My Favorite Year

Book by Joseph Dougherty, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Aherns

Nov 9 to 17, 2018

Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater    

A classic musical comedy with a heart of gold, My Favorite Year features a tuneful score by the incomparable       Tony-winning songwriters, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and is based on the hit Peter O’Toole film of the same name. It’s 1954, and Benjy Stone, writers’ assistant on TV’s ‘King Kaiser Comedy Cavalcade’, is assigned the daunting task of babysitting the veteran Hollywood swashbuckler, Alan Swann. The reckless Swann is in town to do a live guest appearance on the show and his antics and alcoholism nearly get Benjy    fired. When Benjy is given an unexpected glimpse into Swann’s broken heart, though, he begins to discover a thing or two about life and love. My Favorite Year is directed by Douglas Berlon.


AUDITION DATES: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 or 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. Callbacks 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

LOCATION: Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Avenue (just north of Clifton and Ludlow)

AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT: Please reserve your time as soon as possible at Please print and complete the audition form prior to your audition. Walk-ins are welcome and will be seen in the next available slot.


  • Shoes and clothing appropriate for a dance audition;
  • 16-32 bars of a Broadway=style song that showcases your vocal range (no songs from Hunchback please!);
  • Sheet music in the proper key with cuts marked;
  • An accompanist will be provided (no CD’s, tapes or a cappella numbers);
  • A copy of your resume and headshot.

For a complete cast breakdown, including vocal ranges, see below.

Rehearsals will begin in mid-February, 2019.

Production dates: May 10 to 18, 2019, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre of the Aronoff Center

The Cincinnati Music Theatre production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is produced by Kathy Beiting and directed by Skip Fenker, with musical direction by Kendra Struthers and choreography by Mike Fielder.


Claude Frollo

Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral and the most powerful cleric in Paris, he is the reluctant caretaker of Quasimodo. He will do whatever it takes to rid the city of the gypsy “vermin,” even as he lusts after Esmeralda. Calculating, manipulative, and obsessive.

Gender: Male

Age: 40 to 50

Vocal range top: Bb4

Vocal range bottom: E2

Jehan Frollo

Claude’s reckless younger brother. With the gypsy Florika, he fathers Quasimodo, who he leaves in his brother’s care. Wild, passionate, and strong-willed.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: F3


A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother.

Gender: Female

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: F#5

Vocal range bottom: E4

Father Dupin

A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian.

Gender: Male

Age: 40 to 60

Vocal range top: A3

Vocal range bottom: C3


The deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Claude Frollo’s charge. Lonely and staunchly obedient to Frollo, he possesses a vivid imagination that brings to life the bells and gargoyles of the cathedral. Despite his shyness and uncertainty, he quickly befriends Esmeralda. Big-hearted, and brave when need be.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: Bb5

Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Clopin Trouillefou

The clever and charismatic King of the Gypsies. An air of mystery surrounds Clopin, who often leaves the scene in a puff of smoke. As the master of ceremonies for the Feast of Fools, he is witty and playful, but he boasts a darker, serious nature when not performing for the crowd.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range top: F#5

Vocal range bottom: D3

Captain Phoebus de Martin

Returning to Paris after serving in the war, Phoebus takes up his new position as Captain of the Cathedral Guard. Overconfident yet charming, this handsome, strong soldier makes the ladies swoon, yet his moral compass is also strong, and he openly defies the corrupted Frollo.

Gender: Male

Age: 25 to 40

Vocal range top: Ab4

Vocal range bottom: A2

Lieutenant Frederic Charlus

Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 30


A beautiful and free-spirited gypsy who possesses the strong sense of justice and morality that Frollo lacks. Compassionate, she frees Quasimodo from the frenzied mob at the Feast of Fools and, against her better judgment, falls for the cocky Phoebus.

Gender: Female

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: E3

King Louis XI

King of France, nicknamed the Prudent.

Gender: Male

Age: 40 to 50


A judicial officer.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 50

Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: G2


Owner of a brothel and safe haven for gypsies.

Gender: Female

Age: 35 to 50

Saint Aphrodisius

A stained-glass image that comes to life.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 50

Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: B3


An ensemble of storytellers that narrates The Hunchback of Notre Dame both in spoken dialog and song, performed by individuals, small groups or the entire group in unison .  As the play progresses the ensemble takes on various roles including GYPSIES, GARGOYLES, STATUES, SOLDIERS, REVELERS, PARISHIONERS, PRIESTS, PROSTITUTES and the CITIZENS of Paris. The Congregation sings in approximately sixteen musical numbers, including those also performed by the Choir.

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After two successful cabaret productions in the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Theatre in 2018, Cincinnati Music Theatre will produce two more black-box shows in 2019.

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

Feb 8, 9, 15 & 16 2019

Aronoff Center – Fifth Third Bank Theater  

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical about musicals! In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. The basic plot: June is an ingénue who can’t pay the rent and is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to the rescue? The variations are: a Rodgers & Hammerstein version, set in Kansas in August, complete with a dream ballet; a Sondheim version, featuring the landlord as a tortured artistic genius who slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge for not appreciating his work; a Jerry Herman version, as a splashy star vehicle; an Andrew Lloyd Webber version, a rock musical with themes borrowed from Puccini; and a Kander & Ebb version, set in a speakeasy in Chicago. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is directed by Dennis Murphy.


June 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2019

Aronoff Center – Fifth Third Bank Theater 

Home explores many facets of the title location through song. Featuring 20-plus tunes from Broadway,  movies, pop culture, and    more, we welcome audiences into our home at the Fifth Third Bank Theatre for an evening of music. Home is more than just four walls and a street number, it’s a place imprinted on hearts and minds. We will look at home at different times in our lives and what home can mean. How it’s both welcoming and a place many want to escape. Home is sweet nostalgia. Home is painful. Home is a goal. Home is traditional. Home is unconventional. Home is a launching point. Home is an anchor. Home is what you make it, where you make it, when you make it. We’ll go from the places we grew up to the places  we still seek. Conceived and written by CMT board member Mark D. Motz, Home will be directed by Michele Mascari.

We are most proud to have performed in the JARSON KAPLAN THEATRE since the opening of the Aronoff in 1995.

We look forward to seeing you here!