CCM and Cincy Shakes present vampire play for Halloween
'Let The Right One In' runs Oct. 19-22 and 26-28 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater
Story by CCM Graduate Assistant Lucy Evans
UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) present Let The Right One In, a bloody vampire play based on the bestselling novel and award-winning film. Led by CSC Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips, the collaborative performance features professional CSC guest artists and CCM’s student actors.
Let The Right One In runs Oct. 19-22 and 26-28 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.
“The production is such a special opportunity for both of these Cincinnati institutions,” Phillips says. “Actors from both CCM and CSC have the opportunity to work on a piece that challenges the imagination, shows the transformative power of adaptation in the theatre, and a brings a uniquely haunting story to life just in time for Halloween.”
Based on the novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, the play follows Oskar, a teenager who is mercilessly bullied by his schoolmates and neglected by his parents. Oskar sees an opportunity for connection in Eli, a mysterious girl who just moved in next door and only comes out at night. Amidst a string of brutal murders by an apparent serial killer, the two form a friendship made more intense by their shared loneliness. But while Oskar’s loneliness stems from the all-too-human struggles of early adolescence, Eli is lonely because she’s been a teenager for a very, very long time.
From Count Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, vampire legends have captured imaginations for centuries. Aside from supplying gore and scares, what can monsters reveal about loneliness, love and humanity? Adapted for the theater by Jack Thorne, Let The Right One In wields the vampire myth to deliver a dark coming-of-age love story that explores horror and compassion in equal measure.
CCM’s student actors will perform alongside CSC actors Barry Mulholland, Kelly Mengelkoch, Geoffrey Barnes II and Billy Chace. All artists involved — from the actors on stage to the designers and technicians backstage — have the challenge of creating a performance that delivers both genuine emotion and genuine chills.
CCM’s Theater Design and Production team has some bloody special effects in store, including an edible heart. Audiences beware: there is a content advisory for Let The Right One In. The production is for mature audiences, and includes sexual situations, violence, blood and gore. The play is not appropriate for children 12 and under; parents strongly cautioned.
Let The Right One In
By Jack Thorne
Based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist
A collaboration with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC)
“Let The Right One In” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
Estimated run time: 2 hours, plus a 15-minute intermission
- Director | Brian Isaac Phillips+, guest artist from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
- Scenic Designer | Charlie Calvert
- Lighting and Media Designer | Andrew Gange^
- Sound Designer and Composer | Patrick Kiernan^
- Costume Designer | Elizabeth Payne
- Production Stage Manager | Rachel Ledington^
- Props Managers | LB Slater^, Ashley Crockett
- Blood and FX Creator | Ashley Crockett
- Vocal Coach | Sarah Summerwell
- Intimacy Director | k. Jenny Jones
- Movement Coach | Lucia Duque
+The Director is a Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.
- Hakan | Barry Mulholland*
- Mum | Kelly Mengelkoch*
- Halmberg | Geoffrey Barnes*
- Mr. Avivla/Kurt/Dad | Billy Chace*
- Oskar | Nathan Flesh
- Eli | Lyd Noll
- Janne | Madi Burnett
- Torkel | Dash Green
- Micke | Brandon Cook
- Jocke | Wyatt Toloczko
- Nils | Mallory Bolser
- Jimmy | Dash Green
- Johnny | Byrce Nevison
- Stefan | Lily Villaflor
- Understudy | Dinithi Fernando
- Understudy | Carson Mehlbauer
*The Actor or Stage Manager appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
- 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct 19
- 8 p.m. Friday, Oct 20
- ASL interpreting available during Friday, Oct. 20 performance. Please call the Box Office and specifically request ASL viewing seating.
- 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct 21*
- 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct 22
- 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct 26
- 8 p.m. Friday, Oct 27
- 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct 28
*Parking Advisory: Due to the large number of on-campus events occurring on Oct. 21, UC Parking will only allow patrons with pre-paid parking to access the CCM Garage. If you do not purchase pre-paid parking, you will be directed to UC's Eden Garage on Oct. 21. Please expect heavier-than-normal traffic on and around campus that day.
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Tickets: $36 adult, $20 student, $15 UC faculty/staff, $10 UC student, $5 CCM student; group discounts available
Experiencing the magic of CCM OnStage has never been easier! Purchase your tickets:
- Online at ccmonstage.universitytickets.com
- Over the phone at 513-556-4183
- In person at the CCM Box Office in the Atrium of UC's Corbett Center for the Performing Arts
CCM’s Box Office hours are 1-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and one hour prior to curtain for ticketed performances. Hours subject to change based on the University of Cincinnati calendar. Our Box Office staff is always ready to answer your questions by phone at 513-556-4183 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UC Student Ticket Options
Current UC students can purchase up to two tickets for each CCM OnStage concert and show at the discounted rate of just $10 per ticket; the discounted rate for current CCM students is $5 per ticket. Learn more.
Student discounts do not apply to CCM development fundraising events.
Directions and Parking
CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. For detailed driving directions, visit ccm.uc.edu/directions.
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. Effective July 1, 2023, all University of Cincinnati Parking Services locations will become cashless. Pay for parking securely with your credit/debit card. All major credit cards accepted.
CCM OnStage patrons can add pre-paid parking to their checkout carts when purchasing tickets. Pre-paid parking is date/performance specific. CCM Garage parking rates for a performance or special event is usually available for $10-15. Learn more about parking at UC's CCM Garage.
Parking Advisory: Due to the large number of on-campus events occurring on Oct. 21, UC Parking will only allow patrons with pre-paid parking to access the CCM Garage. If you do not purchase pre-paid parking, you will be directed to UC's Eden Garage on Oct. 21. Please expect heavier-than-normal traffic on and around campus that day.
For additional information on parking at UC, please visit uc.edu/about/parking.
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CCM Graduate Assistant, Marketing + Communications
Lucy Evans is an artist diploma student studying Opera-Vocal Performance at CCM. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, and was recently an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera.