Students from the 2023 Senior Showcase


Musical Theatre Senior Showcase

Featuring the Class of 2023
Presented with support from Carl and Joyce Fischer

March 9-11, 2023, Patricia Corbett Theater

  • Co-Directors/Choreographers | Eric Byrd, Eric Santagata, Katie Johannigman
  • Music Director and Arranger | Julie Spangler
  • Stage Manager | Sage Shepard
  • Percussion | Kyle Roemer
  • Repertoire Consultant | Rachel Hoffman
  • Sound Engineers | Brenden Friedel, Lucia Thill
  • Videographers and Editors | Melissa Godoy, Jack Bolander*, CCM Digital Team

*CCM Student


Special thanks to Diane Lala, Vince DeGeorge, Ian Axeness, Roger Grodsky, Patricia Linhart, Deborah Neiheisel-DeZarn, Rebecca Bromels, Jen Lampson, Jonathan Kregor, Sarah Mizelle, Didi Turley, Elaine Cox, the Performance Management Office, CCM Musical Theatre faculty, CCM Voice teachers, Becky Butts, Curt Whitacre and Mikki Graff. Thanks to all of the seniors' parents, family and friends who supported them over the last four years.

Musical Selections

  • Introduction | All

  • "The Ballad of Sara Berry" | Sarah Jane Nelson
    • From 35MM, Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
  • "Jolene" | Sarah Jane Nelson, Zoey Johnson
    • By Dolly Parton
  • "Tom" | Zoey Johnson
    • From Hello Again, Book, Music and Lyrics by MIchael John LaChiusa 

  • "Spring Cleaning" | Rose Messenger 
    • From Fugitive Songs, Music by Chris Miller, Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
  • "Colors of Paradise" | Rose Messenger, Abby Tucker
    • From The Spitfire Grill, Music and Book by James Valcq, Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley
  • "(Not) A Picture Perfect Girl" | Abby Tucker
    •  From Barbie: Princess Adventure, By The Math Club
  • "Mooning" | Tate McElhaney
    • From Grease, Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey 
  • "Sodom and Gomorrah" | Julia Yameen 
    • From Her Sound, Music and Lyrics by Ethan Carlson
  • "I Can't Recall" | Tate McElhaney
    • From A Tale of Two Cities, Book, Music and Lyrics by Jill Santoriello
  • "I've Decided to Marry You" | Julia Yameen
    • From A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman, Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak  
  • "Welcome Home (Finale)" | Alloria Frayser
    • From Bandstand, Music by Richard Oberacker, Book and Lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker 
  • "Alice" | August Bagg
    • From The Honeymooners, Book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, Music by Stephen Weiner, Lyrics by Peter Mills
  • Duet | Alloria Frayser, August Bagg
    • "For Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder; "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" by The Isley Brothers
  • "Like Love" | Jess Zylstra
    • From Charlie Girl, Music and Lyrics by David Heneker and John Taylor
  • "Lets Be Bad" | Jess Zylstra, Alli Bossart
    • "Let's Be Bad" by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman; "Let's Misbehave" by Cole Porter 
  • The Beanstalk" | Zoe Mezoff 
    • From Renascence, Book by Dick Scanlan, Music by Carmel Dean, Lyrics by Edna St. Vincent 

  • "My House" | Alli Bossart
    • From Matilda, Book by Dennis Kelly, Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
  • "Your Texas" | Zoe Mezoff
    • Book by Sybille Pearson, Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
  • "The Squip Song" | Stone Mountain 
    • From Be More Chill, Music and Lyrics by Joe Iconis, Book by Joe Tracz
  • "Spring" | Haley Root
    • From Poems & Moon Songs, Music and Lyrics by Will Reynolds
  • "The Joke"/"Life on Mars" | Haley Root, Stone Mountain
    • "The Joke" by Brandi Carlile, "Life on Mars" by David Bowie
  • "Raoul, I've Been There" | Sasha Spitz
    • From The Phantom of The Opera, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Charles Hart
  • "You're Nearer" | Jenna Bienvenue
    • By Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
  • "A Change in Me" | Sasha Spitz
    • From Beauty and the Beast, Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
  • "Let Me Dance for You" | Jenna Bienvenue
    • From "A Chorus Line" (movie), Music by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban
  • "What Does She Mean By Love" | Garrett Van Allen
    • From Daddy Long Legs, Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon, Book by John Caird
  • "Mac the Knife" | Garrett Van Allen
    • By Kurt Weill and Bretolt Brecht    
  • "Slide" | Jack D'Angelo
    • By Johnny Rzeznik, originally performed by The Goo Goo Dolls
  • "Nothing Short of Wonderful" | Sarah Pansing
    • From Dogfight, Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Book by Peter Duchan
  • "You Don't Need to Love Me" | Jack D'Angelo
    • From If/Then, Music by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
  • "The Woman on the Moon" | Sarah Pansing
    • From A Star is Born, Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher
  • "Look What I Found" | All
    • By Lady Gaga

