CCM’s ‘The Crucible’ Earns Four Star Rating by the League of Cincinnati Theatres

CCM's proudly presents Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible,' running through Sunday, Oct. 6. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s proudly presents Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible,’ running through Sunday, Oct. 6. Photography by Mark Lyons.

We are delighted to report that panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible with a four star rating!

Written in 1953  as a parable for McCarthyism by American playwright Arthur Miller, The Crucible tells a story of hysteria and witchcraft in colonial Salem.

Panelists praised The Crucible as “a skillful, intense, heartfelt, and nearly perfect production of The Crucible. I truly watched in wonder as the story unfolded.”

“The ensemble acting was terrific…this cast was admirable in its portrayal of a wide range of ages, young to middle-age to elderly.”

As one panelist noted: “I would recommend the production because it is a classic play that still resonates today.”

League of Cincinnati Theatre panelists evaluate productions on a five star scale and recommend shows at either a four star or five star level. Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring. Learn more about The Crucible‘s four star rating here.

CCM’s 2013-14 Mainstage Series resumes at the end of this month with a joyous, graceful stage adaptation of the classic film musical Singin’ in the Rain! Learn more about that production and the rest of our current season here.

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CCM’s highly anticipated 2013-14 Mainstage Series opens this week with a bold new production of the American classic The Crucible, running tonight through Sunday, Oct. 6, in Patricia Corbett Theater.

You can enjoy a preview of the Tony Award-winning play, courtesy of photographer Mark Lyons. Tickets and subscription packages are on sale now.

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CCM’s 2013-14 Mainstage Series Opens Next Week With ‘The Crucible’

Joe Markesbery is "John Proctor" and Laura McCarthy is "Abigail Williams" in CCM's 'The Crucible.' Photography by Mark Lyons.

Joe Markesbery is “John Proctor” and Laura McCarthy is “Abigail Williams” in CCM’s ‘The Crucible.’ Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM opens its 2013-14 Mainstage Series with an intensely physical retelling of the American classic The Crucible. This epic drama of morality and justice runs Oct. 3 through 6 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater, with a preview performance at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Under the direction of Richard Hess, Professor and Chair of CCM’s Department of Drama, this production of The Crucible “is a post-modern expression” of the world we live in, says Hess. “There’s no fanciness; it doesn’t need to be tampered with. The Crucible was powerful when it was presented in a time and place where it resonated beyond the Salem witch trials.”

Audience members will be surprised by the amount of physicality on stage. “This Crucible will not be stuffy people standing and talking and arguing. They’re going to be running, tearing at each other, moving. It’s pretty down and dirty,” explains Hess. The physicality of the characters embodies the conflicts and moral dilemmas that they face. “It’s not a pretty costume drama.” Even the recognizable setting of Salem may feel different. The scenic design by Dana Hall, second-year scenic design graduate student, will be stark and very clean with a three-story motorized wall that moves throughout the performance.

Joe Markesbery, senior, plays the role of John Proctor, while Abigail Williams is brought to life by sophomore Laura McCarthy. Anna Stapleton plays Elizabeth Proctor. “What I love so much about Richard’s direction of this show is that one really gets a sense of the hysteria, betrayal and selfish ambition that John Proctor fights so hard against,” says Markesbery of his portrayal of John Proctor. “Proctor is a man who, because of his affair with Abigail, truly isn’t sure if he is good or evil. Ultimately, every action he commits in the play is to defend the truth and bring evil to the light, but still he thinks himself a fraud. From peace and simplicity to betrayal and the destruction of a man and his good name: there’s the tragedy for me.”

View the official trailer for CCM’s Mainstage Series production of The Crucible here.

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CCM Video: The Mainstage Series Presents Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ (Official Trailer)

Next month, CCM’s Mainstage Series proudly presents the original American horror story: Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning The Crucible.

CCM E-Media seniors Dan Marque and TIm Neumann collaborated with CCM Drama Chair Richard E. Hess and the cast and crew of The Crucible to produce a chilling trailer for this new production. Marque and Neumann are both National Broadcasting Society grand prize-winners in the categories of “Live Music Video” and “60 Second Promotional Video.”

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Cincinnati Enquirer and WMKV FM Preview World Piano Competition

New leaders of the World Piano Competition, left to right: Awadagin Pratt, Peter Landgren, Trey Devey and Mark Ernster Provided/David Rafie

New leaders of the World Piano Competition, left to right: Awadagin Pratt, Peter Landgren, Trey Devey and Mark Ernster Provided/David Rafie.

