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CONGRATS to your OVST Summer 2014 Cast of THE KING AND I!


Thanks everyone for auditioning!

Summer 2014: OVST presents 

the enduring classic tale of

Rogers and Hammerstein's


Directed by former OHIO School of Theater faculty Denise Gabriel 

Elizabeth Evans Baker Theater in OHIO’s Kantner Hall

June 19-22, 26-29, and July 3,5,6

8pm Thurs—Sat, 2pm Sunday matinees

$15/person; $12.50 family of 3+; $10 for group of 20+

Visit http://nightwiththeking.bpt.me for tickets starting May 1

Summer Youth Camp

June 9-27 Monday-Friday

ARTS/West in Athens

Grades 2-6 camp 9:00am to 11:30am 

Grades 7-12 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Download forms for camp enrollment.

Secure online payment of camp tuition. 

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OVST Basket Raffle Tickets are Hot!

Join OVST for the most amazing raffle event of the summer! We will be raffling 7 fabulous gift baskets for just $1 per ticket / $5 for a book of six tickets. 
The raffle baskets include: 1.) Date Night Basket (couples massage, 1 bottle red and 1 bottle white wine, 2 wine goblets and more) 2.) Self Awareness and Self-Defense (hands-on self-defense training, live fire training, 200 rounds of ammunition required for the class, and more) 3.) Golden Ticket Basket (2 King’s Island all-season passes with free parking, two beach towels, 3 jumbo chocolate bars and more) 4.) After the Theater, Supper and Dance Basket (Schramsberg Champagne – 2004, Parisian-style Brie, 2 vintage emerald champagne flutes, and more) 5.) Wonka Bear Basket ($30 gift certificate to Fluff Bakery, 2 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory DVDs – original and remake editions, Wii uDraw tablet and uDraw studio game, and more) 6.) Summer Fun Beach Basket (2 portable camping chairs with carriers, Coppertone sunscreen kit, 2 beach towels, and more) 7.) Picnic Basket (extra-large rattan basket with handles, 8 straw placemats, woven utensil caddy with handle, and more)
Tickets for this and all other baskets are $1 each or $5 for a book of 6. Tickets are available at the box office, from OVST Board members or you can contact Board member, Tracy Kelly, at tk381500@ohio.edu / 740-215-3917 for arrangements.

Local Date Night Basket

Box Office Open!

Kantner Box office hours are posted on the box office window and are as follows:

Come to Kantner Hall Box Office on 9 S. College St. in Athens.

Saturday, 12-2p

Tuesday, 4-6p

Thursday, 12-2p

Also available by calling 740-517-0503 

We accept credit cards online, by phone or in person.  

Cash or check at the box office avoids processing fees.

Willy Wonka: In Rehearsal!!

We're gearing up.  When are you coming to see?  http://willywonkaovst.bpt.me

Willy Wonka Auditions Open Call Times

If you are interested in auditioning but do not get it scheduled in time, please attend OPEN CALL from 6-7PM on April 19th.  See audition event information for more details.  Break a leg!

Willy Wonka April 19th Auditions Update!

Auditions will be held in Glidden Hall 480 and 472. Callbacks, if needed are Tuesday April 23 starting at 4:30.  E-mail Stage Manager Chloe at chloe.mock@gmail.com to schedule an audition time. Please bring prepared a one minute monologue and 16 bars of a song. The material should be appropriate for Willy Wonka. Material can also be from the show. Limited scripts available to sign out for 24 hrs. only outside of Rebecca VerNooy's office (Kantner Hall 009, 17 S. College St., Athens). Copies of some of the music and lyrics also available to have to learn as an option for auditions.

!!!Willy Wonka AUDITIONS START 3 pm Fri19 Apr!!!

We are looking for talented musicians, actors, singers, dancers and technical crews for the 2013 OVST production of Willy Wonka. Opens June 20 through July 7. Rehearsals will begin May 13. Auditions open to young and old, experience not required. Details regarding audition requirements, call times and places for varying ages and groups to follow. Synopsis, show tunes and character descriptions can be found at http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000253 Come join us in a world of pure imagination with students, community members and professional director and movement specialist Rebecca VerNooy of OHIO University School of Theater.

