Cinderella is about to lose her glass slipper, again! Congratulations to Bray Studio’s Maggie Drake for being cast as CINDERELLA, in INTO THE WOODS! Sponsored by Performing Arts, Inc., West Chester, OH. Coming June 9th, 2018.
And if you want to see another presentation of this enchanting musical, you can also catch Bray Studio's alumna Isabella Rosa as CINDERELLA in the East Side Players Cincinnati production of INTO THE WOODS! Show dates for this cast are June 8, 10, 14 & 16.
Congratulations to Bray Studio alumni Dane Morey in the title role of Candide,
and Danielle Morey in the chorus, in that extraordinary Leonard Bernstein
musical CANDIDE. Their performances were an overwhelming success in The Ohio
State University Opera & Lyric Theater production. This show marks Dane’s final performance of his four shows in four years at OSU. (He played Kurt Kelly in HEATHERS, Tobias Ragg in SWEENEY TODD and was Peter and one of the AC4 in CITY OF ANGELS. As Dane prepares to graduate
with a his Bachelor of Science degree Double-Majoring in Industrial & Systems Engineering and Theater, with a Minor in Music we wish him well! And we look forward to more beautiful performances from Danielle at OSU!
- "She was phenomenal!"
- "Oh, my goodness! She was so amazing! Such talent!"
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Grace Trainer for her magical performance as TINKER BELL in PETER PAN, JR. The show ran April 14th and 15th, and sponsored by St. Margaret of York Catholic School, Cincinnati, Ohio.
MARY POPPINS was a huge success! Congratulations to these 14 exceptional Bray Studio performers (current and former) in this wonderfully entertaining show: Michael Williams (Bert/Willoughby), Anna Kinasewitz (Miss Lark/ Willoughby), Gerardo Contreras (Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman), Megan Ledford (Mrs. Brill), Morgan Tracy (Queen Victoria/featured dancer, jr/precocious players ensemble.), Noah Carras (Von Hussler/ensemble), Claire Connell (Teddy Bear/featured dancer), Mia Prasinos (featured dancer), Leah Allman (featured dancer, jr./precocious players ensemble), Haley Allman, Sarah Goecke, Sophie Rothstein, Tara Maine, Andrea Poole (ensemble)! Presented by Acting Up, March 16-18, 2018.
The African savannah is coming to life. Cheers to Bray Studio's Claire Connell (RAFIKI), Grace Hoffman (OLDER NALA), Leah Tennie (SCAR), Emily Thole (SARAFINA), Michelle Vallarautto, Emily Fischer (LIONESSES) and the rest of the new cast of THE LION KING, JR.! Coming April 20th. Sponsored by St. Susanna School, Mason, OH.
The new cast list is up for HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Congratulations to Bray Studio's Maliyah Gaines, Olivia Reese and Jenna Skidmore! This show opens May 25, 2018, and is sponsored by Royal Theatre Company.
Congratulations to Bray Studio’s talented singers who performed at the 2018 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Solo & Ensemble contest. It was an exciting day and all gave beautiful performances. ALL singers received outstanding ratings of Superior ( I ) and Excellent ( II ) from the judges in the Solo Vocal category - Laurel Dobrozsi ( I ), Olivia Wiles ( I ), Erika Smith ( I ), Amanda Joiner ( I ), Elizabeth Gildemeister ( I ), Tara Maine ( I ) and Annalise Longfellow ( II ). The event was held on Saturday, January 21, 2018. Well done, everyone!
Cheers to Bray Studio’s Olivia Reese who has been cast as the ever funny ZANEETA SHINN (the Mayor’s daughter), in that wonderfully entertaining musical THE MUSIC MAN! Show dates are March 14-17, and held at The Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati, OH. Presented by Cincinnati Christian Schools. Ye, gads!
One of the most well-loved musicals of all time! Congratulations to Bray Studio's Emily Garver who will be starring as MARIA in Rogers and Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC! The show will give only one performance on March 3rd, 2018. Produced by Performing Arts, Inc., West Chester Junior Players, in West Chester, OH.
Kudos to Bray Studio's Jenna Skidmore who will be performing as ASAKA (mother of Earth) in Mason Middle School's production of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR! Coming next spring.
Cheers to Bray Studio's Mia Prasinos who will be performing in that loveable toe-tapping musical 42nd STREET! Show dates are November 9-12. Presented by Ursuline Academy, Cincinnati, OH.
Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music and merriment for this holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths. CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS, based on the story “The Loudest Voice” by Grace Paley, introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who (much to her immigrant parents’ exasperation) is cast as Jesus in the school’s Christmas pageant. As Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter, the play captures a timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays.
Sponsored by Center Stage Players, Lockland, OH, in Greater Cincinnati. Production Dates: December 7-10, 2017.
One of those glass slippers has gone missing again. Congratulations to Bray Studio's Mag Hochwalt and Sarah Goecke for being cast in that magical Rogers and Hammerstein musical CINDERELLA! Presented by Sharonville Junior Players, December 8 & 9, 2017, at the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center, Sharonville, OH, in Greater Cincinnati.
Applause, applause for Bray Studio's Polina Komissarova! This 8 yr. old vivacious talent will be making her stage debut taking lead roles in two shows this fall: A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, and NUNCRACKERS.
Polina stars as FROG in A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD. This musical was nominated for 3 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show dates are November 10-12, 2017, and presented by Sharonville Performing Arts, Inc., in Greater Cincinnati.
Little Miss Komissarova has also been cast as MARIA in NUNCRACKERS (1 of only 4 children's parts). This show is filled with Nunsense humor, some of your favorite carols and an uproarious take on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. NUNCRACKERS will make you laugh and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It’s the perfect way to ensure your holiday season is merry and bright. Sponsored by Lumos Players, Loveland, OH. Performances run Dec. 8-10 at Lakeview United Church of Christ. For more information visit www.facebook.com/LumosPlayers.
Congratulations to the new cast of SEUSSICAL,
especially Bray Studio's Maliyah Gaines,
Jenna Skidmore, Ella Predmore, former students Brianna Kendall Smith and
Brinley Culver as JOJO! Show dates are Nov. 3-5. Presented by The Children's Theatre of Mason (Royal Theatre
Congratulations to Bray Studio’s David Baur, whose Broadway success is celebrated in a feature article in West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle magazine, August Issue, 2017. David’s former vocal training with teacher Carol Bray, Bray Music Studio, led to his acceptance to Wright State University’s Musical Theatre undergraduate program in 2006. Since college graduation and his move to New York City, David has performed in some of the most well-known shows and musicals to ever grace the stage, including BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and countless others. However, there’s more than just Broadway fame on the mind of this West Chester native. You can read more about David Baur's rise to the national spotlight - http://www.westchesterandlibertylifestyle.com/2017/07/26/big-dreams-on-the-big-stage/
I am so happy to announce
these Bray Music Studio 2017 Orchid Awards WINNERS in the category of Excellence
in Musical Theatre Performance:
• Michael Williams as JOSEPH in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT
• Spencer Walsh as FESTER in ADDAMS FAMILY
• Spencer Walsh as PHARAOH in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT
• Kayla Stroud as BROTHER in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT
• Kate Shields as NARRATOR in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT
• Megan Ledford as GRANDMA in ADDAMS FAMILY
Michael, Spencer and Kayla are voice students of teacher Carol Bray. (Kate and Megan are
former voice students of Carol Bray.) Presented by The Association of Community
Theatres of Greater Cincinnati (ACT Cincinnati) and Southwest Ohio Community
Theatre Association (OCTAFest), held June 23 & 24. Congratulations
everyone!!! APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE! (More photos below.)
