DR. DOLITTLE JR. opens April 24

drdolittlelogoThe Children’s Theatre of Bellevue Society for the Arts proudly presents DR. DOLITTLE JR., Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m. in the Hirt Theatre at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue. DR. DOLITTLE JR. is sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary Clubs.

The classic tale of kindness to animals and animal kindnesses trots, crawls and flies onto the stage in DR. DOLITTLE JR. All of the characters you’ve come to love through the stories of Hugh Lofting and the magical movie musical are given new life in this shortened stage version.

It tells the story of a wacky but kind doctor who can talk to animals, taking a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-On-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world.

When Dr. Dolittle attempts to help a seal named Sophie, he’s wrongly accused of murder and stands trial before General Bellowes. Will Dolittle be freed in time to continue with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail — the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth?

DR. DOLITTLE JR. features book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.

Members of the cast include Joshua Higgins, Bellevue, as Dr. John Dolittle; Lottie Arnold, Clyde, as Madeline Mugg; Samuel Coffelt, Bellevue, as Tommy Stubbins; Paul Coffelt, Bellevue, as General Bellowes; Alexa Hammer, Flat Rock, as Emma Fairfax; Jarrett Newsome, Clyde, as Albert Blossom; Alexis Burns, Bellevue, as Gertie Blossom; Amber Bowering, Bellevue, as Berta; Noah D. Englund, Bellevue, as Vladimir; Elise Hill, Clyde, as Mavis; Xavier Walker, Republic, as Straight Arrow; Elijah Schindley, Norwalk, as Bailiff; Ethan Washburn, Norwalk, as Polynesia; Clayton Alley, Bellevue, as Jip; Andrew Lee, Bellevue, as Herbert; Beren Benjamin Dennis, Bellevue, as Dab-Dab; Mikayla Brown, Castalia, as Toggle; Abigail Biggins, Sandusky, as Sheila; Maddie Biedrzycki, Flat Rock, and Olivia Strausbaugh, Clyde, as Pushmi-Pullyu; Delinda Gore, Bellevue, as Rufus; Benny Wright, Bellevue, as Chee-Chee; Karlie Franks, Johnson’s Island, as Sophie; Mitchell McMurray, Clyde, as Nigel; and Kaitlyn Cullen, Bellevue, as Lion/Tiger Tamer.

Villagers of Puddleby-On-the-Marsh: Ayva Alexander, Bellevue; Abigail Elizabeth Bellard, Bellevue; Katie Louise Bellard, Bellevue; Gabby Brown, Castalia; Brooke Coan, Bellevue; Anna Cooper, Bellevue; Madalyn Espinosa, Bellevue; Ella Foos, Bellevue; Kayla Frankart, Clyde; Addison Miller, Bellevue; Hudson Moyer, Bellevue; Maggie Nardecchia, Bellevue; Murphy Rupert Ruffing, Bellevue; Ethan Schindley, Norwalk; Lillian Sosa, Bellevue; Autumn Tollefson, Fremont; Tegan Winget, Bellevue; and Bailey Woodruff, Sandusky.

Sea Star Island Warriors: Chloe Branum, Bellevue; Gabrielle Chapman, Flat Rock; Kenzie Franks, Johnson’s Island; Kalee Hemby, Clyde; Zoë Denver Holland, Lindsey; Carrie-Ann Leibengood, Clyde; and Consetta M. Leonard VII, Bellevue.

Circus Folk: Sam Doster, Bellevue; Allison Gerhardstein, Bellevue; Stepheni Hammer, Flat Rock; Eva Hancock, Flat Rock; Alexandria Hupp, Sandusky; Elaina King, Bellevue; Dakota Lilly, Bellevue; Rose Mira, Bellevue; Morgan Ray, Bellevue; Guinness Paul Ruffing, Bellevue; Sophia Turner, Bellevue; and Hayden M.J. Winget, Bellevue.

Animals: Tiger: Lily Arnold, Clyde; Bear: Olivia Bowers, Fremont; Cat: Brooke Childers, Bellevue; Monkey: Shayleigh Foreman, Whites Landing; Cow: Brady Frankart, Clyde; Duck: Layla Gardner, Bellevue; Dog: Tatum Gore, Bellevue; Sheep: Gavin Horn, Bellevue; Cat: Jessica Jarrett, Bellevue; Mouse: Abegayle Elizabeth Kudro, Bellevue; Chicken: Kaden Miller, Bellevue; Pig: Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulsen, Fremont; Lion: Gabriella Russell, Bellevue; Squirrel: Melody Sommers, Bellevue; Monkey: Owen Strausbaugh, Clyde.

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Tickets are $12 for adults 18+ and $8 for adults 60+ and children/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-ARTS (2787) for reservations. DR. DOLITTLE JR. is directed by Jodie Fleming-Arnold, Clyde; and Heather Walters, Bellevue. It is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

The Children’s Theatre of Bellevue Society for the Arts is open to all children ages seven through 12 in any school system.

