“Not Famous Yet:” CCM Musical Theatre’s Class of 2019 Presents Senior Showcase

Get a sneak peek at CCM Musical Theatre’s “Not Famous Yet” Showcase on March 15 and 16 before our stars of tomorrow take the show to New York.

Cincinnati audiences can see the first performances of an original showcase created by CCM’s Musical Theatre Class of 2019 on March 15 (CCMpower benefit performance) and 16, 2019, at Patricia Corbett Theater.

Featuring hit songs from Broadway, Off-Broadway and pop music, the Senior Showcase is created by the students themselves under the supervision of Musical Theatre Chair Aubrey Berg and with the assistance of musical director Julie Spangler. Cincinnati performances include the CCMpower benefit event at 7 p.m. on March 15 and the free performances at 2 and 5 p.m. on March 16.

Admission to the performances on March 16 is free and reservations are required; tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11 through the CCM Box Office. Event details are below.

CCM’s stars of tomorrow share the musical revue with Cincinnati audiences before they take it to New York, where they present it for leading agents, casting directors and managers in the business. The showcase takes the format of a Broadway audition, with the actors showing off their solo and ensemble skills through song and dance numbers. The Class of 2019 will present their showcase at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at New World Stages in New York. For more information and reservations for the showcase in New York, call Patti Hall at 513-556-5803 or email hallpt@ucmail.uc.edu.

Many students are connected with professional performance opportunities shortly after they present the showcase in New York. Such was the case with Paul Schwensen (BFA Musical Theatre, 2017), who auditioned for Miss Saigon after his showcase and is now in the national tour of the musical.

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.

Meet CCM Musical Theatre’s Class of 2019

Jordan Alexander is from Sidney, Ohio. He has been seen in The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), A Raisin in the Sun (Bobo) and West Side Story at Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theatre. He performed in Gypsy (Tulsa) at Weathervane Playhouse and Runaways (Mex Mongo) at Know Theatre of Cincinnati. At CCM, he appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Lysistrata Jones (Uardo), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Guys and Dolls, Children of Eden and Big River.

Anya Axel is from Needham, Massachusetts. She has been seen at Kincaid Regional Theatre as Laurey in Oklahoma! and at Reagle Music Theatre in 42nd Street. At CCM, she has appeared in Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide), Mack and Mabel (Phyllis Foster), Yeast Nation (Yan the Un-named), A Chorus Line (Tricia, understudy Cassie, Sheila, Maggie), The Merry Widow (Froufrou), American Idiot, Jesus Christ Superstar and Seussical. She originated the role of Ariel in the developmental workshop of Matryoshka at CCM and in New York for Alchemation. Anya is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Bryce Baxter is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has been seen as Davey in Newsies and Josh in 9 to 5 at Porthouse Theatre in Akron, and as Franz in Rock of Ages and Ru in Merrily We Roll Along at Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theatre. At CCM, Bryce has performed in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Frollo), Godspell (Sonia), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Sondheim on Sondheim (Matthew Scott), Children of Eden (Adam) and Runaways (Iggy). Bryce is a proud member of AEA.

Aria Braswell is from San Antonio, Texas. Her credits include The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Cabaret and Oliver at Clinton Area Showboat, and Grease and The Man Who Came to Dinner at Wagon Wheel. At CCM, she has performed in Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Sondheim on Sondheim (Erin Mackey), The Merry Widow, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mack and Mabel and the premiere of They Were You: The Songs of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Her film credits include Mystery Diagnosis for the Discovery Health Channel. Aria released her debut album, Lady Nobody, in May 2018.

Kevin Chlapecka is from Chicago, Illinois. He has been seen in Sister Act and Ghost, the Musical at Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Footloose (Ren) at Kincaid Regional Theatre and Ordinary Days (Warren) at Steel Beam Theatre. At CCM, he appeared in Seussical (Cat in the Hat), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Clopin), Big River (The King), Mack and Mabel (Kessel) and A Chorus Line. Kevin is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Dylan Dougal is from Rochester, New York. He has performed in Oklahoma! (Curly) at Kincaid Regional Theatre and Runaways (AJ) at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati. At CCM, he has been seen in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Saint Aphrodisius), The Theory of Relativity (Oliver), Children of Eden (Ham) and Guys and Dolls.

