First Look: CCMONSTAGE Play Series presents 'Blue Stockings'

Watch CCM Acting students on stage in 'Blue Stockings' presented Feb. 10-13, 2022.

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) continues its CCMONSTAGE Play Series with Blue Stockings, running Feb. 10-13, 2022 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Jessica Swale's play shares a moving story of four young women fighting for education and self-determination against the backdrop of women’s suffrage in 1896 Britain. 

CCM Acting presents "Blue Stockings." Photo by Mark Lyons.

CCM Acting presents "Blue Stockings." Photo by Mark Lyons.

Set in 1896 at England’s Girton College Cambridge, the first school open to female university students, the audience is met with four girls: Tess, Maeve, Celia and Carolyn, who made the courageous decision to pursue education in the Victorian period. They are ‘blue stockings’ - unnatural, educated women, stemming from different backgrounds but brought together by the determination to fight for their right to graduate.

Through strife and misogyny in the classroom, newfound love interests and troubles back home, they overcome these challenges to fight for womens' equal rights.

“The thing I enjoy most about this play is that higher education and knowledge are seen as an adventure," says CCM Acting Professor and Director Susan Felder. "Even riding a bicycle is a radical for women. Our heroines are courageous and resilient. The play is told with playfulness and hard-hitting truths.”

The 2021-22 CCMONSTAGE Play Series presents Blue Stockings Feb. 10-13, 2022 at Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. Based on current conditions, performance venues will be reduced to 50% capacity. All individuals, including audience members and performers, are required to wear facial coverings indoors, following guidelines from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Additional measures may be in place as conditions develop based on guidance from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Visit the UC Public Health website and CCM's COVID-19 website for additional information and updates.

Blue Stockings

By Jessica Swale

Blue Stockings will last approximately two hours and 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

  • Director Susan Felder
  • Scenic Designer Noam Denenberg*
  • Lighting Designer William Baker*
  • Costume Designer Brittannie McKenna Travis*
  • Sound Designer Alex Brock*
  • Wig & Make-Up Collaborators Tiara Jones* and Brittannie McKenna Travis*
  • Make-Up Designer Tiara Jones*
  • Production Stage Manager Haileigh Warren*
  • Props Manager Finley Fields*
  • Technical Director Jacob Blumberg*
  • Dialect Coach Sarah Summerwell
  • Fight Director k. Jenny Jones

*CCM student

  • Tess | Liza Lagerstrom
  • Celia | Shakoria Davis
  • Carolyn | Emma Fitzgerald
  • Maeve/Prof. Anderson, Lady | Rachel Larson
  • Elizabeth Welsh | Michelle Joy Jardine
  • Eleanor Blake | Ava Panagopoulos
  • Dr. Maudsley/Mrs. Peck | Kristina Steinmetz
  • Miss Bott/Mrs. Lindley | Ava Duvall
  • Billy Sullivan/Prof Radleigh/Librarian | Nora Kovasckitz
  • Minnie/Prof Collins/Waiter | Katie Kinman
  • Edwards (the singer) | Lydia Robison
  • Will | A.J. Civello
  • Ralph | Galen Arnett
  • Lloyd | Noah Buyak
  • Holmes | Luke Danni
  • Mr. Banks | Nathan Flesh
  • Ralph/Will/Lloyd/Holmes/Mr. Banks Swing | Jack McElroy
  • Minnie/Prof. Collins/Waiter/Billy Sullivan/Prof. Radleigh/Librarian/Miss Bott/ Mrs. Lindley Swing | Shaylee Bowman
  • Billy Sullivan/Prof. Radleigh/Librarian/Miss Bott/Mrs. Lindley/Dr. Maudsley/Mrs. Peck Swing | Katie Kinman
  • Fight Captain | Jack McElroy

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, 2022 (preview)
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 10
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 11
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, February 12
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 12
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, February 13


Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village 
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets are $32.50. Student discounts and group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit

Featured image at the top: A photo from CCM's production of "Blue Stockings." Photo by Mark Lyons. 


Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor
The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Sponsor
All-Steinway School Sponsor
Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc.
Community Partners
The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists & Thinking About Music Sponsor
ArtsWave: Funding Arts, Fueling Community
CCMpower: Friends and Alumni Fueling the Future of the Arts 
The Strader Fund at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
CCMONSTAGE ONLINE Broadcast Sponsors
Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer
Musical Theatre Department Sponsor
Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor
Rafael and Kimberly de Acha
Opera D’Arte Sponsor
An Anonymous Donor
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Elizabeth C.B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld+
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker+
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Ariel Quartet Sponsors
Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation
Choral Studies Sponsors
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor
Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation
Starling Pre-Collegiate Sponsor
Starling Strings Sponsor
Dr. Timothy E. and Janet L. Johnson
Thom Miles and Roberta Gary
Organ Department Sponsors
Louis and Susan Meisel
Piano Department Sponsor
Richard E. Thornburgh
Edward Donovan and Cheryl Carter
Jeff Thomas Catering
The Castleberry Family
Sandra & Stephen Joffe
Paula Boggs Muething & Brian Muething
Patti Myers & Alan Flaherty
Trish & Rick Bryan
Prestige AV & Creative Services
Graeter’s Ice Cream 
Rhinegeist Brewery
The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate & Prejudice through the Performing Arts
Event Sponsors
Buddy Rogers Music
LINKS Sponsor
Sponsors listed as of August 30, 2021
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Jaime Sharp is a master's student studying Vocal Performance at CCM. She serves as the Vice President of the CCM Graduate Student Association and Student Liaison for the CCM DEI Committee. Jaime holds a bachelor's from the University of Michigan.