TRANSMIGRATION, CCM Drama's festival of student-created new works.

CCM Acting Department’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival Returns March 8-10

Running March 8-10, this year’s TRANSMIGRATION festival will feature six original works from the CCM Department of Acting: Life Boat, God and Sheila, The Happiest People on Earth, The Harper Merman Project, Cliffhanger and The Land of Milk and Honey.

The festival grants CCM acting students the freedom to produce an entirely new show from start to finish. The teams, each made up of six students chosen at random, are tasked with writing, designing and producing a 25-minute piece of theatre all on their own.

TRANSMIGRATION productions are performed simultaneously and in non-traditional spaces throughout CCM’s Corbett Center for performing arts. Attendees may customize their personal theater-going experience by viewing up to four shows of their choice.
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THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH
“When you can’t let it go, let it out.”
Featuring: Owen Alderson, Clare Combest, Landon, Issac Hickox-Young, Jacqueline Daaleman, Gabriella DiVincenzo, Jeremy Maislin, Jack Steiner
Location: Corbett Center 4755
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THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY
“Don’t piss in the creek.”
Featuring: Will Clark, Sarah Durham, Spencer Lackey, Katie McDonald, Meg Olson, Abby Palen, Eliza Palter, Andrew Ramsey, Hope Rice
Location: Corbett Center 4735
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THE HARPER MERMAN PROJECT
“We must believe in free will. We have no choice.”
Featuring: Annie Grove, Emily Walton, Joshua Reiter, Mafer Del Real, Madeleine Page-Schmit, Garek Bushnell, Zoe Cotzias, Amber Fasquelle
Location: Corbett Center 3705
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LIFE BOAT
“Blood in the water? These media sharks can smell it.”
Featuring: Ryan Garrett, Kenzie Clark, Rupert Spraul, Carissa Cardy, Ella Eggold, Briley Oakley, Madison Pullman
Location: Corbett Center Room 4735
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GOD AND SHEILA
“Sheila is dead. But for one night only, God and Sheila return to perform their greatest hits.”
Featuring: Chandler Bates, Matt Fox, Nicholas Heffelfinger, Julia Netzer, Olivia Passafiume, Nick King, Carter La Cava, Michaela Tropeano
Location: Corbett Center 4755
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CLIFFHANGER
“Don’t fall over the edge.”
Featuring: Sydney Ashe, Lauren Carter, Justin Harrington, Paige Jordan, Katie Langham, Gabriela Medina, Graham Rogers
Location: Corbett Center 3705
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Performance Times
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8
7 p.m. Thursday, March 9
7 p.m. Friday, March 10

Location
Various locations around CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Reserving Tickets
Admission to CCM’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival is free, but reservations are required. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 6. 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 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 and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub

 

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CCM Acting Holds Annual Senior Showcase and Dolly Awards on March 24

CCM Acting Class of 2017.

CCM Acting Class of 2017.

Graduating students from UC College-Conservatory of Music’s Department of Acting present the annual Senior Showcase at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24, in Werner Recital Hall. The annual DOLLY Awards ceremony follows the evening showcase performance and includes the recognition of an outstanding alumnus of the program. These events are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

The showcase performance consists of a variety of scenes by graduating seniors in CCM’s Acting program, demonstrating the depth and breadth of the acting skills they have honed during their undergraduate training at CCM. The Senior Showcase is the first presentation of a performance that the students will take on the road to exhibit their talent in New York and Los Angeles in March and April.

The evening performance is followed by the annual DOLLY Awards, hosted by Professor Richard E. Hess, CCM’s A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair of Acting. The awards recognize the outstanding student achievements and performances in the 2016-17 CCM Acting Season, which includes the productions of TRANSMIGRATION 2016, Very Dumb Kids, Romeo and Juliet, Middletown and Her Naked Skin. Awards are given for Excellence in Performance and Excellence in Ensemble Performance.

The highlight of the DOLLY Awards ceremony is the presentation of the 2016 Julia Winter Cohen Career Excellence Award to a graduate of CCM Acting. This year’s honoree is alumna Julianna Bloodgood (BFA Dramatic Performance, 2005).