Kendall McCarthy is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She played Ariel in Footloose at Kincaid Regional Theater, Pilar in Legally Blonde and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at North Carolina Theater and Young Groupie in Rock of Ages at Lake Dillon Theater Company. At CCM, she performed as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Julie in The Theory of Relativity, Aphra/Eve understudy in Children of Eden, Florika in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Deidre in Runaways and Gertrude understudy in Seussical. She appears in the films Changeover, Pills, Grace Running and A View from the Bay. Kendall is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Jenny Mollet is from the Bronx, New York. She appeared in Oprah Winfrey’s Broadway production of The Color Purple (Young Celie/Henrietta) and H2O: A Play About Water at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She can be seen in the music video of Eve Ensler’s “One Billion Rising.” At CCM, she appeared in Lysistrata Jones (Myrhrinne), Big River (Alice), Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), Godspell (Joanne) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmeralda). She performed with the University of Cincinnati Marching Band at home games during football season. She has appeared in workshops of new works including Nasha America for Alchemation and is featured on Juel Anthony’s EP available on iTunes. Jenny is a proud member of AEA.

Dylan James Mulvaney is from San Diego, California. He has performed in How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe, Sons of the Prophet and Spring Awakening at Cygnet Theatre Company, Peter Pan and All Shook Up at Moonlight Stage and Oklahoma! at the Welk Resort. He received a Stage Scene LA award for his work as Peter in Bare: A Pop Opera at Diversionary Theatre. At CCM, he has been seen in Godspell, The Theory of Relativity, Seussical, Mack and Mabel and Runaways. He performed at Joe’s Pub with The Skivvies and in the LA/NYC reading of Living Over the Rainbow. His film and television experience include the current pilot of Love Not Likes, 7th Heaven and Awkwardness. Dylan is an EMC.

Bryn Purvis is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has performed in Legally Blonde (understudy Pilar, Brooke) at the Lexington Theatre Company, and in Cabaret and A Chorus Line (Bebe) at Summer Lyric Theatre. At CCM, she was seen in Seussical (Mayzie LaBird), A Chorus Line (Kristine), Guys and Dolls (Mimi/Dance Captain), Mack and Mabel, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Duke Ellington’s The Nutcracker Suite. Bryn is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Alex Stone is from McLean, Virginia. He has been seen in Newsies (Jack Kelly) at Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, Dial M for Murder, The 39 Steps, The Bridges of Madison County and Footloose at the Clinton Area Showboat, and in Aftershocks at Signature Theatre. At CCM, he performed in Mack and Mabel (Mack Sennett), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Sondheim on Sondheim (Tom Wopat), Runaways (Eddie), American Idiot and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo). Other credits include the developmental workshops of Home Street Home and Nasha America (Yasha) for Alchemation. Alex is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Frankie Thams is from Detroit, Michigan. He has performed in Mamma Mia (Eddie) at Stages St. Louis and in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), Hairspray (Link Larkin) and Annie Get Your Gun at Tulane Summer Lyric Theater. He was also in The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. At CCM, he performed The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Phoebus), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), The Theory of Relativity (Ryan), Seussical (Horton), Mack and Mabel, A Chorus Line, American Idiot and Carousel. He appeared in the developmental workshop of Nasha America for Alchemation. Frankie is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Zach Triska is from Chicago, Illinois. He has performed in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Zebulun) at Totem Pole Playhouse, Footloose (Willard) at Kincaid Regional Theatre and Iggy in Runaways at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati. At CCM, his credits include Children of Eden (Cain), in The Theory of Relativity (Adam) and Seussical. He appeared in the developmental workshop of Home Street Home for Alchemation. He served as Assistant Director for the CCM production of Godspell. Zach is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Madelaine Vandenberg is from Ithaca, New York. She has appeared as Natalie in Next to Normal at Porthouse Theatre and Urinetown at Cider Mill Playhouse. At CCM, she has been seen in A Chorus Line (Bebe), American Idiot (Libby), Children of Eden (Aysha understudy Mama Noah), Seussical, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She was seen in the developmental workshops of Home Street Home (Trashley) and Nasha America (Loretta) for Alchemation. Madelaine is an Equity Membership Candidate.

