CCM’s Fall Choral Series Features Local Collaborations and Iconic Works

CCM’s Department of Choral Studies presents five concerts during fall 2017, featuring collaborations with local ensembles and iconic works by Gioachino Rossini and J.S. Bach.

Under the direction of CCM Professors Earl Rivers and Brett Scott, CCM’s and UC’s choral ensembles present the Fall 2017 Choral Series. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

CCM’s Department of Choral Studies presents six concerts during fall 2017, featuring collaborations with local ensembles and iconic works by Gioachino Rossini and J.S. Bach.

CCM Chorale gives voice to Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, in CCM’s Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300. One of Rossini’s last works, Petite Messe Solennelle will be performed in the original chamber version of 1863 for 12 solo and semi-solo singers, two pianos and harmonium.

The UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses present Choral Classics in Patricia Corbett Theater on Oct. 31, which includes works by Fauré, Holmes, Koppin, Mendelssohn, Pergolesi and Tormis.

Series highlights include a collaborative concert with the CCM Philharmonia on Nov. 4 and 5, featuring J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. The performances will be given at two local churches: Cincinnati’s Christ Church Cathedral on Nov. 4 and Knox Church on Nov. 5.

The fall series culminates with the annual Feast of Carols on Dec. 2 and 3 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium, featuring collaborations with guest choirs from Walnut Hills High School, Bridgetown Middle School and the Southern Gateway Barbershop Chorus.

Complete programing information for CCM’s Fall 2017 Choral Series is below. Flex packages and single tickets for all 2017-18 Concert Series performances are on sale now.

Event Information

All events listed here take place in CCM Village on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Admission is free to many CCM performances, although some events do require purchased tickets or reservations. Please see individual event information for details and ordering information.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

Purchasing Tickets
Unless indicated otherwise in the event listings below, 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.

Single tickets, subscription packages and flex ticket packages are on sale now!

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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3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15
• Choral Series •
ROSSINI’S PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE
CCM Chorale
Brett Scott, music director and conductor

Performed in the original chamber version of 1863 for 12 solo and semi-solo singers, two pianos and harmonium, Petite Messe Solennelle is one of Rossini’s last works.
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31
• Choral Series •
CHORAL CLASSICS
UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Kevin Coker and Molly Getsinger, music directors and conduc
tors
Comprised of students from all 14 UC colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers present works by Fauré, Holmes, Koppin, Mendelssohn, Pergolesi and Tormis.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
• Orchestra and Choral Series •
J.S. BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR
CCM Philharmonia, CCM Chamber Choir and CCM Student Soloists
Earl Rivers, music director and conductor

The Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, is the Mount Everest of the Late Baroque period. Bach’s supreme achievement of setting the Mass text for soloists, chorus and orchestra summarizes his writing for voices and instruments, not only in the variety of styles, compositional devices and range of sonorities, but also in the high level of technical polish.
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East 4th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5
• Orchestra and Choral Series •
J.S. BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR
CCM Philharmonia, CCM Chamber Choir and CCM Student Soloists
Earl Rivers, music director and conductor

The Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, is the Mount Everest of the Late Baroque period. Bach’s supreme achievement of setting the Mass text for soloists, chorus and orchestra summarizes his writing for voices and instruments, not only in the variety of styles, compositional devices and range of sonorities, but also in the high level of technical polish.
Location: Knox Church, 3400 Michigan Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2
2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3
• Prestige Event Series •
FEAST OF CAROLS
CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale and CCM Concert Orchestra, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Featuring guest choirs from Walnut Hills High School, Bridgetown Middle School and the Southern Gateway (Barbershop) Chorus
Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Robyn Lana, Kevin Coker, Molly Getsinger, Jeff Ledgers, Anthony Nims and Chelsey Sweatman, conductors

Bring family and friends to CCM to welcome the 2017 holiday season with festive choral favorites performed by CCM’s, UC’s and CCC’s fabulous choirs and outstanding guest choirs.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15-$20 for adults, $10-15 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
HOLIDAY CONCERT
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director
The 450 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, including CCM resident choirs and satellite choirs from across the Tristate area, perform holiday songs from around the globe.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Choral Studies Sponsors: Jan Rogers, Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation

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CCM’s Sesquicentennial Mainstage Series Presents ‘Seussical’

Seussical

Composed by CCM alumnus Stephen Flaherty, this musical fable is based on some of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music presents the second installment of its 2017-18 Mainstage Series with Seussical, a musical tale of wonder and excitement for children and grown-ups alike. Composed by Stephen Flaherty (BM Composition, 1982) and Lynn Ahrens, Seussical opens at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Patricia Corbett Theater.

