The cast is led by directors Zach King as Nick Bottom, Desmond Kingston as Nigel Bottom, Brent Hoggatt as Shakespeare, Abby Hoggatt as Bea, Julia Brosas as Portia, Tyler Smith as Nostradamus, the aforementioned Drennen as Brother Jeremiah, Justin King as Minstrel , Riley Steen as Shylock and Neal Duiker as Lord Clapham. Ensemble members include Ben Smallwood, Ronald Woodland II, Dustin Schwab, Kara Hancock, Abby Kress, Adelyn Helms, Taylor Greny, Kendra Lodewyk, Sam Evans, Bella Marcigliano and JD Robinson.
“What I love so much about this show is the ability for the audience to step away from reality and have a laugh,” said director Angie Thacker. “If you love drama, you’ll get all the references and it will make the jokes even funnier. This show is full of costumes, dancing and entertainment. It’s an old-school Broadway show with fresh humor and I hope people walk away feeling like they got away from the drudgery of the real world for just a few hours.
Performances are Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are priced from $18 to $63. For tickets or more information, visit daytonlive.org. The Victoria Theater is located at 138 N. Main St., Dayton.
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra director Neal Gittleman to retire in 2027
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) announced on May 10 that Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman has set a five-year path before his retirement from the Philharmonic Orchestra podium. of Dayton in 2027.
“While I’m not quite ready to hang up my stick, I understand how critical it is to have succession planning in place within our performing arts organization,” said Neal Gittleman, in a press release. “I love my job, I love the incredible artists I have the privilege of working with, and I love the dedicated team of staff, supporters and audience members who allow me to do this work that I love every day. I’d rather retire from conducting a little too soon than a second too late. I’ve always tried to do this job with 100% commitment, and I never want to be in a position – physical or emotional – where I feel like it can’t do that.
Over the next five years, Gittleman will continue to lead the DPO in programming and performance, as he has for nearly three decades at Dayton. At the end of this 2021-2022 season, he will celebrate his 27th season at the head of the Dayton Philharmonic. Additionally, with the historic merger of Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic into the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance in July 2012, his leadership duties over the past 10 years have also included frequent performances with the Ballet and the Opera.
“Neal has been a pillar and anchor in the Dayton arts community for a quarter of a century,” Patrick J. Nugent, president and CEO of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, said in a statement. “He brought the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to an enviable level of professional and musical excellence, and he was a major force in bringing the Alliance together and shaping it into one integrated organization working together for the common purpose of inspiring as many people as possible. possible to fall in love with the performing arts. Countless viewers I’ve met since arriving in Dayton have told me time and time again what a deeply inspiring cultural leader Neal was to them and to our entire Dayton community.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Gittleman graduated from Yale University in 1975. He continued his musical studies with eminent professors Nadia Boulanger and Annette Dieudonné in Paris, Hugh Ross at the Manhattan School of Music and Charles Bruck at the Domaine Pierre Monteux School and the Hartt School of Music, where he received the Karl Böhm scholarship. In 1984, he won second prize at the Ernest Ansermet International Conducting Competition in Geneva and, two years later, he received third prize at the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition in New York. In 1989, he was selected for the American Conductors Program at the annual conference of the American Symphony Orchestra League in San Francisco. In May 2014, he received a 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio for Community Development and Involvement. Under his direction, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award nine times for adventurous contemporary music programming.
The DPAA Board of Directors will begin a nationwide search for Gittleman’s successor.