CMT cancels remaining 2020 performances
CMT doubles scholarships
Cincinnati Music Theatre recently awarded four $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to study the theatrical arts in college.
CMT has offered single scholarships in both performance and technical theater for years, but the CMT board decided to approve two scholarships in each category this year.
In performance, the winners included Jonah Sorscher from Indian Hill High School and Micah Day from Turpin High School.
Sorscher will attend the Harvard-Berklee Dual Degree Program, majoring in a joint concentration of BA in Theater, Dance and Media at Harvard while simultaneously pursing a Master of Music in Musical Theatre Writing at Berklee. Day matriculates to Elon University, majoring in Musical Theatre.
In technical theater, the winners were Eva Schramm and Jordain Addis, both from the School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Both technical winners plan to major in stage management, Schramm at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts, Addis at DePaul University.
CMT Scholarship Program Chair Kathy Kramer contacted more than 60 Tri-State high schools with information about the scholarship and application process and received about 20 applicants. Because of the COVID-19 crisis – rather than the traditional in-person auditions and interviews – performance applicants made video submissions and technical applicants submitted portfolios.
Performance judges included Judges: Arlene Balczo, Marie Kramer Arntsen and Sean Hurley, while technical judges were Julie Beelman and Mike Meuche.
ACT showers Cabaret with Orchids
Cincinnati Music Theatre received a huge bouquet of Orchids for its fall 2019 production of Cabaret during the June 20 virtual ACT-Cincinnati awards ceremony.
Les Rupp for Sound Design
Eric Bardes for Lighting Design
Elaine Michael for Costume Design
Mike Fielder for Photography
Kendra Struthers, Mike Fielder and Geri Shields for Program Art
Kendra Struthers for Program
Taylor Winkleski for Dialect Coach
Kit Kat Boys for Excellence in Ensemble
Skip Fenker and Cast for Excellence in Ensemble
Mike Fielder for Excellence in Choreography
Mike Fielder and Cast for Excellence in Dance Execution
Mike Spresser for Excellence in Music Direction
Mike Spresser and Orchestra for Excellence in Orchestral Performance
Skip Fenker for Excellence in Direction
Elly Morris for Excellence in Musical Performance as Sally Bowles
Kendra Struthers for Excellence in Musical Performance as Fraulein Schneider
John Simpson for Excellence in Musical Performance as Herr Schultz
Stephen Welch for Excellence in Musical Performance as Master of Ceremonies
Also receiving nominations were:
Stage manager, Jill Rothmeeler
Producer, Kathy Beiting
The Kit Kat Gals
Mary Vossberg as Fraulein Kost
Tom Morris as Ernst Ludwig
Master carpenters, John Beiting and Kim Perry
Light board op, John Beiting
Sound execution, Les Rupp
Vocal direction, Mike Spresser
Special effects, Skip Fenker, Eric Bardes and Stephen Welch
Makeup, hair and wigs, Christina Siciliano
Costume execution, the costume crew
Lobby display, Skip Fenker
The company for Overall technical quality
The company for Overall performance quality.