Audiences will recognize some of Dr. Seuss’ timeless characters in the show, including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Yertle the Turtle, and, of course, The Grinch. Seussical embraces the pizzazz and quirk of Dr. Seuss’ tales with catchy songs and elaborate, dazzling costumes.

“There is so much joy and life in these stories and in all of the music of Seussical,” says Vince DeGeorge, CCM assistant professor and Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage. “As the director and choreographer, my job has been to honor the humanity that is the driving force behind the famous original source material and this beautifully crafted musical.”

The musical itself is closely tied to CCM; composer Stephen Flaherty graduated from CCM in 1982 with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. He often works with lyricist Lynn Ahrens to create musicals. The Tony Award-winning duo has collaborated on Anastasia, Once on This Island and Ragtime.

“I truly believe that Seussical is one of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’ most inventive, playful and heartfelt scores,” DeGeorge says. “It has always been one of my favorites. The fact that Stephen Flaherty is an alumnus of CCM makes doing this project that much more meaningful for all of us involved.”

DeGeorge says CCM’s production of Seussical offers plenty of surprises for audiences. The design team has used their own imaginations to create an original aesthetic that honors Dr. Seuss in spirit.

“Seuss is all about the joy of invention and surprise; it is about taking our expectations and twisting and turning them on their head,” DeGeorge says. “Come expecting to see the unexpected.”

Travel to the magical world of Dr. Seuss with CCM’s production of Seussical, presented Oct. 19-22 and Oct. 25-29, 2017, in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. Additional student discounts are available through the CCM Box Office.

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/seussical.

Learn more about CCM’s production of Seussical in this behind-the-scenes video.
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SEUSSICALTM
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle
Based on the Works of Dr. Seuss

Creative Team

  • Vince DeGeorge, director and choreographer
  • Luke Flood*, musical director
  • Christopher Kelley*, choreographer
  • Mark Halpin, scenic designer
  • Erik McCandless*, lighting designer
  • Sean K. Tingle*, sound designer
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Kelly Yurko, wig & make-up designer
  • Ann Marie White*, dialect coach
  • Sam Lewis*, stage manager

* CCM student

Cast List

  • Donelvan Thigpen as The Boy
  • Kevin Chlapecka as The Cat in the Hat
  • Frankie Thams as Horton the Elephant
  • Emily Royer as Gertrude McFuzz
  • Bryn Purvis as Mayzie LaBird
  • Jenny Mollet as Sour Kangaroo
  • Derek Kastner as Mr. Mayor of Whoville
  • Marissa Hecker as Mrs. Mayor of Whoville
  • Madison Deadman, Bailee Endebrock and Areo Keller as Bird Girls
  • EJ Dohring, Stavros Koumbaros and Daniel Marhelko as Wickersham Brothers
  • Kyle Pollack as General Schmitz
  • Madison Hagler as The Grinch
  • Matt Copley as Vlad Vladikoff
  • Ben Pimental as Yertle the Turtle

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Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20
  • 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22
  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27
  • 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Seussical are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID.

Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2017-18 Mainstage Series.

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/seussical.

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 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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SEUSSICAL is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor: Northwestern Mutual
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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Village at night. Photo by Jay Yocis.

CityBeat Cover Story Features CCM Sesquicentennial

Read the full story online at citybeat.com

Read the full story online at citybeat.com

You can read all about CCM’s Sesquicentennial in the latest issue of Cincinnati’s CityBeat, which was published on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Writer Emily Begley features CCM’s illustrious history, which dates back to when Clara Baur founded the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1867. The article explores CCM’s 150-year timeline, touching on the competition between Baur’s Conservatory and the College of Music of Cincinnati. The two schools eventually merged and later joined the University of Cincinnati to become the CCM of today.

The story also previews some of CCM’s upcoming performances, including the Mainstage Series production of Seussical, which runs Oct. 19-29 in Patricia Corbett Theater.