The new cast list has gone up for ANYTHING GOES. I am pleased to congratulate the following 12 Bray Studio singers in this tremendous Cole Porter musical: Noah Carras, Annie Wesner, Mia Prasinos, Haley Allman, Maliyah Gaines, Michael Williams, Sarah Goecke, Annalise Longfellow, Chris Mann, Andrea Poole, Jenna Skidmore and former student Megan Ledford!
This production is sponsored by Acting Up Theatre, Mason, OH. Performances are slated for September 22-24, 2017. Let the rehearsals begin!
A smashing success! Congratulations to these 16 fine Bray Studio singers (both current and former) for their outstanding performances in the Acting Up Theatre's 2017 FUNRAISER: "Broadway Through the Ages" - Kayla Stroud, Michael Willliams, Spencer Walsh, Maliyah Gaines, Anna Kinasewitz, Megan Ledford, Tara Maine, Andrea Poole, Veronica Turner, Annie Wesner, Haley Allman, Brandon Cole, Mia Prasinos, Danielle Morey, Ally Peebles, and Kate Shields! And special kudos to Ally Peebles and Danielle Morey as Choreographers and Dane Morey as Director of this show!
There were two wonderful weeks of amazing performances, and 5 out of the 6 performances were completely SOLD OUT! What a fantastic show! Well done, everyone!
Congratulations to Bray Studio’s Spencer Walsh, 2016-17 Cappies of Greater Cincinnati Winner for Comic Actor in a Play - Peter and the Starcatcher!
cannot talk about the production and not mention the splendid performance of Spencer Walsh as Smee. His portrayal
was filled with over-the-top shenanigans that were absolutely hilarious.”
Bravo to Bray Studio’s Claire Connell as ROZ in the 2017 Junior
Musical Theater Intensive at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music's Preparatory department production of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, JR! Show times were May 4 - 6.
Students from CCM Prep’s Junior Musical Theatre Intensive (Jr. MTI) previously presented an excerpt of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, JR at the iTheatrics Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, where they earned an Excellence in Dance award. CCM’s Jr. MTI program has presented at this competition for four years and has achieved recognitions of excellence each year. The competition has also led to individual opportunities for students.
Kudos to the cast, and especially for the brilliant performances by Bray Studio's Michael
Williams (JOSEPH), Spencer Walsh (PHAROAH), Kayla
Stroud (JUDAH), Annie Wesner (MRS. POTIPHAR),Andrea
Poole, Claire Connell, Haley Allman, Jenna Skidmore and former student Kate Shields (NARRATOR), in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT! The show ran April 7-9, 2017, sponsored by Acting Up Theatre, Mason, OH.
Hurray for the fine talents of Bray Studio's Kate Fulmer (JACK'S MOTHER), Olivia Wiles (RAPUNZEL) and the rest of the cast in their wildly successful Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical INTO THE WOODS! Here's a beautiful pic of Olivia Wiles as RAPUNZEL! Show dates were March 17-25, and presented by Lakota East High School.
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Maliyah Gaines (JUANITA) and Brinley Culver for being selected for the cast of an exciting new production of Leonard Bernstein's musical WEST SIDE STORY. The show will open this Memorial Day weekend by The Children’s Theatre of Mason.
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Kayla Stroud who has been cast as JANET VAN DE GRAAFF (the role made famous by Sutton Foster on Broadway), to Spencer Walsh as ADOLPHO, to former student Megan Ledford as KITTY, and to Annalise Longfellow and Erika Smith (Ensemble) in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE! And cheers to the rest of this talented cast! Coming this spring. Presented by Wm. Mason High School, Mason Ohio. You won't want to miss this hilarious show!
Congratulations to these Bray Studio singers for their participation in the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) High School Solo and Ensemble Contest and for their awards: Olivia Wiles ( I - Superior), and Elizabeth Gildemeister ( II - Excellent). The event was held on February 11, 2017.
The 2017 Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Awards Scholarship Competition was held on January 21st, for all of Greater Cincinnati’s high school students. It is an honor for me to announce CONGRATULATIONS to Bray Studio’s Kayla Stroud for making it to the Semi-Finals in Musical Theatre. Miss Stroud is 1 of 19 who achieved this distinction out of 300 who competed in the Theatre category, on January 21st. Kayla is a Senior at William Mason High School, in Mason, OH.
Each year, more than 500 of the region’s most talented high school
students compete as solo artists to win the top prize of $4,000, or to place
among the 3-runners up for $1,000, in each of 6 categories. The Overture
Semi-Finals will take place on February 11th, at the Aronoff Center
for the Arts, Cincinnati, and is open to the public.
Cheers to Bray Studio's Claire Connell in the role of ARIEL, Emily Thole (SEA CREATURE/PRINCESS), Grace Hoffman (MERSISTER) and the rest of the wonderful new cast of LITTLE MERMAID!!!! To be presented by St. Susanna School, Mason, OH, this spring.
Congratulations to former Voice student Megan Ledford, who has been
selected for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.
Ledford, Junior at Mason High School, Mason, OH, will perform Soprano 2 with the Carnegie Hall High School Honors
Concert Choir on February 5 in New York City.
Earlier this year, Ledford auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording.
According to Morgan Smith, Program Director, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 750 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians never forget”.
Ledford has studied music for eight years and is a member of the Mason High School Concert Choir. Along with the other finalists, she will travel to New York City for five days in February 2017. Ledford will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City. Two performances, an Honors Choral Performance and an Honors Instrumental Performance, will take place Sunday, February 5 at Carnegie Hall.
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Morgan Copas, who has been nominated to participate in the OMEA District 13 Honors Chorus, under the baton of William Sauerland, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Chabot College in Haywood, CA! The dates of the event are February 24 and 25, 2017.
Congratulations and best wishes to Bray Studio's Kate Fulmer (JACK'S MOTHER) and to Olivia Wiles (RAPUNZEL) in the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical INTO THE WOODS! This fanciful musical will keep you captivated and smiling to the end. Show dates are March 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, at 7:00pm, and March 19 at 2:00pm. Presented by Lakota East High School.
We are proud of Bray Studio's Lily Anton, who will be performing in that classic musical ALICE IN WONDERLAND! Presented by Sharonville Young Artists, December 1 & 2, 2016.
You will want to keep an eye on Bray Studio's young rising star, 9 year old Brinley Culver! Brinley begins her first performing season in Cincinnati in three musicals. She will be starring as MARIE in the musical ARISTOCATS, on November 17, in West Chester, OH, sponsored by Performing Arts, Inc. Next, you can find her in ANNIE, the musical, presented by Children’s Theatre of Mason, on Nov. 4-6. Then, taking a lead role in SEUSSICAL, as KANGAROO, JR., Brinley and her cast will be performing at Anderson Center, on Jan 27, 28, 2017. Congratulations and best wishes to Brinley for great success in all of her shows!
It's time for another SEUSSICAL! JR., the musical wild adventure, starring our own Kate Fulmer as BIRD GIRL, and Choreographer of the show! The show is presented by Lakota East High School, West Chester, OH and opens Nov. 4, 5 and 6. Best wishes to Kate and her castmates for a fantastic performance!
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Spencer Walsh (UNCLE FESTER), Kayla Stroud, Annie Wesner, Andrea Poole, former students Megan Ledford and Kate Shields, and the rest of the fine cast and crew of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, the musical! The show was a big success, full of hilarious and creepy antics and dynamic entertainment. The show ran September 23-25, presented by Acting Up Theatre, Mason, OH.