Bloodgood began her work with Poland’s multi-award winning and critically acclaimed theatre company Teatr Pies´n´ Kozla (Song of the Goat Theatre) in 2009. In addition to her studies at CCM, she holds an MA from Manchester Metropolitan University in conjunction with Song of the Goat Theatre and she is a graduate of California’s Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. At Song of the Goat Theatre, Bloodgood has developed and performed in Songs of Lear, Portraits of the Cherry Orchard, Return to the Voice, Dead Walk Love and Crazy God. She is currently rehearsing and developing a work based on Hamlet. Bloodgood has traveled and performed throughout Europe, Asia, South and North America.

Bloodgood’s work also consists of community-based projects and artistic outreach, using art as a vehicle for healing and change. She is a founding member of the Great Globe Foundation, an organization devoted to increasing cultural exchange and empowering voices through the arts, and is the proud co-founder of the Dadaab Theater Project, a youth based theater project in Dadaab, Kenya, the world’s largest refugee camp.

CCM ACTING SENIOR SHOWCASE

Performance Times
2 p.m. & 7 p.m.* Friday, March 24
*The DOLLY Awards ceremony takes place after the 7 p.m. performance.

Location
Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission to the CCM Acting Senior Showcase and DOLLY Awards Ceremony is FREE and open to the general public. Reservations are not required.

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

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CCM Slideshows: ‘Mack and Mabel’

Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mabel makes its CCM Mainstage debut at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Directed by Aubrey Berg with choreography by Patti James and musical direction by CCM graduate student Evan Roider, the musical runs through Sunday, March 5. Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office.

Mack and Mabel is a star-crossed, bittersweet love story that explores both the lighter and the darker side of the Golden Age of Comedy. It focuses on the tumultuous relationship between legendary silent film director Mack Sennett and his greatest star, Mabel Normand.

“The CCM production of Mack and Mabel is a rare opportunity to see an all-but-forgotten work by one of the masters of Musical Theatre, Jerry Herman,” Berg says. “It is notable for its interesting concept and its melodic, memorable score, one that Herman cherishes as his personal favorite.”

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You can get a sneak peek of the production by viewing the photos in our slideshow. Read more about the Mack and Mabel in The News Record‘s interview with CCM Musical Theatre student Emily Fink, who plays Mabel in the show.

“People can expect, as always, a dazzling production quality,” Fink told The News Record. “The Technical Design and Production Department will amaze the audience with the magnitude and beauty of its set, costumes and lighting,” said Fink. ”People can also expect a whip-smart story with a lot of heart set in America’s booming film industry.”

To learn more about CCM’s production of Mack and Mabel, read our press release.
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MACK AND MABEL
Based on an idea by Leonard Spigelglass
Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

Performance Times
8 p.m. Thursday, March 2
8 p.m. Friday, March 3
8 p.m. Saturday, March 4
2 p.m. Sunday, March 5

Location
Corbett Auditorium, College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Mack and Mabel are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. 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/mack-and-mabel.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. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.

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

Mack and Mabel is presented by a special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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CCM Musical Theatre Presents 25th Annual Senior Showcase

Cincinnati audiences will get a sneak peak of an original showcase created by the 2017 graduating class from the UC College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Department of Musical Theatre during the annual “Not Famous Yet” Showcase on March 8 (CCMpower benefit performance), 10 and 11 in Patricia Corbett Theater.

The March 8 benefit performance starts at 7 p.m. and features a reception prior to the show with CCM Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award recipient Betsy Wolfe. Tickets include wine and dinner-by-the-bite after the showcase in the CCM Atrium. For tickets and additional information, visit ccm.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/NotFamousYetShowcase2017.

In addition to the benefit performance, the musical theatre students also present the showcase at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 10 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. These two performances are free, but reservations must be made in advance. Tickets become available at noon Monday, March 6.

Each year, seniors from CCM’s musical theatre program travel to New York to present a showcase for the leading agents, casting directors and managers in the business. The show takes the format of a Broadway audition, with the actors showing off their solo and ensemble skills through song and dance numbers. The work is created by the students themselves under the supervision of program chair Aubrey Berg and with the assistance of musical director Julie Spangler.

This year’s performance is the 25th edition of the CCM “Not Famous Yet” showcase. The annual showcase began with the establishment of the Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre in 1991. At the time of its inception, it was the only academic chair of its kind in the United States. Learn more about the Musical Theatre Class of 2017 here.

