“Oliver!” opens May 9!

OliverBellevue Society for the Arts proudly presents, Oliver! Fridays and Saturdays, May 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 11 at 2:30 p.m. in the Hirt Theatre at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue. Oliver! is sponsored by Mel & Jeanie Miller & Family and Bill & Scherl Koch & Family

Oliver! is a British musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. It is based upon the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. The musical stage version tells the tale of an orphan boy who dares to ask for more food at the workhouse where he and his fellow orphans are treated horribly.

Oliver is thrown out of the workhouse and, while on the street, encounters the Artful Dodger who takes him under his wing and into the seedy underside of London where he joins a band of pickpockets who are controlled by Fagin.

Eventually, Oliver is rescued from his life of crime by a wealthy and kind gentlemen, Mr. Brownlow, who turns out to have a special connection with the boy.

Oliver! premiered in London’s West End in 1960, enjoying a long run, a successful Broadway production in 1963 and further tours and revivals. It was made into a musical film in 1968. Major London revivals played from 1994–98 and again from 2008–11.

Oliver — Daniel Keener
Mr. Bumble — Todd Buck
Widow Corney — Heidi Sarvis-Sapp
Mr. Sowerberry — Steven Merritt​
Mrs. Sowerberry — Melanie Mork
Charlotte Sowerberry — Emily Merritt
Noah Claypool — Timothy Duncan
Artful Dodger — Samuel Merritt
Charlie Bates — Xavier Walker
Fagin — J. DeFriece
Nancy — Charlene Gardner
Bet — Gracie Keener
Sykes — Timothy Duncan​
Mr. Brownlow — Christopher Keener
Dr. Grimwig — John Meyers
Mrs. Bedwin — Marty Siegel
Old Sally — Jennifer Walker
Old Lady — Shelby Chapman
Workhouse Boys/Fagin’s Gang — Logan Buck, Anna Cooper, Casey Cooper, Joshua Higgins, Zoe Holland, Marissa Nevills, Sierra Walker, Xavier Walker, Hayden Winget, Tegan Winget
Londoners — Nick Bock, Janisha Buck, Shelby Chapman, Grace Cooper, Melissa Damschroder, Paisley DeFriece, Kyle Feurstein, Liesl Higgins, Rebecca Holland, Joanne Smola

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Oliver! is directed by Lori Damschroder, Woodville. John Meyers, Bellevue, serves as Producer. It is licensed by arrangement with Oliver Productions, Ltd. and Oliver Promotions, Ltd. It is produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

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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 Phil Johnson
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 Music.

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.

ComingSoonCHILDREN’S THEATRE
Auditions: February 23 & 24, 2015
Production: April 24–26, 2015
Directed by Jodi Fleming-Arnold and Heather Walters
Sponsored by Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary Service Clubs of Bellevue

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
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 Boheme, 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: THE MUSIC OF ELVIS PRESLEY Musical
Book by Joe DiPietro
Auditions: May 11 & 12, 2015
Production: July 10–12, 17 & 18, 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.

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2013–14: Best. Season. Ever.

Bellevue Society for the Arts proudly announces the 2013–14 theatre season.

lesmiserablesLES MISÉRABLES Musical
Auditions: August 12–14, 2013
Production: October 11–13 & 18–20, 2013 (Season Premiere)
Directed by Jimy Foreman
Sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital
Les Misérables is a sung-through musical play based on the novel of the same name by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, with an English-language libretto by Herbert Kretzmer. Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant of abnormal strength and potentially violent nature, and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for starving relatives. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly Bishop inspires him to, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters he becomes entangled with get swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade. Licensed by Music Theatre International (MTI) by arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Cast: large ensemble; 20+

hamletHAMLET Tragedy
by William Shakespeare
Auditions: September 9 & 10, 2013
Production: December 6, 7, & 13, 2013 and January 10 & 11, 2014
Directed by David Ailing
Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, Claudius’s brother and Prince Hamlet’s father, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king’s widow and Prince Hamlet’s mother. The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness — from overwhelming sorrow to seething rage — and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption and family. One of the most powerful and influential tragedies in all of English literature. Cast: 16m, 2f

SteelMagnoliasSTEEL MAGNOLIAS Comedy/Drama
By Robert Harling

Auditions: January 8 & 9, 2014
Production: February 21–23, 28 & March 1, 2014
Directed by Monica Siesel
Sponsored by Hair Depot Salon & Day Spa, Shear Illusions, and Verlea’s Salon
The quintessential story of friendship and trust, Steel Magnolias serves up a southern slice of life that’s as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie! In the world of Truvy’s local-homegrown beauty salon, six very different women come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while engaging the audience in hysterical and neighborly gossip. From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings to happy endings, they share each moment in their lives with grace, determination, and perfectly coiffed hair. When tragedy strikes, it is in the familiar comfort of Truvy’s salon where they seek the solace and support that carries them through. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Cast: 6f

disneysaladdinjrChildren’s Theatre presents DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR.
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Jim Luigs
Music Adapted and Arranged by Bryan Louiselle
Based on the 1992 Disney film Aladdin
Auditions: February 24 & 25, 2014
Production: April 11–13, 2014
Directed by Danielle Hayward-Sneider
Sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary Service Clubs
Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where we’re about to begin the fantastic tale of the street rat who became a prince! All your favorite characters from the hit Disney film — Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more — are here! A musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides. An ensemble of townspeople, shop owners, harem girls, princes, and others allows for an easily expandable cast. The tuneful, accessible Academy Award-winning score, with songs including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me” will send audiences soaring! Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Cast: 6m, 5f, large ensemble, many featured roles.

OliverOLIVER! Musical
Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart

Auditions: March 17 & 18, 2014
Production: May 9–11, 16 & 17, 2014
Directed by Lori Damschroder
Sponsored by Mel & Jeanie Miller & Family and Bill & Scherl Koch & Family
Adapted from Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” the musical stage version tells the tale of an orphan boy who dares to ask for more food at the workhouse where he and his fellow orphans are treated horribly. Oliver is thrown out of the workhouse and, while on the street, encounters the Artful Dodger who takes him under his wing and into the seedy underside of London where he joins a band of pickpockets who are controlled by Fagin. Eventually, Oliver is rescued from his life of crime by a wealthy and kind gentlemen, Mr. Brownlow, who turns out to have a special connection to the boy. Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. Cast: 10m, 7f, large ensemble of adults and children

theweddingsingerTeen Theatre presents THE WEDDING SINGER Musical
Music by Matthew Sklar
Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy
Auditions: May 19 & 20, 2014
Production: July 11–13, 18 & 19, 2014 (Season Finale)
Directed by Jennifer Gilbert
Sponsored by Mike, Donna, Sandy, & Matt Allen
The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Cast: 4m, 4f, strong/large chorus

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 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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