Kudos to Bray Studio's Olivia Wiles and Laurel Dobrozsi performing in the musical HAIRSPRAY, running July 21-23, at Miami University's Parrish Auditorium! Presented by Encore Youth Theatre.
Wow! What a great weekend at the 2015-2016 Association of Community Theatre (ACT) of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. OCTAFest – the Ohio Community Theatre Association convention and Orchid Awards presentation, held on June 23-25.
I am so proud to announce these Bray Music Studio 2015-16 Orchid Award Winners:
The OCTA Southwest Regional Conference is held the fourth weekend of June each year. This conference, hosted by ACT-Cincinnati, Inc. brings together all community theater in the southwest region for a celebration of theater featuring excerpts from one show from each group’s past season.
June 14, 2016 - CONGRATULATIONS to award-winning music composer Tara Traxler, who has released her 2nd choral piece “Birds of Passage,” published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc. The poem by Longfellow is given highly creative treatment in this vibrant choral setting. Singers here have the opportunity to create great drama, on occasion spoken, but most often via great melodic lines. A colorful piano part adds to the overall dramatic impact. Arranged for SSAA. Check out the BEAUTIFUL recording BELOW from the Xavier University Women's Chorus under the direction of Robyn Reeves Lana.
says, “This piece is extremely special to me, because it was the VERY FIRST
choral piece I had the compositional idea for as a kid. I wrote some of it in
7th or 8th grade, [when she was studying Piano at Bray Music Studio, West Chester, OH] then put
it away. I pulled it back out a couple of years ago and expanded it into the
full piece I'd always imagined, one that I'm very proud of. It's just crazy to
think that this little melody has been with me for so long, and now it's
finally a published piece for others to sing, too. Enjoy!”
AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Brandon Cole, nominated for The Cappies 2015-16, Featured Actor in a Play, in Theophilus North, William Mason High School.
Spencer Walsh, nominated for The Cappies 2015-16, Supporting Actor in a Play, in Theophilus North, William Mason High School.
Cara Severson, nominated for The Cappies 2015-16, Ensemble in a Play, in Theophilus North, William Mason High School.
The Greater Cincinnati Cappies are the critics and
awards program for high school theater.
A big shout out to Emily Niehaus for her beautiful performance as JENNY HILL in Fairfield High School's musical BIG FISH. The show ran in April, 2016.
Congratulations to the stellar cast of THE LITTLE MERMAID musical, especially the MANY outstanding singers who have trained at Bray Studio: Victoria Shields (ARIEL), Kayla Stroud (URSULA), Danielle Morey (SCUTTLE), Brandon Cole (KING TRITON), Isabella Rosa, (ANDRINA), Megan Ledford (ADELLA), Ally Peebles (FLOTSAN), Spencer Walsh (CHEF LOUIS), Annie Wesner (CHEF/GULL/ENSEMBLE), Andrea Poole and Kate Shields (ENSEMBLE)!!!! Wow!!!! So much rich talent under one roof. The show was sold out and if you missed it, you missed plenty. Presented by Acting Up Theatre, Mason, OH. More pictures below. (Click on them to enlarge.)
Kudos to Bray Studio's Megan Dendler (MADAME DUBONNET), Kate Fulmer (also as Dance Captain), Sarah Maharg and the rest of the fine cast in the 1920's musical THE BOYFRIEND! The show was a great success. Presented the weekends of March 10-20, 2016, by Lakota East High School, West Chester, OH. Here are a few pictures from the show. (See below.)
Sara Maharg also had the distinction of participating in the Ohio Music Educators Association District 13 Honors Choir, earlier this season!
Congratulations to Emily Niehaus and the very talented Choraliers, Grand Champs at the 2016 Red Hot Championship, held in Hurricane, West Virginia!!!! Fairfield High School's top mixed show choir, Choraliers took Best Show Design, Best Instrumental Group, Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Champion in Class A, and Overall Grand Champion!! Woot! The competition took place on February 14.
Update: Celebrating another big win..."Grand Champion" at the Twinsburg Northcoast Show Choir Invitational 2016!!!! Emily and the Choraliers won Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Show Concept, Best Costumes, and Judge's Choice!! Held February 27, Twinsburg, Ohio.
Well, the new cast list is up for THE LITTLE MERMAID, the musical. Special congratulations to these new cast members, below. All - yes, ALL OF THEM - have trained at Bray Music Studio, in West Chester, Ohio!!!!!!!!!!!
KING TRITON……….Brandon Cole
CHEF LOUIS……….Spencer Walsh
ENSEMBLE...............Kate Shields, Andrea Poole
The show will be presented in spring, 2016, by Acting Up Community Theater.
The 2016 Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Awards competition was held on January 9th for all of Greater Cincinnati’s high school students. CONGRATULATIONS to Bray Studio's Brandon Cole (senior) for being 1 of only 15 making it to the Semi-Finals in Musical Theater, and to Megan Dendler (senior) and Danielle Morey (senior) among only 22 moving on to the Semi-Finals in Voice!
It is an honor for me to have such talented, hard-working students, and I would be remiss if I did not add that I am equally PROUD as can be of the incredibly talented Isabella Rosa (senior), Joshua Allen (sophomore), Kayla Stroud (junior) and Spencer Walsh (junior), also from Bray Studio who competed, as well! Each year, more than 500 of the region’s most talented high school students compete as solo artists to win the top prize of $4,000, or to place among the 3-runners up for $1,000, in each of 6 categories. The Overture Semi-Finals will take place on January 30th at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, and is open to the public.
Another big fish has been caught at Bray Studio! Emily Niehaus will be performing the role of JENNY HILL, in Fairfield High School's musical BIG FISH! To be presented this spring, Fairfield, Ohio.
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Sara Maharg, a student at Lakota East High School, who has been accepted into the 2016 Ohio Music Education Association District 13 Honor Choir, and for landing a part in THE BOYFRIEND musical, to be presented by Lakota East High School in spring, 2016!
Congratulations, as well, to Bray Studio's Megan Dendler (MADAME DUBONNET) and Kate Fulmer (also as Dance Captain) for their casting in THE BOYFRIEND at Lakota East High School!
Applause, applause for Bray Studio's Keely Wissel, for her role in the musical CURTAINS, presented by Ursuline Academy High School, Cincinnati, Ohio!
Kuddos go out to Bray Studio's Emily Zigmond, who will be performing in Lakota West High School's production of MARY POPPINS, coming in spring, 2016!
Stroud, Annie Wesner, Danielle Morey, Ally Peebles, and former students Megan Ledford and Dane Morey (all seen in these photos) are just SOME of the fine
entertainers from Bray Music Studio you will find popping up at many of Greater Cincinnati's festive events as part of The Picture Party Place, arts and entertainment for hire
at your next social function!
Congratulations to The Ohio State University sophomore Dane Morey cast as TOBIAS RAGG in the musical SWEENEY TODD, at Ohio State University’s Opera and Lyric Theatre!! (This role was made famous by Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway). The production is scheduled for April 8-10, 2016. We wish Dane well!
The 2016 Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Awards Scholarship Competition for grades 9-12 will be taking place this coming January, 2016. Representing Bray Music Studio will be students Isabella Rosa, Megan Dendler, Joshua Allen, and Danielle Morey in Vocal category, and students Spencer Walsh, Brandon Cole and Kayla Stroud in Theatre category. These guys are amazingly talented. Best wishes to all!
What could be better than to see A CHRISTMAS STORY as a live musical while you enjoy fine dining! Go see Bray Studio’s Claire Connell in this hilarious and festive show, NOW through December 31! La Comedia Dinner Theater, Springboro, OH. BEST WISHES, Claire! Yay!
