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Winners of the LCT Awards were announced last night at the League of Cincinnati Theatre’s Awards Party.  The theme this year it was Extended Happy Hour, well received by the theatre makers, who enjoyed the focus on fellowship of this industry celebration.


There were a lot of things to be happy for, as theatre representatives and individuals were called to share throughout the night. Costume nominee Ronnie Chamberlain, new this year to Northern Kentucky University, shared how she and her husband chose Cincinnati as a theatre community—over Chicago and other cities—for its vibrant art scene, and as a place to raise a family and actually own a house.  That seemed to be a theme of the night, Cincinnati has a professional theatre and arts community that collaborates, supports and nurtures each other, whether it is in front of the audience, behind the scenes designing the costumes, or working in administration.

LCT is happy to have so many people in Cincinnati making a living doing what they love and are good at, and are making a difference to our community.

The following awards were announced:

Best Play, Seven Spots on the Sun, Playhouse in the Park

Best Musical (Tie), Chicago, Carnegie Theatre; Les Miserables, CCM

Director of a Play,  KJ Sanchez, Seven Spots on the Sun, Playhouse in the Park

Director of a Musical. Ed Cohen, Dee Ann Bryll, Chicago, Carnegie Theatre

Choreography (Tie), David Baum, Chicago, Carnegie Theatre;  Diane Lala/Patti James, Singin’ in the Rain, CCM

Fight Choreography (Tie), Drew Fracher, Henry IV, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; Melissa Bennett Murphy, Dracula, Covedale

Costume Design (Tie)Kathie Brookfield, Annie, Jr., Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati;  Dean Walz, Chicago, Carnegie Theatre

Lighting Design, Brian C. Mehring, The Mountaintop, Ensemble Theatre

Music Direction, Steve Goers, Les Miserables, CCM

Scenic Design, Mark Halpin, Singin’ in the Rain, CCM

Sound Design, Zach Williamson, Seven Spots on the Sun, Playhouse in the Park

Special Contribution , Clint Allen, Projection Design, Fl,y, Playhouse in the Park

Special Contribution, Omar Edwards, Tap Improvographer, Fly,Playhouse in the Park

Special Contribution , Kelly Yurko, Prosthetic Design, The Whale, Clifton Players

Ensemble in a Play, Seven Spots on the Sun, Playhouse in the Park

Ensemble in a Musical, Les Miserables, CCM

Small Group Performance in a Play, Matt Dentino/David Bogenschutz  Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, Falcon Theatre

Lead Actor in a Play (Tie)Daniel Britt, Light Sensitive, Mad Anthony; Brent Vimtrup, The Crucible, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Lead Actor in a Musical, Blain Krauss, Les Miserables, CCM

Lead Actress in a Play, Greta Wohlrabe, Venus in Fur, Playhouse in the Park

Lead Actress in a Musical, Leslie Goddard, Chicago, Carnegie Theatre

Outstanding Youth Performance, Allison Edwards, Annie, Jr., Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Featured Actor in a Play, Bob Allen, Bus Stop, New Edgecliff Theatre

Featured Actor in a Musical, Matthew Paul Hill, Les Miserables, CCM

Featured Actress in a Play  (Tie)Christine Dye, Bus Stop, New Edgecliff Theatre; Miranda McGee, Two Noble Kinsmen, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Featured Actress in a Musical,  Jenny Hickman, Carrie, CCM

Audience Service Award, John Simpson, Bartender, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Audience Favorite Play (Social Media Voting), The Crucible Cincinnati Shakespeare Company/Xavier University

Audience Favorite Musical (Social Media Voting), Bat Boy The Falcon

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WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED at the LCT AWARDS PARTY on Monday, June 16 from 6-9 pm at Arnold’s Bar and Grill.

Limited tickets are available for this party to celebrate professional theatre in Cincinnati–go to for tickets if you do, see, love, or make theatre!