CCMpower Benefit Performance    

The opening performance of the Musical Theatre Senior Showcase is part of a benefit for CCMpower. The Host Reception beings at 6 p.m. in CCM’s Baur room before the performance at 7 p.m. The event is followed with wine and dinner-by-the-bite in CCM’s Atrium.

Betsy Wolfe. Photo by Matt Murhpy.

Betsy Wolfe. Photo by Matt Murhpy.

This event also includes the presentations of the Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award, which recognizes professional achievement by graduates of CCM’s Musical Theatre Program from the past two decades. This year’s recipient is Betsy Wolfe, who graduated in 2004. Wolfe has been seen in many productions on Broadway and Off-Broadway, including her current role as Cordelia in the Broadway revival of Falsettos, as well as performing as a soloist in over 35 orchestral concerts. She also appeared in Die Fledermaus with the Metropolitan Opera and in the film version of The Last Five Years. Wolfe will be on campus on March 8 to present a master class for CCM’s Musical Theatre students.

Tickets for the March 8 Benefit are:

  • Host Ticket – $100 (Includes reception prior to the performance with Young Alumni Award Recipient Betsy Wolfe, general performance seating, wine, dinner-by-the-bite and garage parking.)
  • General Admission – $75 (Includes general performance seating, wine and dinner-by-the-bite.)
  • Young Professional (40 years and under) – $50 (Includes general performance seating, wine and dinner-by-the-bite.)
  • CCM Alumni – $50 (Includes general performance seating, wine and dinner-by-the-bite.)

Proceeds benefit student career development grants and scholarships. Seating is limited. To reserve a ticket, call CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100 or visit ccm.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/NotFamousYetShowcase2016.

CCM Hosts FREE Performances of the Showcase on March 10 and 11
Admission to the Musical Theatre Showcase at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 10 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, is FREE. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 6; please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to make a reservation. Limit two tickets per order.

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Performance Times
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 (benefit performance)
8 p.m. Friday, March 10
4 p.m. Saturday, March 11

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

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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CCM Announces 2017 Opera Scholarship Competition Results

Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li with Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.

Five voice students were named winners of CCM’s 2017 Opera Scholarship Competition, which was held on Saturday, Feb. 25, in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

Since its inauguration in 1976, the annual competition welcomes current and incoming CCM voice students to compete for scholarships and cash prizes, and a panel of judges composed of opera industry professionals selects each year’s class of prizewinners.

The 2017 CCM Opera Scholarship Competition winners are:

Nicolette Book (first year Artist Diploma student)
From Minneapolis, Minnesota, studying with William McGraw
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Corbett Award ($15,000)
The Corbett Award is supported by the Corbett Foundation in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Caitlin Gotimer (second year Master of Music student)
From Long Island, New York, studying with Kenneth Shaw
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Italo Tajo Memorial Award ($15,000)
This award is supported by the Italo Tajo Memorial Scholarship Fund (established by Mr. Tajo’s wife, Mrs. Inelda Tajo) in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Chelsea Duval-Major (second year Master of Music student)
From Ithaca, New York, studying with Thomas Baresel
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Andrew White Memorial Award ($12,500)
This award is supported by the Andrew White Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Karis Tucker (first year Master of Music student)
From Brussels, Belgium, studying with Amy Johnson
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the Seybold-Russell Award ($10,000)
The Seybold-Russell Award is supported by the Seybold-Russell Scholarship Fund in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Eric Heatley (second year Master of Music student)
From Tulsa, Oklahoma, studying with William McGraw
Prize: Full-tuition scholarship and the John Alexander Memorial Award ($10,000)
This award is sponsored by the John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

The judges panel for CCM’s 2017 Opera Scholarship Competition included:

  • Benita Valente, an acclaimed American soprano who has performed and recorded with some of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century
  • Roberto Mauro, Director of Music and Artistic Administration for the Canadian Opera Company
  • Stephen Lord, Music director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the principal conductor of Michigan Opera Theatre in the 2018-19 season

About CCM Opera
The Department of Opera at CCM boasts one of the most comprehensive training programs for opera singers, coaches and directors in the United States. Students at CCM work with some of the most renowned teachers and artists active in opera today.