If you did not make it, you REALLY missed out on The Children's Theatre of Mason’s incredible 2015 fall production LES MISERABLES, starring Bray Studio’s Brandon Cole in the dynamic role of JEAN VALJEAN!!! Bravo to Brandon and to former student Brianna Smith! The show ran October 16-18.
The following is an excerpt of a review by Ralph Bowman -
"Went to see Les Miserables by Children's Theatre Of Mason, Inc. (CTM) and it was EPIC! A school age production of this show had me skeptical because, after having seen it twice by a Broadway touring company, seeing the 10th Anniversary video many times (love Lea Salonga as Eponine!), the 25th Anniversary video, and the movie, I assumed that high school kids could not generate the power and emotions the vocals demand for this show. I was wrong. Dead wrong! These kids were spectacular! It was right up there with any Broadway level show I have seen!
Brandon Cole, a senior at William Mason High School, was incredible as Jean Valjean, with a power and presence and a voice very few people his age can claim… There were so many incredibly talented people in this production that I cannot do it justice."
If you visit Kings Island this summer, you will see Bray Studio's Emily Niehaus entertaining the young at heart in Peanuts Party in the Park 2015!
Congratulations to Bray Music Studio's Brandon Cole (seen here in the Dick Van Dyke role of CARACTACUS POTTS) and Claire Connell of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, in this fantastic write-up of the rich, young talent at Greater Cincinnati's Children's Theater of Mason (CTM), in Mason, OH, published in LEAD CINCINNATI MAGAZINE, August, 2015!!!! Brandon Cole will take the lead role of JEAN VALJEAN in LES MISERABLES this fall, along with Bray Studio's Isabella Rosa and former student Brianna Smith.
Read the full story here - http://www.leadcincinnati.com/Broadway-Quality-in-Mason/#.VdCjZX17CPQ
Congratulations to amazing performances by Cara Severson, Kayla Stroud, Spencer Walsh and Brandon Cole, all cast in lead roles in the inspiring musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, presented by Mason High School! Pictured left, Kayla Stroud and Cara Severson.
And congratulations to Brandon Cole and Kayla Stroud for their being nominated for The Cappies Award 2015!
It’s time for some great fun. Thirteen Bray Studio singers will be performing in the Acting Up Young Performers Community Theater 2015 FUNRAI$ER: Brandon Cole, Annie Wesner, Isabella Rosa, Kayla Stroud, Spencer Walsh and Danielle Morey, and to former students Kailey Schneider, Dane Morey, Veronica Turner, Brianna Smith, Megan Ledford, Victoria Shields and Kate Shields!!! Performances are May 29-31 and June 5-7. Yay!
Superior (I) Ratings, the highest distinction possible, were awarded to Bray Studio’s Elizabeth Gildemeister and Olivia Wiles on March 21st, for their solo vocal performances in the 2015 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Solo & Ensemble Contest,
Junior High division. Congratulations!
Huge congratulations to Victoria Shields and former student Kennedy Carstens, both $1,000 winners in the 2015 Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Awards Scholarship Competition, in the Musical Theatre category! The event took place at Cincinnati's Aronoff Center, on February 28.
We celebrate former student Jenna VanWeelden, now a freshman at Taylor University, for being selected as one of the eight-member cast of Irving Berlin’s musical revue I LOVE A PIANO! Break a leg, Jenna! The show will run in April.
Kudos to Bray Studio's Sarah
Untener and Niki Walter, who competed
in the 2015 Ohio Music Education Association Solo & Ensemble Contest, vocal
category in the high school division, on February 14th. Both
received a 1 (Superior) rating!
Brava to Bray Studio’s Soprano Cara Severson, who sang in the 2015 Ohio Music Education Association All-State Choir, held in Cleveland, OH, February 4-6. (Right photo: Cara Severson with Mason High School Choir Director Elaine Santos.)
Also, congratulations to singers Josh Allen, Aubrey Daniel and Danielle Morey for being selected for membership in the 2015 Ohio Music Education Association District 13 Honor Choir, February 20-22!
Mason High School’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOF cast list is up. Congratulations to Bray Studio's Kayla Stroud, Cara Severson, Brandon Cole and Spencer Walsh, all cast in lead roles!
BEST WISHES to Kayla Stroud (PILAR), Victoria Shields (PAULETTE), Danielle Morey (SUNDEEP AGRAWAL PADAMADAN), Kate Shields (JUDGE), and Annie Wesner (CHUTNEY WYNDHAM), and the rest of the cast, who will be entertaining and making you laugh in the upcoming musical production LEGALLY BLONDE, JR., presented by Acting Up Theatre, March 20-22, 2015!
BREAK A LEG to Bray Studio’s Tenor Brandon Cole in the starring role of MAX, in Mason High School’s production of the play LEND ME A TENOR!
Bray Studio’s talented Aubrey Daniel will be performing along with the rest of her fine cast in Lakota West High School’s production GUYS AND DOLLS, coming in March!
Congratulations to Kate Fulmer, Sarah Untener, Megan Dendler (FAIRY GODMOTHER), and former students Danny Omaits (PRINCE/KING) and Shelby Flynn (QUEEN), all part of the fine cast of Lakota East High School’s musical CINDERELLA! The show will run this spring.
Prompts to Bray Studio's Brandon Cole, who has been cast in the lead role of CARACTACUS POTTS, and to Claire Connell, also cast in that wonderful musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG! (Brandon’s role was played by Dick Van Dyke in the movie.) The show will run May 8-10, and is presented by The Children's Theatre of Mason.
Congratulations to Niki Walter (BABETTE) in King’s High School’s upcoming production of that stupendous musical BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! This show is sure to sell out, so get your tickets early!
Yet, another fantastic musical for you to be sure to see: MARY POPPINS, with Bray Studio’s Emily Niehaus cast in the roles of MRS. CORRY and understudy for MARY POPPINS! Emily will get to perform in the role of MARY POPPINS for some of the shows! Presented by Fairfield High School, April 24-26, 2015.
June 29 was Southwest Ohio Community Theatre Association Orchid Awards 2013-2014. Congratulations to all of the Winners and Nominees. We are proud of you all!
Congratulations to this amazing Bray Studio talent for their wildly wonderful performances in Acting Up’s FunRaiser 2014: Isabella Rosa, Dane Morey, Danielle Morey, Brandon Cole, Spencer Walsh, Kayla Stroud, Emily Meinerding, Victoria Shields, and former students Kailey Schneider, Lauren Magness, Megan Ledford and Veronica Turner! This year's theme was a musical review of favorite Broadway songs about "Growing Up." Performances were May 24 – 31, at the Lebanon Theatre Company, Lebanon, OH.
Congratulations to the 2014 Bray Music Studio high school Seniors who are majoring in music this fall, as they begin their college degree programs:
Jenna VanWeelden, Taylor University, Theatre.
Emily Meinerding, Lipscomb University, Musical Theatre
Eric McMillan, Ohio University, Viola
Chris McMillan, McGill University Schulich School of Music, Canada, Clarinet
Lauren Magness, Florida State University, Musical Theatre
Dane Morey (GRANNY, LUCINDA, POWDER WHITE & MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES WITH A FIDDLE), and Cindy Wilmes (CINDERELLA) charmed, entertained and kept their audiences in stitches in Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS, presented by Lebanon Theatre Company, May 9-18, 2014!!!!
