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

A large male ensemble is needed for members of Congress. All men who audition will be cast — young and young-at-heart (late-teens to 90s) — short, tall, and everything in between.

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. His signature on the Declaration of Independence is shaky due to a right hand that trembled from old age. Male; Age: 70; Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Roger Sherman — Delegate from Connecticut, and later Senator. Member of the group of five men assigned to draft the Declaration of Independence. A coffee drinker with a penchant for hyperactivity, Sherman is a simple and balding cobbler.; Male; Age: 55; Vocal range top: Bb4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Robert Livingston — Delegate from New York. Member of the group of five men assigned to draft the Declaration of Independence. Recently a father, Livingston’s disposition has become one of humility and graciousness. He has changed considerably over the years. Male; Age: 30; Vocal range top: F4; Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Benjamin Franklin — Delegate from Pennsylvania. Member of the group of five men assigned to draft the Declaration of Independence. Franklin is intelligent, well-traveled, and pleasantly cunning. A jolly and admirable fellow with whom one would desire to have a friendship. Well-known inventor, diplomat, and author, among other skills. Male; Age: 60–70; Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: Ab2

John Dickinson — Delegate from Pennsylvania. A thin, hawkish gentleman. Believed in reconciliation with, rather than independence from, Britain. He did not sign the Declaration of Independence, but left Congress and joined the Pennsylvania militia. He is sharp-tongued and a touch detestable. 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. Eventually served as interim president of Delaware while serving as chief justice of Pennsylvania. 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. Was a noted orator and was appointed to many duties in the Continental Congress. Male; Age: 45; Vocal range top: G4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Thomas Jefferson — Delegate from Virginia. Author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. 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. 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. Male; Age: 26; Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Abigail Adams — Loving wife to John Adams. Prolific correspondent, writing many letters to John. Intelligent, quick-witted, and talented with a pen, Abigail is a radiant and shapely beauty. Every bit as bright as her husband. Advocate of women’s rights. 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. Died 19 years before Thomas Jefferson became the third president of the United States. 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 firsthand, although his innocent disposition and appearance may imply otherwise. Male; Age: 15–20; Vocal range top: Db4; Vocal range bottom: C3

John Hancock — President of the Second Continental Congress, first governor of Massachusetts; first signer of the Declaration of Independence

Dr. Josiah Bartlett — Delegate from New Hampshire. Second signer of the Declaration of Independence (after Hancock)

Lewis Morris — Delegate from New York. Politically involved in the defense of New York

Reverend John Witherspoon — Delegate from New York. Member of the group of five men assigned to draft the Declaration of Independence

James Wilson — Delegate from Pennsylvania. Studied law under John Dickinson, then became a successful lawyer in Pennsylvania

Caesar Rodney — Delegate from Delaware. Rode overnight from Dover, Delaware, to Philadelphia to cast the deciding vote for Independence

George Read — Delegate from Delaware. Originally opposed independence as he felt it was too hasty a resolution, and later changed his mind

Samuel Chase — Delegate from Maryland. Career lawyer

Joseph Hewes — Delegate from North Carolina. Expert in maritime affairs, and in Congress became Secretary of the Naval Affairs Committee

Dr. Lyman Hall — Delegate from Georgia. Oversaw food and medicine distribution to the Revolutionary Armies

Charles Thomson — secretary for both the First and Second Continental Congress

Andrew McNair — Bell ringer and custodian of the First and Second Continental Congress. Little else is known about his life

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For auditions: You may sing a song you know or something from the show. An accompanist will be available. You will also be asked to read from the script.

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 Cornerstone Counseling and Bellevue Kiwanis, Lions & Rotary Clubs
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 29, 2017, and no older than 15 years-of-age by April 2, 2017).

“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).

ComingSoonChildren’s Theatre TO BE ANNOUNCED
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 (must be 7 years-of-age by June 19, 2017, and no older than 12 years-of-age by August 13, 2017).

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.

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

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