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Journey through the ages:
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati presents the Regional Premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, May 1–19, 2013
Crisp colors, hefty hairspray, and puffy petticoats galore! The Wonderettes return in the regional premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns, the highly anticipated sequel to Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s best selling show of all time. Written by Roger Bean, the play continues the story of these four girls, first introduced to Cincinnati during ETC’s 2009-2010 season and again with Winter Wonderettes. Caps and Gowns plays May 1-19, 2013 and is directed by D. Lynn Meyers. John Goering is the Premiere Sponsor, and Judith Postler is the Design Sponsor.
Spanning the decade between 1958 and 1968, Cindy Lou, Betty Jean, Missy, and Suzy are high school seniors who begin the play on their graduation day. The girls recap their years spent at Springfield High by leading the school in some favorite tunes such as “Rockin’ Robin” and “Dedicated to the One I Love.” Act two finds the group reunited ten years later, more mature but still the best of friends. The singing continues as the girls share in the joys and difficulties they have faced since high school. Featuring over thirty classic ‘50s and ‘60s songs, this upbeat comedy follows the Wonderettes’ captivating journey into adulthood.
“The idea of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns is about a celebration of a time and a celebration of the music,” says ETC Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers. “The Wonderettes are four very different American girls embracing a dream that brings them together. When you see an old picture, you never get to know what the subjects are thinking,” she continues. “The show is like living a photograph out loud.”
About the Cast
Denise Devlin (Cindy Lou) returns to Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati to reprise her role as Cindy Lou. Ms. Devlin recently finished a two-year contract with Disney Cruise Line sailing the Caribbean, Bahamas, Panama Canal, and the Mexican Riviera. Her favorite roles include Susie in the premiere of Snapshots at Human Race Theatre, Gertrude in the National Tour of Seussical, Aldonza in Man of la Mancha which toured to the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Maria in the concert version of West Side Story with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and Diana Morales (CEA nominee) in A Chorus Line.
Leslie Goddard (Missy) makes her Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati debut with Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns. She has been seen on Broadway in Hairspray as Brenda/ Penny Pingleton (u/s), in Las Vegas in Jersey Boys, at The Kennedy Center in Broadway: Three Generations, and across the country in touring and regional theatre shows. Most recently, she performed the role of Deb in Ordinary Days at the Short North Stage Company in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Goddard earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Drama from New York University.
Sara Mackie (Betty Jean) is a graduate of Wright State University and a member of Actor’s Equity Association. She has performed with the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Winter Wonderettes, Rabbit Hole (Izzy), Mauritius (Jackie), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Linoleum) and Alice in Wonderland (Cheshire Cat) among other holiday favorites. Human Race Theatre Company credits include The Trimble Wars, Twelfth Night and Red Blooded All-American Man. She also was seen onstage at the Carnegie Theatre recently in Camelot in Concert, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and the premiere staged reading of The Sandman. In addition to small roles in commercials, short films and web skits, she has toured children’s theatre across the country and performed in New Jersey, Chicago, Pennsylvania and Northern Ohio.
Brooke Rucidlo Steele reprises the role of Suzy at ETC, where in addition to being a Marvelous Wonderette she has also been seen in 25 The Musical and in the title role of Cinderella. Other roles include Leni Riefenstahl in Monstrous Beauty at Northern Kentucky University, June the Ingenue in Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) at the Showboat Majestic, and the title role in Peter Pan at the Covedale Center. Ms. Steele studied theatre at Northern Kentucky University and was honored to receive an Acclaim Rising Star award in 2011.
About the Playwright
Roger Bean is the creator of the long-running off-Broadway smash hit The Marvelous Wonderettes, which has played in hundreds of theaters around the world. Mr. Bean also created two popular sequels for these four delightful song leaders from Springield High: The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns and the holiday celebration Winter Wonderettes. Original cast albums for all three Wonderettes shows are available online at Amazon and iTunes. Additional audience-pleasing jukebox hits from Mr. Bean include Summer of Love, The Andrews Brothers, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, Route 66 (over 100 productions throughout the coutnry), and the long-running Los Angeles hit Life Could Be A Dream, the ’60s doo-wop musical that received the LA drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Theatre Award and the Backstage Garland Award for Outsanding Musical of 2010.
