CCM releases theatre schedule for the 2011-2012 season

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music announce details for the 2011-12 CCM Mainstage Series of drama, musical theatre and opera productions.

This year's Mainstage Series features a drama by Helen Edmundson and a comedy by Tom Stoppard, along with  musical theatre by Rodgers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim and operas by Mozart and Stravinsky.

he series features six fully-staged works, with performances taking place Oct. 27, 2011 through May 13, 2012.

Here is the CCM 2011-12 MAINSTAGE SERIES:

  • Coram Boy

Set in 18th- century London, Coram Boy centers around the Coram Hospital for Deserted Children and the lives of those connected to it – from the abandoned children coming of age to the deceitful "Coram men" who take unwanted children (for a fee) to the grave rather than the orphanage as promised to the mothers. Worthy of Dickens in the scope and sweep of its storytelling, the drama, which was nominated for six Tony Awards, chronicles a heartbreaking tale of emotional partings, evil endeavors and family redemption that sheds light on the tragedies of the so-called Age of Enlightenment. All set against the backdrop of the music sung by the children and youth of Coram, including elements of Handel's Messiah.

Performance Dates: Oct. 26 (preview), Oct. 27–30, 2011 at Patricia Corbett Theater.

  • Oklahoma!

One of America's most beloved musicals, Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the legendary Broadway duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Described as "Always new and gleaming… a hymn to the magic of the land, the humor and humanity of people and the simple potency of love," by the New York Post, this award-winning show interweaves story, song and dance into a beautiful telling of the pioneering men and women of Oklahoma Territory finding love and community at the turn of the 20th century.

Performance Dates: Nov. 17–20, 2011 at Corbett Auditorium.

  • Don Giovanni

A staple of the operatic repertoire, Mozart's Don Giovanni comically depicts a philandering, womanizing man through his many conquests and eventually to the repercussions of his selfish actions. The mix of comedy and solemnity in this classic opera, inspired by the Spanish legend of Don Juan, has led to its classification by many as the greatest opera ever composed. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Performance Dates: Feb. 9–12, 2012 at Patricia Corbett Theater.

  • Into the Woods

Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods combines characters from "Cinderella," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk" and other classic fairy tales in a story of adventure, deceit, misfortune and greed. The Tony Award-winning Into the Woods follows the journey of a Baker and his Wife on their quest to reverse a curse put on them by the Witch next door, forcing them to face the consequences of their actions. As the fairy tale characters work to fulfill their greatest wishes, they learn a heartwarming moral of the importance of family and community. This production celebrates the Twentieth Anniversary of the establishment of the Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre at CCM.

Performance Dates: Feb. 23–26, March 1–4, 2012 at Patricia Corbett Theater.

  • Arcadia

Tom Stoppard's comedic masterpiece Arcadia takes a witty, intellectual look between past and present ideals and between contradiction and coexistence. Set in an English country house both in 1809 and modern day, Arcadia follows two interconnected stories more than 200 years apart. In the early 19th century a teenage girl and her tutor question the world around them in their quest for knowledge while the present-day scholars and residents search for clues from the residents who lived before them, revealing common thoughts of love and life that transcend the centuries.

Performance Dates: Apr. 18 (preview), Apr. 19–22, 2012 at Patricia Corbett Theater.

  • The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky's intriguing tale of the dangers of idle hearts, hands and minds depicts the decline of Tom Rakewell from a young lover to a patient in an asylum. Tempted by the cunning Nick Shadow, who is in fact the Devil, Tom wastes his inheritance on a series of lavish misadventures, all the while disregarding his girl back home, Anne Trulove. Sung in English with supertitles.

Performance Dates: May 10-13, 2012 at Corbett Auditorium.

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