About CCM Musical Theatre
The Musical Theatre program at CCM is the oldest in the country and was the first of its kind. It was used by the National Association of Schools of Theatre in formulating the guidelines for the accreditation of Musical Theatre programs nationwide. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, CCM Musical Theatre took the #3 spot in Playbill Magazine’s list of “10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway” in the 2018-19 season. CCM Musical Theatre is widely recognized for its “triple-threat” approach to training and many of its graduates are following careers as performers and creative artists in every facet of the entertainment industry.

New York Showcase Performance Times
CCM’s Musical Theatre Class of 2019 presents its showcase to industry professionals. For more information and reservations, call Patti Hall at 513-556-5803 or email hallpt@ucmail.uc.edu.

Performance Times
3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17

Location
New World Stages
340 W 50th Street, New York, New York 10019

Additionally, the Class of 2019 will join Musical Theatre graduates from the last five decades at two gala cabaret performances at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York. For reservations, visit 54below.com/events/ccm-golden-anniversary-celebration.

Cincinnati Showcase Performance Times

  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 15 *CCMpower Benefit
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16

*The CCMpower Benefit performance is followed with wine and dinner-by-the-bite in CCM’s Atrium. The event also includes the presentation of the Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award to Kristy Cates (BFA Musical Theatre, 1999). Cates was a member of the original Broadway cast of Wicked and went on to play Elphaba in the acclaimed production of the musical in Chicago. CCMpower Benefit performance details and ticketing information is available online at ccm.weshareonline.org/NotFamousYetShowcase2019

Admission
Admission to the performances on March 16 is FREE. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

To reserve a ticket to the CCMpower Benefit performance on March 15, call CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100 or visit ccm.weshareonline.org/NotFamousYetShowcase2019.

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

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TRANSMIGRATION Festival of Student Works Returns to CCM

Tickets for the 11th Anniversary edition of CCM’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11 through the CCM Box Office.

CCM presents six original, student-created works in the Acting Department’s TRANSMIGRATION Festival: The Inversion Scheme, The First Timers, Terminal X, After Y, Do Not Disturb and Honey, I’m Home! Celebrating its 11th Anniversary, the annual festival runs March 13-15, 2019, throughout CCM Village.

TRANSMIGRATION gives CCM Acting students the freedom to produce an entirely new show from start to finish. The teams are tasked with writing, designing and producing a 30-minute piece of theatre all on their own. Descriptions for each production presented this year are below.

Co-produced by CCM Acting Chair Richard Hess and Professor Brant Russell, this unique festival has presented more than 60 original productions over the past 11 years. The shows are performed simultaneously and in non-traditional spaces throughout CCM’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts. Attendees may customize their personal theater-going experience by viewing up to four shows of their choice throughout the evening.

View a slideshow of the student-created posters for each production:

