Preview: The Scenic Design of “Rent”

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Later this month, CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater will transform into the lower East Side of New York City for our Mainstage Production of Jonathan Larson’s Rent. Set Designer Brian Ruggaber provides us with a preview of this transformation today. UC Photojournalism student Jospeh Wilkens then shows us how these designs come to life in our state-of-the-art scene shop.

Rent features lighting by Weston Wetzel, sound design by Valerie Lawrence, costumes by Rebecca Doroshuk, hair & make-up design by Robert Michael Navarre, choreography by Diane Lala, musical direction by Steven Goers and stage direction by Richard Hess. The breakthrough musical of the 1990s runs Feb. 24 – March 6. Tickets are on sale now. Learn more about the production after the jump.

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Actor Anthony Rapp Visits UC Monday, Feb. 7

UC’s student-led Program and Activities Council is hosting an appearance by Anthony Rapp, Broadway’s original Mark Cohen, at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, in the Great Hall of UC’s Tangeman University Center (TUC). This event is scheduled to include a performance by the cast of CCM’s upcoming production of Rent and will be followed by a book signing.

The event is free and open to the public, but priority seating will be provided to UC students with valid IDs. Read full details about the event here. For more information, call UC’s Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) at 513-556-6115.

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CCM Theaters Liven With Two Tony-Award Winning Musicals This Winter

Love, passion, humor and intrigue will abound in the College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) winter drama and musical theatre productions, which include two Tony Award-winning musicals – Stephen Sondheim’s witty A Little Night Music and Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking Rent. Audiences will also enjoy a sampling of new works created and performed by CCM Drama students during the celebrated annual TRANSMIGRATION festival.

For more information on CCM’s drama and musical theatre performances or to purchase tickets call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit ccm.uc.edu.

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Announcing CCM’s Full Winter 2011 Schedule of Major Events

The CCM Philharmonia Orchestra. Photography by Jing Huan.

Photography by Jing Huan.

With December now upon us, we are happy to announce our full winter schedule of major events. CCM presents nearly 1,000 public events throughout the year and offers free admission to many of its performances. All events listed take place on the CCM campus and are free unless otherwise indicated. Some events require paid admission; please see individual event information for details and ordering information. View a digital version of our Winter Events Booklet here.

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A First Look At CCM’s “Rent”

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Today, we are delighted to provide you with a first look at CCM’s Winter Mainstage Musical, Jonathan Larson’s Rent. The breakthrough musical of the 1990s comes to CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater for an extended run, Feb. 24 – Mar. 6, 2011. Don’t miss your chance to experience this challenging, emotional and deeply moving rock opera. Tickets and subscription packages are on sale now.

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CCM Students and Faculty Present “Broadway Holidays” at The Carnegie

On Thursday, Dec. 2, The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky welcomes CCM Musical Theatre students Katie Johannigman and Joe Moeller  to the stage as part of an evening of musical theatre mirth. The third performance of the 2010-11 Carnegie in Concert series, “Broadway Holidays” is a fun-filled, cabaret-style program directed and choreographed by Patti James with musical direction by Steve Goers.

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CCM Slideshows: The Matchmaker

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Don’t miss your chance to see classic comedy The Matchmaker, running tonight through Sunday in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. A hilarious farce with slapstick flair, the fun-loving show opens up CCM’s 2010-11 Mainstage Series of Operas, Musicals and Dramas. Tickets are still available by calling 513-556-4183. You can learn more about the production here.

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CCM Opens Mainstage Series with Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker”

CCM Presents The Matchmaker

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CCM launches its 2010-11 Mainstage Series with Thornton Wilder’s classic comedy The Matchmaker. Sure to induce a chuckle with its timeless humor and slapstick flair, the fun-loving show runs from Oct. 27 (preview) through Oct. 31 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus.

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2010-11 Mainstage Series of Drama, Musical Theatre and Opera

CCM is pleased to announce details for the 2010-11 Mainstage Series of drama, musical theatre and opera productions.

The 2010-2011 Mainstage Season will sweep you away – from Argentina to small town America, from riotous farce to the deepest of human emotions and across a landscape of truly great works in musical theatre, drama and opera. With sensational Tony Award-winning musical theatre hits, comedy and pathos from the American master playwright Thornton Wilder and opera in all of its glory, each title will be brought to life by the brightest and freshest young talent in Cincinnati. Here is a first look at what next season has to offer:

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CCM Slideshows: Hair

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CCM celebrates the 40th anniversary of its musical theatre program with the American Tribal Love/Rock Musical, Hair! Amid the counter-culture revolution of the Age of Aquarius, a tribe of hippies and flower children stage a pacifist rebellion against the Vietnam War and the constraints of the Establishment. They are forced to examine their own beliefs and dreams in this provocative, groundbreaking and profoundly moving musical celebration. Premiered in 1968—the same year the CCM musical theater program was established—Hair is currently enjoying a wildly successful Broadway revival.

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