Get ready for the NEW GODSPELL musical cast, especially Bray Studio's Brandon Cole (JESUS) , and SOLOISTS Emily Meinerding, Cara Severson, Jenna VanWeelden, Isabella Rosa, Victoria Shields, Kate Shields, Marin Sandefur and former student Kailey Schneider! Presented by Cincinnati Christian Community Theatre, July 10-19, 2014.
Winning piece "Fireflies," written by former Bray Studio piano student Tara Traxler, undergraduate at Oral Roberts University, and lyrics by Vanessa Sweet. Performed by the Bel Canto Choir of the Cincinnati Children's Choir, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, May 16. CONGRATULATIONS, Tara & Vanessa, for winning the Cincinnati Children's Choir Composition Competition 2014 !!!!!!
AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Jenna VanWeelden, nominated for The Cappies 2013-14, Female Vocalist, in THE SPITFIRE GRILL, Cincinnati Christian Schools.
Brandon Cole, nominated for The Cappies 2013-14, Supporting Actor in a Musical, in URINETOWN, the musical, Wm. Mason High School.
Kennedy Carstens, nominated for The Cappies 2013-14, Lead Actress in a Musical, in ANYTHING GOES, Ursuline Academy.
Kayla Stroud, Cara Severson and Spencer Walsh, nominated for The Cappies 2013-14, Best Song, “Run, Freedom, Run,” in URINETOWN, Wm. Mason High School.
CONGRATULATIONS to professional actress Beth Ann Wipprecht, formerly of Bray Studio, who has been cast in the National Tour of MAMMA MIA starting in September, 2014!!!
Megan Moore, soprano, formerly of Bray Studio, who is a first-year graduate student in the Masters program at Eastman School of Music, Vocal Performance, sang a stunning performance in the role of BLANCHE DE LA FORCE in Dialogue of the Carmelites, presented by Eastman Opera Theatre, April! Brava!!
Congratulations to Emily Conway and Niki Walter for their fine performances in the Gershwin tap musical CRAZY FOR YOU, April 10-12, presented by King’s High School!
Applause, applause, goes out to Cara Severson, Spencer Walsh, Kayla Stroud, Lauren Magness and Kailey Schneider, for their dynamic entertainment in URINETOWN, the musical, presented April 10-13, by Mason High School! (Cara Severson seen here in the poster and photo.)
Another opening, another show!
Bray Studio's Victoria Shields got a golden ticket! See her in the role of spoiled brat VERUCA SALT, in The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's production of WILLY WONKA JR. Tickets available at www.thechildrenstheatre.com. Public show dates are April 4,5,6 and 12. Lead character WILLY WONKA is being played by Cincinnati WKRC-TV's Bob Herzog. Tickets are going fast, so don't miss out!
Mason High School has announced the cast list for their Spring production URINETOWN. Congratulations to Bray Studio's Kayla Stroud, Spencer Walsh, Cara Severson, and former students Lauren Magness and Kailey Schneider!
Congratulations and best wishes to Dane Morey who has been cast in Lebanon Theatre Company's production of the musical INTO THE WOODS! Dane will be playing several character roles: GRANNY, LUCINDA, POWDER WHITE, and MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES WITH A FIDDLE. Something tells me he is going to be a little busy with the costume changes!
Best wishes to Bray Studio's Isabella Rosa, for her upcoming performance in GODSPELL as the "Day By Day" soloist!!!! Presented by Kids in the Spotlight Fairfield, March 21-23, at the Fairfield Community Center.
We are looking forward with great anticipation to Acting Up's comical ONCE UPON A MATTRESS! This show is just laced with rising artists. Congratulations to Bray Studio's Dane Morey (MINSTREL), Emily Meinerding (QUEEN AGGRAVAIN), Spencer Walsh (WIZARD), Kayla Stroud (BIRD GIRL), and former students Megan Ledford (LADY BEATRICE/FEATURED DANCER) and Veronica Turner (LADY MERRILL), March 21-23.
King's High School announces their cast for the Gershwin tap musical CRAZY FOR YOU. Congratulations to Bray Studio's Niki Walter (TESS) and Emily Conway (SHEILA)! The show opens this April.
Children’s Theatre of Mason has announced their cast list for WIZARD OF OZ. Congratulations to former students Kailey Schneider, Morgan Reece and Brianna Smith! Break a leg!
Congratulations to former student Megan Ledford, who is starring as JASMINE in ALADDIN JR., Mason Middle School! Performances are March 14 & 15.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, especially to Bray Studio's Cara Severson and Spencer Walsh, presented by Mason High School in late January!
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to international super model and former Bray Studio singer Taylor Kraemer, who appears in Beyonce's new video single "SUPERPOWER" from her newly released self-titled visual album!
CONGRATULATIONS to Bray Studio's Victoria Shields for making it into the Semi-Finals of the Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Awards Scholarship Competition! This is quite an honor. Miss Shields was 1 of 14 others who achieved this distinction out of 300 who competed in the Musical Theatre category in early January. Victoria is a Sophomore at Lakota East High School.
We celebrate a marvelous performance by Katie Daniel, professional actress and formerly of Bray Studio in the lead role of ANNE EGERMAN, and Mason High School freshman Danielle Morey of Bray Studio who appeared as FREDERIKA, in Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, presented by Mariemont Players, in Cincinnati! The show ran Jan. 10-26, and was a big success.
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Dane Morey cast as RALPH HERDMAN and Kayla Stroud (ANGEL) in the Lebanon Theatre Company's production of THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER! Show dates ran Dec 5-8. It really was the best, ever!
SHREK THE MUSICAL was a high energy, sold out success, presented by Children’s Theatre of Mason! Kudos to these talented performers: Emily Conway, Lauren Magness (FIONA), Kailey
Schneider (PINOCCHIO), Megan Ledford and Brianna Smith! Performances were Nov. 15-17.
Congratulations to Sarah Untener and former Bray Studio students Danny Omaits and Avery Fehrenbach, cast in Lakota East High School’s WILLY WONKA, JR., November 15-17!
A shout out to Maria Bonino, who performed in BYE BYE BIRDIE, at Mount Notre Dame High School, November 8-10, & 14-16! Well done!
Congratulations to Sierra Braun for her successful starring role as JASMINE in ALADDIN, JR., with Encore Youth Theatre, Nov. 7-9! The show was presented at Miami University Parrish Auditorium, in Hamilton, Ohio.
Applause, applause goes to talented, 10 yr. old Kate Shields, who played NELLIE in LaComedia Dinner Theatre’s
production of HOLIDAY CELEBRATION! She was one of 4 principal children. The
show ran a whopping Nov. 6 through Dec. 28. Congratulations, Kate, for an incredible performance!
What have we been up to? Reaching higherheights!Just look!
Several former Bray Studio singers have been entertaining audiences at Kings Island Amusement Park this past summer season! Congratulations to Beth Ann Wipprecht, Kennedy Carstens and veteran Kings Island performer Nancy Corsmeier!! Miss Corsmeier is also haunting audiences this fall at Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt 2013!!!
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Emily Meinerding, Veronica Turner, Cara Severson, Victoria Shields and Jenna VanWeelden for their wildly successful performances in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, with Cincinnati Christian Community Theatre!
Congratulations to former student Becca Braun, who starred as ANDREA in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, presented by Encore Youth Theatre! Becca is a winner of the 2013 ACT Orchid Awards, and is majoring in Theater and Minoring in Musical Theatre at Miami University of Ohio.
Congratulations to Sarah and Liz Radway, who have BOTH been cast in The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's 2013-14 main stage production of
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Victoria Shields, who has just been cast as VERUCA SALT in The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's 2013-14 main stage production of WILLY WONKA, JR.!
