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!
Irving 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 27. ANNIE 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.
Jason Robert Brown’s intimate musical, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, opens Friday, November 6. THE 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.”
BSA’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.
Lori Damschroder of Woodville directs CLUE: THE MUSICAL, May 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 22. CLUE: 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!
BSA’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.
The 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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