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Resident Critic for www.ClevelandStageAlliance.com www.tpography.com – Kevin Kelly

TPOGraphy.com Editor: Robert Kowalewski

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January 2015

Porthouse Theatre 2015 Audition and Season Notice

Porthouse Theatre to hold auditions for 2015 season
47th season will feature productions of “A Little Night Music,” “Violet,” and “Hairspray”
Kent, OH – Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will hold auditions for its 2015 season on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Kent State University. The theatre’s 47th season will feature productions of “A Little Night Music,” “Violet,” and “Hairspray.”
Auditions will be held Sat., Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kent State University’s Center for the Performing Arts. The Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1325 Theatre Drive, on the corner of Main St. and Horning Rd., in Kent, OH 44242.
Those interested in auditioning for Porthouse Theatre’s 2015 season are asked to visit www.porthousetheatre.com beginning Jan. 5, 2015 to register for an audition. After registration is submitted, a Porthouse staff member will call to schedule an audition time. Those auditioning should be prepared to submit a headshot, resume, and short bio (no more than 150 words) during the registration process. The deadline to schedule an audition is 12 p.m. noon on Fri., Jan. 30. Please contact Porthouse Theatre at porthouse@kent.edu or 330-672-3884 with any questions.
Those auditioning for the 2015 season are asked to bring hard copies of their resume and headshot to their audition. For the audition, please prepare two selections of 16 bars, one ballad and one up-tempo song. Selections may be from or in the style of any of the shows being produced during the 2015 season. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key for the accompanist provided.  A cappella singing will not be permitted.
Callbacks will be held Sat., Feb. 7, time TBD at Kent State University’s Center for the Performing Arts. If needed, additional callbacks will be held on Sun., Feb. 8, time TBD. Callbacks will include a dance call, singing and reading for individual parts.
“A Little Night Music” will open June 12 and run through through June 27. A preview performance will take place on June 11. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, “A Little Night Music” explores the romantic web that entangles actress Desiree Armfeldt as she moves through 1900 Swedish society. Performances are June 11,12, 13,16,17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 at 8pm and June 14 and 21 at 2pm.
“Violet” will open July 10 and run through July 25. A preview performance will take place on July 9.  “Violet” is a musical of transformation, chronicling a young disfigured woman’s journey of self-discovery as she seeks the healing touch of an evangelical preacher in the 1960s Deep South. Music is by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics and book are by Brian Crawley. Performances are July 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 at 8pm and July 12 and 19 at 2pm.
“Hairspray” will open July 31 and run through August 16. A preview performance will take place on July 30. This family-friendly musical will have audiences dancing in their seats. “Hairspray” follows plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad as she fights for her dream to dance on the Corny Collins Show and ends up revolutionizing 1960s Baltimore. Book is by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music is by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics are by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Performances are July 30 and 31 and Aug. 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 at 8pm and Aug. 2, 9, 15, and 16 at 2pm.
Porthouse is also hiring for management and technical positions for the summer of 2015. Please visit porthousetheatre.com for more information on employment opportunities.

2014 Tpography.com recognitions: (TPOG) Theatrical Performance Of Greatness

2014 Tpography.com Recognitions:

(TPOG) Theatrical Performance Of Greatness

By: Kevin Joseph Kelly

So, here we are. My first year of observing theatre from a reviewer standpoint. It has been an amazing journey. But, what I enjoyed most about this year is going to new theatres and experiencing new actors. It turned out to be quite a beautiful year. So, in the tradition of year-end acknowledgements, here are the highlights for 2014.

NOTE: “Rising to the Top” denotes the top recognition for each award.


ACTOR

Andrew Gombas (Seminar, Love in Pieces, A Civil War Christmas)

Geoff Knox (Twelfth Night, Kin)

Joe Pine (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Glass Menagerie, The School for Wives)

Tom Kondilas (The Pillowman)

Dana Hart ( Heartbreak House, St Nicholas, Terminus)

Perren Hedderson (One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Brian Pedaci (Spirits to Enforce)

Robert Hawkes (The Pillowman)

Aaron Elersich (The Great Gatsby)

Ray Caspio (Code)

Rising to the Top:

Dramatic – Matt O’Shea (Belleville, The Aliens)

Comedic – David Bugher (Spirits to Enforce)

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ACTRESS

Anne McEvoy (August: Osage County, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Carly Germany (Voodoo Macbeth, Belleville)

Chris Sebert (American Falls, Ancestra)

Llewie Nunez (Love in Pieces, Bus Stop, Belleville)

Colleen Longshaw (Made in America)

Tess Burgler (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Glass Menagerie, Twelfth Night, The School for Wives)

Valarie Kilmer (Huck Finn, Code, Tingle Tangle)

Sally Groth (Ancestra)

Lora Knox (The Norwegians)

Laura Perotta, Dorothy Silver (night’ Mother)

Bernadette Clemens (Woman and Scarecrow)

Rising to the Top:

Dramatic – Derdriu Ring  (Woman and Scarecrow)

Comedic – Dede Klein (Don’t Dress for Dinner, The Glass Menagerie)

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MUSICAL ACTOR

Eric Van Baars (Oliver)

Greg Violand (My Fair Lady)

Matthew Ryan Thompson (Mary Poppins, Forever Plaid)

Pat Miller (Title of Show, High Fidelity, Titus)

Matt O’Shea (Titus, A Civil War Christmas)

Brian Altman (South Pacific, Forever Plaid)

Dan Folino (The Frogs)

Ian Atwood (Company)