Production team includes Brian c. Mehring (Resident Scenic & Lighting Designer), Aaron Clements (Technical Operations Director), Matthew Hollstegge (Production Coordinator & Master Electrician), Shannon Rae Lutz (Properties Master & Design Assistant), Matt Callahan (Sound Designer), Reba Senske (Costume Designer), Patti James (Choreographer), and Scot Woolley (Music Director). Production Stage Manager is Constance Dubinski.
Tickets are $38 for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday performances.
Tickets are $42 for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances.
Half-price rush tickets and $15 student rush tickets are available starting two hours prior to show time.
Tickets and seating subject to availability.
Other Single Ticket Discounts
Military/Educator, Public Radio Perks Card, ArtsWave FunCard, AAA, Senior and Enjoy the Arts discounts available; tickets and seating are subject to availability. ETC accepts all major credit cards and Downtown Cincinnati gift cards. A full list of available discounts and performance calendar is available at www.ensemblecincinnati.org.
Friday, April 26th from 5p to 7p – Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance EcoSclupt Award Ceremony
Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance EcoSculpt Installation Overview: This eco-friendly event is comprised of a three-week installation of original sculptures made of recycled and/or recyclable materials, all in celebration of Earth Day.
Selected artists gathered in the Park on Friday, April 5, 2013 to assemble their creations. All sculptures are made entirely of recyclable materials and will be displayed outdoors for several weeks.
CLICK HERE to check out this year’s sculptures on Flickr.
Join us on Friday, April 26th from 5p to 7p for the Award Ceremony. There will be live entertainment, drinks, food and several earth friendly vendors. At 6:30pm, three judges will choose first, second and third prize winners based on concept, execution and construction. Also, one sculpture will receive a People’s Choice Award, cast your vote here, http://washingtonpark.org/event/ecosculpt/2013-04-05/.
The Seventh Annual OTR 5K Run and Summer Celebration is Saturday, May 18, and will start and finish in Washington Park for the first time this year. The event kicks off with the OTR 5k at 10 a.m. and continues with a day-long Summer Celebration of live music, food, adult beverages, an expanded fine art show, vendors, and entertainment.
Since the beginning, Sean Rhiney (co-founder of the MidPoint Music Festival) has volunteered his time to put together a diverse, local, musical line-up for the OTR Summer Celebration. Once again Sean has a great mix lined up for this year. Bands will be appearing on Washington Park’s Main (Event Lawn) Stage or in the historic Bandstand – at the center of the park:
The Cincy Brass
A mainstay of the Summer Celebration lineup, this nine-piece brass band’s release “Ain’t Nuttin Louder” is so funky it features a guest appearance from RNR Hall of fame bassist Bootsy Collins. It’s no surprise the Brass earned the “Best R&B/Funk/Soul” trophy at the 2011 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs). http://thecincybrassmusic.com/
Self-described “gutter punk, rock n soul,” this raw and ready quintet released their debut album last year with not one, but an entire album of songs with girls’ names in the titles. Their raucous live shows helped them earn New Artist of the Year honors at this year’s CEA’s. http://daapgirls.com/
Decker is the new project of Belle Histoire (an Alternative Press 100 Bands You Need To Know artist) front woman Jane Smith. Lush arrangements and Smith’s inimitable voice make Decker an artist to watch this summer. http://www.deckerband.com/
Baoku & the Image Afro-Beat Band
Nigerian native and drummer Baoku Moses leads his ten piece world beat ensemble – a perennial live favorite at regional music festivals – through a set of original and classic tunes that take inspiration from Afro-beat icon, Fela Kuti. http://www.baokutcr.com/
The headline should read: Recovering punk rockers take on folk music in a steel cage match and win with an award winning blend of bluegrass, Americana, and angelic back wood’s harmonies. The Tillers are Cincinnati’s preeminent roots trio, impressing critics, music fans, and Tom Brokaw. http://the-tillers.com/home/
Carruthers appeared on MTV’s Cincinnati-based reality show “Taking the Stage” for two successful seasons, but she’s left that all behind with the spring debut of the first of many new tunes, including the terrific “Bell and a Basket.” The OTR based singer/songwriter hooked up with a Nashville producer to hone her growing sound and plans to take it on the road this summer, including hometown stops at the Summer Celebration and Bunbury Music Festival.
Just in Time for Opening Day (our city-wide holiday which announces the beginning of spring with two simple words “play ball”) Wire and Twine has added to their collection of Cincinnati themed shirts (Transit Map, By the Numbers, CIN CIN NATI). Using a discharge ink method (removing the dye from the shirt to create designs!) the new Tee is a script Cincinnati on a Red’s red. No reason to use a thousand words, take a look at the picture.