THANKS to our 'Manic Moms' patrons!

We really enjoyed offering 'Manic Moms,' and sure appreciated our enthusiastic patrons!  Look for us again soon on the cabaret cycle - we think we've found a new sweet spot to add to our old favorites.

YOUTH CAMP JUNE 10 - 28 2013

Sign up for young fun: elementary, MS and HS too: 


Tickets at:  http://manicmoms.bpt.me  Come see the new side of OVST: rock-n-roll from Holy Spicoli and side-splitting sketch comedy from well-known actors.  You've seen 'em in tens of productions: come let 'em make you laugh!


“Manic Moms’ Night Out” will show nightly on April 5-7 on E State and Carpenter (easy walk from campus), with food, drink, music, and 5-7 minute stage slots for a wide variety of Student/Mom-themed music, dance, improv, and sketch comedy. WHOO OU MOMS!

Thanks to Red Chief audience

Thanks to the enthusiastic kids of all ages who laughed along with us at the irrepressible Red Chief and his hapless 'captors.'  We may bring a reprise in January for those who missed the first round....stay tuned!

Hilarious O. Henry

See a fun-for-the-family dramatization of O. Henry's 'Ransom of Red Chief,' with a firey small kidnappee making his would-be captors plead for their very lives! At the Market on State Friday the 14th, 7 pm.


Tickets at Little Professor's!  Don't miss the drama of the political: come hear Dr. Richard Vedder and Mr. David Wilhelm debate on the topic of "Who should be the next President of the United States?" 7 pm The Market on State, October 29th!

'Ragtime' Viewer Underscores Sad Modern Parallels

Local journalist Anne Li pivots from her 'Ragtime' viewing to reflect on the modern face of bigotry in: "A Nice Stroll Turns Ugly."

Topical Musical Getting Standing Ovations Inside and Outside Theater

"Joining poignant social commentary and undeniable artistry, Ohio Valley Summer Theater's "Ragtime!" is bringing more than music to Athens this month...."


Stupendous singing and compelling history: RAGTIME!

Local talent brings Broadway quality to Athens: http://woub.org/2012/07/11/ohio-valley-summer-theater-presents-ragtime.


July 12-15, 19-22, 26-29

Called by Time Magazine, “A triumph for the stage,” and by the International Herald Tribune, “the best musical in twenty years,” this acclaimed musical won 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations. It also won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Ragtime invites huge scenic, costuming and technical treatments, but critics have sometimes found it lacking in humanity for that very reason. The show really does have a heart and we’re excited about staging it in a more intimate space than the show is often performed in.

RAGTIME is a powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America, and a relevant tale for today. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel, the musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, one upper middle-class white, one socialist immigrant Jewish and one Harlem black family who also encounter historical characters such as Booker T. Washington, Emma Goldman, Henry Ford, Evelyn Nesbit, J.P Morgan and Harry Houdini. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. The show will be performed by an expansive, multi-cultural, intergenerational cast.

Meet The Director

Dale Ricardo Shields (Ragtime – Director) is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artist, American Guild of Musical Artist and Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. He received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees (summa cum laude) from Ohio University.  He is an Associate Board member of Audelco and Archivist of the Iforcolor.org website.

Cherry Orchard Cast List

Lopakhin. James Euto

Dunyasha. Maddie Davis

Yepikhodov. Greg Aldrich

Feers. Ezra Thobaben

Anya. Lucy Riesbeck,

Madame Ranyevskaya . Lyrr Descy

Gayev. Ron Luce

Varya. Anna Grossman

Charlotta. Katrina Hamilton

Simyonov-Pishchik. Joe Balding

Yasha. Gregory Atkins

Trofimov. Levi McGrath

The Transient, The Stationmaster. Terrence Smith

The Postmaster, Party Guests, Servants. David Potts, Rachel Weekley, Terrence Smith

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