St. Patrick’s Day-themed cabaret March 13

1800364_10202764207808725_5153699257340463165_nFollowing the success of the “Sounds of Christmas,” New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day Holiday Cabarets, The Holiday Innkeepers of Bellevue Society for the Arts are preparing for their next event on Friday, March 13.

In the style of the 1942 film, Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, where every holiday prompted singing and dancing, Bellevue Society for the Arts is proud to announce March 13’s St. Patrick’s Day-themed Cabaret at 7 p.m. This is the fourth of several planned events featuring an array of fun, patriotic, romantic, and traditional songs incorporated into each show, performed by familiar BSA personalities.

Each event will be accompanied by a meal or an appetizer and dessert bar. The March 13 menu will consist of cole slaw, Shepherd’s Pie or Pasta Primavera, soda bread, and banoffee pie, as well as a cash bar featuring a selection of beer and wine. Must be 21 or older with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Performances are by reservation only and are limited to 100 in attendance. Tickets are $15 each. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 419-484-ARTS (2787) beginning February 27.

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The ‘Holiday Innkeepers’ are directed by Jimy Foreman, Whites Landing.

Performers, which vary by event, include Benjamin Archer, Clyde; Anthony Gardner, Bellevue; Charlene Gardner, Bellevue; Laura Horn, Bellevue; Melanie Kennedy, Bellevue; Jennifer Miller, Bellevue; David Riegel, Bellevue; Brad Rowe, Bellevue; Luke A. Siegel-Schaefer, Bellevue; and Samantha Trapp, Clyde.

Angel Kuhn, Castalia, will provide piano accompaniment.

Performances may also feature surprise guests!

Bellevue Society for the Arts is located at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue.

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Auditions for musical phenomenon RENT March 16, 17

rentlogoBellevue Society for the Arts announces auditions for RENT, Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17 at the special time of 6 p.m. at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue.

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 Boheme, 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.

Available roles include:

Mark Cohen
Roger Davis
Mimi Marquez
Tom Collins
Angel Dumott-Schunard
Joanne Jefferson
Benjamin Coffin, III
Maureen Johnson
Gordon (Life Supporter)/The Man/Homeless Caroler
Mrs. Jefferson/Blanket Lady/Coat Vendor
Alexi Darling/Vendor/Homeless/Caroler
Mr. Jefferson/Junkie/Homeless/Caroler
Mrs. Marquez/Vendor/Homeless/Caroler
Mrs. Davis/Junkie/Homeless/Caroler
Squeegeeman/Junkie/Waiter
Mrs. Cohen/Junkie
Paul (Life Supporter)/Vendor/Priest
Steve (Life Supporter)/Police/Mr. Gray
Ali (Life Supporter)/Police
Pam (Life Supporter/Police
Miscellaneous Homeless

Audition requirements:

• Prepare 16 bars of music from the show, or one in a similar style
• Accompaniment is available as long as sheet music is provided in the key you wish to perform. Backing tracks are permitted with no lead vocals. A capella is also accepted
• Be prepared to sing a song of the character you’re auditioning for
• A short, memorized, dramatic monologue
• Please provide a headshot. It will be returned to you following auditions

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Production dates are May 15–17, 22 and 23, 2015. RENT is directed by Angela Bickhart-Sommers, Bellevue. Music Direction is by Erica Bickhart, Findlay. John Meyers, Bellevue, serves as Producer. It is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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The cast of Children’s Theatre’s DR. DOLITTLE JR.

What an amazing turnout for auditions! Ninety-three kids later, directors Jodie Fleming and Heather Walters proudly present the cast of DR. DOLITTLE JR.

Joshua Higgins: Dr. Dolittle; Lottie Arnold: Madeline Mugg; Ethan Washburn: Polynesia; Samuel Coffelt: Tommy Stubbins; Alexa Hammer: Emma Fairfax; Paul Coffelt: General Bellowes; Jarrett Newsome: Albert Blossom; Alexis Burns: Gertie Blossom; Amber Bowering: Berta; Noah Englund: Vladimir; Elise Hill: Mavis; Xavier Walker: Straight Arrow; Elijah Schindley: Bailiff; Clay Alley: Jip; Andrew Lee: Herbert; Beren Dennis: Dab-Dab; Miki Brown: Toggle; Abigail Biggins: Sheila; Josie Stark & Olivia Strausbaugh: Pushmi-Pullyu; Delinda Gore: Rufus; Benny Wright: Chee-Chee; Karlie Franks: Sophie; Mitchell McMurray: Sophie’s Husband

ANIMALS — Lily Arnold: Tiger; Bella Paulsen: Pig; Olivia Bowers: Bear; Melody Sommers: Squirrel; Gabby Russell: Lion; Abby Kudro: Mouse; Shayleigh Foreman: Monkey; Tatum Gore: Dog; Jessica Jarrett: Cat; Owen Strausbaugh: Monkey; Brady Frankart: Cow; Gavin Horn: Sheep; Brooke Childers: Cat; Kaitlyn Cullen: Bird; Kaden Miller: Chicken; Layla Gardner: Duck

VILLAGERS — Anna Cooper, Garrett Adkins, Hudson Moyer, Lillian Sosa, Ethan Schindley, Derek Horvath, Maggie Nordecchia, Taylor Schindley, Gabby Brown, Ayva Alexander, Brook Coan, Ella Foos, Kayla Frankart, Bailey Birmingham, Kalena Darr, Murphy Ruffing, Emma Lynch, Autumn Tollefson, Addison Miller, Madalyn Espinosa, Tegan Winget, McKenzie Jarrett, Elyse Garcia, Beyah Garcia, Libby Cloud, Abigail Ballard, Katie Ballard

CIRCUS FOLK — Maddie Biedrzycki: Lion/Tiger Tamer, Eva Hancock, Stepheni Hammer, Morgan Ray, Hayden Winget, Allison Gerhardstein, Stephen Penrod, Alex Hupp, Tyler Penrod, Elaina King, Dakota Lilly, Guiness Ruffing, Ava Lynch, Rose Mira, Sam Doster, Sophia Turner

WARRIORS — Kallee Hemby, Addison Foreman, Kenzie Franks, Sydney Coe, Consetta Leonard, Gabrielle Chapman, Zoe Holland, Chloe Branum, Carrie-Ann Leibengood, Sage Garcia

Congratulations to all! The first rehearsal will be Monday, March 2 from 6–8 p.m.

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 his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail — the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth.

The musical is based on the Dr. Dolittle stories by Hugh Lofting and the Twentieth Century Fox film. It features a book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.

DR. DOLITTLE JR. will be presented Friday–Sunday, April 24–26, and will be directed by Jodi Fleming-Arnold and Heather Walters, Bellevue.

DR. DOLITTLE JR. is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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Oops!

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, times, 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, 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.

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

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