Pat Ciamacco (High Fidelity)

Eric Fancher (The Frogs)

Dana Hart (Titus, Ring of Fire)

Rising to the Top:

Dramatic: Andrew Gombas (A Civil War Christmas)

Comedic and Vocally: Shane O’Neill (High Fidelity, Forever Plaid, and the vocally stunning Light in the Piazza)

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MUSICAL ACTRESS

Caitlin Houlihan (Carrie)

Alison Garrigan (Titus)

Genna-Paige Kanago (Carrie)

Juliette Regnier (A Civil War Christmas)

Katherine DeBoer (Carrie, Mary Poppins)

Nicole Sumlin (A Civil War Christmas, The Frogs)

Sally Groth (A Civil War Christmas)

Sandra Emerick (The LIght in the Piazza)

Leslie Andrews (High Fidelity, Young Frankenstein)

Sara Masterson (Carrie)

Rebecca Pitcher (Mary Poppins)

Rising to the Top:

Dramatic: Helen Todd (Sunset Boulevard)

Comedic: Amiee Collier (Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, Titus, and the all-encompassing performance in Sunday in the Park with George)

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YOUNG ACTOR 

Rising to the Top:

Caris Collins (A Civil War Christmas)

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MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Jordan Cooper

Brad Wyner

Lawrence Wallace

Bryan Bird

Nathan Motta

Rising to the Top:

Larry Goodpaster 

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CHOREOGRAPHER

Greg Daniels

Mary Ann Black

Jessica Atwood

Rising to the Top:

Martin Cespedes

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TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

David Tilk

Patrick Ciamacco

Rising to the Top:

Joseph Carmola

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SCENIC DESIGN

Jeff Herrmann

Ron Newell

Cameron Caley Michalak

Aaron Benson

Patrick Ciamacco

Laura Carlson Tarantowski

Rising to the Top:

Trad A Burns

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LIGHTING DESIGN

Marcus Dana

Ben Gantose

Terrii Wachala

Robert Peck

Russ Borski

Corey Molner

Rob Wachala

Rising to the Top:

Trad A Burns

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SOUND DESIGNER

Carlton Guc

Eric Simna

Patrick Ciamacco

Rising to the Top:

Richard B. Ingraham

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STAGE MANAGER

Megan Mingus

Libby White

Brittany Gaul

Joel Rathbone

Curt Arnold

Rising to the Top:

Sarah Lynne Nicholas

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VIDEO/PROJECTION DESIGNER

Tom Kondilas

Ian Hinz

Rising to the Top:

Mike Tujaj

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SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE-UP

Rising to the Top:

P.J. Toomey

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COSTUME DESIGNER

Aimee Kluiber

Inda Blatch-Gieb

Tesia Dugan Benson

Luke Scattergood

Rising to the Top:

Jenniver Sparano

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WE’RE GOING DOWNTOWN!!!!!!!! 

BEST DOWNTOWN PLAY

The Little Foxes at the Cleveland Play House directed by Laura Kepley

BEST DOWNTOWN MUSICAL

Les Miserables at Great Lakes directed by Victoria Bussert

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SPECIAL PROJECT RECOGNITION

Christine Howey (Exact Change)

Ray Caspio (Tingle Tangle)

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MEMORABLE SCENES

From Love in Pieces (David Hansen and Carrie Williams in the bedroom wrestling for power)

From The Frogs (Mitchell Fields and Michael Regnier in a face off between Shakespeare and Shaw)

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THINGS NOT TO MISS IN 2015

OBERLIN SUMMER THEATRE FESTIVAL (IT’S FREE!)

TALESPINNER CHILDREN’S THEATRE (IT’S REASONABLY PRICED!)

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BEST PLAY AND DIRECTOR OF PLAY

Jeremy Paul (Code)

Nancy Cates (The Glass Menagerie)

Pandora Robertson (Woman and Scarecrow)

Patrick Ciamacco (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Scott Plate (night’, Mother)

Terry Burgler (The School For Wives)

Alison Garrigan (Talespinner)

Clyde Simon (Terminus)

Sarah May (Life with Father)

Nathan Motta (The Aliens)

Geoffrey Hoffman (The Pillowman)

Raymond Bodkin (American Falls)

Martin Friedman (August: Osage County)

Rising to the Top:

Director of Play 

Matthew Wright (Spirits to Enforce) written by Mickle Maher performed at Cleveland Public Theatre

Best Play

Kin at Dobama, written by Bathsheba Doran and directed by Shannon Sindelar

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BEST MUSICAL AND DIRECTOR OF MUSICAL

Martin Cespedes (Forever Plaid)

Kristin Netzband (Guys and Dolls)

Patrick Ciamacco (Hair)

Scott Plate (Mary Poppins)

Terry Kent (Oliver, My Fair Lady)

Pierre-Jacques Brault (Sunset Boulevard)

Martin Friedman (The Light in the Piazza, The Frogs)

Scott Spence (Title of Show)

Craig J George (Titus: A Grand and Gory Rock Musical)

Rising to the Top:

Best Musical

TITUS: A GRAND AND GORY ROCK MUSICAL  performed at Cleveland Public Theatre

Conceived and Directed by Craig George
Music by Dennis Yurich and Alison Garrigan
Musical Director: Brad Wyner
Choreographer: Martin Cespedes

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Martin Friedman for The Light in the Piazza at Lakeland Civic Theatre

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It has been an incredible year of talent and versatility for all the Cleveland artists. I look forward to a new year of WOW.

Regards,

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