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THE INVERSION SCHEME
A massive solar flare knocks electrical energy off the globe, and the world crumbles. A colony holed up in a Sam’s Club has survived two hundred years later. This rugged society falls. How it falls? That’s up to you.
Cast: Noah Buyak, Austin James Cleri, Sierra Coachman, Carter LaCava, Jack McElroy, Abby Palen, Jason Pavlovich, Trey Peterson, Emily Wallace
Location: Corbett Center Room 3705
Performance Times: 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
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THE FIRST TIMERS
What do the first person to drink cow’s milk, the first person to say “smooth as a baby’s bottom,” and the founder of Intercourse, Pennsylvania have in common? Despite their genius, none of them are allowed around children anymore. Come see The First Timers and follow the adventures of other pioneers and revolutionaries in this cavalcade of comedy!
Cast: Frankie Chuter, Zoe Cotzias, James Egbert, Matthew Fox, Charles James Gidney, Cameron Nalley, Amanda Nelson, Dustin Parsons, Rachel Baker
Location: Corbett Center Room 3705
Performance Times: 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
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TERMINAL X
Millions of people pass through airports everyday. They keep their heads down, rushing to their gates, hardly aware of the strangers that surround them. But what brings these travelers together? Find your gate, keep track of your belongings and have your boarding pass ready. Now boarding.
Cast: Chandler Bates, AJ Civello, Emma Fitzgerald, Paige Jordan, Graham Rogers, Kristina Steinmetz, Dan DeGroh, Jack Fogle
Location: Corbett Center Room 4755
Performance Times: 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
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AFTER Y
The day before they begin training for the Pangean Armed Forces, Theo stumbles upon a scientific phenomenon. In a world where a flourishing utopia has reigned throughout the millennia, what they uncover will challenge everything. Join us in this futuristic black comedy as we follow Theo’s discovery of what it means to be “other.”
Cast: Jacqueline Daaleman, Shakoria Alexus Davis, Annie Jacques, Rachel Jones, Liza Lagerstrom, Briley Oakley, Jack Steiner, Kayla Temshiv, Ariel Shaw
Location: Corbett Center Room 4755
Performance Times: 7:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
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DO NOT DISTURB
Here is your confirmation email. We tried screaming into the ether, but you didn’t respond. Please contact ROOM 4735 with any questions, to sit, stare and absorb light particles through your eyes holes. We hope you enjoy your stay at the Sleep Inn.
Cast: Gabriella DiVincenzo, Ella Eggold, Eli Lucas, Sydney Miles, Madison Pullman, Lily Olsen, Rin Wallace, Duncan Weinland, Julianna Weis-Palacios, Jacob Mallory
Location: Corbett Center Room 4735
Performance Times: 7:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
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HONEY, I’M HOME!
For the first time in history, you can join your favorite all-American family LIVE in front a studio audience on primetime! Did someone say Honey, I’m Home?! Join Jim as he navigates the ever-increasing challenges of family life. The whole gang is back for more laughter, mischief and wonderful adventures! What will the Henderson’s cook up this time? Only you can find out!
Cast: Jabari Carter, Neuma Cohen-Denson, Sarah Durham, Michelle Jardine, Gabriel Nasato, Madeleine Page-Schmit, Lucas Prizant, Reid Robison, Isabella Wagner, Griffin Whittaker
Location: Corbett Center Room 4735
Performance Times: 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
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TRANSMIGRATION Performance Times

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14
  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 15

Location
CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, March 11. 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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Acting Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman and Margaret Straub

Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

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"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" runs March 8-10, 2019 at CCM's Corbett Auditorium.

CCM Slideshows: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

Come one, come all! CCM is getting “topsy turvy” in its Mainstage production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which continues tonight, March 8, and runs through Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Corbett Auditorium.

View the slideshow below for your sneak peek at CCM’s lush retelling of the musical. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s book features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel. Parental discretion is advised.

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Don’t miss your opportunity to see CCM’s stars in the college’s epic production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame on March 8-10, 2019. Tickets on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

CCM’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame will last 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions

Creative Team

  • Aubrey Berg, director
  • Stephen Goers, musical director
  • Katie Johannigman, choreographer
  • Erin Magner*, production stage manager
  • Dean Mogle, costume designer
  • Oliver Tidwell-Littleton*, lighting designer
  • Matthew Tibbs, sound designer
  • Aria Braswell*, assistant director
  • Kelly Yurko, hair and make-up designer
  • Lindsey Purvis*, scenic designer
  • Hankyu Lee*, associate sound designer
  • Jenny Jones, fight choreographer

