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.
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.
RUMORS, by 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.
Thanksgiving’s “Giving Thanks” Cabaret will be Black Friday, November 27.
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.
Valentine’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 backwards 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.
The 2016 Children’s Theatre production will be Friday–Sunday, March 25, 26 and 27, with special additional matinee-only performances Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3. 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.
Lori Damschroder of Woodville directs CLUE: THE MUSICAL, Fridays, 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.
BSA’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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