves and their surroundings in order to tell the story.

Candide is a dark, funny satirical tale about the dangers of an unexamined world view,” Griffin says. “Pushing through the humor and the showbiz pizazz of the piece is the vital question: What do people do in times of cultural uncertainty?”

“Our answer is: We make joyful art, raucous and rich and strange, full of life and beauty.”

Explore the “best of all possible worlds” in CCM’s production of Candide, presented Nov. 16-19 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/candide.
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CANDIDE
(New York City Opera House Version)
By Leonard Bernstein
Book by Hugh Wheeler, after Voltaire
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche and Leonard Bernstein

By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, publisher and copyright owner.
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Creative Team

  • Mark Gibson, conductor
  • Emma Griffin, director
  • Katie Johannigman, choreographer
  • Thomas C. Umfrid, scenic designer
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton*, lighting designer
  • Edward Mineishi*, sound designer
  • Ann Marie White*, dialect coach
  • Reba Senske, costume designer
  • Lydia Brown, vocal coach
  • William R. Langley*, chorus master
  • Pauline Humbert*, stage manager

* CCM student

Cast List

  • Brandon Scott Russell# as Candide
  • Rob Stahley^ as Candide
  • Heidi Middendorf# as Cunegonde
  • Shannon Cochran^ as Cunegonde
  • Chelsea Duval-Major# as Old Lady
  • Karis Tucker^ as Old Lady
  • Schyler Vargas as Maximilian
  • Rebecca Printz as Paquette
  • De’ron McDaniel as Pangloss
  • Jaqueline Daaleman, Landon Hawkins, Nick Heffelfinger as Voltaire
  • Clay Edwards as Baron
  • Mia Athey as Baroness
  • Logan Wagner, Grant Peck as Bulgarian Soldiers
  • Breanna Flores, Elle Zambarano as Westphalian Soldiers
  • Michael Hyatt as High Inquisitor
  • Natalie Shepard as Auto-da-fe Victim
  • Chandler Johnson as Governor
  • Kseniia Polstiankina as Pianist
  • Amy Joy Stephens, Briana Moynihan as El Dorado Sheep
  • John Siarris as Prefect of Constantinople

^Denotes performers on Nov. 16 and 18
#Denotes performers on Nov. 17 and 19

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
  • 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Candide are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID.

Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2017-18 Mainstage Series.

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/candide.

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: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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CCM Behind-the-Scenes: Stage Managing ‘Seussical’

The stage management team on the set of CCM’s Seussical.

CCM’s imaginative take on the world of Dr. Seuss is presented in Seussical, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 29 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Audience members see classic Seuss tales presented on stage with dazzling color and imagery, but they don’t see the flurry of work that propels the performance backstage — guided by Seussical’s “unsung heroes,” the stage management team.

The team consists of five students: Stage Manager Sam Lewis, senior; Assistant Wallace Craig, senior; Assistant Justin Dudzik, senior; Assistant Mikaela Acton, junior; and Production Assistant Carson Trego, freshman. All are enrolled in CCM’s stage management program except for Dudzik, who studies lighting design at CCM.

“The students on the stage management team are the true unsung heroes of our production,” says Seussical Director Vince DeGeorge. “When you do a production that is so complicated and involves so many moving parts, the stage management team really has to work incredibly hard to make it all happen.”

Seussical’s staging includes an automated turntable at center stage, an automated ball drop, a flying swing, two trap doors, 119 props, 35 cast members and 53 crew members. The stage managers keep track of every prop, costume and set piece, and manage the entire cast and crew during rehearsals and performances.

Sam Lewis, Carson Trego and Seussical Musical Director Luke Flood during rehearsal.

Sam Lewis, Carson Trego and Seussical Musical Director Luke Flood during rehearsal.

They set up and run every rehearsal and performance — and clean up after.

Stage managers wear all black to blend in backstage, working behind-the-scenes in CCM’s recently renovated Patricia Corbett Theater. They communicate with each other via headsets to run all of the theatrical cues throughout Seussical, and are able to watch the show backstage on a TV monitor to see how it looks from the audience’s perspective. Their job is to ensure the show runs smoothly and that all of the theatrical elements are in place.

There are 14 “quick changes” in Seussical, where cast members must change costume backstage fast — sometimes they have to transform into an entirely different character in as little time as 50 seconds. The stage managers and crew strategically place props and costumes backstage for cast members to quickly access between musical numbers. As soon as the cast exits the stage, they are met with crew members who help fix make-up, wigs and assist with the quick costume changes.

One of the most challenging aspects of CCM’s Seussical was moving from the rehearsal space to the stage, says stage manager Sam Lewis. There are some theatrical elements, such as the automated turntable, ball drop and the trap doors, that couldn’t be used until the production was able to move into Patricia Corbett Theater. The stage managers met this challenge head-on, and even had fun figuring out how all of the elements could fit together on stage.

“We love It’s Possible because of all of the interesting challenges it has provided for us,” Lewis says. “From the six large fish on poles to the water fabric that has to release from the poles and be sucked into the stage through a trap door, it was a fun challenge to figure out.”

CCM presents 'Seussical' Oct. 19-29 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Photo by Mark Lyons.

CCM students perform It’s Possible in Act I of Seussical. Photo by Mark Lyons.

The stage managers map out the performance details on paper, which includes a catalogue of every prop, set piece and costume as well as blocking.

“Managing the flow of so many moving things in a smaller backstage area takes a lot of planning and preparation to make sure that everyone is where they should be and when they need to be,” according to the stage management team.

Lewis says that the stage management team has learned much from Michele Kay, Chair of CCM Theatre Design and Production, and Steve Miller, Associate Director of Theatre operations at CCM.

“We’ve learned a lot about different management styles and how best to work with different types of directors and designers, which has been huge in this process,” Lewis says. “I think the main lesson we learned in class that has followed us to this show is that if you ever want to impress someone, just do your job to the best of your ability.”

Next time you sit in the audience, marveling at the spectacle on stage, take a moment to imagine the hard-working crew behind-the-scenes, who helped create the theatrical world presented around you.

You can see the impressive work that students, faculty and staff have put into Seussical in person at the next performance, which is at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27.

Learn more about CCM’s Theatre Design and Production program at ccm.uc.edu/theatre/tdp.
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SEUSSICALTM
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle
Based on the Works of Dr. Seuss
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Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27
  • 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Seussical are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID.

Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

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/seussical.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2017-18 Mainstage Series.

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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SEUSSICAL is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor: Northwestern Mutual

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