STAR CITY CLOCKS
A product launch by Cincinnati design studio BaserMatter
March 29th at MiCA 12/v, 1201 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Opening Reception: “Final Friday” March 29th 6 pm – 9 pm
The Star City Clock is inspired by the complex beauty of the natural world; a beauty defined by physical or genetic rules and formed from intricate systems of gracefully interconnected parts.
Each clock is hand crafted in the historic West End of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Star City Clocks begin life as a sheet of resilient polypropylene plastic that has been uniquely painted and laser-cut into twenty four parts. The parts are then folded and interconnected to produce the complete clock.
BaserMatter is an experimental design and fabrication company specializing in digitally crafted products, installations, interiors and architecture. Co-founders Nathan Currier-Groh and Jeff Welch are guided by a philosophy that values material potential and the craft of making with an intrinsic knowledge of digital fabrication techniques to produce highly complex, systemic solutions to questions of both function and art. The BaserMatter shop features both CNC and traditional equipment that enables a prototype based design process as well as the full production of finished designs. In an effort to increase the design potential of their chosen city, they also offer their expertise and equipment to local students and professionals who typically bring in ideas and leave with products.
MiCA 12/v is a fine craft gallery/design-based gift shop specializing in items by up and coming designers and artists. MiCA is owned and operated by husband and wife team; Mike and Carolyn Deininger. Carolyn says; “MiCA is proud to have the Star City Clocks and excited to provide a venue for BaserMatter to show their brilliant designs. It’s always great to work with local artists and also to be able to make this new and original product available to the local community.”
Opening Final Friday, March 29th with a a reception from 6-11 pm that evening is:
new collages by Sara Pearce
Exhibition runs through April 21st, with regular gallery hours Thursday- Sunday: 12-4 pm.
It was kismet- Sara Pearce said yes to having a show at 1305 this year! I thought, “how very perfect to have her work here.” I have had a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Sara Pearce for years. Her relatively recent foray into creating visual art, making stunning collages from her impressive collection of vintage and antique paper, now gives me the opportunity to write about her. How very daunting!
If you are a patron of the arts in Cincinnati and haven’t seen one of Pearce’s pieces it’s long past time that you did. She has dutifully documented much of her process and her publicity on her website http://www.paperwithapast.com, with links there to her blog which she posts in almost daily, if you need to catch up. A self-described frenetic personality, Pearce is as prolific at creating works of art as she is precise. Perhaps some of the profusion gains inertia from the artist’s media: a vast and organized collection principally ofpaper.
The collages, which she mostly will label as “mixed media,” demand long labels to hold not just the clever and often wordy titles, but also to reference the publication or printed document from which each element owes its origin. Often very little of the piece is anything else other than meticulously cut and arranged original paper imagery or text. The artist will lend just a little watercolor, ink, or marker to many of the pieces in this exhibition, as well the occasional vintage rhinestone button. Ever present in the compositions is Ms. Pearce’s wit, sensitivity to historic notions and objects, ability to point out our cultural fallacies, and a terrific eye for the fantastic.
Come see RolePlay for a look into Sara Pearce’s pieces exploring contemporary and historical notions of gender, equality, and the ever-raging battle of the sexes. Check out 1305 Gallery’s blog & Sara’s website for additional images and info!
I hope you’ll take a minute to flip thru Atomic Number Ten’s spring lookbook. They’ve spent lots of time gathering their favorite spring fashions and trends and they are (rightfully) pretty excited to share this with you!
If you’re not already a fan of vintage, I hope you’ll give it a shot and take a look around the the shop (1306 Main Street, Over-The-Rhine). They’re always here to help if you have any questions!
Location & Hours
1306 Main Street in
Cincinnati OH 45202
WINTER 2013 HOURS
Monday / 12-7pm
Tuesday / closed
Wednesday / 12-7pm
Thursday / 12-7pm
Friday* / 12-7pm
Saturday / 11am-7pm
Sunday / closed
*Final Fridays open until 10pm
If you’re remodeling, freshening up, or just shaking off the winter blahs, come downtown to the Duke Convention Center to the Cincinnati Home and Garden Show. If you make it – look for Booth #681 – it’s the one that looks like a mini version of the SWITCH store at 1207 Vine Street.
Be sure to say HELLO to Bertie and Drew when you visit. The Cincinnati Home & Garden Show is going on now through Sunday, March 10 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.