Read the full story at citybeat.com/arts-culture/culture/media-gallery/20978011/a-sesquicentennial-celebration or view the electronic version online.

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CCM faculty member Rocco Dal Vera.

In Memoriam: CCM Professor and Theatre Arts Division Head Rocco Dal Vera

It is with supreme sadness that we share news of the passing of Rocco Dal Vera, a cherished member of the CCM Family who most recently served as head of CCM’s Division of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration (TAPAA).

Rocco died peacefully on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, surrounded by close family and friends, after battling glioblastoma cancer. He was the loving husband to his wife of 27 years, Denise Mechelle Dal Vera, and devoted father to his daughter, Kendall Anne Dal Vera.  He is preceded in death by his father, Roger Dal Vera, and survived by his mother, Polly Dal Vera, and sister, Anne Dal Vera. Born July 10, 1956, he was 61 years old.

CCM TAPAA Division Head Rocco Dal Vera.

CCM faculty member Rocco Dal Vera.

Rocco was a world-renowned researcher, master teacher and pioneer of voice and speech training for theatrical and commercial film actors, voice-over specialists, public speakers and corporate leaders.

A faculty member in the Department of Acting (previously Drama) since 1998, Rocco became head of CCM’s TAPAA Division in June of 2015. In 2008, Rocco received UC’s George Barbour Award for Good Faculty-Student Relations. He was also on the faculties of the UC’s College of Law, the Xavier Leadership Center (Williams College of Business) and Proctor and Gamble’s clay street project.

Awarded the title of Distinguished Member by the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), the highest honor given by the Association, Rocco was the founding editor of the journal Voice and Speech Review for VASTA, and edited the first three books of that series. He lectured internationally on vocal violence and the effects of emotion on the voice and was a Level 5 Master Teacher of the Alba Method for Emotions, having studied and taught the subject for over 20 years.

Rocco was the author and editor of six books, several of which have been translated extensively and received international acclaim, influencing the curricular design in several disciplines. His book, Voice: Onstage and Off (co-authored with Robert Barton), was nominated as the Best New Theatre Publication by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and is in use by over 600 college and university theatre programs. His latest book, Acting in Musical Theatre: A Comprehensive Course, (co-authored with Joe Deer) is in its second edition. For three years Deer and Dal Vera had a monthly column, “Acting in Musical Theatre,” in Dramatics Magazine and were frequent contributors to the journal Teaching Theatre.

Before joining the faculty at UC, Rocco was head of the BFA Professional Actor and Musical Theatre Training Programs at Wright State University, taught at the National Theatre Conservatory, Willamette University, United States International University, served on the Advisory Board for the Relativity School, and was chair of the Voice and Speech Department at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. For 16 seasons, he was the resident vocal coach for the Tony Award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. He was a resident artist at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, and worked as a voice and speech coach at numerous theatres around the US including, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Human Race Theatre Company, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Long Beach Civic Light Opera and the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Prior to entering academic life, Rocco had a rich professional career onstage and in Hollywood. His voice can be heard on numerous commercials and over 500 films and television shows including L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues, THIRTYsomething, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Gods Must Be Crazy. He was the co-host and assistant producer of the public television series, Healthward Bound: A Lifelong Journey, which won the prize for Best Series at the American Medical Association’s International Film Awards.

With his wife Denise and friend Annie Fitzpatrick, he founded the company IWA Strategies LLC, whose client list includes Cincinnati Bell, Proctor and Gamble, clay street project and Xavier Leadership Center. Their company’s mission is to teach “how to influence by inspiring and recognizing the genius in others and creating practical applications.” This mission demonstrates how Rocco married an active professional life with an inspirational philosophy that recognized others’ potential. Revered for a generosity of spirit and graceful eloquence, he will be remembered as not only the “smartest man in the room,” but also the kindest. His thoughtfulness, artistry and caring contributed to the achievement of countless artists, teachers and professionals worldwide. Rocco was considered a “teacher’s teacher,” an “actor’s coach,” and a tireless ally to the many students and colleagues he served alongside and led in a career that spanned four decades. Beyond his exceptional professional skill, Rocco will probably best be remembered for his generosity of spirit and profoundly supportive nature. No student, colleague or acquaintance was ever turned away from his office without receiving Rocco’s full attention and support.

