Children’s Theatre’s TALL TALES & SMALL TALES opens Aug. 12

Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Children’s Theatre closes out the 2015–16 season with stories written and adapted by Bellevue’s own Dottie Pickering and Cindy Mira.

TALL TALES & SMALL TALES was originally presented by BSA’s Children’s Theatre in August of 2003. It is a compilation of six stories/vignettes featuring a singing chorus and a speaking chorus.

Stories include “Seven At One Blow,”, “Tom Thumb,” “The Teeny Tiny Woman,” “The Selfish Giant,” “Thumbelina,” and “Jack and The Beanstalk.”

The cast includes:
From Bellevue: Ethan Broadbent, Michaela Broadbent, Logan Buck, Samuel Coffelt, Beren Dennis, Abigail Espinosa, Madalyn Espinosa, Naomi Gilbert, Gabby Russell, and Alexis Vollmar.
From Castalia: Grace Jacoby.
From Clyde: Autumn Lindstrom, Ian Strausbaugh, Owen Strausbaugh, and Jocelyn Tritch.
From Fremont: Hannah Tackett.
From Lakeside-Marblehead: Karlie Franks, Kenzie Franks, and Hadleigh Lerch.
From Monroeville: Penelope Pifer.
From Whites Landing: Shayleigh Foreman.

TALL TALES & SMALL TALES will be presented Friday and Saturday, August 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 14 at 2:30 p.m. It is sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary Clubs.

Tickets are $12 for adults 18+, and $8 for adults 60+ and children and students through grade 12. Call 419-484-2787 for reservations beginning July 29.

Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Children’s Theatre is open to all children ages 7–12 in any school system.

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Auditions for 1776, ‘America’s Musical,’ Aug. 22, 23

1776Just in time for the 2016 Presidential Election, witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence, signed 240 years ago!

This seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits.

1776, BSA’s 22nd season opener, puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.

1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book.

With music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone, 1776 premiered on Broadway in 1969 and ran for 1,217 performances. The production was nominated for five Tony Awards and won three, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. In 1972 it was made into a film adaptation. It was revived on Broadway in 1997.

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, August 22 and 23 at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, October 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, October 16 and 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Available roles (and playable ages) include:

Stephen Hopkins — Delegate from Rhode Island. Hopkins’ drinking has led to an appearance befitting of the second oldest in the Continental Congress. He has a ‘dirty old man’ playfulness about him. Gender: Male; Age: 70; Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Roger Sherman — Delegate from Connecticut. A coffee drinker with a penchant for hyperactivity, Sherman is a simple and balding cobbler.; Gender: Male; Age: 55; Vocal range top: Bb4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Robert Livingston — Delegate from New York. Recently a father, Livingston’s disposition has become one of humility and graciousness. He has changed considerably over the years. Gender: Male; Age: 30; Vocal range top: F4; Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Benjamin Franklin — Delegate from Pennsylvania. Franklin is intelligent, well-traveled, and pleasantly cunning. A jolly and admirable fellow with whom one would desire to have a friendship. Gender: Male; Age: 60–70; Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: Ab2

John Dickinson — Delegate from Pennsylvania. A thin, hawkish gentleman. He is sharp-tongued and a touch detestable. Gender: Male; Age: 44; Vocal range top: E4; Vocal range bottom: A2

Col. Thomas McKean — Delegate from Delaware. McKean is florid and likable with a charming, yet commanding, Scottish Brogue. Gender: Male; Age: 42; Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Richard Henry Lee — Delegate from Virginia. Lee is a willowy aristocrat. His flamboyancy is intoxicating and borderline infuriating. Gender: Male; Age: 45; Vocal range top: G4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Thomas Jefferson — Delegate from Virginia. Though noticeably tall, Jefferson is mild-mannered and sweet. Along with being a well-read man, he is very much in love with his wife. Gender: Male; Age: 33; Vocal range top: G4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Edward Rutledge — Delegate from South Carolina. Despite his good looks, Rutledge is haunting and somewhat ominous as the youngest member of the Continental Congress. There is a serpent-like quality to him. Gender: Male; Age: 26; Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Abigail Adams — Loving wife to John Adams. Intelligent, quick-witted, and talented with a pen, Abigail is a radiant and shapely beauty. Every bit as bright as her husband. Gender: Female; Age: 32; Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: Db4

Martha Jefferson — Thomas Jefferson’s very-much-in-love wife. Her looks are striking, her dancing delightful, and her humor appealing. She doesn’t shy away from a good time. Joy radiates from her. Gender: Female; Age: 27; Vocal range top: D5; Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Courier — The message runner between General Washington’s army and the Continental Congress. He has witnessed the hardships of war first-hand, although his innocent disposition and appearance may imply otherwise. Gender: Male; Age: 15–20; Vocal range top: Db4; Vocal range bottom: C3 (mtishows.com)

Large male ensemble needed. All men who audition will be cast.

