Last-5-yearsBellevue Society for the Arts’ 21st season continues with Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown’s contemporary musical, The Last Five Years, Fridays and Saturdays, November 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 8 at 2:30 p.m., in the Hirt Theater at 205 Maple Street. The Last Five Years is sponsored by Janet Scagnetti and Bill & Scherl Koch & Family.

With a cast of only two people, this modern, sung-through musical ingeniously chronicles a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein (played by Will Ujek of Bay Village), a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt (played by Lauren DePorre of Toledo), a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie’s is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect.

The musical style draws on a number of musical genres, including pop, jazz, and classical, klezmer, Latin, rock, and folk. The live orchestration will consist of piano (Kristen Santos, Tiffin, who also serves as the show’s Music Director), violin (Cassandra Bryant, Fremont), bass (Tom Ritter, Findlay, and Nathan Santos, Tiffin) and guitar (Joshua Lamale, Lindsey).

Since its Off-Broadway premiere in 2002, Brown’s funny, poignant, and devastatingly honest two-person production has enraptured audiences around the world with its spellbinding and emotional score and libretto.

A 2014 film version starred Jeremy Jordan (Broadway’s Newsies), and Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect). It was directed by Richard LaGravenese.

Ohio Community Theatre Association award-winner Monica Siesel, Sandusky, directs the intimate, one-act musical.

The Last Five Years is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Tickets are $12 for adults 18+, and $8 for adults 60+/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-ARTS (2787) for tickets beginning October 23.

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The Last Five Years contains mild mature language and subject matter. Discretion is advised.

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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!

AnnieGetYourGunClassic_Logo_ColorIrving 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 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.

Last-5-yearsJason Robert Brown’s intimate musical, The Last Five Years, opens Friday, November 6The 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. Ohio Community Theatre Association award-winner Monica Siesel, Sandusky, directs the one-act musical, which will run November 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14. Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, September 21 and 22. The Last Five Years is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). It is sponsored by Janet Scagnetti and Bill & Scherl Koch & Family.

Kick off the Christmas Season with the “Happy Holiday” Cabaret on Friday, December 11.

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

Valentine’s Day Weekend 2016 begins with “A Cabaret Valentine” on Friday, February 12.

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

ppjrThe 2016 Children’s Theatre production will be Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.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, January 3 and 4. Clyde resident Jodie Fleming-Arnold directs BSA’s Children’s Theatre program, which is open to all children in any school system, ages 8–12. It is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). It is sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary Service Clubs.

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

imageLori Damschroder of Woodville directs Clue: The MusicalMay 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 22Clue: The Musical is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. It is sponsored by Mel and Jeanie Miller and Family.

Celebrate Mom and Dad with a combined Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Cabaret on Friday, June 3.

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). Sponsored by Mike, Donna, Sandy & Matt Allen.

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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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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