Later in his life, Rocco became a crusader against Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), and his daughter Kendall’s lifelong battle with the debilitating disease. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been established in Kendall’s name; you can learn more by visiting www.posthope.org/rocco/journal/214305/how-to-give-back-to-rocco.

Rocco was a member of Actors’ Equity Association, American Association of University Professors, SAG-AFTRA, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance-International, Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists and the Voice Foundation.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Great Hall of UC’s Tangeman University Center at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30.  More information about the memorial can be found at www.posthope.org/rocco.

Please join us in sending your thoughts or prayers and condolences to the entire Dal Vera family. Rocco was an inspiring force to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

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CCM Studio Series Presents a Musical Celebration of Stephen Sondheim

CCM’s Musical Theatre department stages Sondheim on Sondheim, a documentary-meets-musical-revue, on Thursday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 7. Admission is free but reservations are required; tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 2.

CCM opens its Sesquicentennial Studio Series with Sondheim on Sondheim, a musical revue of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved works, on Thursday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 7 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. The performance paints an intimate portrait of the songwriter, told through his music and through video clips of Sondheim himself.

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim.

“Sondheim’s comments are amazingly candid, giving a unique and personal insight into the stories behind the songs, as well as the personal battles he has faced with his family, producers and fame,” says CCM Musical Theatre Professor and Department Chairman Aubrey Berg, director of the show.

Eight singers from CCM’s Musical Theatre program will perform some of Sondheim’s most popular tunes without amplification and accompanied only by piano. Audiences will recognize featured songs in the revue, such as “Comedy Tonight” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, “Something’s Comin’” from West Side Story and “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music.

The show also includes excerpts from Passion, Assassins and Bounce, as well as a brand-new song written just for Sondheim on Sondheim.

“The strength of the show comes from the brilliance of the music and lyrics and the accomplishments of the performers in interpreting the songs of the modern master of musical theatre,” Berg says.

CCM Musical Theatre has a long history with Sondheim musicals; the department has staged almost all of Sondheim’s major works over the years.

“His songs can be witty and ironic, but also heartfelt and deeply emotional,” Berg says. “They provide a tremendous challenge to young performers and serve as excellent training for our more advanced students.”

With this show, CCM Musical Theatre also welcomes the return of Katie Johannigman (BFA Musical Theatre, 2012) as a Visiting Adjunct Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre. Johannigman choreographs Sondheim on Sondheim, which features music direction and accompaniment by Stephen Goers.

“I have watched Katie grow up and remember her as a star-struck little girl attending productions at CCM,” Berg says. “The last performance she gave here was as Cinderella in Into the Woods (a favorite Sondheim work). I am delighted that she is visiting us this year as a teacher, choreographer and director. It gives us a wonderful sense of continuity.”

You can see Johannigman’s choreography in Sondheim on Sondheim in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater from Oct.5-7. Admission is free, but reservations are required; tickets become available at noon on Monday, October 2. They often sell out quickly, so visit our guide to Studio Series tickets for tips and tricks to secure your seats.
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SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Conceived and directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Production Team

  • Aubrey Berg, director
  • Stephen Goers, music director and accompanist
  • Katie Johannigman, choreographer
  • Nicholas Smith, lighting designer
  • Margo Leist, stage manager

Cast list

  • Bryce Baxter
  • Aria Braswell
  • Emily Fink
  • Ciara Harris
  • Phillip Johnson
  • Alex Stone
  • Keaton Whittaker
  • Gabe Wrobel

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

Tickets
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 2. 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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. 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 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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Sondheim on Sondheim is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI www.MTIShows.com.

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Studio Series Sponsors: Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer, Ms. Margaret L. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman
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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM's Mainstage Series presents 'Hamlet' Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Photo by Mark Lyons.

CCM Behind-the-Scenes: Fight Choreography in ‘Hamlet’

 

Catch CCM’s 150th Anniversary Mainstage Series opening production of Hamlet at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28. Presented in the newly renovated Patricia Corbett Theater, the Bard’s classic tragedy runs through Sunday, Oct. 1. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

Set in the 1920s, CCM’s production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet tells a story of lost romance, betrayal, murder and madness. Hamlet Fight Choreographer Gina Mechley gives audiences an inside look at how she prepared students to illustrate the play’s conflict with stage combat.

