Acclaim Hall of Fame

Rising Stars for 09-10 Theatre Season
Lauren Sprague

Lauren Sprague

Lauren Sprague has been making an impression on Cincinnati audiences since, as a Lakota West High School student, she stole Cincinnati Music Theatre's "42nd Street" playing a gonna-be-a-star ingénue.

Equally adept at playing an ingénue, a musical comedienne or a siren, as a junior at CCM Sprague was a show-stopper as Hedy LaRue in "How to Succeed in Business"; she won an Acclaim Award for her lead musical performance in "Two Gentlemen of Verona."

"Lauren is a great all-around performer who sings, dances and acts with equal aplomb," applauds Roger Grodsky, associated professor of musical theater at CCM. "It has been a pleasure to have her in class and she is a delight to work with in a show. And she's from Cincinnati!"

Matt Bohnert

Matt Bohnert

Matt Bohnert has been a stand-out in musicals (including "Cats") and dramas (George in "Of Mice and Men" at Northern Kentucky University.

Ken Jones, chair of NKU's theater and dance department, says, "I first met Matt Bohnert when he was a child, and I cast him as Winthrop in the Downtown Theatre Classics version of "The Music Man," which starred, a then out-of-town actor, Mark Hardy.

"Matt was a spunky, overly-energetic, hilarious 10-year-old kid, and, except for his age, that description has not changed in 11 years!

"Matt's determination to succeed and his over-achiever work ethic will help him to make it in this crazy business of theater…Matt is definitely a rising star, but he might be better classified as a fireball meteor rocketing toward Broadway!"

Stephanie Bratt

Stephanie Bratt

Stephanie Brait has been a stand-out on the CCM Drama stage since her freshman year. CCM Music Drama chair Richard Hess calls her "a devoted, hard working, talented actress who always creates characters that are complex, well crafted, and entertaining.

"She has had a distinguished four-year career at CCM and has embraced the artistic life in Cincinnati with relish." Brait has appeared in Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Know Theatre and Cincinnati Playwright's Initiative, as well as in many locally shot films and commercials. She also played Rosalind in "As You Like It" in Eden Park last summer.

"She has played a huge range of roles in CCM Drama, from Wendla in "Spring Awakening" to Calista in "Anon(ymous)" to Carol Cutrere in "Orpheus Descending."

 

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