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The Theatres

THE MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM at CCM is housed in the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts, a complex of theatres, rehearsal rooms, studios and workshop facilities that is among the finest in the country. The Center, which has recently undergone a $100m renovation,  provides our students with state-of-the-art facilities in which to study, rehearse and perform.

Corbett Auditorium

CORBETT AUDITORIUM, the largest performing space, is one of the most visually striking and acoustically balanced college theatres in the nation. The facility was accorded the prestigious USITT Award for the best theatre renovation in the United States in 1997. Corbett Auditorium, which seats 740, is equipped with a 54' proscenium opening, hydraulic lifts, dimmer-per-circuit lighting and extensive sound circuiting (including video distribution and a digital Clear-Com Matrix-II intercom/paging system). The musical theatre program, backed by CCM's award-winning Philharmonia Orchestra and Jazz Band, performs large-scale works from the standard repertoire in this space. Past productions in Corbett Auditorium include Oklahoma!, A Chorus Line, My One and Only, Carousel, Into the Woods, The Secret Garden, On the Town, The Boys from Syracuse, Evita and West Side Story.

PCT

The 400 seat PATRICIA CORBETT THEATRE features a modified thrust stage with a 42' proscenium arch. Designed by Ming Cho Lee, this theatre has a Bayreuth style pit and steeply raked seating that creates an intimate relationship between actor and audience. In this space, the musical theatre program performs shows ranging from the standard repertoire to new works, from "classic" musicals to rock pieces. Past productions in the Patricia Corbett Theatre include Cabaret, Chess, The Baker's Wife, Little Me, Hair, The Hot Mikado, Assassins, Man of La Mancha, Chicago, Passion, Grand Hotel and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party.

Cohen Family Studio Theater

Musical Theatre Workshop productions are performed in THE COHEN FAMILY STUDIO THEATRE, a unique flexible space recently constructed in the Corbett Center. This exciting theatre development, created under the direction of Broadway theatre consultant Richard Pilbrow, provides CCM directors with a "black box" space in which audience members and actors can mingle freely during performances. Seating approximately 150, this intimate setting is perfect for new works, experimental pieces or a reexamination of the classics. In the past few years, workshop productions have included Rags, Merrily We Roll Along, Song and Dance, In Circles, Elegies, Side Show, Floyd Collins, Working, Company, Saturday Night, 110 in the Shade, Falsettos, Hello Again, Bat Boy, Urinetown, Runaways and the premiere of Under Construction. The Studio Theatre is also home to the Musical Redux series, an "Encores" style event which preserves forgotten gems from the great storehouse of the American musical.

Robert J. Werner Recital hall

The ROBERT J. WERNER RECITAL HALL is a state-of-the-art concert hall  that houses performances by students, faculty members and visiting artists. The Recital Hall is named for Robert J. Werner, former Dean of CCM, in appreciation for his tireless work in creating a world-class performing arts center on the University of Cincinnati campus.

ALL CCM STUDENTS have the opportunity to perform in these state-of-the-art theatres. There are dance studios, rehearsal halls, a scene shop, a costume shop, a make-up lab, lighting and sound studios and dozens of practice rooms, teaching studios and general purpose classrooms at the disposal of the student body. And if that's not enough, the facilities also include a new vocal arts center and a space dedicated for master classes in all performance areas. Put it all together and you get — a high-energy, conservatory style training center for artists of all kinds, situated right in the middle of a dynamic state university.

"Aubrey Berg and Diane Lala who have respectively directed and choreographed many astonishing productions over the years, surpass even their previous achievements with this version of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party."

Theatre Mania
Meet Our Students

 

 

 

 

Introducing
Our Alumni

Halle Morse

Halle Morse
Class of 2009

George Evans

George Evans
Class of 1987

Jen Temen

Jen Temen
Class of 2007

Josh Kobak

Josh Kobak
Class of 1995

Betsy Werbel

Betsy Werbel
Class of 1996

 

 

Photo Credits

Banner TopAshley Brown in Candide.