This is Mechley’s first show at CCM as a fight choreographer, but she is no stranger to the realm of stage combat. She is currently teaching at CCM as an adjunct instructor. One of the few female certified teachers in the country with the Society of American Fight Directors, Mechley has served as the fight director at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Ballet Company and the Cincinnati Opera, among others. Get a sneak peek at CCM’s Hamlet in the photo gallery below:

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Working on CCM’s production of Hamlet has been “the icing on the teaching cake,” Mechley says. She adds that her job was made easier because CCM Acting students are heavily trained in stage combat.

The intensive training in CCM’s Acting program is designed to prepare students for careers on stage, film, television and in the creation of new works. The curriculum includes training in various acting techniques, dialects, voice-over work, as well as armed and unarmed stage combat.

CCM's Mainstage Series presents 'Hamlet' Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Photo by Mark Lyons.

Hamlet Director Susan Felder set CCM’s production of the play in the 1920s, but the contemporary setting does not dramatically change the tragedy’s violent climax that occurs when Hamlet confronts his enemies in Act II.

“Being set in the 1920s did not have a huge impact on the final duel,” Mechley says. “We are still using rapiers as a part of the sport or game that will unfold. Textually, it is set up as a contest and the use of swords would remain the same no matter what year it takes place.”

Mechley’s favorite moments in Hamlet’s fight choreography are when the fights get “close, personal and sloppy.” She looks forward to seeing how the audience will react to certain moments in the stage combat.

The most challenging aspect of the fight choreography was transferring what was learned in the rehearsal hall to the stage, Mechley adds. Hamlet‘s set includes steps and a trap door that opens to a 3-to-4-foot hole at center stage, which is used during the fight scenes.

“Fight direction is about storytelling — physically expanding on an emotional journey,” Mechley says. “The fights in Hamlet are so heavily based in character-driven emotion, that it just didn’t feel right to create a fight from only my viewpoint. It had to be created from the eyes of the director, the heart of Laertes and Hamlet, the physical souls of the actors and the skills of a fight director.”

“Collaboration created what I believe to be an extraordinary journey!”

CCM’s Mainstage Series presents Hamlet through Oct. 1, 2017 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 for UC students with a valid ID. Additional student discounts are available through the CCM Box Office. 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/hamlet.

Learn more about CCM’s Acting program at ccm.uc.edu/acting. Applications are now open for CCM’s fall 2018 class; apply online at ccm.uc.edu/info.html.

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Creative Team

  • Susan Felder, director
  • Logan Greenwell, scenic designer*
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton, lighting designer*
  • Matthew Birchmeier, sound designer*
  • Ashley Berg, costume designer*
  • Meredith Keister, hair and make-up designer
  • Gina Mechley, fight choreographer
  • Anna Naderer, stage manager*

* CCM student

Cast List

  • Chandler Bates as Bernardo/Ensemble
  • Jeremy Maislin as Francisco/Priest/Ensemble
  • Gabriella DiVincenzo as Horatio
  • Will Clark as Marcellus/Ensemble
  • Carter LaCava as Ghost/Gravedigger/Ensemble
  • Landon Hawkins as Claudius
  • Ella Eggold as Gertrude
  • Briley Oakley as Lord Voltemand/Ensemble
  • Madison Pullman as Cornelius/Messenger/Ensemble
  • Rupert Spraul as Hamlet
  • Isaac Hickox-Young as Lord Polonius
  • Nicholas Heffelfinger as Laertes
  • Kenzie Clark as Ophelia
  • Josh Reiter as Rosencrantz
  • Matt Fox as Guildenstern
  • Mafer Del Real as Player King/Ensemble
  • Sarah Durham as Player Queen/Ensemble
  • Abby Palen as Gravedigger/English Ambassador/Ensemble
  • Jacqueline Daaleman as Osric/Ensemble
  • Lauren Carter as Fortinbras/Ensemble

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29
  • 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Hamlet are $27-31 for adults, $17-20 for non-UC students and $15-18 for UC students with a valid ID. Tickets to the Sept. 27 preview performance are just $15.

Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2017-18 Mainstage Series.

