Freshmen Acting Students find Bill Clinton during CCM Scavenger Hunt

Bill Clinton’s surprise visit to Graeter’s Ice Cream shop will likely leave a lasting impression on a few CCM Acting students who found him during an annual scavenger hunt Monday afternoon.

Each year, CCM “Acting I” students are sent on a Labor Day weekend scavenger hunt to explore Cincinnati staples such as Findlay Market, Washington Park and Fountain Square. The student teams will create original theatrical compositions to present to the rest of the class based on their scavenger hunt experiences this week.

“Our students come to Cincinnati from across the U.S., and, rather than sitting in their dorms on their first holiday weekend, I want them to conquer Cincinnati together and learn that it is a place in which to play,” said CCM Professor of Acting Richard Hess. “A student who immerses herself in our city learns that artists must draw from the life that surrounds us.”

This year, students found an unexpected surprise and completed an unassigned stop on their scavenger hunt: Find a former U.S. President.

CCM Acting students Paige Lindsay Jordan and Matt Fox with former president Bill Clinton.

CCM Acting students Paige Lindsay Jordan and Matt Fox with former president Bill Clinton.

Freshmen Acting students Paige Lindsay Jordan, Nick King, Will Clark and Matt Fox found former U.S. President Bill Clinton at Graeter’s Ice Cream shop while he was in Cincinnati to support his wife Hillary Clinton’s local presidential campaign efforts.

Hess said the encounter was a shock to the students, who may incorporate the chance meeting in their original work to share with classmates.

CCM News Student Salutes

CCM Alumna Faith Prince Opens Memorial Hall’s Signature Event Series on Nov. 14

Distinguished CCM alumna Faith Prince.

Distinguished CCM alumna Faith Prince.

Cincinnati Memorial Hall‘s Signature Series of events will kick off on Friday, Nov. 14, with an evening of Broadway hits performed by Tony Award-winner and distinguished CCM alumna Faith Prince (BM Musical Theatre, 1979; HonDoc, 2009).

Prince, whose career includes Adelaid in Guys and Dolls with Nathan Lane, Ursula in Broadway’s The Little Mermaid and Miss Hannigan in the recent revival of Annie will perform at 8 p.m., following a 6:30 p.m. reception.

The pre-performance reception will including a sampling of Heidelberg wines from the Bordeaux region of France and lire-bites courtesy of A Catered Affair and Elegant Fare, with desserts by Eatwell.

All inclusive tickets start at $47 and are available online here.

About Faith Prince
After Faith Prince graduated as “Most Talented” with her bachelor’s degree from CCM’s Musical Theatre program in 1979, she began a career on stage that continues to see her star rise. Perhaps best known for her award-winning performance as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, which earned her a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award in 1992, Prince was nominated for the same awards for her performance in A Catered Affair on Broadway in 2008. Other award-nominated performances on Broadway include Bells are Ringing (2001), Jerome Robbins’ B’way (1989) and Nick and Nora (1991).

Besides her stage performances, the Lynchburg, Va., native has had a number of film and television roles, including appearances on primetime hits Grey’s Anatomy and Spin City. Musical accomplishments include concert performances, Tony awards and a CD.

In June 2009, Prince received an honorary doctor of performing arts and addressed UC’s graduating students as commencement speaker. She offered career advice, touching on the temporary nature ofher field and of life in general, reminding graduates that just like them, come Monday, she’d be looking for her next job, too.

Learn more about Faith Prince courtesy of UC Magazine.

About Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall
Established in 1908, Memorial Hall is conveniently located in the heart of the revitalized arts district of Over-the-Rhine. This Exquisite venue is adjacent to Music Hall and the School for Creative and Performing Arts and overlooks Washington Park.

Designed by Samuel Hannaford, marble staircases adorned with intricate wrought iron lead to the 600 seat proscenium theater. Exceptional acoustics, decorative murals and Tiffany chandeliers enhance this historic theater. Memorial Hall offers an elegant setting for performances and exquisite social and business events.

Learn more by visiting http://cincinnatimemorialhall.com.

CCM Alumni Applause CCM News