CCM students frequently advance to the final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council AuditionsAs reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, four singers with ties to CCM advanced to the semi-final round of the 2016 Met Auditions. This year, four more alumni advanced to the semi-final round of the Met Auditions: Summer Hassan (MM Voice, 2014), Cody Quattlebaum (BM Voice, 2015), Andrew Manea (MM Voice, 2016) and Jessica Faselt (MM Voice, 2016).

In addition, CCM’s Mainstage Opera and Studio Opera Series have received some of the National Opera Association Production Competition’s highest honors throughout the years, taking home six of the 18 non-professional prizes awarded in 2010 and four prizes in 2011.

CCM Opera graduates have performed on the stages of the world’s greatest opera companies, including Cincinnati Opera, Metropolitan Opera (New York), Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera (London), La Scala (Italy) and more.

CCM’s 2016-17 Mainstage Opera season concludes next month with Mozart’s Idomeneo, conducted by Aik Khai Pung with stage direction by Marcus Shields. The production runs from March 30 through April 2. Learn more about the production at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/idomeneo.

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CCM Studio Dance Series Presents the Student Choreographers Showcase

Dance students at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music will present original choreography on Thursday, March 2 through Saturday, March 4 in the annual Student Choreographers Showcase in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free but reservations are required; tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 27 through the CCM Box Office.

The Choreographers Showcase is directed by Assistant Professor of Dance André Megerdichian. The featured student choreographers are Kiahna Saneshige, Dominique Neff, Sam Jones, Emma Webb, Molly-Grace Lewis, Erin Donnelly and Hope Friedman.

A panel of five faculty members from CCM’s Division of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration chose the students from 11 applicants. Usually the showcase only features six works, but the choreography projects from the seven students was so convincing that the panel decided to present an extra work this year.

“Each applicant showed us three to six minutes of their proposed project, so, while the pieces were not complete, we were looking for a clarity of vision and potential based on what was presented,” Megerdichian said.

Junior Emma Webb’s dance is a barefoot contemporary ballet piece titled Ephemeral. Webb was inspired to create movement based on famous sculptures and paintings; the work incorporates pedestals to further display the dancers themselves as works of art.

Moonlight
, another student work in the showcase, was choreographed by sophomore Erin Donnelly. This narrative piece, set to music by The Piano Guys, follows a soloist lost in a forest and depicts her conflicting emotions of fear, intrigue and fascination.

“The Choreographers Showcase is a very exciting program,” Megerdichian said. “It really represents the future of dance by presenting the next generation of choreographers. The students have the unique perspective of speaking in the context of their time, and this batch of choreographers is really going to give us a great show.”

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Performance Times

8 p.m., Thursday, March 2
8 p.m., Friday, March 3
2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, March 4

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 27. 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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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of the Corbett Endowment at CCM.

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CCM Acting Seniors Take Over Arnold’s Bar for a Shakespearean Treat

CCM Acting Class of 2017.

CCM Acting Class of 2017.

Cincinnati’s oldest tavern will offer more than just food and beverages this weekend. Eleven senior CCM Acting students will take over part of Arnold’s Bar and Grill, located at 210 East Eighth St., to present Shakespeare On The Rocks: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The production is part of a class project under CCM associate professor D’Arcy Smith — but Smith isn’t directing the show. In fact, Shakespeare On The Rocks: A Midsummer Night’s Dream has no director and the students only rehearse the show once before the free, one-night-only performance.

This new approach to Shakespeare is based on the Back Room Shakespeare project, a Chicago-based initiative created by actor Samuel Taylor. Thanks to CCMpower, the students were able to receive guidance from Taylor, whose vision is to bring Shakespeare to the masses, without all of the frills and formality that usually accompany the Bard’s works.

“We’re not trying to re-create Elizabethan London,” according to the Back Room Shakespeare project’s website. “We’re trying make a space where Shakespeare’s beautiful, bawdy and bloody plays feel at home. Where actors can be responsible for their own creative work. We’re looking for a party. A riot! A hoot! We try to turn people on, and turn nothing off — not even the cellphone. It’s storytime, not judgement day.”

Shakespeare On The Rocks: A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the first Back Room Shakespeare Project production in Cincinnati. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show kicks off at 7 p.m. After the performance, the actors will accept donations for CCMpower. Visit the Facebook event for more details.
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Performance Time
7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25

Location
Arnold’s Bar and Grill, 210 East Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Admission
Admission is free, reservations are not required.

 

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