CCM Acting presents "Our Country's Good" Feb. 13-17, 2019. Photos by Mark Lyons.

CCM Slideshows: ‘Our Country’s Good’ Transports Audiences to the Edge of Australia

Our Country’s Good is a triumph…a tribute to the transforming power of drama…It is heartening to find someone standing up for theatre’s unique spiritual power.” (The Guardian)

Dark comedy Our Country’s Good runs tonight, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Based on the true story of convicts and captors producing Australia’s first play, Our Country’s Good explores how theatre can help rehabilitate and inspire.

View the gallery below for a sneak peek at CCM Acting’s production.

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Our Country’s Good transports audiences to the edge of Australia, where 18th-century criminals and British colonialists are working together to put on a play to celebrate the king’s birthday. Few of the prisoners can read, let along act, and the play is produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric prison punishments. CCM’s production is for mature audiences.

Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally

CCM’s production will last 2 hours, including a 10-minute intermission.

Creative Team

  • Susan Felder, director
  • Joshua E. Gallagher*, scenic designer
  • Sam Kittle*, hair and make-up designer
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
  • Ashley Trujilo*, costume designer
  • Michael Ekema-Nardella*, lighting designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer
  • Travis Byrne*, associate sound designer
  • Yue Shi (Jenny)*, production stage manager
  • D’Arcy Smith and Katherine Webster, dialect coaches

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Madeleine Page-Schmit as Mary Brenham
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Dabby Bryant
  • Kayla Temshiv as Duckling
  • Abby Palen as Liz Morden
  • Chandler Bates as Meg/Reverend
  • Carlee Coulehan as Johnston/Convict/Narrator
  • Olivia Buss as Dawes/Convict/Narrator
  • Jack Steiner as Ralph Clark
  • Carter LaCava as Robert Sideway
  • Jabari Carter as Captain Phillip/Aborigine
  • Cameron Nalley as Ross/James Ketch
  • James Egbert as Harry Brewer/Campbell
  • Trey Peterson as Caesar/Narrator
  • Graham Rogers as Judge Collins/Narrator
  • Lucas Prizant as Arscot/Tench
  • Duncan Weinland as Wisehammer/Faddy

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online though 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 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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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CCM Video: Teaser Trailer for ‘Our Country’s Good’

CCM’s Mainstage Acting production of Our Country’s Good opens with a preview performance at 8 p.m. tonight, Feb. 13, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

Directed by Susan Felder, the award-winning play centers on a group of 18th-century criminals and British colonialists who explore how theatre can help rehabilitate and inspire. A British Royal Marine lieutenant decides to put on a play to celebrate the king’s birthday. He casts the play with English convicts who populate a distant Australian prison camp to remind them that “there is more to life than crime and punishment.” Few of them can read, let alone act, and the play is produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric prison punishments. CCM’s production is for mature audiences.

Arts reporter David Lyman describes Our Country’s Good as “witty, sobering and highly revealing of harsh life in what is now the Sydney suburbs,” in a preview story for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Watch CCM Acting’s teaser trailer for the production: https://youtu.be/i0LNQtTWfLg

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OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally

CCM’s production will last 2 hours, including a 10-minute intermission.

Creative Team

  • Susan Felder, director
  • Joshua E. Gallagher*, scenic designer
  • Sam Kittle*, hair and make-up designer
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
  • Ashley Trujilo*, costume designer
  • Michael Ekema-Nardella*, lighting designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer
  • Travis Byrne*, associate sound designer
  • Yue Shi (Jenny)*, production stage manager
  • D’Arcy Smith and Katherine Webster, dialect coaches

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Madeleine Page-Schmit as Mary Brenham
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Dabby Bryant
  • Kayla Temshiv as Duckling
  • Abby Palen as Liz Morden
  • Chandler Bates as Meg/Reverend
  • Carlee Coulehan as Johnston/Convict/Narrator
  • Olivia Buss as Dawes/Convict/Narrator
  • Jack Steiner as Ralph Clark
  • Carter LaCava as Robert Sideway
  • Jabari Carter as Captain Phillip/Aborigine
  • Cameron Nalley as Ross/James Ketch
  • James Egbert as Harry Brewer/Campbell
  • Trey Peterson as Caesar/Narrator
  • Graham Rogers as Judge Collins/Narrator
  • Lucas Prizant as Arscot/Tench
  • Duncan Weinland as Wisehammer/Faddy

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online though 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 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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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Music for All Seasons Features Four CCM Students and Alumni on Feb. 10

This weekend, Cincinnati’s Music for All Seasons presents a concert featuring the talents of four former and current CCM students. Organized by Cincinnati arts patrons Rafael de Acha and Kimberly Daniel de Acha, the concert features works by Debussy, Glière, Massenet, Turina and Rimsky-Korsakov at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Indian Hill’s historic Peterloon Estate.

Cincinnati's historic Peterloon Estate.

Cincinnati’s historic Peterloon Estate.

Artists include recent CCM graduates soprano Fotina Naumenko (MM 2012 and DMA 2018) and cellist Phillip Goist (BM 2016 and MM 2018), as well as violinist Kanako Shimasaki (BM 2015 and MM 2017) and pianist Eben Wagenstroom, who are each in their second year of doctoral studies at CCM.

In addition to the concert, audience members will enjoy tea, coffee and pastries in Indian Hill’s historic Peterloon Estate, as well as a tour of the home.

Proceeds from ticket sales and donations at the event will be presented to CCM for scholarships. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at the event with cash or check; to reserve tickets in advance, email musicseasons@zoomtown.com. Student tickets will also be available at the door for $10.

Learn more about the concert at musicseasonsincincinnati.com.
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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Mainstage Acting Presents Dark Comedy ‘Our Country’s Good’

Based on the true story of convicts and captors producing Australia’s first play, “Our County’s Good” is an inspiring tribute to the transforming power of drama. Tickets on sale now.

CCM continues its Mainstage series with Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good from Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview performance) through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Directed by Susan Felder, the award-winning play centers on a group of 18th-century criminals and British colonialists who explore how theatre can help rehabilitate and inspire.

Based on Thomas Keneally’s historical novel “The Playmaker,” Our Country’s Good tells the true story of Australia’s first theatrical performance in the 1780s. A British Royal Marine lieutenant decides to put on a play to celebrate the king’s birthday. He casts the play with English convicts who populate a distant Australian prison camp to remind them that “there is more to life than crime and punishment.” Few of them can read, let alone act, and the play is produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric prison punishments. CCM’s production is for mature audiences.

“The play throws wild humor up against absolute brutality,” Felder says. “We see convicts and soldiers in their daily lives — all while trying their best to produce a play.”

CCM’s production takes advantage of Patricia Corbett Theater’s wide, thrust stage to create the maze of the Australian landscape. The set creates an “edge of the world” feel, Felder says, where the set and the characters transform — sails become a tent, the sun can change into the moon and condemned convicts become aspiring actors.

Recipient of the BBC Award: West End Play of the Year, the Laurence Olivier Award, the London Evening Standard Award and the New York Drama Critics Award, Our Country’s Good is described as “a tribute to the transforming power of drama…It is heartening to find someone standing up for theatre’s unique spiritual power” (The Guardian).

CCM Acting presents Our Country’s Good on Feb. 13 (preview performance)-17, 2019 at Patricia Corbett Theater. The production will last 2 hours, including a 10-minute intermission. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.
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Creative Team

  • Susan Felder, director
  • Joshua E. Gallagher*, scenic designer
  • Sam Kittle*, hair and make-up designer
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight choreographer
  • Ashley Trujilo*, costume designer
  • Michael Ekema-Nardella*, lighting designer
  • Zachory Ivans*, sound designer
  • Travis Byrne*, associate sound designer
  • Yue Shi (Jenny)*, production stage manager
  • D’Arcy Smith and Katherine Webster, dialect coaches

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Madeleine Page-Schmit as Mary Brenham
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Dabby Bryant
  • Kayla Temshiv as Duckling
  • Abby Palen as Liz Morden
  • Chandler Bates as Meg/Reverend
  • Carlee Coulehan as Johnston/Convict/Narrator
  • Olivia Buss as Dawes/Convict/Narrator
  • Jack Steiner as Ralph Clark
  • Carter LaCava as Robert Sideway
  • Jabari Carter as Captain Phillip/Aborigine
  • Cameron Nalley as Ross/James Ketch
  • James Egbert as Harry Brewer/Campbell
  • Trey Peterson as Caesar/Narrator
  • Graham Rogers as Judge Collins/Narrator
  • Lucas Prizant as Arscot/Tench
  • Duncan Weinland as Wisehammer/Faddy

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets prices start at $28. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Preview performance tickets start at $15. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online though 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 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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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CCM Opera d’arte Presents ‘Die Fledermaus’

CCM showcases its undergraduate opera singers with a studio production of Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus on Feb. 8-10, 2019 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. Set in 1920s Vienna, this captivating operetta is directed by Kenneth Shaw with co-producer Amy Johnson. Brett Scott serves as music director, while CCM graduate student Matthew Worth is the assistant stage director.