Musical Theatre Class of 2023

August Bagg

August Bagg (he/him)

Originally from Los Angeles, California, August is an active performer, writer and director. Some of his credits include Mark Cohen in Rent (The Carnegie), Jack/Steward in Into The Woods (The Carnegie), Nick Bottom in Something Rotten! (CCM), Moritz Stiefel in Spring Awakening (CCM), Franz/Dennis in Sunday in the Park With George (CCM), Aaron in 38 Minutes (Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts) and Ned in the world premiere of George Remus: A New Musical (The Carnegie).

Delaney Benson

Delaney Benson (she/her)

Originally from Gainesville, Georgia, Delaney is a passionate performer who cares deeply about her art form and the people she is able to connect with. Some of her credits include Louise in Gypsy (Gulf Coast Symphony), Kathy Selden in Singing In The Rain (The Carnegie), Gabrielle in Cinderella (Red Mountain Theatre Co.), Phoebe D’Ysquith in Gentleman’s Guide (RVC Starlight) and Celeste #1 in Sunday In The Park With George (CCM).

Jenna Bienvenue

Jenna Bienvenue (she/her)

Jenna is originally from Manchester, New Hampshire and is an active performer. Some of her credits include 42nd Street (MTWichita), Wizard of Oz (MTWichita), Kinky Boots (MTWichita), Beauty and the Beast (Palace Theatre), Patty Simcox in Grease (Palace Theatre), Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden (Palace Theatre), Pippin (CCM), Something Rotten! (CCM) and Mae in The Wild Party (CCM).

Alli Bossart

Alli Bossart (she/her) 

Alli is a passionate and dedicated singer, dancer and actor originally from Huntington Beach, California. Some of her recent credits include Marie in Cinderella (CCM), Portia in Something Rotten! (CCM), Lorraine in 42nd Street (CCM) and Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act (Summer Rep Theatre).

Jack D'Angelo

Jack D'Angelo (he/him)

Originally from Warsaw, New York, Jack is an active musician and artist. A few of his credits include Georg in She Loves Me (CCM), Jules in Sunday In The Park With George (CCM), Sebastian in Cinderella (CCM), and Hal Hefner in Rocket Science (CCM).

Alloria Frayser

Alloria Frayser (she/her)

A native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Alloria is passionate about life and all it has to offer. Credits include: Andrina/ Ariel US in The Little Mermaid (The Lexington Theatre Company), Hunyak in Chicago (The Lexington Theatre Company), Jovie in Elf Jr. (The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati), Gabrielle in Cinderella (CCM), and Erato in Xanadu (CCM).

Zoey Johnson

Zoey Johnson

Zoey is originally from Overland Park, Kansas. Some of her credits include Lauren/Nicola Understudy in Kinky Boots (Pittsburgh CLO), Nun/Dancer in Sister Act (KC Starlight/Pittsburgh CLO), Swing in Godspell and A Musical Christmas Carol (Pittsburgh CLO), Ilona in She Loves Me (CCM), Reza in Once (CCM) and Texas in Cabaret (BlackRock Theater).

Tate McElhaney

Tate McElhaney (he/him)

Tate is a driven performer originally from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, a small town outside of Pittsburgh. His professional credits include Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd and Herr Schultz in Cabaret (Black Rock Theater) and Claude Frollo in Hunchback of Notre Dame (Summer Repertory Theater). At CCM, he’s performed as Hanschen in Spring Awakening, Sipos in She Loves Me, Boatman in Sunday in the Park with George and Danny Maguire standby in Xanadu. He’s also very passionate about directing and assistant directed The Wild Party at CCM.

Rose Messenger

Rose Messenger (she/her)     

Originally from New Brunswick, Canada, Rose is a 21-year-old singer, actor and writer. Some of her most recent credits include Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Black Rock Theatre), Bea Bottom in Something Rotten! (CCM), Nurse/Mrs in Sunday in The Park With George (CCM), Baruska in Once (CCM) and Mama Murphy in Bright Star (CCM). This summer, Rose will be taking the stage as Josie Pye in Anne and Gilbert (The Island Festival).

