2022–23: Our 27th Season

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Musical
Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization
Directed by Samuel Hohman
Open Auditions July 10 at 7 p.m., July 11 at 6 p.m. (Callbacks July 13 at 6 p.m. if needed)
Production Sept. 23, 24, 25, and Oct. 1, 2022
Sponsored by Mel & Jeanie Miller & Family

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Musical
Presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark, a Concord Theatricals Company
Directed by Floyd Collins
Open Auditions Oct. 16 and 17 at 6 p.m.
Production Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10, 2022

Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN Drama
Presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection
Directed by Steve Koenig
Open Auditions Nov. 13 and 14 at 6 p.m. (Callbacks Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. if needed)
Production Jan. 27, 28, 29, Feb. 3 and 4, 2023
Sponsored by Bellevue High School Class of 1962

Children’s Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA JR. Musical
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Directed by Juliet Russell
Open Auditions (Ages 7–12) Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. (Callbacks Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. if needed)
Production March 10, 11, 12, 17 and 18, 2023
Sponsored by Cornerstone Counseling

THE SECRET GARDEN Musical
Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals
Directed by Christine Turner
Open Auditions March 12 and 13 at 6 p.m. (Callbacks March 15 at 6 p.m. if needed)
Production May 12, 13, 14, 19, and 20, 2023

Teen Theatre presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS Musical
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Directed by Leslie Childers
Open Auditions (Ages 13–19) May 8 and 9 at 6 p.m.
Production July 14, 15, 16, 21, and 22, 2023

*Dates/times/titles subject to change pending availability/licensing/rights/royalties, etc.

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Teen Theatre’s GREASE is the word July 8–16

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding Burger Palace Boys and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking Pink Ladies in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head ‘greaser’ Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “We Go Together,” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place GREASE among the world’s most popular musicals.

The cast features Lance Laughlin as Danny Zuko and Ella Orr as Sandy Dumbrowski.

The Pink Ladies: Amber Bowering as Rizzo, Brooke Childers as Frenchy, Vanessa Shanaman as Marty, and Kylie Whittier as Jan.

The Burger Palace Boys: Gage Hill as Kenickie, Gavin Hofstatter as Doody/Teen Angel, Atticus Jarrett as Roger, and Blake A. Armentrout as Sonny.

Other cast members include Annika Campbell as Patty, Nathan Shanaman as Eugene, Brylee Warwick as Cha-Cha/Pink Ladies Ensemble, Orlando Dario Moreno II as Vince Fontaine/Burger Palace Boys Ensemble, Tyler Schlosser as Johnny Casino/Burger Palace Boys Ensemble, Anya Stuart as Radio Voice/Pink Ladies Ensemble, and Kaiti Wenzel as Miss Lynch/Pink Ladies Ensemble.

Pink Ladies Ensemble: Abigail Espinosa, Ashley Norman, Ava Advey, Ava Duffield, Braylee E. Laughlin, Delaney Fritz, Emma Twarek, Jessie Jarrett, Jordyn Robinson, Julia Marbaugh, Lucille Sholes, Mackenzie Jarrett, Naomi Gilbert, Opal Volk, and Taylor Schlosser.

Burger Palace Boys Ensemble: Landon Roberts and Sam Kinney

GREASE is directed by Leslie Childers. Music Direction is by Brian Bryant Jr. Adam Shanaman serves as Assistant Director. Choreography is by Caroline Guy and Ivy McElfresh. Allison Bedell serves as Stage Manager. Justin Nye is the Assistant Stage Manager.

GREASE will be presented July 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16 in The Hirt Theater at Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple St., Bellevue. It features book, music, and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, and is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. It is sponsored by First National Bank of Bellevue, Jacob Studebaker-Ellis, and Kay Studebaker-Ellis, Bellevue.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults 18+, $10 for adults 60+, and $5 for ages 17 and under. Now accepting Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, as well as Venmo. Online ticketing is not currently available. Call 419-484-2787.

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC auditions July 10, 11

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, THE SOUND OF MUSIC won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.

Auditions will be held Sunday, July 10 at 7 p.m., and Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m. Callbacks, if needed, will be held July 13 at Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple St., Bellevue.

Available roles include:
Maria Rainer — a Postulant at Nonnberg Abbey (female, lead, soprano)
The Mother Abbess (female, lead, soprano)
Sister Berthe — Mistress of Novices (female, supporting, mezzo-soprano)
Sister Margaretta — Mistress of Postulants (female, supporting, mezzo-soprano)
Sister Sophia (female, featured, mezzo-soprano)
Captain Georg von Trapp (male, lead, bass-baritone)
Franz — the butler (male, featured, spoken)
Frau Schmidt — the housekeeper (female, featured, spoken)
Liesl von Trapp — age 16 (female, lead, mezzo-soprano)
Friedrich von Trapp — age 14 (male, supporting, tenor)
Louisa von Trapp — age 13 (female, supporting, mezzo-soprano)
Kurt von Trapp — age 10 (male, supporting, countertenor)
Brigitta von Trapp — age 9 (female, supporting, mezzo-soprano)
Marta von Trapp — age 7 (female, supporting, mezzo-soprano)
Gretl von Trapp — the youngest (female, supporting, mezzo-soprano)
Rolf Gruber — age 17 (male, supporting, baritone)
Elsa Schraeder (female, lead, mezzo-soprano)
Ursula (female, featured, spoken)
Max Detweiler (male, lead, tenor)
Herr Zeller (male, featured, spoken)
Baron Elberfeld (male, featured, spoken)
A New Postulant (female, featured, spoken)
Admiral von Schreiber (male, featured, spoken)
Neighbors of Captain von Trapp, nuns, novices, postulants, and contestants at the Festival Concert (males/females, ensemble, variety)

Prepare 30–60 seconds of a musical piece of your choice, either from the show or something similar. You may also be asked to read from the script. Non-singing roles will only read from the script.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC will open BSA’s 27th season. It is being directed by Samuel Hohman. Christine Turner serves as Music Director. It will be presented Sept. 23, 24, 25, and Oct. 1 by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. It is sponsored by Mel & Jeanie Miller & Family.

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Be a 2022–23 season sponsor

Updated 05/19/2022: The following shows have been fully sponsored:
• THE SOUND OF MUSIC
• DEATH OF A SALESMAN
• WILLY WONKA JR.

These shows are still in need of sponsorship:
• A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
• THE SECRET GARDEN (partially-sponsored; co-sponsor is needed)
• MARY POPPINS

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BSA show sponsors needed

You and your organization can capitalize on the volunteers, cast, and audiences that participate in our productions.

Sponsor a show!

Your sponsorship helps pay for production costs — scripts, music, royalties, sets, costumes, and props. In return, you and your organization will receive recognition in all advertising, including social media, posters, newspapers, and radio, if applicable

Check our schedule, pick a show, and contact us as soon as possible. The sooner we receive your sponsorship, the sooner your organization can gain recognition as a patron of the arts by local audiences.

Sponsorship costs vary, depending on the show. Call 419-484-2787, send us a DM, or email bellevuearts@inbox.com.

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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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