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Finalists for LCT Awards Celebration Announced

The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) is pleased to announce the finalists for the annual LCT Awards Celebration, which honors the best of Cincinnati professional theatre. Finalists were chosen from the nominations made by trusted panelists who saw the shows during the year. One winner from each category will be announced at the Awards Party, Monday, June 16, at Arnold’s Bar and Grill, 210 E 8th St, in Cincinnati. This party theme was chosen to reconnect all participants in the industry and celebrate the 2013-2014 theatre season in a casual, relaxed format in one of the many beloved Cincinnati venues that actively supports theatre, theatre artists, and audiences.

“This will be a great party,” says LCT president pro tem, Liz Eichler. “It is designed as an extended happy hour, and will include hourly award announcements, some entertainment, some speeches, but it is all about connecting as an industry after a great season.”

“We are very excited about these Finalists,” says Panel Co-Chair, Dr. Sheldon Polonsky. “Winnowing these down to the best of the best is tough, so we rely on a numeric rating system.  The Outstanding Play category is just one example when there were just so many great productions, and far above average scores, that we could have had 10 Finalists. Cincinnati has more and more great theatre every year, and LCT is happy to spread the word.”

Nominees and Honorable Mentions are posted here on our website.

Information about tickets can be found on the LCT website at  A limited number of tickets are available for $15 and include appetizers and festivities.

Covedale’s “Hello Dolly” Earns 4 Star Rating

Lesley Hitch as Dolly Levi

Lesley Hitch as Dolly Levi

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the Covedale Theatre’s production of “Hello Dolly!” with a 4 Star Rating.

HELLO, DOLLY! is an ebullient and irresistible story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes, alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage…Dolly Gallagher Levi.

Panelists called the show “a pure delight!”  About the ensemble, they said, “We, the audience, cannot help but cheer them all on.” Lesley Hitch was recognized for her work as Dolly, and Justin Glaser (“Cornelius Hackl”) and and Kalie Kaimann (“Minnie”) were both praised for their work as well.

HELLO DOLLY! continues through June 1st. Tickets can be purchased at

League of Cincinnati Theatre panelists evaluate productions on a 5 star scale and recommend shows at either a 4 star or 5 star level. Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring.


League of Cincinnati Theatres Announce 2013-14 Season Ending Celebration and Awards Party

The League of Cincinnati Theatres will host the annual end-of-the season party on Monday, June 16th at Arnold’s Bar & Grill, downtown Cincinnati, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for all area theatres, performing arts’ supporters, and the general public, to celebrate the exceptional productions that graced stages in Greater Cincinnati this past year. The three-hour, informal open house party includes entertainment provided by member theatres showcasing past and upcoming musical selections; with the award presentations to be announced throughout the evening at specific times (listed below).

6:30 PM Rising Stars and Technical Awards
7:30 PM Acting Awards
8:30 PM Director, Best Productions, Audience Service Award

Nominees and Honorable Mentions are posted here on our website.

Nominations and awards are selected by the League of Cincinnati Theatres panelists who review Cincinnati theatre throughout the entire seaason. Panelists include artistic and creative representatives from area theatres, local educators in the performing arts, and local theatre enthusiasts.

About the Event:

The LCT Season Ending Party and Annual Award Celebration is OPEN to all participating theatres, patrons, supporters, and the general public. All are welcome to join the party!

Monday, June 16th, 2014
6:00-9:00 PM
Arnold’s Bar and Grill
210 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tickets: $15 per ticket, includes appetitzers
To purchase tickets, use the PayPal link on this page at right (Paypal account is NOT required, you may also pay by credit card) or contact Pam Young: For questions about the event, contact Piper Davis at


Four young artists have been awarded Rising Stars from the League of Cincinnati Theatres for their exemplary contributions to local theatre courtesy of Diet Dr. Pepper and Pepsi Beverages.