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Pulitzer and Tony winner RENT opens May 15

rentlogoBellevue Society for the Arts presents the musical phenomenon, RENT, Fridays and Saturdays, May 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Hirt Theatre at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue. RENT is sponsored by Dr. Charles L. Valone Jr., DO and Bill & Scherl Koch & Family. It is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Set in the East Village of New York City, Jonathan Larson’s 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, 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.

Tickets are $12 for adults 18+, $8 for adults 60+ and students through grade 12. Call 419-484-ARTS (2787) beginning Friday, May 1. RENT contains strong language and mature subject matter. Parental discretion is advised.

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RENT is directed by Angela Bickhart-Sommers, Bellevue. Music Direction is by Erica Bickhart, Findlay. John Meyers, Bellevue, serves as Producer.

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Our 2015–16 season!

Bellevue Society for the Arts proudly announces the 2015–16 season. BSA is celebrating 21 years of bringing live theatre and events to our community!

Irving Berlin’s ANNIE GET YOUR GUN will open the season on Friday, September 18. Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades the novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head-over-heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler high-tails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. ANNIE GET YOUR GUN features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, and book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields. Broadway veteran Jimy Foreman, Whites Landing, directs the classic musical. Marianne Webb, Bellevue, serves as Music Director. Marty Siegel, Bellevue, will assist the director. Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, July 20 and 21. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, September 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. ANNIE GET YOUR GUN is produced by special arrangement with the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization. It is sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital.

BSA’s very successful “Holiday Inn” cabaret events continue in 2015, beginning with Halloween’s “All Hallow’s Eve Eve” Cabaret on Friday, October 30.

RumorsRUMORSby the legendary Neil Simon, will be staged Fridays and Saturdays, November 13, 14, 20 and 21, with auditions Monday and Tuesday, September 21 and 22. David Riegel, Bellevue, directs the comedy, set at the large, tastefully-appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, where the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their 10th wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and Ken’s wife, Chris, must get the story straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity. RUMORS is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Kick off the Christmas Season with the “Happy Holiday” Cabaret on Friday, December 11, followed by BSA’s first annual Madrigal Dinner Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13. More information will be announced at a later date.

The New Year’s Eve Cabaret will be held Thursday, December 31.

Last-5-yearsValentine’s Day Weekend 2016 begins with “A Cabaret Valentine” on Friday, February 12, and continues with Jason Robert Brown’s intimate musical, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14, and again Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20. THE LAST FIVE YEARS is an emotionally powerful musical about two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story in reverse while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. Monica Siesel, Sandusky, directs the one-act musical, which will be performed as dinner theatre in the large theatre lobby. Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, January 4 and 5. It is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

The St. Patrick’s Day-themed Cabaret will be Friday, March 18.

ComingSoonThe 2016 Children’s Theatre production will be Friday–Sunday, March 11, 12 and 13, with special additional matinee-only performances Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20. Auditions will be Sunday and Monday, December 27 and 28. Bellevue cousins Jodie Fleming-Arnold and Heather Walters co-direct BSA’s Children’s Theatre program, which is open to all children in any school system, ages 7–12.

The “Spring Fling” Cabaret will be Friday, April 15.

Celebrate Mom with the Mother’s Day Cabaret Friday, May 6.

imageLori Damschroder of Woodville directs CLUE: THE MUSICALFridays, Saturdays and Sunday, May 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21. The internationally-popular Parker Brothers board game is now a fun-filled musical which brings the world’s best-known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon. The audience helps deduce the solution from clues given throughout the show. Audience members choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons and rooms; there are 216 possible solutions! Only one hard-nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem. Comic antics, witty lyrics and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room. Even after the culprit confesses, a surprise twist awaits and delights. Featuring a book by Peter DePietro, music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci; and lyrics by Tom Chiodo. Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, March 21 and 22. CLUE: THE MUSICAL is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The “Dear Old Dad” Father’s Day Cabaret is Friday, June 17.

The Fourth of July is on a Monday in 2016. Celebrate a few days early with the Independence Day-themed Cabaret on Friday, July 1.

Lucky-StiffBSA’s Teen Theatre closes out the 2015–16 season with an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair! LUCKY STIFF revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6 million. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, or else his uncle’s gun-toting ex! Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, based on The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth. Directed by Jennifer Miller, Bellevue, LUCKY STIFF runs Friday–Sunday, July 15–17, 2016. Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Reservations may be made by calling 419-484-ARTS (2787) beginning two weeks prior to the event. Cabaret performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening theatre performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and matinee theatre performances begin at 2:30 p.m., unless otherwise specified.

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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, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Based on stories by Hugh Lofting and The Twentieth Century Fox film
Auditions: February 22 & 23, 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 Dr. 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. The Children’s Theatre of Bellevue Society for the Arts is open to all area children in any school system, ages 7–12. 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.” The Teen Theatre of Bellevue Society for the Arts is open to all area teenagers in any school system, ages 13–19. 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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Bellevue Society for the Arts is a not-for-profit organization requiring philanthropic support from individuals, foundations, and corporations. We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization run 100% by volunteers who freely give their time and efforts to bring you quality entertainment. Consider making a tax-deductible donation. If you don’t support the arts in your community, who will?

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