On Stage Dayton

Zoot Theatre Company Names Executive Director

Zoot Theatre Company, a forward-thinking theatrical design company, specializing in puppets and masks, has announced the selection of Emily von Stuckrad-Smolinski as its new Executive Director. "We are ecstatic to welcome Emily as our new Executive Director.” reported Natasha Randall, Zoot Theatre Company's Board Chair. “We feel that we have found the perfect person to lead Zoot into its next phase of growth. Emily will bring a fresh perspective, passion and creativity to Zoot, building upon its strengths and deep sense of commitment to our region’s arts sector. She has served nonprofits at … [Read more...]

Review Roundup – ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ ‘Roar of the Greasepaint…’ and ‘Broadway Beveled’

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Wright State University respectably embraces the sexual heat and damaging dysfunction within Tennessee Williams’ splendid 1948 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “A Streetcar Named Desire.” However, the action, directed by Jason Podplesky, occasionally glides off-kilter, specifically in Act 1 when character-conscious decisions are paramount to ground this searing tale of betrayal and pain.   When faded, fragile Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Ellie Margolis) enters the New Orleans home of her sister Stella Kowalkski (MacKenzie Stephens) and brother-in-law … [Read more...]

Human Race Presents A Classic: The Glass Menagerie

The Human Race begins the second half of its 29th season with Tennessee William’s first great masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie. Memories come alive and love becomes desperate in this shimmering drama of a family on the edge. Tom struggles to make it in a modern day world while his reclusive sister hides amongst the small glistening crystalline creatures she collects. Their mother holds tight to a fantasy of Southern gentility and the belief that a certain gentleman caller will be the answer to their problems. With an edge as sharp as broken glass, it’s a story that cuts deep into the longing … [Read more...]

6 Tips To Ace Your Next Audition and 7 Upcoming Auditions

Other than Opening Night, going to an audition is perhaps one of the scariest parts of theater work.  However, auditioning is a necessary part of being involved in the performing arts.  If you  want to be involved in the theater, knowing how to audition is a skill you'll need to learn.  While the process is not necessarily difficult, it can be more than just a little nerve-wracking.  So we've shared 6  things that you should know in order to make the best impression possible, and to improve your chances of getting a part! 1.  Act. Don’t just read. Remember, you are auditioning to act in a … [Read more...]

‘Once’ Review – Victoria Theatre Association – Intimate Magnetism

Musical theater romances are conceived in many shapes and sizes, but perhaps none more beautifully intimate than “Once,” the winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical currently receiving an outstanding local premiere at the Schuster Center courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series. Set in Dublin and based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning independent film of the same name, “Once” chronicles the unlikely meeting between a struggling Irish street musician/vacuum repairman (identified as Guy) and an inquisitive young Czech woman (identified … [Read more...]

Once – For The First Time

If you love music, if you like music, if you heard music one random Tuesday and didn't hate it, you should make your way to the Schuster Center between now and January 24. Run, skip, interpretive dance your way there, just do it. The Victoria Theatre Association has brought to Dayton a story of love and music and the way they intertwine in the complicated lives of a Guy and a Girl. Eight time Tony winner, Once The Musical, stormed into town on Tuesday (barely - due to travel delays!) an kept the audience in the Schuster Center captivated from the first note to the last. On our way to our … [Read more...]

‘Mary Poppins’ Review – Muse Machine – Wondrous Whimsy

In wonderfully uplifting fashion, the mighty Muse Machine has done it again. The arts education organization supplies an outstanding, heartwarming and smile-inducing presentation of the 2006 Tony Award-nominated adaptation of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins,” the Muse’s 32nd annual student musical continuing through Sunday at the Victoria Theatre. Featuring 150 Muse students from across the Miami Valley and based on the beloved 1964 Academy Award-winning film of the same name and the books by P.L. Travers, “Mary Poppins” absolutely shines due to the simple fact that cohesiveness … [Read more...]

‘Night Watch’ & ‘Trailer Park’ Reviews – Dayton Theatre Guild & Dare to Defy Productions – Madness & Mayhem

Night Watch It can be taxing and uncomfortable watching a character implode from mental illness, but there’s enough levity and genuine creepiness to ease the blow as evidenced in the Dayton Theatre Guild’s satisfying production of Lucille Fletcher’s 1972 suspense “Night Watch.” Inside her New York townhouse, the wealthy and extremely unnerved insomniac Elaine Wheeler (a terrifically distraught Debra Strauss) is at her wits end having adamantly believed she’s seen the dead bodies of a man and woman from a nearby tenement building. Prone to fits of unsettled frenzy, Elaine, emotionally … [Read more...]

Dayton Playhouse To Offer Technical Theater Workshops

In 2016, The Dayton Playhouse will host a series of short, informative workshops on a range of technical theater topics. Dayton Playhouse volunteers can enhance their skills and explore new interests and ways to become a part of community theater productions at Dayton Playhouse. Stage Management Workshop Facilitator: Melanie Brenner Saturday, January 30, 2016       3:00 pm to 6:00 pm CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW! Learn the basics of the many roles a Stage Manager plays in musical and play productions at the Dayton Playhouse. This workshop will include discussion of the audition and … [Read more...]

A Medieval Feaste in Springfield

A newly reimagined splendid Medieval Feaste and costumed pageant will take place in the Springfield Masonic Temple under candlelight January 21-23rd at 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm & January 24th at 5pm, doors open at 4:30pm. The great hall of an English 15th Century manor will be filled with madrigal singers, mummers, dancers, jesters and medieval and renaissance vocal and instrumental pieces - known as the 'Feaste of Epiphany.' … [Read more...]