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Andrew Alstat asLieutenant Frederic Charlus
  • Bryce Baxter as Claude Frollo
  • Jack Brewer as Father Dupin
  • Kevin Chlapecka as Clopin Trouillefou
  • Matt Copley as Jehan Frollo
  • Dylan Dougal as Saint Aphrodisius
  • Madison Hagler as King Louis Xi
  • Kendall McCarthy as Florika
  • Jenny Mollet as Esmeralda
  • Sam Pickart as Tribunal
  • Alex Stone as Quasimodo
  • Frankie Thams as Captain Phoebus de Martin
  • Madelaine Vandenberg as Madam
  • Jordan Alexander, Michael Canu, Madison Deadman, Sofie Flores, Kylie Goldstein, Zoe Grolnick, Chip Hawver, Joshua Johnson, Camila Paquet, Bryn Purvis, Mikayla Renfrow, Aaron Richert, Hank Von Kolnitz, Ethan Zeph as Multiple Roles
  • Leo Carmody, Samuel Cohen, Britta Cowan, Christian Feliciano, Carina Florio, Ashton Francis, Colton Harksen, Kai Horvit, Jack Johnson, Christian Kidd, Anna Chase Lanier, Tyler J. Martin, Cassandra Lyn Maurer, Drew Minard, Chesney Mitchell, Stone Mountain, Eli Owens, Ben Pimental, Brandon Schumacker, Matthew Skrovan, Eleanor Zambarano as The Voices of Notre Dame
  • Dance Captains: Joshua Johnson, Bryn Purvis
  • Vocal Warm-Ups: Ben Pimental

Understudies:

  • Quasimodo – Aaron Richert
  • Esmeralda – Camila Paquet
  • Male Cover – Ben Pimental
  • Swings – Tori Heinlein, Sammy Schechter

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 8
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Ticket prices start at $32. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Service changes may apply for online orders.

Student rush tickets will be available one hour before each performance to non-UC students, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid Bearcat ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through CCM’s e-Box Office.

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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor: Graeter’s Ice Cream

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

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Header image for LINKS program.

CCM Holds Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS) Collection Drive This Weekend

Do you have a musical instrument collecting dust? Your gift could provide the missing link for a promising young musician! Through the Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS) program at CCM, you can donate your used instrument to a promising young musician who cannot afford to rent or purchase their own.

CCM holds its annual LINKS Collection Days this Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Rookwood Pavilion. The hours for the collection drive are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.

A project of CCMpower in partnership with Buddy Roger’s Music, Joseph-Beth Booksellers and WGUC 90.9 FM, LINKS began in 1993 as the brainchild of CCM alumnus Bill Harvey (BM Music Education, 1971). The Vice President of Buddy Roger’s Music, Harvey wanted to fill the need for students whose parents were unable to buy, rent or borrow an instrument. The solution was somewhat simple: a “recycling program” for musical instruments.

LINKS accepts donations of new and used instruments from the Greater Cincinnati community, then places them with students in local elementary, middle and high school bands and orchestras, as well as with students in CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement programs. Students are qualified by the recommendation of their music teacher, and a LINKS scholarship application is submitted in the student’s name.

Since its inception, LINKS has placed over 3,000 instruments into the hands of children. Even if the instrument is not in perfect condition, donations are gladly accepted. Buddy Roger’s Music generously contributes the time to carefully clean, restore and tune each instrument.

Entertainment during the collection will be provided by local music students of all ages.

If you do not have an instrument, you can still assist young musicians who need a helping hand by making a contribution to the LINKS fund at ccm.weshareonline.org/LINKS.

In addition to the March 9 and 10 collection days, instruments are accepted year-round at Buddy Roger’s Music. Call 513-729-1950 for information on store hours and locations.

For more information on LINKS or to make a monetary donation, call the CCM External Relations Office at 513-556-2100.

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Story by CCM Graduate Student Jonathan Dellinger

 

CCM News Student Salutes

CCM Showcases Dazzling Student Choreography This Weekend

CCM continues its 2018-19 Studio Series with the Dance Student Choreographers Showcase, which will be onstage in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater from Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9.