Bravo to former student Ryan Slone for his outstanding opera role debut in Italy as Marcello, in the romantic Puccini opera LA BOHEME!!!
A NEW musical, HORIZONS OF GOLD, made its premiere at Miami University’s Parrish Auditorium in Hamilton, Ohio. Congratulations go out to everyone, and especially the amazing Bray Studio stars in this show: former students Kennedy Carstens, Emily Farnell, Kailey Schneider and Diane VanWeelden, and present students Victoria Shields, Jenna VanWeelden and Kate Shields!
Cara Severson will star as DOROTHY TREE HAPGOOD and Spencer Walsh as LARRY VAUXHALL in the comedic play INSPECTING CAROL, presented by William Mason High School, coming in December! Congratulations to you both!!!!
Congratulations to students and former students who have been cast in SHREK THE MUSICAL, presented by Children’s Theatre of Mason: Cara Severson, Emily Conway, Kayla Stroud, Lauren Magness, Kailey Schneider, Megan Ledford and Brianna Smith!!! Performances will be Nov. 15-17.
Sierra Braun has been cast as JASMINE in ALADDIN, JR., with Encore Youth Theatre, Nov. 7-9, at Miami University Parrish Auditorium in Hamilton, Ohio! Congratulations, Sierra!!!
Congratulations to Jenna VanWeelden and Madeline Arn, both cast in the lead role of SHELBY in the musical Spitfire Grill, coming this Oct. 9-14, by Cincinnati Christian Schools!
Kate Shields has been cast in LaComedia Dinner Theatre’s HOLIDAY CELEBRATION! She is one of the 4 principal children. Coming this November 1 through December 31!!!
Congratulations to Bray Studio’s Harper Eppley, Sarah Untener and former student Danny Omaits, cast in Lakota East High School’s WILLY WONKA, JR!
Kudos go out to Bray Studio singers who just ended a fantastic performance in the musical CHILDREN OF EDEN: Dane Morey (NOAH), Kayla Stroud, Spencer Walsh and Danielle Morey, presented by Acting Up!!
Bray Studio’s Emily Farnell is one of Miami University of Ohio’s featured representatives in an ad campaign for their Musical Theatre Minor program!!! The ad displays Emily as CINDERELLA from MU’s production of the musical INTO THE WOODS. Miss Farnell is a Voice Major and Musical Theatre Minor, in her Junior year at Miami University, Oxford.
Late Spring/Summer 2013
We celebrate the fine talent shown by our artists. The following musical theatre performers have been given recognition at the ACT Orchid Awards, 2013. Bravo!
Orchid Awards Nomination, 2013 -
Excellence in Musical Theater Performance: Victoria Shields as Maureen, in HONK!
Orchid Awards Winners, 2013 -
Excellence in Musical Theater Performance: Becca Braun as Kim MacAffee, BYE BYE BIRDIE
Excellence in Musical Theater Performance: Dane Morey as Bugsy Malone, BUGSY MALONE
Excellence in Musical Theater Performance: Kathryn Albers as Tallulah, BUGSY MALONE
Excellence in Musical Theater Performance: Victoria Shields as Blousey, BUGSY MALONE
Congratulations to Bray Studio’s Alex Kelsey (TONY), Kathryn Albers (GRAZIELLA), Kailey Schneider (ROSALIA), Cara Severson (VIRGINIA) and former student Lauren Magness (YVELISSE) who starred in WEST SIDE STORY, produced by Mason High School!!! And kudos to pianist and multi-talent Chris McMillan, who played in the pit!!
Congratulations to Danny Omaits, Kailey Schneider, Emily Conway for their excellent performances in LITTLE MERMAID, JR., presented by Children’s Theatre of Mason!
Congratulations to Bray Studio’s Kathryn Albers, a new graduate of William Mason High School, who will be attending Costal Carolina University, majoring in Musical Theatre! We wish Kathryn all the best!
Congratulations to former student Beth Ann Wipprecht, a 2013 graduate of Wright State University in Musical Theatre. During her Senior Showcase in New York City trip in April, Miss Wipprecht was hired on-the-spot to record for a demo with performing greats Gabriel Mudd, Mykal Kilgore and LaChrisha Brown of an upcoming show! They recorded with Producer Dennis Michael Keefe, owner-operator of NYC’s Great White Wax Music Production Studio!!!!
In late April, Bray Music Studio students and their friends were featured in a national commercial by Barking Squirrel Media of Cincinnati, for a multi-country travel-study college program!!!! Congratulations to Veronica Turner, Niki Walter, Emily Wilhelm, Lindsay Thomas, Danny Omaits, Colton Thomas, Carley Kline, Alex Kelsey, Allison Mogle, Dane Morey and Kathryn Albers! The commercial turned out fantastic and is a big success!!!! (Click on video to watch.)
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Emily Meinerding, Veronica Turner, Cara Severson, Victoria Shields and Jenna VanWeelden, all cast in principal roles in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, with Cincinnati Christian Community Theatre!!!
Acting Up’s FUNrai$er was a big success. Audiences were entertained by the fine talents of Bray Studio’s Danielle Morey, Dane Morey, Kathryn Albers, Victoria Shields, Spencer Walsh, Megan Ledford, Kayla Stroud, and former student Lauren Magness. Bravo, everyone!
Congratulations to the following current and former students nominated for The Cappies of Greater Cincinnati, 2013: Alex Kelsey, Kathryn Albers, Kailey Schneider, Kennedy Carstens and Lauren Magness!
Soprano Emily Farnell, a Sophomore Voice Major at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and former student of Bray Studio, stars as CINDERELLA in MU’s production of INTO THE WOODS, Gates-Abegglen Theatre, April 18-28, 2013!
Congratulations to Pianist/Singer Marin Sandefur, who performs regularly for her school’s Talent Day, and played the role of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN in 1776, the musical!
Congratulations to former student Beth Ann Wipprecht, a Senior in Musical Theatre, who played RAFFAELA in GRAND HOTEL the musical, presented by Wright State University, March 14-31!
Congratulations to Becca Braun, a Senior at Lakota West High School, who starred as MISS SANDRA in Lakota West High School’s musical ALL SHOOK UP!!!
Congratulations to Niki Walter (LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD) and Emily Conway (ENCHANTED TREE) in King’s High School’s production of INTO THE WOODS, April 18, 19, 20!
Congratulations to Jenna VanWeelden for her wonderful performance in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, presented by Cincinnati Christian Schools Drama Department, March 13-16, at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center.
Congratulations to Danny Omaits in 110 IN THE SHADE, presented by Lakota East High School, April 12, 13, 19, 20.
We celebrate WEST SIDE STORY, produced by Mason High School, which stars Alex Kelsey (TONY), Kathryn Albers (GRAZIELLA), Kailey Schneider (ROSALIA), Cara Severson (VIRGINIA) and former student Lauren Magness (YVELISSE)!! Pianist and multi-talent Chris McMillan played in the pit!! This show runs April 18-21!
The cast list for LITTLE MERMAID, JR. includes the talents of our Kailey Schneider (JETSAM), Danny Omaits (GRIMSBY/CHEF/SAILOR) and Emily Conway (MERSISTER)! We look forward to this musical coming in May, by Children’s Theatre of Mason.
Coming soon is Acting Up’s FUNrai$er, starring Bray Studio’s Danielle Morey, Dane Morey, Kathryn Albers, Victoria Shields, Spencer Walsh, Megan Ledford, Kayla Stroud, and former student Lauren Magness!!! Performances are at the end of May & early June!
Winter News, 2012-13
Great things keep happening and dreams realized for students of Bray Studio!
