FOUR TICKETS TO CHRISTMAS opens Nov. 14

10408014_1549992235213068_2755710697306034647_nBellevue Society for the Arts presents FOUR TICKETS TO CHRISTMAS, Fridays and Saturdays, November 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the Hirt Theatre at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue. FOUR TICKETS TO CHRISTMAS is sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital.

This landmark dramatic musical grows out of a captivating story set in 1905. When a touring musical family finds no place to go for Christmas, they return to their grandparents’ farm in northern Ohio. There they are forced to deal with longstanding conflicts. In the process they learn the importance of following unique directions for their lives.

New songs and familiar carols are woven together with a turn-of-the-century flavor appropriate for the era.

Tickets are $12 for adults 18+, and $8 for adults 60+/children and students through grade 12. Reservations may be made by calling 419-484-ARTS (2787).

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FOUR TICKETS TO CHRISTMAS is directed by Lori Damschroder, Woodville. Heather Walters, Bellevue, serves as Producer. It features music by Mark Hayes, with script and words by Deborah Craig-Claar. It is produced by special arrangement with Lillenas Publishing Co.

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Auditions for Pulitzer-winning RABBIT HOLE Dec. 1, 2

rabbitholelogoBellevue Society for the Arts announces open auditions for the play RABBIT HOLE, by David Lindsay-Abaire, Monday and Tuesday, December 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue.

RABBIT HOLE was the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was originally commissioned by California’s South Coast Repertory, and first presented at its Pacific Playwrights Festival reading series in 2005. It received its first full production in New York in 2006, and it has also been produced by regional theatres in cities such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart.

RABBIT HOLE charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

Cynthia Nixon (HBO’s “Sex and the City”) won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance as Becca in the New York production, and the play was nominated for several other Tony awards.

A 2010 film adaptation starred Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.

Available roles include:

Izzy — Becca’s irresponsible but well-wishing sister. She is unwed, but in a relationship with Auggie. She is pregnant throughout the duration of the play. Tension is created as Becca’s mourning for her lost child lingers, and she is suspicious of Izzy’s ability to raise her own

Becca — Howie’s wife in her late 30s. She is usually a very responsible and sensible person, but makes some harsh decisions throughout the play because of grief. Howie accuses her of subconsciously trying to ‘erase’ Danny by selling the house, packing up his artwork, and getting rid of their dog, even erasing the most recent home video of Danny

Howie — Becca’s husband in his late 30s. He is very caring, but has a hard time dealing with Danny’s death, which causes him to be angry and depressed, though he hides it as much as possible

Nat — Izzy and Becca’s mother. She is the voice of reason for her daughters. She helps Howie and Becca in the moving process, and provides motherly experience to Becca. Her son (Becca’s brother, Arthur), a heroin addict, died of suicide at the age of 30

Jason Willette — 17-year-old boy who accidentally hit Danny with his car, leading to Danny’s death. He lives with his mom; his father’s whereabouts are never revealed, but the script suggests he’s dead. He enjoys science fiction and writes a story about wormholes to other dimensions in Danny’s memory

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Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

Production dates are January 23, 24, 30 and 31, 2015.

RABBIT HOLE is directed by Ohio Community Theatre Association award-winner, Nancy Steyer, of Tiffin. It is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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A very, very rough draft of our 2015–16 season was inadvertently published, and quickly retracted. However, an email was sent to website subscribers. Please disregard that email. The dates, time, titles and information are not accurate.

We plan to announce our official 2015–16 season in March or April.

Thank you for your support!

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2014–15: Our 20th Season!

Bellevue Society for the Arts proudly announces the 2014–15 theatre season. We’re celebrating 20 years of bringing live theatre to our local communities!

SpamalotLogo-condensed1Monty Python’s SPAMALOT Musical Comedy
Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle
From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin
Auditions: July 14 & 15, 2014
Production: September 19–21, 26 & 27, 2014
Directed by Phillip W. Johnson
Sponsored by Mike, Donna, Sandy & Matt Allen
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and received 14 Tony Award nominations. Produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

4ticketslogoFOUR TICKETS TO CHRISTMAS Musical
Music by Mark Hayes
Book and Lyrics by Deborah Craig-Claar
Auditions: September 29 & 30, 2014
Production: November 14–16, 21 & 22, 2014
Directed by Lori Damschroder
Sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital

This landmark dramatic musical grows out of a captivating story set in 1905. When a touring musical family finds no place to go for Christmas, they return to their grandparents’ farm in northern Ohio. There they are forced to deal with longstanding conflicts. In the process they learn the importance of following fate’s unique direction for their lives. New songs and familiar carols are woven together with a turn-of-the-century flavor appropriate for the era. Produced by special arrangement with Lillenas Publishing Co.

rabbitholelogoRABBIT HOLE Drama
by David Lindsay-Abaire
Auditions: December 1 & 2, 2014
Production: January 23, 24, 30 & 31, 2015
Directed by Nancy Steyer
Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. RABBIT HOLE charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

drdolittlelogoChildren’s Theatre presents DR. DOLITTLE JR. Musical
Book by Leslie Bricusse
Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Based on the Doctor Dolittle stories by Hugh Lofting and The Twentieth Century Fox film
Auditions: February 23 & 24, 2015
Production: April 24–26, 2015
Directed by Jodie Fleming-Arnold and Heather Walters
Sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary Clubs
The musical tells the classic tale of a wacky but kind doctor who can talk to animals, taking a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-in-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world. When Doctor Dolittle attempts to help a seal named Sophie, he’s wrongly accused of murder and stands trial before General Bellowes. Once pronounced innocent, Dolittle is free to continue with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail — the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth. Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

rentlogoRENT Rock Operetta
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Auditions: March 16 & 17, 2015
Production: May 15–17, 22 & 23, 2015
Directed by Angela Bickhart-Sommers
Sponsored by Dr. Charles L. Valone Jr., DO and Bill & Scherl Koch & Family
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini’s LA BOHÈME, Jonathan Larson’s RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical. Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

allshookuplogoTeen Theatre presents ALL SHOOK UP Musical
Book by Joe DiPietro
Auditions: May 11 & 12, 2015
Production: July 10–12, 2015
Directed by Jennifer Miller
Sponsored by Mel & Jeanie Miller & Family
It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” Produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

Reservations may be made by calling 419-484-ARTS (2787) beginning two weeks prior to the event. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees (musicals, Children’s and Teen Theatre only) begin at 2:30 p.m., unless otherwise specified.

All titles pending availability, licensing, rights, royalties, etc. Dates, times, and titles are subject to change.

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