With the start of the holiday shopping season mere weeks away, Jackie Demaline provides a helpful list of upcoming CDs featuring CCM Musical Theatre graduates. You can view her post here.
Preview: The Scenic Design of Evita
Next month, CCM’s Corbett Auditorium will transform into mid-century Latin America for the Mainstage Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita. Here’s a sneak peek at what that transformation will look like, courtesy of Senior Resident Scenic Designer Thomas Umfrid. You can view more of Umfrid’s work here.
With lighting by Samantha Spiro, sound design by Richard J. Koharik and Chuck Hatcher, costumes by Reba Senske, wig and make-up design by Kelly Yurko, choreography by Patti James, musical direction by Jesse Kissel and direction by Aubrey Berg, Evita will be the must-see musical this fall. See full production details after the jump.
CCM Slideshows: The Matchmaker
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.
CCM’s Theatrical Props: Making the Scene Seem Seamless
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.
Deborah Polaski Spotlighted in November’s Opera News Magazine
Scott Barnes spotlights dramatic soprano Deborah Polaski in the November issue of Opera News. Polaski attended CCM from 1972-1975, studying with voice teacher Lucille Evans during that time. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts from UC this past June. You can view the entire Opera News feature here.
CCM Presents Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Evita,” Nov. 17-21
CCM’s Musical Theatre department kicks off its Mainstage Season with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Evita. This vivacious show runs from November 17 (preview) through November 21 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium on the University of Cincinnati campus.
Winner of seven Tony Awards, Evita brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator, Juan Perón. Her huge political influence and widespread charity catapulted her into the hearts of the working class, but enraged the wealthy and the military of Argentina. This exuberant production creates a gripping theatrical experience and features the memorable songs “High Flying, Adored” and the legendary “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina,” putting into music the unfortunately short life of the unofficial heroine of Argentina.
CCM Students Advance to Met Opera Central Region Finals in Chicago
Congratulations to two of our own: soprano Xi Wang and mezzo-soprano Audrey Walstrom, both of whom have advanced to the next round in the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions!
Amongst stiff competition, Wang and Walstrom were singled out by the judges and now move on to the Central Region Finals in Chicago. Also receiving accolades was mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel, who was given an encouragement award by the judges.
MONC is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. Many of the world’s foremost singers, including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Jessye Norman, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, Deborah Voigt and Dolora Zajick have received awards from the National Council. Annually, approximately 100 former auditioners appear in Metropolitan Opera productions.
A Behind the Scenes Look at “The Matchmaker”
Next week, CCM Drama opens our Mainstage Series with The Matchmaker, a classic comedy by the great American playwright Thornton Wilder. Today, we present a behind-the-scenes look at the make-up, wig and prosthetic work going into the show, courtesy of UC Photojournalism student Kevin Wauligman. The Matchmaker runs Oct. 27 (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.
CCM gratefully acknowledges the support of Mainstage Season Production Sponsor Macy’s.
Studio Drama Series Opens With Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters”
CCM’s Studio Series of Operas, Musicals and Dramas continues November 4-6 with Anton Chekhov’s influential play, Three Sisters. The decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world is the subject of this Diane Kvapil directed drama.
CCM Grad Featured in New Guare Play
Musical Theatre graduate Sara Gettelfinger appears in the Lincoln Center Theater’s world premiere of John Guare’s sprawling drama A Free Man of Color, which begins previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater Oct. 21.