CONGRATULATIONS to Bray Studio’s Elizabeth Landis, now the young up’n’coming Hollywood starlet, lead singer and spoke person for “The Power of Love” music project!!!!
On Sunday, Feb. 24th, Elizabeth attended the prestigious “Night of 100 Stars” Oscar Awards Dinner Gala event that took place in Beverly Hills. She was acknowledged by press on the “RED CARPET” as she mingled with the elite Hollywood icons.
“The Power of Love” televised concert from Hollywood will take place in August, 2013. It will be history in the making as “The Power of Love” music video will debut at the famous Hollywood Bowl Stadium, accompanied by other well-known musical acts performing at this concert and a celebrity MC to host this event. The project embraces the world with goodness by spreading HOPE, LOVE and PEACE through the universal language of MUSIC.
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Baritone Ryan Slone, former student of Bray Studio, who has officially been hired for his first major Opera role in Italy!!!!! He will be playing MARCELLO in LA BOHEME in August, 2013 – winning!!! Ryan ALSO had the honor of singing in the company of the Pope, in the Sistine Chapel, at Thanksgiving Day Mass, Nov. 25, 2012!
Ryan Slone and Tenor Donald Smith, both former students of Bray Studio, are currently rising artists at Central Florida Lyric Opera! These amazing men got their start back in elementary school singing with The Cincinnati Boy Choir. They moved on together to live in Austria for 2 years as members of the prestigious Vienna ChoirBoys! Both former graduates of Lakota West High School, West Chester, OH, Donald received his Bachelor of Music from DePauw University. Ryan is a recent graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Best wishes to these fine, talented artists for their continued success!!!
Congratulations to Becca Braun who starred and was fantastic as KIM MACAFEE in Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre’s BYE BYE BIRDIE!! The show ran in December at Miami University, Hamilton.
Congratulations to pianist/clarinetist Chris McMillan for his induction into the Honor Band of America!
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Victoria Shields, Jenna VanWeelden, Alex Kelsey, and Emily Wilhelm for competing in the Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Awards Scholarship Competition, January 12, 2013. We celebrate with Victoria Shields for winning her place in the Semi Finals of Overture Awards Scholarship Competition in the Theatre category. Victoria was the ONLY 9th grader chosen, and 1 of 12 others out of the approximately 500 contestants, grades 9-12, to achieve this distinction!
Congratulations to Niki Walter and Emily Conway for landing leading roles in INTO THE WOODS, at King’s High School!
Congratulations to singer and pianist Alex Marque and Dan Marque, former students of Bray Music Studio, and to their brother John Marque for the BRAND NEW release of their 1st album, STRONGER IN THIRDS, on iTunes! These 3 brothers are multi-talented and accomplished musicians, as you will hear on their album. YAAAAAAAAY!!!
Congratulations to the Bray Studio singers who all landed starring roles in the musical BUGSY MALONE: Dane Morey (BUGSY MALONE), VictoriaShields (BLOUSEY), Kathryn Albers (TALLULAH), Kayla Stroud (SHOULDERS),Megan Ledford (YONKERS), Veronica Turner (SHADY), Spencer Walsh (SEYMOUR SCOOP/PRIEST/CELLIST)!!!!!! This show is presented by Acting Up and will open in March, 2013.
The cast list for LITTLE MERMAID, JR. includes the talents of our Kailey Schneider (JETSAM), Danny Omaits (GRIMSBY/CHEF/SAILOR) and Emily Conway (MERSISTER)! We look forward to this musical coming in May, by Children’s Theatre of Mason.
We are very excited about the newly announced cast for WEST SIDE STORY, presented by Mason High School!!! High fives to Bray Studio students Alex Kelsey (TONY), Kailey Schneider (ROSALIA), Kathryn Albers (GRAZIELLA), Cara Severson (VIRGINIA) and former student Lauren Magness (YVELISSE)!!!!!
Fall Newsletter, 2012
October was packed with great entertainment, not only in southwestern Ohio, but also extending to the eastern United States.
Congratulations to the cast of Acting Up?s SEUSSICAL for a great performance, especially Megan Ledford (THING 1), Spencer Walsh (VLAD VLADIKOFF), Lauren Magness and Victoria Shields (BIRD GIRLS), Dane Morey (one of the WICKERSHAM BROTHERS), and Kayla Stroud (a WHO)!
Children?s Theatre of Mason gave a smashing presentation of BYE BYE BIRDIE. Bray Studio is proud to congratulate Jenna VanWeelden who starred as KIM MACAFEE, Cara Severson as MRS. MAE PETERSON, Kailey Schneider as GLORIA RASPUTIN and THE MAYOR?S WIFE, Emily Conway as DEBORAH and Danny Omaits as KARL!
Soprano Emily Farnell gave a thrilling performance of "Brindisi" from La traviata, with the Miami University of Ohio choirs at New York City?s Carnegie Hall, on October 7th! Brava!
Congratulations to Emily Wilhelm for winning the role of CHRISTINE, which she performed beautifully at Fitton Center for the Arts, October 7th, in her Phantom of the Opera duet on stage with Broadway Phantom's Franc D'Ambrioso!
Congratulations to former student Morgan Schneider who got to perform onstage at the 50th annual Country Music ASCAP Awards with songwriters Terry Sawchuk and Eric Paslay (who happened to win the ASCAP Song of the Year Award that evening), in front of some big name songwriters and performers!!! The event was held at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland, on October 29.
November will not disappoint with more fine performances for students of Bray Studio.
Congratulations to Kathryn Albers (LADY MACBETH), Kailey Schneider and Emily Wilhelm for their outstanding performance in William Mason High School Theatre?s MACBETH!
Miami University of Ohio's Department of Music presented TRIAL BY JURY, by Gilbert & Sullivan. Congratulations to EMILY FARNELL, who starred in the lead role, November 8th !
Best wishes to Holly Nurre and former student Kennedy Carstens, who will be performing in WIZARD OF OZ, presented by Ursaline Academy!
Mason Middle School?s WILLY WONKA, JR. , star?s Bray Studio?s Spencer Walsh in the lead role of WILLY WONKA/CANDY MAN, Harrison Wright as CHARLIE, Kayla Stroud as MS. TEAVEE and Megan Ledford as OOMPA-LOOMPA, coming soon. Break a leg!
Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre?s production of BYE BYE BIRDIE will star Becca Braun in the lead role of KIM MACAFEE! Congratulations, Becca!
Congratulations go out to Jenna VanWeelden for being cast as LADY LARKEN in Mount Notre Dame's winter musical ONCE UPON A MATTRESS!
Best wishes to Rebecca Braun, who will be playing HERMIA in"A Midsummer Night's Dream,"
on November 17, at Lakota West High School.
We are also celebrating the upcoming performances of Sierra Braun, who will play LIN, the Ancestor, and Sophia Braun as a DAUGHTER/HAIRDRESSER in MULAN, by Encore Youth Theatre, on November 15 ? 17!
Best wishes to Sarah Untener, who will be singing a solo number at Liberty Junior School?s November choir concert.
Congratulations to pianist Colton Thomas for his fine performances on sax with Lakota East High School Freshman Jazz Band, and for his acceptance into the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra!
Congratulations to the fine, multi-talented piano students who are ending their highly successful marching band seasons. Congratulations to Christopher McMillan of William Mason High School (ranked 8th in the Bands of America Grand National Championships, 2012) and students James Gaitan and Samuel Bray at Lakota East High School.
