Withrow Sounds Again Volunteers

Thursday – May 9th – 7:30pm   Friday & Saturday – May 10th & 11th8:00pm.
TICKETS: Reserved seat tickets may be purchased at the school at Eventbrite or by clicking HERE.
PRICES: Adults – $20; Children 12 and under – $10.

Choreographer – Melody Nordmoe and Stage Manager –Sayre Frederich are constantly planning. 


Rehearsals are in full swing with Sayre Frederick working with students and  Vocal Director – Avery Hammond works with students and the alumni choir.

Auditorium improvements continue. CPS has completed installation of power to the balcony railing lights and spotlights, below left. Zachery Riggins ‘72 and Brennan Tryling, a Friend of Withrow, replaced more than 125 red and blue bulbs and installed a donated 90 channel light board, below center. For the first time ever, all the stage lights can be individually controlled to illuminate the stage in different colors.

Dennis Goens ’69 and wife Mary, below left have been selling WSA spirit wear at school and scanning hundreds of old photos for programs and Facebook. Dennis Farmer ’77 has been busy making 50 foldable sheet music stands, below center and obtained a donation of the tympani, below right.  

Gary Beckstedt ’69’ is responsible for two spot lights and donated 28 walkie talkies and chargers for communications. Below left, Kathy Eby Fischer ’62, her husband Justin, Claudia Eby Bley ’65 and Rich Eby ’59 scanned and processed over 1,300 sheets of Smitty’s and others’ musical arrangements, printed over 3,500 sheets of instrument music and taped the two sheet parts together.
Brian Bley, a friend of Withrow, has raised the stage-right and stage-left headers to 12 ft., at left, allowing taller stage sets to be easily moved onto the stage and providing support for back stage lights. Queen City Church donated the front staging area shown at right. Carol Wetzel, a Friend of Withrow, is now busy making costumes. A xylophone was recently donated by Reading High School.

Working on the Welcoming Committee are Patty Hoskins Dilg ’71, Louise Waldeck Arnett ’63, Lorraine Wilson Baker ‘75, Kay Ferguson Eby ’59, committee volunteers are Joan Grant Perkins ’64 and Nancy Elizabeth Herrin ’60. Concessions Committee includes Diane Dangerfield Byrd ’72. Debbie Fischer Weitz ‘71 is working to obtain sponsors. Juwan Carter ’17 is the Dance Team Leader. Bahta Tesfalem is the Senior/Youth Ambassador. Others volunteers include Lori Dible Chaffin ‘75, Pat Bacchus ‘73, Colleen Shaner ‘72, Pat Stephens Hunley ‘78, Deb Noon Yee ‘74, Mary Jeanette Turner ’78, Carol Taylor ’54, Carol Mitchell Lawrence ’84 Clarice Cummings Titus ’73, Gary Michael Beckstedt ’69, Faith Lee Hill ’88, Nateasia Thomas ’99 and Friends of Withrow Dr. K.T. Moncree-Moffett and Randy Glerth.

Withrow Staff who are assisting and encouraging student involvement involved include Beverly Early ‘82, Senior Support Specialist, English Teacher Diane Roland, Science teacher Jody McOsker and Chemistry/Physics teacher Caroline Burns, Multicultural Arts Teacher Denise Gordon, ESL Coordinator Maria Hidalgo, Art Teacher Kim Kilby, Intervention Specialist Cynthia Lockett-Nelson, Consulting Administrator Pam Thomas, Intervention Specialist Debora Wilson, Bus Admin Marketing/Financial Planning Inyeai Ororokuma, Vice Principal Dwayne DuBois and Principal Jerron Gray.

 Cincinnati Public Schools have been very supportive of the auditorium restoration. The Director of Fine Arts Dr. Isidore Rudnick and the Director of Facilities Robin Brandon collaborated to provide a new sound system and the installation of the associated wiring for the new stage lights, spot lights, light and sound boards and more. The work is being done by CPS electricians Rob Smith, Brian Thorner and Brandon Bell. Choreographer – Melody Nordmoe and Vocal Director – Avery Hammond are also funded by CPS.

A Withrow Sounds Again website is now up at www.withrowsoundsagain.org.  Check it out! Posters and signs are available for marketing. Auditions are over; the show has been cast and music selected. For Facebook users, follow the action on theWithrow Sounds Again Facebook page.

Anyone can buy a sponsored message line in the program for $2 through the WSA website, and Business ads and sponsorships are also being sold. If you know any businesses that may be interested in being a sponsor, please submit a Contact Form by clicking HERE

We need more volunteers to assist with costumes, dressing rooms, parking, refreshments, ushers and other volunteer duties. If you’re willing to help out contact please fill out the WSA Volunteer Form by clicking HERE. Alternatively, you may contact Zachery Riggins ’72 – 513-652-5080, or leave a message with the alumni office, 513-363-9085.

If you would like to help restore the arts at Withrow and the Withrow Sounds Again production, please click HERE and make a donation