CCM Studio Musical Theatre Series Presents ‘Yeast Nation’

CCM’s 2018-19 Studio Series continues with Yeast Nationa musical comedy by Tony Award-winning Urinetown creators Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. Directed and choreographed by Vince DeGeorge with musical direction by Henry Lewers, the musical runs Thursday, April 4, through Saturday, April 6, 2019, at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.

Yeast Nation is an epic tale of evolution and revolution set in 3,000,458,000 B.C. at the bottom of the primordial sea. The musical centers on a society of salt-eating Yeast, the world’s very first life form. “As we are thrown into the deep end of this most epic of underwater tales, we discover a kingdom in turmoil, whose inhabitants long for the comfort of stasis all the while grappling with a new, hitherto-unknown, force of nature that will change their lives forever: love,” DeGeorge says.

The music is a hybrid of pop, rock and musical theatre with a definite groovy ’70s vibe, DeGeorge adds. He has been in contact with Hollmann and Kotis for the past year as CCM prepared for its production of Yeast Nation. During CCM’s rehearsal process there were changes to the script and score — both Hollmann and Kotis are dedicated theater artists who are very interested in the continued development of the musical, DeGeorge says. Hollmann and Kotis are coming to CCM on April 5 to see the show and to talk with musical theatre students about the production.

“This entire process has been a wonderful labor of love,” DeGeorge says. “Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman have been incredibly generous with their time and talents. The student designers, technicians, stage managers and performers have all risen to the challenges presented by this unique piece of ‘bio-historical musical theatre.’ ”

“The cast, stage management team and I have had a blast in the rehearsal room as we dive into the ridiculousness of the musical and discover its depth,” he adds. “This piece is a weird and wonderful combination of absurdity and pathos — like nothing I have ever worked on before.”

Admission to CCM’s production of Yeast Nation is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Yeast Nation
Music by Mark Hollmann
Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
Book by Greg Kotis

Cast List

  • Anya Axel as Jan-the-Unnamed
  • Eli Goykhman as Jan-the-Elder
  • Erich Schleck as Jan-the-Wise
  • John Collins as Jan-the-Second-Oldest
  • Bailee Endebrock as Jan-the-Sweet
  • Delaney Guyer as Jan-the-Sly
  • Jamie Goodson as Jan-the-Famished
  • Kurtis Brown as Jan-the-Wretched
  • Elijah King as Jan-the-Youngest
  • Veronica Stern as The New One
  • The Yeast: Olivia Buss, Nick Berninger, Carlee Coulehan, David Littlefield, Haley Holcomb, Quinn Surdez, Victoria Popritkin, Jake Waford, Jordyn Walker

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4
  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 5
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati 

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two per order.

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