Excitement continues to build for the debut of Cincinnati’s re-energized World Piano Competition, which kicks off next Monday, July 8!

If you want to learn more about this unique collaboration between CCM and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, be sure to check out the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s in-depth preview.

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CCM Video: WCPO News Features CCM’s Opera Boot Camp

CCM's "Realizing Rossini" summer workshop, featured on WCPO TV.

CCM’s “Realizing Rossini” summer workshop, featured on WCPO TV.

Tune in to Cincinnati’s WCPO Channel 9 noon newscast today, as Arts Reporter Matt Peiken provides a look inside CCM’s Realizing Rossini opera boot camp. Conductors and pianists, along with a carefully selected cast, are participating in this one-of-a-kind experience while in residence at CCM.

You can view the entire segment online here.

A complete schedule of summer opera performances is listed below, with highlights including semi-staged productions of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Cinderella.

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CCM Spotlights Talented Young Performers and Acclaimed Guest Artists During Summer Performance Series

CCM's summer performance schedule for 2013 includes two semi-staged operas.

CCM’s summer performance schedule for 2013 includes two semi-staged operas.

Young artists from all corners of the globe will make their way to Cincinnati this summer to work with CCM’s world-class faculty and renowned guest artists while in residence at the state-of-the-art CCM Village.

CCM offers a wide array of high caliber summer programs and the general public can experience the artistry themselves during a series of public performances and guest artist recitals scheduled for June and July of 2013.

A complete schedule of summer performances is listed below, with highlights including semi-staged productions of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola, the World Piano Competition Artist Division Finalists Concert featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Associate Conductor Robert Treviño and guest artist recitals by acclaimed pianists Stephen Prutsman, Russell Sherman, Yoshikazu Nagai, CCM Artist-in-Residence Awadagin Pratt and more.

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CCM Announces Partnership with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and World Piano Competition

2012 World Piano Competition Gold Medal Winner Alexander Yakovlev.

2012 World Piano Competition Gold Medal Winner Alexander Yakovlev.

Cincinnati’s World Piano Competition, an annual classical piano competition featuring top performers from across the globe since 1956, is undergoing an expansion with two exciting new collaborations and instituting a variety of changes aimed at enhancing the quality of the event and making Cincinnati a truly world-class destination for classical piano performance.

Primary among the changes at the re-imagined competition, already a highly respected event, are partnerships with two of the city’s cultural cornerstones – the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Beginning with the July 2013 competition, finalists in the Artist Division will have the distinct honor of performing with the world-renowned CSO, made up of some of the world’s finest musicians and an ensemble that regularly collaborates with classical music’s premier performing artists. The performances featuring the finalists  will be led by CSO Associate Conductor Robert Treviño. The event will also move to CCM, one of the nation’s top performing and media arts conservatories, where the acclaimed faculty will oversee upgrades to the competition’s jury system.

Learn more about this exciting new partnership in today’s issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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CCM Announces 2013 Summer Programs

CCM Announces Summer Programs for 2013

CCM is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of Summer Programs for 2013. Students from around the world have the opportunity to work with CCM’s world-class faculty and renowned guest artists while in residence at the state-of-the-art CCM Village.

These high caliber summer opportunities are open to CCM and non-CCM students alike. For a full list of summer programs organized by discipline, please visit ccm.uc.edu/summer. Learn more about this year’s summer opportunities after the jump!

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CCM’s ‘Making Mozart’ Workshop Series Presents Two Beloved Operas This Summer

Talented young conductors will be "Finding Figaro" and "Creating Così" in a pair of semi-staged public performances in August.

While the mercury rises outdoors, a pool of talented young conductors will be generating their own heat during two groundbreaking summer workshops at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). CCM will welcome students from all corners of the globe for “Making Mozart,” a pair of intensive workshops dedicated to the fine art of conducting Mozart opera.

Dubbed “Finding Figaro” and “Creating Così,” each workshop will culminate with a semi-staged public performance of one of Mozart’s masterworks, complete with orchestra. Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) will be performed at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 in Patricia Corbett TheaterCosì fan tutte will be performed at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets for each performance are on sale now at the CCM Box Office.

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