Theatre, Opera, Dance: Don't Miss this Year's CCM Studio Series

It’s one of the best theater deals in Greater Cincinnati – the free Studio Series of drama, musical theatre, opera and dance at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), well-worth the drive from Northern Kentucky.
 
A lot of the work is adventurous and you won’t see them anywhere in Cincinnati – and often beyond Cincinnati. 
 
You must reserve tickets, which go on sale the week of each production – and you need to call when the box office (513-556-4183) opens at 12 p.m. Monday. Limit two tickets.
 
Unless otherwise noted, all Studio Series productions are in CCM’s intimate, “black box” Cohen Family Studio Theater.
 
The 2014-2015 schedule:
 
Blood Brothers, Oct. 9-11.
Now in its 30th year in London's West End, Blood Brothers is the haunting story of the Johnson twins, separated at birth and brought together by the power of friendship. A tale of superstition, class distinction and adolescent love loosely based on The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas.
 
Baden-Baden 1927, Oct. 24-26.
The Kurt Weill/Paul Hindemith collaboration is an Opera Cabaret Lab production. CCM Opera will present a mini-recreation of the legendary Baden-
Baden Festival of Contemporary Music performance of July 17, 1927. CCM will be present two one-acts: Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny-Songspiel and Paul Hindemith’s Hin und zuruck (There and Back). All performances will be piano accompaniment only. 
 
Speech and Debate, Nov. 6-8.
Stephen Karam’s play feels ripped from the headlines. What begins as a story of online stalking quickly snowballs into a play that is part mystery, part coming-of-age story; a smart comedy and an insightful reflection of what it means to be young in America today.
 
L’Incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea), Feb. 20-22.
Love, power, morality, corruption... Monteverdi’s final masterpiece, “Poppea” combines mythic and very human themes and featuring some of the composer’s most glorious music. It tells the story of Nero’s infatuation with the young and beautiful Poppea as she tries to make him divorce his wife Ottavia and take her as his new queen and empress of Rome.
 
Transmigration 2015, March 11-13.
Now an annual event, Transmigration is “the movement from one place to another” or “the transition from one state of being to another” and a festival of new works created by the acting students in CCM Drama. Six teams of actors craft and perform five original 30-minute shows. Performed simultaneously in different locations throughout CCM Village, audiences can sample four works on any evening. Locations TBA. 
 
Dance Student Choreographer’s Showcase, March 11-13.
Experience the next generation of emerging choreographers as CCM dance majors take the stage with diverse new works. 
 
Musicals Redux: 110 in the Shade, April 9-11.
CCM’s award-winning Musicals Redux series returns with a rarely produced gem by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (“The Fantasticks.”) Based on the play “The Rainmaker,” it’s the story of Lizzie Curry, a forthright “old maid” living on a drought-ridden Kansas ranch with her father and brothers in the American southwest. Enter charismatic con man Bill Starbuck posing as a rainmaker and promising to fulfill dreams, from rain to romance. 
 
You’re Welcome (A Cycle of Bad Plays), April 23-25.
A collection of five small plays about creation and failure; a unified theatrical myth that tells the story of an invented band of performers and their catastrophic attempts at connection. The plays are about love, death, desire, tragedy, comedy, drunk driving, sexiness, beauty, loss, the battle between good and evil, a baby born wearing a hat. And theater. They’re about theater. Kind of the last word on theater.
 
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates. For directions to CCM Village, click here.
 
Additional Information: Titles and dates subject to change. For more information regarding CCM events, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit ccm.uc.edu.
 
-Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts 
 
Photo via CCM