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/hamlet.

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 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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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CCM Winds Performs in Memory of Award-Winning Composer Karel Husa on Sept. 21

CCM’s Wind Orchestra performs in honor of the memory of composer Karel Husa at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, in CCM’s Dieterle Vocal Arts Center. A musical champion of freedom for all, Husa received the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1969 and the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition in 1993.

The program features Husa’s Concerto for Wind Ensemble and Music for Prague 1968, along with works by Czech composers Julius Fučík and Zdeněk Lukáš.

All UC students can receive one free ticket to the Sept. 21 Winds concert with a valid ID beginning Tuesday, Sept. 19. Single tickets for all 2017-18 Concert Series performances are on sale now.

CCM’s Department of Winds Studies will give seven concerts in fall 2017, including free and ticketed performances. Programing information for CCM’s Fall 2017 Winds Series is below.
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Event Information
All events listed here take place in CCM Village on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Admission is free to many CCM performances, although some events do require purchased tickets or reservations. Please see individual event information for details and ordering information.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

Purchasing Tickets
Unless indicated otherwise in the event listings below, 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.

Single tickets, subscription packages and flex ticket packages are on sale now!

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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FALL 2017 WINDS SERIES

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21
• Winds Series •
IN MEMORIUM: KAREL HUSA
CCM Wind Orchestra
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
The CCM Wind Orchestra opens its new season with a concert in memory of Karel Husa, who died on December 14, 2016, at the age of 95. Born in Prague, he was a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music (1969), the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition (1993) and a musical champion of freedom for all.
LUKÁS: Musica Boema
HUSA: Concerto for Wind Ensemble
FUČÍK: Entry of the Gladiators March
HUSA: Music for Prague 1968
Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15
• Winds Series •
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW
CCM Chamber Players
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
VARÈSE: Intègrales
BOLCOM: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
KIRKENDALL: World Premiere
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2
• Winds Series •
THE NEW COLOSSUS: MUSIC OF AMERICAN IMMIGRANTS
CCM Wind Ensemble
Kevin Holzman, music director and conductor
The New Colossus (1883) by American poet Emma Lazarus has been inscribed on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty since 1903. It was often the first sight seen by the millions of people who immigrated to the United States from war-torn Europe in the 20th century. CCM’s Wind Ensemble celebrates some of the great composers amongst those American immigrants, who have contributed what are now cornerstones of the wind repertoire. This performance is dedicated to the remarkable legacy of Karel Husa.
HUSA: Smetana Fanfare
HUSA: Al Fresco
SKROWACZEWSKI: Music for Winds
NELHYBEL: Symphonic Movement
HINDEMITH/WILSON: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Weber
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
• Winds Series •
SOUTH OF THE BORDER
CCM Wind Orchestra
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
The Wind Orchestra takes a musical excursion to Mexico with music that features the rich sounds and colors found south of the border.
COPLAND: El Salón México
CHÁVEZ: Sinfonía India
CODINA: Zacatecas March
H. OWEN REED: La Fiesta Mexicana
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
• Winds Series •
WALTER AND ARNOLD
CCM Chamber Players
Terence Milligan, music director and conductor
PISTON: Divertimento for Nine Instruments
SCHOENBERG: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9
Additional repertoire to be announced.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28
• Winds Series •
CELEBRATION: A NEW BEGINNING
CCM Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
Terence Milligan and Kevin Holzman, music directors and conductors
Come share our excitement as the Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble combine forces to celebrate the renovation and reopening of our beloved Corbett Auditorium!
MASLANKA: Symphony No. 4
KALINNIKOV: Symphony No. 4, Finale
J.P. SOUSA: The Stars and Stripes Forever
MONTAGUE: Intrada 1631
HOLST: First Suite in E-flat for Military Band
CRAVENS: Symphony No. 1, Finale
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29
• Winds Series •
CCM Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
Terence Milligan and Kevin Holzman, music directors and conductors
Featuring the Princeton High School Symphonic Band
MASLANKA: Symphony No. 4
KALINNIKOV: Symphony No. 4, Finale
J.P. SOUSA: The Stars and Stripes Forever
Additional repertoire to be announced.
Location: Princeton High School, 100 Viking Way, Cincinnati, OH 45246
Admission: FREE
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