Making Dreams Come True

My name is Zachery D. Riggins and I am a proud Withrow alumnus from the class of 1972. I am a classically trained singer who plays the trumpet, and arranges music.

I have owned two (2) businesses that catered to the motion picture and video production community. I worked and managed the Audio Visual and Video Production department in the Electronic Media Division at the University of Cincinnati for Thirty (30) years. I also taught a lighting class for film production during my tenure at UC.

I have been involved in theater for nearly 45 years and have appeared in several productions as a singer and actor with various theater companies. I have also worked as a producer, director and lighting technician on several productions, including; drama, comedy, and musicals, as well as the creator and developer of two large productions; “AMUSICANA” a musical variety show that ran from 1981 thru 1983 and “Glory of the King!”,2012 thru 2014, a  large Christmas production that involved over 120 participants, including: actors, technicians, singers, dancers, and 20 orchestra members. Both productions ran for three successive years.

While a student at Withrow, I was involved with the Band (Trumpet player), Orchestra, Pep Band, Senior Choir, and Stage Crew. I participated in three SOUNDS OF WITHROW productions, three Christmas concerts, three spring concerts, and two stage plays (stage crew) and many other events, including one, while in high school, with the late George G. “Smittie” Smith.

I was fortunate enough to work with the late Elston Hurst, who was a mentor too me until his passing. Elston was the Set Designer and Stage Director of the SOUNDS OF WITHROW. He was also a 1948 graduate of Withrow high school.

Currently, I am the president of the Cinematic Plays Theater Company (CPTC) a local family friendly entertainment group in Cincinnati that specializes in radio dramas.

Two years ago, I created a Facebook page titled; WITHROW SOUNDS AGAIN! The page is dedicated to revitalizing interest in Withrow high school and its Musical Arts legacy by having alumni express their memories of the SOUNDS OF WITHROW and for some, WITHROW MINSTRELS.  Currently, there are over 536 alumni members on the page and growing.

Be advised that this is just the beginning of such musical presentations in this beautifully renovated auditorium. We are dedicated and enthusiastically committed to bringing back the fine arts to Withrow University High School. A school once deemed “The nation’s first high school Musical Arts Program.”

Zachary Riggins
Producer and Program Director

Turning a Vision into Reality

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Sayre Frederick
Assistant Program Director and Production Stage Manager

A Perfectionist on Every Detail 

Melody Thomas Nordmoe has been dancing since the age of 4 and began performing on television at the age of 7 on The Midwestern Hayride; a local country & western musical variety show on channel 5.  Having graduated to Dinner Theatre, Summer Stock and Cruise Ships she spent 10 wonderful years “on the road” before coming home to stay.  Now, you’ll see her work, both direction and choreography, at schools, community theatres, Dance & Show Choir competitions and recitals. A big thank you goes to her husband Gary and their fur babies Tyler and Zander, life is good.

Melody Nordmoe