Baritone David Baur continues his successful tour with Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Nat'l Tour with NETworks, coming to a city near you! David is ecstatic to be a part of such an incredible show! National tour debut! Regional: Hairspray (Sketch), Joseph and the Amazing.. (Gad), 42nd Street, Carousel, and Hello Dolly. Other credits include dancer on board the Regent Seven Seas Navigator and West Side Story (Riff).
If you?ve been to Kings Island's new show, BRITISH INVASION, you have no doubt witnessed Nancy Corsmeier?s energizing, dynamic performances of the songs of Elton John and The Beatles! Nancy is no rookie to K.I. She has been a regularly featured performer in the largest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest since 2009.
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Emily Wilhelm and American Idol's Eben Franckewitz for their Orchid win at the ACT regional OCTAfest (Ohio Community Theatre Association banquet.), held on June 24th. Both Eben & Emily won Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance in Acting Up?s ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER.
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Emily Conway for her solo with her choir in front of thousands of spectators at the World Choir Games 2012, Cincinnati, held in early July.
July saw NBC?s Clash of the Choirs reunion for Cincinnati?s TEAM LACHEY with Bray Studio?s April Hilen on Fountain Square, in Cincinnati. Word got out they were having an ?open rehearsal? at The Blue Wisp Jazz Club and the place quickly filled up with spectators cheering.
BEAUTY & THE BEAST, JR., presented by Cincinnati Christian Community Theatre, starred Kennedy Carstens and Lauren Magness both in the role of BELLE, Emily Farnell as BABETTE and THE WARDROBE, Veronica Turner and Kailey Schneider as NARRATOR and Victoria Shields as SILLY GIRL. In the Pre-Show: Victoria Shields as ARIEL (LITTLE MERMAID), and Kailey Schneider as RAPUNZEL. The show was sold out!!
Congratulations to Danny Omaits who starred as PIPPIN and Cara Severson as CATHERINE, in Middletown Lyric Theatre?s production PIPPIN, in July!
We celebrate Becca Braun?s fine performance in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, presented by Encore Youth Theatre, July 25-28.
Jenna VanWeelden was outstanding as the funny BROOKE WYNDHAM in LEGALLY BLONDE, at Mount Notre Dame, on July 27-August 3.
Megan Ledford (PEPPER) received kudos for her fantastic performance in Beechmont Players? ANNIE , which ran Aug. 2-11!
Audiences were entertained and fed at CCCT?s Cabaret AN ENCHANTED EVENING. Accolades go out to Kennedy Carstens, Emily Farnell, Lauren Magness and Kailey Schneider, who gave stunning performances, August 9 ? 11!
STAR Camp presented POCAHONTAS in early August. Shout outs go to Danny Omaits as CAPT. ARGALL and Victoria Shields as LUNA!
Congratulations to Bray Studio?s pianist-singer-songwriter Morgan Schneider for the new release of her hit single ?Proud,? on iTunes and Spotify, NOW!!!
Acting Up will present SEUSSICAL the Musical, with Dane Morey, Spencer Walsh and Megan Ledford in lead roles, October 5-7!
Rehearsals soon start for BYE BYE BIRDIE. Congratulations to Jenna VanWeelden as KIM MACAFEE, Cara Severson as MRS. MAE PETERSON, Kailey Schneider as GLORIA RASPUTIN, Emily Conway as DEBORAH , Danny Omaits as KARL and Brianna Smith in the Adult Chorus.
Spring Newsletter 2012
CONGRATULATIONS to Bray Studio's former student April Hilen for her NEW RELEASE in mid-March of the hit single "So Long," on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon now!
Accolades go out to Beth Ann Wipprecht for her incredible performance in Wright State University Theatre's production of RENT, playing the part of JOANNE JEFFERSON. Beth has another reason for us to celebrate! She has also landed the understudy role of CARLOTTA in Wright State University?s production PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
We are proud to announce Otterbein University Opera Theatre: Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS PINAFORE, with Bray Studio?s very talented Grace Farnell and Kristin Hammond, April 20 ? 22.
Congratulations to our very talented pianist Morgan Schneider for being accepted into the undergraduate Music Program at Belmont University. Also, congratulations to our beautiful soprano Emily Farnell for being accepted into the undergraduate Vocal Music Programs at both Cleveland Institute of Music and Miami University, Oxford.
Children?s Theatre of Cincinnati STAR Program will be presenting THE LEGEND OF POCAHONTAS, with students Danny Omaits, Victoria Shields and Cara Severson. Wonderful!
Danny Omaits has been cast in a new TV show called THE POSERS. We can?t wait!
Huge congratulations to Bray Studio's Kailey Schneider, Kathryn Albers and Emily Wilhelm for making the cast of Mason High School's ANYTHING GOES!!!!!! This was Emily's 1st high school audition and she received a callback & is one of only 4 freshman cast. Good work, ladies!!!!!!
The OMEA Solo & Ensemble ratings are in. Cheers to the outstanding performances of James Gaitan, Chris McMillan, Colton Thomas, Sam Bray, Jenna VanWeelden, and Danielle Morey. All students were awarded the highest rating - I.
We celebrate Becca Braun and former students Amanda Horne, Katie Duffy and Kayla Burley for their excellent performances in Lakota West High School?s MUSIC MAN, in early March.
ACTING UP is currently presenting their 2012 FUN rai$er. Among their stars are Bray Studio?s Megan Ledford, Kailey Schneider, Danny Omaits, Spencer Walsh, Kathryn Albers, Laura DeBrunner and Emily Wilhelm. A must see!
Great achievements continue to happen and I can't stop beaming. Liberty Jr. has announced the cast for BYE BYE BIRDIE. Congratulations to Avery Fehrenbach, Sara Untener, Shelby Flynn, and also to Colton Thomas who will be starring in the lead role of ALBERT PETERSON. Coming soon!
Another upcoming show is Children?s Theatre of Mason?s CAMP ROCK, with Cara Severson, Emily Conway, Brianna Smith and Jenna VanWeelden in leading roles, in May.
Marin Sandefur performed beautifully on piano for Freedom Elementary School?s Talent Day!
Danny Omaits joins the cast of Lakota East High School?s JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT. Danny will be playing the role of ZEBULAN.
HONK!, presented by Mason?s Acting Up will be using the fine talents of Bray Studio?s Danny Omaits, Lindsay Thomas, Lauren Magness, Victoria Shields, Kailey Schneider, Megan Ledford, Brooke Tartar, Spencer Walsh, Kayla Stroud, Veronica Turner, and Laura DeBrunner. Break a leg, everyone!
Danny Omaits, yet again, has landed another lead role!! Be sure to catch him in LEGALLY BLONDE, presented by Dance Kids Studio and Greek4-U, in Lebanon.
Mason Intermediate School announces TREASURE ISLAND, with Bray Studio?s Megan Ledford cast in a lead role.
Congratulations go out to former student Taylor Kraemer for being named as a Vogue 101, Model2Watch: Supermodel Taylor Kraemer ? Feb., 2012!!!!
I am proud to announce Mason Middle School?s DRESS REHEARSAL FOR MURDER, and ALL I REALLY LEARNED FROM BEING IN A BAD SHOW starring the amazing talent of Spencer Walsh.
Studio Awards are being given to those piano students who have passed the level 4 methods books. Beginning with level 5 repertoire, students are honored with the following, upon completion of each successive 40 lessons:
1. Excellence Award Ribbon
2. Ribbon Medal
3. Holographic Piano Medallion
4. Trophy (5 in.)
5. Trophy (6½ in.)
6. Trophy (7 in.)
Beginner level students are earning a piano statuette with each ten weeks of 2.5 hrs. weekly practice. I?ve given out many statues this year! Congratulations students!!