Life is often celebrated through major milestones, such as a wedding or a birth, but the everyday routines can be just as meaningful – a message CCM Drama students are taking to heart as they present Thornton Wilder’s classic American drama Our Town on April 20 (preview)-24 in the Patricia Corbett Theater in CCM Village.
Last night, CCM’s Department of Drama presented its 9th annual Dolly Awards, which honor students for outstanding achievement throughout the year . Select students were recognized for their work in recent department productions as well as service and achievement, aesthetic leadership and sustained excellence throughout one’s CCM career.
The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Feb. 13th Sunday Forum featured an extensive, multi-page special report on CCM. In case you missed the piece in print, you can find links to the electronic versions of the package’s numerous articles below.
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CCM alumna Cameron Anderson is certainly making a name for herself in the design world today. Anderson, who received her MFA in Scenic Design from CCM in 2002, has since designed for over 50 productions spanning dance, opera, theatre and other concerts. Her work has graced the stage in productions by Roundabout Theater, San Francisco Opera Center, Wolf Trap Opera and Glimmerglass Opera, to name but a few.
Today, CityBeat‘s Rick Pender reviews CCM’s Mainstage Production of Evita. “Senior Alaina Mills totally inhabits the leading role as the ‘high-flying adored’ de facto leader of Argentina in the late 1940s and early 1950s,” Pender writes. “Equally impressive is Pierce Cassedy as the show’s cynical narrator, a character based on political agitator Che Guevara, and Chris Blem is convincing as Juan Perón, the general who rose to power on the crest of Evita’s popularity.”
You can read his full review of the show here. Tickets to select performances of Evita are still available. Contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for more information.
CCM Associate Professor of Opera Robin Guarino directs the Metropolitan Opera’s latest revival of Così fan tutte, which opened in New York City on November 9. This season, Mozart’s beloved opera buffa will be presented using the Lesley Koenig production, which Guarino has directed since 2001. Così fan tutte will run through December 2 in New York City.
Jackie Demaline profiles two recent CCM alumni, Preston Boyd (’08, Musical Theatre) and Kelly Meurer (’05, Theatre Design & Production), who are part of the national tour of Young Frankenstein. You can read the story here.
Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center for the Arts presents Young Frankenstein now through Nov. 28.
UC’s News Record recently profiled CCM alumnus Ken Davis (’89), who is currently serving as production stage manager for the Broadway national tour of Rock of Ages. This is Davis’ ninth such tour. “I’ve helped set up Spamalot in Australia, I’ve taken tours to Japan, and nothing was as hard as some of the things we had to go through at CCM for our training,” he explains. “The standards they hold us to are so high, and now I see we were so well prepared that this is easy compared to the stuff they had us do there.” You can read the full News Record article here.
Jackie Demaline explores the design work behind The Matchmaker and other upcoming CCM productions in “Making the Scene Seem Seamless” – you can read her full story here.
CCM’s Mainstage production of The Matchmaker runs tonight (preview) through Oct. 31 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus. Tickets are still available by calling 513-556-4183. You can learn more about the production here.