Thursday, May 20, 2004

The Early Word: Jump on your weekend


'Maids' and 'Emperor' at Opera: University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati are producing companion programs for Cincinnati Opera's double bill of The Emperor of Atlantis and The Maids (performances June 24 and 26).

On June 23 and June 26, Ensemble will present readings of Jean Genet's The Maids at the theater (1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine). CCM grad Todd Almond, who starred in ETC's Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 2001 and 2003, will be featured. Tickets $15; call the Ensemble box office at 421-3555.

Beautiful and Forbidden: A Concert of Censored Opera - which will include The Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto, Salome and The Cradle Will Rock - will be presented by Cincinnati Opera's Young Artist Program and CCM students on June 25 and June 27. Tickets $15.

A free developmental workshop reading of playwright Stephen Massicotte's The Emperor of Atlantis: A Play about an Opera, directed by CCM faculty member Michael Burnham, will precede Beautiful and Forbidden.

Both events are in CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater. Call 241-2742.

For a full schedule of festival programming surrounding this year's opera season, visit

Jackie Demaline

Reel Kids: Training for aspiring filmmakers ages 9-17 returns this year with Reel Kids Moviemaking Summer Camp, week-long programs of hands-on teaching with local filmmakers Aymie Majerski, Bob Elkins and Thomas Stemrich.

The program is organized in three sessions:

For ages 9 through 12, Aug. 2-6, storyboarding and filming music videos and commercials, at the Dunham Art Building, 1945 Dunham Way, West Price Hill.

For ages 10 through 16, June 7-11, producing a short movie and music video, at Dunham Art Building.

For ages 12 through 17, July 26-30, producing a short movie, Cincinnati Actor's Studio, 2511 Essex Place, Walnut Hills.

All students will learn the basics of film terminology, pre-production, writing, production and editing. Sessions meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; an option to extend some days to 4 p.m. is offered. Tuition is $200 for each session.

To register, call 325-7543 or 251-0032, or e-mail

Margaret A. McGurk


May Festival substitution: Mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby will replace Florence Quivar as soloist for the May 29 May Festival performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand," the festival has announced. Quivar cited allergies as the reason for her cancellation. Maultsby last appeared at the festival in 1992. For program and ticket information, visit or call 381-3300.

Janelle Gelfand


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Conlon anniversary: May Festival director James Conlon is celebrating his 25th anniversary and he shares career highlights, life lessons and gives aspiring directors a few pointers.

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