Sunday, May 27, 2001

CCM's 2001-02 season full of fledgling stars

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        See the stars of tomorrow today. Well, see them starting with the fall academic term at University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. CCM has announced a bold collection of plays, musicals and operas for its 2001-02 mainstage series, including a new musical adaptation of Dracula by CCM alumni Richard Oberacker and Michael Lazar.

        After a big Shakespearean opening with The Tempest Oct. 25-28, the work is all artfully American: Candide, Nov. 15-18; The Crucible (opera), Feb. 7-10; Dracula, Feb. 21-March 3; The Laramie Project, April 18-21; The Ballad of Baby Doe, May 9-12.

  Subscriptions to the 2001-2002 mainstage season are $115 for all six shows and $42 for a two-show mini-series (drama, musical theater or opera). Renewal information will be sent to current subscribers in early summer.
  Single tickets will go on sale in late September. Individual tickets will be $23 adults, $13 students next season.
  For more information or to receive a subscription brochure, call the CCM box office at (513) 556-4183.
        Studio performances will be announced at a later date.

        The 10th anniversary of the Patricia Corbett chair in musical theater will be celebrated with a pair of events.

        The first is something department chair Aubrey Berg has been wanting to do for the last decade — a new show.

        “We've been talking about (Dracula) for a while,” Mr. Berg says.

        Mr. Oberacker, a musical director for Cirque du Soleil, and Mr. Lazar have fashioned a gothic musical adventure reminiscent of the lush style of Phantom and Les Miz.

        Mr. Berg is also plotting an alumni event surrounding the annual Senior Showcase (April) that would bring CCM grads — many of whom are playing on Broadway — back for a revue.

        The production of the rarely performed Leonard Bernstein musical masterpiece Candide should have musical theater fans lining up for tickets now.

        From the CCM's opera division come Robert Ward's Pulitzer Prize-winning adaptation of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, which tells what happens when the cry of “witch” is heard in 17th-century Salem. Malcolm Fraser directs.

        The Ballad of Baby Doe is the story of a married Colorado silver mining tycoon and his affair with a woman called “Baby Doe.” Thomas de Mallet Burgess directs.


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