1776 is directed by Jimy Foreman of Whites Landing. Huron’s Jeff Skaggs is music director. It is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), and sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital.

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2016–17: Our 22nd season!

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Bellevue Society for the Arts proudly announces the 2016–17 season. BSA is celebrating 22 years of bringing live theatre and events to the community!

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Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Book by Peter Stone
Auditions: August 22 & 23, 2016
Performances: October 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23, 2016
Sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital
Just in time for the 2016 Presidential Election, witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence, signed 240 years ago! This seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. 1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book. (Cast: 11m, 2f, large male ensemble; all men who audition will be cast) Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

If you missed May 2016’s Young Performer Cabaret, you can’t miss the Halloween-themed “Young Performer 2.0” Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m.

The Holiday Innkeepers open their 2016–17 cabaret season with December 9’s “Naughty or Nice? A Christmas Cabaret.” The 2016–17 season marks The Holiday Innkeepers’ third year!

BSA’s FIRST CHRISTMAS MADRIGAL FEAST
Auditions: November 7 & 8, 2016
Performances: December 16 & 17, 2016
Written and Directed by Jimy Foreman & Jeff Skaggs
A new holiday tradition! More information to come.

“New Year Cheer” New Year’s Eve Cabaret will be held Saturday, December 31.

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By Neil Simon
Auditions: December 12 & 13, 2016
Performances: January 27, 28, February 3 & 4, 2017
Directed by David Riegel
Sponsored by Janet Scagnetti
At the large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, 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 tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and 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. (Cast: 5m, 5f) Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 10 with “Love Me Tender: A Cabaret Valentine.”

It will be “A Great Day to be Irish” on Friday, March 17, 2017, at our St. Patrick’s Day Cabaret.

ComingSoonTween Theatre TO BE ANNOUNCED
Auditions: January 29 & 30, 2017
Performances: March 24, 25, 26, April 1 & 2, 2017
Sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions & Rotary Clubs
Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Tween Theatre is open to all children ages 10–15 in any school system.

“Spring to Life” at The Holiday Innkeepers’ Spring-themed cabaret on Friday, April 7.

“Young Performer 3.0” will be held Friday, May 5.

Celebrate Mom and Dad with “Moms & Pops Are Tops,” a combined Mother’s and Father’s Day Cabaret event on June 2.

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Book by George Furth
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Auditions: March 13 & 14, 2017
Performances: May 12, 13, 14, 19 & 20, 2017
Directed by Monica Siesel
Sponsored by Mel and Jeanie Miller and Family
From musical theatre’s most renowned composer, COMPANY is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern musical genre, and the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends — “those good and crazy people [his] married friends” — explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually-single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions. (Cast: 6m, 8f) Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

The Holiday Innkeepers’ 2016–17 cabaret season comes to a close with July 7’s “A Star Spangled Cabaret.”

000332_squareTeen Theatre presents LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL
Book by Heather Hach
Music & Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture
Auditions: May 1–3, 2017
Performances: July 14, 15, 16, 21 & 22, 2017
Directed by Jennifer Miller
Sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions & Rotary Clubs
Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery. A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal! (Cast: 3m, 4f, ensemble) Teen Theatre is open to teens ages 13–19 in any school system. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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Auditions: June 19 & 20, 2017
Performances: August 11, 12 & 13, 2017
Sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions & Rotary Clubs
Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Children’s Theatre is open to all children ages 7–12 in any school system.

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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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 the 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 hightails 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 27ANNIE 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 Saturday, December 12.

The New Year’s Eve Cabaret, “Celebrate 2016,” will be held Thursday, December 31.

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

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

ppjrBSA’s inaugural Tween Theatre production will be DISNEY’S PETER PAN JR.Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, with special additional matinee-only performances Sunday, March 13, and 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 Tween Theatre program, which is open to all children in any school system, ages 10–15. It is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). It is sponsored by Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary Service Clubs.

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

Our first-ever Young Performers Cabaret, featuring singers ages 7–19, will be held Friday, May 6.

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. 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, our Cabaret Season Finale!

Lucky-StiffBSA’s Teen Theatre presents 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. BSA’s Teen Theatre program is open to teens age 13–19 years in any school system. 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.

FlierThe 2016 Children’s Theatre production will be TALL TALES & SMALL TALES, an original work by Bellevue’s own Dottie Pickering and Cindy Mira. This year, Children’s Theatre moves to its original August time slot, and will be held August 12, 13 and 14, closing out the 2015–16 season. Auditions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, June 28 and 29. BSA’s Children’s Theatre program is open to children ages 7–12 in any school system.

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 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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