Zoe Mezoff

Zoe Mezoff (she/her)

Zoe is an artist and creative collaborator from Westport, Connecticut. Favorite credits at CCM include Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden, Frieda in Sunday in the Park with George, and #11 in The Wolves.

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain (he/they)

Originally from Austin, Texas, Stone is a creative force to be reckoned with. Whether it’s performing, writing or directing, he brings intellect and collaboration to any project he is apart of. Some of his credits include Burrs in The Wild Party (CCM), Kodaly in She Loves Me (CCM), Alex in 35MM: A Musical Exhibition (CCM), George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Liberty Exhibition Hall) and Harry in Kinky Boots (Music Theatre Wichita).

SJ Nelson

SJ Nelson (she/her)

SJ is originally from Milford, Michigan. Some of her credits include Queenie in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (CCM), Maureen Johnson in RENT (The Carnegie), Ilse in Spring Awakening (CCM), and The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (The Carnegie).

Sarah Pansing

Sarah Pansing (she/they)

Sarah is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and is so grateful for the time she has spent in Cincinnati. Some of her credits include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Black Rock Theater), The Witch in Into the Woods (The Carnegie), Kate in The Wild Party (CCM) and Pennywise in Urinetown (CCM).

Haley Root

Haley Root (she/her)

Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Haley is an actor, singer and dancer. Some of her credits include Ella in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Summer Repertory Theatre), Portia in Something Rotten! (CCM), Celeste #2 in Sunday in the Park with George (CCM) and Euterpe in Xanadu (CCM).

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Sasha Spitz (she/her)

Sasha is originally from Rye, New York. Graduating with minors in both Psychology and History, Sasha is a true philomath. Favorite credits include Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Black Rock Theatre), Ella in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (CCM) and Swing in Audrey: A New Musical (Off-Broadway).


Abby Tucker (she/her)

Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Abby is an enthusiastic, hardworking young performer. Some of her onstage credits include Bea Bottom in Something Rotten! (CCM), Maria in The Sound of Music (The Carnegie), Catherine Understudy and Ensemble of Pippin (CCM), Ensemble in Sweeney Todd (Black Rock Theatre), and recurring cast member of 54 Sings Barbie (54 Below).

Garrett Van Allen

Garrett Van Allen (he/him)

Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Garrett is a proud member of the Latinx community. Beyond theater, he enjoys engaging with individuals and ideas at the intersection of philosophy, critical theory and social justice. Some of his credits include Shakespeare in Something Rotten! (CCM), Billy in Once (CCM), Adult Man in Spring Awakening (CCM), Lewis understudy in Pippin (CCM).

Julia Yameen

Julia Yameen (she/her)

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Julia is a lover of learning and educating in the arts. Some credits of hers include Ariel in Footloose (Prescott Park Arts Festival), Lulu in Cabaret (Black Rock Theatre), Charlotte in Cinderella (CCM) and Serena in Legally Blonde (New England Theatre Works).

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Jess Zylstra (she/her)

Jess is a singer, dancer and actress originally from Sydney, Australia. Recent credits include Lauren in Kinky Boots (Music Theatre Wichita), Amalia Balash in She Loves Me (CCM), Player/ Dance Captain in Pippin (CCM), Ethel in 42nd Street (Music Theatre Wichita).

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Four CCM alumni nominated in 2024 Tony Awards

May 1, 2024

Four UC College-Conservatory of Music alumni are named nominees in the 77th annual Tony Awards, recognizing the excellent work shared in Broadway productions during the 2023-24 season. The nominees, announced Tuesday, April 30, include Isabella Byrd (BFA Lighting Design and Technology, ’09), Shoshana Bean (BFA Musical Theatre, '99), Dorian Harewood and Leslie Kritzer (BFA Musical Theatre, '99).


CCM student wins USITT Make-up Design Award

April 5, 2024

The UC College-Conservatory of Music is thrilled to congratulate current masters student Tiara Jones, who was recently named winner of USITT’s Make-Up Design Award. Jones was recognized as part of the USITT24 Conference and Stage Expo in Seattle, Washington.


CCM Dance Series presents "Little Mermaid" April 12-14

April 4, 2024

UC College-Conservatory Music presents "Little Mermaid" on April 12-14, 2024 in Corbett Auditorium. Directed by Shauna Steele, the performance features music by David Arkenstone. Tickets on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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  • Location: CCM Atrium Lobby next to Corbett Auditorium
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