While the libretto for the operatic version of this story was written by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée, the original tale was a play called The Prison written by Julius Roderich Benedix and premiered in 1851. This work then became a French vaudeville play that was re-translated into German by Haffner and turned into a libretto by Genée. Strauss’ operetta premiered in 1874 in Vienna.

The bat, or fledermaus, in this tale is not a flying creature but rather the ghost of a practical joke. At the previous year’s costume ball, a gentleman named Falke dressed as a bat and was abandoned, drunk, in the town square until the morning after the ball. To get revenge this year, Falke plans an elaborate ruse to catch his friend Eisenstein attempting infidelity and thereby embarrass Eisenstein in front of his wife and friends. A great deal of shenanigans ensue involving costumes, situational comedy, and the best-known archetype of comic opera — mistaken identities.

Performances of Die Fledermaus take place Feb. 8-10, 2019, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, February 4. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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Cast List

  • Chloe LeGrand and Amandalynne Perzyck as Rosalinda
  • Elena Villalon and Claudia Neff as Adele
  • Ryan Montgomery and Gregory Miller as Eisenstein
  • Grant Jackson and Hayden Smith as Dr. Falke
  • Bradley Buchmann and Sam Dubin as Alfred
  • Joseph Parrish and Grant Peck as Frank
  • Logan Wagner as Dr. Blind
  • Shannon Keegan and Katherine Gardin as Prince Orlovsky
  • Megan Dendler and Brianna Drew as Ida
  • Surprise Guest Star as Frosch

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets 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 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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Opera d’arte Sponsor: Rafael & Kimberly Daniel de Acha Foundation

Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Alumnus Returns for World Premiere concert:nova Performances

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Michael Ippolito (BM Composition, 2003) returns to Cincinnati this month for a collaboration with concert:nova, an innovative chamber music collaboration featuring members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble will present the world premiere of a new work by Ippolito on “Cello+,” a concert featuring two cellists and their respective romantic partners, plus a few other friends.

Ippolito is currently an assistant professor of composition at Texas State University. His works have been performed by the Chicago Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony and many more. He has received awards from both the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he earned fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival and the Copland House’s Cultivate program. In addition to his studies at CCM with emeritus faculty member Joel Hoffman and current CCM professor Michael Fiday, Ippolito studied with John Corigliano at the Juilliard School.

The two musical couples featured on the program are violinist Stefani Matsuo and cellist Hiro Matsuo, with CCM faculty clarinetist Ixi Chen and her husband, cellist Ted Nelson. Also featured are concert:nova artistic directors Henrick Heide, flutist, and Michael Culligan, percussion.

“Cello+” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2019 at Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Tickets range from $25 to $30 and can be purchased via the concert:nova website.

concert:nova is a boundary-pushing ensemble that challenges the audience to engage with the music in various ways. It’s mission is to transform hearts, minds and communities through thought-provoking musical exploration. The musicians collaborate with a cavalcade of interdisciplinary artists from all over the city, region and globe in a diverse array of surprising venues to create provocative, intimate, interactive, and unforgettable experiences that remove the barrier between the artists and the audience.

Learn more about concert:nova at concertnova.com.

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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Winter Merchandise Available Online

Stay cozy and warm in official CCM apparel this winter. The CCM Tribunal is sponsoring the college’s winter merchandise campaign to help raise funds for students. CCM hoodies, T-shirts and long-sleeved T-shirts are available for purchase online now through Feb. 10, 2019.

CCM Tribunal is selling merchandise to raise money for student initiatives. A portion of the funds raised by sales benefit CCM students. CCM Tribunal has provided funding for social gatherings, the undergraduate opera, master classes, music stands and more.

The fundraiser is going on now through Feb. 10, 2019, so be sure to order your new CCM swag and support CCM Tribunal’s initiatives while you still can!

CCM winter merchandise is available for purchase online at uc.ignitecx.com/CCMWinter2019.

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.

Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

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