PENZANCE postponed

new_logoDue to scheduling conflicts, Bellevue Society for the Arts’ 2017–18 season opener, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, has been rescheduled to January 26, 27, 28 and February 2, 3 and 4, 2018. The 2017–18 season will instead open with the already-scheduled special Halloween event, EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL, October 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2017.

The production of THE MIRACLE WORKER, originally scheduled for the January/February 2018 slot, has also been postponed. It may be delayed until the 2018–19 season.

Those who auditioned for THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE have been cast. The director is still looking for the character of Frederick, a member of the Pirates. He is unaffected and possesses an un-self-conscious sex appeal. He is youthful, genuine, and innocent. Playable age: 20–21. Vocal range: G4–Bb2. High school and college students welcome. The director also seeks additional men for roles as pirates and police. More women to play the daughters are welcome, and may also be double-cast as pirates and police. An additional audition date is to-be-announced.

Broadway veteran Jimy Foreman, Whites Landing, directs. Martha Siegel, Bellevue, assists.

Bellevue Society for the Arts does not offer union contracts or cast understudies. All performers are volunteers.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE features a book and lyrics by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, and music by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan. It is sponsored by Mel and Jeanie Miller and Family, and produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL Oct. 20, 21, 27 & 28

img_1819Based on Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic films, EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL tells the tale of five college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s not! The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit.

EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive.

As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, ‘camp’ takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings, October 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in a new outdoor performance space on the grounds behind the Bellevue Society for the Arts facility, complete with a fake blood ‘Splatter Zone.’

Tickets are $12 for adults 18+ and $8 for adults 60+/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-2787 for reservations beginning October 6.

Contains adult content and language. No one under the age of 17 permitted without adult parent/guardian.

EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL is directed by Lori and Steve Damschroder, Woodville. Brad Rowe, Bellevue, serves as Producer.

More details to come.

EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL is sponsored by Spookhouse Ventures LLC. It is produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

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2017–18: Our 23rd season!

Bellevue Society for the Arts proudly announces the 2017–18 season. BSA is celebrating 23 years of bringing live theatre and events to the community!

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

EvilDead-TSpecial Halloween Event! EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL (Season Premiere)
Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt
Music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris, George Reinblatt
Directed by Lori & Steve Damschroder
Sponsored by Spookhouse Ventures LLC

Auditions: August 14 & 15, 2017
Performances: October 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2017
Based on Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic films, EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL tells the tale of five college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s not! The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, ‘camp’ takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”

imgs-1753THE FARNDALE AVENUE HOUSING ESTATE TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD DRAMATIC SOCIETY’S PRODUCTION OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr.
Directed by Jerry Beck
Auditions: October 23 & 24, 2017
Performances: December 21, 22 & 23, 2017

In a festive mood, the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society mount an assault on a classic with their stage version of A Christmas Carol. They enthusiastically portray a dizzy array of characters from the Dickensian favorite (and a few which aren’t), engineer some novel audience participation while bravely contending with an intrusive PA system and a real Farndale first: wrap their vocal cords (and feet) around two original, show-stopping songs.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCEPrint
Book and Lyrics by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert
Music by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan
Directed by Jimy Foreman
Sponsored by Mel and Jeanie Miller and Family
Auditions: September 5 & 6, 2017

Performances: January 26, 27, 28, February 2, 3 & 4, 2018
Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates’ way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel. Frederic’s melodious tones win over the heart of Major-General Stanley’s songbird daughter, but when the Pirate King discovers that General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an ‘ingenious paradox’ may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of ‘The very model of a modern Major-General.’

img_1119Tween Theatre TBA
Directed by Jodie Fleming-Arnold
Sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis
Auditions: January 28 & 29, 2018
Performances: March 23, 24, 25, 31 & April 1, 2018
Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Tween Theatre is open to all children ages 10–15 in any school system (must be 10 years-of-age by January 28, 2018, and no older than 15 years-of-age by April 1, 2018).

funny-girl-21x0csox-c03FUNNY GIRL
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Book by Isobel Lennart from an original story
Directed by Nathan Maslyk
Sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital

Auditions: February 26 & 27, 2018
Performances: May 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12, 2018
In the Ziegfeld Follies, in Hollywood films, and on the radio, Fanny Brice was one of the most celebrated entertainers of her time. With humor, talent, and chutzpah, young Fanny, an awkward Jewish girl, defies the odds and becomes one of the greatest stars of her generation. Her rise to super-stardom, and her turbulent romance with gambler Nick Arnstein, are explored through Bob Merrill and Jule Styne’s unforgettable score, which includes “I’m the Greatest Star,” “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “People,” “The Music That Makes Me Dance,” and “You Are Woman, I Am Man.”

50Teen Theatre presents GUYS & DOLLS
Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Directed by Jennifer Miller
Sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis
Auditions: May 7 & 8, 2018
Performances: July 13, 14, 15, 20 & 21, 2018
Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, GUYS & DOLLS is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. GUYS & DOLLS takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

img_1119Children’s Theatre TBA (Season Finale)
Sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Bellevue Lions Club
Auditions: June 18 & 19, 2018
Performances: August 10, 11 & 12, 2018
Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Children’s Theatre is open to all children ages 7–12 in any school system (must be 7 years-of-age by June 18, 2018, and no older than 12 years-of-age by August 12, 2018).

Reservations for theatre performances may be made by calling 419-484-2787 beginning two weeks prior to the event. Reservations for cabaret performances may be made beginning the day after the previous cabaret. 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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Make a tax-deductible donation to BSA

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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