‘America’s Musical’ 1776 opens 22nd season Oct. 14–23

Before HAMILTON was cool, there was Adams!

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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.

Bellevue Society for the Arts opens their 22nd season Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. with America’s Prize-Winning Musical, 1776, Other performances are Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, October 16 at 2:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 23 at 2:30 p.m. in The Hirt Theater at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue. 1776 is sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital.

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.

With music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone, 1776 premiered on Broadway in 1969, earning warm reviews, 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.

Tickets are $12 for adults 18+, and $8 for adults 60+/children/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-2787 for reservations beginning September 30.

The cast includes:

From Bellevue: John Ball as Robert Livingston, Ted Ball as Caesar Rodney, Ralph Burns as Andrew McNair, Vernon Hansen as George Read, Dan Higgins as Richard Henry Lee, Joshua Higgins as Courier, Matthew Higgins as Leather Apron, Deric Marbaugh as Col. Thomas McKean, John Meyers as Lewis Morris, Chris Norris as Dr. Josiah Bartlett, Keith Robinson as Stephen Hopkins, Bradley Rowe as Thomas Jefferson, Neal Schlegel as John Hancock, Luke A. Siegel-Schaefer as Joseph Hewes, and Guy Thiboutot as Charles Thomson.

From Bloomville: Dave Borden as Reverend John Witherspoon.

From Clyde: Samantha Trapp as Martha Jefferson, and Chris Wiedle as James Wilson.

From Columbus: Adam Cioffari as Edward Rutledge.

From Fitchville: Don Hite, Ensemble.

From Fremont: Cyndi Hineline as Abigail Adams.

From Norwalk: John Aiello as Roger Sherman, Adrian Bryce Go as Samuel Chase, Ric Hills as Benjamin Franklin, and Aaron Lee Stewart as Dr. Lyman Hall.

From Sandusky: Ethan Mandeville as John Dickinson.

From Whites Landing: Jimy Foreman as John Adams.

1776 is directed by Jimy Foreman. Huron’s Jeff Skaggs is music director. Marty Siegel, Bellevue, serves as the director’s assistant. Assistant/Co-Directors are Laura Horn, Bellevue; and Jann Graham-Glann, Huron. Stage Managers are Ann Marie Grycza Muehlhauser, Huron; and Cathy Schaffer, Bellevue. Kristen Santos, Tiffin, serves as piano accompanist.

1776 will also feature a live orchestra, sponsored by Denise Bell/Seneca Caverns, Christopher Liebold for Sandusky County Commissioner, Karen Sabo, and in memory of George M. Muehlhauser III.

1776 is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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2016–17: Our 22nd season!

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.

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