CCM's Patricia Linhardt, Rising Star Recipient Kaitlyn Adams, and LCT's Cathy Springfield Kaitlyn Adams, nominated by Patricia Linhart, faculty member at the UC- College Conservatory of Music, has also been selected for her fine work as a makeup and wig artist. Her work has been spotlighted in critically acclaimed shows like “Into the Woods,” “Evita,” and most recently “Les Miserables.” She will be traveling back to Glimmerglass Festival Opera in Cooperstown New York for her third season where she was promoted this summer to Hair and Makeup Design Assistant under Anne Ford-Coates.   LCT's Cathy Springfield with Rising Star Recipient Blaine Krauss Blaine Krauss, a 2014 graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College- Conservatory of Music was nominated by Aubrey Berg, chair of the CCM Musical Theatre program and Joshua Steele, Managing Director of The Carnegie for his many contributions as an actor, singer, dancer, and student of theatre. Most recently, Blaine played Jean Valjean in CCM’s LES MISERABLES to rave reviews. He has graduated from CCM and is now performing on the national tour of THE LION KING. DSC_0486Patrick Phillips, a 2014 graudate of Xavier University, was nominated by Cincinnati Landmark Productions Executive Artistic Director Tim Perrinno for his work as an actor. Patrick has appeared in productions at both Xavier and the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. He graduated this May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and English and will be starring in Unity Productions Fringe Festival piece, BLOGGING BEHIND BARS. This fall Patrick will join Ensemble Theatre Company as an acting intern. DSC_0484Kevin Semancik is a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music working on an MFA in Sound Design. He was nominated by Joshua Steele for his work at The Carnegie, CCM, NKU, and other area theatres. Kevin is currently working with Commonwealth Theatre Company designing sound for THE GAME’S AFOOT and this fall he will be the sound designer for SWEENY TODD at The Carnegie.

These four winners were chosen from a pool of nominees recommended by their university or a theatre they have worked for. The runners up were:  Timeka Clifford – Miami University, Matt Hill – UC-CCM, Jon Kovach – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
, Kathryn Miller – The Carnegie, Jennifer Studnicki – Miami University, Shaun Sutton – UC-CCM, and Marianna Taylor – Miami University.

Rising Stars must be under 25 years of age and are nominated for their body of work by academic and theatre personnel. The award was created to recognize talented young people who have and will contribute to professional theatre in Cincinnati and the industry at large. This year’s committee was chaired by LCT Board Members Cathy Springfield and Kirk Sheppard. Each winner receives $1000 to help them as they continue their careers courtesy of Diet Dr. Pepper and Pepsi Beverages, facilitated by Rick Gill.

Falcon Theatre’s “Bat Boy” Earns 4 Star LCT Rating

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the Falcon Theatre’s production of Bat Boy with a 4 Star Rating.

Bat Boy is the off-beat musical ripped from the tabloid headlines, at times hilarious and at times touching, of a boy raised by bats and his struggle for humanity.

Panelists called the show “a bizarre, poignant, satirical, thoughtful and funny show full of a ‘bat-tery’ of jokes and clever lyrics.” Lead actor Robert Breslin, who played Edgar, the Bat Boy, was praised: “his physicality and bat mannerisms were spot dead on; he deftly took his character through all the stages of the process of going from bat to boy.” The entire ensemble was commended: “terrific…they really nailed the hysteria of this small town.”

Bat Boy continues through May 31st. Tickets can be purchased at

League of Cincinnati Theatre panelists evaluate productions on a 5 star scale and recommend shows at either a 4 star or 5 star level. Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring.

Mad Anthony’s “Story of My Life” Recognized by LCT

10307184_327866614027122_1294777162377914049_nPanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized lighting designer Denny Thomas and Scenic Designer Mary Slocum for their work on Mad Anthony Theatre’s production of The Story of My Life.

The Story of My Life is a moving musical that follows the friendship of Alvin and Thomas, two men from a small town. These lifelong friends are reunited after Alvin’s mysterious death. In the abstract world of his mind, Thomas struggles to write Alvin’s eulogy while recounting the many turns their lives have taken since meeting as children.

Panelists praised Mary Slocum’s set design, “a powerful all-white bookcase that was an effective backdrop for the action,” and the lighting director and operator, Denny Thomas, who “used his lights to dramatic effect.”

More information on the Mad Anthony Theatre Company can be found at