This year’s featured student choreographers are Alison Bartels, Erin Donnelly, Hope Friedman, Lydia Hubacher and Madeline Kallay. They will be joined by guest artist and CCM alumna Renae Bla’szé (BFA Dance, 2013). Each choreographer has created an original work for an ensemble of 10 to 15 dancers that will be presented by CCM students.

The choreographers have been selected through an application, proposal and adjudication process. Some began their creative processes as early as last summer. The music and movement choices are a confluence of styles and technique, including technically challenging contemporary ballet works as well as “slouchy sock-wearing friends pacing the space,” says CCM Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Dance Judith Mikita, who directs the production. “All of the pieces have been thoughtfully-crafted and built with integrity and intent.”

The choreographers have collaborated with students in other areas of CCM, including lighting design, sound design and composition. Alison Bartels’ music was specially composed for her work by piano and composition student, Maksym Malaya.

Audiences can enjoy this choreographic kaleidoscope from Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9, 2019, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.
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Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 8
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4. 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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Dance Department Sponsor: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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Littleton was the assistant lighting designer for the New Year's Eve Celebration at Epcot in Walt Disney World.

Designing Disney: Inside Look at CCM Student’s Internship at Walt Disney World

Graduate Lighting Design student Oliver Littleton is in his final year at CCM, and is already working full-time as a paid professional intern at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The MFA student is finishing up his school work from Florida in order to graduate on time this May.

Littleton works as a show lighting design intern with Disney Imagineering, but is also working on a CCM project in Cincinnati that was originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions. He is the lighting designer for CCM’s upcoming Mainstage Series production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which runs Thursday, March 7-Sunday, March 10, 2019, at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium.

Now, this is not exactly like the animated film musical that patrons may remember from the late ‘90s. The stage musical is based on Victor Hugo’s gothic novel and songs from Disney’s animated feature. It showcases music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, including some new songs that weren’t heard in the film version.

“The stage musical hews closer to the original novel by Victor Hugo and, despite the endearing gargoyles, is designed for adult audiences who will see it as a cautionary tale for our times,” says CCM Musical Theatre Chair Aubrey Berg, director of CCM’s production. Parental discretion is advised.

Littleton was the assistant lighting designer for the New Year's Eve Celebration at Epcot in Walt Disney World.

Littleton was the assistant lighting designer for the New Year’s Eve Celebration at Epcot in Walt Disney World.

Disney’s professional internships are designed to connect students and recent graduates with paid professional opportunities and as the company evaluates them for future employment. Littleton began his internship with Disney over the summer, and plans to continue his work for the company for the foreseeable future.

“I want to continue growing my skills in the entertainment and architectural fields,” Littleton says. “I hope to continue designing for theatre and the opera as well, for both enjoyment and experience. However, I think my long term plans lie in architectural entertainment applications for lighting design.”

Between balancing school work and his work as a Disney Imagineer, Littleton found time to catch up with us to share some behind-the-scenes details about CCM’s production of “Hunchback” and his experience in Disney’s professional internship program.

What does your work at Disney entail? How did you come to this opportunity?
In the spring of 2018, I applied for a Lighting Design Professional Internship with Disney Parks Live Entertainment in Walt Disney World, Florida.  Disney Parks Live Entertainment is the group who design and plan all of the live entertainment aspects of Disney’s parks and resorts around the world. That includes stage shows, parades, live celebrations, events and nighttime spectaculars.  I was chosen as the Lighting Design Professional Intern for the summer and fall cycles, and held that position from June until the end of 2018. I worked as an assistant designer, associate designer, draftsmen and lighting consultant for dozens of projects both current and upcoming. Some of the completed projects that I worked on include Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, DVC Moonlight Magic Events and The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration Live on ABC.

As the end of my professional internship with entertainment neared, I was offered a position working as a Show Lighting Design Professional Intern with Disney Imagineering. Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative force behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts that dreams up, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments and regional entertainment venues worldwide. As a part of the show lighting design team I work to evaluate and assess the existing lighting design in all of our venues and help to maintain the original intent as well as improve the quality of the lighting.  I will be in this position until June, at which time I hope to be offered a full-time position in the same group doing similar work.

