Auditions for musical LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE Feb. 25 & 26

Bellevue Society for the Arts’ 24th season continues with auditions for the musical, LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue.

This hugely successful Off-Broadway show played for almost three years at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, winning an Obie award as the Best of the Season. Billed as “a musical about an old operetta,” Little Mary Sunshine gently spoofs such old-time favorites as ROSE-MARIE and NAUGHTY MARIETTA, but has a personality all its own. The plot is a little bit of everything: Colorado Rangers led by stalwart Captain Jim; the lovely Mary Sunshine and her “naughty” maid Nancy; a chorus of giggling schoolgirls; and the ominous but benevolent Indian chief. Hearts are won and lost and won again in this delightful, laugh-filled, and charming show.

Available roles include:
Chief Brown Bear — Chief of the Lakota Indians
Cpl. “Billy” Jester — a forest ranger, tenor or high baritone
Capt. “Big Jim” Warington — captain of the forest rangers, handsome, baritone
“Little Mary Sunshine” (Mary Potts) — Proprietress of the Colorado Inn, soprano
Madame Ernestine Von Liebedich — an opera singer, contralto
Nancy Twinkle — Little Mary’s maid, soubrette
Fleet Foot — an elderly Indian guide
Yellow Feather — Chief Brown Bear’s rogue son
Gen. Oscar Fairfax, Ret. — a Washington diplomat, likes to flirt with younger ladies.
Cora, Henrietta, Gwendolyn, Blanche, Maud (has no speaking lines), Millicent, Mabel — Young Ladies from the Eastchester Finishing School
Pete, Slim, Tex, Buster, Hank, Chuck, Tom — Young Gentlemen of the United States Forest Rangers

Those auditioning are asked to prepare a two-minute solo fitting your vocal range.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, May 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE features book, music and lyrics by Rick Besoyan.
It will be directed by Steven R. Koenig, Huron. Music Director is Wendy Brown, Clyde. It is being produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” Cabaret Feb. 15

In the style of Irving Berlin’s 1942 film, “Holiday Inn,” starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, where every holiday prompts a celebration, Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Holiday Innkeeper Cabaret Troupe is proud to announce Feb. 15’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” Cabaret at 7 p.m.

The event features an array of funny, romantic, and traditional Valentine’s Day-themed songs and Broadway standards performed by some new and familiar BSA personalities.

Each Cabaret is accompanied by a delicious meal. The Feb. 15 menu will feature chicken cordon bleu, green bean casserole, rice pilaf, mini croissants, and dessert.

Cabaret performances are by reservation only and are limited to 100 in attendance. Tickets are $20 each. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 419-484-2787.

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” Cabaret is hosted by Jimy Foreman, of Whites Landing. Kristen Santos, Tiffin, provides piano accompaniment.

Performances may also feature surprise guests.

Bellevue Society for the Arts is located at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue.

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Tween Theatre’s JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR. March 1–10

Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR. is being presented Fridays and Saturdays, March 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, March 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. in the Hirt Theater at Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple Street. It is being directed by Cheryl Hansen-Showalter (Bellevue). Music Director is Michael Sooy (Old Fort). Producer is Sheri Ammanniti, Bellevue. It is sponsored by Cornerstone Counseling.

BSA’s Tween Theatre is open to all children, ages 10–15, in any school system.

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Be a 2018–19 season sponsor!

be-a-sponsorWant to sponsor a show for our upcoming 2018–19 season?

Your sponsorship helps pay for production costs — scripts, music, royalties, sets, costumes, and props. In return, you and/or your organization will receive recognition…
• in all advertising, including posters, newspapers, and TV and radio, if applicable
• on our website and all of our social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
• in a full-page program ad for the rest of our season

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!

We also offer a Music Patron option. Your contribution will allow us to feature a live orchestra for our musical productions, when possible.

Call 419-484-2787, Direct Message Bellevue Society for the Arts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or email

Shows available for sponsorship:
Teen Theatre’s THE WEDDING SINGER (Musical Comedy)
2019 Children’s Theatre TBA

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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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