Littleton was the assistant lighting designer for the New Year’s Eve Celebration at Epcot in Walt Disney World. Photo provided.

How have you been able to balance your work at Disney and your studies at CCM?
A combination of great understanding by my professors and not much sleep! Last semester I was officially on co-op for 9 of my credit hours, so that was a bit easier than this one has been. I have been working on “Hunchback” with Aubrey Berg and my assistants since last September, and that was pretty easy to balance by putting in a few hours a week in the evenings to communicate with the team via email. After I was offered the opportunity to stay at Disney, I communicated extensively with my advisors about what was best for my education along with, obviously, my future career.  We worked out how many days I would be in Cincinnati during the semester for the show and how I could fulfill some of my class requirements online from Florida. I continued communicating with the director and design team from afar. Frankly it’s just been plenty of long nights and busy weekend days as its been both my full-time job with Disney and another 20 to 30 hours a week of doing things for my MFA.

It has been awesome of my professors to work with me and help me take this amazing opportunity while staying on track to get my degree in May as planned.

What sort of special effects have you incorporated into your lighting design for CCM’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame?
The show presents us with lots of unique challenges. We need to quickly tell complex moments of the story and show the various scenic changes as characters travel from location to location. We use some great physical tricks to achieve this in the set with props and lighting — but I don’t want to give anything away for people who will come see the show. The big two challenges on this show have been lighting a huge and architectural set, as well as treating five different backdrops for the show. I’ve used a lot of the same techniques and approaches in “Hunchback” that I have previously taken in lighting buildings and event structures, as well as approaches I’ve used in more traditional theatre settings. I think a lot of people who come and see the show will experience a set that feels just a bit different than what they are used to seeing onstage.

A set rendering for CCM’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by student scenic designer Lindsey Purvis.

Hunchback” feels epic, dynamic and very real, where so many sets can come off as thin, flimsy and flat. I think the other thing to appreciate is how we use light and subtle changes of the set to quickly move through time and place. I think the audience will be able to quickly understand where we are just from a backdrop or a color movement and hopefully they are impressed by how many looks and feelings we draw out of the space.

What has been your favorite lighting design experience at CCM? What about outside of CCM?
At CCM, I designed the 2017-18 Mainstage production of Candide in Patricia Corbett Theatre. I had both a really great experience and, I think, a pretty cool and unique outcome. We worked hard to create a very unique and bold approach to the tricky piece. A huge part of the storytelling fell to my lighting design and it was a blast to take on that responsibility with such a fun show. Outside of CCM my work at Disney has been really exciting, obviously, and I think that’s been my favorite experience in a long time.

Has there been a specific class or instructor who particularly impacted your learning experience at CCM? How so?
Mark Williams and his Moving Light Programming class my first year at CCM was both an incredible challenge and an essential learning experience for me. The course was about learning to use moving light consoles to program intelligent fixtures in high pressure environments. The course taught me about my own design process as well as ways to use technology to help create stories that otherwise couldn’t exist. The training from Mark’s course is something I use all the time in my work now.

Do you have anything else to add about your experience working on CCM’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame?
It has been great to work on my first musical at CCM and an exciting change of pace. It’s a unique and powerful addition to our season and a wonderful conclusion to my time earning a masters. I hope everyone who is able to see our production appreciates the piece as a modern and important show; watching rehearsals and being a part of the process has given me a real appreciation for the music and elegant storytelling that comes from both Hugo’s novel and Disney’s animated take on the story. It has been a process that I will remember and continue learning from for a long time.

CCM’s epic production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame opens on Thursday, March 7 and continues through Sunday, March 10, 2019. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 8
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Ticket prices start at $32. Discounts are available for UC and non-UC students. Service charges may apply for online orders.

Single tickets are on sale now! Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through our e-Box Office!

Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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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Mainstage Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

Musical Theatre Performance Sponsor: Graeter’s Ice Cream

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

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Jesse Leong. Photo by Nicholas Viltrakis Photography.

CCM Alumnus Jesse Leong Named Julius Rudel/Kurt Weill Conducting Fellow

The Kurt Weill Foundation recently announced the appointment of CCM alumnus Jesse Leong (BM Piano, 2015; MM Orchestral Conducting, 2017) as the recipient of the Julius Rudel/Kurt Weill Conducting Fellowship. Established in 2015 to honor Rudel’s extraordinary artistic achievements and dedication to the music of Kurt Weill, this award enables a young conductor in the early stages of a career to assist a master conductor in the preparation and performance of a work by Weill or Marc Blitzstein and expand his or her knowledge of their works. The fellowship carries a stipend of $10,000.

Jesse Leong. Photo by Nicholas Viltrakis Photography.

Jesse Leong. Photo by Nicholas Viltrakis Photography.

Leong will serve as assistant conductor to Fellowship Mentor Ted Sperling, Artistic Director of MasterVoices, for that organization’s presentation of Weill’s Lady in the Dark in April 2019 at New York City Center. Leong, age 26, completed his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at CCM. He has worked as assistant conductor at Cincinnati Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival; Interim Music Director at CCM Opera d’Arte; and currently holds the post of Associate Music Director at Queen City Opera in Cincinnati. His repertoire spans the standard operatic canon, as well as new works, and works of Golden Age and contemporary musical theater.

“I am thrilled and honored to be selected as a Julius Rudel/Kurt Weill Conducting Fellow,” said Leong. “I look forward to working with Maestro Ted Sperling, Victoria Clark, and everyone at both MasterVoices and the Kurt Weill Foundation! Coming from a Broadway family myself (my father is a fight choreographer, and my stepmom is a dancer/choreographer), I have always had a love and affinity for music theater.” As a passionate proponent of American music, he also plans to present several recitals this year focusing on the music of “crossover” composers, including Gershwin, Bernstein, Sondheim, Bolcom, Weill and Blitzstein.

Sperling, sharing in Leong’s enthusiasm, said, “We at MasterVoices are thrilled and grateful to be working with Jesse Leong. With his background in both opera and musical theater, he is a perfect fit for this position. Jesse will play piano for all cast rehearsals, and be a standby for me as conductor when we move into dress rehearsals and performances. As I’m both directing and conducting these performances, it’s crucial to have someone I trust to listen and watch for me, as well as to step in and conduct rehearsals so I can take a longer view.”

Sperling is a long-time proponent of Weill’s music. As Artistic Director of MasterVoices, he has directed concert performances of Knickerbocker Holiday and conducted The Firebrand of Florence. In 2015, he conducted the US premiere and world premiere recording of The Road of Promise. He has also previously served as a judge of the Lotte Lenya Competition. His history with Lady in the Dark dates back to 2001 when he directed the Prince Music Theatre production in Philadelphia. He returns to the work now 18 years later, in a new semi-staged concert version featuring choreography by Doug Varone, and starring Tony Award-winning theater, film, and television actor and director Victoria Clark as Liza Elliott. Sperling described the performances: “Our presentation of Lady is turning out to be quite ambitious. Our collaborations with Doug Varone and Dancers, as well as our incredible design team (which include contributions from couture designers Zac Posen, Christian Cowan and Thom Browne) are yielding very exciting results—this will be a one-of-a-kind event.”

Lady in the Dark will have two performances on April 25 and 26 at New York City Center, as part of its landmark 75th anniversary season. For more information, visit www.mastervoices.org and www.nycitycenter.org.

About The Kurt Weill Foundation
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc. (https://www.kwf.org/) is dedicated to promoting understanding of the life and works of composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and preserving the legacies of Weill and his wife, actress-singer Lotte Lenya (1898-1981). The Foundation administers the Weill-Lenya Research Center, a Grant Program, the Kurt Weill Book Prize and the Lotte Lenya Competition, and publishes the Kurt Weill Edition and the Kurt Weill Newsletter.

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